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University of Amsterdam earns grant for ICT-research.

Scientist in informatics at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) have been awarded with a the Smart Energy System (SES) grant for durable ICT-research to come up with more efficient energy usage. They have earned the grant of 6 million euro’s because of excellent research on the subject thus far.
Thursday, December 2, 2010

(Amsterdam) – The Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has granted the research on SES a total sum of 6 million euro’s to come up with more effective solutions for a more efficient use of energy with the ultimate goal to decrease energy consumption in, and by using IT. Prof. dr. Chris Jesshope, prof. dr. Cees de Laat and dr. Andy Pimentel are responsible for the research.

A total of 13 projects have been awarded with a grant varying between 210,000 and 750,000 euro’s with a total sum of 6 million euro’s. The research looks at how hardware can save energy by shutting down components such as processers when they are not needed or by optimally balancing the workload to save energy. Other solutions may be the decentralized and efficient generation of energy in buildings. An important requirement is to come up with solutions that do not influence the way computers are programmed. To accomplish these goals, the University of Amsterdam collaborates with other parties such as the University of Twente and Leiden, Intel and NXP.

SES-projects can be divided into two compartments: applied research and curiosity research. In this case the research falls under the curiosity compartment. All applications have been processed by scientist outside The Netherlands and were subject to the following criteria: scientific quality, level of innovativeness, utilization and relevance. Another condition was that a business would help finance the project. In the overall ranking Pimentel’s project ended on second place and Jesshope’s project on third.

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