A research group from the Institute of Information Theory and Automation (UTIA-CRCIM) won the prestigious Czech Republic scientific award - the Award of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic for outstanding results of major scientific importace. The team lead by Prof. Michal Haindl consisting of Jiří Filip, Jiří Grim, Vojtěch Havlíček, and Martim Hatka was awarded for the scientific outcome of “Mathematical modeling of visual properties of surface materials”. A short article about this research was published in ERCIM News no. 81 (http://ercim-news.ercim.eu/en81/special/realistic-material-appearance-modelling). The award was handed to the researchers by the president of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Jiří Drahoš in a ceremony on 22 September 2011 in Prague.