CWI and INRIA already have well-established relations, notably through ERCIM. In October 2007 associations were strengthened when the two research institutes signed a special cooperation agreement. In 2008 they will start joint research projects in the fields of software service evolution and learning and computational economics. Typical problems that will be investigated are transformation of existing software to trustworthy software services and the optimalization of cost-benefit analysis in for instance patient planning. CWI researchers in Amsterdam will closely work together with INRIA researchers based at the new research centre INRIA Lille-Northern Europe. The projects will initially be carried out at CWI, but as things progress the cooperation could be extended to joint projects in France as well.

Dr. Adam Dunkels, senior scientist at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, has been awarded the 2007 Chester Carlson Prize, the most prestigious prize for the information sciences in Sweden, for his prominent work on network-connectivity for small, low-cost embedded systems. The Chester Carlson Prize was founded in 1985 in memory of Chester Carlson, the Swedish-American inventor of the copying machine and founder of the Xerox Corporation. The prize winner is selected by Xerox and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. The prize sum is 100,000 SEK (Euro 10,600).

Günter Ziegler from TU Berlin received the Euro 50.000 award of the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) for his outstanding achievements in relating his work (discrete mathematics) to the public.

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