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John E. Hopcroft

John E. Hopcroft

 

John E. Hopcroft is the IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics in Computer Science at Cornell University. From January 1994 until June 2001, he was the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering. After receiving both his M.S. (1962) and Ph.D. (1964) in electrical engineering from Stanford University, he spent three years on the faculty of Princeton University. He joined the Cornell faculty in 1967, was named professor in 1972 and the Joseph C. Ford Professor of Computer Science in 1985. He served as chairman of the Department of Computer Science from 1987 to 1992 and was the associate dean for college affairs in 1993. An undergraduate alumnus of Seattle University, Hopcroft was honored with a Doctor of Humanities Degree, Honoris Causa, in 1990. Hopcroft's research centers on theoretical aspects of computing, especially analysis of algorithms, automata theory, and graph algorithms. He has coauthored four books on formal languages and algorithms with Jeffrey D. Ullman and Alfred V. Aho. His most recent work is on the study of information capture and access. He was honored with the A. M. Turing Award in 1986. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). In 1992, he was appointed by President Bush to the National Science Board (NSB), which oversees the National Science Foundation (NSF), and served through May 1998. From 1995-98, Hopcroft served on the National Research Council's Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications. In addition to these appointments, Hopcroft serves as a member of the SIAM financial management committee, IIIT New Delhi advisory board, Microsoft's technical advisory board for research Asia, and the Engineering Advisory Board, Seattle University. Hopcroft was appointed as Honorary Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in January 2012 and has long been committed to the cultivation of talent students and construction of faculty team at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). Since the end of 2011, Hopcroft was invited to lecture to the computer science students of Zhiyuan College, SJTU, and give lectures on “Computer Science Theory at Information Age” in winter, on “Automaton theory” every summer, and the endeavor has lasted for seven years. Under the active promotion of Hopcroft, the collaborations in education between SJTU and Cornell University has been greatly accelerated; and he has facilitated the summer research program between the two sides from 2014, which has achieved remarkable successes at both institutions. John Hopcroft was appointed as ‘Special Counsellor’ to former President Zhang Jie in May 2012 to assist SJTU in carrying out the introduction and evaluation of high-level talents, recruiting top talents for Shanghai Jiaotong University worldwide. In January 2015, Professor Hopcroft won the “High-End Foreign Experts Project” which is ratified by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and took part in the great cause of improving the development of higher education of SJTU and even the whole China with higher participation. In February 2016, Professor Hopcroft received in audience by Premier Li Keqiang at the New Year meeting, and proposed suggestions on educational reform and development of China, which drew high attention from the Premier. Today, Hopcroft is working as Special Counselor to Vice President Xu Xuemin, SJTU, and in 2016, Hopcroft won “Chinese Government Friendship Award” in 2016 due to the outstanding contributions he has made to China’s modernization drive. In January 2017, John Hopcroft Center, SJTU was established and Hopcroft has been working as the Dean of the Center and been recruiting top talents worldwide to further improve the faculty quality of CS discipline, SJTU. In October 2017, Hopcroft was awarded with the Simon Reimer founder Award for his research contribution and leadership in engineering field. The award affirms the fundamental achievements of Hopcroft in the progress of Computer Science through innovative teaching materials, educational leadership, public services and outstanding scientific research achievements. Hopcroft was elected as Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Science on November 28, 2017. Over the years, Hopcroft has devoted tremendous efforts and made great contributions on talent-cultivation, faculty-training and team-building of SJTU.