The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named UNSW CSE Professor Salil Kanhere a Distinguished Member for significant contributions, along with 66 other awardees. Prof. Kanhere is one of three awardees from Australia.

ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific society, uniting educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM’s Distinguished Members are selected by their peers for work that has spurred innovation, enhanced computer science education, and moved the field forward.

“The ACM Distinguished Members program honors both accomplishment and commitment,” said ACM President Yannis Ioannidis.

“Each of these new 67 Distinguished Members have been selected for specific and impactful work, as well as their longstanding commitment to being a part of our professional association.

“As ACM celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, it is especially fitting to reflect on how our global membership has built our organization into what it is today. Our Distinguished Members are leaders both within ACM and throughout the computing field.”

Professor Salil Kanhere leads the Information Security and Privacy Research Group (IsPri) at UNSW Sydney and is affiliated with the UNSW Institute for Cyber Security (IFCYBER).

His research sits broadly at the intersection of cybersecurity, distributed computing, cyber-physical and IoT systems, and pervasive computing. He has co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles on these topics and has received 8 Best Paper Awards. He also co-authored the book Blockchain for Cyberphysical Systems, published by Artech House.

Prof. Kanhere received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award (2020) and the Humboldt Research Fellowship (2014) from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. He has held visiting positions at I2R Singapore, Technical University Darmstadt, University of Zurich, Graz University of Technology and RWTH Aachen.

He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor. He serves as the Editor in Chief of the Ad Hoc Networks journal and as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, Computer Communications, and Pervasive and Mobile Computing. He has served as General Chair and Program Chair for several IEEE/ACM international conferences and is on the advisory board of three SMEs.