Academic and Teaching Staff

Prof. RAYNAL Michel

Chair Professor under the Distinguished Chair Professor Scheme



Distributed Algorithms, Distributed Computing Systems, Distributed Computability, Dependability


Michel Raynal is a Professor of Informatics, IRISA, University of Rennes, France. His main research interests are the basic principles of distributed computing systems. Recognized as a world leading researcher in distributed computing, he is the author of numerous papers on this topic (more than 150 in int’l scientific journals, and more than 330 papers in int’l conferences). He is also well-known for his books on distributed computing. From a « purely numeric » point of view, his h-index is 54 and his i-10 index is 254. Michel Raynal is a senior member of the prestigious « Institut Universitaire de France », and a member of Academia Europaea He was the recipient of the 2015 « Int’l Award « Innovation in Distributed Computing » (also known as SIROCCO Prize). Michel raynal is also « Chair Professor on Distributed Algorithms » at the Polytechnic University (PolyU) of Hong Kong. Michel Raynal chaired the program committee of the major conferences on the topic (e.g., ICDCS, DISC,SIROCCO, OPODIS, ICDCN, etc.) and served on the program committees of more than 180 int’l conferences including all the most prestigious ones. He is the recipient of several « Best Paper » awards of major conferences (including ICDCS 1999, 2000 and 2001, SSS 2009 and 2011, Europar 2010, DISC 2010, PODC 2014). He supervised more than 45 PhD students. He gave lectures on distributed computing in many universities all over the world. In the recent past, Michel Raynal has written four books: « Communication and Agreement Abstractions for Fault-Tolerant Asynchronous Distributed Systems », Morgan & Claypool 251 pages, 2010 (ISBN 978-1-60845-293-4); « Fault-Tolerant Agreement in Synchronous Distributed Systems », 165 pages, Morgan & Claypool, September 2010), (ISBN 978-1-60845-525-6); « Concurrent Programming: Algorithms, Principles and Foundations », Springer, 515 pages, 2012 (ISBN 978-3-642-32026-2), and « Distributed Algorithms for Message-passing Systems », Springer, 510 pages, 2013 (ISBN: 978-3-642-32026-2).