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Turing Award winner Richard Karp speaking at CWI

On June 4 Turing Award winner Richard Karp (USA) spoke at the CWI on his recent research and his vision n the computational biology. He lectured during the annual CWI Lectures in Mathematics and Computer Science, with this year’s theme "Starting Life Sciences at CWI”. With this day the start of a new Life Sciences research at the CWI in January 2009 was celebrated.

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.

Experts uncover weakness in Internet security

Independent security researchers in California and researchers at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in the Netherlands, EPFL in Switzerland, and Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands have found a weakness in the Internet digital certificate infrastructure.

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.

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