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Vardi Wins Award for Social and Professional Responsibility


Rice University Professor Moshe Y. Vardi

Credit: Rice University

Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi has won the 2021 Norbert Wiener Award for Social and Professional Responsibility from IEEE's Society on the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT).

Vardi, University Professor and the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and former editor-in-chief of Communications of the ACM, was honored for "leadership in raising awareness on adverse societal consequences of computing and communication technologies."

Named in honor of computer science pioneer Norbert Wiener, the Wiener Award is given annually to recognize an exceptional contribution or outstanding career in the field of the social implications of technology, and to serve "as a reminder of what Wiener stood for, and of what each individual can do to make this a better world," SSIT President Clint Andrews said in an online presentation of the award to Vardi on July 22.

Vardi "has transformed into one of the discipline's most ardent spokesmen about the societal impact and consequences of computing and communication technologies" and "exemplifies Wiener's unrelenting engagement with the social consequences of new technology," Andrews said.

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