The Present and Future of Computer and Network Systems in the Netherlands

Panelists: Alexandru Iosup (VU Amsterdam), Paola Grosso (University of Amsterdam), Kees De Laat (University of Amsterdam), Lydia Chen (TU Delft) with Animesh Trivedi (VU Amsterdam).
When: Monday 28th, June 2021, 4-5pm.
Details: Our modern society and competitive economy depend on a strong digital foundation and, in turn, on sustained computer systems research and innovation. Computer systems, ranging from small, embedded devices to large data centers and the networks that connect them, are a remarkable technology area with an outstanding impact on society. About two-thirds of the Dutch yearly GDP of 1 trillion is based on datacenters, but the investment in R&D in this area is not proportional and also not matching investments in other areas. In this panel, we open the discussion about why this is the case, why it shouldn't, and what we can do about it.

CompSys 2021 : Ask Us Anything!

Panelist: Suzan Bayhan, Bala Chandrasekaran, Dick Epema, and Paola Grosso
Moderator: Animesh Trivedi
When: Tuesday 29th, June 2021, 3:30-4:15pm.
Details: A Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) inspired Q&A session where you can ask our panelists anything related to their opinions (e.g., on research, education, funding), their approach towards work, work-life balance, academic life, and all the big questions regarding life, the universe and everything.


Suzan Bayhan is an assistant professor at the University of Twente (UT). She earned her Ph.D. in computer engineering in 2012 from Bogazici University. Before joining UT, she worked at the University of Helsinki and TU Berlin as a researcher. She received the best paper awards at ACM ICN '15 and IEEE WoWMoM '20, and the best demo award at IEEE INFOCOM '20. Her current research interests include spectrum sharing, the coexistence of wireless networks, WiFi and LTE resource management, and edge computing.
Bala Chandrasekaran is an assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and his research focusses on the performance and security aspects of networked systems. Prior to joining the VU, he was a senior researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik in Saarbrücken, Germany. He graduated with a PhD in 2016 from Duke University in Durham, USA.
Dick Epema is professor of Computer Science at Delft University of Technology. He leads the Distributed Systems Group, which has two research themes. In cooperative systems, the holy grail is trust in the internet, with such topics as blockchain technology and self-sovereign identities, to allow any two entities to interact in a trusted way without central, trusted third parties. In distributed machine-learning systems, the goal is to extract optimal efficiency from datacenters for machine-learning applications.
Paula Grosso is associate professor at the Institute for Informatics at the University of Amsterdam. She leads the Multiscale Networked Systems (MNS) group, which researches the emerging architectures that can support the operations of multiscale systems across the Future Internet. She has an extensive record of contribution to international projects and she is currently involved with her group in numerous of EU-funded projects, among them GN4-3, FEd4FIRE+.