Gul Agha: The Talented Computer Scientist of Sindh

Gul Agha is a well-known and reputed professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and director of the Open Systems Laboratory. He is famous for his contribution on the actor model of concurrent computation, and was also Editor-in-Chief of ACM Computing Surveys from the time period of 1999 to 2007.

Gul Agha gained his Ph.D. in Computer and Communication Science from the institute of University of Michigan in the year 1986, under the supervision of John Holland. Although, much of his doctoral research was conducted in Carl Hewitt’s Message-Passing Semantics Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Agha’s dissertation was released by the MIT Press as Actors: a model of concurrent computation in distributed systems, a book which, in accordance to the ACM Guide to Computing Literature, has been cited over the 3000 times. Agha was born-bred and acquired his early schooling in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. He completed his B.S. with honors from the California Institute of Technology in the year 1977.


Gul Agha really amuses the Blues music and is vegan. He has 3 daughters and lives with his wife, Jennifer S. Cole in Illinois.


Gul Agha became a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in the year 2002. He is also a proposed Golden Core Member of the institute of IEEE Computer Society, and a recipient of the intended IEEE Computer Society Meritorious Service Award, and was an International Lecturer for the ACM from the time period of 1992 to 1997.



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