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Paul Vitanyi
CWI - Paul Vitányi has been appointed CWI Fellow from January 1st, 2003. This position is given to outstanding members of CWI's research staff, enabling them to concentrate completely on research. Vitányi joined CWI in 1971. Under his direction his research group, now led by Harry Buhrman, became a world leader in quantum computing, distributed algorithmics, algorithmic information theory, learning and inference methods, and reversible adiabatic computing. Together with Ming Li he pioneered applications of Kolmogorov complexity and co-authored 'An Introduction to Kolmogorov Complexity and its Applications', Springer-Verlag, New York, 1993 (2nd Edition 1997), parts of which have been translated into Chinese, Russian and Japanese. The Chinese version won the 1999 first prize for Excellent Books in Science and Technology published in China. Vitányi serves on the editorial boards of several internationally renowned journals. He is also a professor of Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam.
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