Boleslaw Szymanski

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Boleslaw Szymanski
Born (1950-04-22) 22 April 1950 (age 64)
Residence Newtonville, New York, USA
Other names Bolek
Education Warsaw University of Technology and Polish Academy of Sciences
Occupation Computer scientist
Employer Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Known for Significant contributions to parallel computing, distributed computing and networking
Title Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

Boleslaw Karl Szymanski is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and the Founding Head of the Center for Pervasive Computing and Networking, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He's known for multiple contributions into computer science, including Szymanski's Algorithm.[1]

Current Work[edit]

Dr. Szymanski is the Director of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center,[2] which studies the fundamentals of social and cognitive network science;[2] the center is a part of the Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance[2] funded by the United States Army.[2] He is also the Principal Investigator in the International Technology Alliance.[3] His projects include dynamic processes on networks, hidden groups in social networks, sensor network protocols and algorithms, and large-scale parallel and distributed computing and simulation.[3] He received ITA Distinguished Service Award in 2007. Dr. Szymanski is also one of the Principals in the MilkyWay@home project that seeks to model the streams of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy that were pulled from nearby galaxies (e.g. Saggitarius).[4] He has Erdős number 2 due to his 2010 collaboration with Mark K. Goldberg. [5]

Current Positions[edit]

His current positions (Jan 2011) are :


In 1968, Boleslaw Szymanski won Gold Medal at the X International Mathematical Olympiad in Moscow, USSR. [6] He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Institute of Informatics of PAN, Warsaw in 1976. He pursued an academic career at Warsaw University of Technology, University of Aberdeen, and University of Pennsylvania. He has been with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. NY, since 1985. In 1999, Dr. Szymanski was elected an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to parallel computing and distributed computing and in 2003 he received the Wiley Distinguished Faculty Award. In 2007, Prof. Szymanski received the Claire and Roland W. Schmitt Distinguished Professorship at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2009, Dr. Szymanski received the Wilkes Award and Medal for the best paper published in volume 52 of Computer Journal. Also, in 2009, he was elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and joined Division IV of Technical Sciences there.[7]


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