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Future mobile payments safer with quantum cryptographic identification

Payment by mobile phone will be common in the near future. Security of the payment system will partly be based on secure identification, and it will be crucial that no secret-key material, like a PIN or a password, is leaked while interacting with the payment terminal. Niek Bouman of Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam has investigated a new identification method based on quantum mechanics.

ICT Personality Award 2012 to Peter Apers and Arnold Smeulders

Nederland ICT (former ICT~Office) has awarded its annual ICT Personality Award 2012 to Peter Apers (UT) and Arnold Smeulders (CWI/UvA/COMMIT). They receive this award for their prominent role in ICT research in the Netherlands, in particular for their recent work on the ICT Roadmap. The award was presented on 13 December 2012 during the National ICT Gala in Apeldoorn.

12 December in Labyrint: How good are we at math?

Wednesday December 12 the results of Dutch National Numeracy Survey – 'het Groot Nationaal Rekenonderzoek' will be announced on TV in the program Labyrint.  A major outcome of the study is that in math, people come in four different types: haters, enthusiasts, pragmatists and the careful ones.

Brain mechanisms better understood with new model

Building a neural network with the same properties and capacity as the human brain is the holy grail in neuroinformatics. Such a network would not only explain the inner workings of the brain, but would also pave the road for brain-controlled machines such as computers operated by thought and robot limbs for the handicapped.

Paul Klint in Labyrint on 5 December

In 2012 the 100th birthday of Alan Turing has been celebrated worldwide. Turing deciphered the Enigma code during World War II and is considered to be founder of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.

CWI simulates brain activity on video cards

Neuroinformaticists of Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam managed to simulate complex brain activity on simple video cards. The simulated brain contains 50,000 neurons communicating with 35 million signals per second. This is comparable to the brain capacity of insects such as ants or flies.

SURFnet grant honoured to AMOLF, Nikhef and CWI

On 24 October 2012 SURFnet honoured the joint grant proposal of the FOM institute AMOLF, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics Nikhef and  Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (the national research institute for mathematics and informatics, CWI).

Presentaties CWI In Bedrijf 2012

Ruim tweehonderd bezoekers en honderd CWI-ers ontmoetten elkaar tijdens het evenement 'CWI in Bedrijf 2012 - Werk maken van Innovatie' op vrijdag 5 oktober 2012, op het Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in Amsterdam.

Floor Sietsma awarded 'Nerd van het Jaar 2012'

Researcher at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam Floor Sietsma is awarded by Quest readers as Nerd of the Year 2012. In the race she left her main competitors Diederik Jekel, known from ‘De Wereld Draait Door’ and medical biologist Elza van Deel behind, who finished in second and third place.

CWI participates in ICTRaad

On 17 September, Amandus Lundqvist announced the members of the ICTRaad. CWI's director Jos Baeten is one of the members. The ICTRaad is responsible for the future Topconsortium Knowledge and Innovation (TKI) ICT, and therefore for the ICT Roadmap for all topsectors, both in content and in implementation. The full list of members is as follows:

CWI in Bedrijf 2012: Working on innovation

On Friday 5 October, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) organized ‘CWI in Bedrijf 2012’, an inspiring networking event for the topsectors Energy, Creative Industry, Logistics and Life Sciences, where over 200 visitors from research and industry met. Prominent speakers from research and industry gave their vision on current research, and guests could meet with top mathematicians and computer scientists.

Seven greatest math puzzles on Radio 1

CWI's Barry Koren wrote, together with three co-authors, a book on the seven greatest puzzles in mathematics - called  “De zeven grootste raadsels van de wiskunde” - 'solve them and you will be a millionaire'.

Movie Lowlands Lecture Lex Schrijver Online

During the Lowlands Pop Festival, on 17 August 2012, five guest professors gave a lecture. One of them was CWI's Lex Schrijver. You can see a movie of his lecture (in Dutch) online:

CWI director Jos Baeten interviewed by BNR radio

On Monday 13 August 2012 CWI director Jos Baeten was interviewed by Business News Radio. It was broadcasted live between 9.30-10.30h, see

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