Keynote: Dr. Zvi Galil

Dr. Zvi Galil

We are thrilled to have Dr. Zvi Galil as our keynote speaker on May 3!

Dr. Galil earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Mathematics from Tel Aviv University, both summa cum laude, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University. After a post-doctorate at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center, he returned to Israel and joined the faculty of Tel Aviv University, serving as the chair of the Computer Science department from 1979-1982.

In 1982, he joined the faculty of Columbia University, serving as the chair of the Computer Science Department from 1989-1994, and as the Morris and Alma A. Schapiro Dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science from 1995-2007. In 2007, Dr. Galil returned to Tel Aviv University and served as president. In 2009, he resigned as president and returned to the faculty as a professor of Computer Science. In July 2010, he became The John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech. In June 2019, he stepped down as dean and became the Frederick G. Storey Chair in Computing and Executive Advisor to Online Programs. Dr. Galil was a moving force behind the establishment of Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS) program, which by Spring 2022 had grown to more than 12,000 students representing more than 100 countries. Inside Higher Education noted that OMSCS “suggests that institutions can successfully deliver high-quality, low-cost degrees to students at scale.” The Chronicle of Higher Education noted that OMSCS “may have the best chance of changing how much students pay for a traditional degree.”

Dr. Galil's research areas have been: the design and analysis of algorithms; complexity; cryptography; and experimental design. He has written over 200 scientific papers, edited 5 books, and given more than 250 lectures in 30 countries. He is a fellow of the ACM and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.