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Roy de Winter wins LIACS Research Award

On June 2nd Roy de Winter has won the G. Rosenberg Research Award from the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS). De Winter was presented with the award during the celebration of the LIACS' 25th anniversary. The new award is intended for promising PhD students at LIACS.

Roy de Winter's research involves the design and optimization of ships at C-Job Naval Architects. Optimization of ships is necessary to achieve the lowest possible Co2 emissions, taking into account operational and investment costs. Optimization is done with the self-learning algorithms that Roy de Winter is researching at LIACS.

Jury full of praise

The jury stated that De Winter's research has clear added value in the real world and thus bridges the gap between fundamental research and practical applications. The work done in the project can serve as a blueprint for other applications. The jury was also impressed by the publication record De Winter has after only 2.5 years of research. In addition, two of his papers received a nomination for a best paper award. Finally, the jury praised the fact that De Winter wrote part of the project proposal and provided his own co-financing from industry.

The G. Rozenberg LIACS Research Award is named after Professor Grzegorz Rozenberg. He is the founder of natural computing as a scientific discipline. He gave this field its name and defined its scope. He also played a central role in the development of theoretical computing in Europe. The award consists of a prize of € 3000.00, to be spent freely by the prizewinner to boost his or her career. The winner will also receive a plaque of honor. LIACS wants to reward and recognize PhD students with this award.

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