Vassos Hadzilacos

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Vassos Hadzilacos was born in Volos, Greece in 1959. He received a BSE from Princeton University in 1980 and a PhD from Harvard University in 1984, both in computer science. In 1984 he joined the University of Toronto where he is presently a professor. He has held visiting positions at Cornell University (1990-1991), Imperial College London (1996-1997), and Stanford University (2012-2013). His research is on theoretical aspects of distributed computing, specifically synchronization and fault tolerance. He is co-recipient, together with Tushar Chandra and Sam Toueg, of the 2010 Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing for their joint work on failure detectors. He served as editor-in-chief of the journal Distributed Computing during 2000-2008, and as chair of the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus during 2008-2012.


B.S.E.(Princeton), Ph.D.(Harvard)

Research Interests

Theory of distributed computing

Awards and Grants

  • 2010 Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing (jointly with Tushar Chandra and Sam Toueg)