2016

CWI Congratulates W3C with Emmy® Award for Timed Text

W3C received a 2016 Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for its work on the Timed Text Mark-up Language standard that makes video content more accessible with text captioning and subtitles.

CWI spin-off MonetDB Solutions helps building ExaNeSt platform

In a new EU project MonetDB Solutions helps to showcase the future generation ExaNeSt platform, which consists of up to 10 million of low-cost and low-energy ARM processors. The CWI spin-off will evaluate the platform with extremely compute-intensive big data analytics applications.

Getting to grips with software quality

There is an urgent need for new, automated techniques to analyze software and to guarantee its quality, argues part-time professor of Automated Software Testing and CWI group leader Jurgen Vinju in his inaugural speech at Eindhoven University of Technology on Friday 12 February.

Vici grant for Joost Batenburg

Researcher Joost Batenburg of CWI has been awarded a Vici grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for his proposal 'Real-Time 3D Tomography'. With the 1.5 million euro grant, Batenburg can develop his own research line in the next five years.

Improved throughput of sensor networks with maths

PhD student Martijn Onderwater (CWI and VU) optimized the throughput of ZigBee sensor networks with mathematical techniques. This is important, as the number of sensors is growing and their networks become more crowded.

Cum laude for new method making parallel programming easier

Due to the increase of multicore processors used in smart phones, game consoles and other computers, parallel programming has become increasingly important. To prevent software errors, concurrent calculations must always exactly be executed in the correct order. This is not easy, because existing programming techniques for enforcing such orders - interaction protocols - are very hard to use. PhD student Sung-Shik Jongmans of Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica and Leiden University investigated a new programming method to simplify this.

All quantum communication involves nonlocality

Researchers of CWI, Gdansk University, Gdansk University of Technology, Adam Mickiewicz University and the University of Cambridge have proven that quantum communication is based on nonlocality. They show that whenever quantum communication is more efficient than classical communication, it must be possible to find a nonlocal correlation somewhere.

Dealing with uncertainties in simulations

Understanding uncertainties is crucial when designing computer simulations. Incorporating such uncertainties in simulations and mapping the bandwith of possbile values  is the central topic of the inaugural lecture of Daan Crommelin at the University of Amsterdam on Thursday 21 April 2016.

1 billion euros for Quantum Flagship

The European Commission has proposed to invest one billion euros in a Quantum Flagship, a large-scale European research program for quantum technology. Within the Quantum Flagship, researchers from various fields will further knowledge on quantum mechanics and bring new applications to the market.

Faster computation of high-quality 3D images

PhD student Daniël Pelt of CWI has developed new algorithms for computer tomography (CT) for fast computation of high-quality three-dimensional images. This increases the practical use of this technology in areas such as material sciences and biomedical research.

Lynda Hardman appointed Professor of Multimedia Discourse Interaction

Lynda Hardman has been appointed professor of Multimedia Discourse Interaction at Utrecht University. It is a parttime appointment that Hardman will combine with her position as researcher in the Information Access group and Management Team member at CWI, and President of the Board of Informatics Europe.

Increased call center efficiency by identifying redialers

Call centers should base their staff planning on the number of unique callers instead of the total number of calls. Furthermore, introducing a system that gives redialers priority over fresh callers both reduces the average waiting time and improves the fairness of the system. This can be concluded from a study on call center management conducted by CWI.

Mathematical models for optimal coverage of emergency services

Providing proper care in time in emergency situations. This is what emergency services stand for. On 6 June mathematician Pieter van den Berg defends his PhD thesis at TU Delft. He developed models for optimising the logistics of emergency response vehicles.

Balancing supply and demand in future energy systems

Dynamic pricing can be used to balance future energy grids which depend on renewable energy. CWI researcher Nicolas Höning developed several market mechanisms and pricing strategies which are useful for planning and balancing electricity supply and demand.

Farhad Arbab honoured by Sharif University of Technology

CWI researcher Farhad Arbab was honoured by Sharif University of Technology in Iran as one of its fifty most outstanding alumni over the past fifty years. The alumni were selected for both their technical achievements and service to the society.

Shape instructs future fate of cells in Nature Communications

How does a cell make a decision about his future, on what type of cell it will be after the cell division? This process is described by Roeland Merks and Cong Chen of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam in an article in Nature Communications that was published on 28 June, together with a Japanese team of biologists.