François Baccelli Wins the 2014 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award

ACM SIGMETRICS is pleased to announce the selection of Prof. François Baccelli of the University of Texas at Austin as the recipient of the 2014 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award, in recognition of his fundamental contributions to stochastic geometry and to discrete-event dynamic system theory for the analysis of computer/communication systems.

Prof. Baccelli holds the Simons Chair in Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He joined UT Austin in August 2012 from École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where he was an INRIA Senior Researcher (INRIA is the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control) and head of TREC, a research team investigating the modeling and control of communication networks. He has also held visiting positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, UC Berkeley, Stanford and Cambridge. Prof. Baccelli is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and is a part-time researcher at INRIA.

Prof. Baccelli is a cutting-edge researcher at the intersection of mathematics, telecommunications, and information theory. His three main areas of research have been: wireless stochastic geometry, and in particular the development of SINR stochastic geometry for the analysis and optimization of cellular networks; discrete event dynamical systems based on the max-plus algebra; and the stationary-ergodic framework for stochastic systems. These three areas of research all relate to the theory and practice of computer/communication systems performance evaluation, yet they are clearly distinct areas of research, which make Prof. Baccelli's seminal contributions in each one of them all the more remarkable.

During the course of his career, he has forged and maintained deep industry connections with both telecommunication equipment vendors (Alcatel, Alcatel-Lucent, Qualcomm, and Intel) and service providers (Orange, France Telecom, and Sprint). In these collaborations, he has used his powerful theories to provide design insights and to guide communication system implementation and optimization.

Prof. Baccelli has also encouraged the careers of exceptional younger researchers, and contributed strongly to the performance evaluation community through his organizational skills and his leadership.

For more information about Prof. Baccelli, please visit his website:

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