Waterman Awardees to Present to National Science Board Today

May 3rd, 2012 by Erwin Gianchandani Post a comment »

 Scott Aaronson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (left) and Robert Wood of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (right) will each receive the National Science Foundation's 2012 Alan T. Waterman Award [images courtesy Scott Aaronson, MIT, and Eliza Grinnell, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, via NSF].Scott Aaronson and Robert Wood, the two computer scientists who in March were named joint recipients of the 2012 Alan T. Waterman Award, will deliver half-hour presentations about their research to the National Science Board (NSB) later this morning. The presentations are scheduled to begin at 11am EDT, and they will be streamed live via the web as part of an open session during the Board’s meeting (more after the jump).

Aaronson was chosen by the NSB (recall that the Waterman award honors “an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering”) for his work in quantum computing. Wood was honored for his research on biologically-inspired microrobots and soft robots, including RoboBees.

While in town for the NSB meeting, the pair will visit local high schools tomorrow afternoon to describe their research and experiences as award-winning computer scientists as part of an effort to boost students’ interest in computer science and allied fields at an early age.

Tune in live at 11am EDT today for the talks by Aaronson and Wood. And for the rest of the NSB agenda (the meeting runs through tomorrow), click here.

(Contributed by Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Director)