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Leibniz Prize 2012 to honor 11 outstanding researchers
Date:12/14/2011

an internationally highly recognised researcher in algorithmics is being honoured with the Leibniz Prize. The Karlsruhe computer scientist is best known as a key figure in algorithm engineering. Going far beyond the design of efficient algorithms as a core discipline of informatics, algorithm engineering combines design, analysis, implementation and experimental evaluation into one holistic task. Especially spectacular are Sanders' findings on route planning in road networks, around which a veritable race has broken out between algorithm researchers since the digital publication of the US and European road networks. Sanders developed several heuristics, the best of which was tested on the Western European road network, with 18 million cities and 42 million connections between them, and found to be three million times faster than Dijkstra's algorithm, the long-time standard for optimal routing in road networks. Other important works by Sanders deal with efficient access to external memory for extremely large data sets, for which he has developed a software library that is now used worldwide by academic and industrial users. Finally, his research on suffix arrays is essential for text analysis and compression as well as many applications in bioinformatics.

Peter Sanders' career in informatics began with wins in two national competitions in Germany (Bundeswettbewerb Informatik; Jugend forscht). After studying computer science in the US and obtaining a PhD in informatics in Karlsruhe, he became in 2004 professor of theoretical informatics at the University of Karlsruhe, which under the Excellence Initiative merged with the Research Center Karlsruhe to become the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Prof. Dr. Barbara Wohlmuth (44), Mathematics/Numerical Analysis, University of Technology, Munich

Barbara Wohlmuth is awarded the Leibniz Prize for her research achievements in numerical analysis, which enable direct applications in scien
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