NewsERC Starting grant for Daniel Dadush
Daniel Dadush (CWI) has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant of 1.5 ME for his proposal ‘Towards a Quantitative Theory of Integer Programming’. With this grant, Dadush aims to revolutionize the understanding of integer programming (IP), the most popular method used today for finding optimal solutions to real-world optimization problems.
VICI grant for Nikhil Bansal
Nikhil Bansal has been awarded a Vici grant of 1.5 ME. He is one of the 35 academics to receive this grant from NWO in 2018. Bansal aims to use his grant to develop new algorithmic methods to make discrete decisions in a continuous way. He expects this to lead to applications in the fields of logistics, bio-informatics, chip design and machine learning.
3 DIAMANT PhD positions awarded
NWO, following a shortlist provided by the DIAMANT board, has decided to award 3 PhD positions to young DIAMANT members: Dion Gijswijt (TU Delft), Jan Steffen Müller (RUG) and Arno Kret (UvA).
DIAMANT funding continued
The funding of all four mathematics clusters has been continued by NWO. For the coming two years 85 kE will be available in each cluster.
NWO Call for Tenure Track positions
NWO has opened a call for tenure track positions. Proposals for these positions, which include one PhD position for each tenure track position, can be submitted directly to NWO by professors from the 4 mathematics clusters, including Diamant. Diamant professors are warmly encouraged to submit proposals. Read more.
Dion Gijswijt and Jordan Ellenberg independently substantially improve capset bound
A capset in a finite dimensional vector space over the field with 3 elements is a subset that contains no 3-term arithmetic progressions. Dion Gijswijt (TU Delft) and Jordan Ellenberg have independently obtained a bound on the size of a capset that for the first time improves substantially on the trivial bound 3^n. Read more in Terence Tao's blog about these developments.
Harry Buhrman lectures on quantum computing in Universiteit van Nederland
Starting 12 January 2015, the Universiteit van Nederland publishes five public lectures by Harry Buhrman, head of the research group quantum computing at CWI. The series of lectures features the do's and don'ts of the computer of the future. From Monday through Friday, a new lecture will be available on the site of the Universiteit van Nederland each day.
Monique Laurent, Nikhil Bansal and Ronald de Wolf receive TOP-grant
Monique Laurent, Nikhil Bansal and Ronald de Wolf have received a TOP-grant from NWO for their joint project "Approximation Algorithms, Quantum Information and Semidefinite Optimization". Read more.
Bert Gerards en collega's bewijzen vermoeden van Rota
Bert Gerards van het Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) en zijn collega's Jim Geelen (University of Waterloo) en Geoff Whittle (Victoria University of Wellington) hebben het beroemde 40 jaar oude Vermoeden van Rota bewezen. Het team heeft meer dan 15 jaar gewerkt aan de oplossing van het probleem dat in 1970 door Gian-Carlo Rota werd geformuleerd. Lees verder.
DIAMANT tenure track positions
In 2013, three tenure track positions will become available in the DIAMANT cluster. This incentive is made possible by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) via the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). For a list of the various DIAMANT nodes that participate in this initiative, please refer to NWO's Math Tenure Track page.
Stieltjes Prize for Jop Briet
On October 31st, Jop Briët (CWI) was awarded the Stieltesprijs 2011, the prize for the best PhD thesis in Dutch mathematics. In 2011 Briët defended his thesis `Grothendieck Inequalities, nonlocal games and optimization’ at UvA under the supervision of Prof. H. M. Buhrman. He introduced new variants of the famous inequality of Grothendieck and applied them to computer science, physics and mathematics. The prize amounts to 2,500 euros. Read more.
Turing Centenary Research Scholarship for Rutger Kuyper
Rutger Kuyper, a PhD candidate funded by DIAMANT, has received one of three Turing Centenary Research Scholarships for his research on probability and logic. This scholarship, in honour of the centennial celebration of Alan Turing, has been awarded on 23 June (the birthday of Turing) in Manchester. The £ 45000 will allow him to spend significant time abroad to work with international experts in the field. Read more.
Best Paper award at STOC for Ronald de Wolf et al.
A 26 year old claim for a solution of the P=NP problem has finally been fully refuted by a group of researcher, incl. Ronald de Wolf (CWI). The researchers presented their findings on the Symposium on Theory of Computing 2012 (STOC ’12), this week in New York. They shared the symposium’s Best Paper Award for their work.
