Infosys Technologies and NIAS Announce the Winner of the First 'Infosys Mathematics Prize'
Dr. Manindra Agrawal, IIT Kanpur wins cash award of Rs. 10 lakh for research in Complexity Theory
Bangalore, India - Septmeber 15, 2008: Infosys Technologies Ltd. (Infosys) and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) today announced the first-ever winner of the Infosys Mathematics Prize. The winner of this prize for 2008 is Dr. Manindra Agrawal, N. Rama Rao Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. Dr. Agrawal was chosen by a jury of eminent academicians (Annexure 1) from across the world and will be awarded Rs.10 lakh and a medal for his research in Complexity Theory.
The Infosys Mathematics Prize was jointly instituted by Infosys and NIAS earlier this year to encourage and foster an interest in mathematics. This prize is awarded to a nominated candidate who has made outstanding contributions - fundamental or applied - in any field of mathematics including the areas of pure mathematics, mathematical foundations of computer science and applied mathematics in natural, life and social sciences.
Dr. Manindra Agrawal has been awarded the Infosys Mathematics Prize for his outstanding work in Complexity Theory, the branch of mathematics concerned with the study of algorithms for solving mathematical and related scientific problems, especially their efficiency and running times. Dr. Agrawal is best known for the discovery of a deterministic polynomial time algorithm, for primality testing in his joint paper with his former students. This discovery resolved a long-standing problem of a fast test of primality, which had been the subject of intense study in the field of mathematics and computer science research.
"At Infosys, we firmly believe in strong industry-academia partnership for the advancement of academic research," said Mr. N R Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies Ltd. "The Infosys Mathematics Prize recognizes contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to mathematical sciences. Infosys congratulates Dr. Agrawal on being awarded this prize and applauds his work. We hope that this award will reiterate the importance of mathematics across different sciences and encourage students to cultivate an interest in the subject."
Dr. K Kasturirangan, Director, NIAS said, "India has established programs in strategic areas like Atomic Energy, Defense, Space, IT and Meteorology. A strong base in mathematics is fundamental to advancement in all of these. Significantly, mathematics is increasingly finding applications in a number of new areas such as computer science, life sciences, social sciences, economics, etc. apart from traditional areas. The Infosys Mathematics prize is an important step in nurturing and encouraging academic research in areas critical to India's development as a scientific and economic power."