Daniel Gusfield Named Association for Computer Machinery Fellow

By Bonnie Dickson

DAVIS, Calif.; Dec. 12, 2017 – Daniel Gusfield, a distinguished professor of computer science at the University of California, Davis, has been named Fellow by the Association for Computing Machinery for his contributions to combinatorial optimization and to algorithmic computational biology.

Distinguished Professor Daniel Gusfield. Photo: UC Davis.

“As a computer scientist, ACM is my natural professional home, so I am thrilled and honored to be included in the ranks of many of the world’s greatest computer scientists,” Gusfield said. “This honor also reflects the growth, achievements and maturity of the whole computer science department at UC Davis.”

An internationally recognized researcher and educator, Gusfield is known for his work on string and combinatorial problems that arise in computational biology, particularly involving bioinformatics and genomics. His book, “Algorithms on Strings, Trees and Sequences: Computer Science and Computational Biology,” has helped define the intersection of computer science and computational biology, which involve the use of computation to understand biological phenomena and to acquire and exploit biological data, particularly large-scale data.

His research on the efficiency of algorithms, particularly for problems in combinatorial optimization and graph theory, have been applied to study data and computer security, stable matching, network flow, matroid optimization, string/pattern matching problems, molecular sequence analysis and optimization problems in population-scale genomics.

Gusfield is a Fellow of the International Society of Computational Biology and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He helped establish the journal IEEE/ACM Transaction on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and served as the journal’s founding Editor-in-Chief for five years. He also served as chair of the College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science from 2000-2004.

Gusfield earned his doctorate from UC Berkeley in 1980. He was an assistant professor at Yale University before he joined the faculty at UC Davis in 1987.

The ACM named 54 members as Fellows for their technical and leadership contributions in areas including artificial intelligence, big data, computer architecture, computer graphics, high-performance computing, human-computer interaction, sensor networks and wireless networking. ACM Fellows are fewer than one percent of the ACM’s 100,000 members.

The induction of the ACM Fellows will take place June 23, 2018 in San Francisco.

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