Frank Kelly Wins the 2009
SIGMETRICS Achievement Award

ACM SIGMETRICS is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Frank Kelly of the University of Cambridge as the recipient of the 2009 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award in recognition of his fundamental contributions to the theory and optimization of stochastic networks and their applications to computer and communication systems.

Frank Kelly is Professor of the Mathematics of Systems in the University of Cambridge, and Master of Christ's College.

His main research interests are in random processes, networks and optimization. He is especially interested in applications to the design and control of networks and to the understanding of self-regulation in large-scale systems.

Frank Kelly has received several prizes for his work. In 1979, he won the Davidson Prize of the University of Cambridge. In 1989, he was awarded the Guy Medal in Silver of the Royal Statistical Society, and in the same year he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was awarded the 1991 Lanchester Prize of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and in 1997, the Naylor Prize of the London Mathematical Society. In 2005, he received the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award, and in 2008, the INFORMS John von Neumann Theory Prize.

He served as Director of the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge from 1991 to 1993. He has served on the Scientific Board of HP's Basic Research Institute in Mathematical Sciences, the Scientific Council of EURANDOM, the Conseil Scientifique of France Telecom, and the Council of the Royal Society. He has chaired the Advisory Board of the Royal Institution/University of Cambridge Mathematics Enrichment Project, and the Management Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences. He spent the academic year 2001-2 as a visiting professor at Stanford University. From 2003 to 2006 he served as Chief Scientific Adviser to the United Kingdom's Department for Transport.

For more information about Dr. Kelly, please visit his website:

Here are the slides from his Achievement Award talk at SIGMETRICS/Performance 2009.

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