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Events

  • 9 January 2012, FNWI Faculty Colloquium, Sergey Shadrin

    Speaker: Sergey Shadrin
    Newsitem added on 21 December 2011.

    The next FNWI Faculty Colloquium will take place on Monday 9 January 2012, 10.00-10.45 hour in room C1.110, Science Park 904, Amsterdam. After the dean's quarter prof. dr. Sergey Shadrin (KdVI) will speak at 10.15 on The KdV equation all around us. Final speaker is dr. Peter Doorn of KNAW-DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services).

    For more information (in Dutch), see http://tinyurl.com/bns8ha7. The sheets of Shadrin's lecture can be downloaded from http://www.science.uva.nl/math/About/Shadrin-KdV.pdf.

  • 23-25 January 2012, 11th Winter School on Mathematical Finance, Congrescentrum De Werelt, Lunteren

    Newsitem added on 15 October 2011.

    The 11th winter school has as special topics Systemic risk and Volatility models. Two mini-courses will be delivered by Tom Hurd (McMaster Univ.) and Alexander Lipton (Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Imperial College). Special invited lectures by Elyes Jouini (Univ. Paris-Dauphine), Yuri Kabanov (Univ. de Franche-Comté) and Josef Teichmann (ETH Zürich). Four short lectures complete the programme. The oprganizers are Hans Schumacher (Tilburg University) and Peter Spreij (KdVI).

    For further information and registration see
    http://staff.science.uva.nl/~spreij/winterschool/winterschool.html

  • 25 January 2012, Oratie Jeroen de Mast

    Newsitem added on 19 December 2011.

    Dr. J. de Mast (IBIS UvA), recentelijk benoemd tot Hoogleraar Industriële Statistiek bij de UvA, zal zijn hoogleraarsambt openlijk aanvaarden door het uitspreken van een rede, getiteld:

    Industriële statistiek als technologie voor het oplossen van problemen

    Plaats: Aula van de UvA, ingang Singel 411, hoek Spui

    Datum en tijd: woensdag 25 januari 2012, 16.00 uur

    Zie voor verdere informatie http://tinyurl.com/7jb2b7b.

  • 27 January 2012, PhD defense, Sjors van der Stelt (UvA/CWI)

    Title: Rise and Fall of Periodic Patterns for a generalized Klausmeier-Gray-Scott model
    Date and time: Friday 27 January 2012, 13.00
    Location: Aula van de Universiteit, Singel 411, hoek Spui, Amsterdam
    Promotor: Prof. dr. A. Doelman
    Copromotores: Dr. G.M. Hek, Dr. J.D.M. Rademacher

    For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/83ajxok.

  • 1 February 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, Bart Vlaar (UvA)

    Speaker: Bart Vlaar (UvA)
    Title: Non-symmetric particle creation operators for the quantum nonlinear Schrödinger model
    Date and time: Wednesday 1 February 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room C1.112, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/. For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 15 February 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, Krzysztof Apt

    Speaker: Krzysztof Apt
    Title: Choosing Products in Social Networks
    Date and time: Wednesday 15 February 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room C1.112, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/ For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 29 February 2012, PhD defense, André Heck

    Title: Perspectives on an Integrated Computer Learning Environment
    Date and time: Wednesday 29 February 2012, 14.00 hrs
    Location: Agnietenkapel, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 231, Amsterdam
    Promotor: Prof. dr. J. van de Craats

    For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/83u4vpn.
    The dissertation can be downloaded from
    http://www.science.uva.nl/~heck/dissertationHeck.pdf.

  • 29 February 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, Gil Cavalcanti (Utrecht)

    Speaker: Gil Cavalcanti (Utrecht)
    Title: Generalized geometry and T-duality
    Date and time: Wednesday 29 February 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room C1.112, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/ For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 2 March 2012, AiO Seminar Mathematics, Petya Dunin-Barkowski

    Speaker: Petya Dunin-Barkowski
    Title: Lattice theta constants vs Riemann theta constants and NSR superstring measures
    Date and time: Friday 2 March 2012, 16.00-17.00
    Location: Room B0.201, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    The AiO Seminar Mathematics homepage can be found at http://staff.science.uva.nl/~lspitz/AiOSeminar.html. For more information, please contact Loek Spitz (L.Spitz at uva.nl) or Arie Peterson (A.Peterson at uva.nl)

  • 14 March 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, Bert Zwart, CWI & VU.

    Speakers: Bert Zwart, CWI & VU.
    Title: An encounter with Erlang, Gauss, Poisson and Ramanujan
    Date and time: Wednesday 14 March 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room C1.112, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    Title: An encounter with Erlang, Gauss, Poisson and Ramanujan Abstract: Erlang's formulae describe the probability of blocking, delay or abandonment in three basic qeueing models. Despite (or thanks to) their simplicity, these formulae are among the most celebrated results in Applied Probability. For large systems (for example, call centers with many agents), these formulae become less insightful, and a large body of research is devoted to developing asymptotic approximations of blocking probabilities. This talk is devoted to assessing the quality of such approximations. In passing, we provide new Gaussian approximations of Poisson distributions.

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/ For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 28 March 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, Evgeny Verbitskiy (Leiden/Groningen)

    Speaker: Evgeny Verbitskiy (Leiden/Groningen)
    Title: Dimers, sandpiles and algebraic dynamics.
    Date and time: Wednesday 28 March 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room C1.112, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    In this talk I will address the link between solvable models of statistical mechanics and algebraic dynamical systems. The main reason to believe in the existence of a strong link is the remarkable coincidence of entropies of many celebrated solvable lattice models (dimer matchings, domino tilings, spanning trees, etc) and entropies of certain algebraic dynamical systems. Even though the question about the existence of such a link was raised almost two decades ago, this problem remained largely inaccessible. The development of the theory of symbolic covers of algebraic dynamical systems has only recently provided a suitable framework. I will describe in greater detail the link between the solvable sandpile models and their algebraic counterparts. The talk is based on a series of joint papers with D. Lind (Seattle) and K. Schmidt (Vienna).

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/ For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 10 April 2012, NSA-Symposium "Met het oog op toepassing"

    Newsitem added on 4 April 2012.

