Saturday, September 20, 2008
Infosys Mathematics Prize.
Professor Manindra Agarwal of the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) has been chosen as the first recipient of the Infosys Mathematics Prize. Agarwal completed his BTech in computer sciences from IIT-K in 1986, and his PhD in 1991. Over the years,he has been working on Complexity Theory, a branch of mathematics.The head of the computer science and engineering department at IIT-K, Agarwal has been selected for the award Dr Manindra Agrawal has been awarded 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.The Infosys Mathematics Prize was jointly instituted by Infosys and NIAS earlier this year to encourage and foster an interest in mathematics.