On Friday 30 January 2015 the NETWORKS project organized its second off-campus meeting at Boerhaave Museum in Leiden.
NETWORKS is a 10-year programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science through the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The programme is hosted by four research institutions: UvA, TU/e, UL, CWI.
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 meeting is meant as a platform for all NETWORKS researchers, to meet each other, to discuss scientific progress, but also to exchange various organizational issues.
This time four new members of the project team presented themselves. Tim Hulshof has been appointed as of 1 January 2015 at TU/e, as a tenure-track assistant professor in the group of Remco van der Hofstad, where he will be working on random-graph-related issues. Haralambie Leahu has joined the team of Michel Mandjes at UvA, as a postdoc, where he studies automated, simulation based, algorithms for detecting the stability region of complex stochastic networks. In the third place there was Sanchayan Sen, also having joined Van der Hofstad’s team at TU/e, as a postdoc, working on random graphs. Masha Remerova, appointed at UvA as of 1 March 2015, will be looking at complex queueing networks, with a focus on stability, fluid limits and large deviations.
The technical program was concluded by Mark de Berg, presenting the plans of the project’s educational committee. The committee had developed a questionnaire to find out about the project members’ needs, and based on that it will organize education weeks on various NETWORKS-related themes.
The day was ended by a guided tour through the museum, showing Leiden’s impressive scientific history, and by drinks at Stadscafe van der Werff.