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German group to honor local scientist

German group to honor local scientist

An Academia Sinica (中央研究院) researcher has been selected as winner of the Humboldt Research Award and will go to the German city of Bonn next April for the presentation, a spokesman for Taiwan's top research institution said yesterday.
Lee Der-tsai, a distinguished research fellow and the director of the Institute of Information Science at Academia Sinica, received the notice from Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, indicating that in recognition of his scientific achievements, he is to be presented with the renowned award, the spokesman said.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, established in 1860, has issued the awards every year to up to 100 scientists around the world to commend and encourage their contributions to scientific advancement. Former winners include 42 Nobel laureates, among them Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲), the former head of Academia Sinica.
The Cabinet-level National Science Council (國科會) reached an agreement with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation last year that a Tsungming Tu-Humboldt Research Award should be established to commend outstanding academics and experts from each other's countries.
Humboldt award
After two German scholars were awarded the first such award in early December, Lee Der-tsai was announced as winner of this year's Humboldt Research Award.
Lee Der-tsai said he is extremely happy to receive the prestigious award and delighted to know that he is the third Academia Sinica winner.
He has dedicated years to the study of computational geometry, design and analysis of algorithms, VLSI/CAD systems, parallel and distributed computing, web-based computing, algorithm visualization, digital libraries, bioinformatics, compliant controllers for active suspension/vibration control, and advanced IT for intelligent transportation systems.
In addition, he was selected as Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 1992, Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in 1997, and as a member of Academia Sinica in 2004, according to Academia Sinica.
According to the NSC, he will be granted a scholarship of 60,000 euros (approximately NT$2.82 million), as well as the post of visiting scholar, which will enable him to visit and stay in Germany for a year.