Basic Research in Informatics for Creating the Knowledge Society
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In our current and future knowledge society, ICT plays a key role. Examples of important developments already omnipresent in society are fixed and mobile networks, distributed ubiquitous computing, personalized information systems with context awareness, ambient intelligence systems, etc. These developments are driven by high-level, innovative research which in turn generates new challenging research questions addressing new issues of economic and societal relevance; for example, increased attention for security, dependability, authentication, identification and privacy protection. Innovations in the ICT sector lead to new products and services and thus to economic activities and wealth creation. ICT improves products, services and labor productivity in many different sectors: industry, commerce, transportation, health care, education, safety, and the environment.

To be able to use the new possibilities of ICT to a maximum, it is necessary to have an excellent knowledge base in informatics to stay abreast of the newest developments and to generate new knowledge. At the same time, the Netherlands could benefit economically by creating new business opportunities in selected ICT areas. This requires a high-quality and creative research community in ICT, enough knowledge-workers with high level and up-to-date knowledge of ICT, and a vibrant flow of new ideas and knowledge to society.

BRICKS is addressing the need for a strong impulse in fundamental research in informatics. This impulse is necessary for improving the innovation climate in the Netherlands and for generating sustainable economic growth driven by ICT.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Popular scientific book about BRICKS and computer science
"Omringd door Informatica" (in Dutch)



Closing symposium "From BRICKS to Buildings"
June 22, 2009 at CWI
Puzzle cards (in Dutch).
Wiskunde & Informatica: Reken maar!

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