Pablo Cesar awarded the 2020 Netherlands Prize for ICT Research

23 January 2020

The 2020 Netherlands Prize for ICT Research is to be awarded to Dr Pablo Cesar. The group leader of the Distributive and Interactive Systems group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) and associate professor at Technical University Delft is given the prize for his research on modelling and controlling complex collections of media objects (including real-time media and sensor data that are distributed in time and space). The prize comes with € 50.000, that can be freely spent by the winner to support their own research.

Four candidates were put forward for the 2020 ICT Prize, and the jury was impressed by the quality and diversity of these submissions. The jury, comprising Prof.dr. E.H.L. (Emile) Aarts (Tilburg School of Economics and Management), Prof.dr.dr.h.c.ir. K.A. (Kees) Schouwhamer Immink (Universiteit Essen-Duisburg/ Turing Machines B.V. Rotterdam) and Prof.dr.ir. P.H.N. (Peter) de With (Technical University Eindhoven), ultimately selected Pablo Cesar as the worthy recipient of the 2020 Netherlands Prize of ICT Research. The jury praises Cesar for his impressive scientific achievements and his ability to communicate his research in an understandable way. Cesar reaches and inspires people inside and outside his field.

The prestigious Netherlands Prize for ICT Research is awarded annually to a scientific researcher who has carried out innovative research or is responsible for a scientific breakthrough in ICT (max. 15 years after their promotion at the time of the decision). The prize is awarded jointly by the Dutch ICT research platform IPN and NWO through the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. Besides the € 50,000 prize money awarded to the winner. Cesar together with NWO will make a video describing the award-winning work and its importance, for distribution to high schools, universities and other knowledge institutes.

Previous winners of the Netherlands Prize for ICT research include:

  • Prof. Bettina Speckmann – TU Eindhoven (2011)
  • Prof. Cees Snoek – University of Amsterdam (2012)
  • Prof. Marieke Huisman – University of Twente (2013)
  • Dr Birna van Riemsdijk – TU Delft (2015)
  • Prof. Alexandru Iosup – TU Delft / VU Amsterdam (2016)
  • Dr Peter Schwabe – Radboud University (2017)
  • Prof. Joost Batenburg – CWI / Leiden University (2018)
  • Prof. Elmar Eisemann – TU Delft (2019)

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About Pablo Cesar

Pablo Cesar (1976) is group leader of the Distributive and Interactive Systems (DIS) group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) and associate professor at TU Delft (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science - EEMCS). His research focuses on modelling and controlling complex collections of media objects (including real-time media and sensor data) that are distributed in time and space.

In his research, Cesar in particular focuses on fundamental problems related to the interaction between people and technology, and how this interaction can be modelled. The research of Cesar is not restricted to the lab, but his experiments as well performed in a realistic context.

KHMW
De Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW) werd opgericht in 1752 en heeft als doelstelling de wetenschap te bevorderen en een brug slaan tussen wetenschap en samenleving. Dit gebeurt door het uitschrijven van prijsvragen, het bekronen van wetenschappelijke prestaties en het organiseren van lezingen en wetenschappelijke conferenties. De Hollandsche Maatschappij is sinds 1841 gevestigd in het Hodshon Huis in Haarlem.

IPN
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.

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

Source: NWO