Semyon Y. Berkovich

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Semyon Y. Berkovich
Семен Яковлевич Беркович
Born(1937 -04-21)April 21, 1937
Soviet Union
DiedMarch 12, 2020(2020-03-12) (aged 82)
United States
Alma materMoscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Known forHash algorithm
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
InstitutionsIPU, GWU
Doctoral advisorP. Kapitsa

Simon Y Berkovich (Russian: Семен Яковлевич Беркович) (April 21, 1937 – March 12, 2020) was a Russians-American computer scientist, best known for applying innovative computer science results to different areas - Artificial Intelligence, Database, Physics, Biology, and later Philosophy. Berkovich has more than 100 publications in the field Algorithms and Data Structures, Information Retrieval, Computer Organization, Cellular Automaton Modeling of Fundamental Physics, Biological Information Processing, Energy and Sustainability Problems, Philosophy of Science [1].

S. Berkovich graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) in 1965 and his advisor was a Nobel laureate P. Kapitsa. He accomplished his Ph.D. thesis "Investigation of Innovative Methods for Hardware and Software Design of Associative Memory Systems" in 1975. Professor Berkovich is a well-known scientist in the area of Computer Science and Cybernetics, and his publications have over 60 citations[2].

Besides his scientific work and teaching, Berkovich was an inventor and an author of more than 30 patents [3].

From 1968 to 1978, S. Berkovich was working as a Senior Research Scientist at the Moscow Institute of Control Problems (IPU), where he contributed to the research in the field of information systems and associative processing. He was an active participant of the Alexander Brudno-Alexander Kronrod seminar, where many well-known works were presented - AVL trees, Method of Four Russians, Alpha–beta pruning, Kaissa (first computer chess World champion) and others. S. Berkovich was one of the first who understood the importance of this work and was using it for his research in the area of databases and lecturing to a broad audience.

Since 1980, S. Berkovich was a professor of the Computer Science Department of George Washington University (GWU) [4]where he was teaching advanced Computer Science courses and supervising students' research in algorithms, data structures, computer organization, and information systems. His 32 students have defended their Ph.D. thesis [5]


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