Joseph Sifakis

Joseph Sifakis (Greek: Ιωσήφ Σηφάκης) is a Greek-French computer scientist with French citizenship,[1] laureate of the 2007 Turing Award, along with Edmund M. Clarke and E. Allen Emerson, for his work on model checking.

Joseph Sifakis
Born26 December 1946 (1946-12-26) (age 72)
Alma materNational Technical University of Athens
University of Grenoble
Known forDevelopment of model checking
AwardsNAE (2017)
ACM Turing Award (2007)
Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur
Grand officier de l'ordre national du Mérite
Médaille d'argent du CNRS
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science


He was born in Heraklion, Crete in 1946[2] and studied Electrical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and Computer Science at the University of Grenoble under a French scholarship.[3] He received a doctorate in 1974 from the University of Grenoble,[4] where he also received a state doctorate in 1979.[5][6][7]

He was awarded in 2009 a Dr. h.c. from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, where he has been appointed Full Professor in 2011[8] (at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences).

Sifakis lives in France, whose citizenship he took in 1976[1] and works for the Centre national de la recherche scientifique at the VERIMAG laboratory near Grenoble,[7] of which he is a founder.[2][9]

He is also coordinator of Artist2, the European Network of Excellence for research on Embedded Systems.[10]

He is a grand officer of France's national order of merit[11] and commander in France's Legion of Honour.[12]

He received the Leonardo da Vinci Medal in 2012. In 2009 he received the Award of the Hellenic Parliament Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy. He is a commander of the Greek National Order of the Phoenix.


  1. Aperçu historique de l’immigration grecque à Grenoble, Evangélia Moussouri, in Écarts d'identités n⁰95-96, ISSN 1252-6665, reprinting information from an interview of Joseph Sifakis in Des grecs, les grecs de Grenoble, Musée Dauphinois, ISBN 2-905375-08-6
  2. (Eleftherotypia - 05 Feb 2008) Ελληνας ερευνητής πήρε το βραβείο Νόμπελ της πληροφορικής Archived 7 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine (in Greek)
  3. (Kathimerini - 04 Feb 2008) Το βραβείο Turing 2007 σε Έλληνα ερευνητή Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine (in Greek)
  4. Modèles temporels des systèmes logiques ("Temporal models of logic systems"), Université scientifique et médicale de Grenoble, 1976, under the supervision of Jean Kuntzmann
  5. Le contrôle des systèmes asynchrones : concepts, propriétés, analyse statique ("Control of asynchronous systems: concepts, properties, static analysis"), USMG and INPG, 1979 under the supervision of Louis Bolliet
  6. At the time when Joseph Sifakis was a graduate student, there existed in France two levels of PhDs, the higher one, the doctorat d'état ("state doctorate") being necessary to access professorships. It has since been replaced by the habilitation.
  7. There were two science universities in Grenoble: the Université scientifique et médicale de Grenoble (USMG, Grenoble-1), which was later renamed to Joseph Fourier University, and the Grenoble Institute of Technology(INPG), later renamed to Grenoble-INP. VERIMAG is a joint laboratory of CNRS, Joseph Fourier University and Grenoble-INP.
  8. News at EPFL
  9. CNRS website - Joseph Sifakis, chercheur au CNRS, reçoit le Prix Turing 2007 (in French)
  10. ARTIST2 NoE - Strategic Management Board — Artist2 NoE
  11. Decree of 16 May 2008 published in the Journal officiel de la République Française of 17 May 2008.
  12. Decree of 13 July 2011 published in the Journal officiel de la République Française of 14 July 2008.]

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