Erik D. Demaine, the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, has won the Emerging Leadership Award in the second-annual Katayanagi Prizes in Computer Science.
As part of the award, which is presented by Carnegie Mellon University in cooperation with the Tokyo University of Technology (TUT), Demaine delivered a 45-minute lecture at Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh campus April 10, and will also speak at TUT in Tokyo on May 23. The other Katayanagi Prize, for research excellence, was awarded to Christos H. Papadimitriou, the C. Lester Hogan Professor of EECS Computer Science Division, University of California at Berkeley.
Demaine is recognized in this award as a rising star in the area of theoretical computer science with interests in computational geometry, data structures, algorithms and combinatorics. A MacArthur Fellow, he is especially well known for his work in computational origami, the mathematics of paper folding. The elegant shapes he fashions with folded paper in pursuit of his theories are considered to be works of art. Several pieces are currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of an exhibit titled "Design and the Elastic Mind."
The Katayanagi Prizes were initiated in 2006 and endowed by Janpanese entrepreneur and education advocate Mr. Koh Katayanagi. Mr. Katayanagi founded TUT and several other technical institutions in Japan over the last 60 years.
Congratulations to Erik Demaine!