Ramon Caceres receives prestigious computing award – 2023 ACM Fellow

Carol Morgan High School graduate Ramon Cáceres recently retired from his nine-year stint at Google and an extensive career in computing in the United States. The Dominican computer science researcher and software engineer received the ACM Fellow Award in January 2024.

In an interview with Diario Libre, when asked about the next advances for mobile phones, he spoke of the trend for the increased use of artificial intelligence.

He says, to keep entertained, he is working on a mobile tracking software so people can trace where they have been throughout the years.

He motivates other creators and says there continue to be opportunities for those who identify a need and adapt technology to meet the demand.

Ramon Caceres was named one of the 68 Year 2023 ACM Fellows of the prestigious Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) of the United States. Caceres recently worked at Google from 2014 to 2023 where he was on the team that built the large-scale privacy infrastructure known as Zanzibar. The 2023 ACM Fellow Award recognizes him for his contributions to mobile and edge computing. The ACM Fellows are the organization’s most prestigious member grade and recognize the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. The winners are selected by their peers, around 110,000 computing professionals around the world.

The ACM also grants the Nobel Prize of Computing, the Turing Award, with US$1 million cash award. Past recipients of the Turing Award include the inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee (2017) and the godfathers of Artificial Intelligence, Yann LeCun, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yoshua Bengio (in 2019).

Ramon Cáceres’ biography describes him as a computer science researcher and software engineer. His areas of focus have included systems and networks, mobile and edge computing, mobility modeling, security, and privacy. When he worked at Google, he built large-scale privacy infrastructure. Previously he was a researcher at Bell Labs, AT&T Labs, and IBM Research. He has also held leadership positions in several startup companies.

He is also a 2013 IEEE award winner for contributions to mobile computing and communications. IEEE is regarded as the trusted voice for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe.

Caceres serves on the board of the CRA Committee on Widening Participation in Computing Research. He is a graduate in electrical engineering from McGill in Canada, and hold an MS and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

He was on the Google team that developed and operated Zanzibar, a global authorization system that guarantees external consistency. During his seven years on the project, he improved the system’s scalability, reliability, and security. He also served on the production system’s on-call rotation.

Zanzibar stores and evaluates permissions to access data objects managed by Google products used by more than 1 billion people every day, including Calendar, Drive, Maps, Photos, and YouTube. It stores trillions of permissions and serves millions of authorization requests per second. It has maintained 95th-percentile latency of less than 10 milliseconds and availability of greater than 99.999% over years of production use.

He also led the publication of a Zanzibar experience paper that has inspired numerous authorization systems outside of Google. These include the Ory Keto, OpenFGA, and SpiceDB open-source projects; the Authzed and Oso commercial services; and the AuthZ and Himeji systems inside Carta and Airbnb, respectively.

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9 April 2024