Tassiulas Receives 2020 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award


Leandros Tassiulas, the John C. Malone Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award in recognition of his influential contributions to the foundations of network control and optimization with applications in computer and communication networks.

Tassiulas' research interests are in the field of computer and communication networks with emphasis on fundamental mathematical models and algorithms of complex networks, architectures and protocols of wireless systems, sensor networks, novel internet architectures, network economics and experimental platforms for network research. Tassiulas pioneered the use of Lyapunov stability analysis for network control design and optimization. Based on this approach he proposed the max-weight scheduling algorithm and the back-pressure network control policy, as well as opportunistic scheduling in wireless. These advances influenced the design of internet switches, cross-layer architectures in wireless networks, resource allocation in cloud computing and more recently logistics and modern approaches to vehicular transport networks. Other notable contributions include the maximum lifetime approach for wireless network energy management, and the consideration of joint access control and antenna transmission management in multiple antenna wireless systems.

Tassiulas has received numerous honors for his work over the years including the IEEE Kobayashi Award for Computer Communication (2016), the IEEE INFOCOM Achievement Award (2007) and several Best Paper Awards.

Tassiulas currently serves as the Chair of Yale's Department of Electrical Engineering. He received a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1991. Prior to joining Yale, Tassiulas held faculty positions at the Polytechnic University of New York, University of Maryland and University of Thessaly, Greece.