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Preisverleihung des Young Scientist Award 2003

AWARD 2005

"Reuven Cohen has received Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics from the AKSOE"

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During the annual conference of the AKSOE in Berlin, March 4-9, 2005, which was part of the March meeting of the German Physical Society, Dr. Reuven Cohen has received the YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD FOR SOCIO- AND ECONOPHYSICS.

AKSOE (http://www.dpg-fachgremien.de/aksoe) is a section of the German Physical Society (DPG) devoted to the "Physics of Socio-Economic Systems". One of our aims is to foster research on these topics in Germany and to coordinate our activities and those of similar societies across Europe. Our objective is also to interest young physicists in economic, urban, and social problems.

The YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD FOR SOCIO- AND ECONOPHYSICS recognizes outstanding original contributions that use physical methods to develop a better understanding of socio-economic problems. It was sponsored by McKinsey & Company with an endowment of EUR 5,000. and is intended for young scientists (f/m) not older than 35 years.

In 2005, the YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD FOR SOCIO- AND ECONOPHYSICS was awarded for the fourth time (for previous winners, please see (http://www.dpg-fachgremien.de/aksoe). We have received 32 nominations (from twelve countries) for qualified candidates currently working in eleven different countries, which have been evaluated by an international jury.

The winning candidate, Dr. Reuven Cohen from the Weizmann Institute in Israel, was born in Israel in 1974. He graduated from the Bar-Ilan University, where he also received his Ph.D in physics in 1993 under the supervision of Prof. Shlomo Havlin.

The research of Dr. Cohen in the field of complex networks has lead to several results of both theoretical and practical importance. He extended the physical concept of percolation to scale-free networks, and could by means of this explain the robustness of the internet against breakdowns and its vulnerability against targeted attacks.
This theoretical approach further allowed Dr. Cohen to investigate the spread of diseases in social networks and to develop novel methods for efficient immunization in populations. These results are also applied to computer networks and are thus of great relevance also for IT security.
Eventually, Dr. Cohen has broadened the concept of small-world networks by showing that social networks are actually "ultra small worlds".

His findings have initiated a lot of new research during the past years, to the advantage of the field of Socio- and Econophysics.

Frank Schweitzer Chairman of AKSOE http://www.dpg-fachgremien.de/aksoe
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