    Dinsdag 10 april wordt het jaarlijkse symposium van de studievereniging NSA gehouden. Deze keer is het thema Met het oog op toepassing. De sprekers zullen vertellen over de manier waarop zij theoretische natuur- of wiskunde toepassen in hun eigen vakgebied.
    Sprekers zijn Jan Kuijpers (Radboud Univ. Nijmegen), Lex Schrijver (CWI en KdVI), Nicolai Reshetikhin (Univ. of California at Berkeley en KdVI), Ekkes Brück (TU Delft).

    Het symposium vindt plaats in de theaterzaal van CREA, Nieuwe Achtergracht 170, Amsterdam van 11.45 tot 16.30 uur. Toegangsprijs is 2 euro.

    Zie voor verdere informatie http://nsaweb.nl/activiteiten/symposium/.

  • 11 April 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, Jose Blanchet

    Speaker: Jose Blanchet
    Title: Modeling and Efficient Rare Event Simulation of Systemic Risk in Insurance-Reinsurance Networks (joint work with Yixi Shi)
    Date and time: Wednesday 11 April 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room C1.112, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    We propose a dynamic insurance network model that allows to deal with reinsurance counter-party default risks with a particular aim of capturing cascading effects at the time of defaults. We capture these effects by finding an equilibrium allocation of settlements which can be found as the unique optimal solution of a linear programming problem. This equilibrium allocation recognizes 1) the correlation among the risk factors, which are assumed to be heavy-tailed, 2) the contractual obligations, which are assumed to follow popular contracts in the insurance industry (such as stop-loss and retro-cesion), and 3) the interconnections of the insurance-reinsurance network. We are able to obtain an asymptotic description of the most likely ways in which the default of a specific group of insurers can occur, by means of solving a multidimensional Knapsack integer programming problem. Finally, we propose a class of provably strongly efficient estimators for computing the expected loss of the network conditioning the failure of a specific set of companies. Strong efficiency means that the complexity of computing large deviations probability or conditional expectation remains bounded as the event of interest becomes more and more rare.

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/ For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 12 April 2012, 48th Netherlands Mathematical Congress, TU Eindhoven

    Newsitem added on 21 December 2011.
    The 48th Netherlands Mathematical Congress (NMC 2012) will take place in Eindhoven on Thursday, April 12, 2012. The programme includes two plenary lectures and a number of minisymposia in parallel sessions. In addition, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers are offered the possibility to present a poster.

    For more information, see http://w3.win.tue.nl/en/events/nmc2012/
    for the general programme, and
    http://w3.win.tue.nl/en/events/nmc2012/postersession/
    for the poster session.

  • 13 April 2012, Leve de Wiskunde! 2012

    Newsitem added on 21 December 2011.

    Voor de tiende keer organiseren het Korteweg-de Vries Instituut (KdVI) voor Wiskunde en het Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) van de Universiteit van Amsterdam het evenement Leve de Wiskunde!. Sprekers zijn Chris Klaassen, Fokko van de Bult, Sonja Smets en Jason Frank.
    De bijeenkomst vindt plaats op vrijdag 13 april 2012 in het gebouw Science Park 904, Amsterdam. Alle belangstellenden zijn van harte welom. Daarnaast moedigen we wiskundedocenten aan om geïnteresseerde leerlingen mee te nemen.

    Zie voor verdere informatie en aanmelding
    http://www.science.uva.nl/levedewiskunde

  • 18 April 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, Estate Khmaladze

    Speaker: Estate Khmaladze
    Title: One approach to differentiation of set-valued functions. Its applications to spatial statistical problems
    Date and time: Wednesday 18 April 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room C1.112, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/ For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 25 April 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, Hans Maassen

    Speaker: Hans Maassen
    Title: Quantum information, probability, and statistics
    Date and time: Wednesday April 25 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room C1.112, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    Abstract: Non-commutative or "quantum" probability theory considers random phenomena from the point of view of operator algebras. In this way techniques from probability and statistics can, by generalization beyond commutative algebras, be applied to quantum mechanical systems. In order to illustrate the method, we discuss several topics: limits to the copying of information in connection to the Heisenberg principle, entanglement of quantum systems, in particular under symmetry, and the use of Young diagrams as statistical estimators.

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/ For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 2012, AiO Seminar Mathematics, Masoumeh Garaei

    Speaker: Masoumeh Garaei
    Title: Random Hopf bifurcation for random differential equations on the plane.
    Date and time: Friday 2012, 16.00-17.00
    Location: Room D1.113, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    The AiO Seminar Mathematics homepage can be found at http://staff.science.uva.nl/~lspitz/AiOSeminar.html. For more information, please contact Loek Spitz (L.Spitz at uva.nl) or Arie Peterson (A.Peterson at uva.nl)

  • 8 May 2012, Master's defense, Jan Nauta

    Title: affine Lie algebras and affine root systems
    Date and time: Tuesday 8 May 2012, 14:00-15:00
    Location: Room D1.115, Science Park 904, Amsterdam
    Supervisor: Jasper Stokman

    For more information, please contact a.j.homburg at uva.nl

  • 9 May 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, Harrie Willems

    Speaker: Harrie Willems
    Title: Late Style - Yuri Manin Looking Back on a Life in Mathematics
    Date and time: Wednesday 9 May 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room C1.112, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    A film by Agnes Handwerk and Harrie Willems. This biographical documentary follows Yuri Ivanovich Manin's stellar career in the "golden years" of Moscow mathematics during the 1960s and 1970s. He was one of the key players in the development of algebraic geometry, at a time when a constellation of brilliant minds - of which Manin's was but one - were conducting outstanding mathematical research. This happened under the structures of a closed society that put severe restrictions on academics (despite diplomatic détente) right up to the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989. Yuri Manin's brilliance, and his unswerving integrity, helped him to evade the pitfalls of Sovietera academia. His full cooperation with the documentary allows the world a fascinating glimpse into an era of scientific enquiry that is as celebrated as it is underreported. It is about the exceptional life of a mathematician in unusual times, whose passion for his subject, as well as his breadth of thinking, allowed him to forge his own freedom. Internationally recognized for his contribution to mathematics, Manin's many prizes include the Lenin Prize in 1967, the Brouwer Gold Medal in 1984 and the Georg Cantor Medal in 2002. The length of the documentary is 57 minutes.

