2020 News

Web changes

Our website is renewed. Apart from some changes on the homepage you can now find more information on our pilot theme 'Cryptography and Security'.

Workshop on Dutch Secure Autonomous Cloud

A consortium of CWI and other academic partners have joined forces to create the Dutch Secure Autonomous Cloud. This is a transparent, national cloud with security guarantees for the processing and storage of confidential information.


Distributed and Interactive System (DIS) tenure-track researcher Irene Viola has been awarded a NWO Women In Science Excel (WISE) grant. It will be used to fund a PhD position on the topic of User-centered optimization for immersive multimedia systems.

QuSoft anniversary kicks off

The festivities celebrating five years of QuSoft research start today, with an online seminar including interviews, presentations and panel discussions. The seminar is the opening act for a whole series of celebrations, scheduled this month.

CWI Lectures on database research

This year’s edition of CWI Lectures revolved around database pioneer and CWI fellow Martin Kersten. Several international speakers discussed recent advances in their database research. Video recordings of the event are now available to view.

New workshop prepares companies for quantum age

QuSoft, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Dutch banks launch a new monthly workshop, hosted by Marten Teitsma and Koen Groenland. The workshop addresses the need for companies to explore and develop quantum software and new applications.

Tim Baarslag installed as Young Academy member

After being announced earlier as a new member of the Young Academy, Tim Baarslag has now been officially installed as an academy member. The Young Academy is a platform for young, internationally renowned scientists, hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Together with nine other scientists, Tim was installed for a period of five years.

CWI introduces Computer Security research group

To make society, with its digital and physical infrastructures, a safer place, CWI introduces a new research group: Computer Security. Group leader is Marten van Dijk, who is very experienced in security research in both academia and industry.

CWI works on Next Generation Internet

The Next Generation Internet POINTER fund has awarded CWI a grant to work on architectural renovation for the next generation Internet to replace BSD-style socket technology. The results will make a new generation of privacy-respecting, trustworthy and reliable Internet applications possible.

CWI PhD graduate founded record IPO company Snowflake

Data-warehouse company Snowflake went public this week, reaching an extraordinary market value of $70.4 billion, the largest IPO for a software company ever. Snowflake offers cloud-based data warehousing, whose data storage and query engine contain techniques pioneered in CWI’s Data Architectures group. One of the PhD graduates who developed that technology, former CWI researcher Marcin Żukowski, is co-founder of Snowflake.

Cells ‘walk’ to firm ground

A new mathematical model may explain how body cells get their shapes and what makes them move within a tissue. The model provides fundamental knowledge for applications in tissue engineering, amongst other things. The research was executed by Roeland Merks and Lisanne Rens, who were previously affiliated with CWI's Scientific Computing group.