|Alma mater Princeton University|
Education Princeton University
Known for Brzozowski derivative
Fields Computer Science
|Name Janusz Brzozowski|
Role Computer scientist
Notable students Imre Simon
|Born May 10, 1935Warsaw, Poland (1935-05-10) |
Thesis Regular Expression Techniques for Sequential Circuits (1962)
Books Asynchronous circuits
Doctoral advisor Edward J. McCluskey
Janusz (John) Antoni Brzozowski (born on May 10, 1935 in Warsaw, Poland) is a Polish-Canadian computer scientist.
In 1962, Brzozowski earned his PhD in the field of electrical engineering at Princeton University under Edward J. McCluskey. The topic of the thesis was Regular Expression Techniques for Sequential Circuits. From 1967 to 1996 he was Professor at the University of Waterloo. He is known for his contributions to mathematical logic, circuit theory, and automata theory.
Achievements in research
Brzozowski worked on regular expressions and on syntactic semigroups of formal languages. The result was Characterizations of locally testable events written together with Imre Simon, which had a similar impact on the development of the algebraic theory of formal languages as Marcel-Paul Schützenberger's characterization of the star-free languages.
In the area, there are today at least three concepts bearing Brzozowski's name in honour of his contributions: The first is the Brzozowski conjecture about the regularity of noncounting classes. Second, Brzozowski's algorithm is a conceptually simple algorithm for performing DFA minimization. Third, Eilenberg's reference work on automata theory has a chapter devoted to the so-called Brzozowski hierarchy inside the star-free languages, also known as dot-depth hierarchy. Curiously, Brzozowski was not only co-author of the paper that defined the dot-depth hierarchy and raised the question whether this hierarchy is strict, he later also was co-author of the paper resolving that problem after roughly ten years. The Brzozowski hierarchy gained further importance after Thomas discovered a relation between the algebraic concept of dot-depth and the alternation depth of quantifiers in first-order logic via Ehrenfeucht-Fraïssé games.
He received the following academic awards: