Christopher Gill, professor of computer science & engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for his contributions to the field.

Gill, who was selected for outstanding scientific contributions to computing, was among 67 researchers from around the world named Distinguished Members, who are longstanding ACM members and were selected by their peers for work that has spurred innovation, enhanced computer science education and moved the field forward. 

The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes up to 10 percent of ACM worldwide membership based on professional experience and significant achievements in the computing field. To be nominated, a candidate must have at least 15 years of professional experience in the computing field, five years of professional ACM membership in the last 10 years and must have achieved a significant level of accomplishment or made a significant impact in the field of computing, computer science or information technology. A Distinguished Member is expected to have served as a mentor and role model by guiding technical career development and contributing to the field beyond the norm.

Gill’s lab develops novel system software architectures, policies and mechanisms for advanced real-time, embedded and cyber-physical systems. His research focuses on assuring properties of distributed real-time and embedded systems in which software complexity, unpredictable environments and heterogeneous platforms demand novel solutions that are grounded in sound theory. His work seeks to assure that constraints on timing, memory footprint, fault tolerance and other system properties can be met when system software is re-used across heterogeneous applications, operating environments and deployment platforms.

Gill earned bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Washington University in 1987 and 2002, respectively, and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri University of Science & Technology) in 1997. He joined Washington University as a research associate in 1997 and became a member of the faculty in 2001. Prior to that, he gained significant industry experience working for companies such as SBC Communications (now AT&T), Teknivent Corp., Saleskit Software and Prudential Group Health.

A National Science Foundation CAREER award recipient, Gill emphasizes a laboratory-based teaching approach, with personal attention to how students combine fundamentals of computer science with state-of-the-art software engineering techniques, to gain expertise and hands-on experience in designing and implementing high quality software. He also is a faculty member of the Division of Computational & Data Sciences and the Center for Trustworthy AI in CPS.

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