Carnegie Mellon University
June 07, 2017

CRT 2015 Lagrange Prize is awarded to Professor Jure Leskovec

CRT 2015 Lagrange Prize is awarded to Professor Jure Leskovec
Prof. Jure Leskovec, ML Alum, now at Stanford University, uses the Internet as a telescope on human lifestyles and behaviour, analysing the multitude of digital footprints left by our daily activities and shedding light on the dynamics of socio-technical systems on a planetary scale.
The first and most important international recognition in the field of complex systems awarded to two young leading figures in the new frontiers of scientific research, which encompasses Big Data, crowdsourcing and social media Europe, America, Big Data, innovation. These are some of the key words that have characterised the 2015 edition of the CRT Foundation – Lagrange Prize, which commends two scientists who are gaining international recognition for their research in the field of Complexity Science. The winners are Panos Ipeirotis and Jure Leskovec. Both are key players in a dynamic and stimulating area of research in which IT systems are interconnected with Big Data and with the daily, collective, increasingly widespread use that people make of digital technologies, including social media and crowdsourcing.
In just one decade, Prof. Leskovec’s research has achieved a series of results of extreme scientific impact and at times important business value: from building maps of how information is propagated on the Web, to developing mathematical models of viral marketing, and predicting anti-social behaviour on the Web. Prof. Leskovec is also acknowledged for having made a rich collection of social data and computational tools for their analysis freely available to the scientific community.
Established in 2008 by the CRT Foundation and coordinated by the ISI Foundation, the Lagrange Prize is part of the Lagrange Project, one of the most innovative European initiatives  dedicated entirely to studying complex systems and data science, where a culture of innovation is  encouraged through PHD scholarships and research grants. The Prize is the symbolic event of the Lagrange Project: a prestigious international acknowledgement – the first and the most important for Complexity Science – awarded to world renowned researchers.