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IC Prof J.-P. Hubaux nominated for the title of Fellow of the ACM

Interview with IC Professor Jean-Pierre Hubaux nominated for the title of Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Established in 1947, the ACM is the largest scientific association for computer science. The Fellows Program, created in 1993, distinguishes its members whose works have contributed to the advancement of scientific research in the domains of computer science and information technology. Professor Hubaux joins the scientific community of the ACM Fellows, of which Professors De Micheli, Odersky, Vetterli and Zwaenepoel at EPFL are already members. This nomination reinforces EPFL's position as the European university with the highest number of ACM Fellows. The ACM has elected about 720 Fellows (approx. 0.7% of the total membership) since the creation of the program and counts over 97'000 members. Fellow is ACM’s highest membership grade.

Professor Hubaux, congratulations for this title! How do you feel about this nomination?
It is a great satisfaction! Even if this title is nominative, it distinguishes and honors the work of an entire team. It also contributes to the visibility of EPFL and of the IC faculty because the ACM is the leading association in its domain (for the quality of its publications and conferences).

What is the nomination procedure for the title of ACM Fellow?
The procedure lasts several months and begins (in universities) with an introduction by the candidate's faculty dean. The dean nominates a candidate to the ACM Fellows Committee. The application lists the scientific accomplishments of the candidate and thus establishes that he has contributed to the advancement of his domain. The candidate should also demonstrate an important contribution to the life of the scientific community and, if possible, to the ACM (by the organization of conferences, etc.) Endorsements, detailed letters supporting the candidate, from five renown scientists (if possible, who are already Fellows) are also required. Out of an average of fifty international nominations per year, about five are attributed to scientists in Europe.

Which research project was decisive for this nomination?
I believe that the Committee was favorably impressed by our research in the domain of wireless networks security. In particular, a book that I co-authored in 2008: "Security and Cooperation in Wireless Networks" (Cambridge University Press). The specificity of this work consists in the application of models used in economics - game theory - to the domain of wireless communications networks security. This book was the first work on this subject.

What are your future projects?
We focus more and more on the protection of privacy.

Author: Lara Rossi