Heidelberg Laureate Forum

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Mathematics and computer science have evolved into a matter of utmost importance in our modern society. We are confronted with the product of mathematical and computational research in all situations and aspects of our daily lives. To ensure that this technical revolution continues to thrive, science in all of its facets has to be persistently promoted and encouraged. The Heidelberg Laureate Forum rises to this challenge by bringing together the most exceptional mathematicians and computer scientists of their generations. Each year, in the last complete week of September, the recipients of the most prestigious awards in mathematics and computer science, the Abel Prize, ACM A.M. Turing Award, ACM Prize in Computing, Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize, meet 200 selected young researchers from all over the world. Participants spend a week interacting and networking in a relaxed atmosphere designed to encourage scientific exchange.

Congratulations to Scott Aaronson for receiving the 2020 ACM Prize in Computing!

Scott Aaronson was recognized "for groundbreaking contributions to quantum computing." Aaronson was instrumental in developing the concept of quantum supremacy and he established many of the theoretical foundations used to experiment.

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Congratulations to Alfred Vaino Aho and Jeffrey David Ullman for receiving the 2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award!

Alfred Vaino Aho and Jeffrey David Ullman were recognized "for fundamental algorithms and theory underlying programming language implementation and for synthesizing these results and those of others in their highly influential books, which educated generations of computer scientists."

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Congratulations to Abel Prize recipients for 2021 László Lovász and Avi Wigderson!

László Lovász and Avi Wigderson were recognized “for their foundational contributions to theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics, and their leading role in shaping them into central fields of modern mathematics.”

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HLFF Spotlight

Welcome to the HLFF Spotlight: Alumni in Action! A series illuminating inspirational collaborations, projects and career developments of HLF alumni and are presented in brief interviews or video documentaries. The first spotlight was cast on HLF alumni of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in Nigeria, who developed a tracker that was tested on free-range animals at the university farm. They discuss how their project developed and organizing the workshop where they demonstrated the tracker’s potential to inhibit animal rustling.

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