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African Computer Scientists Recognized

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The Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), and Microsoft Research have awarded the inaugural TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Scientists to Youcef Bentoutou, Omar Fakih Hamad, and Tshilidzi Marwala. Funded by Microsoft, the award was created to recognize the work of young researchers that has the potential to improve the development of Africa. The award offers a cash price of about $10,500.

Bentoutou, a researcher at the Centre des Techniques Spatiales in Arzew, Algeria, specializes in image processing and computer vision, and developing applications in medical imaging and remote sensing. Hamad, a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is constructing multimedia data communication systems and multicast technology for education and community development. And Marwala, a dean at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, is studying the application of computational intelligence to engineering, finance, and medicine.

"Computer science has a key role to play in tackling some of the developing world's greatest challenges, from education to infrastructure, and it's vital that we support and encourage the scientists and researchers who are working to address these issues," says Microsoft Research Cambridge's Andrew Herbert.

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