Mathematician Nikhil Bansal received an ERC consolidator grant in November. The researcher is affiliated with Eindhoven University of Technology and part-time seconded at CWI, in the Networks & Optimization research group. ERC Consolidator Grants provide subsidies of up to 2 million euros, in order to support researchers in consolidating their own independent research team or program. Bansal also collaborates with the CWI Stochastics group, within a recently awarded NWO free competition project.
Nikhil Bansal received the ERC Grant for his project 'Algorithms for coping with uncertainty and intractability'. Its goal is to develop powerful new algorithmic methods to solve fundamental optimization problems that arise in areas such as transport logistics, resource allocation and complex networks. For many such problems, there are huge gaps in understanding why certain problems are easy to solve, while for others this seems inherently much harder to do.
Bansal and his team will use new mathematical techniques that they have recently developed, to get a deeper understanding of these issues. They will also use these insights to develop new unified algorithmic approaches to address a wide variety of problems.
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