SIAM Awards Outstanding Paper Prizes

October 31, 2003


At the prize luncheon in Montreal, SIAM president Mac Hyman congratulated Stefan Henn (left) and Kristian Witsch (right) of the University of Düsseldorf. Their paper, "Iterative Multigrid Regularization Techniques for Image Matching," was published in SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (Vol. 23, No. 4, 2001).

Each year since 1999, SIAM has awarded three prizes for outstanding papers published in SIAM journals. The field is narrowed only somewhat for the prize committee that has the daunting task of selecting the papers to be recognized: Papers must have been published during the three years preceding the award date, and younger authors are to be given preference. Otherwise, the committee simply looks for originality-whether in a paper that brings "a fresh look at an existing field" or in work that opens "new areas of applied mathematics." Pictured here are authors, at least one for each winning paper, of the 2003 prizes. The members of this year's committee were Paul Van Dooren (chair), C.T. Kelley, and SIAM vice president for publications Gregory A. Kriegsmann.

Johan Hastad of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, received a SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize for "A Pseudorandom Generator from Any One-Way Function" (SIAM Journal on Computing, Vol. 18, No. 4, 1999), which he wrote with Russell Impagliazzo, University of California, San Diego; Leonid A. Levin, Boston University; and Michael Luby, Digital Fountain, Inc.

David D. Yao of Columbia University accepted an Outstanding Paper Prize on behalf of his co-authors, Shuzong Zhang and Xun Yu Zhou, both of Chinese University of Hong Kong. Their paper, "Stochastic Linear-Quadratic Control via Semi-definite Programming," appeared in SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization (Vol. 40, No. 3, 2001).


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