CWI Lectures on Decision Making under Uncertainty (2021)

You can watch the recordings via YouTube   Should we offer this client a mortgage? How many spare parts do we need? How much money do I need in my pension fund? What is the best vaccination strategy? How do we mitigate the consequences of climate change?

In many diverse situations, we need to make tactical, operational or strategic decisions with a lack of full information. The problems occur on a vast array of time scales, both in the private and public sector. In the academic world, different paradigms to deal with uncertainty exist.

The CWI lectures will present a diverse set of topics on the theme of making decisions under uncertainty, ranging all the way from the micro to the macro-level. Four world-leading speakers will talk about their perspective on the theme, from their background in machine learning, operations research, public health and climate research.  

The Lectures are aimed towards a general academic public and in 2021 the program committee consists of Bert Zwart (group leader Stochastics research group), Daan Crommelin (Scientific Computing research group) and Peter Grunwald (Machine Learning research group).

Preliminary program:
13.00-13.10 Welcome Bert Zwart
13.10-13.55 Gergely Neu (Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona)
13.55-14.40 Leonard Smith (Virginia Tech) (via live stream)
14.40-15.15 break
15.15-16.00 Pinar Keskinocak (Georgia Institute of Technology) (via live stream)
16.00-16.45 Dick den Hertog (University of Amsterdam)
16.45-16.50 Closing
16.50-18.00 drinks
Here you'll find more info about the speakers and their presentations.

For inquiries and further details about the Lectures, please contact event coordinator Daniëlle Kollerie (