Selim Akl

Selim Akl

Selim G. Akl (Ph.D., McGill University, 1978) is a professor at Queen's University in the Queen's School of Computing, where he leads the [ Parallel Computation Group] . His research interests are primarily in the area of algorithm design and analysis, in particular for problems in parallel computing.


Dr. Akl is the editor in chief of [ Parallel Processing Letters] (World Scientific Publishing; 1991 -) and an editor of several major computing journals including:
* [ Computational Geometry] (Elsevier; 1993 -)
* [ International Journal of Parallel, Emergent, and Distributed Systems] (Taylor and Francis; 2004 -)
* [ Communications in Applied Geometry] (Research India Publications; 2006 -)

Akl is the founding editorial board member of [ International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking] (Inderscience Publishers; 2003 -), and a past editor of Journal of Cryptology (Springer-Verlag; 1988 - 1991), Information Processing Letters (North-Holland; 1989 - 1999), and Parallel Algorithms and Applications (Taylor and Francis; 1991 - 2004).

Current research

Akl has claimed that the notion of universality in computation is false. [] Akl asserts that no machine can claim universality since there will always be a larger set of problems that such a machine cannot solve.

A more detailed description of Dr. Akl's Non universality in Computation result can be found here [ Non-Universality in Computation: The Myth of the Universal Computer]


Currently Dr. Akl is the chair of the 2007 [ International Conference on Unconventional Computation] taking place in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.


Akl is the author of several textbooks in the areas of parallel computing and computational geometry:
* [, Parallel Sorting Algorithms] (Academic Press, 1985)
* [ The Design and Analysis of Parallel Algorithms] (Prentice Hall, 1989)
* [ Parallel Computation: Models and Methods] (Prentice Hall, 1997). He is also the co-author of [ Parallel Computational Geometry] (Prentice Hall, 1993).

External links

* [ Selim Akl's Official Home Page]
* [ Selected Journal and Conference Papers]
* [ Selected Technical Reports]
* [ Queen's University School of Computing]
* [ Queen's University School of Computing : Parallel Computation Group]
* [ International Conference on Unconventional Computation 2007]

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