5.1 million euros made available for leading research in astronomy, computer science and mathematics

9 January 2019

The NWO Domain Science Board has awarded TOP grants for 2018 to seven proposals from compartment 1, and six proposals from compartment 2. The TOP grants programme aims to strengthen or renew challenging and innovative lines of research.

The competition intends to encourage proposals containing high-quality research questions of significant scientific urgency. Proposals must show demonstrable importance to astronomy, computer science and/or mathematics. With these last awards the TOP programme for astronomy, computer science and mathematics will close and make space for the new Open Competition of the Science domain.

Grants

An overview of the seven TOP grants for exact sciences awarded from compartment 1 is given below (ordered alphabetically according to the main applicant).

Spikes in a Haystack: Optimal Transportation and Unsupervised pattern detection for neural data
Dr F. P. (Francesco) Battaglia, Radboud University Nijmegen

Symmetric Cryptography with Asymmetric-hardware Leveraged Architecture (SCALAR)
Prof. J. J. C. (Joan) Daemen, Radboud University Nijmegen

Methods from complex dynamics for locating zeros of graphs polynomials
Dr H. (Han) Peters, University of Amsterdam

Structure-preserving regularization and stochastic forcing for nonlinear hyperbolic PDEs (SPReSto)
Prof. B.J. (Bernard) Geurts, University of Twente

Grey-box learning of Interfaces for Refactoring Legacy Software (GIRLS)
Prof. F. W. (Frits) Vaandrager, Radboud University Nijmegen

Derivation Systems for Modal Fixpoint Logics
Prof. Y. (Yde) Venema, University of Amsterdam

Enabling zero-energy wireless communication with ambient light
Dr M.A. (Marco) Zuñiga Zamalloa, Delft University of Technology

 

An overview of the six TOP grants for exact sciences awarded from compartment 2 is given below (ordered alphabetically according to the main applicant).

Algorithms for Uncertain Trajectories
Dr K. A. (Kevin) Buchin, Eindhoven University of Technology

Pixel-free Deep learning
Dr J. C. (Jan) van Gemert, Delft University of Technology

Human-Guided Data Science by Interactive Model Selection
Dr M. (Matthijs) van Leeuwen, Leiden University

Implicit Complexity through Higher Order Rewriting
Dr C.L.M. (Cynthia) Kop, Radboud University Nijmegen

Stochastic processes driven by non-convex resource allocation problems
Dr M. (Maria) Vlasiou, Eindhoven University of Technology

Interacting Spreading Processes on Interdependent Social Networks
Dr H. (Huijuan) Wang, Delft University of Technology

Further information

Compartment 1 of the TOP grants for exact sciences is intended for senior researchers with a proven track record over the past 10 years in astronomy, computer science, mathematics, or a combination of these academic disciplines (multidisciplinary). This involves the allocation of funding for 2 to 3 temporary research positions.

 

Compartment 2 of the TOP grants for exact sciences is intended for young researchers who just starting their scientific careers and are among the best in their field. This involves the allocation of funding for 1 temporary research position.

 

With these last awards the TOP programme for astronomy, computer Science and mathematics will close. From now on, researchers from these disciplines can, just as researchers from other disciplines of the Science Domain, submit proposals to the Open Competition Domain Science (KLEIN – continuous application and GROOT – deadline 12 February 2019)

 

Source: NWO