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Paola Grosso is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Informatics of the University of Amsterdam.
“As an assistant professor, I divide my time between teaching and research. Amsterdam Science Park is the ideal place for my specialism, which is network architecture. There’s a huge concentration of network expertise and advanced equipment, such as the well-known Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX). Our group works closely with SURFsara, the eScience Center and many other organisations at the park, which is an important hub of computing and data centres. It has everything – the equipment, the network capability and the expertise."
“My own research centres on how to make network infrastructures smarter, especially in terms of energy efficiency, sustainability and security. To reach this goal, one of the key techniques that we are researching is programmability. Nowadays, programmable network devices are already on the market, and companies like Google are using programmable network techniques. However, this mainstream adaptation is so far very much based on performance, and focuses on rerouting network traffic in order to boost that. There is a still a lot of research that needs to be done on energy saving and security, and that’s where we come in."
“There’s a huge concentration of network expertise here at Amsterdam Science Park”
“Our research is cutting edge but it’s not purely theoretical – far from it: we have lots of partners in the industry, including current collaborations with Air France-KLM and with network vendor Ciena. We work together with science park start-ups like Tallgrass, too. While I’m not anticipating becoming involved in a start-up myself, some of our colleagues have already set up businesses, so you never know. We are always looking towards applicability with our projects."
“I’m very happy with Amsterdam Science Park as a location. When I first arrived here, 12 years ago, the University of Amsterdam’s Informatics department was in the same building as Nikhef, and there wasn’t too much else around. From my window I could see green fields stretching to Diemen! It was always a good work environment, but it felt a bit like the middle of nowhere. It’s impressive how things have changed since then – we have lots of new buildings, many more institutes and companies, a train station, cafés, and plenty more people. I’ve watched it evolve into a vibrant campus. Ideally, I think we should also have a hotel and congress centre for guests, and perhaps more cultural facilities including a bookshop, but if the park continues to expand, as I hope it will, these will probably arrive in due course."
“I’ve watched Amsterdam Science Park evolve into a vibrant campus”
“I enjoy the atmosphere here, which is very international, and there is no problem attracting either students or staff to the park – it’s such a popular location. It’s also inspiring to be surrounded by colleagues from so many different disciplines. I teach network-related courses at UvA, and I do wish the informatics students included more young women – although in general women are well represented at the park. My ambition for the future is for our research to continue to have impact and result in further discoveries. I am sure we can generate more synergies and continue to grow along with Amsterdam Science Park.”