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Computational Science (joint degree UvA/VU)

International team of lecturers

Computational Science (MSc)

Prof. Henri Bal

Prof. Henri Bal heads a group on High Performance Distributed Computing at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. His work focuses on underlying fundamental problems of parallel and distributed programming in combination with real-world applications. His group produced programming environments such as the Orca language, MagPIe, Manta, Ibis, Satin, JavaGAT, and SWAN.  His current research focuses on both distributed applications and programming environments for GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) and distributed smartphone-based sensor systems. He has a PhD in Computer Science from VU University (1989) and MSc in Mathematics from Delft University of Technology (1982).  He is the winner of the Euro-Par 2014 Achievement Award, member of the Informatics Section of the Academia Europaea, scientific director of the ASCI research school, and coordinator of the DAS infrastructure. 

Website Henri Bal

Dr Robert Belleman

Dr Robert Belleman is senior researcher at the Computational Science group and head of the Scientific Visualisation and Virtual Reality group. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Amsterdam for his work on Interactive Distributed Exploration Environments. He currently participates in several joint projects where he works on distributed problem solving environments, interactive scientific visualisation environments, human-computer interaction paradigms and interactive graphics displays.

Website Robert Belleman

Prof. Daan Crommelin

Prof. Daan Crommelin leads the Scientific Computing research group at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science in Amsterdam. He is also affiliated with the KdV Institute for Mathematics of the University of Amsterdam. His research includes stochastic and computational methods for multiscale dynamical systems, rare event simulation, applications in atmosphere‐ocean-climate science and energy networks. He teaches the "Numerical Algorithms" course in the Computational Science Master's programme.

Website Daan Crommelin

Prof. Gusz Eiben

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Prof. Alfons G. Hoekstra

Prof. Alfons G. Hoekstra holds a Ph.D. in Computational Science from the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on multi-scale modelling and simulation, complex systems, high performance computing, and applications thereof in the biomedical domain. He has an extended track record in teaching both undergraduate and graduate students in Computational Science, Computer Science and related disciplines.

Website Alfons Hoekstra

Dr Mark Hoogendoorn

Dr Mark Hoogendoorn is an Assistant Professor within the Computational Intelligence group of the Department of Computer Science at the VU University Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD degree in 2007 from the VU University Amsterdam. His research is positioned on the boundary between Machine Learning and the domain of Health and Wellbeing. His research interests include predictive modeling for diseases, personalized therapies and support systems, collectives of intelligent sensory and support devices, eHealth, and mHealth and the fundamental Machine Learning techniques that underpin these topics. 

Website Mark Hoogendoorn

Dr Jaap Kaandorp

Dr Jaap Kaandorp completed a MSc in Biology and a PhD in Computer Science and Mathematics. Currently he works as an associate professor at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests are: morphogenesis, marine sessile organisms, evolutionary processes, modelling and simulation of genomic regulatory networks, biomechanics and self-organisation in complex systems.

Website Jaap Kaandorp

Dr Drona Kandhai

Dr Drona Kandhao is Head of the Front-Office Amsterdam Quantitative Analytics Group of ING Bank. He is also an assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, Section Computational Science in the field of Computational Finance. He has been active in the financial industry, in the domain of Quantitative Analytics, for roughly 10 years. He has worked for ABN AMRO prior to joining ING. In the past years, he has been working on validation of pricing and risk models for a wide range of financial derivatives. Currently, he is quite active in the development of advanced models for several recently introduced risk and valuation measures such as credit valuation adjustment and incremental risk charge. Drona Kandhai holds a PhD in Computational Physics from the University of Amsterdam. His PhD research focused on numerical modeling and simulation of fluid flow in complex geometries.

Dr Valeria V. Krzhizhanovskaya

Dr Valeria Krzhizhanovskaya is a Senior Researcher at the University of Amsterdam and an Associate Professor at St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University (StPSPU) and ITMO University, Russia. Valeria holds a PhD degree in Computational Science from UvA and MSc in Applied Mathematics and Physics from StPSPU. Valeria is involved in the courses on Scientific Computing,Complex Systems Simulation and The Finite Element MethodModelling Real World Problems at AUC, and a few courses in Russian universities (on optimization, automatic control, modelling and simulation in science and engineering). She is an expert in modeling and simulation of multiscale complex systems, data-driven modelling, artificial intelligence, decision support and early warning systems, high performance parallel and distributed computing on Grids and Clouds, problem solving environments and ICT. 

Website Valeria Krzhizhanovskaya

Dr Michael Lees

Dr Michael Lees is an Assistant Professor in the Computational Science group at the University of Amsterdam. Within the Computational Science Master’s programme he is responsible for teaching the course Complex System Simualtion. His research interests are primarily in modelling and simulation of large-scale complex systems. Generally his interest is in understanding the effect that human behaviour has on such systems and the important role that individual behavioural interactions have on system level dynamics. His applications of choice include human crowds and egress, social contact networks and traffic and transportation systems. Prior to arriving in Amsterdam he spent 4 years as an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). He has a Bachelor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, UK and his PhD “Adaptive Optimistic Simulation of Multi-Agent Systems” from the University of Nottingham, UK.  

Website Mike Lees

Prof. Peter M.A. Sloot

Prof. Peter Sloot received a double MSc in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Amsterdam and did his BioComputing PhD at the Dutch Cancer Institute. Afterwards, he held various postdoc positions in the USA and Asia. Sloot has been a professor of Computational Science at the University of Amsterdam since 1996. His research focuses on modeling and simulation of multi-scale complex systems.

Website Peter Sloot

Dr Johan Westerhuis

Dr Johan Westerhuis received a BSc from the Rijks Hogeschool in Groningen and an MSc in Chemometrics from the University in Nijmegen. His PhD was in the area of statistical modeling of the granulation and tableting process at the University in Groningen. Afterwards he held a postdoc position at McMaster university in Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) where he worked on statistical process control for batch processes and multiblock data analysis methods. Since 1998 he is employed by the University of Amsterdam and now has a position in the Biosystems Data Analysis group of the Life Sciences department. His research focuses on development of data analysis methods in the life sciences area. 

Website Johan Westerhuis