Institute Professor Barbara Liskov, a principal investigator at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), has been named a 2012 Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Charter Fellows are selected for their work, “in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society,” according to the NAI.
Liskov is world-renowned for her pioneering work in programming languages and distributed systems. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Association for Computer Machinery. She received The Society of Women Engineers' Achievement Award in 1996 and the IEEE von Neumann medal in 2004. At the ACM SIGPLAN Programming Languages Design and Implementation Conference in 2008, she was awarded the Programming Languages Achievement Award. In 2009, she received the A.M. Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery.
At CSAIL, Liskov leads the Programming Methodology Group. Her current research interests include Byzantine-fault-tolerant storage systems, peer-to-peer computing, and support for automatic deployment of software upgrades in large-scale distributed systems.
Charter Fellows will be inducted during a ceremony at the second annual conference of the NAI on Feb. 22.