2019 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
Sy-Yen Kuo (PhD CS ’87) is the Pegatron Chair Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University (NTU). He previously served as the Dean of College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at NTU (2012-2015); a Chair Professor and Dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (while on leave from NTU from 2006-2009); and the Chairman of Department of Electrical Engineering at NTU (2001 to 2004).
His current research interests include dependable and secure systems, edge and cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and quantum computing. Throughout his career, he has conducted research at AT&T Labs-Research, Fairchild Semiconductor, Silvar-Lisco, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.
Kuo’s work has resulted in 450 papers in journals and conferences, and he holds 24 U.S. patents, 23 patents in Taiwan, and 15 patents from other countries. He has won several best paper awards, was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2001 “for contributions to dependable computing and software reliability engineering,” and received the Distinguished Research Award (three times) and the Distinguished Research Fellow award (two times) from the National Science Council in Taiwan.
Kuo has also been deeply engaged in service to IEEE, where he has served on numerous award and conference committees, held multiple editorship positions, and been a member of the Board of Governors. In 2018, he was recognized with the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award, which is awarded to longstanding members who have an exceptional record of service.