Print this page

NWO Institute CWI: Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica

The Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is an institute that is part of NWO-I.

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the national research institute for mathematics and computer science. CWI was established in 1946 and is part of the Institutes Organisation of NWO, NWO-I. CWI is located at the Amsterdam Science Park and has a strong international position. The institute has an international reputation due to the high quality of its research.

By creating synergy between mathematics and computer science, CWI works on fundamental and long-term innovation. That innovation takes place in various areas including energy, healthcare, climate, communication, mobility and security. CWI is also a breeding ground for top researchers and young talent, and with this the transfer of new ideas and expertise take centre stage.

In national and European projects, CWI regularly works together with companies and public institutions. The institute has a strong international position and has a long tradition of top research that is fundamental in nature and also relevant to society.

The institute built the first Dutch computer, calculated the heights for the Delta work embankments, and connected Europe to the Internet. CWI developed the algorithms used on the Dutch rail network system and three-dimensional techniques for detecting tumours. Python, a programming language extensively used throughout the world, was also developed by CWI. A total of 26 spin-off companies have so far emerged from CWI.


In 1946, CWI was established under the name Mathematisch Centrum [Mathematical Centre]. In 1983, the name was changed to Centrum voor Wiskunde [Centre for Mathematics], abbreviated CWI. Currently the official name in English is Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica.

CWI on YouTube

How do mathematics and computer science help cancer radiotherapy? (in Dutch)


Prof. Ton de Kok

Head of Communication CWI

Marije Huiskes-Tolsma

Contact details

Institute CWI
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica
PO Box 94079
NL-1090 GB Amsterdam
+31 20 592 9333
Visiting address:
Science Park 123
NL-1098 XG Amsterdam



Follow CWI on


Confidental Infomation