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1 Computer Science Programmes Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems Dr.-Ing. Thilo Kielmann

2 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Why Study Computer Science at Vrije Universiteit ? • Good organisation • Well-structured course plans • Close student supervision • Excellent computer facilities • Extensive contacts with companies, broad expertise • Department with a strong (inter)national reputation • Campus university, easy to reach, in a booming area

3 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst • Artificial Intelligence • Bioinformatics • Business Mathematics and Informatics • Information Science (1 year) • Computer Science (6+1 programmes) • Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems (top master) Master’s Programmes at the Department of Computer Science of the Vrije Universiteit

4 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst – 100% of VU Computer Science alumni had jobs – 100% of them were happy with their jobs – 100% said their degree was needed for their job WO Monitor of VSNU

5 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Computer Science Programmes - Internet and Web Technology - High Performance Distributed Computing - Software Engineering - Technical Artificial Intelligence - Multimedia - Formal Methods and Software Verification

6 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst General Structure • Lasts 2 years, 120 ECTS (possibly extended with premaster) • Compulsory courses • Compulsory choices • Optional courses (recommendations are given) • Seminars, literature study • Programming projects • Master's project of 36 ECTS • Courses taught in English • Your study programme be approved by examination board

7 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Premaster • For HBO students, usually a premaster is required • Consists usually of more theoretical and program-specific courses • Up to 30 ECTS • Contact the Master coordinator for more info • Possibly, “premaster” courses can be followed as part of the HBO programme (specialisation)

8 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst • Endows the student with the developments in the area of artificial intelligence and computer science. • The realisation of intelligent computer programs is the central subject. Artificial intelligence is in part inspired by human cognition and nature. • One aim is to obtain computer programs that can reason with symbolic representations of this knowledge. The computer is also used for recognition of structures in raw data, from which conclusions can be drawn. Technical Artificial Intelligence

9 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Knowledge Management and Modelling Intelligent Web Applications Evolutionary Computing Neural Networks Behaviour Dynamics Compulsory Courses (next to standard courses)

10 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst • Data Mining Techniques • Project Agent Systems • Logical Verification • Automated Reasoning in AI • Advanced Self-organisation Recommended Choices

11 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst •Negotiating agents for e-commerce •Building an intelligent opponent in a gaming environment •Fraud detection using data mining techniques •Formal modeling of medical guidelines •Aligning ontologies in the Semantic Web •Collective robotics Some Master's Projects

12 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Master's Projects - Contacts •Companies, e.g. ING, Logica, IBM, Sentient Solutions, … • At the VU: •AI Section •Network Institute •CAMERA Institute • Many other universities / research institutes (e.g., TNO)

13 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst • Perspective: safety-critical software development • Perspective: scientific career • Foundations of computation • Ingredients: foundations of computing, distributed computing, protocol validation, software engineering, mathematics, … • Optional courses at UvA (quantum computing, complexity of algorithms, …) Formal Methods and Software Verification

14 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Some Master's Projects • Verification of an electronic voting protocol for the Dutch parliamentary elections • Quantum complexity classes • Well-foundedness of higher-order recursive path ordering in Coq • Formele specificatie van een workflow engine: van UML naar ObjectZ

15 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst The arrival of broadband Internet has enabled the combination of formerly disjoint media, such as interactive television. Hot topics are authoring, information retrieval, human computer interaction, software architecture, and 3D- graphics. Special attention is given to the use of 3D virtual environments for the disclosure of multimedia information. Multimedia

16 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Some Topics in Multimedia • Clima Futura: a game to gain experience with the parameters of climate change • Second Life: a virtual world at the VU • Intelligent Multimedia: 3D virtual environments based on agents technology • Game design

17 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Internet and Web Technology – Focus: Technology for the Internet and the Web – Large-scale computer systems (e.g. Web server architectures) – Network protocols – Peer-to-peer technology – Security in the Internet (e.g. worms, honeypots)

18 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst High Performance Distributed Computing • Focus: Large-scale computing • Parallel computing: clusters, grids, mainframes • High-performance computers and networks • Scientific and commercial applications: e.g., genome sequencing, designing new medicines, oil-field discovery, stock-market predictions, Google's and Amazon's services

19 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst State-of-the-art equipment DAS4, the distributed ASCI super computer, is operated from the VU Nodes are situated at Astron, Leiden, Delft, Amsterdam (UvA,VU)

20 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems (top master program) Some courses: • Distributed Systems • Parallel Programming • Cluster and Grid Computing • Network Security • Distributed Algorithms • Protocol Validation • Network Programming • Research Proposal Preparation

21 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst What is a Top Master's ? • International (students from Europe, USA, India, China) • Research oriented • Selective admission • Practical orientation (many labs, projects) • Narrowly focused on systems –Operating systems, networks, distributed systems –Multiprocessors, clusters, Internet, grids –Parallel algorithms / languages / systems

22 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Andrew S. Tanenbaum • Small, reliable, secure, operating systems • Wide-area distributed systems

23 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst IWT / HPDC / PDCS Master's Projects - Turtle – secure P2P - Monitoring in Globule - Content placement for video-on-demand - Visualization / computer graphics projects - Parallel bioinformatics applications - Energy-aware wireless epidemics - Grid security infrastructures

24 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Software Engineering  Software engineering is an important field:  Shift, from “construction”, “programming-in- the-large” to interplay between organization and application portfolio  Shift, from product orientation to service orientation, from production to use  Shift towards the “Internet of Things”

25 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Software Engineering Dimensions Engineering Usage Human Build systems, Master technology, and complexity Glue systems, Create added value, Use services Support daily work, Envisage culture, Plan for global use

26 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst  IMSE – Information Management and Software Engineering Build systems to be used and to make life easier IT portfolio needs proper asset management and maintenance Architecture is the base for communication and decision making

27 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Some Courses  Advanced Topics in Software Design  Software Architecture  Software Asset Management  Software Configuration Management  Project Information Systems (team effort for an industrial customer)

28 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Double Degree Programmes (in Europe) One year at the VU, one year Abroad Two Master degrees (from both universities) International experience, contact with other cultures Complement your studies with different courses, enrich your CV Many possibilities for scholarships For more information:

29 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Global Software Engineering European Master • One Master, two degrees Learn how to master IT/Software projects in an international environment • One year at the VU, one year at a VU Partner Mälardalen University (Sweden) University of L'Aquila (Italy) Three profiles: Software Architecting Real-Time Embedded Systems Web Systems & Service Engineering

30 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Erasmus “Long Life'' Exchange Programme VU has an exchange programme with a large number of European Universities Scholarship of 287 euro per month You do not need to pay a fee to the foreign university Go to

31 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Interested in International Experience? Are you a first year CS Master student? Or are you starting the coming academic year? Start thinking about your European experience now! Pre-register now to go in September 2011, contact us for detailed information!

32 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst This variant consists of two parts: - Training in Computer Science at Master level - Communication theory and practices Compulsory courses: - Communication Sciences - Research Methods - Science Journalism - Internship / research project Computer Science and Communication

33 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Master Coordinators •Technical AI: Mark •IWT / HPDC, PDCS : Thilo Kielmann •Software Engineering: Hans van Vliet •Multimedia: Anton Eliens •Formal Methods and Software Verification: Roel de Vrijer

34 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst More Information (Dutch) (English)

35 KOP OVER 2 REGELS tekst Registration Simply go to


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