The “Cyprus Research Prize - Young Researcher 2020” in the thematic section “Physical Sciences and Engineering” was awarded to CaSToRC Computational Scientist Kyriakos Hadjiyiannakou.
Kyriakos Hadjiyiannakou was awarded the prize for his contributions to science at the “Cyprus Innovation and Research Awards 2020”, organized jointly by the Research Innovation Foundation (RIF) and the Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB). The online ceremony took place on Wednesday, 16th of December 2020, and were attended by the Deputy Ministry to the President of Cyprus for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, Mr. Kyriacos Kokkinos, the Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board of the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF), Dr. Nicolas Mastrogiannopoulos, and the Vice-President of Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation, Mr. Demetris Vakis, who awarded the prizes.
Kyriakos Hadjiyiannakou was previously a Post-Doctoral fellow at George Washington University (2015-2016) and a post-doctoral fellow at The Cyprus Institute (2016-2019). He received his B.Sc in Physics from the University of Cyprus in 2011 and his Ph.D. in Computational Physics, also from the University of Cyprus, in 2015 where he received an award for his internationally recognized publications from the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences.
His research interests span both HPC programming and lattice QCD. Much of his work has been on implementing algorithms and methods for lattice QCD, mainly through parallel platforms for supercomputers. In the computational part he developed highly optimized codes using the CUDA API, the Message Passing Interface (MPI) and openMP.
At his acceptance speech, Kyriakos Hadjiyiannakou noted the significance of team work for his scientific achievements, and thanked his academic supervisor who guided him for all these years and his family for their constant support.
The main objective of the Cyprus Research Prizes is to highlight the work and character of scientists who are active in the field of research in Cyprus, and who have significant and internationally recognized achievements. At the same time, the awarding of the Cyprus Research Prizes, which the Research Innovation Foundation established in 2007, highlight the personalities of researchers working in Cyprus, making their research work which already has international reach and significant impact on the wider scientific community, to become more widely known to the general public.