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Iranian Scientist Receives Eric Kandel Prize

Iranian Scientist Receives Eric Kandel Prize
Iranian Scientist Receives Eric Kandel Prize

Yasser Roudi won 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, Mehr News Agency reported.

Roudi is a research associate at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). The 33-year-old studied physics at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran and got his PhD from International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy in 2005.

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

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.

The Kandel prize was established in 2010 by the Hertie Foundation in collaboration with FENS.

Roudi has also won the Bogue Research Fellowship, 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.