Stefano Baccinella, of ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy, is the winner of the 2009 "Franco Denoth Award". The award, now at its first edition, is granted by the "Fondazione Franco ed Enrico Denoth" in memory of Franco Denoth, computer science pioneer and, among others, former member of the ERCIM Board of Directors (see ERCIM News 72 for a tribute to Franco on the occasion of his death). The 2009 "Franco Denoth Award" is granted to the best MSc thesis obtained in 2008 from the University of Pisa, dealing with issues related to the development of the Internet. Stefano obtained his MSc degree in Computer Science with a thesis entitled "Multi-Facet Rating of Online Hotel Reviews: Issues, Methods and Experiments", carried out under the supervision of Andrea Esuli and Fabrizio Sebastiani, both of ISTI-CNR (see ERCIM News 77, pp. 60-61 for a brief description of Baccianella's thesis work). Stefano's thesis is now a book, published by VDM Verlag, Saarbrücken, Germany. Stefano is currently pursuing a PhD in Information Engineering at the University of Pisa.

Gabriella Petri Denoth presenting the award to Stefano Baccianella.
Gabriella Petri Denoth presenting the award to Stefano Baccianella.

In April 2009, the Danish Ministry of Science gave the official approval of the elite master education in embedded software at Aalborg University. In total only 20 educations were approved in Denmark, and at Aalborg University in addition to embedded systems three other educations were approved, including wireless communication, biotechnology, and tourism. The elite education in embedded software aims at recruiting top bachelor candidates with the ambition of carrying out their master education in close collaboration with the research at CISS, Center for Embedded Software Systems. The educational program in embedded software includes also the aspects of hardware architecture and control theory. With the approval of the the education comes a grant to cover the extra curriculum activities, including participation in PhD schools, conferences and workshops as well as investment in special purpose equipment and software. The intension is to recruit approximately ten qualified Danish and international students.

Graduated Elite students of 2008.
Graduated Elite students of 2008.

http://eliteeducation.aau.dk/
http://www.eliteuddannelser.aau.dk/uddannelsesliste/3803886

During 2008, new representatives for SpaRCIM (Spanish Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics) in ERCIM have been appointed. Founding president of SpaRCIM, Juan José Moreno-Navarro, was nominated General Director for Technology Transfer at the Ministry of Science and Innovation (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación). Manuel Hermenegildo, IMDEA Software and Technical University of Madrid, was elected as the new SpaRCIM director and representative on the ERCIM Board of Directors. In January 2008, the ERCIM Executive Committee representative, Ernesto Pimentel, was replaced by Pedro Merino, University of Malaga. In December 2008, Christophe Joubert, Technical University of Valencia replaced Salvador Lucas as Spanish local editor on the ERCIM News editorial board. And SpaRCIM’s national contact for the ERCIM Fellowship Programme, Fernando Orejas, was substituted by Javier Larrosa, Technical University of Catalonia. SpaRCIM represents Spanish computer science in ERCIM. It is currently spread over five universities and one research institute from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC).

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