The Infosys Science Foundation’s prize was announced for the year 2017 in the fields of Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. Alumna Prof. Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Director, Indian Statistical Institute (Engineering and Computer Science) has won the Prize for ‘engineering and computer science’. She is recognised for evolving algorithms to analyse biological data. With her work on optimising data analysis, she was able to make exciting discoveries, like a new genetic marker for breast cancer. Her work has been used in software built by the US Environmental Protection Agency to detect water contamination, according to a press release.
Prof. Bandyopadhyay also won the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in 2010. She received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kharagpur at the convocation of 2017
“She sets an inspiring example of high-quality original research in computer science done entirely in India that has had a worldwide impact on science and society,” said Pradeep Khosla, one of the jury chairs for the prize.
In a recorded message, Bandyopadhyay said, “This great prize is not very old but has become very popular. It is a boost to continue doing great work in the future. Whatever we do, if it is useful to someone somewhere in the academic community, it is a great feeling.”
The prize will be given away on January 10 in Bengaluru. Infosys Science Foundation gives away the awards annually to honour achievements of researchers and scientists across the six fields. Each prize carries a gold medal, a citation and a Rs 65 lakh award. It was first given in mathematics in 2008.