Mathematical Institute Newsletter
September 2003
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Agenda and announcements

  • General Colloquium
    Thursday September 18, 4:00-5:00 pm, room 174:
    J. Buhler (Reed College, Portland, Oregon): A problem in symmetric functions from phase determination in crystallography.
    For further information, see

  • First year exams on Friday September 19
    See below.

  • EIDMA-Stieltjes Onderwijsweek/Graduate Course on Cryptography from September 22-26
    From September 22-26 there is a course on cryptography at the Lorentz Center which is meant for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in mathematics, and anybody else interested. This course is meant as a preparation for the workshop Mathematics of Cryptology the week thereafter. On September 26 there is an overlap between this graduate course and the workshop, with lectures for a non-specialized audience. The course is coordinated by Ronald Cramer (BRICS, Aarhus, Denmark), Bas Edixhoven (University of Leiden) and Berry Schoenmakers (Technical University of Eindhoven). For further information, see

  • Workshop Mathematics of Cryptology from September 26-October 2
    From September 26-October 2 there is a workshop Mathematics of Cryptology at the Lorentz Center. The workshop is coordinated by Ronald Cramer, Bas Edixhoven and Berry Schoenmakers. For further information, see

Personal notes

  • New employees (Ph-D students):
    - Bernadetta Tarigan (Prof.dr. Sara van de Geer)
    Bernadetta Tarigan will work in the project entitled "Classification and Adaptation"

Working visits/visits to conferences

- L.C.M. Kallenberg has attended the 18th International Symposium on Mathematical programming, which was held in Copenhagen from August 18-22. He has given an invited lecture.
- S.A. van de Geer will attend the workshop "Regularization in Statistics" at the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery, September 6-September 11.

Technical reports

MI 2003-11    F. Merkl and L. Mohammadi: Optimal third root asymptotic bounds in the statistical estimation of thresholds.
MI 2003-12    F. Spieksma: Graphs, fluid paths and false fluid paths in exponential priority queues. I. Construction of graphs.
MI 2003-13    B. van de Rotten, S. Verduyn Lunel, A. Bliek: Efficient simulation of periodically forced reactions in 2-D.

Master's theses 2002-2003

- Mr. M. Kardal
title: Betrouwbaarheidsonderzoek schattingsmethode NEH-Systeem.
advisor: Prof.dr. S.A. van de Geer
specialization: Mathematical statistics
date: March 11, 2003
- Mr. H.J. Hupkes
title: Analysis of Newton's method to compute travelling wave solutions to lattice differential equations.
advisor: Prof.dr. S.M. Verduyn Lunel
specialization: Analysis
date: April 3, 2003
- Mr. K. Sahin
title: Generalised nonlinear Schrödinger equation.
advisor: L.A. Peletier
specialization: Analysis
date: April 10, 2003
- Mr. M.A. Swart
title: Airport Capacity Modelling for Dynamic Separation Distance Schemes.
advisor: Prof.dr. S.A. van de Geer
specialization: Mathematical Statistics
date: May 23, 2003
- Mrs. J.A.J. den Haag
title: Time of peak response in turnover models in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
advisor: L.A. Peletier
specialization: Analysis
date: June 25, 2003
- Mrs. E.C. Cleuver
title: Waiting lists and patient demand in health care.
advisors: Prof.dr. S.A. van de Geer, R.M.C.H. Douven (CPB)
specialization: Mathematical Statistics
date: August 18, 2003
- Mr. M. Onderwater
title: The expected exit time in applications. A two-sided approach.
advisor: Prof.dr. S.M. Verduyn Lunel
specialization: Analysis
date: August 27, 2003

First year exams on Friday September 19

Starting with the academic year 2003-2004, the first year exam ceremony will take place at our institute. The first such new style ceremony will be on Friday September 19 at 4:00 pm in room 174. After the ceremony there will be a drink. Both students and faculty of the Mathematical Institute are cordially invited to the ceremony and the drink. The following students will receive their first year certificates:
- Mr. T.H. Beuman (Math/Phys)
- Mrs. C. den Butter (Math)
- Mrs. B.E. van Dalen (Math/Astr)
- Mr. P.C. Hutter (Math/Comp.Sc)
- Mr. E. Jongsma (Math/Comp.Sc)
- Mrs. R.P.M.J. Jurrius (Math/Astr)
- Mrs. A. Keune (Math/Astr)
- Mr. J.H.J. Lukkezen (Math/Astr)
- Mr. M. van Ommen (Math/Astr)
- Mr. L. Rademaker (Math/Astr)
- Mrs. S.C. Raynor (Math)
- Mr. S. Scholtus (Math/Phys)
- Mrs. D.M. Schipper (Math/Comp.Sc)
- Mrs. M.A.C. Walenkamp (Math)

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