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Kai Hwang

Kai Hwang, Ph.D. - Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Biographical Information:

Kai Hwang has been a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Southern California since 1985. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University for 11 years. He earned the Ph.D. in EECS from UC Berkeley in 1972. In a 40-year academic career, he has pioneered and made outstanding contributions to the field of parallel processing, distributed systems, Internet security, and cloud computing. An IEEE Life Fellow, he has served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC) for 28 years. At present, he also leads a distinguished visiting chair professor group, endowed by Intellectual Ventures at Tsinghua University in China. 
Contributions/Awards/Honors and Grants:

• Kai Hwang has contributed extensively in scalable multiprocessors, computing clusters/grids, P2P networks, and Internet clouds. He has published 8 popular books and over 220 scientific papers in these areas. According to Google Scholars, his works have been cited over 11,000 times with an h-index of 45 and g-index of 93, meaning that his top 45 papers have been cited at least 43 times each. He has 93 papers that were cited g2 = 8,649 times, collectively. The Web of Science has ranked him at the top 0.018% most cited scientists in computer science and engineering.
• As a faculty distinction, Hwang is among the mostly-cited 20 scholars on nUSC campus. Recently, he has received three IEEE Awards: namely the Lifetime Achievement Award from CloudCom 2012, the Outstanding Achievement Award from IEEE Shanghai Chapter in IPDPS2012, and the Founder’s Award from IPDPS-2011 for pioneering contributions in parallel processing. In 2004, he received the very first Oversea Outstanding Achievement Award from China Computer Federation. He was elevated to an IEEE Fellow in 1986 for contributions to computer architecture, digital arithmetic, and parallel processing.
• Hwang has led 25 funded Research Projects at Purdue, USC, Hong Kong Univ. and Tsinghua Univ. His projects were supported by NSF, IBM, AT&T, MIT Lincoln Lab, Hong Kong RGC, and NSF of China with a total funding exceeding $9M, awarded mostly through USC. His largest NSF-supported ITR Project ($2M) was devoted to Grid Security and Automated Intrusion Detection . Eight Ph.D. students graduated out of this project in the past 6 years.  

Published Works:

• Hwang's leadership in cutting-edge research and technical innovations has made everlasting impact on higher education and high-performance computer industry. His mostly cited paper: "PowerTrust” in IEEE Trans. on Parallel and Distributed Systems (2007) was cited 341 times. This was recognized by IEEE as the most cited TPDS paper in 2007. Another paper, "Trusted P2P Transactions" in IEEE Internet Computing (2005) was cited 302 times, considered a classic work in P2P computing. Since 2007, he has 56 papers cited more than 3702 times with an increasing trend of over 684 per year.
• Over the years, Prof. Hwang has consolidated the computer engineering area with 4 popular textbooks: Computer Architecture and Parallel processing, Advanced Computer Architecture, Scalable Parallel Computing, and Computer Arithmetic. These books are adopted and used worldwide by more than 4 millions of students. They were translated into 4 foreign languages: Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean from the original English editions.
• In October 2011, Morgan Kaufmann published a timely demanded new book: Distributed and Cloud Computing (648 pages), coauthored by Hwang with Fox and Dongarra. In one year, this book has been adopted by two dozens of universities worldwide, covering distributed systems, computer clusters, virtualization, supercomputers, computing grids, P2P systems, Internet clouds, Internet of Things, and social networks. A Chinese translation will appear in late 2012.


• He founded the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC) in 1983 and served as its Co-EiC for 28 years. He recruited 250 subject-area editors to join the JPDC Editorial Board over the years. Subsequently, four of them were elected into the NAE, namely John Hennessy, John Rice, Jack Dongarra, and Ken Kennedy.
• He has produced 21 high-quality Ph.D. students at USC and Purdue: Lionel Ni, Joydeep Ghosh, D.K. Panda, Ahmed Louri are elected IEEE Fellow and Jane Xu as an IBM Fellow. Hwang has lectured worldwide and performed advisory or consulting work for IBM, Intel, JPL, MIT Lincoln Lab., ETL in Japan, Chinese Academy of Sciences/Institute of Computing Technology in Beijing, GMD in Germany, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan, and INRIA in France.
• Hwang has chaired numerous International Conferences. Most recently, he co-chaired the Third IEEE Int'l Conf. Cloud Computing Technology and Sciences (CloudCom-2011), Athens, Greece, and the Int'l Conf. on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC-2011), Melbourne, Australia.
• Hwang has delivered 35 keynote addresses on cutting-edge computing, information and Internet technologies and systems in major IEEE/ACM Conferences, including the IPDPS, ICDCS, IPSA, HPCA, ISCA, ICPP, Arith, HPCC, NAS, Cluster, PDCTA, PDCAT, SCC, CloudCom, OTM, PDCS, ICPAD, Ubi-Media, NPC, Cool Chip, IPPS, CONPAR, UCC, etc.

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