Faculty Awards

Tobias Hurth selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2015-16. 15-07-2016

We are delighted to announce that Tobias Hurth has been selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Member of the UTM MCS Research Community for 2015-16.


Daniel Zingaro won SIGCSE Best Paper Award 18-02-2016

Daniel Zingaro and seven colleagues across multiple institutions and countries have won the SIGCSE 2016 best paper award. The paper is a multi-national, multi-institutional study of the benefits of the Peer Instruction (PI) pedagogy in computer science. The paper is available here: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2844642


Marina Tvalavadze selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2014-15. 05-08-2015

We are delighted to announce that Marina Tvalavadze has been selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Member of the UTM MCS Research Community for 2014-15.


Milivoje Lukic selected as the recipient of an Honourable Mention for Excellence in Teaching for 2014-15. 05-08-2015

We are delighted to announce that Milivoje Lukic has been selected as the recipient of an Honourable Mention for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Member of the UTM MCS Research Community for 2014-15.


Andrew Petersen Appointed 2015 President's Teaching Recipient 02-06-2015

We are proud to announce that Andrew Petersen has received a University of Toronto President’s Teaching Award.

This Award is the highest honour for teaching at the University of Toronto. It recognizes sustained excellence and innovation in teaching, research on pedagogy, and the integration of teaching and research. Recipients of the President's Teaching Award are designated as members of the Teaching Academy for a period of five years and receive an annual professional development allowance of $10,000 for five years.

For more information, see: http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/Awards/presidentaward.htm

Daniel Wigdor won 2015 Sloan Fellowship 26-02-2015

We are delighted to announce that Daniel Wigdor of our department has been selected as a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.The Sloan Research Fellowships are extraordinarily competitive awards that recognize early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise in the United States and Canada. Read more here.


Michael Yampolsky won Simons Foundation Fellowship in Mathematics in 2014 10-11-2014

We are proud to announce that Michael Yampolsky has won a Simons Foundation Fellowship in Mathematics in 2014. The fellowship provides funds to extend a semester long research leave to a full year, to increase creativity and provide intellectual stimulation.


Anthony Bonner won 20-year Test of Time Award 04-11-2014

The 1993 paper "Transaction Logic Programming" by Tony Bonner of our department and his collaborator Michael Kifer from Stony Brook won the prestigious 20-year Test of Time Award of the Association for Logic Programming (ALP).


Daniel Zingaro won ICER Best Paper Award 18-08-2014

A paper Daniel Zingaro wrote (with Leo Porter and Ray Lister) has won the ICER Best Pater Award. ICER is computer science education's top research-focused conference. Click here to find out more information.


Daniel Wigdor won the Ontario Early Researcher Award 24-07-2014

Daniel Wigdor has won the Ontario Early Researcher Award, a prestigious award which provides government funding to build a research team.


Konstantin Khanin selected to receive the 2014-15 UTM Excellence Award for faculty. 24-07-2014

We are happy to announce that Konstantin Khanin has been selected to receive the 2014-2015 UTM Excellence Award for Faculty in recognition of the breadth, impact, and excellence of his research.

Kostya has been making deep and lasting contributions in a broad range of areas, including dynamical systems, probability and ergodic theory, theory of turbulence, and statistical physics.


Jose Malagon-Lopez selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2013-14. 12-06-2014

We are happy to announce that Jose Malagon-Lopez has been selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Member of the UTM MCS Research Community for 2013-14.


Jaimal Thind selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2012-13. 26-08-2013

We are happy to announce that Jaimal Thind has been selected as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Member of the UTM MCS Research Community for 2012-13.


Kostya Khanin won Simons Foundation Fellowship in Mathematics in 2013

We are proud to announce that Kostya Khanin has won a Simons Foundation Fellowship in Mathematics in 2013. The fellowship provides funds to extend a semester long research leave to a full year, to increase creativity and provide intellectual stimulation.


Professor Vinod Vaikuntanathan awarded a Sloan Fellowship for 2013 19-02-2013

As you all know Sloan Fellowship is a very prestigious award. Established in 1955 it aims to "provide support and recognition to early-career scientists and scholars" in physics, chemistry, mathematics, neuroscience, economics, computer science and molecular biology.

Vinod has already performed groundbreaking work in the area of "homomorphic encryption", a technique that allows one to compute on encrypted data and that has many applications, most notably to Cloud Computing. This fellowship will help Vinod to improve, expand upon, and generalize these ideas in ways that will have wide-ranging uses, including applications to code obfuscation and copy-protection of programs. 


Professor Andrew Petersen won University of Toronto Mississauga's Teaching Excellence Award! 08-08-2012

In August 2012, it was announced by the Vice President and Principal Deep Saini, that Andrew Petersen, along with Professor Joseph Leydon from the department of Geography, were selected as the joint recipients of the UTM Teaching Excellence Award for Faculty.

This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate teaching.The selection committee felt that Andrew's teaching effectiveness was demonstrated by the degree to which he is able to stimulate and challenge the intellectual ability of students, to communicate academic material effectively and to maintain a mastery of his subject areas.


Andrew Petersen won Best Zone Paper for 2011 ASEE Annual Conference Best Paper Awards. 11-06-2012

For more information, see:

http://www.asee.org/conferences-and-events/conferences/annual-conference/2012/program-schedule/2011_Best_Paper_Awards.pdf


Charlie Rackoff won 2011 RSA Conference Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics
15-02-2011

Established in 1998, the RSA Conference Awards are presented to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations in the field of cryptography, public policy and information security. The RSA Conference Award for Mathematics recognizes innovation and ongoing contribution to the field of cryptography.

