Selim G. Akl holds a Ph.D. degree from McGill University. He has been a faculty member in the Queen’s School of Computing (formerly, the Department of Computing and Information Science) since 1978.
Dr. Akl’s research interests are in parallel and unconventional computation (including quantum and biomolecular computers, and non-standard computational problems). He is the author of Parallel Sorting Algorithms (Academic Press, 1985), The Design and Analysis of Parallel Algorithms (Prentice Hall, 1989), and Parallel Computation: Models and Methods (Prentice Hall, 1997), and a co-author of Parallel Computational Geometry (Prentice Hall, 1992) and Adaptive Cryptographic Access Control (Springer, 2010).
Dr. Akl is past editor of the Journal of Cryptology, Information Processing Letters, and Parallel Algorithms and Applications. At present he is Editor-in-Chief of Parallel Processing Letters and Unconventional Computation Area Editor of Scalable Computing and Communications. He also currently serves on the editorial boards of Computational Geometry, the International Journal of Parallel, Emergent, and Distributed Systems, the International Journal of Unconventional Computing, and the International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking.
Dr. Akl was on leave at the University of California Berkeley, Simon Fraser University, the University of Puerto Rico, Clarkson University, and Kent State University. He was an SRI International Fellow at the Stanford Research Institute, in Menlo Park, California, and an NSERC Senior Industrial Research Fellow at MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, in Richmond, British Columbia. In 1990, he held the Louis Néel Chair at the Université de Lyon, France. Dr. Akl was winner in 2004 and 2007 of the Howard Staveley Award for Teaching Excellence. He received the Queen's University Prize for Excellence in Research in 2005.
Shortly after arriving in Kingston, he founded the French speaking theatre company Les Tréteaux de Kingston, now preparing for its thirty-third consecutive season. Since 2005, his photography work appears on the cover of the monthly magazine Vista.