Professor Erol Gelenbe elected Honorary Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS)

By February 16, 2022News

IAS, international non-government Academy of scientists and technologists, based in Amman, Jordan, promotes the development of science and technology in the Islamic World, in the 57 states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). It has 10 Honorary Fellows and 103 women and men Fellows, including Nobel laureates, medical scientists and technology business leaders.

Erol Gelenbe, has been appointed Honorary Fellow of this Academy, together with the Turkish-German developer of the Biontech vaccine Ugur Sahin (Professor of Medicine at the University of Mainz in Germany), and Amin Shokrollahi (Professor at EPFL) who is an Iranian-German mathematician and expert on coding theory and algebraic complexity, who invented the linear-time Raptor Codes used by Qualcomm for 5G and other applications. These appointments of the Academy aim to promote and connect European science with the two billion citizens of the OIC countries.

Professor Gelenbe’s passion for fundamental research on the mathematical foundations for computer and communication systems led to the invention of the eponymous G-networks, mathematical models of Diffusion Approximations, and the Random Neural Network (RNN), which are effectively used in EU FP5, FP6, FP7 and HORIZON Projects including CASCADAS, SerIoT and IoTAC, to route smart Internet traffic, optimize energy and performance in the Cloud and Edge, and detect and mitigate Cyber-Attacks.

An elected Fellow of IEEE and ACM, the main international scientific societies related to Computer Science, and of the Royal Statistical Society, Erol Gelenbe is a Fellow of several national science and engineering academies (Belgium, France, Hungary, Poland, Turkey). He was awarded “honoris causa” doctorates in Belgium, France and Turkey, and scientific prizes in France, Turkey, US, UK, Hungary and Iran. He has graduated 95 PhDs, and held chaired professorships at leading European and American institutions including Univ. of Liege, Univ. Paris-Saclay, Duke University, Imperial College. After Brexit, he became Professor at the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Informatics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. An active participant and project coordinator in EU Research Programs including FP6, FP7, H2020, he was also funded by NSF, ONR (in the USA), and EPSRC (in the UK).

Erol won the French honours of Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur and Commandeur du Mérite, and Italy awarded him Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica and Grande Ufficiale della Stella d’Italia. In 2022 he is listed in the “Muslim 500” among the five hundred most influential people from Muslim countries, among 17 names from his native country Turkey that includes two Nobel laureates.

We extend our congratulations to our IoTAC colleague Professor Erol Gelenbe, on this exceptional recognition and wish him every success in this eminent new role!

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