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Celebrating Computational Excellence with the 2020 Wolfram Innovator Awards

October 22, 2020 — Brian Wood, Technical Communications & Outreach Manager

Our annual Wolfram Technology Conference took place October 6–9, and along with it the 10th annual Wolfram Innovator Award Ceremony. This year, Stephen Wolfram recognized 13 outstanding individuals from around the globe for their significant work using the Wolfram Language across fields and disciplines.

We’d like to congratulate these winners for exceptional contributions using computational intelligence:

Kenneth T. Bogen

Kenneth T. Bogen, DrPH., DABT, Principal Consulting Toxicologist, ktbogen.com: for his work in environmental health risk assessment and toxicology, which includes developing a Mathematica package (RiskQ) and doing advanced work in cancer research.

Tomás de Camino-Beck

Tomás de Camino-Beck, PhD, Visiting Professor, LEAD University: for his work as a mathematical biologist in Costa Rica, his use of Wolfram technology in education and his work as a leader in the development of the maker movement in Central America.

Pedro Paulo Balbi de Oliveira

Pedro Paulo Balbi de Oliveira, DPhil, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie: for his work in advancing computation by cellular automata, disseminated in the publication of about 85 research papers, and the development of a cellular automata toolbox, a multi-agent research system and a package to represent families of cellular automata.

Guy F. de Téramond Peralta

Guy F. de Téramond Peralta, PhD, Professor of Physics, Universidad de Costa Rica: for his research in light-front holographic QCD (LFHQCD), a new approach to hadron structure and dynamics based on the holographic embedding of light-front physics in a higher-dimensional gravity theory, together with the constraints imposed by a superconformal algebraic structure and Veneziano duality.

Branden Fitelson

Branden Fitelson, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Northeastern University: for his efforts in advancing the use of computation in the field of philosophy and creation of PrSAT, a decision procedure for the probability calculus.

Virgilio Gomez Jr.

Virgilio Gomez Jr., Research Development Mechanical Engineer, Quality Aspirators: for the development of an image-processing algorithm that was developed to detect and quantify aerosol droplets for SafetySuction, designed to allow dentists to safely use scalers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greg Hurst

Greg Hurst, Senior Mathematician—Human Organ Design, United Therapeutics Corporation: for his work creating novel algorithms used to design an artificial human lung that can be 3D printed using biocompatible materials such as collagen.

Ambar Jain

Ambar Jain, PhD, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal: for his use of Mathematica and the Wolfram Language in the creation of a new student online assessment system aimed at obtaining valid and reliable student academic test results.

Omar Olmos

Omar Olmos, PhD, Director of Sciences, North Region, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey: for developing courses and academic resources in mathematics, physics and applied engineering for more than 70,000 students and his use of the Wolfram Language as a tool for completing analyses of educational analytics and scientific research.

Gustavo Restrepo

Gustavo Restrepo, PhD, Cofounder of Exergétika: for applying computational thinking to create tools designed to improve methodologies of engineering production in Latin America and the development of a library of hydrodynamic components used in the oil and gas, power and chemical industries.

Ariel Sepúlveda

Ariel Sepúlveda, PhD, President, Pronto Analytics Inc.: for his work on D4CR, a customizable GUI-based platform for data analysis that processes natural language requests to answer business questions that are critical for supporting decision-making processes.

William J. Turkel

William J. Turkel, PhD, Professor of History, The University of Western Ontario: for his digital research methods with Mathematica and his continued work to bring computation to the humanities, delivering “artifacts of the future” through text mining, machine learning and image processing.

Mike Weimerskirch

Mike Weimerskirch, PhD, Director of Educational Innovation, University of Minnesota: for his work on the Minnesota Online Learning System (MOLS) to support faculty and students with homework and quiz creation and grading and with placement exams for over seven thousand students annually.

Our users are constantly making unique contributions in all sorts of fields, and we’re proud to have our technology supporting such impressive research and innovation. An archived video of the ceremony is now viewable online. Other Wolfram Technology Conference events will soon be available on the Wolfram YouTube channel—stay tuned!

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