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Better QoS for distributed software with stochastic and formal methods

Reusability of software is a hot topic nowadays. It is easier, cheaper and more efficient to reuse parts of existing software in order to adjust or incorporate new functionalities, than to design completely new programs. However, due to the different sources and constraints of software components, it is not easy to define the Quality of Service (QoS) for newly composed software, especially when it consists of components or services provided by various geographically distributed organizations. Young-Joo Moon, PhD student at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, developed a stochastic formal model to derive the end-to-end QoS of such software systems.

Grothendieck applied to entanglement and optimization

Jop Briët, researcher at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, introduces in his thesis new variations of Grothendieck’s inequality. He applied them to entanglement, an aspect of quantum mechanics, and optimization. On 27 October 2011 Briët defends his dissertation at the University of Amsterdam.

Veni grant for research in phylogenetic networks

The Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Leo van Iersel of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam a Veni grant for his project “Bringing phylogenetic networks to life”. In his research Van Iersel will be studying methods to generate phylogenetic networks based on DNA data. The results of his research can be applied by doctors and biologists and help them to get a better understanding of how bacteria, viruses and fungi turn into pathogens.

Cor Baayen Award 2011 for Stratos Idreos and Luca Mottola

This year, ERCIM – the European Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics – has exceptionally selected two winners for the Cor Baayen Award: Stratos Idreos, researcher in the Database Architectures group of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, and Luca Mottola, researcher in the Networked Embedded Systems Group at SICS (Sweden). This was announced by ERCIM on 13 October. The Cor Baayen Award, named after the first president of ERCIM and the ERCIM ‘president d'honneur’, is awarded each year to a promising young researcher in computer science and applied mathematics.

Open Dag Science Park Amsterdam 8 oktober 2011

Op 8 oktober stelt Science Park Amsterdam haar deuren open voor het publiek. De jaarlijkse open dag van Science Park Amsterdam is dé gelegenheid om een kijkje te nemen achter de schermen van wetenschappelijk onderzoek. De open dag staat dit jaar in het teken van 25 jaar .nl. Verschillende instituten op Science Park Amsterdam hebben een belangrijke rol gespeeld in de ontwikkeling van internet in Nederland.

CWI core partner EIT ICT Labs

The Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam has been granted the status of core partner in EIT ICT Labs, the European consortium of top research institutes and leading industry partners that aims to accelerate innovation in Europe. EIT ICT Labs is one of the first three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) selected by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT). As core partner CWI is member of the KICs Association and will share its research resources to contribute added value to the development of KIC.

Director COMMIT programme housed at CWI

The Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam has been housing COMMIT director Arnold Smeulders since 1 September 2011. COMMIT is a programme with various research projects from universities, research institutions, social institutions such as university hospitals, and both large and small companies. It will run for 4 or 5 years. The total size of the programme is a hundred million euro, of which fifty million subsidy.

CWI Database Architecture Group wins VLDB 2011 C&V best paper award

Martin Kersten, research fellow at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, received the Challenges & Visions Track best paper award during the 2011 International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB) in Seattle, WA, USA. VLDB is the leading international conference on database management. Kersten received this prize for the publication ‘The Researcher’s Guide to the Data Deluge: Querying a Scientific Database in just a Few Seconds’, co-authored with CWI colleagues Stefan Manegold, Stratos Idreos and Erietta Liarou.

Motorway traffic control benefits from EU C4C project

To decrease traffic congestion and to facilitate a smooth traffic flow, researchers of the European C4C project developed new mathematics and computer engineering. The associated software made by IT company Trinité will be used by the traffic control centers of Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands' motorway authority. The C4C project (Control for Coordination of Distributed Systems), which is coordinated by the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam and in which both companies and research institutes took part, ends on 31 August 2011. Until now, the project was twice evaluated as excellent by independent reviewers.

Spinque wins cross-lingual PatOlympics

During the recently held PatOlympics (June 2011), an international competition between researchers competing interactively for locating the best search results in patent literature, Spinque, a spin-off company of the Centrum Wiskunde &a

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