Charles DeLisi Award and Lecture

The College of Engineering Charles DeLisi Award and Lecture celebrates high-impact research in engineering and annually honors one of our faculty engaged in outstanding research. This showcasing event allows all members of the Boston University community to meet a distinguished scholar selected from the College of Engineering faculty discussing a topic of recognized excellence.

Widely considered the father of the Human Genome Project, DeLisi was an early pioneer in computational molecular biology, and also made seminal contributions to theoretical and mathematical immunology. He currently serves as Metcalf Professor of Science and Engineering, and continues to direct the Biomolecular Systems Laboratory, where more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students have trained.

As Dean of the College of Engineering from 1990 to 2000, he recruited leading researchers in biomedical, manufacturing, aerospace and mechanical engineering, photonics and other engineering fields, establishing a research infrastructure that ultimately propelled the College into the top ranks of engineering graduate programs. In 1999 he founded—and then chaired for more than a decade—BU’s Bioinformatics Program, the first such program in the nation.

Current Recipient

Professor Yannis Paschalidis

Yannis Paschalidis is a Professor and Data Science Fellow in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computing & Data Sciences at Boston University. He is the director of the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE). He received his bachelor’s degree in 1991 from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, a master’s in 1993 and a doctoral degree in 1996 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in electrical and computer engineering.

He joined the faculty at Boston University in 1996. His current research interests lie in the fields of systems and control, networks, optimization, operations research, computational biology, and medical informatics. He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications on these topics and has given more than 120 invited lectures.

Paschalidis’ work has been recognized with a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation; the second prize in the 1997 George E. Nicholson paper competition by INFORMS; and the best student paper award at the WiOpt 2011, the 9th International Symposium of Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc, and Wireless Networks, won by one of his doctoral students for a joint paper; an IBM/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Smarter Planet Challenge Award; and a finalist best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

His collaborative work on protein docking has been recognized for best performance in modeling selected protein-protein complexes against 64 other predictor groups at the 2009 Protein Interaction Evaluation Meeting. His recent work on health informatics won an IEEE Computer Society Crowd Sourcing Prize and a best paper award by the International Medical Informatics Associations. He was an invited participant at the Frontiers of Engineering Symposium organized by the National Academy of Engineering, and at the 2014 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Conference. Paschalidis is a fellow of the IEEE and the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems.

DeLisi Distinguished Lecture 2020

Recent Recipients