Blogs

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.

Smart data collected from grandmothers living room

Chatting with family on the other side of the world via a hologram or selecting your own camera angles for your favourite club’s football match. CWI and TU Delft computer scientist Pablo Cesar is researching the best ways of transmitting and receiving information to make these kinds of applications possible. He was recently awarded the Netherlands Prize for ICT Research 2020.

Cultural AI and its steady acceptance in the heritage sector

The heritage sector is learning to embrace artificial intelligence. This certainly is encouraging, according to CWI researcher Jacco van Ossenbruggen and Martijn Kleppe, head of research at the National Library of the Netherlands. Both researchers advocate the use AI, and point out recent advances in this field.

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.

Interview with Dijkstra Fellow David Chaum

David Chaum (1955) was awarded the Dijkstra Fellowship for his groundbreaking work in privacy and cryptology and the development of digital currency, which laid the technological basis for blockchain and bitcoin. This interview appeared in CWI’s staff magazine in April 2020.

Artsen omarmen kunstmatige intelligentie: Computer rekent uit hoe je het beste bestraalt

Een computer die binnen 30 seconden een hele reeks geoptimaliseerde behandelplannen voor prostaatkanker berekent. Dat was even wennen voor medisch specialisten. Met kunstmatige intelligentie presenteerde de computer betere plannen en meer inzicht dan de artsen voor mogelijk hielden. CWI onderzoeker Peter Bosman leidde het team dat het systeem ontwikkelde. Nog dit jaar kunnen de eerste patiënten op zo’n behandelplan rekenen. Hoe krijgt een AI-systeem dat voor elkaar?

'Kwantumcomputing heeft juridisch kader nodig'

De ontwikkelingen in kwantumcomputers gaan hard. Hoe kunnen we ons voorbereiden op de gevolgen van deze nieuwe technologie? Joran van Apeldoorn en Ot van Daalen pleiten in AG Connect voor een Europees juridisch kader rondom kwantumcomputing.

The brain as a computer

On Wednesday 6 November 2019 Sander Bohte (CWI and UvA) will hold his inaugural lecture “the Brain as a computer” as a professor by special appointment of Cognitive Neurobiology.

Inspiring Web Pioneer Steven Pemberton - an interview

CWI celebrates the career of Web pioneer and CWI researcher Steven Pemberton on 4 October with the symposium ‘Declarative Amsterdam’. Steven is well-known for his work on (X)HTML, CSS and XForms, a Web language that can possibly speed up programming 10 times. A good reason for an interview.

Domein-specifieke talen: meer mogelijk maken met minder code

Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) kennen veel voordelen. Zo is programmeren met DSLs efficiënter, sneller en minder foutgevoelig dan bijvoorbeeld programmeren in Java. Tijs van der Storm, senior onderzoeker aan het CWI en hoogleraar aan de RUG, vertelt over DSLs en over de taal Rascal die aan het CWI werd ontwikkeld.

What is code and what is coding?

There exist thousands of programming languages, but only a dozen of them are popular beyond a few hundred users of the language. Some of them are used by hundreds of thousands of people.