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Two EU projects for Formal Methods group at CWI

At the end of August, the Formal Methods research group at CWI acquired two EU projects: Envisage and Upscale. At CWI, both FP7 projects each comprise two PhD students for three years. Envisage, starting on 1 October, investigates the development of new software techniques for cloud applications, in a consortium together with innovative industries.

Michiel Helvensteijn in winning team Moving Story

Moving Story is the winning project of Startup Weekend Enschede (15-17 March 2013), a competition for startup ideas through mobile and web applications. Moving Story is a social platform for sharing stories linked to specific GPS locations.

Better QoS for distributed software with stochastic and formal methods

Reusability of software is a hot topic nowadays. It is easier, cheaper and more efficient to reuse parts of existing software in order to adjust or incorporate new functionalities, than to design completely new programs. However, due to the different sources and constraints of software components, it is not easy to define the Quality of Service (QoS) for newly composed software, especially when it consists of components or services provided by various geographically distributed organizations. Young-Joo Moon, PhD student at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, developed a stochastic formal model to derive the end-to-end QoS of such software systems.

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.

Better internet connections possible by means of formal methods

A reliable internet connection − that is what users are looking for. Bahareh Badban, PhD student at CWI, studied methods to improve TCP, one of the most important protocols for Internet applications. She will defend her thesis 'Verification Techniques for Extensions of Equality' on 7 September 2006 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FOCUS and GLANCE subsidy for CWI

NWO granted two FOCUS subsidies to CWI researchers. FOCUS is the open part of the Bsik programme BRICKS, which has been developed by CWI and NWO Physical Sciences to stimulate fundamental computer science research. The programme will deliver important building blocks for the computer of the future.

Jan Willem Klop new KNAW member

CWI's Prof. dr. Jan Willem Klop has been elected as a member of the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). Klop is researcher at CWI and the Catholic University Nijmegen, and professor of Applied Logic at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. In 2002, he received a doctor honoris causa degree at the English University of East Anglia. He cooperated with Jan Bergstra and Jos Baeten on the development of process algebra (ACP). Currently he works in the area of term rewriting systems, amongst others as co-author of the impressive book 'Term Rewriting Systems'.