Joost Batenburg receives the 2018 Dutch IT Research Prize

4 December 2017

The 2018 Dutch IT Research Prize has been awarded to Professor Joost Batenburg. Prof. Batenburg, who heads the Computational Imaging research group at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (Centre for Mathematics and Computer science) as well as holding a chair at Leiden University, has been awarded the prize for his research into new tomography algorithms. The prize involves a sum of €50,000, which the winner can use at their discretion, in support of their research work. 

Photo: Joost Batenburg, credits: Inge HooglandPhoto: Joost Batenburg, credits: Inge Hoogland

Six candidates were nominated for the 2018 Prize. The jury was struck by the exceptionally high quality and varied nature of the entries.

The jury, which consisted of Prof. P.M.G. Apers (University of Twente), Professor Emeritus K.M. van Hee (Eindhoven University of Technology/Deloitte & Touche) and Prof. S. Klous (University of Amsterdam/KPMG), selected Joost Batenburg as a worthy recipient of the 2018 Dutch IT Research Prize.

The jury praised Prof. Batenburg for his impressive scientific achievements and his efforts to make the results of his research accessible to a wide audience.

The prestigious Dutch IT Research Prize is awarded annually to a scientific researcher, no older than forty, who has carried out innovative research or who is responsible for a scientific breakthrough in IT. The prize is funded by the Dutch IT Research Platform (IPN) in cooperation with NWO, through the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW).

In addition to the above-mentioned prize money for the winner, Prof. Batenburg will publish a poster – together with NWO – that explains his award-winning work and its significance. This will be distributed to schools and other knowledge institutes.

Prof. Batenburg will receive his prize at an award ceremony during ICT.OPEN 2018, which will take place on the 19th and 20th of March 2018, at Amersfoort.

The previous winners of the Dutch IT Research Prize are:

  • Prof. Bettina Speckmann – Eindhoven University of Technology (2011)
  • Dr Cees Snoek – University of Amsterdam (2012)
  • Prof. Marieke Huisman – University of Twente (2013)
  • Dr Birna van Riemsdijk – Delft University of Technology (2015)
  • Prof. Alexandru Iosup – Delft University of Technology/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2016)
  • Dr Peter Schwabe – University of Nijmegen (2017)

About Joost Batenburg
Joost Batenburg (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica – Computational Imaging research group and Leiden University - Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory cluster) works in the field of tomographic image processing and reconstruction. He has an international reputation for ground-breaking scientific research and numerous publications to his name, including a major paper in Nature on atomic 3D tomography. He also developed the Discrete Algebraic Reconstruction Technique (DART) algorithm.

About KHMW
The Royal Holland Society for Sciences and Humanities was founded in 1752. Its goal is to promote science and to build bridges between science and society. It does so by holding competitions, presenting awards for scientific achievements, organizing lectures, and staging scientific conferences. The Royal Holland Society for Sciences and Humanities has been based in the Hodshon Huis, at Haarlem, since 1841 (

About IPN
IPN is a national platform for the Dutch IT research community. It serves as the main point of contact for policymakers, politicians, the business community and other social groups. IPN raises awareness of IT in the Netherlands and strengthens its position as a scientific discipline (

About NWO
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is an independent national research council tasked with ensuring the excellence of scientific research in the Netherlands, through national competition. Every year NWO awards grants worth over 500 million euros for top-level research, to leading researchers, for innovative instruments and equipment, and to institutes where top-level research is conducted. NWO funds the research of over 5,300 talented scientists at universities and other institutions. Independent experts select candidates through a process of peer review. NWO promotes the transfer of knowledge to society and the business community (

Contact details:

NWO Domain Science: Joep van Wijk, policy officer, +31 (0)70 3494459,

Source: NWO