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A Symposium Honouring Professor Erol Gelenbe - Imperial College, London

The Symposium addresses areas where Erol Gelenbe is active: Science and Engineering Policy, Stochastic Networks, Computer and Network Quality of Service, Machine Learning and Bioinformatics

Erol Gelenbe, Dennis Gabor Professor in the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Dept. (EEE), is Head of the Intelligent Systems and Networks (ISN) Group since 2004. 

According to ACM SIGMETRICS (2008), he is "the single individual who, over a span of 30 years, has made the greatest overall contribution to the field of Computer System and Network Performance Evaluation." IET (UK) awared him the 2010 Oliver Lodge Medal as “a true IT innovator”. He invented mathematical models such as G-­‐networks to analyse the performance of computing systems and networks with control functions, and the Random Neural Network -­‐ a recurrent "deep learning" network. 

The Math Genealogy Project of the American Mathematical Society ranks him among the Top 50 most prolific PhD supervisors in the mathematical sciences of all times. He founded the team that developed the computer performance software QNAP marketed by SIMULOG, INRIA’s first start-­‐up. His FLEXSIM Manufacturing System Simulator inspired the Flexsim commercial tools. 

He invented the first “packet-­‐voice” switch (EP80400817), and his Cognitive Packet Network (US6804201B1) currently evaluated by Huawei, is the first fully implemented autonomic packet network. Co-­‐Technical Director of the £60M Centre on Data and Information Fusion in 2003-­‐2009, he helped coordinate research at 10 universities and 8 industry partners in the UK. His recent papers appear in the Physical Review, Communications of the ACM, the Computer Journal, ACM/IEEE Transactions on Bioinformatics, Proceedings IEEE, IEEE Network, Neural Computation, ACM Transactions on Adaptive and Autonomous
Systems, Proceedings of the Royal Society, and other IEEE and ACM Transactions. 

On 26th June 2014, Mme FIORASO (French Secretary of State for Research) awarded Erol the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, stating: “ .. j'ai fait des transferts de la recherche vers l'industrie l'une des missions officielles de la recherche publique ... mission dont vous vous étiez déjà emparé en contribuant à l'élaboration d'un logiciel de modélisation diffusé dans l'industrie, ou à l'élaboration de prototypes dans l'industrie des télécommunications ... Je pense aux autocommutateurs téléphoniques SYCOMORE pour lesquels vous avez déposé le brevet qui porte votre nom, au premier réseau à accès aléatoire sur fibre optique Xanthos.” 

Academy Fellowships Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts of Belgium ‘15, Polish Academy of Sciences ‘13, Science Academy of Turkey ‘12, Hungarian Academy of Sciences ‘10, National Academy of Technologies of France ‘08, Academia Europaea ‘05 Honours France: Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur ‘14, Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite ‘02, Chevalier des Palmes Académiques ‘00, Italy: Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia ‘07, Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Reppublica ‘05 Awards Fellow IEEE, FACM, FIET, IFIP Silver Core Award (‘80), Parlar Foundation Science Award (‘94), Grand Prix France Telecom French Academy of Sciences (‘96), ACM SIGMETRICS Life-­‐Time Achievement Award (‘08), IET Oliver Lodge Medal (‘10), In Memoriam Dennis Gabor Prize Hungarian Academy of Sciences (‘13) Honoris Causa Doctorates Université de Liege ‘06, Bogazici University ‘04, Università di Roma Tor-­‐Vergata ‘96

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Contributions to the symposium from members of NATF 

Pierre Castillon, Fellow and Founding President of the National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF). Vision for an Engineering Academy

Alain Bravo FNATF (France). Can Europe have a telecoms industry?

Prof Gerard Roucairol FNATF (France). Supercomputing and data centres - revival of a French industry

Prof Armand Hatchuel FNATF (France). Engineering creativity under strong constraints–the hidden influence of design models