Professors Derek Corneil, Stephen Cook and Tom Hull (1922-1996) are winners of the Canadian Association of Computer Science / Association d'Informatique Canadienne (CACS/AIC) 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award is given for an “outstanding achievement in research, teaching, or service over an entire academic career”, CACS/AIC.
Professor Derek Corneil is an alumnus of the department and joined the faculty in 1970. Corneil was Chair of the department from 1985-1990, and Vice Dean of Research in Faculty of Art & Science from 1991-1998. He is recognized as one of the world’s experts in algorithmic graph theory, a mathematical field which is at the foundation of theoretical computer science.
Professor Stephen Cook is a world renowned computer scientist. He is known for introducing the notion of NP completeness in 1971, for which he was given a Turing Award. Through his extraordinary 40-year career, Professor Cook has made an impact on theoretical computer science and on training of the next generation of computer scientists.
Professor Tom Hull (1922-1996) chaired the department of computer science from 1968- 1975. He was an outstanding researcher who made a lasting contribution to the discipline by novel research contributions, training excellent graduate students, founding scientific journals and significantly impacting teaching of computing in all levels of education.