- Selim Akl
**Selim G. Akl**(Ph.D.,McGill University , 1978) is aprofessor atQueen's University in theQueen's School of Computing , where he leads the [*http://www.cs.queensu.ca/Parallel/index.html Parallel Computation Group*] . His research interests are primarily in the area ofalgorithm design and analysis, in particular for problems inparallel computing .**Activities**Dr. Akl is the

editor in chief of [*http://www.worldscinet.com/ppl/ppl.shtml Parallel Processing Letters*] (World Scientific Publishing; 1991 -) and an editor of several majorcomputing journals including:

* [*http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/505629/description Computational Geometry*] (Elsevier; 1993 -)

* [*http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/17445760.asp International Journal of Parallel, Emergent, and Distributed Systems*] (Taylor and Francis; 2004 -)

* [*http://www.ripublication.com/cag.htm Communications in Applied Geometry*] (Research India Publications; 2006 -)Akl is the founding editorial board member of [

*http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalID=61 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. [

*http://www.cs.queensu.ca/home/akl/techreports/even.pdf*] 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 [*http://www.cs.queensu.ca/Parallel/projects.html Non-Universality in Computation: The Myth of the Universal Computer*]**Conferences**Currently Dr. Akl is the chair of the 2007 [

*http://www.cs.queensu.ca/uc07/index.htm International Conference on Unconventional Computation*] taking place inKingston, Ontario ,Canada .**Publications**Akl is the author of several textbooks in the areas of

parallel computing andcomputational geometry :

* [*http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=533017&dl=GUIDE, Parallel Sorting Algorithms*] (Academic Press, 1985)

* [*http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=63471 The Design and Analysis of Parallel Algorithms*] (Prentice Hall, 1989)

* [*http://fano.ics.uci.edu/cites/Document/Parallel-Computation-Models-+-Methods.html Parallel Computation: Models and Methods*] (Prentice Hall, 1997). He is also the co-author of [*http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=162256&dl=ACM&coll=GUIDE Parallel Computational Geometry*] (Prentice Hall, 1993).**External links*** [

*http://www.cs.queensu.ca/home/akl/ Selim Akl's Official Home Page*]

* [*http://www.cs.queensu.ca/Parallel/publications.html#Publications Selected Journal and Conference Papers*]

* [*http://www.cs.queensu.ca/Parallel/technical.html#Technical Selected Technical Reports*]

* [*http://www.cs.queensu.ca/ Queen's University School of Computing*]

* [*http://www.cs.queensu.ca/Parallel/index.html Queen's University School of Computing : Parallel Computation Group*]

* [*http://www.cs.queensu.ca/uc07/ International Conference on Unconventional Computation 2007*]

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