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New Research Collaboration on Quality Optimization of the Acute Elderly Care System


VU Mathematics professors Rob van der Mei and Sandjai Bhulai have secured funding for a four-year research project “Data-driven Optimization for a Vital Elderly Care System in the Netherlands” (DOLCE VITA), aimed at improving the quality of the acute elderly care system in the Netherlands. The project is a new collaboration between the Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI), the Analytics and Optimization group at the VU, Amsterdam University Medical Center (AUMC), Amsterdam Health & Technology Institute (AHTI) and care and welfare umbrella organization SIGRA. The research will be funded by the NWO domain Applied and Technical Sciences (TTW) and a large number of care organizations in the greater Amsterdam area. The total research budget for the project is 1.9 million euros.

Teun Koetsier Honorary Member of IFtoMM and Winner of the 2019 ASME Engineer Historian Award


The International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science (IFToMM) has conferred Honorary Membership upon Teun Koetsier, associate professor of mathematics (retired) at VU University. Moreover, he has been named the winner of the 2019 Engineer-Historian Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

In memoriam professor P.C. Baayen


With the deepest sorrow we report the death of professor emeritus Pieter Cornelis Baayen. After studying mathematics at the Vrije Universiteit and obtaining his PhD at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in 1964 under the guidance of Jan de Groot, he was appointed full professor at the VU in 1965.

VU celebrates Pi Day 2019


On March 14, the Mathematics Department of the VU celebrated Pi Day 2019 with students and faculty, and lots of cakes.

Professor emeritus Piet Holewijn died


On February 4th, 2019 Piet Holewijn died at the age of 83. He was connected to the Department of Mathematics at VU since the year 1971, first as lector and later as full professor in stochastics.

New Research Collaboration on the Use Data Analytics for Suicide Prevention


VU Mathematics professors Rob van der Mei and Sandjai Bhulai have recently started a four-year research project on the use of data analytics to reduce suicide in the Netherlands. The project is a new collaboration between Foundation 113 Suicide Prevention, the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) and the Analytics & Optimization group within the mathematics department of the VU. In that context, two full-time PhD students were appointed.

Prestigious research price for “Lives Saving Mathematics”


Former Ph.D. student Caroline Jagtenberg received the prestigious Jo van Nunen award for her Ph.D. thesis “Efficiency and Fairness in Ambulance Planning”, successfully defended at the VU on February 28, 2017, under supervision of VU Mathematics professors Rob van der Mei and Sandjai Bhulai. The price has been awarded by Vereniging Logistiek Management (VLM). This award is meant for research that positively positions Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the Dutch trade and industry and that builds a bridge between theory and practice.

The geometry of the Einstein equations


As part of the National Research Agenda (Nationale Wetenschapsagenda, NWA) the department of Mathematics at the VU will host a project on the Einstein equations, starting 1 January 2018. Professors Rob van der Vorst and Jan Bouwe van den Berg have secured a research grant within the consortium “Gravity -- a new voyage of discovery".

VU-Mathematics participates in impact study North/Southline


VU-Mathematics professors Rob van der Mei and Elenna Dugundji are starting a new project in studying the impact of the introduction of the North-Southline by the Municipality of Amsterdam.

6th Mini-Workshop on Symplectic Geometry


On October 9th the 6th Mini-Workshop on Symplectic Geometry took place at VU Amsterdam. This workshop was part of a biannual series and was jointly financed by NDNS+ and GQT as well as VU University and Utrecht University.

Prof. S. Bhulai is FEW docent van het jaar


Wiskunde hoogleraar Sandjai Bhulai is een van twee docenten in de BETA wetenschappen die door de facultaire studentenraden zijn uitgeroepen tot docenten van het jaar. Hij is daarmee ook automatisch genomineerd voor de VU-brede talentprijzen. De prijzen werden uitgereikt tijdens het Faculteitscolloquium van 1 juni.

PhD student Eddie Nijholt wins Rubicon award


Eddie Nijholt, PhD student in the Analysis group of the Mathematics department, has won one of the prestigious Rubicon awards of the NWO. Rubicon offers talented researchers who have completed their doctorates in the past year the chance to gain experience at a top research institution outside the Netherlands.

Oratie prof.dr. Klaas Slooten


Bijzonder hoogleraar Klaas Slooten houdt op 24 februari zijn oratie over de wiskundige kanten van forensisch DNA-bewijs. Aan de hand van DNA-onderzoek door forensische laboratoria worden sporen aan personen gekoppeld, en worden familierelaties onderzocht. Als een verdachte en een spoor hetzelfde DNA-profiel hebben, spreekt men van een ‘match’.

Business Analytics student breaks world record


Mats Valk holds a new world record in solving Rubik’s cube. On November 6 he managed to solve Rubik’s cube in just 4.74 seconds during the Jawa Timur Open 2016 competition in Indonesia.

VU master student Madelon de Kemp wins ASML graduation award


VU mathematics student Madelon de Kemp has won the ASML Afstudeerprijs voor Wiskunde. The price is worth 5.000 euro and will be presented on November 28th by the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW).