Monday, June 06, 2011

Jos Baeten new general director of CWI

On June 1, I congratulated Jos Baeten for officially becoming the new chair of IFIP WG 1.8. Now, more congratulations to Jos are in order. Indeed, today the General Board of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) confirmed Jos' appointment as the new general director of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam. I learned the news from Jos himself, who is here in Reykjavik to attend Discotec 2011 and to deliver an invited talk at PACO.

The appointment of Jos as general director of CWI is excellent news for concurrency theory, and volume B TCS at CWI and in the Netherlands as a whole. In a way, it is also the "return of SEN 2", It is a bit ironic that Jos, who was one of the early directors of the very successful SEN 2 project, which was closed in 2008, returns now as general director of the whole institute. This may be seen as a case of "SEN 2 strikes back."

In any event, congratulations to Jos. I wish him a very successful term as director of CWI, which is one of the hotbeds of TCS research in the world. I look forward to seeing how CWI will develop under his expert leadership.

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