Grzegorz Rozenberg

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Director of the Leiden Center for Natural Computing.

Curriculum Vitae

G. Rozenberg received his Master and Engineer degree in computer science in 1965 from the Technical University of Warsaw, Poland. In 1968 he obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics from the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. Since then he has held full time positions at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland (assistant professor), Utrecht University, The Netherlands (assistant professor), State University of New York at Buffalo, U.S.A. (associate professor), and University of Antwerp, Belgium (professor). Since 1979 he has been a professor at the Department of Computer Science of Leiden University and an adjoint professor at the Department of Computer Science of University of Colorado at Boulder, U.S.A. He is the head of the Theoretical Computer Science group at Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) and the scientific director of Leiden Center for Natural Computing (LCNC).

G. Rozenberg has published over 500 papers, 6 books, and is a (co-)editor of more than 100 books.

His editorial functions include:

  • He was the editor of the Bulletin of the EATCS in the period 1980-2003

  • He is a co-editor of the "Handbook of Formal Languages", 3 volumes (Springer-Verlag)
  • He is the managing editor of the "Handbook of Graph Grammars and Computing by Graph Transformation", 3 volumes (World Scientific)
  • He is a co-editor of "Current Trends in Theoretical Computer Science", 3 volumes (World Scientific)
  • He is a co-editor of the "Handbook of Membrane Computing" (Oxford University Press)
  • He is the main editor of "Handbook of Natural Computation", 4 volumes (Springer-Verlag)

His functions in the academic community included:

He has been a member of the program committees and invited speaker for practically all major conferences on theoretical computer science in Europe.

His current research interests are:

  • natural computing, including molecular computing, computation in living cells, self-assembly, and theory of biochemical reactions
  • theory of concurrent systems, in particular theory of Petri nets, theory of transition systems, and theory of traces
  • theory of graph transformations
  • formal language and automata theory
  • mathematical structures useful in computer science

He is a Foreign Member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters, a member of Academia Europaea, and he is holder of Honorary Doctorates of the University of Turku, Finland, the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, the University of Bologna, Italy, the Swedish University Abo Akademi in Turku, Finland, the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, and the University of Bucharest, Romania. He has received (among others) the Distinguished Achievements Award of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science "in recognition of his outstanding scientific contributions to theoretical computer science", and the first Award of the Developments in Formal Languages (DLT) conference for distinguished contributions to formal languages and automata theory. He is a Higly Cited Researcher by ISI.

He is a member of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS), the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Brotherhood of Magicians, order of Merlin (IBM), the Society of American Magicians (SAM), and the Dutch Union of Magicians (NMU).

G. Rozenberg is a performing magician, and a devoted student of (and perhaps an expert in) the paintings of Jheronimus Bosch. He also is an admirer of the contemporary visual art by DADARA.

Interesting Links


DNA Computing -- New Computing Paradigms
The Book of Traces
Cornerstones of Undecidability
Developmental Systems and languages
The Mathematical Theory of L Systems