Former IDSIA PhD student Ola Svensson will receive the 2019 Michael and Sheila Held Prize from the National Academy of Sciences (USA)
28 January 2019
Ola has delivered a series of groundbreaking new algorithms for the traveling salesman problem, one of the most heavily studied and important questions in theoretical computer science.

The Michael and Sheila Held Prize is presented annually and carries with it a $100,000 prize. The prize honors outstanding, innovative, creative, and influential research in the areas of combinatorial and discrete optimization, or related parts of computer science, such as the design and analysis of algorithms and complexity theory.

Congratulations to Ola for his elegant work on algorithms for discrete optimization problems!

Short bio

Ola Svensson obtained his PhD at IDSIA – Universita’ della Svizzera italiana, in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Monaldo Mastrolilli (IDSIA).
Ola Svensson is currently associate professor in the theory group at EPFL. He is interested in fundamental questions in combinatorial optimisation related to the approximability of basic optimization problems. He received the best paper awards at FOCS'11, FOCS’17 and STOC’18.