With the Kickoff event of NETWORKS on 20 June the scientific start of the programme was celebrated in 'De Bazel' in Amsterdam.
Prof. Michel Mandjes, chairman of the management team of Networks, started by giving an overview of the plans and ambitions of NETWORKS. After this introduction, two world renowned speakers were invited to present their view on the future of complex networks. Prof. David Gamarnik, professor of Operations Research at MIT Sloan School of Management, introduced the audience into queueing theory by giving examples of various queues. Prof.dr. Kurt Mehlhorn, director of the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science, talked about challenges in biological and economical networks.
After these lectures, Prof. Dymph van den Boom, rector of the University of Amsterdam, and Prof. Arjen Doelman, chairman of NWO Physical Sciences, gave their vision on the opportunities for NETWORKS and mathematics in the Netherlands in general. After this more formal part, there was a tour through the building and a walking dinner.
Among the almost 100 attendees were representatives from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OC&W), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and the Platform Wiskunde Nederland (PWN).
NETWORKS is a 10-year programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science through the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The aim of the programme is to address the pressing challenges posed by large-scale networks with the help of stochastics and algorithmics. The focus is on modelling, understanding, controlling and optimizing networks that are complex and highly volatile. The consortium exists of University of Amsterdam, Eindhoven University of Technology. Leiden University (UL), and the Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI).