Saarbrücken Max Planck Researcher Honored with “Curious-Mind-Forscherpreis”

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Simone Salden, vice editor-in-chief (l.), and Michael Kröher (r.) of manager magazin welcome 2023 German Research Hall of Fame award winners Michelle Browne and Vahid Babaei (2nd and 3rd from left; both Curious Minds Award winners) as well as Wolfgang Wahlster and Claudia Felser, who were both honoured for their lifetime achievements. Photo: Tamina-Florentine Zuch / manager magazin

Vahid Babaei, head of the research group “Artificial Intelligence aided Design and Manufacturing” at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, has been awarded the “Curious-Mind-Forscherpreis 2023” in the category “Digitization, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence”. The award recognizes young scientists under the age of 40 whose work not only demonstrates the highest level of academic excellence, but also indicates that it will provide impetus for the future of the German economy.

Vahid Babaei’s research on pills from the 3D printer was highlighted in particular. With this new method, pills are produced in such a way that their shape alone allows them to dissolve over a certain period of time and thus, for example, release active ingredients into a patient’s body in a controlled manner.

The “Curious-Mind-Forscherpreis” is endowed with 7500 euros and has been awarded since 2018 as part of the iduction ceremony to the “Hall of Fame of German Research”. The Hall of Fame was established by Manager Magazin in 2009 and has been organized jointly with the chemical and pharmaceutical company Merck since 2015. At this year’s ceremony at the “New Institute” in Hamburg, Professor Wolfgang Wahlster was honored for his life’s work.

The jury in the category “Digitalisierung, Robotik und Künstliche Intelligenz”, in which Vahid Babaei was awarded, includes: Otmar Wiestler, President of the Helmholtz Association; Rafael Laguna de la Vera, Founding Director of the Federal Agency for Leap Innovations (“Sprind”); Ulrich Dietz, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of GFT SE; Miriam Wohlfarth, Founder and Managing Director of Banxware; Stefan Sigg, Member of the Executive Board of Software AG; and Simone Salden, Vice Editor-in-Chief of Manager Magazin.



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900 scientists (including 400 PhD students) and about 2500 students from more than 80 nations make the Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC) one of the leading locations for computer science in Germany and Europe. Four world-renowned research institutes, namely the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the Center for Bioinformatics as well as Saarland University with three departments and 24 degree programs cover the entire spectrum of computer science.