Jason Flinn honored with 2020 Mark Weiser Award

By | November 16, 2020
Jason Flinn
(The Michigan Engineer)

Jason Flinn, professor of computer science and engineering, has been recognized by the ACM Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS) with the 2020 Mark Weiser Award, a preeminent honor in the field of operating systems. The award recognizes a career of contributions “that are highly creative, innovative, and possibly high-risk, in keeping with the visionary spirit of Mark Weiser.”

Flinn joined U-M in 2002 as an assistant professor. His research is in the area of operating systems, mobile computing, storage, and distributed systems. He currently works on improving application debugging with cluster-scale computing and improving mobile application response times.

The award is named in honor of U-M alum Mark Wieser, known widely for his research accomplishments during his career at Xerox PARC. Weiser is widely considered to be the father of ubiquitous computing, a term he coined. Within Silicon Valley, Weiser was broadly viewed as a visionary and computer pioneer, and his ideas have influenced many of the world’s leading computer scientists.