The Robert Piloty Prize
The Robert Piloty Prize is awarded for outstanding achievements and exceptional research and development work in the fields of computer science, electrical engineering and information technology as well as applied mathematics. The Robert Piloty Prize is generally awarded every two years. It is endowed with a total of 10,000 € and a medal.
Computer science with its current impact emerged at the beginning of the 1970s from the disciplines of mathematics and electrical engineering. In recent decades it has grown into a future discipline of the 21st century.
The Department of Computer Science of the TU Darmstadt was founded in 1972 as one of the first computer science departments at German universities out of a tradition of outstanding, internationally recognized pioneers of computer science such as Alwin Walther (scientific computing, mathematics) and Robert Piloty (program-controlled computer systems, electrical engineering).
Today it is one of the leading computer science departments in Germany in research and teaching. The Rhine-Main-Neckar region with Darmstadt as its centre is one of Europe's most important locations for information and communication technologies.
The Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of TU Darmstadt looks back on a long and successful history. For many years, it has been one of the leading faculties of electrical engineering and information technology in Germany in teaching and research. Its researchers and graduates enjoy an excellent reputation in industry and science.
The Department of Mathematics of TU Darmstadt is one of the large mathematical departments in Germany. Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing are profile-building focal points of the department with a long tradition of internationally renowned scientists, research work and major interdisciplinary projects.
The Robert Piloty Prize has been awarded since 2016. It continues the tradition of the Alwin Walther Medal of TU Darmstadt, which was awarded jointly by the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics. The broadening of the profile with respect to Electrical Engineering and Information Technology comes with a change of the denomination of the price. In the sense of a technical reference to the work of Robert Piloty, laureates with scientific achievements in the field of computer engineering are preferably be considered in the field of electrical engineering and information technology. In mathematics, laureates are preferably be considered with scientific achievements in the field of applied mathematics.