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/ For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 13 May 2012, Wakker Worden Kinderlezingen, Michel Mandjes

    Speaker: Michel Mandjes
    Title: Waarom win ik nooit de loterij?
    Date and time: Sunday 13 May 2012, 11.00
    Location: NEMO

    Michel Mandjes (KdVI) geeft de eerstvolgende kinderlezing op zondag 13 mei. Het gaat dan over kansrekening en tactieken om een loterij te winnen.

    Zie voor verdere informatie en voor (verplichte) aanmelding http://www.kinderlezingen.nl/kinderlezingen/.

  • 23 May 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, Hans Zwart

    Speaker: Hans Zwart
    Title: Linear port Hamiltonian Systems
    Date and time: Wednesday 23 May 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room G4.15, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    The field of infinite-dimensional systems theory has become a well-established field within mathematics and systems theory. There are basically two approaches to infinite-dimensional linear systems theory: an abstract functional analytical approach and a PDE approach. Many physical systems can be formulated using a Hamiltonian framework. This class contains ordinary as well as partial differential equations. Each system in this class has a Hamiltonian, generally given by the energy function. In the study of Hamiltonian systems it is usually assumed that the system does not interact with its environment. However, for the purpose of control and for the interconnection of two or more Hamiltonian systems it is essential to take this interaction with the environment into account. This led to the class of port-Hamiltonian systems. For port-Hamiltonian systems described by ordinary differential equations this approach is very successful. Port-Hamiltonian systems described by partial differential equation is a subject of current research.

    In this presentation, we combine the abstract functional analytical approach with the more physical approach based on Hamiltonians. For a class of linear infinite-dimensional port-Hamiltonian systems we derive easy verifiable conditions for well-posedness.

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/ For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 31 May 2012, Stochastics Seminar, Gregory Temnov

    Speaker: Gregory Temnov
    Title: On a class of distributions stable under random summation
    Date and time: Thursday 31 May 2012, 14:00
    Location: D1.113

    We study a family of distributions having a property of stability-under-addition, provided that the number (say, r) of random variables in a sum is also a random variable. We call the corresponding property r-stability and investigate the situation when the semigroup generated by the generating function of r is commutative. A new case in this class of distributions arises when generating functions are linked with Chebyshev polynomials. The random summation analogy of the normal distribution corresponds to the hyperbolic secant distribution. We analyse the link with classical stable distributions, as well as with some other families, and discuss the outlook for applications. Joint work with Lev B. Klebanov, Charles University Prague

    For more information, see
    http://staff.science.uva.nl/~walton/SFMC/SFMC.html

  • 12 June 2012, Master's defense, Gerrit Oomens

    Title: Beyond holomorphic holomorphic
    Date and time: Tuesday 12 June 2012, 11:00
    Location: Room A1.06, Science Park 904, Amsterdam
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jan Wiegerinck

  • 9 July 2012, Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics Seminar, Professor Motohico Mulase (UC Davis, California)

    Speaker: Professor Motohico Mulase (UC Davis, California)
    Title: Higher genera Catalan numbers and Eynard-Orantin theory
    Date and time: Monday 9 July 2012, 16.00 hrs
    Location: B0.209

    Abstract: The Catalan numbers have many different interpretations. Accordingly, they have also many generalizations. In this talk I will present a straightforward higher-genus extension of the Catalan numbers for every genus g, so that the original Catalan numbers are the simplest case of g = 0. Using the pair-of-pants decomposition of a surface, we can derive an elegant recursion formula for these generalized Catalan numbers. Again the g = 0 restriction recovers the original Catalan recursion. Now let's compute the Laplace transform of these higher-genus Catalan numbers. Surprisingly they satisfy a system of equations, such as an integrable system of PDEs of the KdV-type, and a system of integral transform equations.

    I will explain how this simple theory provides a non-trivial mathematical example of the conjectural theory being built by many physicists, including Gukov-Sulkowski, Marino, Eynard-Orantin, and others. This theory has, and still is expected to continue, to give us an amazing geometric insight of quantum invariants such as colored Jones polynomials and (open) Gromov-Witten invariants.

  • 23 August 2012, Master's defense, Deborah Cabib

    Title: Weakly nonlinear traveling waves across internal wave beams
    Date and time: Thursday 23 August 2012, 10:00
    Location: Room D1.113, Science Park 904, Amsterdam
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Arjen Doelman

  • 24 august 2012, Master's defense, Seonmi Lee

    Title: Libor market model with stochastic volatility
    Date and time: 24 august 2012, 16:00
    Location: Room A1.06, Science Park 904, Amsterdam
    Supervisors: Peter Spreij, Bart Hoorens (ING)
  • 30 August 2012, Master's defense, Geoffrey Wielingen

    Title: Completely positive matrices
    Date and time: Thursday 30 August 2012, 13:30
    Location: Room A1.06, Science Park 904, Amsterdam
    Supervisor: Dr. J. Brandts

  • 5 September 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, Sameer Murthy

    Speaker: Sameer Murthy
    Title: Mock theta functions and their appearance in physics
    Date and time: Wednesday 5 September 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room C1.112, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    Automorphic forms of various types have arisen repeatedly in diverse areas of physics. In this talk, I shall discuss two related instances of this type, which involve a recently-defined class of functions called mock theta functions. The first instance is connected to quantum black holes in string theory, and the second is connected to the representations of the largest Mathieu group M24. I will explain these connections and discuss some properties of these functions.

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/ For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 7 September 2012, Arend Heyting Lecture, Yiannis Moschovakis

    Speaker: Yiannis Moschovakis
    Title: The Church-Turing Thesis and Relative Recursion
    Date and time: Friday 7 September 2012, 16.00-18.00
    Location: Amsterdam, Trippenhuis, KNAW, Kloveniersburgwal

    The Church-Turing Thesis and Relative Recursion - Yiannis Moschovakis

    7 September 2012, 16.00-18.00 KNAW, Kloveniersburgwal, Trippenzaal, Amsterdam This Arend Heyting Lecture is part of the celebration of the Alan Turing Year 2012 and the Intuitionism in 2012 event.

