Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the national research institute for mathematics and computer science. It's strength is discovering and developing new ideas that benefit society and the economy, as well as other scientific areas. The 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.

CWI is now part of the Institutes Organisation of NWO, NWO-I.


CWI has strong international links. It is at the heart of European research in mathematics and computer science. It takes 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, CWI maintains a sharp focus on the bigger picture and real-world issues.

Innovative research

CWI enjoys a global reputation for innovative research. CWI innovations form an integral part of numerous software products, programming languages and international standards. It was the birthplace of the European internet in 1988. CWI registered one of the first country domains in the world, .nl, in 1986. It 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 to CWI. Nowadays the official name is Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica. Since 2018 CWI has become part of NWO-I.


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


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Science Park 123
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