Sem Borst was awarded the Van Dantzig Prize on April 11, for his pioneering work in statistics and operational research. Borst, working at CWI, the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven and Bell Labs in Murray Hill, received the prize together with Mark van der Laan of the University of California in Berkeley. The Van Dantzig Prize is awarded every five years by the Dutch Vereniging voor Statistiek en Operationele Research, to a young researcher who has a big impact on today's developments in this field. It was the first time that the prize was awarded to two winners.
Sem Borst is working on queueing and network models, and their applications in the analysis of computer and communication systems. The press-release says: "Borst counts as one of the world's best young researchers at the edge of mathematics and communication systems. He contributed much to the research on performance evaluation of packet scheduling, wireless networks, call centers and other means for efficient data commmunication." Borst and Van der Laan received a medal with the portrait of Van Dantzig, who is seen as the founder of the scientific research in mathematical statistics in the Netherlands.