Elmar Eisemann awarded the 2019 Netherlands Prize for ICT Research

12 March 2019

The 2019 Netherlands Prize for ICT Research (Nederlandse Prijs voor ICT-onderzoek) is to be awarded to Professor Elmar Eisemann. The group leader of Computer Graphics and Visualisation at Delft University of Technology is being given the prize for his research into the accurate, detailed depiction of visualisations using modern graphics hardware. The prize comes with €50,000 that can be freely spent by the winner to support their own research.

Elmar Eisemann - credits Mark PrinsElmar Eisemann - credits Mark Prins

Four candidates were put forward for the 2019 ICT Prize, and the jury was impressed by the quality and diversity of these submissions. The jury, comprising Professor H. Brinksma (Hamburg University of Technology / University of Twente), Professor F.A.H. van Harmelen (VU Amsterdam) and Professor E.O. Postma (Tilburg University), ultimately selected Elmar Eisemann as the worthiest recipient of the 2019 Netherlands Prize for ICT Research, praising Eisemann for his impressive scientific achievements.

The prestigious Netherlands Prize for ICT Research is awarded annually to a scientific researcher under 40 years of age (at the time of the decision) who has carried out innovative research or is responsible for a scientific breakthrough in ICT. The prize is awarded jointly by the Dutch ICT research platform IPN and NWO through the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (Koninklijke Hollandse Maatschappij der Wetenschappen). Besides the €50,000 prize money awarded to the winner, Eisemann and NWO will publish a poster, describing the award-winning work and its importance, for distribution to secondary schools, universities and other knowledge institutes.

Eisemann will be awarded his prize in a festive presentation during ICT.OPEN 2019, which takes place on 19-20 March 2019 in Hilversum.

Previous winners of the Netherlands Prize for ICT research include:

  • Professor Bettina Speckmann – Eindhoven University of Technology (2011)
  • Dr. Cees Snoek – University of Amsterdam (2012)
  • Professor Marieke Huisman – University of Twente (2013)
  • Dr. Birna van Riemsdijk – Delft University of Technology (2015)
  • Professor Alexandru Iosup – Delft University of Technology/ VU Amsterdam (2016)
  • Dr. Peter Schwabe – Nijmegen University (2017)
  • Professor Joost Batenburg – CWI / Leiden University (2018)

Elmar Eisemann

Elmar Eisemann (1978), head of the Computer Graphics and Visualisation group at Delft University of Technology, researches into the visualisation of large data sets. His scientific research is regarded internationally as pioneering, and Eisemann is a prominent international figure in the field of voxel-based data presentation.


The Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (Koninklijke Hollandse Maatschappij der Wetenschappen, KHMW) was founded in 1752 to promote science and to link science and society. It does this by holding competitions, awarding prizes for outstanding scientific achievements, and organising lectures and scientific conferences. The KHMW has been located in the Hodshon Huis in Haarlem since 1841. www.khmw.nl


IPN is a national platform for Dutch ICT research, and functions as the field’s focal point for policymakers, politicians, the business community, and other social groups. IPN works to strengthen the position of ICT in the Netherlands as a scientific discipline and to raise its profile.


The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, NWO) is the country’s independent science funding body, tasked with promoting excellence in Dutch scientific research through national competition. The NWO awards over €500 million of funding every year for top-level research and researchers, innovative instruments and equipment, and institutes at which this research is carried out. NWO currently funds the research of over 5300 talented scientists at universities and other institutes. Selection is performed by independent experts using peer review. NWO also promotes the transfer of knowledge to society and the business world.


NWO ENW: Joep van Wijk, policy officer, +31-(0)70-3494459, j.vanwijk@nwo.nl

Source: NWO