The Mathematics Round Table: an introduction

22 August 2019

The board of NWO Domain Science has installed seven advisory committees, one per discipline, to facilitate more effective collaboration between the board, the bureau and ‘the field’. These advisory committees, called Round Tables, consist of researchers. The Tables have allowed the research field to be organized so as to advise the Science board in the new NWO. The Mathematics Round Table currently has 7 members, drawn from the various fields that comprise the mathematics. They are pleased to take this opportunity to introduce themselves.

Jan Bouwe van den Berg, chair

Jan Bouwe van den Berg is Professor of Mathematics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research centres on non-linear differential equations and dynamic systems. The dynamics of these models often lead to pattern formation. Understanding and predicting which patterns arise under what circumstances presents a huge challenge. Gaining a thorough grasp of the mathematics behind such problems calls for techniques that range from topological methods, through the analysis of partial differential equations, to computer-supported evidence. In addition to fundamental mathematical issues, he is also interested in the applications of differential equations. From 2011 to 2018, Jan Bouwe chaired the national research cluster Nonlinear Dynamics in Natural Systems (NDNS+).

Eric Cator

Eric Cator has been Professor of Applied Stochastics at Radboud University Nijmegen since 2012. His research focuses on mathematical statistics (shape constraints) and probability calculus (interacting particle systems, contact process on networks). He also has a strong focus on application. Eric is active as a consultant in the field of modelling and statistics, and collaborates with scientists in other areas (e.g. biology, astronomy), helping them to build models and develop methods for data analysis. He obtained his PhD in Functional Analysis at Utrecht University in 1997 and went on to work at TU Delft for a number of years.

Gunther Cornelissen

Gunther Cornelissen is Professor of Geometry and Number Theory at Utrecht University. He previously studied in Ghent and has worked at the Max-Planck Institute in Bonn. He regularly interacts with physicists and computer scientists as part of his research into the reconstruction and deformation of mathematical objects. He has chaired the Dutch Research School in Mathematics and is a member of the Royal Holland Society for Sciences and Humanities and the Dutch Platform for Mathematics. Alongside his research, he also plays a very active part in education and outreach, mainly to secondary schools and teachers.

Mathisca de Gunst

Mathisca de Gunst is Professor of Mathematics for the Life Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She studied mathematics at the University of Groningen and at Leiden University, where she also obtained her PhD. Her research focuses on stochastic modelling and statistical analysis of biological processes. Her primary research interest is in the field of statistical models for networks, with a special focus on applications in neuroscience. She is currently head of the Department of Mathematics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Luc Florack

Luc Florack received his MSc in theoretical physics in 1989 and his PhD in 1993 at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. From 1994-1995 he was a European research fellow at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, France, and at INESC Aveiro, Portugal. In 1996 he was an assistant research professor at DIKU, Copenhagen, Denmark, on a grant from the Danish Research Council. From 1997-2001 he was assistant research professor at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of Utrecht University, and subsequently associate professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2007 he became full professor at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, establishing the Mathematical Image Analysis group. His research covers multiscale differential geometric image representations and applications, geared towards cardio- and neuroimaging. Current focus is on tractography for neurosurgery.

Mark Roest

Mark Roest got his PhD degree in Applied Mathematics in 1996 for a thesis on parallel computing for water management.  Immediately afterwards, he was one of the two founders of VORtech. which offers services in the field of scientific software engineering, applied mathematics and data-science. Clients of VORtech come from many different sectors and are mostly R&D departments of multinationals or research institutes. Today, Mark is general manager at VORtech which, has grown into a flourishing company that employs over 25 scientific software engineers and data scientists. Mark also likes to share his experience on the management of scientific software through consultancy assignments.

Marc Uetz

Marc Uetz graduated in Mathematics in 1997 and received his PhD at TU Berlin in 2001. He then worked as assistant and associate professor in Quantitative Economics at Maastricht University. Since 2007, he is the chair of Discrete Mathematics and Mathematical Programming at the University of Twente. He was a visiting professor, among others, at TU Vienna, Zhejiang University, IBM Watson, and UC Berkeley. His research is in discrete optimization and algorithmic game theory, with fundamental contributions particularly in the theory of scheduling. He serves as editor for Operations Research Letters, Discrete Optimization as well as the Journal of Scheduling.

Source: NWO