CWI Researcher Hannes Mülheisen wins NWO VIDI grant
Many data privacy issues stem from the all-too-common centralization of user data in a central location. Private data is currently centralized into the data silos of large tech companies. There the consumer, the data producer and supposed owner, no longer has access to or control over what happens to it. This has created all sorts of privacy nightmares in the past.
Mülheisen will work on designing a de-centralized data storage architecture where users’ data stays under their own control, for example on a smartphone. At the same time, limited central access to data remains possible, so users should still be able to enjoy the same functionality as before.
CWI spin-off company DuckDB Labs helped create startup MotherDuck which aims to connect DuckDB to the cloud. MotherDuck sports some big names: its CEO is Jordan Tigani, founding engineer at Google’s BigQuery, Google’s fully managed data analysis platform. A big part of the $47.5 million funding comes from Andreessen Horowitz, a prominent venture capital firm, specialized in technology startups.
Breaking ground as the first international conference on Hybrid Human Artificial Intelligence, HHAI22 held its first-ever in-person meeting in Amsterdam in the summer of 2022, establishing the beginnings of an international research community. ADS contributed to the conference by hosting a Meetup around the topic of Hybrid Intelligence.
There are legal rules and ethical frameworks, but little or no practical guidance on responsible design. In her inaugural lecture “System error, please restart”, Nanda Piersma argues what ‘responsible’ means and how we can carry out the (further) development of IT systems in such a way that they earn our trust.