The last day of September was a great day for budding computer scientists. This year's Joseph Fourier Awards recognized the work of four young researchers, including our IT4Innovations colleague Martin Golasowski.

The French mathematician and physicist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Joseph Fourier, who is credited, among others, with the discovery of the greenhouse effect, would not be surprised at what scientists are doing today. If he had attended the Joseph Fourier Prize ceremony, he would have seen four scientists unlocking the secrets of human cells, pondering the use of drones in natural disasters, or figuring out how to get from A to B faster (and without nerves).

The last of the mentioned projects, which won the bronze award, is the work of Martin Golasowski from IT4Innovations. This project deals with optimising transport in the city using an intelligent navigation service. Supercomputers are also being used to ensure that we do not get stuck in traffic jams in the future and get to work as smoothly as possible. "The algorithm is optimised to run on supercomputers and to be used in an online navigation service that can be used, for example, by mobile apps or logistics systems. This navigation service then provides optimised routes that take into account departure times and other factors, so that traffic on the road is as smooth as possible," explains Martin Golasowski.

However, it does not end with winning a bronze medal for our colleague. IT4Innovations donated 50,000 computing hours to the competition. These will be used by Ondřej Texler from CTU, who won a special jury prize for the use of artificial intelligence in art.

Being awarded for the eleventh time, the Joseph Fourier Prizes for the best research papers in the field of computer science are organized by Atos in cooperation with the French Embassy in Prague. The award ceremony, chaired by Jean-Marie Lehn, the Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, took place at the French Embassy.