From the citation: Rackoff's research interests are in computational complexity. For some time now he has been specializing in Cryptography, Security, and Security protocols. He was a co-originator of the important concepts of "interactive proofs" and "zero-knowledge proofs", for which he co-won the 1993 Godel Prize.

For more information, see
http://www.rsaconference.com/about-rsa-conference/rsa-conference-awards.htm


Professor Yael Karshon awarded the 2009 Krieger-Nelson Prize from the Canadian Mathematical Society. 1-04-08

The Krieger-Nelson Prize recognizes outstanding research by a female mathematician.

Dr. Yael Karshon is one of Canada's leading experts in symplectic geometry. Symplectic geometry is the geometry underlying classical mechanics, and has close relations with quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. The tools of symplectic geometry appear in algebraic geometry and representation theory, and in connection with convex polytopes. Symplectic spaces arising in physics and mathematics often admit many symmetries.

Dr. Karshon's work has focused on symmetries of symplectic manifolds, formalized as Hamiltonian group actions. She has obtained deep results on the classification of such structures. One of her significant contributions is the idea of "abstract moment maps", which are maps between (not necessarily symplectic) manifolds with group actions, and which generalize moment maps on symplectic manifolds. She is the author (jointly with Guillemin and Ginzburg) of an authoritative monograph that provides new connections between moment maps, cobordisms and Hamiltonian group actions. Some of her recent work is in symplectic topology, involving symplectic capacities and symplectomorphism groups.

Dr. Karshon completed her Ph.D. in 1993 under the supervision of Shlomo Sternberg at Harvard, and then held a C.L.E. Moore Instructorship at MIT. In 1995 she moved to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she obtained tenure. She joined the University of Toronto Mississauga in 2002, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2006. In 2005 she received the University of Toronto's McLean Award, which is given each year to one faculty member in the mathematical or physical sciences or engineering, within 12 years of Ph.D. Dr. Karshon takes pride in the achievements of her Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Karshon will present the 2009 Krieger-Nelson Prize Lecture at the CMS Summer Meeting in St. John's (June 2009).

SOURCE: The Canadian Mathematical Society


 

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118 Early Career Researchers Received Prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships.
20-02-08

Dr. Valentin Blomer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Toronto Mississauga has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

The Sloan Research Fellowship awards are intended to enhance the careers of the very best young faculty members (in American and Canadian University and Colleges) in specified fields of science which include: chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience and physics.

The Sloan Research Fellowships have been awarded since 1955, initially in only three scientific fields: physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Since then, 35 Sloan Research Fellow have gone on to win the Nobel Prize in their fields;and 14 have received the Fields Medal, the top honour in mathematics.

Source: www.sloan.org


Synergy Awards Recognize Real-world Applications of Research.
30-10-07

Luis Seco honoured by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada October 29, 2007, for his work in bringing university research to the marketplace.

Luis Seco, a faculty member of the Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences won a $25,000 Synergy Award for his collaboration with Algorithmics, a risk management company. Their partnership has yeided financial software that identifies and manages the risks involved in complex financial instruments. Seco and Algorithmics were the first to apply financial engineering --the confluence of math and computer science-- to practical challenges within the financial industry.

The UofT news story is available here.


SOURCE: News@UofT -- Science and Technology


For the second year in a row, one of our lecturers receives University of Toronto Mississauga's Best Lecturer Award. 03-07-07

Professor Arnold Rosenbloom won University of Toronto Mississauga's Teaching Excellence Award!

In June 2007, it was announced by the Acting Vice President and Principal, Professor Cheryl Misak, that Arnold Rosenbloom was chosen as the recipient of the UofTM Teaching Excellence Award 'for oustanding teaching by a faculty member'.

This was the second year in a row that a lecturer from Mathematical and Computational Sciences won this award. This department is very proud of this well-deserved honour received by Arnold.

This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Teaching effectiveness is demonstrated by the degree to which the faculty member is able to stimulate and challenge the intellectual ability of students, to communicate academic material effectively and to maintain a mastery of his/her subject areas. It also involves maintaining accessability to students and the ability to influence the intellectual and scholarly development of students.


Professor Avner Magen awarded the Early Researcher Award.
July 2007

The Early Researcher Awards program (ERA) helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants and associates. The goal of the program is to improve Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent from around the world. Each researcher receives $140,000 funding through the program.


Valentin Blomer Awarded DFG 2005 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize.
18-03-2005

The prize is presented annually to six young researchers in recognition of outstanding scientific achievements in their field. Of the 94 candidates, this year's prizewinners include a mathematician, a botanist, a dermatologist, a Germanist, an astrophysicist and an Anglicist. The prize represents both recognition of their scientific achievements to date as well as a stimulus to continue to excel in the future. See the full story.  (<-- broken)


Yael Karshon awarded the 2005 McLean Award.

The 2005 McLean Award, is presented by the Connaught Committee, which administers the Connaught Fund at the University of Toronto. The award is based on Peer review and it recognizes an outstanding researcher at an early stage of his or her career.


Michael Yampolsky received PREA Award.
01-08-2002

Michael Yampolsky, Professor of Mathematics, was one of 34 university researchers in Ontario who earned the Premier's Research Excellence Award. Awarded by the Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation, the award recognizes scholarly ability, creativity and excellence. See the full story.  (<-- broken)