2016 News

Leo Ducas wins 2016 Internet Defense Prize

Léo Ducas of CWI's Cryptology group has won the 2016 Internet Defense Prize. He was awarded the prize last night with his co-authors Erdem Alkim (Ege University), Thomas Pöppelmann (Infineon Technologies AG) and Peter Schwabe (Radboud University) for their paper 'Post-Quantum Key Exchange Offers New Hope' on post-quantum security.

Best Paper Award for DIS researchers at PhyCS 2016

CWI researchers Chen Wang, Xintong Zhu, Thomas Roggla, and Pablo Cesar of CWI's Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group were awarded a prestigious Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems (PhyCS 2016).

Dick Bulterman appointed CWI Fellow

Prof. Dick Bulterman has been appointed CWI Fellow per 1 July 2016. This distinction is given to prominent researchers at CWI for their contribution to CWI's research and administration. Bulterman is member of the Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group at CWI, which he headed from 2002 to 2014.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.