”I recently came up with this idea of using scrabble to illustrate my thesis, as I have been playing the scrabble game, Wordfeud, a lot on my smart phone. At first I was thinking of putting the image of an open book on the cover, but I think this design is better. My research is about simplifying search engines using matrix computation. The matrix with numbers under the magnifying glass represents the method. The scrabble words, like music, rhythm and bigband, represent the collection of information to be searched. They are chosen from my hobby, swing dance. Using words from my thesis like array, query and database, instead, would have been boring. The cover idea was mine. A friend made it. My fellow swing dancers like it a lot, too. Thanks to the illustration, it’s easy for them to understand what I’m talking about.”

Roberto Cornacchia, ‘Querying sparse matrices for information retrieval’, 29 May 2012, PhD Supervisor Professor Arjen de Vries (EEMCS faculty).

28 juni 2012


Cover “I took this picture of a board from a mountain refuge during a hiking holiday in Switzerland. I liked the idea of not putting a technical image on my cover but instead using an image to stress the esthetical aspect of the material ...
23 mei 2012


Cover “I made the photo myself”, says Dr Alireza Parandian whose hobby is photography. He looked for a way to depict the discussions he had been setting up for the constructive technology assessment (CTA) of nanotechnology for the Dutch ...

26 april 2012


Cover A large zipper slowly unveils reality. This is the image that PhD candidate Robert Jan de Boer (MSc) chose for the cover of his thesis. He likes to depict clear insight with the clear skies that appeal to him as an aeronautical engineer ...
05 april 2012


Cover Dr Sjaak Verdoold took the picture of this cover himself inside the rectangular spraying reactor. There were two nozzles on opposite sides, electro-spraying tiny but highly charged particles towards each other. Not only did the ...

15 maart 2012

The Cover

The Cover “I’m going to put a self-portrait on the cover,” said mathematician Dr Sonja Cox (EEMCS) to her friends when she was preparing her thesis. They protested she couldn’t do that, but she did so nonetheless. She drew a self-portrait ...
23 februari 2012

The cover

The cover PhD student, and now Dr. Andre Neumann, made the cover together with his girlfriend, Sylvie Thues, using strings of wool of different colours, representing a number of designers. Their ideas, depicted as a pattern of threads between the ...