Researcher Bert Zwart of CWI has been awarded the Van Dantzig Prize. This prize is considered the highest Dutch award in statistics and operations research and is awarded once every five years. Zwart received the prize last week at the Day for Statistics and Operations Research at Jaarbeurs Utrecht.
Out of six nominees, the jury unanimously selected Bert Zwart as winner. According to the jury ‘…[Bert Zwart] has developed himself into a leading researcher in the broad field of mathematical operations research. Not in terms of citations or editorships, but of influence, inspiration and innovation. Bert Zwart is a living example of the old theorem that breakthroughs occur at boundaries.’
Bert Zwart is group leader and senior researcher in the Stochastics group at CWI, and part-time professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He is working at the boundary of several mathematical disciplines on topics such as dynamic pricing, modelling for congestions on the Internet and on roads, and the robustness of energy grids. Bert Zwart received his PhD cum laude at the TU/e. Before his appointment at CWI, he worked as postdoc at Inria (France) and as professor at Georgia Tech (Atlanta). Previously he was awarded the Gijs de Leve Prize, the Erlang Prize, a Veni grant, a Vidi grant and a Vici grant.
The Van Dantzig Prize is awarded every five years by the Association of Statistics and Operational Research (VvS+OR) to a scientist not older than 40 who contributed significantly to developments in statistics and operations research. The prize is named after mathematician David van Dantzig, founder of statistics and operations research in the Netherlands, and one of the founders of the Mathematisch Centrum (the present-day CWI).
Image: Bert Zwart receives the Van Dantzig Prize from the President of the VvS+OR, Jacqueline Meulman.