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CWI researcher Monique Laurent elected as KNAW member

Researcher and MT member Monique Laurent from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) was elected as a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The KNAW announced this on 19 April 2018. KNAW members are prominent scientists who are nominated by fellow researchers within and outside the Academy.

CWI develops software that can manage itself

The increase of cloud technology has put a strain on developers and IT administrators to manually manage cloud software services and hardware infrastructure. Nikolaos Bezirgiannis (CWI) explored letting cloud software ‘manage itself’. He defends his PhD thesis 'Abstract Behavioral Specification: unifying modeling and programming' on 17 April 2018.

CWI researchers simulate how ‘coherent structures’ affect solar wind heating

CWI researchers have further developed our understanding of how solar wind particles get accelerated and heated. In particular, they discovered how ‘coherent structures’ in the solar wind, places where the magnetic fields and electrical currents are enhanced, affect the energy transfer responsible for heating. The results were published in Physical Review Letters on 19 March 2018.

DIS at CHI 2018

The Distributed and Interactive Systems group from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) will be present at CHI 2018 showcasing their research on a case-study of developing a multi-sensory clubbing experience during Amsterdam Dance Event 2016, designing preproduction tools for multiscreen TV viewing, and classifying news media sympathy on Twitter after crisis events.

Better simulations for lightning and high-voltage technology

Until recently, it was not clear how lightning could start. CWI PhD student Casper Rutjes modelled and simulated the origin of lightning and ionizing radiation from storm clouds and explained the physics of these phenomena. On 15 March he defended his PhD thesis. His results are important for lightning research, high-voltage technology and nuclear medicine models.

Radio telescope LOFAR shows how lightning grows

Dutch radio telescope LOFAR can observe the creation of lightning flashes at an unprecedented one-metre resolution, which may lead to better lightning protection. The results were published by an international scientific team with RUG, ASTRON, CWI, RU and VUB on 16 February 2018 in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

Proposal 'Inside the filter Bubble' granted

Recently, the project proposal "Inside the filter bubble" was granted in the JEDS call for cross-sectoral scientific challenges by NWO and the eScience Centre. In this project, Laura Hollink (CWI) collaborates with communication scientists at VU and UvA and Computational Linguists at VU to determine the existence and impact of filter bubbles in mobile news consumption.

Commit2Data grant for better, faster and real-time adaptable big data analysis

To improve parallel processing of big data, NWO granted the project ‘Evolutionary changes in Distributed Analysis’ (ECiDA) within their Commit2Data programme. The research partners in this project – CWI being one of them – will develop a platform to support 'evolving data-intensive application pipelines’, making big data analysis safer, better, faster and adaptable in real-time.

Joost Batenburg awarded with Dutch Award for ICT research 2018

Joost Batenburg has been awarded with the Dutch Award for ICT research 2018. CWI’s group leader Computational Imaging and professor at Leiden University receives the award for his research in the area of new algorithms for tomography. An amount of 50.000 euro is attached to the award. This amount can be freely spent, in order to reinforce Batenburg’s research.

European researchers publish Quantum Software Manifesto

Researchers and industry specialists across Europe, led by Harry Buhrman (director of QuSoft, group leader at CWI, and professor at the University of Amsterdam), have launched a Quantum Software Manifesto. With the Manifesto, the group aims to increase awareness of and support for quantum software research.

Ans Hekkenberg gives TEDx talk on diversity in science

CWI Communication Manager Ans Hekkenberg gave a TEDx talk titled ‘Diversity - A Requisite for Excellent Science’. In her talk, Hekkenberg advocates for a greater diversity in science and she details why excellent science is essential for facing future challenges.

CWI merges with NWO Institutes Organisation

With effect from 1 January 2018, CWI will merge with the NWO Institutes Organisation, NWO-I. The other institutes that join the merger are ASTRON, NIOZ, NSCR and SRON. The institutes AMOLF, ARCNL, DIFFER and Nikhef are already part of NWO-I.

CWI participates in new NWO Perspectief programme

In the coming years almost a hundred researchers are going to develop innovative technologies together with industry and social organisations. That will happen in six new Perspectief programmes, which have been given the green light by NWO, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, on 21 November 2017. CWI's Machine Learning group participates in the programme Efficient Deep Learning Systems.

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