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Established in 1980, the Honda Prize is awarded annually to recognize accomplishments in ecotechnology, a philosophy of working to advance human achievement while concurrently preserving the natural environment. For Oden's selection, the
Oden is widely credited with the early development of computational mechanics, a new discipline that integrates mathematics, computer science, physics and applied mathematics to solve problems in science and engineering. Along with his work as director of ICES, he serves as an associate vice president for research at the university and professor of aerospace engineering and engineering science, professor of mathematics and professor of computer science.
He is also noted for developing mathematical estimates of errors in computer simulations and ways to systematically reduce and control those errors. Today, these subjects form the foundation of computational engineering and science, a discipline affecting science, medicine and engineering, with applications in manufacturing, disaster prevention, drug design, surgery, and climate and weather prediction and more.
Oden's early work led to the creation of the
Oden's most recent work focuses on the theory and development of "multiscale" models that bridge the influence of events at many scales, from that of atoms and electrons to full-scale systems, such as machines, aircraft and automobiles. He is a leader in "predictive science," in which uncertainty in observational data and model parameters is estimated using mathematical statistics and used to determine the accuracy of computational predictions.
Previous recipients of the Honda Prize include the late Nobel Prize laureate Ilya Prigogine of The
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