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Intelligent systems for green developments

Windmills, biomass, solar energy, and storage are essential for green developments in energy supplies, but increase the demands on electricity networks. The SenterNovem project ‘Intelligent and Decentralized Management of Networks and Data’ (IdeaNeD) investigates optimal control for future networks.

Innovative CWI research wins Free Competition

Two CWI research proposals have received money in the Free Competition 2008 of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) division for Exact Sciences. From 58 entries the research of Bert Gerards into matrices and Marie-Collette van Lieshout’s research into Markov polygonal fields were selected among 13 proposals. Three million euros will be divided between them. In total five mathematics proposals were awarded.

SIG wins ICTRegie Award

On Wednesday the Software Improvement Group (SIG) won the ICTRegie Award. The CWI spin-off SIG analyses any software source code in an automated manner. The company maps out the quality of the system, measures the changeability and assesses the situation. All based on automated analysis of source code. Paul Klint, Tobias Kuipers, Arie van Deursen and Marjo Wildvank are the founders of SIG.

Ute Ebert in TV programme Galileo

On Tuesday 27 May 2008 TV programme Galileo airs a documentary on the effect of lightning on climate changes. Featuring CWI researcher Ute Ebert and her colleagues from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Galileo, 22:50 hrs, Nederland 2. Rerun Saturday 31 May, 9:22 hrs.

Jeroen Wackers wins Best PhD Thesis of 2007

CWI and BRICKS (Basic Research in Informatics for Creating the Knowledge Society) are proud to announce that Jeroen Wackers is a winner of the ECCOMAS Award for the Best PhD Thesis in 2007. The European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS) issued the sixth edition of the Award to distinguish young scientists who have recently completed a PhD thesis in the field of Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering. The meaning of the Award is to highlight outstanding achievements of two young persons at the start of their scientific careers.

CWI and Leiden University sign cooperation agreement

The Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica and Leiden University (UL) expand their cooperation. The Mathematical Institute (MI), Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) and CWI signed an agreement that makes it possible to exchange part-time researchers between the institutes. At the meeting On the bridge between UL and CWI on 10 April 2008 in Leiden several speakers presented their joint research projects.

Krzysztof R. Apt appointed CWI Fellow

We are happy to announce that Krzysztof R. Apt is appointed CWI Fellow on 1 April 2008. This title is given to outstanding members of CWI's research staff and offers them full freedom in research. Krzysztof Apt has an excellent service record. At CWI Apt is member of the research group Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization. He is also Professor at the Institute of Logic, Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam. In 2006 he was appointed member of the Academia Europæa. He is founder and past Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions in Computational Logic.

Barry Koren appointed professor of Numerical Mathematics

On 1 March 2008 Barry Koren was appointed professor of Numerical Mathematics at Leiden University. He will combine this position with his work at CWI as head of the research group Scientific Computing and Control Theory, and temporarily still with his work as professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics at TU Delft.

Dick C.A. Bulterman appointed professor of Distributed Multimedia Languages and Infrastructures

On 1 March 2008, CWI researcher Dick Bulterman was appointed professor of Distributed Multimedia Languages and Infrastructures at the VU University Amsterdam (VU). At the VU Bulterman will work within the Business, Web and Media research group of the Computer Sciences Department, which is part of the VU's Faculty of Sciences. His research concentrates on the development of synchronization languages and interactive infrastructures for supporting a broad range of dynamically distributable multimedia applications on mobile and personal devices.

Cryptography in a quantum world

Cryptography is the art of secrecy. Nearly as old as the art of writing itself, it concerns itself with one of the most fundamental problems faced by any society whose success crucially depends on knowledge and information.

Frank de Boer appointed professor of Software Correctness

On 15 February 2008 CWI researcher Frank de Boer has been appointed professor of Software Correctness at Leiden University. At the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) he is part of the research cluster Foundation of Software Technology. De Boer's research concentrates on the integration of testing and verification techniques for the validation of component-based and object-oriented software. He will also be active in the organization of the BSc in Computer Science at Leiden University.

New Dutch train timetable made more robust with help of CWI

The 2007 Dutch train timetable, which started on 10 December 2006, has been made more robust with help of CWI researcher Lex Schrijver and programmer Adri Steenbeek. This was pointed out by Leo Kroon from Erasmus University and NS Reizigers on the annual day for relations of CWI on 16 November, 2006.

Amsterdam Researchers Win International Semantic Web Challenge

The MultimediaN E-culture Project has won the first prize at the Semantic Web Challenge at the 5th International Semantic Web Conference held in Athens, Georgia, USA. This international competition aims to advance our understanding of how explicit, machine processable descriptions of data can be exploited on the Web. To qualify, applications should integrate, combine, and deduce information from heterogeneous and distributed sources in an open environment to assist users in specific tasks, potentially unforeseen by the original authors of the underlying Web content.

Kuhn Award for Leen Stougie

Shane Dye (Univ. of Canterbury, New Zealand), Leen Stougie (TU/e and CWI) and Asgeir Tomasgard (SINTEF and NTNU, Norway) received the 2006 Harold W. Kuhn Award during the INFORMS annual meeting in Pittsburgh on 5-8 November 2006 for their article 'The Stochastic Single Resource Service-Provision Problem', published in the journal Naval Research Logistics in 2003. This award is presented annually to the best paper published in the journal in the previous three years.

New BRICKS website online

During the BRICKS Project and Advisory Board meeting on 3 October 2006 the new BRICKS website www.bsik-bricks.nl has officially been launched. The website offers all sorts of background information on BRICKS, and provides an overview of the 33 research projects and its people involved. Also publications and research highlights can be found.

New upper bounds for kissing in higher dimensions

Christine Bachoc (Université Bordeaux) and Frank Vallentin (Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, Amsterdam), have found new upper bounds for 'kissing' in higher dimensions. In geometry the kissing number is the maximum number of non-overlapping unit balls that can simultaneously touch a central unit ball. In two dimensions the kissing number is six. You can clearly see this if you group euro coins around one central euro coin. The kissing number is only known for the dimensions 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 and 24.

Jan van Eijck appointed NIAS Fellow

Jan van Eijck has been appointed NIAS fellow on 1 September 2006. For five months he will be engaged in research on Games, Action and Social Software at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in Wassenaar. During this period, scientists from different disciplines - philosophy, logic, computer science, psychology, and economics - collaborate in an intensive interactive setting to find a more unified view of social mechanisms.

Gödel Prize winner Saxena appointed at CWI

Computer scientist Nitin Saxena will start as a postdoc researcher at CWI on 1 September 2006. Saxena is well known as co-author of the article 'PRIMES is in P', which received a lot of media attention the last few years. Together with Manindra Agrawal and Neeraj Kayal he won the 2006 Gödel Prize for this 'outstanding journal article in theoretical computer science' in April and, by that, is the youngest Gödel Prize winner ever. He also won the 2006 Fulkerson Prize.

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