The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named CSAIL researcher Charles E. Leiserson one of five IEEE Fellows for 2016 for his “leadership in parallel and distributed computing."
Effective January 1, the fellowship is a prestigious honor given to less than 0.1% of the organization’s voting members.
A professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Leiserson heads the lab's Supertech Research Group, which investigates technologies that support scalable computing. Among other things, he developed the Cilk multithreaded language; invented the fat-tree interconnection network; and pioneered the development of VLSI theory, as well cache-oblivious algorithms. He also coauthored the widely-used textbook "Introduction to Algorithms," and has developed multiple courses on algorithms and parallel programming.