The research conducted by the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Informatics Institute (IvI) is extremely good. This was the verdict of an international and independent evaluation committee that studied the computer science research of nine Dutch universities. The committee judged research based on four criteria: quality, productivity, relevance and feasibility. All eight research groups of the IvI scored good, very good or excellent in the various assessment criteria. Two groups, Information and Language Processing Systems and Intelligent Sensory Information Systems, were assessed as excellent on all criteria and belong to the international top in these fields.
Balance and fragmentationThe committee assessed the IvI research program as having a good balance between basic and applied research in computer science. The institute has succeeded in attracting very talented young researchers. The institute has also striven to attract researchers from outside the UvA. Women researchers are, however, severely underrepresented, especially at senior level. The committee called the computer science research at the UvA fragmented and recommended that the IvI and the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) work together more closely.
The researchThe eight evaluated research groups at the institute are: Computer Systems Architecture (headed by Chris Jesshope), Human Computer Studies (Bob Wielinga and Simon Jones), Intelligent Autonomous Systems (Frans Groen), Information and Language Processing Systems (Maarten de Rijke), Intelligent Sensory Information Systems (Arnold Smeulders), Computational Science (Peter Sloot) System and Network Engineering (Cees de Laat) and Software Engineering (Jan Bergstra).
Netherlands strong computer science countryIn total, the evaluation committee examined the computer science research of nine Dutch universities. The research at all the universities is of a high standard, making the Netherlands one of the strongest countries in the world in the field of computer science according to the committee.