Life Sciences group news

Veni grant for research in phylogenetic networks

The Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Leo van Iersel of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam a Veni grant for his project “Bringing phylogenetic networks to life”. In his research Van Iersel will be studying methods to generate phylogenetic networks based on DNA data. The results of his research can be applied by doctors and biologists and help them to get a better understanding of how bacteria, viruses and fungi turn into pathogens.

Mathematics helps improving biological models

Many phenomena in life sciences, economics, physics and engineering can be described with mathematical models called rational systems. PhD student Jana Nĕmcová of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam contributed to the theory of these systems in her dissertation ‘Rational Systems in Control and System Theory’.

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.

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.