UvA’s Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) offers outstanding researchers a haven, free from the constraints of disciplinary boundaries, where they can work collaboratively on complex scientific and societal challenges. This session gives you an introduction to the institute, its mission and a flavour of the types of projects and research conducted at IAS.
Two of IAS’ projects will be presented. The first project (together with the Inspectorate for Schools and the City of Amsterdam) attempts to tackle the challenge of school segregation through the development of computational models to understand school choice. The second project (together with the Dutch Police) is using complex networks to understand the dynamics of criminal networks in order to develop novel intervention methods for the police.
Han van der Maas studied Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD (Cum Laude) on research into methods for the analysis of phase transitions in cognitive development. After a five-year KNAW scholarship he was appointed to the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the UvA, first as associate professor and in 2003 as professor. He is also Director of the Graduate School of Psychology. His research focuses on the formalization and testing psychological theories in areas such as cognition, expertise, development, attitudes and intelligence.
Michael Lees received his BSc in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh University and a PhD from Nottingham University (UK). He is an Assistant Professor at the UvA and leads the Computational Science Lab (Informatics Institute). His research focuses on large-scale socio-urban complex systems through the development of methods and applications of agent-based modeling. Currently he is co-organizer of the International Conference on Computational Science and a board member of the Dutch Platform for Complex Systems.
Rick Quax is Assistant Professor in the Computational Science Lab of the UvA and Resident Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies. He is also a board member of the Dutch Chapter of NetSci, a member of the Dutch Platform for Complex Systems and a member of the Netherlands Institute for Emerging Phenomena. His research focuses on developing a candidate method based on information theory to understand or predict such complex, emerging behavior.