Villanova University Selects Computing Sciences Professor as Recipient of 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has selected Giorgi Japaridze, PhD, a professor of Computing Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as the recipient of its 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award for his scholarship in logic and computer science. The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in research, scholarship and contributions to their field.

Dr. Japaridze’s present research is primarily focused on Computability Logic, a long-term research project initiated by him several years ago. Among the objectives of this otherwise theoretical study is to elaborate a “common language” between humans and computers that could potentially enable average computer users to program without programming skills or knowledge. Cirquent Calculus, a novel approach to mathematical proofs and deduction, is another brainchild of Dr. Japaridze.  The inventor of the reasoning system GLP, often referred to as “Japaridze’s Polymodal Logic,” Dr. Japaridze has had his papers and articles published widely in top international scientific journals.

“Dr. Japaridze’s work is a testament to the level of scholarship that is being achieved by Villanova’s finest faculty members,” said Dr. Alfonso Ortega, associate vice president for Research and Graduate Programs. “Dr. Japaridze has been described as ‘one of the deepest and most originally thinking’ current logicians, and ‘a logician of unusual breadth and depth of vision.’ These characteristics are indicative of Dr. Japaridze’s international stature. We are extraordinarily proud of him and his achievements.”

A member of Villanova’s Department of Computing Sciences for 17 years, Dr. Japaridze earned his master’s degree in philosophy at Tbilisi State University. He holds doctoral degrees in philosophy (logic) from Moscow State University and in computer science from The University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Japaridze, a native of the Republic of Georgia (once part of the USSR), speaks five languages.

“I feel deeply honored to have been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award from Villanova University,” Dr. Japaridze said. “This recognition is a source of encouragement and a motivator to continue to strive for further accomplishments.” 

“Dr. Japaridze is a world class computer scientist who is equally dedicated to teaching and to sharing his expertise with our undergraduate and graduate students,” said Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, interim dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “He truly exemplifies our teacher-scholar model. “

In order to be eligible for the Outstanding Faculty Research Award candidates must have an established national and international scholarly reputation in their field; be full-time, tenured full professors; have held a tenure track faculty position at Villanova for at least 10 years; and be formally nominated by full-time Villanova faculty members.

“The Department of Computing Sciences is very proud of Dr. Giorgi Japaridze's accomplishments as an outstanding researcher.  He brings honor to the department, the College and the University,” said Dr. Lillian Cassel, Chair, Department of Computing Sciences.

She added, “What makes Dr. Japaridze extraordinary, in addition to the wide recognition of his work, is that he is a dedicated and effective teacher, very well regarded by his students.  To combine excellence in research at his level with dedication to teaching both graduate and undergraduate students is truly exemplary.” 

Dr. Japaridze will be honored at a Faculty Scholars Dinner March 31 at The Villanova Conference Center. The Outstanding Faculty Research Award will be formally conferred at the University’s May 15 Commencement ceremony.  In addition, Dr. Japaridze will speak about his research in a public talk at 2 p.m., April 21 in the Falvey Memorial Library Reading Room on campus. The talk is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Office of Research and Graduate Programs.

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