CSAIL's Daskalakis wins prestigious Nevanlinna Prize


Constantinos (“Costis”) Daskalakis, an MIT professor and CSAIL principal investigator, has won the 2018 Rolf Nevanlinna Prize, one of the most prestigious international awards in mathematics.

Announced today at the International Conference of Mathematicians (ICM) in Brazil, the prize is awarded every four years alongside the Fields Medal and given to a scientist under the age of 40 in recognition of making major contributions to the mathematical aspects of computer science.

Given on behalf of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the award comes with a gold medal and a monetary prize of 10,000 euros. Daskalakis was honored by the IMU for “transforming our understanding of the computational complexity of fundamental problems in markets, auctions, equilibria, and other economic structures.”

"Costis combines amazing technical virtuosity with the rare gift of choosing to work on problems that are both fundamental and complex,” said CSAIL director Daniela Rus. "We are all so happy to hear about this well-deserved recognition for our colleague.”

A native of Greece, Daskalakis received his undergraduate degree from the National Technical University of Athens and his PhD in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC-Berkeley. He has previously received such honors as the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, the 2010 Sloan Fellowship in Computer Science, the Simo Simons Investigator Award, and the Kalai Game Theory and Computer Science Prize from the Game Theory Society.

Created in 1981 by the Executive Committee of the IMU, the prize is named after the Finnish mathematician Rolf Nevanlinna. The prize is awarded for outstanding contributions on the mathematical aspects of informational sciences. Recipients are invited to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, an annual networking event that also includes recipients of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the Abel Prize and the Fields Medal.