The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Vidi grants to ten researchers from the UvA and the Academic Medical Center (AMC-UvA, part of Amsterdam UMC). Among the recipients are Arno Kret and Guus Regts, who both receive a grant worth 800,000 euros which enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group.
Dr Arno Kret received a grant for his project entitled 'Shimura varieties and the Langlands conjecture'.
The Langlands conjecture is one of the most important unsolved problems in mathematics, as it unifies the theory of algebraic equations with the theory of automorphic forms. The goal of this project is to solve new cases of this conjecture.
Dr Guus Regts received a grant for his project entitled 'Counting using complex dynamics'.
Network colorings are of fundamental importance in statistical physics, computer science and even theoretical psychology. In this project Guus will use techniques from complex dynamics and combinatorics to develop efficient algorithms for counting such colorings.
Vidi is aimed at experienced researchers who have carried out successful research for a number of years after obtaining their PhDs. Together with Veni and Vici, Vidi is part of the NWO Talent Programme. Researchers in the Talent Programme are free to submit their own subject for funding. NWO thus encourages curiosity-driven and innovative research. NWO selects researchers based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative character of the research, the expected scientific impact of the research proposal and the possibilities for knowledge use.