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Software agents arrange freight more efficiently

Traffic jams regularly bring Dutch highways to a halt. Freight is often a major cause of such bottlenecks. Interestingly enough almost one third of all trucks drive around empty. PhD student Valentin Robu of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the national research center for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands, examined the efficiency in logistics and saw room for improvement through the use of intelligent software agents.

Mathematics makes wireless networks more efficient

How many cellphone masts should be placed in order to reach everyone? If there are ten additional stations eligible for grants, where can these be placed best? PhD student Erik Jan van Leeuwen of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica(CWI) in Amsterdam described the problems with geometric models.

Automatic extension database systems with new Armada Model

Databases are getting bigger and bigger: an increase of data in the order of gigabytes or even terabytes is not unusual anymore. What to do if a database no longer fits on one computer? Could you make a database flexible and scaling independently with any expected growth? Fabian Groffen, PhD of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, developed the Armada-model.

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.

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