Zvi Galil

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Israeli-American Computer Scientist and Mathematician

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Zvi Galil is a computer scientist and mathematician who is the former dean of the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing. He earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in applied mathematics from Tel Aviv University (where he eventually served as president). He went on to earn a Ph.D. in computer science from Cornell University.

His mathematical and computer science research interests have included cryptography, the design and analysis of algorithms, stringology, sparsificaiton and computational complexity. He is a prolific writer with over 200 papers to his credit. His most frequently cited works include “Efficient algorithms for finding maximum matching in graphs” and “Efficient algorithms for finding minimum spanning trees in undirected and directed graphs.”

He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was instrumental in the development of Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science program which is the largest online master’s program in computer science in the country.

He has also provided leadership in other ways, serving as the chair of Columbia University’s Computer Science program, the dean of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science, the Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Mathematical Methods and Computer Science and the Morris and Alma A. Schapiro Dean of Engineering at Columbia University.

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According to Wikipedia, Zvi Galil is an Israeli-American computer scientist and mathematician. Galil served as the President of Tel Aviv University from 2007 through 2009. From 2010 to 2019, he was the dean of the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing. His research interests include the design and analysis of algorithms, computational complexity and cryptography. He has been credited with coining the terms stringology and sparsification. He has published over 200 scientific papers and is listed as an ISI highly cited researcher.

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