Two from Penn Named Distinguished Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery

Jane Li and Li Shen.

Jing (Jane) Li of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science and Li Shen of Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. (Images: Courtesy of School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Perelman School of Medicine)

Jing (Jane) Li of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Scienceand Li Shen from Perelman School of Medicine have been named Distinguished Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest computing society. They join 65 others honored for their work which has “spurred innovation, improved computer science education and advanced the field”.

This year’s class of distinguished members includes researchers who have worked in areas such as computer science, cybersecurity, data management, healthcare information technology, mobile computing, and more. Winners must have had a “significant impact in the field of computing, computing or information technology”. Li and Shen were honored for their “outstanding scientific contributions to computing”.

“ACM’s Distinguished Member Program honors both achievement and commitment,” said ACM President Yannis Ioannidis. “Our distinguished members are leaders both within ACM and in the IT field.”

Jing (Jane) Li is Eduardo D. Glandt Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering and Computer and Information Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She is recognized for her fundamental research in memory and memory-driven computing, from devices/materials to computer architecture and software/algorithms. In addition to principles and theory, his research also emphasizes real-world system prototyping at the chip and system level. A prototype supercomputer developed by Li’s lab, ENIAD, has been ranked #1 on the GreenGraph500 list, surpassing many of the world’s most energy-efficient contemporary supercomputers.

Li has received numerous awards, including the DARPA Young Faculty Award, NSF Career Award, Amazon Faculty Award, IBM Research Division Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, and IBM Invention Achievement Award. She has over 80 publications in leading peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journals and over 40 issued US patents. She is a frequent guest speaker and panelist and participated in the SRC-SIA Semiconductor Webinar 10-Year Plan on Memory and Storage as the sole academic representative alongside industry and government leaders.

Li Shen is a computer scientist and bioinformatician who is Professor and Acting Director of Informatics in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics at the Perelman School of Medicine. He is also a principal investigator at Penn Institute for Biomedical Informatics and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. His research interests include medical imaging, biomedical informatics, machine learning, network science, genomic imaging, multi-omics and systems biology, Alzheimer’s disease, and big data science in biomedicine.

The goal of his lab is to advance computer science and bioinformatics by producing new algorithms to analyze large-scale datasets and provide important new insights into genetic and environmentally influenced structures and functions. medical conditions to impact the development of new diagnostics, therapeutics, and preventative approaches.

The full list of ACM Distinguished Fellows is available on the ACM website at

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