Dr. Stephen S. Yau is a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) and the director of the ASU Information Assurance Center. During his prolific research career, Dr. Yau has contributed to over 200 published works, served as the primary investigator for many research projects, and acted as a mentor and advisor to over 200 graduate students. He has received grants for his work from sources that include the National Science Foundation, the United States Air Force Research Laboratory, and companies such as Fujitsu and Hitachi. In addition to his outstanding contributions to the field of computer science, Dr. Yau has served as the President of the IEEE Computer Society (1974-75), the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Computer Society’s Computer Magazine (1981-84), and as the founder and a steering committee chairperson of the Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference (1977-2005).
Dr. Yau first acquired his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the National Taiwan University in 1958, before receiving both a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1959 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1961 fromthe University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign. He went on to join Northwestern University as a faculty member in 1961 – eventually becoming the Walter P. Murphy Chair Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science until 1988. Dr. Yau then joined the University of Florida, Gainesville as a professor and chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences from 1988 until 1994. During this time he also worked as the director of the Software Engineering Research Center at the University of Florida (1988-1992). In 1994, Dr. Yau joined Arizona State University as a professor and chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department (1994-2001), and remains with the University as a professor and director of the University’s Information Assurance Center to this day.
During his career, Dr. Yau has served as the President of the IEEE Computer Society (1974-75), the President of the American Federation of Information-Processing Societies (1984-86), the Director of the IEEE Division V Computer Society (1976-77), and as a member of the board of directors of the Computing Research Association (1997-2000). In addition to his time as the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Computer Society’s Computer Magazine (1981-84), Dr. Yau held positions as a guest editor or member of the editorial board for a number of publications, including the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (Member of the Editorial Board, 1988-1991), and IEEE Transactions on Computers (Guest Editor, 1989). In 1977, Dr. Yau founded the Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference, and served as one of the conferences’ steering committee chairpersons in subsequent years (1978-2005). However, Dr. Yau has also been involved as a chairperson in several other conferences as well, including the International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralized Systems (1995-2001), and the IEEE Workshop on Future Trends in Distribution Computing Systems (1993-present).
As a result of this work, Dr. Yau has been recognized as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1983) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (1972). He also has received a number of awards for his work, including the 2006 Special Award of the IEEE Computer Society for his work in founding and furthering COMPSAC, the 2002 Tsutomu Kanai Award of the IEEE Computer Society, and the 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal. Other awards Dr. Yau has received include the Chinese Computer Federation’s 2006 Overseas Outstanding Contributions Award, the International Federation for Information Processing’s 1989 Silver Core Award, and the 1990 Special Award of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies.