From May – September 2018 we reach out to the academic and tech communities to put together a longlist or algorithms that have played an important role for science, business and society. In October the jury selects which algorithms shall be inducted into the Algorithm Hall of Fame for 2018.

Let’s meet our jury members!

Avi Wigderson
Avi Wigderson did his undergraduate studies at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, graduating in 1980, and went on to graduate study at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in 1983 for work in computational complexity under the supervision of Richard Lipton. He is currently professor of mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Avi received the Nevanlinna Prize in 1994 for his work on computational complexity. Along with Omer Reingold and Salil Vadhan he won the 2009 Gödel Prize for work on the zig-zag product of graphs, a method of combining smaller graphs to produce larger ones used in the construction of expander graphs.

Jos Baeten
Jos Baeten has a Ph.D. in mathematics of the University of Minnesota (1985). From 1991 to 2015, he was professor of computer science at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e). In addition, from 2010 to 2012 he was professor of Systems Engineering at TU/e.

As of October 1, 2011, he is general director of CWI in Amsterdam, the Netherlands research institute for mathematics and computer science. Jos is well-known as a researcher in model-based engineering, in particular in process algebra. To date, he supervised 30 Ph.D. degrees.

Steven Goldfarb
Steven Goldfarb is an experimental particle physicist working on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. Most recently, Dr. Goldfarb has focused efforts on the development of global scientific communication tools and strategies. He chaired a committee in 2006 to address communication requirements of the large worldwide collaborations of the LHC experiments.

In this role, Steven helped to define policy and to design working environments facilitating the active participation of scientists, regardless of geographical location. From 2011-2015, Dr. Goldfarb served as the ATLAS Outreach and Education Coordinator.


Ben Lorica is the Chief Data Scientist at O’Reilly Media, Inc. and is the Program Director of both the Strata Data Conference and the Artificial Intelligence Conference. He has applied Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Machine Learning and Statistical Analysis in a variety of settings including Direct Marketing, Consumer and Market Research, Targeted Advertising, Text Mining, and Financial Engineering.

Ben was an Assistant Professor at U.C. Davis and was the founding Department Chair for Statistics and Mathematics at C.S.U. Monterey Bay. He was a visiting member of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and has taught at U.C. Santa Barbara and the University of the Philippines.