Paul Vitányi has been appointed 'Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw'. He received this royal honour from the Amsterdam alderman Ms. Hennah Buyne during the CWI Lectures in Mathematics and Computer Science on 7 September.

The Apple Research & Technology Support (ARTS) programme diploma was awarded in recognition of INRIA's Cardiosense3D national action. The project develops software tools used in modelling the electromechanical activity of the heart. The teams involved are developing a customised heart simulator which will provide specialists with a 3D view of each patient's physiological parameters (contraction mechanism, electrophysiology, perfusion, metabolism).

During the Second Spanish Conference on Informatics (CEDI 2007) in Zaragoza on 11-14 September 2007, two national awards have been granted to prominent Spanish researchers. The José García Santesmases Award to the most outstanding professional career has gone ex-aequo to Prof. Enric Trillas from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and Prof. Ramón Puigjaner from the Universidad de las Islas Baleares (UIB).

Nokia and VTT have developed a system dynamic model asset to solve complex process challenges. The model asset is utilized in improving product process performance and productivity. A couple of spin-off applications have been developed for specific purposes, eg, system research and process improvement as well as coaching and competence development. The Finnish Society of Automation presented their automation prize to the developers Lasse Pesonen and Simo Salminen from Nokia and Jean-Peter Ylén and Pasi Riihimäki from VTT as a recognition for remarkable R&D work on 4th September, 2007.

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