    For more information, see
    http://www.illc.uva.nl/KNAW/Heyting/en/Heyting_Lectures/
    and see the abstract of the lecture on
    http://www.illc.uva.nl/KNAW/Heyting/nl/abstract/.

  • 14 September 2012, Master's defense, Sarah Gaaf

    Title: Nonnegative energy-orthonormal bases and their relation to discrete maximum and comparison principles
    Date and time: Friday 14 September 2012, 13:30
    Location: Room C1.112, Science Park 904, Amsterdam
    Supervisor: Dr. J. Brandts

  • 14 September 2012, Master's defense, Faryaneh FadaeiResketi

    Title: Historiography of mathematics: eurocentrism and modernity bias
    Date and time: Friday 14 September 2012, 11:00
    Location: Room C4.154, Science Park 904, Amsterdam
    Supervisor: Dr. G. Alberts

  • 19 September 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, Ragnar Sigurdsson (University of Iceland)

    Speaker: Ragnar Sigurdsson (University of Iceland)
    Title: Growth estimates of entire functions and Paley-Wiener theorems.
    Date and time: Wednesday 19 September 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room G4.15, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/ For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 20 September 2012, Oratie prof. dr. R.M. de Wolf

    Newsitem added on 16 July 2012.

    Donderdag de 20e september 2012, des namiddags om 4.00 uur, zal de Hooggeleerde Heer dr. R.M. de Wolf (CWI en ILLC-UvA), benoemd tot Hoogleraar Theoretische Informatica, in het bijzonder Algoritmen en Complexiteit zijn hoogleraarsambt openlijk aanvaarden door het uitspreken van een rede, getiteld:

    What quantum computing can do for you

    in de Aula der Universiteit, ingang Singel 411, hoek Spui.

    Tot het bijwonen van deze plechtigheid worden alle beoefenaren van de wetenschap en alle belangstellenden uitgenodigd door de Rector Magnificus prof. dr. D.C. van den Boom.

    Zie voor verdere informatie http://www.cwi.nl/people/1063.

  • 26 September 2012, Master's defense, Doortje de Wiljes

    Title: Analyzing the service level of a supply chain with base stock, variable lead times and variable demand
    Date and time: Wednesday 26 September 2012, 13:00
    Location: Room B0.209, Science Park 904, Amsterdam
    Supervisors: Neil Walton (KdVI), Claudia van Dorst (CQM), Marcel van Vuuren (CQM)

  • 27 September 2012, PhD defense, Kamil Kosinski

    Title: Gaussian and Lévy-driven Queues
    Date and time: Thursday 27 September 2012, 16.00 hrs
    Location: Aula TU Eindhoven
    Promotores: prof. dr. Onno Boxma and prof. dr. Michel Mandjes

    For more information, see: Synopsis: http://www.win.tue.nl/lotgevallen/synopsis_kosinski.pdf

  • 3 October 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, Koen De Turck

    Speaker: Koen De Turck
    Title: Poisson's equation for Markov chains and its use in perturbations
    Date and time: Wednesday 3 October 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room C1:112, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    I will talk about two recent research topics of mine in which Poisson's equation plays a crucial role. I will start out by introducing Poisson's equation in a Markov chain context, and point out how it relates to the (to some) more familiar notion of Poisson's equation in PDE theory. Determining solutions for Poisson's equation for Markov chains, as in physics, often proceeds via Green's functions. In the first part of the talk, I will derive explicit expressions for the transforms of these Green's functions. It appears this can be done for a surprisingly large class of Markov chains. The second part of the talk centres around perturbation of Markov chains. I will illustrate, by means of a concrete example, a powerful but often hard to formalise sample-path technique and contrast it with the direct but often rather long-winded approach. I conclude the talk by showing how a formulation in terms of Poisson's equation provides the best of both worlds.

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/ For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 5-9 October 2012, T. Oshima speaking in Representation Theory Seminar

    Newsitem added on 3 October 2012.

    The Representation Theory Seminar of prof. Eric Opdam will meet twice on Friday 5 October and Tuesday 9 October 2012 for lectures by Prof. Toshio Oshima (University of Tokyo, Japan) on "Linear differential equations on the Riemann sphere and special functions".
    The first lecture is on Friday 5 October, 16.00-17.00 hour, Science Park 904, room A1.08 and the second lecture on Tuesday 9 October, 16.00-17.00 hour, Science Park 904, room B0.209.

    Short abstract:
    We explain spectral types and fractional transformations of Fuchsian differential equations. The corresponding transformations of fundamental properties of their solutions such as their reducibility and connection coefficients are explicitly given and we calculate them for the rigid equations in terms of a Kac-Moody root system. This analysis is also applicable to the equations with irregular singularities.

    See a longer abstract on http://www.science.uva.nl/math/NewsandEvents/newsitem.php?id=1349264146.
    For more information, contact Eric Opdam, http://tinyurl.com/89mojhf or see http://akagi.ms.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~oshima/.

  • 6 October 2012, Open dag Science Park Amsterdam

    Newsitem added on 3 October 2012.

    Op zaterdag 6 oktober vindt weer de jaarlijkse Open Dag plaats van Science Park Amsterdam. Deze dag zetten van 12.00 tot 17.00 uur de onderzoeksinstituten op het Science Park hun deuren open voor publiek. Zo ook het gebouw Science Park 904 van de Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica. Hier kun je ondermeer een wiskunde-speurtocht doen. En om 15.00 uur kun je er luisteren naar de kinderlezing door prof. Michel Mandjes (KdVI) over "Hoe win ik de loterij?".

    Zie voor verdere informatie http://tinyurl.com/9ewg2xs.

  • 8 October 2012, Seminar on Elliptic Integrable Systems and Hypergeometric Functions

    Newsitem added on 3 October 2012.

    This Seminar, organized by Erik Koelink (Radboud Univ. Nijmegen) and Jasper Stokman (UvA/KdVI) will meet once every two weeks at Radboud University, Nijmegen. The first meeting is on Monday 8 October 2012, 15.00-17.00 hour.

    Read more information on http://tinyurl.com/9g4pcnc.

