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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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PhD student Halldora Thorsdottir of CWI has developed new theorems for probabilistic systems which are influenced by a random environment, such as biological cell mechanisms or data transfer over the internet.

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How could firefighters position themselves even better? If multiple stations are busy fighting a major fire, where should vehicles of other stations go to for optimal coverage? To answer these questions the Fire Department Amsterdam-Amstelland joint forces with CWI and TU Delft, resulting in a mathematical model that enables firefighters to optimally (re)position. This will be deployed for large-scale incidents starting this summer.