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Projects and Awards
Henkjan Honing receives KNAW Science Communication prize
Henkjan Honing will receive the KNAW science communication prize at the end of April.
The pilot fund ‘Science communication by scientists: Appreciated!’ supports scientists who are committed to science communication. The Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science has made one million euros available for this purpose. This fund is administered by the Academy.For more information, see https://www.knaw.nl/en/awards/funds/pilot-fund-science-communication-by-scientists-appreciated?set_language=en or contact Henkjan Honing at honing at uva.nl.
Vici grant for Floris Roelofsen
The ILLC is very pleased to announce that Floris Roelofsen has been awarded an NWO Vici for his project entitled I can't hear you|could you repeat the question in sign language please?
The language barrier between deaf and hearing people hinders smooth communication and leads to social inequality and exclusion. Roelofsen will investigate the form and interpretation of questions in sign languages, and apply the obtained insights to develop a machine translation system and training sessions for sign language interpreters.For more information, see https://www.nwo.nl/en/news/33-researchers-receive-nwo-vici-grants-worth-15-million-euros or contact Floris Roelofsen at floris.roelofsen at gmail.com.
Peter van Emde Boas elected Versen Honorary Fellow
Peter van Emde Boas is elected Versen Honorary Fellow in recognition of his service to the field of Software Engineering in The Netherlands and abroad, as the eternal "outsider", who knows more about the field than the average PhD candidate, always well-prepared, always asking a pointed, completely out-of-the-box question, always on the edge of his seat, and remaining open-minded towards both the subject and the respective students and colleagues.
Royal decoration for Jos Baeten
ILLC Emeritus Professor Jos Baeten received a Royal Decoration from the mayor of Eindhoven, Jos' city of residence. Jos has been appointed Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau; he received this honour for his many achievements in computer science.
Jos is an internationally acclaimed researcher in Theoretical Computer Science, who is probably best known for his seminal work in the area of process algebra. He served from 2011-2020 as the director of CWI, the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science (and ILLC's neighbour in Science Park). After being a professor at the Technical University of Eindhoven for many years, Jos held a chair in Theory of Computing at ILLC from 2015 until his retirement in 2020.
The ILLC proudly congratulates Jos with this newly acquired dignity and honour.For more information, see https://www.cwi.nl/nieuws/2020/cwi-fellow-jos-baeten-ontvangt-koninklijke-onderscheiding or contact Jos Baeten at Jos.Baeten at cwi.nl.
Benedikt Löwe elected as Archivist of the "Mathematische Gesellschaft in Hamburg"
At their annual meeting, traditionally held on Shrove Monday, the Mathematische Gesellschaft in Hamburg elected Benedikt Löwe to be their Archivist and serve on the board for one year.
The Mathematische Gesellschaft in Hamburg was founded in 1690 (under the name of Kunstrechnungsliebende Societät) and is the oldest existing mathematical society in the world and the second oldest German scientific society (after the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina). It stands in the tradition of linking mathematics, computation, and the general mathematically literate public. Current activities are mathematical lectures for a general audience and engagement of mathematically talented secondary school students under the motto "Antiqua emendo substituoque nova".
Two Marie Curie Fellowships awarded to ILLC
We are pleased to announce that two Marie Curie Fellowships were awarded to the following researchers:
- Balder ten Cate for the project entitled Logic and Learning: an Algebra and Finite-Model-Theory Approach,
- Tobias Kappé for the project entitled Verification and Language Theory.For more information, see https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/actions/individual-fellowships_en.