During the Symposium Diskrete Mathematik 2014, the Richard-Rado-Prize was awarded. The prize is awarded by the Fachgruppe Diskrete Mathematik of the German Mathematical Society (DMV) for outstanding dissertations in Discrete Mathematics.
The prize winner is Dr. Lutz Warnke (University of Cambridge), who was recognized for his dissertation "Random Graph Processes with Dependencies" prepared at the University of Oxford in 2012. Supervisor of the dissertation was Prof. Oliver Riordan.
An honorable mention goes to Dr. Marika Karbstein (Zuse Institute Berlin). Her dissertation "Line Planning and Connectivity", finished in 2013, was supervised by Prof. Ralf Borndörfer at TU Berlin.
"The 2014 Rado Prize goes to Lutz Warnke for his thesis "Random Graph Processes with Dependencies" on the evolution of random graphs. His work has all attributes one may expect from excellent mathematics: very interesting topics appealing to broad audience, in this case to a community including many theoretical physicists; improved methods and new ideas that both solve old problems and open new horizons; considerable depth, breadth, and technical difficulty; and last but not least, careful and accessible presentation. Moreover, the main result of the first part daringly contradicts numerical evidence, heuristic arguments by physicists, and the authority of an article in Science: where all of these showed a jump, he proves continuity.
A honorable mention goes to Marika Karbstein for her thesis "Line Planning and Connectivity". Her achievement is rather different: she has computed how the trams in Postdam should ride, and amazingly enough, they actually obey her. Her work countains several clever theoretical innovations, improving on previous approaches in the field of transport scheduling. But, unlike theoretical puzzles that can be elegantly solved once and for all, trams in Postdam and other real world phenomena can resist all such elegant solutions, and what remains is heuristics, trial and error, lot of hard work requiring deep knowledge and theoretical insight but also patience and endurance. All of this can be felt in Dr. Karbstein's work."
The prize is sponsored by Springer-Verlag and this time is endowed with 1000 EUR.