IBM Innovation Award 2015 honours researchers from UHasselt and UCL

19/10/2015 09:06

Brussels, 13 October 2015 – IBM Belgium, the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) award the IBM Innovation Awards 2015 to Dr. Jo Vermeulen (UHasselt) and Dr. Thomas Peters (UCL). These Prizes are awarded each year to the best doctoral thesis to have made an original contribution to computer sciences or its applications; both researchers receive each a grant worth 5.000 EUR. The informatics part of the thesis should be in-depth as well as groundbreaking.

The “IBM Innovation Award” is Belgium’s oldest and most prestigious scientific award for research in computer science and its applications.  With these academic prizes, IBM highlights the importance of fundamental scientific research and remains committed to supporting scientific research in Belgium.   The awards are granted each year to the best doctoral thesis that present an original contribution to informatics or its applications in the fields of Cloud Computing, Social Media, Analytics & Big Data, Mobile Computing, Cyber Security and Cognitive Computing.

This year's FWO laureate is Dr. Jo Vermeulen of UHasselt, for his PhD thesis: ‘Designing for Intelligibility and Control in Ubiquitous Computing Environments’.

Dr. Vermeulens doctoral research looked into the design space that captures the different decisions that designers face when adding support for intelligibility and control.  He also introduces present general design principles and techniques that can be applied in a wide range of ubiquitous computing scenarios: feedforward, slowmotion feedback, and why questions.  The research contributed to the development of the Internet of Things.

On the photo:Dr. Jo Vermeulen (UHasselt) – Benoît Lambillotte (IBM) – Dr. Thomas Peters (UCL)
©FNRS/Aude Vanlathem