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CWI team wins recommendation challenge

Researchers Arjen de Vries, Alan Said and Alejandro Bellogin from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in Amsterdam, scored the highest ranking in the news recommendation challenge that is part of the ACM Recommender System Conference.

NAW publication on Mathematics and Planet Earth

Daan Crommelin (CWI) and Henk Schuttelaars (TU Delft) were guest editors of a special issue of Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde (NAW) on Mathematics and Planet Earth that was recently published. Daan Crommelin also wrote a blog post for the Daily Blog of the 'Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013' (MPE) website on this special publication. A summary follows below.

Human Brain Project started

The Human Brain Project, the world’s most ambitious neuroscience project, is underway. Scientists from the 135 partner institutions, co-funded by the EU with an estimated budget of €1.2 billion, are meeting in Switzerland for the official launch. Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is one of the partners from the Netherlands and will work on management and analysis of big data streams.

MINO project on business decisions starts at CWI in October 2013

The Networks & Optimization research group at CWI in Amsterdam participates in the recently funded EU Initial Training Network MINO for Mixed Integer Nonlinear Optimization. It has eleven academic partners(such as CWI and project coordinator Bologna University) and three commercial partners (IBM, MAIOR and ORTEC).

Quality guarantee for tomographic images developed

CWI researcher Wagner Fortes has developed new methods to determine the quality of tomographic images. Tomography is an imaging technique used in for instance medical CT scanners and electron microscopes that uses penetrating beams to record a series of two-dimensional images from a range of angles.

Royal decoration for Paul Klint

Computer scientist Paul Klint from the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, was appointed Officer of the Order of Oranje-Nassau on 9 September 2013. Deputy Mayor of Bussum, Gerard Boekhoff, presented the Royal Decoration to Paul Klint for his outstanding contribution to science and society

Matteo Mio wins Ackermann Award

Researcher Matteo Mio, who is currently hosted at CWI in the Formal Methods group as an ERCIM postdoctoral fellow, received the 2013 Ackermann Award for his PhD thesis 'Game Semantics for Probabilistic mu-Calculi'.

Kees Oosterlee new editor-in-chief of Journal of Computational Finance

Kees Oosterlee is the new Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Computational Finance. This international refereed journal focuses on the advances in numerical and computational techniques in pricing, hedging and risk management of financial instruments. Oosterlee will be taking responsibility of selecting papers for the journal from the Fall 2013 issue and onwards.

Two EU projects for Formal Methods group at CWI

At the end of August, the Formal Methods research group at CWI acquired two EU projects: Envisage and Upscale. At CWI, both FP7 projects each comprise two PhD students for three years. Envisage, starting on 1 October, investigates the development of new software techniques for cloud applications, in a consortium together with innovative industries.

CWI researcher proves famous Rota’s Conjecture

Mathematician Bert Gerards of Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam and his colleagues Jim Geelen (University of Waterloo, Canada) and Geoff Whittle (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) have proved the famous 40-year old Rota’s Conjecture. The team has been working for more than 15 years on solving this mathematical problem posed by Gian-Carlo Rota in 1970.

Two CWI cryptographers honoured at CRYPTO 2013

During CRYPTO – one of the two leading crypto conferences in the world – two researchers from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam were honoured: Ronald Cramer and Marc Stevens. The 33rd CRYPTO conference took place in  Santa Barbara, Ca., USA in August 2013.

Origin of tropical pathogen C. gattii traced to the Amazon

Researchers of Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) took part in a large-scale research project, led by Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (KNAW), that traced the journey of the tropical pathogen Cryptococcus gattii, which recently emerged in North America, Australia and the Mediterranean.

Biofeedback shows attention levels of online audiences

Researchers at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam and Falmouth University in the UK have developed a novel method to measure the response of audiences watching a show. Using skin conductivity sensors, the researchers were able to monitor the attention levels and emotional response of the spectators of a theatre’s play.

Neil Olver receives Veni grant for network research

The Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Neil Olver a Veni grant for his project 'Designing better, faster networks'. Olver, who is currently affiliated with the Mathematics department of MIT, will carry out his research at the Operations Research group at VU University Amsterdam and the Networks and Optimization group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica.

Demeter Kiss defends thesis on percolation theory

CWI researcher Demeter Kiss presents in his thesis some new models and tools in percolation theory. He studied random networks which have a phase transition, a phenomenon similar to that when ice melts to water. He will defend his thesis on 3 July 2013 at the VU University Amsterdam.

Peter Boncz receives Humboldt Research Award

Peter Boncz, researcher in the Database Architectures research group of Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in Amsterdam (CWI) has received the Humboldt Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Award ceremony took place on 6 June 2013 in Berlin.

Nationale ICT Award 2013 for Python and SIG

Programming language Python and company Software Improvement Group (SIG) were awarded a Nationale ICT Award last night. Both winners have their origins at CWI. Python was awarded the COMMIT/ Award for the most valuable product resulting from ICT research that is over ten years old. SIG received the ICT Milieu Award for their application energy profile register.

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