  • 12 October 2012, Master's defense, Shan Shah

    Title: Elliptic cohomology theories
    Date and time: Friday 12 October 2012, 15:00
    Location: Room A1.06, Science Park 904, Amsterdam
    Supervisor: Dr. T. Bauer

  • 17 October 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, Mehdi Tavakol (UvA)

    Speaker: Mehdi Tavakol (UvA)
    Title: Intersection theory on moduli spaces of curves.
    Date and time: Wednesday 17 October 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room C1.112, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/ For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 22 October 2012, Science Colloquium by Fields Medalist Mike Freedman

    Newsitem added on 16 October 2012.

    On Monday 22 October, 16:00-17:00 hour, the American mathematician Mike Freedman will give a public lecture in the new Science Colloquium at the Faculty of Science of UvA. The title is:
    The topology of Physics and Computation.
    In 1986, Freedman won the Fields Medal for his groundbreaking work on the famous Poincaré conjecture.
    Location: room C0.05, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/93og5vt at the Faculty of Science. Read also about Freedman on http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Biographies/Freedman.html.

  • 26 October 2012, A day in memory of T.A. Springer

    Newsitem added on 15 October 2012.

    A day in memory of T.A. Springer (1926-2011) will be held on Friday 26 October 2012 at the University of Utrecht. Speakers are Corrado de Concini (Rome), Michel Brion (Grtenoble), Eric Opdam (KdVI), Arjeh Cohen (TU Eindhoven).

    For more information, see
    http://www.staff.science.uu.nl/~looij101/Springer_day.html.

  • 31 October 2012, WONDER Afternoon, CWI, room Z011

    Newsitem added on 28 September 2012.

    The afternoon will start at 13.00 hour with the award ceremony of the Stieltjes Prize for the best Mathematics PhD thesis in the Netherlands followed by a lecture by the prize winner. The prize winner is dr. Jop Briët (CWI) for a thesis defended at UvA, promotor prof. dr. Harry Buhrman (CWI and UvA/ILLC).
    Next two lectures will be given on the work of Abel prize winner 2011 Endre Szemeredi.

    Read further on http://www.science.uva.nl/math/NewsandEvents/newsitem.php?id=1348860414.
    For more information, see http://web.science.uu.nl/WONDER/.

  • 5 November 2012, Faculty Colloquium

    Newsitem added on 30 October 2012.

    The monthly Faculty Colloquium of the Faculty of Science of UvA will meet on Monday 5 November 2012, 10.00-10.45 in room C1.110, Science Park 904. The program is:

    10.00 Dean's perspective

    10.15 Sindo Núñez Queija (KdVI and CWI): Scheduling in stochastic networks (what is capacity?)

    10.30 Roos Bol (chairwoman of the Student Council of the Faculty)

    For more information, see http://www.medewerker.uva.nl/science/agenda.cfm/

  • 14 November 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, David F. Anderson

    Speaker: David F. Anderson
    Title: Stochastic models of biochemical systems
    Date and time: Wednesday 14 November 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room C1.112, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    I will give an introduction to the most common stochastic models used in the study of population processes, and, in particular, biochemistry. I will develop from first principle arguments the relevant mathematical equations governing the systems and will then discuss some computational challenges presented by these models. In particular, I will discuss recent developments in numerically computing sensitivities (derivatives of expectations with respect to system parameters).

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/ For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 15 November 2012, Stochastics and Nonlinear Dynamics in the Life Sciences

    Newsitem added on 29 October 2012.

    The NWO mathematics research clusters STAR and NDNS+ organize an Outreach Day at CWI on Stochastics and Nonlinear Dynamics in the Life Sciences.

    Date and location: Thursday 15 November 2012, 10.00-17.00, Turing Room Z011, CWI, Amsterdam

    Organizers: Joke Blom and Rob van der Mei (CWI), Michel Mandjes (KdVI)

    For more information, see https://www.cwi.nl/events/

  • 16 November 2012, GQT Colloquium

    Newsitem added on 18 October 2012.

    On Friday 16 November 2012, 13:00-17:00, a GQT Colloquium meeting will take place at UvA. The speakers are Daniel Huybrechts (Universität Bonn), Oscar Randal-William (University of Cambridge) and Geordie Williamson (Max Planck Institut Bonn).

    Location: Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    For more information, see http://www.gqt.nl/events.php.

  • 16 November 2012, ‘Het allerkleinste’: hoorcollege Robbert Dijkgraaf live op Nederland 3

    Newsitem added on 30 October 2012.

    Wat zijn de bouwstenen waaruit alles, ook wijzelf zijn gemaakt? Wat zijn de grootse consequenties van deze ontdekkingen? Vrijdagavond 16 november om 20.30 uur neemt universiteitshoogleraar Robbert Dijkgraaf de kijkers mee op een reis naar de microkosmos in een aflevering van DWDD University op Nederland 3.

    Vrijdag 9 november om 20.30 wordt het eerste live college van Robbert Dijkgraaf, De Oerknal, herhaald op Nederland 3.

    Lees verder bij de Faculty of Science van de UvA op http://tinyurl.com/8p4zbwb

  • 26 November 2012, Master's defense, Gesche Nord

    Title: The s-Chromatic Polynomial
    Date and time: Monday 26 November 2012, 14:00
    Location: Room A1.04, Science Park 904, Amsterdam
    Supervisors: D. Notbohm (VUA), J.M. Moller (Univ. of Copenhagen)

  • 28 November 2012, General Mathematics Colloquium, Bob Rink

    Speaker: Bob Rink
    Title: Coupled cell networks: semigroups, Lie algebras and normal forms
    Date and time: Wednesday 28 November 2012, 11.15-12.15
    Location: Room C1.112, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    Dynamical systems with a network structure arise in applications that range from statistical mechanics and electrical circuits to neural networks, systems biology, power grids and the world wide web. In this talk I will explain what it means for a coupled cell network to possess the "semigroup(oid) property". Networks with this property form a Lie algebra and we recently developed a method to compute their local normal forms near a dynamical equilibrium. This helped us understand and predict certain seemingly anomalous bifurcations in network systems.

