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Best Paper Award at ICORES 2013

Researchers Nir Perel from Tel Aviv University, Jan-Pieter Dorsman (CWI and TU/e) and Maria Vlasiou (CWI and TU/e) won the Best Paper Award for their paper ‘Cyclic-type polling models with preparation times’ in the area Methodologies and Technologies at the 2nd International Conference on Operations Research and  Enterprise Systems (ICORES 2013).

Lex Schrijver elected AMS Fellow

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) chose its first AMS Fellows, and among them is Lex Schrijver from the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) and the University of Amsterdam. Other Dutch members of the 2013 inaugural class are Frank den Hollander (Leiden University and CWI Governing Board), Robbert Dijkgraaf (Institute of Advanced Study and UvA), Jacob Korevaar (em.

CWI starts research on police service optimization

Researchers of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) and the VU University Amsterdam join forces with the Amsterdam-Amstelland police force to optimize the planning of police services. New techniques allow a more efficient capacity planning and quicker response times by matching available resources with the probable occurrence of incidents.

Higher revenue with dynamic pricing

With dynamic pricing, vendors can adapt retail prices on the fly in order to raise their revenue. This strategy is used in a variety of business domains, including tourism, entertainment and the airline industry. Arnoud den Boer, researcher at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam studied how to identify optimal pricing strategies to realize maximum revenue. On 7 February 2013 he will defend his thesis ‘Dynamic Pricing and Learning’ at VU University Amsterdam.

CWI in Human Brain Project

The European Commission has today officially announced the Human Brain Project (HBP) as one of the two winners of the prestigious FET flagships. The prestigious research project aims to connect all European forces to understand one of the greatest challenges in modern science: the human brain.

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).

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