2013 News

Editie.NL reportage "Emoties, zo 2014"

RTL4 maakte voor Editie.NL de reportage "Emoties, zo 2014",  over de emotieherkennings-demo die binnen het COMMIT/ onderzoeksprogramma SWEET is onwikkeld. Voor het SWEET project heeft de Database Architectures groep van CWI de database technologie geleverd. Alle data die door de verschillende sensors wordt gegenereerd, wordt verzameld in de door CWI ontwikkelde MonetDB database.

PhD research leads to innovation in digital forensics software

In forensics the analysis of digital data faces major challenges. The volume is growing exponentially and there is a wide variety of devices and formats. Jeroen van den Bos, PhD student at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam and software engineer at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), developed a new approach to develop flexible, automated digital forensics software.

CWI awarded two NWO TOP Grants

CWI has been awarded two NWO TOP Grants in the Networks & Optimization group. Krzysztof Apt and Monique Laurent both received a grant in the module meant for experienced senior researchers in the field.

Conditions for optimal solutions to semidefinite problems found

Most optimization problems in real-life are hard to solve optimally. However, for practical purposes it is usually sufficient to settle for near-optimal solutions that can be found quickly. Fast and more accurate approximations can be computed using semidefinite programming, a novel powerful optimization tool

Jop Briët awarded Andreas Bonn medal

Jop Briët, former researcher at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, was awarded the Andreas Bonn medal for his thesis `Grothendieck Inequalities, nonlocal games and optimization’.

CWI team wins recommendation challenge

Researchers Arjen de Vries, Alan Said and Alejandro Bellogin from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in Amsterdam, scored the highest ranking in the news recommendation challenge that is part of the ACM Recommender System Conference.

NAW publication on Mathematics and Planet Earth

Daan Crommelin (CWI) and Henk Schuttelaars (TU Delft) were guest editors of a special issue of Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde (NAW) on Mathematics and Planet Earth that was recently published. Daan Crommelin also wrote a blog post for the Daily Blog of the 'Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013' (MPE) website on this special publication. A summary follows below.

Human Brain Project started

The Human Brain Project, the world’s most ambitious neuroscience project, is underway. Scientists from the 135 partner institutions, co-funded by the EU with an estimated budget of €1.2 billion, are meeting in Switzerland for the official launch. Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is one of the partners from the Netherlands and will work on management and analysis of big data streams.

MINO project on business decisions starts at CWI in October 2013

The Networks & Optimization research group at CWI in Amsterdam participates in the recently funded EU Initial Training Network MINO for Mixed Integer Nonlinear Optimization. It has eleven academic partners(such as CWI and project coordinator Bologna University) and three commercial partners (IBM, MAIOR and ORTEC).

Matteo Mio wins Ackermann Award

Researcher Matteo Mio, who is currently hosted at CWI in the Formal Methods group as an ERCIM postdoctoral fellow, received the 2013 Ackermann Award for his PhD thesis 'Game Semantics for Probabilistic mu-Calculi'.

Kees Oosterlee new editor-in-chief of Journal of Computational Finance

Kees Oosterlee is the new Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Computational Finance. This international refereed journal focuses on the advances in numerical and computational techniques in pricing, hedging and risk management of financial instruments. Oosterlee will be taking responsibility of selecting papers for the journal from the Fall 2013 issue and onwards.

Two EU projects for Formal Methods group at CWI

At the end of August, the Formal Methods research group at CWI acquired two EU projects: Envisage and Upscale. At CWI, both FP7 projects each comprise two PhD students for three years. Envisage, starting on 1 October, investigates the development of new software techniques for cloud applications, in a consortium together with innovative industries.

Two CWI cryptographers honoured at CRYPTO 2013

During CRYPTO – one of the two leading crypto conferences in the world – two researchers from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam were honoured: Ronald Cramer and Marc Stevens. The 33rd CRYPTO conference took place in  Santa Barbara, Ca., USA in August 2013.