    The General Mathematics Colloquium homepage can be found at http://www.science.uva.nl/research/math/Calendar/colloq/ For more information, please contact Tanja Eisner (t.eisner at uva.nl), Hessel Posthuma (h.b.posthumsa at uva.nl) or Neil Walton (n.s.walton at uva.nl)

  • 4 December 2012, Master's defense, Alex Kuiper

    Title: Appointment scheduling in healthcare
    Date and time: Tuesday 4 December 2012, 13:00 uur
    Location: Room D1.115, Science Park 904, Amsterdam
    Supervisors: Michel Mandjes (KdVI), Benjamin Kemper (IBIS)

  • 5 December 2012, Dynamic Analysis Seminar, Sebastian van Strien (Imperial College, London)

    Speaker: Sebastian van Strien (Imperial College, London)
    Title: Stochastic stability of expanding circle maps with neutral fixed point
    Date and time: Wednesday 5 December 2012, 15.00-16.00
    Location: Room B0.209, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    For more information, see http://www.math.vu.nl/en/seminars-and-colloquium/seminars/

  • 7 December 2012, PhD defense, Janis Bajars (CWI)

    Title: Geometric Integration and Thermostat Methods for Hamiltonian Systems
    Date and time: Friday 7 December 2012, 14:00 hrs
    Location: Agnietenkapel, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 231, Amsterdam
    Promotor: Prof. dr. ir. J.E. Frank

    For more information, see the announcement
    http://tinyurl.com/bslf495 at the UvA site and the page
    http://www.cwi.nl/people/2100 of Janis Bajars at CWI.

  • 7 December 2012, 2nd Belgian-Dutch Algebraic Geometry Day

    Newsitem added on 3 December 2012.

    On Friday, December 7, 13:30-17:30 there will be a seminar afternoon on Algebraic Geometry at the UvA, aimed, in particular, at Belgian and Dutch algebraists and geometers. The speakers are Andrei Caldararu (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison), Eduard Looijenga (Utrecht), Daniel Huybrechts (Bonn).

    Location: room A1.10, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

    For more information, see
    http://www.math.leidenuniv.nl/~desmit/ic/current.html

Projects and Awards

  • NWO grants for forensic research by Marjan Sjerps and Chris Klaassen

    Newsitem added on 26 October 2011.

    Prof. dr. Marjan Sjerps (NFI and KdVI) obtained a grant as a principal investigator from the NWO program Forensic Science. The title of her project is Combining evidence in legal (forensic) casework. The aim of the project is to raise the level on which proofs by forensic scientists and experts in criminal law are evaluated.
    KdVI researchers are involved in two more granted projects in this program Forensic Science. Sjerps also participates in the project COMFOR: The use of comprehensive two-dimensional chromatographic methods for chemical profiling of complex natural materials of prof. dr. ir. P.J. Schoenmakers (UvA). Prof. dr. Chris Klaassen (KdVI) participates in the program Forensic Face Recognition of dr. ir. R.N.J. Veldhuis (Universiteit Twente).

    For more information in Dutch, see http://tinyurl.com/3zcgooe and http://www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOP_88LEP8

  • Dutch-German Research Training Group granted by NWO and DFG

    Newsitem added on 22 June 2012.

    Prof. Gerard van der Geer (KdVI), in collaboration with partners at Humboldt Universität and Freie Universität in Berlin and at Leiden University, has made a successful grant application at NWO and DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) for subsidy for an International Research Training Group on Moduli and Automorphic Forms: Arithmetic and Geometric Aspects. The subsidy will run until 2015. The grant money will be used for PhD and postdoc positions in Germany and for exchange of PhD students and researchers between the Netherlands and Germany.
    Moduli and automorphic forms are a central and very active area of research in pure mathematics. The research deals with the geometric and arithmetic properties of moduli spaces, the spaces that parametrize algebraic and geometric objects.

    For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/85c8drl and http://tinyurl.com/7sj6elv at NWO and http://tinyurl.com/75xav8y at DFG. Read also about this at the Faculty of Science page http://tinyurl.com/6qnv4gk. The picture of Gerard van der Geer was made by Jan Willem Steenmeijer.

  • Three KdVI project proposals awarded in NWO-EW Free Competition

    Newsitem added on 20 July 2012.

    In the first round of the Free Competition 2012 NWO Exact Sciences (NWO-EW) has granted 24 research proposals. Nine of these regard a mathematical topic, of which three were granted to members of KdVI. These are:

    Problems in polynomial multiple recurrence (Dr. T. Eisner)

    Arithmetic and motivic aspects of the Kuga-Satake construction (Dr. B.J.J. Moonen)

    Fundamental properties of integrable hierarchies of topological type (Dr. H.B. Posthuma)

    For more information, see http://www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOP_8W9BUG

  • Veni grant for two researchers at KdVI

    Newsitem added on 6 August 2012.

    Roland van der Veen and Neil Walton have been awarded a 2012 Veni grant from NWO for research to be conducted at KdVI. Veni grants are intended for researchers who obtained their PhD a few years ago. Each researcher will receive up to 250,000 euros, permitting to conduct research for a period of three years. This year, a total of 939 researchers applied for a Veni grant and 147 requests were ultimately approved.

    Roland van der Veen's project will study the mathematics of knots as they occur in physics, both on very small and very large scales. Neil Walton's project is called "Queueing theory with less assumptions".

    For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/chopjhv at Faculty of Science and http://tinyurl.com/bq3hvur at NWO.

Funding, Grants and Competitions

  • 1st October 2012, Information session on European funding Horizon 2020

    Date and time: Monday 1st October 2012, 13:30-16:45
    Location: CWI, Turingzaal

    On Monday October 1st 2012, BKT organizes an information session about the follow up of the FP7-programme, Horizon 2020. With an expected budget of around 80 billion, Horizon 2020 is set to become one of the most important sources of external funding for European research in the future.

    The meeting is moderated by Dr Sean McCarthy, who is an expert on European research programmes. It will focus on the most relevant opportunities, such as ERC and Marie Curie and attention will be paid to the most significant differences from the current calls.

