The Cor Baayen Young Researcher Award is awarded each year to a promising young researcher in computer science and applied mathematics. The award was created in 1995 to honour the first ERCIM President.
The award consists of a cheque for 5000 Euro together with an award certificate.
Michał Pilipczuk from University of Warsaw is the winner of the 2016 Award. Michał will present his work at the European Computer Science Summit 2016 in Budapest, co-located with the annual ERCIM and Informatics Europe fall meetings.
The Cor Baayen Young Researcher Award is named after the first president of ERCIM and the ERCIM 'president d'honneur'. Cor Baayen played an important role in its foundation. Cor Baayen was scientific director of the Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI) in the Netherlands, from 1980 to 1994.
Baayen joined the institute in 1959 as a researcher of the department of pure mathematics, where he became group leader in 1965. As scientific director, Cor Baayen convinced the government to include CWI in a program that stimulated Dutch computer science research. He initiated or stimulated several new research areas including cryptography, computer algebra and performance analysis.