NEC Professor of Software Science and Engineering
areas of expertise: computer science, theory of distributed and real-time computing: mathematical models, specification, algorithm and system design, performance and fault-tolerance analysis, distributed data management, communication, synchronization, languages and tools for abstract distributed programming, hybrid (continuous/discrete) systems, mobile wireless networks
Nancy Lynch is the NEC Professor of Software Science and Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and heads the Theory of Distributed Systems research group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
She has written numerous research articles about distributed algorithms and impossibility results, and about formal modeling and validation of distributed systems. She is the author of the graduate textbook Distributed Algorithms and a co-author of the monograph, The Theory of Timed I/O Automata.
She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an ACM Fellow, and a winner of several prizes for contributions to distributed computing theory. Lynch's academic training was in mathematics, at Brooklyn College and MIT. She served on the mathematics and computer science faculty at several other universities, including the University of Southern California and Georgia Tech, prior to joining the MIT faculty in 1982. Since then, she has been working on applying mathematics to the tasks of understanding and constructing complex distributed systems. Her current projects involve designing algorithms for mobile wireless networks, and analyzing timed and hybrid systems and security protocols.
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