    To register for this meeting, please send an email to Alma Erenstein, a.m.erenstein at uva.nl .

    http://medewerker.uva.nl/fnwi/fnwi.cfm/4ACAAC86-3623-4FC5-A8C111A3DAD599A2

Miscellaneous

  • Henrik De Bie awarded first Clifford Prize

    Newsitem added on 5 October 2011.

    Hendrik De Bie of Ghent University has been selected as the recipient of the first Clifford Prize for his outstanding mathematical research achievements in the fields of harmonic and Clifford analysis with applications in theoretical physics.
    While he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), he spent a longer research stay (May-October 2010) at the KdV Institute visiting Eric Opdam and Jasper Stokman.

    For more information, see the Mathematics People section in Notices Amer. Math. Soc. October 2011 (http://www.ams.org/notices/201109/). For the homepage of Hendrik De Bie see
    http://cage.ugent.be/~hdebie/.

  • Robbert Dijkgraaf Appointed Director of Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

    Newsitem added on 15 November 2011.

    Robbert Dijkgraaf, a distinguished mathematical physicist who has made significant contributions to string theory and the advancement of science education, has been appointed Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, USA with effect from July 1, 2012. Dijkgraaf, currently President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and Distinguished University Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), will succeed Peter Goddard, who has served as Director since January 2004. Robbert Dijkgraaf served as Professor of Mathematical Physics at the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) at UvA from 1992–2004, and currently is Distinguished University Professor (Universiteitshoogleraar) of Mathematical Physics at UvA, a position he has held since 2005 and which he will keep, including an affiliation with KdVI.

    For more information, see
    http://www.ias.edu/news/press-releases/2011/11/14/dijkgraaf-appt
    and http://www.knaw.nl/Pages/DEF/31/603.html
    and http://tinyurl.com/c5neunl

  • Vacature Instituutscoördinator KdVI en API

    Newsitem added on 9 January 2012.

    Het Korteweg-de Vries Instituut voor Wiskunde (KdVI) en Sterrenkundig Instituut Anton Pannekoek (API) van de UvA hebben gezamenlijk een vacature voor een Instituutscoördinator (2 dagen per week KdVI en 3 dagen per week API). De instituutscoördinator ondersteunt en adviseert de instituutsdirecteuren van API en KdVI ten aanzien van beleids- en besluitvorming op gebied van o.a. de bedrijfsvoering (binnen de context van de faculteit en universiteit) en draagt zorg voor een efficiënte en effectieve organisatie van de bedrijfsvoering van beide instituten.

    Wij zoeken een afgestudeerd wis- natuur- of sterrenkundige, bij voorkeur gepromoveerd, met bewezen affiniteit met financieel- en personeelsmanagement en leidinggeven.

    Zie voor verdere informatie de betreffende pagina
    http://tinyurl.com/6wr9b4b op www.uva.nl/vacatures.

  • Judith van Witsen 1925-2011

    Newsitem added on 1 January 2012.

    Het Korteweg-de Vries Instituut voor Wiskunde van de UvA heeft met leedwezen kennisgenomen van het overlijden op 19 december 2011 van

    Judith van Witsen

    Judith was van 1954 tot 1989 als secretaresse verbonden aan het Mathematisch Instituut van de UvA. In deze periode was zij de spil van het instituut en verantwoordelijk voor alle organisatorische en administratieve zaken. Haar inzet en betrokkenheid bij het instituut en de universiteit waren voorbeeldig.

    Wij gedenken haar met respect.

    Wij wensen haar naasten en verdere familie veel sterkte toe bij het verwerken van dit verlies.

  • 5 April 2012, Muziekavond voor staf KdVI en wiskundestudenten

    Newsitem added on 21 February 2012.

    Na het succes van de vorig jaren zal er dit jaar wederom een muziekavond voor en door stafleden KdVI en studenten wiskunde bij de UvA worden gehouden. Deze vindt plaats op donderdag 5 april 2012, 20.15 uur in zaal De Tamboer, Overtoom 247-A, Amsterdam.

    Neem voor verdere informatie contact op met Andries Lenstra, http://tinyurl.com/5rgnq9u.

  • Prof. dr. N.G. de Bruijn, 1918-2012

    Newsitem added on 21 February 2012.

    N.G. (Dick) de Bruijn passed away on 17 February 2012. He was an emeritus professor of the Technical University Eindhoven, where he was a professor of mathematics from 1960 until 1984. He came to Eindhoven from the University of Amsterdam, where he was a professor of mathematics during 1952-1960. He published in many different areas, in particular in analysis, number theory, combinatorics and logic. Famous is his book Asymptotic methods in analysis (1958). In later years he developed Automath, a computer program for automatic verification of proofs in mathemtics. The De Bruijn sequences, named after him, are widely discussed in literature and have even applications in magic (see the recent book Magical mathematics by Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham).

    For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/89yn946 (pdf file from Kleine TUE Encyclopedie) and http://tinyurl.com/6pkuuol (MacTutor History of Mathematics biography). See also on
    http://www.win.tue.nl/debruijn90/video/debruijn.html the video of the lecture by de Bruijn during the symposium on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday.

  • PhD position in mathematical physics

    Newsitem added on 28 February 2012.

    There is a PhD position available at the Korteweg-de Vries institute of the University of Amsterdam in the area of mathematical physics. More precisely the project lies at the intersection of the areas of noncommutative geometry and representation theory, but it also involves symplectic and Poisson geometry as well as the theory of quantization (in the mathematical sense). The PhD work will be supervised by dr. Hessel Posthuma, while prof. Eric Opdam will act as promotor at the thesis defense.

    For further information, please contact Hessel Posthuma, H.B.Posthuma at uva.nl.
    For instructions how to apply see http://www.science.uva.nl/math/NewsandEvents/newsitem.php?id=1330430723.

  • Assistent Professor position in algebra, geometry and mathematical physics at KdVI

    Newsitem added on 19 March 2012.

    The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) of the University of Amsterdam is looking for an Assistant Professor in algebra, geometry and mathematical physics (38 hours per week, vacancy number W12-063). The posiion will start September 1, 2012. The appointment is for three years and will lead into a permanent appointment unless in case of bad performance. Applications should be sent before 1 May, 2012.

