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Chen Named ACM Distinguished Scientist

Nina Welding • DATE: November 4, 2014

Danny Z. Chen, professor of computer science and engineering and concurrent professor of applied and computational mathematics and statistics, has been named a Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The Distinguished Member grade of the ACM recognizes members with at least 15 years of professional experience and five years of membership who have achieved significant accomplishments, making a substantial impact on the field of computing. According to Vinton G. Cerf, ACM president, recipients are “the problem solvers, prophets, and producers who are powering the future of the digital age.”

Chen was recognized for “fundamental contributions to geometric computing and medical applications, especially in radiation cancer treatment and medical imaging.”

Chen’s research interests encompass the areas of computational geometry and applications, algorithm design and analysis, computational biomedicine, biomedical imaging, parallel computing, and data mining. He was honored for contributions to computational techniques for geometric optimization and medical applications. He has developed a range of efficient sequential and parallel algorithms for solving fundamental geometric, combinatorial, and optimization problems unique to biomedical imaging and radiation therapies — many of which are being used to improve patient diagnoses and treatment outcomes today.
 
A fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Chen holds five U.S. patents for technology development in computer science and engineering and biomedical applications. He has published more than 290 journal and conference papers in these areas. He was selected as a Laureate in the 2011 Computerworld Honors Program for his work in arc-modulated radiation therapy. In addition, he was named a National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipient in 1996.

Chen has also received several teaching honors from the University — including the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in 2012, the James A. Burns, C.S.C., Award for Graduate Education in 2009, and the Kaneb Teaching Award in 2004.

The ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address challenges within the field of computing.