22nd July 2017

Prof. Eugene Kerckhoffs

Eugene Kerckhoffs studied physical engineering at Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands), and obtained a PhD in computer science (summa cum laude) at the University of Ghent (Belgium). He was an associate professor at Delft University of Technology and for many years part-time professor at the University of Ghent, where he was a chairholder of the SCS Chair on Simulation Sciences.

He was a co-founder of the Dutch Benelux Simulation Society (DBSS) and for 12 years its first secretary (1979 – 1991). In this period of time, he was instrumental in the collaboration between (regional) European Simulation Societies, which finally in 1989 has led to the birth of EUROSIM, the Federation of European Simulation Societies. In 1990 he was the initiator of the “SCS Continental Europe Simulation Council” (one year later becoming the “SCS European Simulation Council”, ESC, covering all European SCS members), and for 7 years its first President. He has been numerous times General Chair, Program Chair, Honorary Chair, Track Chair, Session Chair, and Chair of the Best Paper Award Committee for a.o. conferences organized under the patronage of ESC, which in 2004 transferred into the independent “European Council for Modelling and Simulation” (ECMS).

Eugene Kerckhoffs was for many years on the SCS Board of Directors and for 2 years on the SCS Executive Committee, serving as the last SCS Vice-President for Europe (1992-1994). He is a Fellow of SCS and obtained Distinguished Service Awards from both SCS and ECMS. He was listed for many years (since 1996) in the Marquis “Who is Who in the World” and the Marquis “Who is Who in Science and Engineering”. Having started in August 1976 as secretary of the 8th AICA/IMACS World Congress in Delft (the Netherlands) and in 1979 also secretary (together with Franco Maceri) of the 9th IMACS World Congress in Sorrento (Italy), at the moment of writing this biography he is more than 40 years active for international Simulation Societies and international Simulation Conferences (currently serving on the ECMS Board as Historian).

Retired since 2004, in his period of active scientist he has been the (co-)author of over 200 papers/articles in Conference Proceedings and scientific Journals, as well as (co-)editor of 14 Conference Proceedings. Moreover, associate editor of a number of scientific journals. He was involved in several EU-funded research projects, and was the vice-chair of the EU-sponsored Esprit Basic Research Working Group SiE (Simulation in Europe, 1993-1996), chaired by Ghislain Vansteenkiste. He has introduced in 1995 at Delft University of Technology its very first massively parallel processing computer (a 64 processors NCUBE).