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Second BRICKS Newsletter
This is the second newsletter of the BRICKS project. The goal of this newsletter is to keep all researchers involved informed and up to date. With the appointment of Martine Roeleveld (see below) we hope to get the BRICKS information and communication flowing on a regular basis. In order to do so your contribution will be highly appreciated as well. In case you have an interesting post for our newsletter, please send an email to

Note that this newsletter and all other news relevant to BRICKS are also published on the BRICKS website at

October 3 2006: BRICKS Combined Advisory/Project Board Meeting
As announced earlier, there will be a combined meeting of the advisory board and the project board on October 3, at 13:00-16:30 hrs at CWI, Amsterdam. More information will be sent by mail soon and will appear at the meeting's webpage.

Martine Roeleveld new BRICKS PR officer
As of August 1 2006 Martine Roeleveld started as a scientific reporter / public relations officer for BRICKS. She graduated in both Communication Management and Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. For the past six years she has worked as a program coordinator for the MSc in Media Technology and the mastertrack Bioinformatics at LIACS (Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, Leiden University).

Martine will be working for the BRICKS Consortium in order to promote BRICKS internally as well as externally to the press and public. Amongst other things she will be responsible for writing press releases, newsletters, the creation of brochures, events organization and the BRICKS website. She will attend meetings and conferences in order to carry out BRICKS' objectives and to build a network with people involved.

Contact details: CWI, Kruislaan 413
P.O. Box 94079
1090 GB Amsterdam
T: 020-592 4092
F: 020-592 4199

BRICKS Posters at SIREN 2006
SIREN: Scientific ICT Research Event Netherlands 2006
Thursday 12th October 2006, 09.30H - 17.00H
Educatorium, De Uithof, Utrecht

BRICKS will participate in SIREN 2006. Therefore, we would like to invite you to think about ways to promote your BRICKS research. Attending and showing BRICKS results at SIREN 2006 will be one of the opportunities to take our public relations one step further. In order to get the attention the BRICKS program deserves, the BRICKS management strongly encourages each project to create at least one poster, preferably a poster for each BRICKS PhD and/or post doc. If you need help with the design of your poster, please feel free to contact

Our public relations really can get a boost when people (and future reviewers) participating in SIREN 2006 see lots of interesting research aspects and BRICKS logos passing by. Obviously you can reuse these posters for future conferences and other promotional activities as well, so it is worth the investment of your time. For example, for the BRICKS symposium early 2007 and the midterm review we will need posters for each BRICKS PhD and post-doc. So we would highly appreciate your input for SIREN!

Please keep in mind the following dates and info:

  • Poster title (and project number): 4 September
  • Camera ready poster PDFs: 18 September
  • NWO requires the following information before 4 September (by email to, cc:
    • The definitive title of the poster and an abstract of 100 or 200 words.
    • Mention that the research was funded by BRICKS by adding the BRICKS logo and the appropriate acknowledgement line.
    • For the logo, see
    • For the initial BSIK projects, the ack line is: "Part of this research has been funded by the Dutch BSIK/BRICKS project."
    • For the project under the FOCUS grant, the ack line is: "This research has been partially funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) under FOCUS/BRICKS grant number" (replace by the grant number given by NWO)
    • The name(s) of the coordinators, (co-)authors and the institution/organization.
    • The email address(es) and web site(s) of the researcher(s).
  • For more information on production details:

FOCUS 2005-2006
We are happy to announce the acceptance of 10 new BRICKS projects in the context of the BRICKS/FOCUS open competition ; 5 of them have already started in 2005:

  1. Advancing the real use of proof assistants. Project started on: September 1 2005. Dr. J.H. Geuvers, Dr.P.H.J.M. Corbineau, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
  2. Geometric algorithm design for geographic environments. Project started on: September 1 2005, Dr. M.J. van Kreveld, Dr. J. Luo, Dr. M. Grantson, Universiteit Utrecht
  3. A verification grid for enhanced model checking . Project started on: October 1 2005, Prof. dr. ir. B.R.H.M. Haverkort, Dr. K. Klai, Dr. M. Weber, Dipl.Inf. G.W.M. Kuntz, Universiteit Twente
  4. Infinite objects, computation, modeling and reasoning. Project started on: October 1 2005, Prof. dr. J.W. Klop, Dr. D. Hendriks, Drs. C.A. Kupke, Drs. J. Ketema, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  5. Modeling and analysis of QoS of component-based designs. Project started on: December 1 2005. Dr. M.I.A. Stoelinga, Dr. H. Boudali, Dr. L. Cloth, Dhr. A.P. Nijmeijer, Universiteit Twente

Second FOCUS round, proposal accepted June 2006:

  1. A common framework for the analysis of reactive and timed systems. Awarded on June 20 2006, Dr. ir. T.A.C. Willemse, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
  2. Cracking a scientific database. Awarded on June 20 2006, Prof. dr. M.L. Kersten, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica
  3. Distributed implementations of adaptive collective decision making. Project kick off: December 1 2006, Prof. dr. K.R. Apt, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica.
  4. Visual information retrieval based on synthetic imagery. Awarded on June 20 2006, Dr. M.S. Lew, Universiteit Leiden
  5. Bayesian decision support in medical screening. Awarded on June 20 2006, Dr. P.J.F. Lucas, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

Spin-off Personal Space Technologies
The research group MSV2 (Interactive virtual environments) has started a spin-off initiative with Gallium Europe. Together they form Personal Space Technologies in which 3D visualization technology is evolving towards smaller, cheaper, and more flexible 3D visualization and interaction systems with greater resolution.

Personal Space Technologies brings 3D, immersible technology into the office and the lab at a fraction of the cost of traditional virtual reality systems like a cave, a power wall or workbench.

The Personal Space Station (PSS) comes complete with wireless interaction tracking, wireless head tracking and a flexible virtual reality application programming interface.

Acknowledgment and logos
All publications reporting about BRICKS-funded research need to include this acknowledgment:

Part of this research has been funded by the Dutch BSIK/BRICKS project.

Please add an acknowledgment slide to your (PowerPoint) presentations including the sentence above and the BRICKS logo at:

Finally, please mail the citation details (preferably in BibTEX) of all your BRICKS-related publications to This ensures that your results will be timely disseminated among your BRICKS colleagues, but also saves you, your project leader and us a large amount of work at the end of the year! Note: the same applies to any BRICKS-related presentations.

September 4 + September 18: deadline posters SIREN 2006
October 3: Advisory Board / Project Board meeting, 13:00 hrs. at CWI, Amsterdam
October 12: SIREN 2006, 9:30-17:00 hrs. Educatorium, Utrecht

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