Michael Fellows#

Michael Fellows
Membership Number:4668
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:NORWAY

Present and Previous Positions

  • 2016 - present Elite Professor of Informatics, University of Bergen, Norway
  • 2011 - 2016 Professor of Computer Science, Charles Darwin University, Australia
  • 2010 - 2014 Awarded Australian Professorial Fellowship funded by the Australian Research Council
  • 2001 - 2011 Professor of Computer Science, Univ. Newcastle, Australia
  • 1999 - 2001 Reader of Theoretical Computer Science, Victoria Univ., NZ
  • 1995 - 2001 Professor of Computer Science, Univ. Victoria, Canada
  • 1990 - 1995 Associate Prof, Univ. Victoria, Canada; 1987–1990: Associate Prof, Univ. Idaho; 1986–1987: Assistant Prof, Univ. New Mexico; 1985 - 1986: Assistant Prof, Washington State Univ., U.S.A.
  • 2009 - 2017 Honorary Visiting Professor in Computer Science, Royal Holloway, University of London

Fields of Scholarship
  • FPT
  • Mathematical sciences communication
  • Parameterized complexity
  • Kernelization
  • Multivariate algorithmics

Honours and Awards
  • 2018 Toppforsk Award by the Norwegian Research Council. The funding scheme supports “scientific quality at the forefront of international research; boldness in scientific thinking and innovation”. The Toppforsk awards about 2.5 million Euro for Fellows’ project: “Parameterized Complexity for Practical Computing”.
  • 2016 Order of Australia, Companion to the Queen (AC). This is Australia's highest civilian honour, similar to UK knighthood. To appreciate this requires a trip to Wikipedia: Of the approximately 400 over the 50 years of the Australian national honours system, over all walks of life (politicians, sports stars, movie stars…) there have been approximately 60 AC academics, of which there are approximately 30 scientists, and of those, 6 Nobel Laureates. He is the first computer scientist to receive this honour.
  • 2014 Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He is the second person whose primary research area is algorithms to receive this honor. Honorary Fellows include Einstein, Bohr, Curie, Darwin, Fleming, Priestley, Richter, Rutherford, altogether 230 since 1870.
  • 2014 Inaugural Fellow of EATCS, one of ten, for “his role in founding the field of parameterized complexity theory, and for being a leader in computer science education.”
  • 2014 EATCS–IPEC Nerode Prize, for a “series of papers that provide the mathematical framework establishing the field of kernelization algorithms as a rigorous theory having both upper and lower bounds. Altogether, these results and tools have paved the way for a disciplined and useful mathematical study of the major practical computing strategy of preprocessing.”
  • 2014 International Gold Medal of Honor for Computer Science and Computer Science Education, ETH University of Zurich, for “Computer Science Unplugged! sharing the foundations and open questions of computer science with students of all ages.” Unplugged is now translated into 24 languages.
  • 2014 Australia Prime Minister of Science Prize, short-listed.
  • 2010-2014 Australian Professorial Fellowship, Australian Research Council, for “outstanding researchers with proven international reputations to undertake research that is both of major importance in its field and of significant benefit to Australia.”
  • 2012 His 60th birthday was a day of honor at Dagstuhl Seminar 12241: Data Reduction and Problem Kernels. He was presented The Multivariate Algorithmic Revolution and Beyond, Essays Dedicated to Michael R. Fellows on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday (Springer, LNCS 7370, 2012).
  • 2009-ongoing Honorary Professor, Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • 2007 Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize. Year-long research visit to Friedrich Schiller Univ, Jena with Prof Dr. Rolf Niedermeier. Mike visited many German research groups giving lectures, including MPI Saarbrucken, Luebeck, Aachen, Frieburg, Karlsruhe and others.
  • 2006 Inaugural Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, and Best Fellow of Grey College, giving public lectures as well as Institute presentations.
  • 1996 Erskine Fellow with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand,1996.

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