Networks and Optimization group news

Veni grant for Simon Telen

NWO awarded a Veni grant to Simon Telen, who will develop new strategies for solving complicated mathematical equations and apply them to real-world problems.

Pieter Kleer wins Gijs de Leve Prize

Pieter Kleer, former PhD student of CWI, was awarded the Gijs de Leve Prize 2018-2020 for the best PhD thesis in in the area of Mathematics of Operations Research defended in the last three years.

Marie Curie ITN grant awarded to POEMA network

Recently, the EU awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) grant for POEMA – ‘Polynomial Optimization, Efficiency through Moments and Algebra’. The consortium consists of 14 academic and industrial partners, such as CWI, Tilburg University, Inria and IBM.

2018 Women@McKinsey Dissertation Award for Yllka Velaj

CWI researcher and ERCIM Fellow Yllka Velaj has won the 2018 Women@McKinsey Dissertation Award for her PhD thesis, which analyzes the problem of how to maximize the dissemination of information and opinions in social networks. The award comes with a job offer by McKinsey & Company, and a sponsorship to attend the Open Data Science Conference 2018.

ERC Starting grant for CWI researcher Daniel Dadush

In July, Daniel Dadush (CWI) was awarded an ERC Starting Grant of 1.5 million euro for his proposal ‘Towards a Quantitative Theory of Integer Programming’. He aims to revolutionize the understanding of integer programming (IP), the most popular method for finding optimal solutions to optimization problems.

CWI researcher Monique Laurent elected as KNAW member

Researcher and MT member Monique Laurent from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) was elected as a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The KNAW announced this on 19 April 2018. KNAW members are prominent scientists who are nominated by fellow researchers within and outside the Academy.

CWI and ProRail predict railway incidents

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica and ProRail recently started a research collaboration in the area of the handling of incidents at the Dutch railways. It concerns a public private partnership between CWI and ProRail striking up a four year period. The research is aimed at prevention and handling of a broad spectrum of railway incidents, like disturbance of the railway infrastructure, people walking on the tracks and collisions.

Monique Laurent elected as Fellow of SIAM

CWI researcher Monique Laurent is elected as a Fellow of the international Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics – SIAM. This prestigious Fellowship honours SIAM members who have made outstanding contributions to these fields. Laurent, who is a member of the management team of CWI and a professor at Tilburg University, receives the fellowship for her contributions to discrete and polynomial optimization and revealing interactions between them.