2012 COPERNICUS Scientific Award Winners:


  •  Professor Jacek Błażewicz studied control Engineering at the Poznan University of Technology, which he graduated

from with honors in 1974. In 1977 he received the degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Poznan University of Technology. In 1980 he received his habilitation, and in 1987 a title of a full professor.

He was employed as a vice-Dean of the Electrical Engineering Faculty of the Poznan University of Technology (1981 – 1984) and Deputy Director of the Institute of Computer Sciences (from 1987) where in 1995 he became a Head of the Laboratory of Algorithm Design and Programming Systems. From 1994 to 1999 he was also professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan and from 1999 – professor at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of Polish Academy of Sciences.

The scientific output of Błażewicz include approximately 300 scientific publications and 15 monographs of which 7 have been published internationally. According to Thompson Reuters’ Web of Science his index of citations reached above 1800 citations. In recognition of his achievements Błażewicz received in 1991 EURO Gold Medal (European Association of Operational Research Societies, 1991), in 2005 became a senior member of IEEE, and in 2006 the University of Siegen awarded him with a honorary doctorate.

  • Professor Erwin Pesch studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technical University Darmstadt. He was

employed as a Software Engineer and a research assistant at the Commerzbank AG and the business institute of the Technical University Darmstadt, respectively. He worked as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the University in Maastricht (Netherlands) from 1989 to 1994 and as a full professor at the Institute of Economics of the University in Bonn from 1994 to 2001. Currently, he is a full professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the University in Siegen.

He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics and a Habilitation in Business Administration both from the Technical University Darmstadt. His research areas are: Management Information and Decision Support Systems, Project Management and Personnel Planning. His projects are very often closely related to various industrial innitiatives.

He is author or co-author of 4 books and has published more than 130 papers in many international journals, among others in: Mathematical Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Management Science, Journal of Combinatorial Theory, European Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Journal of Graph Theory, Journal on Computing, IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Discrete Mathematics, Discrete Applied Mathematics, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Scheduling, Mathematical Methods in Operations Research, Annals of Operations Research, International Journal of Production Research, OR Spektrum, Künstliche Intelligenz, Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft, Betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung und Praxis.

Professors Błażewicz and Pesch were honored with the Copernicus Award for their joint research and development of algorithms in the field of scheduling and bioinformatics. Both winners are also equally successful in supporting young scientists – for many years there has been regular research exchange and cooperation between their teams, including organization of numerous workshops and conferences. Their major common scientific achievement include an internationally published monograph entitled ‘’Scheduling Computer and Manufacturing’’ and a co-edited multi-volume book series ‘’Handbooks in Information Systems’’ published by the Springer Verlag.