Rob van der Mei and Sandjai Bhulai interviewed by Radio 1

Rob van der Mei (CWI and VU) and Sandjai Bhulai (VU) were being interviewed in the radio show 'Spraakmakers' on national Dutch radio, NPO Radio 1, as joint winners of the 2021 Huibregtsen Award.

Publication date: 14-10-2021

Professor of Applied Mathematics Rob van der Mei (CWI and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and VU Professor of Business Analytics Sandjai Bhulai were being interviewed in the live radio show 'Spraakmakers' on NPO Radio 1 on Thursday 14 October. They were invited as the joint winners of the 2021 Huibregtsen Award, which they recently won for their research project on ‘Mathematics for a safer and healthier Netherlands’. 

In the interview Van der Mei and Bhulai explained how mathematics can help to improve ambulance arrival times and waiting times in elderly care, rapid news identification on social media, and, for instance, to help suicide prevention. The jury of the Huibregtsen Award said that the direct feedback the researchers get from the field was one of their success factors. Rob van der Mei: "For example, when we started the ambulance project, our computer program recommended many ambulance relocations to get the optimal setting, which was not convenient for personnel driving the ambulances. When we knew this, we designed a kind of brake on the number of relocations. This kind of feedback helps us to continuously improve the system".

In radio show Spraakmakers, Van der Mei and Bhulai were interviewed by presenter Ghislaine Plag, together with former minister Jet Bussemaker, chair of the Council for Health and Society RVS (Raad voor Volksgezondheid & Samenleving).

You can listen to the interview (in Dutch) on the web page of Spraakmakers (14 October 2021, 11.00-11.30h).

Rob van der Mei live at Spraakmakers on Radio 1
Screenshot of Rob van der Mei, live at radio show Spraakmakers, via the webcam of Radio NPO 1.

 

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Rob van der Mei, Sandjai Bhulai and former minister Jet Bussemaker in radio show Spraakmakers on Radio 1

From left to right: presenter Ghislaine Plag, former minister Jet Bussemaker, Rob van der Mei and Sandjai Bhulai  in radio show Spraakmakers on Radio 1 (screenshot).