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"2020 IEEE Transportation Technologies Award" for Professor Markos Papageorgiou

Professor Markos Papageorgiou was awarded the 2020 IEEE Transportation Technologies Award, for contributions to traffic flowing modelling and operations, by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), during a virtual event, on September 21, 2020. 

The award was presented by Prof. Toshio Fukuda, ΙΕΕΕ President, on the occasion of 23rd IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC), September 20-23, 2020 (virtual conference). 

During his speech Professor Papagorgiou deeply thanked his nominator, Prof. Petros Ioannou, a holder of the same Award and the Board of IEEE-ITSS, in particular Prof. Miguel Ángel Sotelo and Prof. Cristina Olaverri Monreal, for their leadership and support. 

Quoting verses from a poem by the German poet Bertolt Brecht [1] and commenting that "We are praising big names in history, but they would have done nothing without the hard work of many others; and it is similar in science", Professor Papageorgiou concluded his speech by saying : «I am receiving today this prestigious award for work conducted with many undergraduate and graduate students, collaborators and colleagues; and I would like to thank them all, as a big part of this award is actually theirs».

The IEEE Transportation Technologies Award was established in 2011 and is presented to an individual, a team, or multiple recipients up to three in number, recognizing advances in technologies within the fields of interest to the IEEE as applied in transportation systems. The award consists of a bronze medal, certificate, and cash honorarium.

The award is sponsored by the following IEEE Societies: IEEE Industry Applications Society, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, IEEE Power Electronics Society, IEEE Power & Energy Society, and IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.

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[1]
… Young Alexander conquered India.
He alone?
Caesar beat the Gauls.
Was there not even a cook in his army? …

Bertolt Brecht 
Questions From a Worker Who Reads, [1935]
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