Vici grant for Peter Grünwald

Researcher Peter Grünwald  of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has been awarded a Vici grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). With the amount of 1,4 MLN euro Grünwald can develop his own line of research and research group in the next five years.

Publication date: 03-02-2010

Researcher Peter Grünwald  of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has been awarded a Vici grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). With the amount of 1,4 MLN euro Grünwald can develop his own line of research and research group in the next five years.

Grünwald will use his grant to research new methods in statistics and pattern recognition. Existing statistical methods are built on the assumption that models are correct. Applied scientists routinely make continuous use of practically useful but clearly incorrect models for  their statistical analyses. For example, non-linear relations are modelled as linear, or dependent variables as independent, e.g. in DNA sequence analysis and voice recognition software.

Such new methods will provide us with sharper and better conclusions, based on less data, says Grünwald. The new methods can be applied in widely different areas including machine learning (self-learning computers) and software such as spam filters. But also for the use of statistics in court, a precarious but sometimes inevitable matter.

The Vici program is intended for experienced researchers that have proven capable of developing their own line of research and to have the ability to coach younger researchers. Apart from Grünwald 30 other scientists received the Vici grant.