Iranian scientist receives 2015 Eric Kandel Prize

TEHRAN, Jun. 02 (MNA) – Iranian scientist Yasser Roudi has been awarded the 2015 Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize.

ICTP (International Center for Theoretical Physics) Research Staff Associate Yasser Roudi has been awarded the 2015 Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize for important contributions to the applications of statistical physics to network reconstruction and the understanding of information processing.

The award which is named after the 2000 Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel, “recognizes the work of outstanding young scientists in the field of neuroscience and helps advance their careers as researchers” and “is the most prestigious award for the next generation of top neuroscientists in Europe,” according to FENS website. 

Established in 2010 by the Hertie Foundation in collaboration with FENS, the Kandel prize is given to outstanding young scientists in the field of neuroscience to help advance their careers as researchers.

A major theme of Prof. Roudi’s research is understanding the computational mechanisms and algorithms involved in statistical inference and learning, and the possible implementation of such mechanisms in neural networks. 

Yasser who is now 33 studied Physics at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran and obtained his PhD from SISSA, Trieste in 2005.

His previous awards include the Bogue Research Fellowship (UCL), the Burgen Scholarship from Academea Europea, the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences, Letters young investigators award, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters’ Nansen prize for young scientists.

The awarding ceremony was on 28 May 2015 at Paulskirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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