    The current research in our section Algebra, geometry and mathematical physics focusses mainly on algebraic geometry, Lie theory and its generalizations, integrable systems, and geometric aspects of quantum theory. Cross-fertilization between the various disciplines within this large range of subjects is highly valued.

    The full text of this vacancy announcement, including information where to send your application, appeared on UvA web page http://tinyurl.com/86dg2v6, and can also be downloaded as pdf from KdVI web page http://tinyurl.com/89egsng. Further information about the position can be obtained from Prof. dr. E.M.Opdam, see contact information on http://tinyurl.com/89mojhf.

  • Faculty of Science logo extended with KdV equation

    Newsitem added on 4 April 2012.

    Recently the logo of the Faculty of Science of UvA has been adapted by incorporating items which are significant for the Korteweg-de Vries Institute (KdVI) and for the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC). Related to KdVI the KdV equation ut + uxxx + 6uux= 0 was added. For ILLC the formula □(□A→A)→□A expressing Löb's Theorem was added.

    See the new logo in bigger size on http://tinyurl.com/bsozo7q and see the old logo on http://tinyurl.com/box77xp.
    For the KdV equation see references in
    http://www.science.uva.nl/math/About/founders.html. For Löb's Theorem see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%B6b%27s_theorem.

  • Eric Opdam elected as member of KNAW

    Newsitem added on 9 May 2012.

    Prof. dr. Eric Opdam (KdVI) is elected as one of fourteen new members of KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), where he will belong to Afdeling Natuurkunde (Science Division). The new members will be installed on 10 September 2012.

    Other KNAW members affiliated with KdVI are J. Korevaar, A. Schrijver and R.H. Dijkgraaf.

    For more information, see http://www.knaw.nl/Pages/DEF/33/229.html or at UvA http://tinyurl.com/d4po9qy. Read more about Eric Opdam on http://tinyurl.com/89mojhf and on http://tinyurl.com/d2hz25d.

  • Verslag Kinderlezing "Waarom win ik nooit de loterij?"

    Newsitem added on 15 May 2012.

    Op zondag 13 mei 2012 hield prof. Michel Mandjes (KdVI) in NEMO een Kinderlezing met als onderwerp "Waarom win ik nooit de loterij?". Een verslag, een filmpje en foto's zijn nu beschikbaar.

    Zie het verslag op http://tinyurl.com/c67344z (bij kinderlezingen.nl).
    Zie het filmpje en de foto's op http://tinyurl.com/cf5fz7e (bij wetenschap24.nl).

  • Tentoonstelling Turings Erfenis opent 14 juni 2012

    Newsitem added on 6 June 2012.

    Ter ere van het Alan Turingjaar 2012 organiseert het CWI in samenwerking met o.a. het IvI, ILLC en KdVI de tentoonstelling Turings Erfenis. Op 23 juni 2012 wordt wereldwijd de honderdste geboortedag van de beroemde Britse wiskundige Alan Turing (1912-1954) gevierd. Turing is bekend als grondlegger van de informatica en kunstmatige intelligentie, als codebreker van de Enigma in de Tweede Wereldoorlog, en door zijn theorie over patroonvorming uit 1952. De tijdelijke tentoonstelling opent op 14 juni en is te zien tot en met 6 oktober 2012. De locatie is CWI, Science Park 123, Amsterdam.

    Lees meer over de tentoonstelling op http://tinyurl.com/car24rs.
    Lees over Turing-patronen op
    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/02/turing-patterns/.

  • 28 juni 2012, Projectenfestival Bachelor Wiskunde

    Newsitem added on 20 June 2012.

    Tijdens het jaarlijkse Projectenfestival van de UvA-bachelor opleiding Wiskunde presenteren tweede- en derdejaars wiskundestudenten hun projectwerk in zgn. flitspresentaties van 5 minuten. Iedereen is welkom: medestudenten, docenten, familie, vrienden en bekenden. Met prijzen voor de beste presentaties.

    Locatie: zalen G 2.10 en G2.02, Science Park 904, Amsterdam (2e verdieping G-gebouw)

    Datum en tijd: donderdag 28 juni 2012, 13:00–16:00 uur

    Zie het volledige programma in http://www.science.uva.nl/math/Education/projectenfestival2012.pdf

  • SPAFF, Science Park Amsterdam Film Festival

    Newsitem added on 29 August 2012.

    Op 13 en 14 september 2012 is de lancering van SPAFF, het Science Park Amsterdam Film Festival. Het Science Park staat dan twee dagen lang in het teken van de verbeelding van wetenschap met toegankelijke publieksfilms tot zelden vertoonde documentaires.

    Onder de vertoonde films zijn er vier over beroemde wiskundigen: Gödel, Alan Turing, Paul Erdös (N is a number) en Andrew Wiles (Fermat's Last Theorem).

    Lees verder op http://www.spaff.nl/spaff/.

  • Prof. Lex Schrijver spreekt op Lowlands University 2012

    Newsitem added on 16 July 2012.

    Prof. Lex Schrijver (CWI en KdVI-UvA) is een van de vijf sprekers op Lowlands University 2012, op 17 augustus tijdens het Lowlands Festival. Hij begint zijn college met de inrichting van ons spoornetwerk en de verdeling van etherfrequenties om verder te gaan met het handelsreizigersprobleem en het Millennium Prize Problem betreffende P=NP.

    Zie voor verdere informatie
    http://www.coolpolitics.nl/projecten/lowlands-university-2012/
    en http://www.coolpolitics.nl/deelnemers/lex-schrijver/.

  • Harry van Zanten appointed as professor of Mathematical Statistics

    Newsitem added on 23 August 2012.

    Prof. dr. J.H. (Harry) van Zanten, currently professor of Statistics at Eindhoven University of Technology, has been appointed as professor of Mathematical Statistics at the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. He will take office at KdVI, starting September 2012.

    Harry van Zanten is doing research on statistical methods for complex high-dimensional systems. Increasingly fields of application use models in which a very large number of unknown parameters has to be estimated by using the available data. Classical statistical methods can often not be used in such situations. Van Zanten's research aims at finding new methods and studying their properties. In particular he is studying non-parametric Bayesian methods.

    Read further (in Dutch) at Faculty of Science on
    http://tinyurl.com/c8bx4fn.

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