Prof. Hakan Ferhatosmanoğlu of the Department of Computer Engineering has been selected to receive a Georg Forster Research Award, after a nomination from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) in Germany.
He was recognized for his pioneering work on building scalable software systems for big data analytics and data science applications.
The Georg Forster Research Award is given out by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which provides up to six such awards annually. The award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire body of achievements to date, to academics in all disciplines whose fundamental discoveries or new theories or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond, and who are expected to continue developing research-based solutions to the specific challenges facing transitional and developing countries. Prof. Ferhatosmanoğlu is the first computer scientist to receive this award.
Award winners are invited to carry out research projects of their choice in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany. Prof. Ferhatosmanoğlu collaborates with Prof. Gerhard Weikum and Prof. Krishna Gummadi of MPI in Saarbrücken.