Most Recent Winners of the Fields Medal and the Turing Award to Attend the Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Computer scientist Leslie Lamport, mathematician Manjul Bhargava and 24 fellow laureates will visit Heidelberg at the end of September.

It is a small sensation: The computer scientist Leslie Lamport and the mathematician Manjul Bhargava have confirmed their participation in the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum. Both scientists are winners of the highest scientific awards in their fields and thus received a scientific accolade. This week, the mathematician Manjul Bhargava, who works at Princeton University, was awarded the Fields Medal by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) for developing powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers. In the citation it is said that Bhargava’s work is based both on a deep understanding of the representations of arithmetic groups and a unique blend of algebraic and analytic expertise.

This spring, Leslie Lamport received the Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The theoretical computer scientist has contributed fundamentally to the theory and practice of distributed and concurrent systems, and conducts his research under the roof of the Microsoft Corporation. His publication “Time, Clocks, and the Ordering of Events in a Distributed System” is considered one of the most influential publications in computer science at large. Lamport, who holds a doctorate in mathematics, also created the LaTex software package, which is used in scientific research all over the world.

Along with these two brilliant scientists 24 high-caliber computer scientists and mathematicians will participate in the 2nd HLF at the end of September. Many of these winners of the Abel Prize, Nevanlinna Prize, Fields Medal and Turing Award were unable to attend the premier event last year. An up-to-date list of the participating laureates can be found on the website of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation:
http://www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/the-laureates/?hlfyear=2014

200 young researchers from 60 nations will join these 26 winners of the “Quasi Nobel Prize” in mathematics and computer science. The HLF is an interdisciplinary networking event across generation and is mainly for their benefit: The intense and up-close exchange with the laureates motivates, inspires and encourages the young researchers to excel in their own scientific performance.

Upon registration, journalists and representatives of specialist media are formally invited to personally meet the most important acknowledged experts in mathematics and computer science as well as the promising next generation of brilliant scientists at the 2nd HLF. For online registration, please go to:
https://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org

Background
The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) every year. The HLF is a networking event for mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world and will take place for the second time at the end of September. The Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) was initiated by the German foundation Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). The Forum is organized by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation in cooperation with KTS and HITS as well as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA). The 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum will take place from September 21 to 26, 2014.

To the editors:
With this press release, we would like to extend an invitation to attend the next Heidelberg Laureate Forum as well as to report on the event. Please register with us:
https://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/intern/start_start_for.php

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Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation
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