TEHRAN, Dec. 03 (Press Shia) – The 2017 Mustafa Prize Ceremony was held on December 3, at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall, coinciding with the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad.

The 2017 Mustafa Prize Ceremony was held on December 3, at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall, coinciding with the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad as Professor Sami Erol Gelenbe, a computer scientist, and Professor M. Amin Shokrollahi, a Professor of Math and Computer Science were granted the award.

During the Mustafa prize ceremony held today in Tehran attended by senior Iranian officials, representatives of OIC countries along with over sixty prominent scholars and scientists from Islamic countries, the laureates were honored and praised for their pioneering achievements.

The 2017 Mustafa was granted to the laureates: Professor Gelenbe in the field of “Information and communications technology (ICT)” for his pioneering research on “Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Computer Systems” and prof. Shokrollahi in the field of “information theory” recognition of his outstanding work on “Communications: Raptor Codes.”

After a theater performance in Tehran’s Vahdat Hall, Mahdi Safarinia, Secretary of Mustafa Prize Policy-making Council, congratulated the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday and welcomed the participating guests.

He described the mission of MSTF to support and develop science and technology throughout the world. “Mustafa Prize tries to be the focus of the world to the capacity of the Islamic world and improve the areas of international cooperation regarding science and technology,” he stated.

“Mustafa Prize is laying the foundation to restore the Islamic Golden Age and benefit and empower other states,” he added.

This is while, more than 400 actual and legal personalities have financed the Foundation in an effort to make the world’s biggest Islamic Fund in the development of science and technology.

Then, Hassan Zohoor, the Head of the 2017 Mustafa Prize Scientific Committee, noted that “the nominees were elected among 700 Muslim scientists, 200 scientific institutes and organizations in the Islamic world”.

He said: “In the three specialized fields of the Mustafa Prize, the nominees should be Muslim and frequently travel to their home countries, but they do not have to be necessarily Muslim in the fourth general field which includes top scientific achievements in all areas of science and technology. However, there would be no other limitations regarding gender, religion and age.”

Moreover, 363 international institutes, 51 Islamic countries and 1622 scientists from 28 countries had attended the nomination process of 2017 Mustafa Prize, Zohoor said.

Romain Murenzi, Executive Director of The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS), later in his speech named the laureates “as the roles models for society who constantly portray strenuous efforts in carrying social responsibilities and representing appropriate symbols of precious world in society. They are the ones who also play important roles in broadening the scientific borders for public welfare”.

He further added: “The Mustafa Prize is a popular award and movement and now a number of distinguished figures of Islamic and global communities have been invited to contribute to this great movement. The prize offers an opportunity for everyone to be a part of the world of scientific activities and may this honor and divine privilege be bestowed upon us, God-willingly.”

Moreover, prof. Shokrollahi referred to his childhood as his sisters were motivating him since he was eager to learn.  “In fact, my family and specially my father help me,” he noted.

“Since January 2003, I hold a full professor position at the School of Informatics and Computer Science (I&C) and the Faculty of Basic Sciences (FSB) of EPFL, holding the chair of algorithms at I&C, and the chair of algorithmic mathematics at FSB.”

Shokrollahi however elaborated on his scientific background, noting: “I received German Diploma in Mathematics at the University of Karlsruhe in 1988; then, M.Sc in Mathematics at the University of Kulsruhe. The title of my M.Sc thesis was “Codes from algebraic curves. I also studied computer science for Ph.D degree at the University of Bonn in 1991, and the title of my Ph.D thesis was ‘Contributions to Coding and Complexity Theory via Algebraic Function Fields.” Shokrollahi at the end declared that he cooperated in the field of habilitation in basic sciences.

Then, other Mustafa Prize laureate, Professor Gelenbe pointed to the background of Islamic studies, scientific works and scholars such as Al-Khwarizmi and other experts that they all have put the basement of their efforts on Islamic thoughts.

He mentioned that many aspects of science like electromagnet waves and etc. have got great influence on millions of computers. Professor Gelenbe said that he has done many researches in the field of network security and computing science. These researches and solutions are used in predicting computer behaviors and understanding how they act. Furthermore, they can be used by engineers and scientists in industrial jobs.

“I have designed a material that helps better understanding of details and computers,” said Professor Gelenbe. At the end of his talks, he appreciated the organizer of this ceremony and the sponsors who have supported this prize from the beginning till now.

In the meanwhile, Sorena Sattari, Chairman of Policymaking Council of the Mustafa Prize, granted the Mustafa Medal, a Diploma and $500,000 and an appreciation tablet of the Foundation to the laureates.

Further, he made a speech primarily stating that: “This summit is held by the name of Prophet Muhammad who always accentuating the science. Prophet Muhammad introduced ignorance as the most frightful enemy. In past years Muslims had great platform for all human from all over the world.”

He mentioned that “Muslims have never made any weapon to kill humans and they had been struggling for equality between all human being due to their beliefs which were taught by Prophet Muhammad.

The chairman of Mustafa Prize Policy-making Council finally emphasized that “With no doubt, health, security and welfare of all human being cannot come off without focusing on science and innovation and cooperating with experts through Islamic world.”

It is worth mentioning that the first round of Mustafa Prize was held in 2015 in Tehran and Professor Omar Yaghi, from Jordan in the nano-science and nanotechnology, and Professor Jackie Ying, from Singapore in Bio-nanotechnology categories, were the recipients of this award.

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