European Association for Theoretical Computer Science

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The European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS[1]) is an international organization with a European focus, founded in 1972. Its aim is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and results among theoretical computer scientists as well as to stimulate cooperation between the theoretical and the practical community in computer science.

The major activities of the EATCS are:

EATCS Award[edit]

Each year, the EATCS Award[6] is awarded in recognition of a distinguished career in theoretical computer science. The first award was assigned to Richard Karp in 2000; the complete list of the winners is given below:

Year Awarded Place
2023 Amos Fiat ICALP (Paderborn)
2022 Patrick Cousot ICALP (Paris)
2021 Toniann Pitassi ICALP (Glasgow)
2020 Mihalis Yannakakis ICALP (Saarbrücken)
2019 Thomas Henzinger ICALP (Patras)
2018 Noam Nisan ICALP (Prague)
2017 Éva Tardos ICALP (Warsaw)
2016 Dexter Kozen ICALP (Rome)
2015 Christos Papadimitriou ICALP (Kyoto)
2014 Gordon Plotkin ICALP (Copenhagen)
2013 Martin Dyer ICALP (Riga)
2012 Moshe Vardi ICALP (Warwick)
2011 Boris Trakhtenbrot ICALP (Zurich)
2010 Kurt Mehlhorn ICALP (Bordeaux)
2009 Gérard Huet ICALP (Rhodes)
2008 Leslie G. Valiant ICALP (Reykjavík)
2007 Dana S. Scott ICALP (Wroclaw)
2006 Mike Paterson ICALP (Venice)
2005 Robin Milner ICALP (Lisboa)
2004 Arto Salomaa ICALP (Turku)
2003 Grzegorz Rozenberg ICALP (Eindhoven)
2002 Maurice Nivat ICALP (Málaga)
2001 Corrado Böhm ICALP (Creta)
2000 Richard Karp ICALP (Geneva)

Presburger Award[edit]

Starting in 2010, the European Association of Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) confers each year at the conference ICALP the Presburger Award to a young scientist (in exceptional cases to several young scientists) for outstanding contributions in theoretical computer science, documented by a published paper or a series of published papers. The award is named after Mojzesz Presburger who accomplished his path-breaking work on decidability of the theory of addition (which today is called Presburger arithmetic) as a student in 1929. The complete list of the winners[7] is given below:

Year Awarded Place
2021 Shayan Oveis Gharan ICALP (Glasgow)
2020 Dmitriy Zhuk ICALP (Saarbrücken/online)
2019 Karl Bringmann, Kasper Green Larsen ICALP (Patras)
2018 Aleksander Mądry ICALP (Prague)
2017 Alexandra Silva ICALP (Warsaw)
2016 Mark Braverman ICALP (Rome)
2015 Xi Chen ICALP (Kyoto)
2014 David Woodruff ICALP (Copenhagen)
2013 Erik Demaine ICALP (Riga)
2012 Venkatesan Guruswami, Mihai Patrascu ICALP (Warwick)
2011 Patricia Bouyer-Decitre ICALP (Zurich)
2010 Mikołaj Bojańczyk ICALP (Bordeaux)

EATCS Fellows[edit]

The EATCS Fellows Program[8] has been established by the Association to recognize outstanding EATCS Members for their scientific achievements in the field of Theoretical Computer Science. The Fellow status is conferred by the EATCS Fellows-Selection Committee upon a person having a track record of intellectual and organizational leadership within the EATCS community. Fellows are expected to be “model citizens” of the TCS community, helping to develop the standing of TCS beyond the frontiers of the community.

Awarded Recognized Year
Luca Aceto 2021
Jiri Adamek 2018
Susanne Albers 2014
Rajeev Alur 2021
Giorgio Ausiello 2014
Wilfried Brauer 2014
Artur Czumaj 2015
Pierpaolo Degano 2020
Mariangiola Dezani-Ciancaglini 2015
Josep Diaz 2017
Herbert Edelsbrunner 2014
Zoltán Ésik 2016
Mike Fellows 2014
Fedor Fomin 2019
Yuri Gurevich 2014
Mohammad Hajiaghayi 2020
Magnús M. Halldórsson 2020
David Harel 2016
Monika Henzinger 2014
Thomas A. Henzinger 2015
Giuseppe F. Italiano 2016
Samir Khuller 2021
Dexter Kozen 2015
Marta Kwiatkowska 2017
Stefano Leonardi 2018
Kurt Mehlhorn 2016
Rocco de Nicola 2019
David Peleg 2021
Jean-Éric Pin 2014
Dana Ron 2019
Davide Sangiorgi 2021
Saket Saurabh 2021
Scott A. Smolka 2016
Paul Spirakis 2014
Aravind Srinivasan 2017
Wolfgang Thomas 2014
Moshe Y. Vardi 2015
Moti Yung 2017

Texts in Theoretical Computer Science[edit]

EATCS Bulletin[edit]

The EATCS Bulletin is a newsletter of the EATCS, published online three times annually in February, June, and October respectively. The Bulletin is a medium for rapid publication and wide distribution of material such as:

  • EATCS matters;
  • information about the current ICALP;
  • technical contributions;
  • columns;
  • surveys and tutorials;
  • reports on conferences;
  • calendar of events;
  • reports on computer science departments and institutes;
  • listings of technical reports and publications;
  • book reviews;
  • open problems and solutions;
  • abstracts of PhD Theses;
  • information on visitors at various institutions; and
  • entertaining contributions and pictures related to computer science.

Since 2021 its editor-in-chief has been Stefan Schmid (TU Berlin).

EATCS Young Researchers Schools[edit]

Beginning in 2014, the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) established a series of Young Researcher Schools on TCS topics. A brief history of the schools follows below.

Year Type Place
2017 ProbProgSchool 2017 – 1st School on Foundations of Programming and Software systems. Probabilistic programming Braga, Portugal
2015 2nd EATCS Young Researchers School – Understanding COMPLEXITY and CONCURRENCY through TOPOLOGY of DATA Camerino, Italy
2014 1st EATCS Young Researchers School – Automata, Logic and Games Telč, Czech Republic

See also[edit]


  1. ^ What does EATCS stand for? European Association of Theoretical Computer Science, Acronym Finder.
  2. ^ a b Brauer, Ute; Brauer, Wilfried: European Association for Theoretical Computer Science / About the Association / Silver Jubilee of EATCS
  3. ^ Monographs in Theoretical Computer Science. An EATCS Series, Springer-Verlag.
  4. ^ Monographs in Theoretical Computer Science. An EATCS Series, DBLP.
  5. ^ Texts in Theoretical Computer Science. An EATCS Series, Springer-Verlag.
  6. ^ EATCS Award, European Association for Theoretical Computer Science.
  7. ^ "Presburger Award". European Association for Theoretical Computer Science. Retrieved 2020-07-23.
  8. ^ EATCS Fellows European Association for Theoretical Computer Science.

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