Mikhail Atallah

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Mikhail Jibrayil (Mike) Atallah is a Lebanese American computer scientist, a distinguished professor of computer science at Purdue University.

Biography[edit]

Atallah received his bachelor's degree from the American University of Beirut in 1975. He then moved to Johns Hopkins University for his graduate studies, earning a Master's degree in 1980 and a Ph.D. in 1982 under the supervision of S. Rao Kosaraju. Since that time he has been a member of the Purdue University faculty.[1][2]

In 2001 Atallah co-founded Arxan Technologies, Inc., a provider of internet anti-piracy and anti-tampering software, and in 2007 he became its chief technology officer.[3]

Research[edit]

Atallah has published over 200 papers on topics in algorithms and computer security.[4]

Atallah's thesis work was on the subject of parallel algorithms,[2] and he continued working in that area as a faculty member. Algorithmic research by Atallah includes papers on parallel and dynamic computational geometry,[5] finding the symmetries of geometric figures,[6] divide and conquer algorithms,[7] and efficient parallel computations of the Levenshtein distance between pairs of strings.[8] With his student Marina Blanton, Atallah is the editor of the Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook (CRC Press, 2nd ed., 2009, ISBN 978-1-58488-818-5).

Atallah's more recent research has been in the area of computer security. His work in this area has included techniques for text-based digital watermarking.[9][10] and the addition of multiple guard points within software as an anti-piracy measure.[11]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2006, Atallah was elected as a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery for his "contributions to parallel and distributed computation".[12] He has also been a fellow of the IEEE since 1997.[1][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Department faculty profile, Purdue University, retrieved 2011-09-29.
  2. ^ a b Mikhail Jibrayil Atallah at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Arxan Appoints Dr. Mikhail J. Atallah as Chief Technology Officer, Arxan Technologies, retrieved 2011-09-29.
  4. ^ DBLP listing of Atallah's publications, retrieved 2011-09-29.
  5. ^ Atallah, Mikhail J. (1985), "Some dynamic computational geometry problems", Computers & Mathematics with Applications 11 (12): 1171–1181, doi:10.1016/0898-1221(85)90105-1, MR 822083 . Atallah, Mikhail J.; Goodrich, Michael T. (1986), "Efficient parallel solutions to some geometric problems", J. Parallel Distrib. Comput. 3 (4): 492–507, doi:10.1016/0743-7315(86)90011-0 .
  6. ^ Atallah, Mikhail J. (1985), "On symmetry detection", IEEE Transactions on Computers 34 (7): 663–666, doi:10.1109/TC.1985.1676605, MR 800338 .
  7. ^ Atallah, Mikhail J.; Cole, Richard; Goodrich, Michael T. (1989), "Cascading divide-and-conquer: a technique for designing parallel algorithms", SIAM Journal on Computing 18 (3): 499–532, doi:10.1137/0218035, MR 996833 .
  8. ^ Apostolico, Alberto; Atallah, Mikhail J.; Larmore, Lawrence L.; McFaddin, Scott (1990), "Efficient parallel algorithms for string editing and related problems", SIAM Journal on Computing 19 (5): 968–988, doi:10.1137/0219066, MR 1059665 .
  9. ^ "Word order may stump hackers", Times Higher Education, May 4, 2001 .
  10. ^ "Purdue Team Develops Watermark To Protect Electronic Documents", ScienceDaily, April 27, 2001 
  11. ^ "Multiple "guards" foil hackers", USA Today Magazine, June 1, 2003 .
  12. ^ ACM Fellow award citation, retrieved 2011-09-29.
  13. ^ Fellows in Region 4, IEEE, retrieved 2011-09-29.