On March 29th, 2019, Pascal Lagerweij defended his MSc thesis Reinforcement Learning in Block Markov Chains. His committee consisted of prof.dr.ir Piet Van Mieghem, dr. Matthijs Spaan, and myself (as daily supervisor). Pascal joined our research group Network Architectures and Services on May 22nd, 2018.
This year, I worked to obtain my University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). The UTQ is a proof of didactic competence to teach and supervise at a university. This qualification is recognized nationally: all Dutch universities require all of their lecturers to obtain this qualification. In order to obtain the UTQ, an academic staff member has to complete four modules: UTQ Develop, UTQ Teach, UTQ Assess, and UTQ Supervise.
As an assistant professor, one of my new tasks is to teach. Recently, I finished my first teaching session of a Bachelor course for second year students from Electrical Engineering. Specifically, I was tasked with teaching EE2T21 (Part B) - Data Communications Networking.
This week I attended Stochastic Networks 2018, which took place at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) in Edinburgh, Scotland. I presented a poster at this conference, and I was awarded a small prize for it.
We proudly announce NExTWORKx, an intensive research collaboration between Delft University of Technology and Koninklijke KPN N.V. We have formulated a cutting-edge research program that aims to develop first-rate technologies in areas of 5G, blockchain and artificial intelligence. With the collaboration, both parties aspire to further develop the new disruptive technologies that have recently been seeing exponential growth in their application.
Today, I attended the event Your Circular Future at the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW). The KHMW is an organization that aims to promote science and bridge a gap between science and society.
I defended my thesis Stochastic Optimization of Large-Scale Complex Systems on January 28th, 2016 at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The defense was a great experience, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a PhD student. The colleagues at the Stochastics Operations Research group and EURandom were great, and I’m also especially grateful to my supervisors Johan van Leeuwaarden and Sem Borst for all the unique opportunities.
Physicsworld.com has published an article titled Why an ultracold gas is like a wireless network. It discusses the relation between wireless networks and Rydberg gases, and was based on our research discussed in Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 163001. The article is based on an interview with me. The article also discusses a few potential future directions for our research, which we have been thinking about.
Today, I received a Certificate of nomination for the TU/e Final Project Award 2013, issued by the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, Eindhoven University of Technology. I am very happy to have received this nomination! It is great to hear that my work was appreciated by the nominating jury.