These are good days for concurrency theory and computer-aided verification, at least judging by the awards bestowed on members of our community.
Yesterday I mentioned that the Presburger Award 2011will go to Patricia Bouyer. Holger Hermanns has now made me aware of the fact that Hubert Garavel recently received the Gay-Lussac Humboldt Research Award. (Thanks Holger!) Hubert is the fourth French scientist in the field of computer science to be awarded this prize. You can read more about the award to Hubert here. For the few readers who might not know his work, here I just limit myself to mentioning that Hubert is a pioneer in formal methods and verification tools for critical industrial systems. He is perhaps best known for being the prime mover behind the development of CADP, which is a popular toolbox for the design of communication protocols and distributed systems. CADP has been developed now for over twenty years, reflecting the very strong commitment to tool development based on elegant and useful theory that underlies Hubert's work.
Congratulations to Hubert and to Holger, who will be his host in Germany.
I note in passing that the awards to Hubert and Patricia offer further, albeit circumstantial, support on the strength of French TCS research.