Gregor v. Bochmann is professor in the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the University of Ottawa since 1998. Previously, he was appointed at the University of Montreal for over 25 years. He received a “Diplom” (MSc) in physics from the University of Munich in 1968 and a PhD in theoretical physics from McGill University in 1971. As a recipient of an NRC post-doctoral scholarship, he reoriented his research towards computer science and joined the computer science department at the University of Montreal as an assistant professor in 1992.
With 35 years of research experience in software engineering and communication protocols, he is internationally well recognized for his work on modeling of distributed systems and protocol conformance testing. This is an area which is of major importance to today’s communications and computer industry, since the understanding and testing of communication protocols and distributed systems is an essential ingredient for the construction of telecommunications networks and distributed computer applications, such as multimedia communication systems.
Since the early 1990ies, collaboration with industry has been a major aspect of his research activities. He has directed the work on many research contracts with major Canadian industries in the telecommunications and computer field, such as Nortel Networks, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Teleglobe, DMR and EICON Technologies. He was responsible for several larger inter-university and industry collaboration projects, for example in the context of the CITR, a federal network of centers of excellence. From 1990 to 1998, he was a scientific director of the Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montreal (CRIM), which has a mandate for performing application-oriented research and technology transfer in collaboration with industry and universities. From 1989 to 1997, he held the Hewlett-Packard - NSERC - CITI Industrial Research Chair on Communication Protocols at the University of Montreal. And from 2003 through 2008, he was the coordinator of the Network Architectures theme of a large NSERC Research Network on “Agile All-Photonic Networks” involving 5 industrial partners.
In the early eighties, he participated in standardization committees of ISO and CCITT on communication protocols and took a leading role in the standardization of Formal Description Techniques for communication protocols and services at the Canadian and international levels. He has also organized many scientific conferences, such as the 1995 IFIP International Conference on Formal Description Techniques (FORTE) in Montreal, the IFIP Workshop on Protocol Specification, Verification and Testing in 1986, or the ACM SIGCOMM Symposium in 1984. From 1990 to 2000, he organized 12 conferences as general chair, co-chair or program committee chair, and during the last 10 years he has been a member of the program committee for 54 international conferences. He has been a member of the editorial board for the journals "Distributed Computing", "Computer Networks and ISDN Systems", the Electronic Journal on Networks and Distributed Processing, and the ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications. He has published two monographs, over 80 scientific journal articles and over 200 papers in refereed conference proceedings.
For the last 25 years, he directed a large research group. In total, 29 PhD and 71 Master students completed their degree under his supervision. In the period 1985-89, his NSERC operating grant was the highest in Canada in the area of computer and information sciences, and from 1989 to 1997 he held the NSERC - Hewlett-Packard - CITI industrial research chair on communication protocols at the University of Montreal. During the life of the CITR (a Canadian Network of Centers of Excellence) from 1990 through 2002, he was the leader of two Major Projects, the last dealing with "Enabling Technologies for Electronic Commerce". He also initiated in 2000 a project on Optical Networks and IP Traffic funded by the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications (NCIT) in Ottawa involving collaboration with colleagues at Carleton University and CRC. His current research projects are related to software engineering, quality of service management for distributed multimedia applications, peer-to-peer systems and optical networks.
He received the ACFAS Urgel Archambeault prize (1988) and the ITAC Award for academic excellence in research in the area of information technology (1989, the first time this award was given). He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1995, of the ACM in 1996, and of the Royal Society of Canada in 1997. He received a doctorat honoris causa from the University of Grenoble (France) in 1995, the George Glinski Award for Excellence in Research from the Faculty of Engineering, and two years later the Award for Excellence in Research from the University of Ottawa. In 2001, he received the Thomas W. Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada for his contributions in the field of communications, and in 2008 was elected Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.
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