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Pablo Cesar Named ACM Distinguished Member

Publication date: 2020-12-17

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named Pablo Cesar as one of the 64 Distinguished Members 2020. ACM distinguished members are recognized for their individual contributions to the field of computing. Successful candidates must have achieved a significant level of accomplishment or made a significant impact in the field of computing, computer science, and/or information technology. “The active participation of ACM members, in our organization, and in the field more broadly, is the foundation of a global scientific society,” explains ACM President Gabriele Kotsis. “With the Distinguished Member designation, ACM celebrates specific contributions of these members and their career growth as reflected in a long-term commitment to the field, as well as their collaboration with peers in supporting a global professional association for the benefit of all.”

Pablo Cesar has led the Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group at CWI since January 2014 and is Professor of Human-Centered Multimedia Systems in the Department of Intelligent Systems (INSY) at TU Delft. He has recently received the prestigious 2020 Netherlands Prize for ICT Research. He is IEEE Senior member, the highest grade for which IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) members can apply.

The research of Cesar focuses on measuring and evaluating the way users interact and communicate with each other using a wide range of decentralized digital systems. Cesar’s research combines data science techniques with a strong human-centric, empirical approach to understand the experiences of users. This enables him to design and develop next generation intelligent and empathic systems. He bases his results on realistic testing grounds and data sets, and embrace areas such as healthcare and wellbeing, education, smart cities, and creative industries. Cesar has co-directed 13 externally funded research projects (H2020, FP7, FP6, PPP, NWO).

Cesar aims at a better integration of core human-computer interaction methodologies and computer science research. His firm conviction is that for a humane future and for solving tomorrow’s scientific challenges, an interdisciplinary research approach is required. He therefore initiates projects where computer scientists explore problems together with other professionals (sociologists, artists, designers, educators or health professionals, depending on the goal). A combination of expertise provides a plethora of methodologies and approaches that can be applied depending on the problem and the stage of the research (from simulations to field trials, from performance testing to model prediction).

The ACM Distinguished Member grade was established in 2006 to recognize those members who have made outstanding technical, educational, or leadership contributions to the computing field. To be eligible for nomination, members must have at least 15 years of professional experience in the computing field and 5 years of continuous professional ACM membership. The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes up to 10 percent of ACM worldwide membership based on professional experience as well as significant achievements in the computing field.

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