Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)
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Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the national research institute for mathematics and computer science. By providing new insights IN mathematics, and computer science, it contributes to solutions in a wide range of fields such as energy, healthcare, climate, communications, mobility and safety.

CWI often works with industry and public institutions on national and European projects. The Institute has a strong international position, and a long tradition of top level fundamental research relevant to society’s needs.

It built the first Dutch computer, calculated the heights of the Delta work embankments, and connected Europe to the Internet. CWI has developed algorithms for use in the Dutch rail system and three-dimensional techniques for detecting tumours. Python, the popular programming language used by Google, was also invented at CWI. Since its establishment, CWI has produced 21 spin-off companies.


CWI was established in 1946 under the name Mathematisch Centrum. In 1983, this was changed to Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, abbreviated to CWI. Now the official name is Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica.




Science Park 123
1098 XG Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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