The digital revolution is now all-pervasive, charting breakthroughs in computing and information technology. Driving that change is a group of leading innovators across the world. Among them is David Atienza, associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Embedded Systems Laboratory at the School of Engineering, EPFL. In recognition of his outstanding scientific contributions to computing, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has acknowledged him as a “pioneering innovator” and a “2017 Distinguished Member.”

To figure among the chosen few in ACM’s recognition program is not only a distinctive honor but also an achievement par excellence. To make it to the group, a member needs to have a minimum domain experience of 15 years, backed by innovation that has left an indelible imprint in the computing world.

Professor Atienza’s inclusion in that august list is not surprising, considering his rich and varied experience in the field. After receiving his PhD degree in 2005, Professor Atienza went on to excel in several research arenas that include, inter alia, system-level design methodologies for high-performance MPSoCs, design architectures for wireless body sensor networks, and memory optimization. Being an author of many research papers and book chapters, Professor Atienza has a decade of deep research experience in wearables and IoT-driven objects that can engender new business opportunities.

The announcement by ACM is the latest of many accolades received by Professor Atienza. These include the Oracle External Research Faculty Award (2011), the ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award (2012), and the IEEE CEDA Early Career Award (2013). He is also an ACM Senior Member (2013).

The recognition cements EPFL’s position in a select club of leading universities and institutions across the world. ACM’s 43 Distinguished Members hail from Australia, Asia, Europe, the U.S., and South Africa, making it a truly global mix of leading exponents of computing technologies.

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