Zisman Family Professor of CIS: Rajeev
Dr. Rajeev Alur, professor of
and information science for the School of Engineering
and Applied Science, has been named the inaugural Zisman
Family Professor of Computer and Information Science.
Dr. Alur received his bachelor's
degree in computer science from the Indian Institute
of Technology at Kanpur in 1987, and his doctorate degree
in computer science from Stanford University in 1991.
Before joining the Penn faculty
in 1997, Dr. Alur spent six years at Bell Laboratories,
Lucent Technologies, as a member of the technical staff
in the Computing Science Research Center.
Dr. Alur's research focus
has been on tools for design, specification, and analysis
of reactive systems, and spans from theoretical foundations
in formal logic and automata theory to applications in
network protocols and embedded controllers. His work
on timed and hybrid automata, a framework for the specification
and verification of real-time systems, is widely cited
and deployed. His work has been supported by the National
Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and
the Semiconductor Research Corporation.
He has chaired many scientific
conferences including the International Conference on
Computer-Aided Verification, the International Conference
on Embedded Software, and the International Conference
on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control.
His awards include the President
of India's Gold Medal for Academic Excellence (1987),
the National Science Foundation's Faculty Career Award
(1997), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Faculty Fellowship
(1999), and the National Science Foundation's Information
Technology Research Award (2001).
The Zisman Family Professorship
was established by University Trustee and Penn Engineering
Overseer Dr. Michael Zisman GEE'73, WG'77, who is Vice
President for Corporate Strategy at IBM.