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Saving lives with Mathematics

CWI's Rob van der Mei (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica/VU) and his research colleague VU professor of Business Analytics and Applied Mathematics Sandjai Bhulai have won the Huibregtsen Prize 2021 with their research project 'Mathematics for a safer and healthier Netherlands'.

Pablo Cesar: The Outlook for Virtual Meetups

When Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica celebrated its 75th anniversary online due to a lockdown earlier this year, two colleagues immersed in a virtual world, did cut a virtual birthday cake together. Fortunately, CWI has an in-house specialist who made this possible using virtual reality (VR) togeher with his team: Pablo Cesar.

Hoera! Een nieuwe nationale supercomputer: Snellius

Op donderdag 16 september verrichtte Koningin Máxima de officiële opening van de nieuwe nationale supercomputer Snellius. CWI-onderzoekers rekenen al sinds 1984 op de nationale supercomputer: van het testen van beveiligingssleutels tot het simuleren van gas- en vloeistofstromingen en elektrische ontladingen.

QuSoft

QuSoft is the Dutch research center for the development of software and technology for future quantum computers. It is a collaboration between CWI and the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

Laat de computer voor je onderhandelen

Bij complexe onderhandelingen – van de verkoop van een huis tot het formeren van een kabinet – is het voor mensen vaak onmogelijk om alle aspecten te overzien. CWI onderzoeker en VIDI laureaat Tim Baarslag ontwikkelt algoritmen die daar wel toe in staat zijn en mensen kunnen helpen tot een beter onderhandelingsresultaat te komen.

Have a computer negotiate for you

In complex negotiations – from the sale of a house to the formation of a coalition – it is often impossible for people to oversee all aspects. CWI’s senior researcher Tim Baarslag is developing algorithms that can do this and can help people achieve better negotiation results. Baarslag recently received a NWO-Vidi grant of 800,000 euro.

Europe needs strong software research

“Software is eating the world.” Like oxygen is an essential element for all life forms, software is the invisible yet crucial fabric of our society. Researchers from Finland, France and the Netherlands have written a call-to-arms document an published an online petition for an increase of funding for fundamental software research.

Aad van Wijngaarden's role in Informatics

On 18 November 2021 CWI presents the Van Wijngaarden Awards 2021. The prize is named after Aad van Wijngaarden, founding father of Dutch computer science and former director of the Mathematisch Centrum (nowadays CWI).

Breakthrough in energy efficient artificial intelligence

Thanks to a mathematical breakthrough, AI applications can become a hundred to a thousand times more energy efficient. This will make it possible to put much more elaborate AI in chips, enabling applications to run on a smartphone or smartwatch where before this was done in the cloud.

Better Statistics Leads to Better Research

“The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone’s backyard.” This quote from the eminent mathematician, John Tukey, sums up Judith ter Schure’s love of statistics. “Statistics is a way to be involved in very diverse fields of science,” she says. Researchers, regardless of their field of work, need statisticians to help them unlock the meaning of their data.

Dutch Secure Autonomous Cloud: Nederlands initiatief voor veilige cloud

In een interview met AG Connect schetst Marten van Dijk (CWI) samen met Herbert Bos (VU) en Cees de Laat (UvA) plannen voor zijn initiatief om een Dutch Secure Autonomous Cloud (DUSAC) op te zetten. "Wij willen een eigen vertical stack bouwen, specifiek gericht op het veilig gebruiken en verwerken van data. En dat levert Nederland meer op dan alleen maar een veilige cloud".

Noisy numbers

Although we heavily rely on computations executed by computers, many computations produce inaccurate results. What if computers are wrong?

AI Calculates Best Treatment Plan

A computer that calculates an entire series of optimized treatment plans for prostate cancer in 30 seconds – that took some getting used to for medical specialists. Using artificial intelligence, the computer presented better plans and more insight than the doctors thought possible. The first patients are due to be treated accordingly already this year.

Making The Invisible Visible

CT machines are becoming the standard tool for looking inside objects of all kinds in research and industry. The FleX-ray Lab at CWI is making this type of imaging more accessible to math and computer science researchers. It's also drawing interest from the art, history, and the social sciences community.

Bringing Quantum Computers Closer to Reality

The concept of quantum computing was first proposed back in the 1980s and since then the race has been on to develop the first reliable, scalable quantum computer. Done right, this revolutionary technology could rapidly accelerate developments in fields like machine learning, drug development, finance, and cryptology.

COMPUTER SCIENCE CLOSE TO REAL WORLD

Pablo Cesar, group leader of the Distributive and Interactive Systems group at CWI and Professor at TU Delft, is the recipient of the 2020 Netherlands Prize for ICT Research. In an interview with I/O Magazine he tells about his work which is about modelling and controlling complex collections of media objects. ‘We need human-centred computing, as otherwise, we may get the wrong type of intelligent machines’.

Quest for the Hugo de Groot book chest

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam was pursuing an interesting question: in which book chest did Hugo de Groot escape from castle Loevestein in 1621? The Rijksmuseum and University of Amsterdam turned to CWI for help in solving this mystery.