Two COMMIT/researchers have won a prize at ICT.OPEN 2016:
TU Delft researcher Alexandru Iosup, COMMIT/project IV-e, has won the Dutch Prize for ICT Research 2016. Iosup plans to use the €50,000 prize money to strengthen his research group in order to launch new research into Graaff systems. The jury praised Iosup for his academic achievements, his active collaboration with companies and his efforts to bring ICT research to the attention of a wide audience. Alexandru Iosup works within the Parallel and Distributed Systems Group at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science. His scientific research into the analysis of large-scale parallel and distributed systems is lauded as pioneering and crucial for large-scale social networks and Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG). Together with his TU Delft colleagues, Iosup won the IEEE Scale Challenge in 2014 for his research into these types of systems. He is also passionate about research into Gamification as a way of motivating students during their degree programmes, which earned him the title of TU Delft Teacher of the Year in 2013-2014 and of Netherlands Teacher of the Year in Higher Education the following year. In 2015, Iosup was elected as a new member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Roland Geraerts, COMMIT/project VIEWW, has won the Meet the Demo award for 'Towards making a city smarter'. Geraerts is an assistant professor at the Virtual Worlds group in the Department of Information and Computing Sciences at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. There, he obtained his PhD on sampling-based motion planning techniques. In addition, he studied quality aspects of paths and roadmaps. His current research focuses on path planning and crowd simulation in games and virtual environments. Furthermore, he currently teaches a course on crowd simulation. Roland has organized the Creative Game Challenge and is one of the cofounders of the annual Motion in Games conference. He was involved in making simulations for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France.