Information Technologies in Science and Society
The nearly limitless availability of computing power has lead to new approaches in science, great innovations in business and industry, and unprecedented ways of working with information in the public and private sphere. As information technology inspires and enables new ways to conduct almost any human activity, the development of more sophisticated ways of handling information is one of the great challenges of the 21st century.
In our focus area we aim, on the one hand, at supporting the development of virtual worlds. This allows professionals to train by using simulations based on breakthroughs in game and agent technology. On the other hand, our research is directed towards the structuring and manipulating of large sets of data. We study fundamental issues in algorithm and software development in order to allow users of information technology in science, business and culture to handle and exploit the enormous flood of data they are facing.
The coordinator of this research focus area is:
Prof. R. C. Veltkamp