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Alan Batson

Alan Batson

Emeritus Professor of Computer Science

Phone: (434) 982-2200
Fax: (434) 982-2214
Email: batson@cs.virginia.edu
Home Page: Alan Batson

Department of Computer Science
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Virginia
151 Engineer‘s Way, P.O. Box 400740
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4740

Areas Of Interest

Computer Systems, computer architecture, and computer performance

Biographical Sketch

Alan Batson received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Birmingham in England. He joined the University of Virginia in 1958 as Assistant Professor of Physics, becoming a Professor of Computer Science in 1967. In 1960 he founded the University's Academic Computing Center, served as its Director from 1960-1972 and 1981-1993, and become known as the Father of Computing at Virginia. This organization grew substantially to serves the information technology needs of our entire University, and is now called the Department of Information, Technology, and Communication (ITC). He has directed 12 Ph.D. students in Computer Science, including Bill Wulf, UVa's first Computer Science Ph.D. student, and now President of the National Acedemy of Engineering. Alan Batson is the author or co-author of one book and 28 papers. He retired in 2000 and is now Emeritus Professor.


Batson's leadership as the founding Director of the University of Virginia's Academic Computing Center (now ITC), transformed this support organization into a rich and varied instructional and research computing environment that offers extensive intra-university and global networking services. Alan Batson returned to full-time teaching and research in the department, and assumed responsibility for administration of the department's large NSF infrastructure grant to support the development of "end-to-end" experimental systems. He was also responsible for the design, operation, and maintenance of the department's computer systems and communications networks. His research interests include the design of computer systems, program behavior, and the modeling and performance evaluation of hardware and software systems.

Selected Publications