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Female mathematics and computer science students wanted for Constance van Eeden PhD Fellowship

To stimulate the recruitment of female PhD candidates, CWI launches the Constance van Eeden PhD Fellowship. Every two years, the fellowship offers one PhD position to a talented young female student in mathematics or computer science. It is named after Constance van Eeden (1927-2021), who worked at CWI from 1954 to 1960 and was one of the first female PhD students in statistics in the Netherlands.

Developing Improved Breast Cancer Imaging Techniques

Breast Cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in women worldwide. Felix Lucka from the Computational Imaging group at CWI is part of a European research team that develops novel imaging techniques that will improve early detection and diagnosis in the future.

Sophie Huiberts in AG Connect: 'Wanneer is software snel?'

'Wanneer is software snel?' Deze vraag onderzoekt CWI-promovenda Sophie Huiberts in haar artikel in AG Connect van 6 december 2021. 'Als we begrijpen wat een algoritme snel maakt, dan kan dat misschien helpen bij het ontdekken van nog snellere algoritmes'. (Overname met toestemming.)

Saving lives with Mathematics

CWI's Rob van der Mei (CWI/VU) and Sandjai Bhulai (VU) won the prestigious 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.