CWI researchers, together with the department of radiation oncology of Amsterdam UMC, have developed software based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) that quickly proposes multiple radiation treatment plans for each patient. The software functions as a type of ‘route planner’ for the doctor: it presents multiple plans based on the data of the patient that represent trade-offs between giving sufficient radiation dose to the tumor with as little damage possible to the surrounding organs. This not only helps the doctors to make plans faster, it will also improve plan quality. Amsterdam UMC has treated the first patient with a plan proposed by the new AI on March 17, 2020. The innovative technique will be used for the treatment of prostate cancer with internal radiation.

ERCIM members Inria and Fraunhofer (Fraunhofer AISEC, Fraunhofer HHI and Fraunhofer IIS) are participating in the Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (PEPP-PT) initiative, launched by European scientists to create mobile apps useful in tracking the spread of COVID-19. PEPP-PT will focus on the development of applications that can trace contact and potential COVID-19 spreads across populations, not just now, but also potentially in the future. PEPP-PT will provide standards, technology, and services to countries and developers. PEPP-PT says they embrace a fully privacy-preserving approach and build on well-tested, fully implemented proximity measurement and scalable backend service. Researchers and institutions are invited to join. PEPP-PT is establishing a partner management team to help partners to get going quickly.

Daniel Dadush received Van Dantzig Prize
Researcher Daniel Dadush from CWI has been awarded the Van Dantzig Prize, together with Marloes Maathuis from ETH Zurich. This prize is considered the highest Dutch award in statistics and operations research and is awarded once every five years. Dadush and Maathuis were given recognition for the award on 12 March, at the annual meeting of the VVSOR, the Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research, which took place in Utrecht.

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