Dr. Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky (29), linguistics, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky is studying how languages function and how they are processed in the brain. Her work focuses on the interaction between morphosyntactic and semantic factors in the comprehension of sentences, with the main emphasis being on the "argument structure". In addition to factors such as word order and case marking, she is also using neuroscientific processes to analyse semantic properties such as popularity a factor that can be of entirely different significance in different languages. Through her research work, this young researcher who already received her doctorate at the age of just 22 and became the leader of a Max Planck junior research group at the age of 26 has made a substantial contribution to the field of human speech processing, which has also received international recognition.
Dr. Patrik L. Ferrari (31), mathematics, University of Bonn
Patrik L. Ferrari is acclaimed as one of the best young researchers in the world in the field of probability theory and statistical physics. In his studies of anomalous fluctuations of processes in the so-called KPZ universality class, he is working in one of the most active and exciting fields of research at the interface between mathematical stochastics and statistical physics, to which his work to date has made a lasting impact and major contribution. The KPZ class includes very important and interesting growth models such as directed polymers, percolation models and the Eden cluster. The KPZ class is also closely related to the theory of random matrices. Ferrari has also demonstrated the fluctuation behaviour for im
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