A trip to Delft

Delft and the Oude Kerk (Old Church) as viewed from Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)
Delft and the Oude Kerk (Old Church) as viewed from Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)

In July I wrote about a recent paper covering my lab’s recent work with a concept called “Error Type Refinement.” Then, in late September, I got to travel to the city of Delft in the Netherlands and present the work. I presented at the ASSURE workshop, which was co-located with this year’s SAFECOMP conference. The workshop and conference were great — the presentations were really interesting, and I got to meet a lot of people working in the field (many of whom I knew previously as names on papers that I had read!)

I also had a lot of fun exploring Delft — the city is very old, and has a lot of really cool history, including a couple of neat churches — the Nieuwe Kerk (or New Church, though construction actually started in 1396) and the Oude Kerk (or Old Church, which dates to 1246). I also got to see more modern buildings (like the University library, which is a giant cone built into a hillside) as well as very small ones at Madurodam, which is a theme park that has 1:25 scale replicas of famous Dutch buildings, roads, ships and trains.

It was really nice to have nearly everything in the city easily accessible by foot, though I felt like I was always at risk of getting run over by people on bicycles, which was quite a change coming from the US. The canals (and accompanying ducks and geese) around which the sidewalks and streets were laid out were also a very pleasant change from the more mundane Kansas.

All in all, it was a great trip, and I learned a lot — both about safety critical computing, and about the history of the Netherlands. You can check out the photos I took below!

Delft and its University

Nieuwe Kerk — Exterior

Nieuwe Kerk — Interior

Madurodam

Oude Kerk

Nieuwe Meer in Amsterdam

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