DOI:10.1145/1378727.1378731 David Roman
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to improve the image of
computer science among high
school students. Launched
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Daniel A. Spielman and Shang-
Hua Teng were awarded the 2008
Gödel Prize by ACM’s Special
Interest Group on Algorithms
and Computing Theory and
the European Association for
Theoretical Computer Science
for developing a rigorous
framework to explain the
practical success of algorithms
on real data and real computers
that could not be clearly
understood through traditional
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