Anders Aamand receives the Elite Research travel grant 2019
Anders Aamand, who is a PhD student at Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen (DIKU), is one of this year's award winners of an Elite Researcher travel grant of DKK 200,000, which is awarded on 28 February 2019 by Minister of Higher Education and Science Tommy Ahlers. Anders conducts research in efficient algorithms and hash functions that can improve the efficiency of computer calculations.
The travel grant will enable algorithmic knowledge exchange with i.a. MIT
DIKU's proud recipient of this year's prestigious Elite Research travel grant Anders Aamand, who is otherwise based in the research centre Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC) at DIKU, now looks forward to get out to some of the world's best universities and exchange algorithmic thoughts and ideas with leading researchers from, among others, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston and Columbia University in New York.
Anders has been occupied by Mathematics since high school
Anders' interest in Mathematics started in high school, where he participated in the Georg Mohr contest (a national Mathematics competition for high school students) and later also in the International Mathematics Olympiad.
His interest in high school years focused in particular on Combinatorics and Discrete Mathematics. A one-year Master's degree programme at Cambridge University made it possible to pursue this interest.
From combinatorics to research in hashing
Today, Anders has begun a
Anders explains hashing:
- I often think of data as a collection of balls in different
This usage of hash functions in computers dates back to the 50ties, but random hash functions have proven an indispensable and diverse tool for the analysis of big data, which is so important for society today.
The only problem with truly random hash functions is that they do not exist, except as a convenient mathematical abstraction. In practice, we instead use pseudorandom hash functions that are
Now heading for the United States - Boston and New York
The Elite Research travel grant is intended for a study period at the highly acclaimed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, as well as a stay at Columbia University in New York in the period March to September 2019. Here Anders will get the opportunity to work with some of the world's most talented
Hopefully, this will result in exciting research results with new partners as well as new contacts and friendships.
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Algorithmics and Hashing according to Anders
When a computer makes a calculation in order to sort a list of numbers or find the shortest route to e.g. the nearest burger bar, it follows the proposed description step by step in the algorithm.
My research is aimed at finding better algorithms. Not every algorithm is equally good for every purpose. An algorithm should preferably produce the correct answer at a minimum of runtime, i.e. only require a minimum of calculations. An algorithm with a good runtime can handle much bigger problem instances than slower algorithms. This saves both time and energy, so since many fundamental algorithms are used repeatedly in a lot of computer programs, even small improvements have a major impact in practice.