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Imperial computing pioneer elected to prestigious European Academy

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Friday 1 July 2005

An Imperial academic who founded the field of computer system and network performance evaluation has been elected to the prestigious Academia Europaea.

Erol Gelenbe, Dennis Gabor chair and professor in computer and communication networks in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, will attend the official induction ceremony in Berlin on 22 September.

Professor Gelenbe, 59, becomes part of the mathematics and computer sciences section of the Academia, which aims to promote learning, education and research through its membership of 2,300 scientists and scholars. Individuals are invited to become members after nomination by their peer group, confirming their scholarship and eminence in their field. Six members were elected this year from the UK and 52 were elected from the rest of Europe.

Professor Gelenbe said: "I feel very honoured to be included in such a distinguished group, which spans all of Europe and all areas of academia. I am delighted that the Academia has expressed its support for the work I have been involved in for such a long period of time, in an area of research which remains very active."

The cost effectiveness, performance and deployment of computer systems and networks are at the heart of Professor Gelenbe's research. He has developed mathematical models that can be used to predict the behaviour of such systems and networks. He has also invented computer models that mimic the manner in which living organisms process information.

During a career based in the US and Europe, he has been honoured with several honorary degrees, prizes, distinctions and fellowships. Professor Gelenbe joined Imperial in 2003.

Professor David Limebeer, Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, said: "We congratulate Erol on this achievement. His work has been vitally important to the field of computer networking and so it is very appropriate that he is honoured in this way. With computers ever more present in every aspect of our lives, his work will be increasingly relevant in supporting the world's information infrastructure."

The Academia Europaea includes fellow Imperial academics Sir David Cox FRS, Simon Donaldson FRS, Sir Eric Ash FRS FEng and Roy Anderson FRS. 42 Nobel Laureates are also members.