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## A Magician in Science: Liber Amicorum Grzegorz Rozenberg

Sepinoud Azimi, Hendrik Jan Hoogeboom, Jetty Kleijn, Marloes van der Nat, Ion Petre, Arto Salomaa (Eds.), A Magician in Science: Liber Amicorum Grzegorz Rozenberg, TUCS General Publication, TUCS, 2017.

### Abstract:

Grzegorz Rozenberg is one of the world leaders in research on Theoretical Computer Science and Natural Computing. As a matter of fact, he is often called the guru of Natural Computing, having started promoting it as a coherent scientific discipline already from the 1970s -- he gave this area its name and defined its scope. He played a central role in the development of theoretical computer science in Europe. His research is very broad in scope and it is a prime example of interdisciplinary research. He has authored exceptionally many research papers opening new vistas as well as well-known books about theoretical computer science and natural computing. He supervised numerous Ph.D. students, many of whom have become known scientists.

He serves or has served the international computer science community in numerous roles, including: president of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS); cofounder and president of the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation, and Engineering (ISNSCE); chair of the steering committee of the DNA Computing Conference; cofounder and chair of the steering committee of the International Conference on Application and Theory of Petri Nets; chair of the steering committee of the European Educational Forum; cofounder and chair of the steering committee of the International Conference on Developments in Language Theory; co-chair of the steering committee of the International Conference on Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation; and director of European Molecular Computing Consortium.

He also served on the editorial boards of many international journals and book series. He is the editor-in-chief and either the founder or a cofounder of some very well-known journals and book series: the journal \emph{Natural Computing}, the journal \emph{Theoretical Computer Science C (Theory of Natural Computing)}, the book series Monographs and Texts in Theoretical Computer Science, the book series Natural Computing, and the book series Advances in Petri Nets. For over 20 years, he was the editor of the Bulletin of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science. He edited four handbooks: on formal languages, on graph grammars and computing by graph transformations, on membrane computing, and on natural computing.

G. Rozenberg is a Foreign Member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters, a member of Academia Europaea, and the holder of Honorary Doctorates of the University of Turku, Finland, the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, the University of Bologna, Italy, the Åbo Akademi University, Finland, the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, and the University of Bucharest, Romania. He has received the Distinguished Achievements Award of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science "in recognition of his outstanding scientific contributions to theoretical computer science''. He is an ISI highly cited researcher.

He has also a very active and creative life outside science. For example, he is a performing magician, which is also reflected in his research. His very impressive numerous scientific results are somehow sprinkled with a touch of magic: this explains the title of the book. Also, he is an expert in paintings of Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch.

This book celebrates Grzegorz Rozenberg's 75th birthday (the actual birthday date is March 14). The book was conceived as a common Turku/ Leiden project, enthusiastically combining forces, efforts, ideas, and resources. It collects friendly contributions from some of his close collaborators, colleagues, and former students. The book resembles a collection of many small "mirrors'' in which the reader can see many different faces of Grzegorz's personality and the way he influenced many people's careers and scientific paths. Grzegorz's 75th birthday was celebrated on June 17, 2017 at the Magic in Science Symposium in Turku, Finland; the book was unveiled during the Symposium. The beautiful drawing for the book cover was made by Mundo and Daniel Rozenberg.

The editors are grateful to Turku Centre for Computer Science (TUCS) for publishing this book, and to Mikhail Barash and Tomi Suovuo for their help in producing the book.

Hendrik Jan Hoogeboom, Jetty Kleijn, Marloes van der Nat,
Sepinoud Azimi, Ion Petre, Arto Salomaa.

Leiden & Turku, May 2017.

### BibTeX entry:

@PROCEEDINGS{pHoKlNaPe17a,  title = {A Magician in Science: Liber Amicorum Grzegorz Rozenberg},  series = {TUCS General Publication},  editor = {Azimi, Sepinoud and Hoogeboom, Hendrik Jan and Kleijn, Jetty and Nat, Marloes van der and Petre, Ion and Salomaa, Arto},  publisher = {TUCS},  year = {2017},}

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