Three Veni grants for CWI researchers

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to Georgios Amanatidis, Marleen Balvert and Christian Majenz. The grant provides them with the opportunity to further elaborate their research ideas during a period of three years.

Publication date: 16-07-2019

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to Georgios Amanatidis, Marleen Balvert and Christian Majenz. The grant provides them with the opportunity to further elaborate their research ideas during a period of three years.

Georgios Amanatidis will use his Veni grant to investigate how resources can be fairly distributed when those resources change over time, such as a food bank’s inventory. This research introduces suitable definitions of fairness in such situations, and should lead to designs for procedures that always generate fair allocations.

Marleen Balvert receives a Veni grant for her proposal to further investigate a new approach to data analysis revealing the cause of genetic diseases. Researchers around the world are currently generating many large genome datasets to track down the cause of such diseases. Balvert’s research aims at developing data analysis techniques to identify the relationship between genetics and disease that lie hidden in these datasets.

Christian Majenz will use his Veni grant to characterize the power of quantum hackers. This effort has become increasingly important as the push to create a large-scale quantum computer has recently accelerated. Cryptographers are therefore under pressure to ready their theory for quantum threats and opportunities. Majenz will tame quantum attackers by bounding their power against hash functions, and solidify the quantum foundation of cryptography.

Together with Vidi and Vici grants, Veni is part of NWO’s Talent Scheme. Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate. This year, NWO has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros to 166 highly promising young scientists.