Three C&O faculty members have been awarded 2019 NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS):
- David Gosset: Algorithms and complexity for quantum advantage
- Luke Postle: Graph colouring and local algorithms
- Laura Sanita: Efficient algorithms for optimization problems and their interplay with polyhedral combinatorics
The DAS program provides substantial and timely resources to researchers who have an established, superior research program that is highly rated in terms of originality and innovation, and who show strong potential to become international leaders within their field. These additional resources should enable researchers to capitalize on a research opportunity or a bold idea (e.g., a recent research breakthrough, a paradigm shift, or a new strategy to tackle a scientific problem or research question, etc.).
Each award is valued at $120,000 over three years ($40,000 annually) and provides recipients with additional resources to compete with the best in the world. These resources are a supplement to the NSERC Discovery Grant, that may be used to expand the recipient’s research group. In 2019, NSERC awarded $15.4 million to 129 applications in the DAS competition.