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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.

news & events


ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named CWI researcher David A. Shamma as one of the 45 Distinguished Members 2016 in the subcategory ‘distinguished engineers’.

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In 2016, CWI celebrates the 100thanniversary of Adriaan van Wijngaarden (1916-1987) with the publication of a book (Geheugentrommels) and an exhibition (now closed) about Van Wijngaarden and the first years of Dutch computer history.


The book ‘Geheugentrommels’ by Erik Verhagen is now for sale for €19.95.