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Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands. Founded in 1946, CWI is now part of the Institutes Organisation of NWO, NWO-I. While located at Amsterdam Science Park, our institute has strong international links, and we enjoy a global reputation for our innovative research.

At CWI, our strength is discovering and developing new ideas that benefit society and the economy, as well as other scientific areas. Our research is rooted in practical, real-life questions and explores essential aspects of modern life, including transport and communication networks, internet security, medical imaging and smart energy systems. Our innovations form an integral part of numerous software products, programming languages and international standards.

CWI is at the heart of European research in mathematics and computer science. We take part in many international programmes, including EU Horizon2020 and EIT Digital. With close ties to industry and the wider academic world, both at home and abroad, we maintain a sharp focus on the bigger picture and real-world issues.

Our institute was the birthplace of the European internet in 1988. We registered one of the first country domains in the world, .nl, in 1986. We built the first Dutch computer in 1952 and kick-started the development of the popular programming language Python in the 1990s. So far, CWI has founded 24 spin-off companies.

In 1946 CWI was founded as Mathematisch Centrum (Mathematical Center). In 1983 the name was changed to 'Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica', abbreviated CWI. Nowadays the official name is Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI). Since 2018 CWI has become part of NWO-I.

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Prof.dr. J.C.M. (Jos) Baeten

Communications adviser
Communication department CWI


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