The Faculty of Mathematics Research Office recently announced its 2021 recipients of the Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award. Eduardo Martin-Martinez, an associate professor in applied mathematics, and Sophie Spirkl, an assistant professor in combinatorics and optimization, were this year’s winners.
The Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award recognizes outstanding research contributions from early and mid-career faculty members. It may be awarded based on a faculty member’s overall research program or based on a single, highly influential paper.
Eduardo Martin-Martinez’s research focuses on relativistic quantum information. He previously won the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Physics and the Ontario Early Researcher Award. He is cross-appointed with the Department of Physics, an associate faculty member at the Institute for Quantum Computing, an affiliate faculty member at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and a faculty member with the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics.
Sophie Spirkl’s research focuses on geometric and structural graph theory. She previously won the Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship from Princeton University. Spirkl and a team of co-investigators have recently made a significant breakthrough on the Erdős-Hajnal conjecture, with promising indications of further progress coming.