Kuhn Award for Leen Stougie

Shane Dye (Univ. of Canterbury, New Zealand), Leen Stougie (TU/e and CWI) and Asgeir Tomasgard (SINTEF and NTNU, Norway) received the 2006 Harold W. Kuhn Award during the INFORMS annual meeting in Pittsburgh on 5-8 November 2006 for their article 'The Stochastic Single Resource Service-Provision Problem', published in the journal Naval Research Logistics in 2003. This award is presented annually to the best paper published in the journal in the previous three years.

Amsterdam Researchers Win International Semantic Web Challenge

The MultimediaN E-culture Project has won the first prize at the Semantic Web Challenge at the 5th International Semantic Web Conference held in Athens, Georgia, USA. This international competition aims to advance our understanding of how explicit, machine processable descriptions of data can be exploited on the Web. To qualify, applications should integrate, combine, and deduce information from heterogeneous and distributed sources in an open environment to assist users in specific tasks, potentially unforeseen by the original authors of the underlying Web content.

Tuesday November 28: Research Vox Populi on Noorderlicht Radio

Stefano Bocconi (PhD defense November 30 at TU/e) will be interviewed by Noorderlicht Radio on Tuesday November 28 2006. He will talk about the Vox Populi system which automatically generates video documentaries from semantically annotated media repositories.

New Dutch train timetable made more robust with help of CWI

The 2007 Dutch train timetable, which started on 10 December 2006, has been made more robust with help of CWI researcher Lex Schrijver and programmer Adri Steenbeek. This was pointed out by Leo Kroon from Erasmus University and NS Reizigers on the annual day for relations of CWI on 16 November, 2006.

New upper bounds for kissing in higher dimensions

Christine Bachoc (Université Bordeaux) and Frank Vallentin (Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, Amsterdam), have found new upper bounds for 'kissing' in higher dimensions. In geometry the kissing number is the maximum number of non-overlapping unit balls that can simultaneously touch a central unit ball. In two dimensions the kissing number is six. You can clearly see this if you group euro coins around one central euro coin. The kissing number is only known for the dimensions 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 and 24.