CWI cryptographer Ronald Cramer has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant of 2.5 million euro for his proposal 'Algebraic Methods for Stronger Crypto'. He leads the Cryptology Research group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam and is a full professor at the Mathematical Institute of Leiden University. The European Research Council awards these most prestigious personal grants to outstanding, well-established scientists with novel ideas towards high-risk, groundbreaking research that impacts both science and society at large.
Amsterdam wants to play a leading international role in the development of data science research. In Big Data Amsterdam, Financieele Dagblad journalist Job Woudt interviews Amsterdam Data Science researchers on the functioning of the ecosystem where companies and knowledge institutions in Amsterdam collaborate in the area of Big Data.
During the growth of embryos cells align with forces from the surrounding tissue. These forces originate from differences in growth rates, muscle contractions or gravity. Mathematicians at the CWI research centre in Amsterdam now showed for the first time that active cell contractions can accelerate and facilitate this reorientation of cells. Their research was recently published in the leading Biophysical Journal (112).
The CWI Distributed and Interactive Systems group cooperated in a revolutionary tech project called 'Red Bull Playrooms' during ADE 2016. Red Bull has now published a documentary that gives insight to the unique elements and the work of all partners including our DIS group regarding this project. In the documentary you will see our researchers in action, together with other contributors to the project.
'Industry deprecation proved to be too slow' Today, Thursday 23 February 2017, researchers at the Dutch research institute CWI and Google jointly announce that they have broken the SHA-1 internet security standard in practice. This industry standard is used for digital signatures and file integrity verification, which secure credit card transactions, electronic documents, GIT open-source software repositories and software distribution.
When you request information from a huge database, you might want to grab a cup of coffee and sit back, because your request may take a while. How can we optimize searches for information, specifically in a multi-core processing unit? The answer may lie in parallel queries, which run simultaneously on different processors.
On 1 February W3C announced that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) will combine their organizations to set up a new roadmap for Digital Publishing. Ivan Herman, researcher at CWI, has played a seminal role in this combination.
Internet is used for communication via video conferencing, voice calls, chatting, photo sharing, online gaming and virtual reality. These technologies are changing our daily lives and the way we interact with each other. Highly realistic reconstructed 3D representations that combine real and synthetic contents in a virtual world will be part of this online interaction more and more.
Four women have been given a position in the first round of the NWO Women In Science Excel (WISE) programme, including Stacey Jeffery from CWI.
Prof. dr. H.M. Buhrman has been appointed as Distinguished Research Professor at the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. In this position Harry Buhrman will function as the figurehead of the QuSoft research center and be committed to further development of the institute.
Stochastics researcher Rob van der Mei has made an appearance in an episode of the TV programme 'Universiteit van Nederland'. He contributed to a series of 5 episodes themed 'Disasters'. Rob's talk focuses on how the ambulance can get to your house even faster.
In January 2017, ERCIM News No. 108 was published: http://ercim-news.ercim.eu/en108. It features a special theme on Computational Imaging, coordinated by guest editors Joost Batenburg (CWI) and Tamas Sziranyi (MTA SZTAKI).
CWI researcher Marc Stevens of the Cryptology research group has been awarded the Google Security Privacy and Anti-abuse applied award.
The recent availability of large data sets leads to the challenge of identifying patterns and structures in them. These patterns can be deployed to improve the user experience
CWI fellow Martin Kersten has been appointed as one of the 2016 fellows of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).
In November 2016 Pablo César and David A. Shamma spoke at the first Intelligent Valley Forum in Nanjing, China.
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named CWI researcher David A. Shamma as one of the 45 Distinguished Members 2016 in the subcategory ‘distinguished engineers’.
A consortium led by CWI researcher Rob van der Mei (Stochastics) has been awarded a grant within the Complexity in Transport & Logistics programme. Elenna Dugundji of CWI is one of the co-applicants an project manager of the research project. In total 15 proposals were submitted, of which 7 were granted. The available budget for this programme is a maximum of € 3.5 million and is provided by the NWO divisions of Social Sciences (MaGW) and Physical Sciences (EW) and the NWO governing board.
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Physical Sciences TOP grant 1 for curiosity driven research to Peter Grünwald of CWI.
On 28 November Yfke Dulek (University of Amsterdam) will receive the Ngi-NGN master thesis Information prize for Informatics & Computer Science (5000 euro) at the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen in Haarlem.
In October 2016, ERCIM News No. 107 was published: http://ercim-news.ercim.eu/en107. It features a special theme on current trends and new paradigms in Machine Learning, coordinated by the guest editors Sander Bohte (CWI ) and Hung Son Nguyen (University of Warsaw).
He succeeds Guus Schreiber, who will in December start as the new dean of the science faculties of VU University. Dick is endowed Professor of Distributed Multimedia Languages & Infrastructures at VU University and CWI fellow. He is appointed for a period of two years.
Researchers Bert Zwart (ST) and former PhD student Arnoud den Boer have been awarded the INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Award at the INFORMS Annual Meeting 2016 in Nashville.
For secure communication of classified information, researchers want to deploy the sender’s location, so a receiver can be sure that a message is, for instance, really coming from the White House. Classic location-based methods are shown to be unsafe but location-based quantum cryptography seemed to have a chance.
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) have developed new calculation methods for the estimation of financial risks.
Danish-Dutch quantum research will get a new impulse. At the official opening of the “Villum Centre of Excellence for the Mathematics of Quantum Theory” (QMATH) in Copenhagen a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by research centers QuSoft and QMATH.
PhD student Thibault Sellam from CWI developed new tools to explore large databases. It allows explorative users to find interesting information hidden inside a database, with little or no knowledge of the data beforehand.
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) and Inria have signed a partnership agreement at the festive 70th anniversary of CWI in Amsterdam. Inria invited CWI to set up an Inria International Lab (IIL) together.
SysBioSim, a systems biology simulations and bio-modeling company, and Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the Dutch national research center for mathematics and computer science, have announced a new partnership focusing on the improvement of drug development for Kidney Fibrosis.
Mathematician Sara van de Geer and computer scientist Xavier Leroy receive the Van Wijngaarden Award 2016 on Wednesday 2 November 2016.