Sztipanovits elected External Member of Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Janos Sztipanovits
Janos Sztipanovits

Janos Sztipanovits, E. Bronson Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering, professor of electrical engineering and computer engineering, has been elected an External Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Engineering Sciences Section. He will deliver an inaugural lecture Sept. 9, 2010.
Eminent Hungarian scholars with outstanding achievements in their fields who live in foreign countries may be elected to the HAS. External and honorary members are elected by their colleagues who are full or corresponding members of HAS. The Academy is a scholarly public body whose main task is the study of science, the publicizing of scientific achievements, and the aid and promotion of research. Its members are academicians.

In 1980, Sztipanovits earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Technical University of Budapest, and a C.Sc. (Candidate of Technical Sciences) in electrical engineering was granted to him by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. Also in 1980, he became an associate professor of electrical engineering.

Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest

In 1982, he qualified to receive the distinguished doctor degree Promotio Sub Auspiciis Rei Publicae Poplularis from the President of Hungary.  He was the forth engineer who qualified for this award since it was established nearly a century before. In 1985, his research and engineering work in medical instrumentation was recognized by the National Prize.

Sztipanovits came to Vanderbilt as visiting professor in 1983. He was named an associate professor in 1985 and a full professor in 1990. His interest continued to be in the intersection of computer/software engineering and signals and systems. His research objective was to create a new technology for large-scale embedded information systems – computer applications which are in direct, dynamic interaction with physical processes.

The primary intellectual thrust of his work has been the extension of the role of modeling from the design phase to all phases of the information system development process including  implementation and operation. The theory and technology of this new approach, called model-integrated computing, have evolved along major applications including diagnostic system for the International Space Station, manufacturing execution systems for chemical and automotive plants, medical instrumentation systems, and several defense applications.

Sztipanovits is the founding director of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS). ISIS was established in 1998 in the School of Engineering.  The center has become internationally recognized for its impact on the science and technology of integrating computers with physical systems. It employs more than 100 researchers and students who work on joint projects with leading academic and industrial research institutions across the United States and the world.

In 2001, Stzipanovits was named the inaugural E. Bronson Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering. Between 1999 and 2002, he worked as program manager and deputy director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Technology Office.  DARPA is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technology for use by the military.

During his tenure at DARPA, he established and directed two major research programs in embedded software design (Model-Based Integration of Embedded Software, MoBIES) and networked embedded systems (Networked Embedded Systems Technology, NEST).

Currently Sztipanovits is member of the U.S. Air Force Science Advisory Board. His research areas are at the intersection of systems and computer science and engineering. His current research interest is the foundation and applications of model-integrated computing, an emerging model-based design technology for distributed embedded software, which is used in a wide range of defense and commercial systems.

His other research contributions include structurally adaptive systems, autonomous systems, design space exploration and systems-security co-design technology. He has co-authored two books and over 200 papers. He was founding chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Embedded Software (SIGBED).

Sztipanovits was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 2000. He has received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 2002, the DARPA Service and Achievement award in 2001 and the USAF/AEDC Breakthrough Award in 1993.