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Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Perhaps as remarkable as two Stanford research students having the ambition to found a company with such a lofty objective is the progress the company has made to that end. Ten years ago, Larry Page and Sergey Brin applied their research to an interesting problem and invented the world's most popular search engine. The same spirit holds true at Google today. The mission of research at Google is to deliver cutting-edge innovation that improves Google products and enriches the lives of all who use them. We publish innovation through industry standards, and our researchers are often helping to define not just today’s products but also tomorrow’s.

JACQUARD is a research programme of the ministry of economics affairs, the ministry of education, culture and sciences and the Netherlands Organization of Scientific research (NWO, represented by the Technology foundation STW and the directorate Physical Sciences). The program intends to stimulate software and service research and collaboration in Dutch academia and industry. JACQUARD focuses on the perpetual evolution and ever growing complexity of software systems.
The programme is named after Joseph-Marie Jacquard (Lyon, 1752 – Oullins, 1834), who is considered the first Software Engineer in history, responsible for the invention of the punch card controlled loom.

ASML is a successful high-tech company headquartered in the Netherlands, which manufactures complex lithography machines that chip manufacturers use to produce integrated circuits. In the space of twenty-five years we have grown from nothing into a multinational with 55 locations in 16 countries and annual sales of 5.6 billion Euros in 2011.

Behind ASML's technological breakthroughs are engineers who think ahead. The people who work at ASML include some of the most creative minds in physics, mathematics, chemistry, mechatronics, optics, mechanical engineering, software engineering, and computer science. And, because ASML spends more than half a billion Euros per year on R&D, our people have the freedom and the resources to push the boundaries of known technology.

If you have an unbridled passion for technology and want to be part of a team that tries out new ideas each day and constantly searches for better then visit www.asml.com/careers.

IBM is a values-based enterprise applying technology to make the world work better. More than 400.000 IBMers around the world invent and integrate hard-ware, software and services to enable forward-thinking enterprises to succeed on a smarter planet. IBM is working to develop new business designs and tech-nical architectures that allow our clients' businesses the flexibility required to compete in the global world.
Go to http://www.ibm.com/us/en/ (or any of its country-dedicated website compo-nents) for more information.

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. Our education, research and knowledge valorization contribute to:

  • science for society: solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy, Health and Smart Mobility
  • science for industry: the development of technological innovation in cooperation with industry
  • science for science: progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education

Fontys University of Applied Sciences, department School of Information and Communication Technology, located in Eindhoven in the south of the Netherlands, is a leading and innovative institute offering attractive and fascinating professional education in ICT. Education is offered at three different levels: associate degree, bachelor and master. Over 2,100 students are being educated for a wide variety of professions in today’s ICT industry. Fontys maintains close co-operation with over 40 ICT enterprises within the Brainport region. This way, our education is always up-to-date and meets requirements set by the labor market.

In offering a broad bachelor programme, named: HBO-ICT, Fontys School of ICT is unique in the field of professional education in ICT in the Netherlands. This enables us to respond to new developments and challenges in the dynamic world of ICT. Every student determines and chooses his or her own field of expertise, based on personal interests, passions and talents.

Fontys School of ICT employs 126 teachers, divided over 4 teams. Furthermore, we have a staff of employees active in the fields of quality assurance, educational science, marketing and communications, control, curriculum and housing. Besides this, we offer customized in-company trainings and applied research capacity for companies.
Also, we host a number of research groups, ranging from Embedded Systems and Serious Game Design to Software Quality and Testing. Team members and students are involved in research projects, each of them lead by an associate professor.

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is the national research council in the Netherlands and has a budget of more than 500 million euros per year. NWO promotes quality and innovation in science by selecting and funding the best research. NWO manages research institutes of national and international importance, contributes to strategic programming of scientific research and brings science and society closer together. Research proposals are reviewed and selected by researchers of international repute. More than 5000 scientists can carry out research thanks to funding from NWO.

Incentive Fund Open Access. The Governing Board of NWO thinks it is important that there should be a broad debate on Open Access publishing. Open Access publishing emphasizes unrestricted public access to the results of scholarly research. To date, discussion of this subject has largely been confined to publishing and library circles. NWO would like to involve researchers in the debate. For this reason, it is providing financial incentives for the inclusion of sessions on Open Access publishing at academic conferences. The aim of this fund is to increase awareness of Open Access and to encourage the Open Access publication of research results.