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Veni grant for Derya Demirtas

CHOIR researcher Derya Demirtas will receive a ‘Veni’ grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO). This will enable her to work on her research ideas for a period of three years. Derya would like to develop a better strategy for the placement of defibrillators (AED).

Overall, NWO received 1151 proposals of which 166 are now granted a Veni, together worth 41,5 million euros. A veni, of 250,000 euro, is meant for young researchers, having obtained their PhD recently. It is an incentive for working out their creative research ideas.

The fine line between life and death

Strategic location of public-access defibrillators

Dr Derya Demirtas, BMS Faculty - Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems

Strategic deployment of resources in advance for emergency preparedness is a challenging problem due to inherent uncertainties. A novel approach is proposed, leveraging mathematical optimization and data analytics methods. It is applied to Dutch cardiac arrest and defibrillator data to reduce response time and increase survival in an emergency.

More information on the grant and on all other laureates in the NWO press release.