UC Berkeley Wins Simons Foundation Award

UC Berkeley Wins Simons Foundation Award
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    The University of California Berkeley has won a $60 million grant from the Simons Foundation for the establishment of a new institute for theoretical computer science.

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Receives $60 million grant to launch theory of computing institute.

The institute will bring together leading computer theorists and researchers from around the world for the purpose to explore the mathematical foundations of computer science. Participants will then use that knowledge to bring forth fresh insights to key problems in a variety of fields including health care, climate modeling,mathematics, astrophysics, economics and business.

About Computing Theory

Computing theory has made huge strides over the past 50 years and is itself a dynamic and specialized system of scientific thinking, able to bring a new understanding in problem resolution that goes beyond conventional computation. UC Berkeley researchers have long been a recognized force in making vital discoveries in a number of areas including Internet search, quantum computing and data mining.

The newly minted Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley expects to give researchers a platform from which they can battle diseases, develop and implement more accurate climate change models as well as to help improve Internet interactions so that they are more safe and efficient for users.

Richard Karp Named

Assigned as the institute’s founding director was Richard Karp, a 1985 recipient of the Turing Award, a 2008 Kyoto Prize winner and a person who was recognized by the National Medal of Science for his groundbreaking contributions to theoretical computation.

“We expect that, within the next two decades, every major field of science will have among its most significant achievements at least one that is computational in nature,” added Karp, a University Professor at UC Berkeley and head of the Algorithms Group at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI). ”And there’s no better place than UC Berkeley for this endeavor, given our record of innovation in computer science over the last four decades, and our deep experience with complex, interdisciplinary institutes.”

Fully Operational in 2013

UC Berkeley was among a group of finalists considered for the institute and the only public university competing. The institute will begin operating later this year and fully operational in 2013 reports The New York Times. The Times says that as many as 70 visiting researchers will be at the institute at any given time, a group comprised of graduate students, faculty members and postdoctorate researchers.

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