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Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands. We conduct pioneering research in these fields and transfer our results to society.


To give focus to our efforts, we concentrate on five broad, societally-relevant themes:

Mathematics and computer science research are the invisible driving forces behind innovation. CWI contributes by:

The institute also plays a central role in several (inter)national programs and organizations.

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Lego Turing Machine

On 1 July 2014, Joost Winter defended his thesis on connections between coalgebra and automata theory. Coalgabra is an abstract framework for the description of and formal reasoning about multi-state systems. One of the uses is to prove that systems meet certain requirements, such as the correctness of a complex software system.

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In a large-scale research project under supervision of University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) researchers have developed a genetic profile of the Netherlands. Faster Big Data algorithms developed by Alexander Schönhuth from CWI are the first to be able to analyze and compare full DNA sequences. ‘Previous methods were too slow to use all elements in the data set,’ says Schönhuth. The research is published in Nature Genetics on 29 June 2014.