Blogs

Futureproofing Computer Security

Computer systems need advanced mathematical tools to disguise or encrypt our information and keep it safe from prying eyes. We’re fortunate that expert cryptographers, like Dr Lisa Kohl at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) – the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands – are searching for innovative ways to keep us secure online.

CWI involved in two Post-Quantum Cryptography standards

Cryptographic standards to protect sensitive electronic data against the threat of quantum computers have finally been selected by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Léo Ducas from CWI's Cryptology group is involved in the two primary schemes of the upcoming portfolio.

Human-Centered Multimedia: making remote togetherness possible

After two years of COVID-19 we all know that communicating through a flat screen is exhausting. Since long before that, Pablo Cesar, group leader of CWI's DIS group and professor at TU Delft, has been focusing his research on highly realistic volumetric video conferencing which will allow smooth, natural, communication and collaboration – making remoteness a thing of the past.

Metaprogramming for maintenance at Philips

Jurgen Vinju leads the research group Software Analysis and Transformation (SWAT) at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica and is a part-time full professor of automated software analysis at Eindhoven University of Technology.

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.