Bruce Hajek Wins the 2015 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award

ACM SIGMETRICS is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Bruce Hajek of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the recipient of the 2015 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to stochastic analysis, optimization and control, which have provided unique mathematical insights into the performance of the Internet, wireless networks, and peer-to-peer networks such as BitTorrent.

Dr. Hajek is Center for Advanced Study Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, and Hoeft Chair in Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has been on the faculty since 1979. He received a BS in Mathematics and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Hajek's research interests include communication networks, wireless communications, and spectrum auctions. He served as Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and as President of the IEEE Information Theory Society. He is coauthor of the book Stochastic Processes in Engineering Systems with E. Wong and author of the book Random Processes for Engineers.

Dr. Hajek has contributed to understanding fundamentally important issues such as how burstiness creates delays in queuing systems, and how burstiness can be mitigated. In several contexts he elaborated the consequences of drift towards desireable equlibria in networks, with applications to simulated annealing for discrete optimization problems. His work on the structure of optimal control mechanisms for routing and load balancing led to proofs of threshold structure, and invention of the concepts of load percolation and multimodular functions. He also introduced novel applications of game theory within network analysis, such as a jamming game for timing channels and truthful mechanisms for flow control.

Dr. Hajek has received numerous honors for his work over the years including the IEEE Kobayashi Award for Computer Communication (2003) and election to the National Academy of Engineering (1999).

Additional information is available on his website: www.illinois.edu/~b-hajek.

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