Imperial College London
Alexander L. Wolf Alexander L. Wolf

Department of Computing
Imperial College London

Brief Professional Biography

Alexander L. Wolf is a professor in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London (UK).

Prof. Wolf received the B.A. degree from Queens College of the City University of New York, majoring in both Geology and Computer Science. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Prof. Wolf was a Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories (now AT&T Labs Research and Bell Laboratories) in Murray Hill, New Jersey, before joining the University of Colorado faculty. During his years at the University of Colorado, Prof. Wolf held  the ranks of assistant, associate, and full professor. He also held the Charles Victor Schelke Chair in the College of Engineering. At the University of Lugano he helped found the Faculty of Informatics, the first computer science faculty in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland.

Prof. Wolf's research interests span the areas of distributed systems, networking, and software engineering. His achievements include seminal work in software architecture, business analytics, and information-centric networks. He is currently involved in projects having to do with cloud computing, data-center networking, and service-based systems hosted on MANETs.

Prof. Wolf serves as President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and chairs the Executive Committee (EC) of the ACM Council, the governing authority of the 108000-member professional association. He is also a member of the ACM Europe Council and a participant in the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP). He previously served as Secretary-Treasurer and then Vice President of the ACM, Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group (SIG) Governing Board (SGB), Vice Chair and then Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group in Software Engineering (SIGSOFT), and Chair of the ACM Software System Award committee. He served on the editorial boards of the Research Highlights section of ACM's flagship publication Communications of the ACM (CACM), the ACM journal Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM), the IEEE Computer Society journal Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE), and the Wiley journal Software Process - Improvement and Practice (SPIP), and has chaired a number of international program committees.

Prof. Wolf is a Fellow of the ACM, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS), holder of a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award, two-time recipient of an ACM SIGSOFT Research Impact Award ([1],[2]), recipient of both the ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award and Distinguished Service Award, and recipient of an Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.



Selected Research Projects
SERECA European Commission H2020 project ("Secure Enclaves for Reactive Cloud Applications")
HARNESS European Commission FP7 project ("Hardware- and Network-Enhanced Software Systems for Cloud Computing")
NaaS EPSRC project ("Network-as-a-Service in the Cloud")
ITA joint US/UK project ("International Technology Alliance in Network and Information Science")
Siena publish/subscribe communication system
Content-based networking, an advanced form of information-centric network
Weevil automation framework for distributed experimentation
PLASTIC European Commission IST project ("Providing Lightweight and Adaptable Service Technology for pervasive Information and Communication")

Selected Volumes, Lectures, and Keynotes
Leon J. Osterweil Festschrift volume (copies available for purchase)
Edited volume on the Future of Software Engineering

Featured lectures in the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program
ISR Distinguished Speaker Series lecture
Distinguished lecture, Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine
Distinguished lecture, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Distinguished lecture, Physics and Technology Institute (PTI), Kiev Polytechnical Institute
ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award address at the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering

Keynote address at the China International Software Cooperation Conference
Keynote address at the Brazilian Conference on Software: Theory and Practice
Keynote address at the Central and Eastern European Software Engineering Conference in Russia
Keynote address at the Working IEEE/IFIP Conferance on Software Architecture
Keynote address at the International Conference on Distributed Event-Based Systems
Keynote address at the IFIP Distributed Computing Techniques Federated Conferences
Keynote address at the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering

Current Service Activities

Faculty Advisor, ACM Student Chapter Imperial College London
President, ACM
Chair, ACM Council Executive Committee (EC)
Member, ACM Europe Council
ACM Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP)
Member, External Advisory Board, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Current Teaching
Algorithms (CO202)
Distributed Algorithms (CO347)

Future Professional Events
(view the past
3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF 2015)

Other Useful Links

SEWORLD email list
Impact Project (a study of the impact of software engineering research on software engineering practice)
Mathematics Genealogy Project entry
Software Engineering Genealogy Project


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 Alexander L. Wolf | Department of Computing | Imperial College London