The DFG and the BMBF took the outstanding reputation of the award into consideration last year by raising the number of prizes and the prize money awarded. Since last year ten prizes can be awarded, compared to six awards in previous years. The prize money made available by the BMBF was also increased from 16,000 euros to 20,000 euros for each prize.
A total of 147 candidates representing all research areas were nominated for this year's prize. From the 53 who were shortlisted, the selection committee then chose the ten prizewinners. "This year we had a very large number of outstanding nominations. We could have awarded even more than ten prizes," said the chair of the selection committee, DFG Vice President Professor Dorothea Wagner, following the decision.
This year's recipients:
Eric Bodden (33), Computer Science, Technical University of Darmstadt
The computer scientist Eric Bodden conducts research in the field of secure software engineering and deals with the question of how software can be engineered with specific security features even during the development process. Bodden's work within the Emmy Noether Group "Provably Secure Program Executions through Declaratively Defined Dynamic Program Analyses", funded since 2012, is also in this area. Bodden is currently working predominantly on the security of mobile apps. His focus in this research is on smartphones with an Android operating system.
Wim Decock (30), Legal History, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt
The core research area of the Belgian-bo
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