2019 News

Tim Baarslag joins The Young Academy

CWI researcher Tim Baarslag has been appointed as a new member of The Young Academy. Starting in 2020, he will join this platform for young scientists who are recognised internationally for their talent. The Young Academy is an independently operating platform within the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Smart mobility start-up Skialabs launched by CWI researchers

Traffic flows in cities could be managed much more efficiently thanks to cutting-edge technology pioneered by the new start-up Skialabs. By using huge dataflows collected in cities, the Skialabs platform provides a real-time view on the mobility flows in the city. This allows creating cost-effective and sustainable mobility services that react instantly to the demands of the end-users.

Extreme events better investigated with new math method

Fortunately, incidents like extreme weather, earthquakes or massive power grid blackouts are a rare occurrence. Analysing properly how likely such rare incidents are to happen can be very valuable, but also very challenging. In his PhD thesis, Krzysztof Bisewski developed mathematical methods that greatly speed up simulations for estimating the probability of rare events.

New data framework illuminates uncertainties in offshore wind farm conditions

Wind speeds and wave heights can have a major effect on offshore wind farms. But because they are correlated, their combined significance for wind farm designs couldn’t be factored in until now. CWI researcher Anne Eggels developed methods which take the effect of such correlations or dependencies into account. Today, she will publicly defend her thesis at the University of Amsterdam.

Mathematical tools reconstruct ancient genetic code

The genetic code of the last universal common ancestor of all present life on earth, appears to be surprisingly advanced. In his PhD thesis, Peter van der Gulik provides mathematical tools to reconstruct this genetic code. He also proposes a new parameter to characterize the genetic code that provides information about the production of amino acids.

National Agenda on Quantum Technology released

The Dutch National Agenda on Quantum Technology is presented to State Secretary Mona Keijzer this afternoon by physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf. The Agenda provides propositions to further develop the Netherlands as an international centre for quantum technology.