John Savage

An Wang Professor Emeritus of Computer Science
Box 1910, Computer Science Department
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
401-863-7642 (voice)
401-863-7657 (fax)
Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Center for Information Technology, Room 503
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Biographical Sketch

Professor Savage earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering at MIT in 1965 specializing in coding and communication theory. He joined Bell Laboratories in 1965 and the faculty of the Division of Engineering at Brown University in 1967. In 1979 he co-founded the Department of Computer Science and served as its second chair from 1985 to 1991.

By the early 1970s his research interests changed from coding and communication theory to theoretical computer science. He has done research in computational complexity, VLSI synthesis and theory, parallel algorithms and theory, scientific computation, reliable computation with unreliable components, computational nanotechnology, efficient cache management on multicore chips, and I/O complexity. His current research interests are in cybersecurity technology and policy. He has published more than 100 research articles and given more than 180 technical presentations worldwide.

He is a Fellow of AAAS and ACM, a Life Fellow of IEEE, and a Guggenheim Fellow. He is a recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Research Award. He served as a Jefferson Science Fellow in the U.S. State Department during the 2009-2010 academic year. He is a Professorial Fellow of the EastWest Institute.

His professional service has included service on the editorial board of the Journal of Computer and Systems Sciences and as a member of the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 1991-2002.

A more comprehensive, but incomplete, biographical statement can be found here. A complete vitae can be found here.


Brown Faculty Bulletin Articles

Recent Publications

Research on Nanotechnology

Recently Taught Courses

Representative Brown Service Activities

Source Material on Topics of Current Interest

Topics in Cybersecurity and International Relations

Encryption and the FBI/Apple Dispute

Blockchain Technologies and Cryptocurrencies

Deterrence in Cyberspace


Talks, Interviews, Congressional Testimony

    Cyberspace - Taming the Wild West, Jefferson Science Fellow Distinguished Lecture, US State Department, March 23, 2010

    A December 18, 2015 report of CCTV on the Chinese 2nd World Internet Conference, Wuzhen, includes interviews with Dr. Cheng Li of the Brookings Institute, Fadi Chehadé of ICANN and John Savage.

John Savage
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