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The ceremonial atmosphere of the presentation of the SAS International Prize

SAS awarded top scientists from abroad with an international prize

28. 9. 2022 | 120 visits

20th of September 2022, at a ceremonial event at the Primate's Palace in Bratislava, the world-renowned scientists, engineer prof. YangQuan Chen and neuroscientist prof. Michel Salzet, received from the hands of the President of the SAS, prof. Pavol Šajgalík, an International Prize of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. The prize is awarded by the Scientific Council of the Slovak Republic once a year, on the occasion of the Day of Constitution of the Slovak Republic, and is a special expression of recognition for excellent scientific work related to Slovakia.

Professor YangQuan Chen from the University of California, an expert in the field of modeling, process control, robotics and mechatronics, became the laureate of the SAS International Prize in the field of technical sciences for 2021. Among other things, his research deals with the topic of autonomous vehicles, unmanned aircraft, signal processing, telecommunications, energy or the use of water resources. The common basis for his research is the use of mathematical methods, especially derivation and integration of non-integer order.

"Professor Chen is the author of more than 700 scientific papers, which have been cited more than 21,000 times worldwide. His Hirsch index has a value of 70, and during the years 2018 to 2021, he was included in the lists of the most cited researchers in the world," emphasizes a long-time associate of prof. Chen, prof. Igor Podlubný from the Technical University of Košice (TUKE).

The research team of the TUKE Faculty of Mining, Ecology, Process Control and Geotechnologies called FOSFOC -Fractional-Order Systems and Fractional-Order Controllers, cooperating with prof. Chen, is led by academics of the Learned Society of Slovakia, prof. Ivo Petráš and prof. Igor Podlubný. Professor Chen, in cooperation with colleagues from Slovakia, also contributed to the introduction of several subjects from his field of research into teaching in the world and Slovakia. Subjects such as "Fractional differential equations and applications", "Fractional-order control", "Fractional-order mechanics" have become part of study programmes at universities in the USA, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Estonia, Norway and other countries. In Slovakia, it was mainly at the Technical University of Košice.

The SAS International Prize for 2022 in the field of natural sciences was received by neuroscientist and oncologist prof. Michel Salzet from the University of Lille in France.

"Professor Salzet belongs to the leading international scientific capacities in the field of neurosciences and oncology. He is an excellent scientist with valuable personal and visionary qualities. He combines knowledge from biology, immunology, proteomics and biophysics with technical thinking, which brings a new perspective and experimental challenges that significantly advance scientific knowledge," explains the Director of the Institute of Neuroimmunology SAS (NiÚ SAS, v. v. i.) Norbert Žilka.

The very positive relationship of Prof. Salzet to Slovakia is also proven by his extensive cooperation with NiÚ SAV, v. v. i. and the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy (UVLF) in Košice. In 2020, together with prof. Dáša Čížková (NiÚ SAV, v. v. i. and UVLF), he received the M.R. Štefánik Prize awarded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and the French Embassy for a project focused on new procedures for the treatment of spinal cord injuries.

Prof. Salzet is the founder of a unique laboratory in which he and his collaborators develop new technologies, diagnostic tools and new treatments. "Scientific contributions of Prof. Salzet cross the boundaries of scientific disciplines, introduce innovative approaches and open new research perspectives," adds N. Žilka.

The SAS International Award is a prize that is given annually, always in one of three categories: the field of society and culture, the field of natural sciences and the field of technical sciences. The list of laureates of the SAS International Award since 1997 is available on the website: https://bit.ly/laureati_MCSAV.


Text a foto: Katarína Gáliková