6 DIAMANT postdoc positions offered
The DIAMANT board has decided to offer 6 one-year postdoc positions, to be filled in in the context of the new DIAMANT round that started this summer. The candidates are: Eric Delaygue (Grenoble/UU), Andrew Drucker (MIT/CWI), Rachel Newton (Cambridge/UL), Jungyook Park (POSTECH, Korea/TU/e and TiU), Kieran Roberts (Birmingham/TU/e) and Marco Streng (Warwick/VU).
Henk Barendregt distinguished Lorentz fellow 2012/2013
Henk Barendregt, professor of Foundations of Mathematics and Computer Science at Radboud University Nijmegen, wins the fourth Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship issued by the Netherlands Insitute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Wassenaar. At NIAS, Barendregt will explore the discrepancy between human perception as commonly perceived versus the actual discrete underlying mechanisms. This will also be the topic of an interdisciplinary workshop at the Lorentz Center.
5 DIAMANT PhD positions awarded
The DIAMANT board has decided to award PhD positions to 5 excellent candidates. The PhD candidates will be financed by NWO money in the context of the new national cluster round that started this summer. The candidates are: Ane Anema (RUG), Rutger Kuyper (RUN), Thijs Laarhoven (TU/e), Jinbi Jin (UL) and Florian Speelman (CWI).
SIAG/Optimization prize for Frank Vallentin and Christine Bachoc
The prestigious SIAG/Optimization Prize has been awarded to Frank Vallentin (Delft University of Technology and Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica) and Christine Bachoc (University of Bordeaux) for their research on the kissing number. Read more.
New DIAMANT PhD and postdoc positions
On July 8, NWO-GBE decided to allocate 1 ME to each of the math clusters DIAMANT, NDNS, GQT and STAR, for a 2-year period. There will be several new DIAMANT PhD and postdoc positions, to be filled on the basis of an internal competition. DIAMANT members and students are cordially invited to submit proposals for PhD and postdoc projects. Read more.
Two WONDER prizes for DIAMANT PhD theses
Each year, Dutch Mathematics Research School WONDER hands out two prizes to PhD students who defended their thesis in that year: the Stieltjes Prize and the Schoonschip Stimulans Prize. For 2010, both prizes have been awarded to DIAMANT theses: Peter Bruin (PhD UL, now at Paris-Sud/Orsay) won the Stieltjes Prize, and Dan Roozemond (PhD TU/e, now at University of Sydney) won the Schoonschip Prize. Read more.
Lex Schrijver receives honorary doctorate
Lex Schrijver receives an honorary doctorate from the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest on 13 May 2011. This university has a long tradition of excellent research in mathematics and in particular in discrete mathematics, the research area of Schrijver.
Open PhD position in Optimization at TU Delft
The research group "Optimization" at TU Delft, The Netherlands, has an open PhD position in the project 'Semidefinite programming and harmonic analysis'. Deadline for application is April 15, 2011. Read more.
Shoenfield Prize for Sebastiaan Terwijn
Sebastiaan Terwijn (IMAPP, Algebra and Logic) is one of the winners of the 2010 Shoenfield Prize of the Association of Symbolic Logic. The prize was awarded for a survey article about algorithmic randomness. The Shoenfield prize was established in 2007 and is awarded every three years.
Joint PhD position in Nancy/Nijmegen
A 3-year PhD project to investigate the structural basis for the formation of twinned crystals from a group-theoretical viewpoint is available. Details can be found here.
Two Ph.D. positions in Groningen
There are two Ph.D. openings with Mirjam Dür in Groningen. Details can be found here.
Five DIAMANT grants for Parillo's minicourse
Five DIAMANT grants have been awarded for participation in the upcoming EIDMA/DIAMANT minicourse by Pablo Parillo. The recipients are Karolina Sołtys (Warsaw), Evan DeCorte (Toronto), Christoph Maier (Stuttgart), Ali Mohammadian (Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran), and Edwin O'Shea (NUI, Galway).
Philips Wiskundeprijs for Matthias Mnich
The Philips Wiskundeprijs has been awarded to Matthias Mnich, for his talk "Alles op een rijtje" at the Dutch Mathematical Congress in Utrecht, 22-23 April 2010. This is the fifth time Philips Wiskundeprijs to be awarded, and all five went to DIAMANT Ph.D. students.
As of 27 November 2009 DIAMANT has a new board consisting of Karen Aardal, Ronald Cramer, Mai Gehrke, Tanja Lange, and Peter Stevenhagen.