Dr. S.S. Iyengar to be Honored with IEEE “Test of Time” Research Award

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Dr. S.S. Iyengar is the Distinguished University Professor, Ryder Professor and Director of Computer Science and Director of the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University, Miami. He is being honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Cybermatics Congress in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 15, 2019, where he will receive the Outstanding Research Award known as the “Test of Time Award” for his work in creating the Brooks-Iyengar Algorithm. The award will be presented by Dr. Steven Yau, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Arizona State University and former IEEE Computer Society President. The ceremony will be held at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Dr. Iyengar will also be a keynote speaker for the event. Additional information on the event can be found at; http://cse.stfx.ca/~cybermatics/2019/ . Iyengar created the Brooks-Iyengar Algorithm in 1996 along with his student, Richard Brooks who is now a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University. Since its creation, the algorithm has been incorporated into a variety of systems across the world.

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The algorithm was incorporated in new versions of real-time extensions to the Linux Operating System, in particular in RT Linux and MINIX. In 2015 researchers proposed and incorporated a robust fault-tolerant railway door opening and monitoring system for use in transportation, providing accurate automatic opening and closing with minimum traction through the fusion of sensor inputs. At the heart of this creation was the Brooks-Iyengar algorithm. Most recently, the system has been applied in social networks such as identifying and tracking influential nodes and eliminating false information to obtain more accurate predictive results. His system was incorporated in several projection models for the presidential election in 2016, which accurately predicted the upset for Hillary Clinton, despite more conventional models which gave her an 80% chance of winning.

“I’m deeply humbled by the praise we have received for our algorithm and astonished at the number of uses for which this technology has been applied.”

Dr. S.S. Iyengar

Today, the Brooks Iyengar algorithm can be found at the heart of smart power grids and intelligent transportation networks across the world. It has had a “significant impact” on defense and telecommunications work by Raytheon BBN Technologies, Telcordia, and Boeing.