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QuSoft, the first research center dedicated to quantum software, has officially been launched on December 3rd, 2016. A joint initiative between Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), QuSoft will be located at Amsterdam Science Park and will complement the research conducted by QuTech, which focuses on the development of quantum hardware.
The main focus of QuSoft will be on the development of quantum software, which requires fundamentally different techniques and approaches to those used to develop conventional software because of the counter-intuitive quantum mechanical properties of the quantum computer such as superposition, interference and entanglement. The chief research objective is to develop software and find applications that exploit the extraordinary power of quantum computers.
For more information, see http://www.uva.nl/en/news-events/news/uva-news/content/press-releases/2015/12/, http://www.cwi.nl/news/2015/qusoft-research-center-quantum-software-launched and http://www.qusoft.org/.
NWO has awarded 32 scientists a Vici grant of 1.5 million Euros, including ILLC staff member prof. Dr. Arianna Betti for the project 'Ideas at scale - Towards a computational history of ideas (e-Ideas)'. The funding will enable the laureates to do research for the next five years and to build up their own research group. Vici is one of the largest grants for individual scientists in the Netherlands and is part of NWO's Talent Scheme.
For more information, see http://www.nwo.nl/en/research-and-results/programmes/Talent+Scheme/awards/
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a Consolidator Grant to five researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA), including ILLC staff member Prof.dr. Franz Berto (for the project LoC, "The Logic of Conceivability: Modelling Rational Imagination with Non-Normal Modal Logics"). An ERC Consolidator Grant is a prestigious personal grant of about two million euros and provides research support to talented researchers for a period of five years.
For more information, see http://www.uva.nl/en/news-events/news/uva-news/content/press-releases/2016/02/ or contact F.Bertouva.nl
The Society of Arts has selected thirteen new members. Amongst the nwe members are ILLC Alumnus and Vidi Laureaat Erik Rietveld together with his brother Ronald, for their work at the crossroads of architecture, art and science.
Fenrong Liu, Professor at Tsinghua University and holder of the Amsterdam-China Visiting Chair, has been awarded a Changjiang Distinguished Professorship by the Ministry of Education in China. The highly competitive national Changjiang Program, founded in 1998, is considered to be China's most prestigious scholarly honor.
Fenrong Liu is the first logician to receive this award, in recognition of her academic contributions.
Fenrong Liu obtained her Ph. D. at the ILLC, University of Amsterdam in 2008, and became a full professor at Tsinghua University in 2011. She is currently a Co-Director of the Tsinghua-UvA Joint Research Center for Logic.
For more information, see http://www.moe.gov.cn/srcsite/A04/s8132/201601/t20160111_227571.html
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a Starting Grant to six researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA), including our own Dr Floris Roelofsen (for the project "QuModQu Quantification and Modality in the Realm of Questions") and Dr Ivan Titov (for the project "BROADSEM: Induction of Broad-Coverage Semantic Parsers"). Our PhD student Ivano Ciardelli has made important contributions to the QuModQu research proposal and will play a prominent role in the project as a postdoctoral researcher.
A Starting Grant is a personal grant of about 1.5 million euros and provides research support to talented researchers for a period of five years.
For more information, see http://www.uva.nl/en/news-events/news/uva-news/content/press-releases/2015/11/.
On September 19 this year, Albert Janzen, one of our Master of Logic students, was awarded the first Luxembourg Art Prize 2015.
For his art work, which you can see on the website below, Albert received a grant to produce a solo exhibition to be held at La Galerie Hervé Lancelin in Luxembourg in 2016.
For more information, see https://www.artluxembourg.lu/albert-janzen-laureat-2015/