Dr. Akl is the author of Parallel Sorting Algorithms (Academic Press, 1985), The Design and Analysis of Parallel Algorithms (Prentice Hall, 1989), and Parallel Computation: Models and Methods (Prentice Hall, 1997). He is a co-author of Parallel Computational Geometry (Prentice Hall, 1993), Adaptive Cryptographic Access Control (Springer, 2010), Using Quantum Mechanics to Enhance Information Processing (Scholars' Press, 2012), and Applications of Quantum Cryptography (Lambert, 2016). He is a co-editor of From Parallel to Emergent Computing (Taylor & Francis, 2019), and Parallel Processing in Nature and Silicon (World Scientific, to appear).
Dr. Akl was winner in 2004 and 2007 of the Howard Staveley Award for Teaching Excellence. He received the Queen's University Prize for Excellence in Research in 2005 and the Queen's University Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision in 2012. He served as Director of the Queen's School of Computing (2007 - 2017). In 2018, Dr. Akl was the recipient of a CS-Can/Info-Can Lifetime Achievement Award in Computer Science and in 2020 the Queen's University Distinguished Service Award.