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Professor Lin Tan named Distinguished Member of the ACM


Lin Tan, Mary J. Elmore New Frontiers Associate Professor of Data Science

Professor Lin Tan was named a Distinguished Member by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). This honor is in recognition of her significant research accomplishments and contributions in computing. The ACM Distinguished Member designation is the second highest level of distinction for ACM members. Less than 10% of ACM members may ever hold a Distinguished Member designation. The ACM is the world's largest and most prestigious society of computing professionals.

Tan joined Purdue University's Department of Computer Science in 2019 as an associate professor. After establishing a proven track record of research and teaching, she was awarded the named professorship Mary J. Elmore New Frontiers Associate Professor of Data Science.

Her research interests include AI and software synergy, software engineering, software reliability and security, and software text analytics. Some of Tan’s research focuses on leveraging machine learning and natural language processing techniques to improve software dependability and using software approaches to improve the dependability of machine learning systems. Before joining Purdue, she was a Canada Research Chair and an associate professor at the University of Waterloo. Tan earned her PhD in Computer Science in 2019 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Tan is an IEEE senior member and has co-authored papers that have received ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards at ASE 2020, MSR 2018, and FSE 2016; and IEEE Micro's Top Picks in 2006. Additionally, Tan was a recipient of Canada Research Chair (one of Canada's highest research honors), an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements Award, an Ontario Early Researcher Award, among several other awards.

Tan's service experience also includes co-chair for several conferences – including FSE 2020 Visions and Reflections and MSR 2017 – as well as serving as an editor of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and the Springer Empirical Software Engineering Journal.

Tan joins four other faculty members who hold Distinguished Member status in the ACM. 

Nine faculty members from the Department of Computer Science have the rank of Fellow in the ACM. They serve as distinguished colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves.

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Founded in 1962, the Department of Computer Science was created to be an innovative base of knowledge in the emerging field of computing as the first degree-awarding program in the United States. The department continues to advance the computer science industry through research. US News & Reports ranks Purdue CS #20 and #18 overall in graduate and undergraduate programs respectively, ninth in both software engineering and cybersecurity, 14th in programming languages, 13th in computing systems, and 24th in artificial intelligence. Graduates of the program are able to solve complex and challenging problems in many fields. Our consistent success in an ever-changing landscape is reflected in the record undergraduate enrollment, increased faculty hiring, innovative research projects, and the creation of new academic programs. The increasing centrality of computer science in academic disciplines and society, and new research activities - centered around data science, artificial intelligence, programming languages, theoretical computer science, machine learning, and cybersecurity - are the future focus of the department.


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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2021 11:44 AM

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