Informatica 2016

Computer Science: Working Smarter!

The way computer science is taught in high school will probably not give you a very clear picture of what it would be like to study Computer Science at a university. The diversity of research areas covered by computer science is enormous, and nowadays almost all fields of human activity are transformed by its results. Think only of how current web technology is changing the way we interact, learn and work. Another natural consequence is a growing demand for smart people to work on topics such as bio-informatics, pattern recognition and data mining, parallel processor architectures, security and cryptography, or for instance, developing new smart programming languages. And, we can only imagine how fascinating tomorrow’s world is going to be once we make further progress on challenges such as computer vision, computational linguistics, and who knows, artificial intelligence…  

In the LAPP-Top Computer Science program we would like to introduce you to this diversity, and at the same time show you that research at a university goes beyond the surface: working towards a deep understanding of algorithms, patterns and information can be a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience.  

For our lecture program we have chosen four concrete themes from computer science and to each of these we devote two afternoon-long sessions. The sessions are led by expert researchers that give an overview of the theme and introduce you to some of the main insights. Having two sessions per theme we also reserve a good amount of time for direct experience in playing with the ideas yourself.   

The four themes are:
1) Puzzles and Games: Backtracking, Surreal Numbers and Tomography (dr. Walter Kosters)
2) Computational Biology (dr. Hendrik Jan Hoogeboom)
3) The Ubiquity of Optimization (dr. André Deutz)
4) Modern Software Engineering (prof. dr. Farhad Arbab)  

The program is also open to international students; if needed, the lectures will be in English. 

Planning of the meetings

There will be a total of 10 meetings, which are all mandatory. You can find the schedule of this program in programme.

Credits, letter of intent, admission

Credits "Studielasturen (slu's)"
The credit value of active participation in the LAPP-Top program is 25 slu. If you like, you can also write a "Profielwerkstuk" based on one of the program themes. In this case, please discuss this with your own teacher at school and contact one of the LAPP-Top instructors listed above.

Letter of Intent (in English)
Use your letter to tell us about yourself and in particular why you would like to take part in this program. Please restrict your letter, in English, to about 300 words or one page of A4.

The maximum number of students selected for the program will be 20.


The deadline for registration has expired.


Dr. A.H. Deutz

Laatst Gewijzigd: 19-11-2015