Dr. Artur Ziviani passed away of Covid-19 complications on March 24th, 2021 at the age of 47. He left a wife and two young children.
Artur Ziviani was a Senior Researcher at the Brazilian National Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LNCC). He was a leader at the Data Extreme Lab (DEXL) research group and current Coordinator of LNCC’s Graduate Program in Computational Modeling. He was senior member of both IEEE and ACM, a member of the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC) and an affiliated member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC). He held an Electronic Engineer degree from the Polytechnic School of UFRJ, Master in Electrical Engineering (with emphasis on Teleinformatics) from COPPE / UFRJ and Doctor in Computer Science from Université Paris VI, Sorbonne Universités, France. He was a visiting researcher at INRIA, France, for 5 months between 2008 and 2009. He held a merit research fellowship from CNPq - Brazilian equivalent of NSF, the distinction of Scientist of the State of Rio de Janeiro (CNE), award given by FAPERJ - Rio de Janeiro State R&D funding agency - and served as a member of the Editorial Board of IEEE ComSoc journals including the IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials. He was the head of the Special Commission on Computing Applied to Healthcare (CE-CAS) of the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC) from 2011 to 2013 and he was the Vice-Coordinator of the virtual research network National Institute of Science and Technology in Medicine Assisted by Scientific Computing (INCT-MACC) from 2008 to 2016. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Smart Cities initiative representing IEEE ComSoc. His research contributions include the characterization, modeling and analysis of computer networks, as well as network science, data science, machine learning, and interdisciplinary data science research with a networking approach applied to areas such as digital health, energy, biodiversity, and bioinformatics.
Artur was a true academic leader dedicated to make this world a better place. He was also a very positive, light-hearted, always smiling person, continuously spreading waves of happiness around him.
IEEE ComSoc extends the deepest condolences to his wife, two children, family, friends and colleagues.
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Rolland Vida | 27 March 2021
I had the privilege to know Artur for more than 20 years, as we did our PhD together in Paris. Then, 20 years later we were working together as ComSoc representatives in IEEE Smart Cities. He was a bright researcher and a very kind and jovial person. My sincere condolences to his wife, his children, and his entire family. Rest in peace, Artur!
Matheus Ribeiro Furtado de Mendonça | 30 March 2021
I had the honor to have Artur as my advisor during my PhD. He was a great person, a brilliant researcher, and a great friend. I will really miss him. May he rest in peace.
Ricardo Baeza-Yates | 6 April 2021
I had the pleasure to work with Artur during 2006 and 2007 together with a Ph.D. student that I was co-advising with Nivio Ziviani. As a result we published two papers together. He was a great researcher, but above all, a great person. Is really a sad loss, so young. We will miss him.
Rafael Costa | 6 April 2021
Prof. Artur Ziviani was an outstanding researcher who participated in countless important projects and advised many people, including me. He was a very welcoming, sincere, smiling, and technically precise professor. I was fortunate to be around somehow in the last 15 years, and I can recall many moments where he shared his wisdom and thoughts with everyone.
His impact on the lives of his students or colleagues was huge. As survivors of this terrible crisis, and friends of Prof. Artur Ziviani, we have to keep his legacy alive. I heard that Egyptians believed that someone's real death was only at the day his/her name was pronounced for the last time. For me, that makes sense, so let's keep him alive through his outstanding achievements and kindness.
To his family and friends, I express my sincere condolences.