CWI and IDEAS-NCBR sign Memorandum of Understanding

CWI and IDEAS NCBR, the Polish centre of innovation in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Economy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

Publication date
11 Oct 2022

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the national research center for mathematics and computer science in The Netherlands and IDEAS NCBR, the Polish centre of innovation in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Digital Economy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). With this MoU the institutes agree to make joint effort to promote scientific research and talent development, specifically in the field of computer science.

The research partners aim to conduct world-class fundamental and applied research together. By developing an academic and research collaboration, CWI and IDEAS strive to undertake challenging research topics with significant societal, economic, and industrial impact.

Research topics

The joint laboratory will focus on research areas including AI and digital economy, with special emphasis on blockchain, smart contracts and decentralized finance, algorithmic game theory, computational social science, social network analysis, explainable AI, human-machine interaction, and energy transition.

Guido Schäfer, Senior Researcher Networks & Optimization and Management Team member at CWI says: “IDEAS NCBR is a new research and development centre in Warsaw operating in the field of AI and digital economy. Their goal is to facilitate innovative research and to educate a new generation of scientists on algorithms and their applications — which is perfectly aligned with CWI’s ambitions. The MoU between CWI and IDEAS opens up the opportunity for young scientists to exchange knowledge, extend their research skills and to collaborate on thrilling new topics using the excellent research environments at both institutes. I am confident that this MoU will lead to many fruitful collaborations between researchers from CWI and IDEAS in the coming years.” 

Piotr Sankowski, CEO at IDEAS NCBR adds: “We are looking forward to joint research projects and academic cooperation with CWI. We believe that the more opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and international cooperation the higher chances for cutting-edge solutions based on AI. It is a great opportunity to bring closer the best experts in the field and together make a difference by working on algorithms that may improve current state-of-the-art in many fields.”


CWI and IDEAS will organize the first joint research activities in 2023. Furthermore, the partners agreed to exchange researchers, students and other staff members. The partners also plan to move forward together in the development of joint projects to be presented for funding by the European Commission or other funding bodies.

About CWI

Founded in 1946, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands. It is located at Amsterdam Science Park and is part of the Institutes Organisation of NWO. The institute is internationally renowned. Over 150 researchers conduct pioneering research and share their acquired knowledge with society. Over 30 researchers are also employed as professors at universities. The institute has generated twenty-eight spin-off companies.


IDEAS NCBR is a scientific and research centre located in Warsaw operating in the field of artificial intelligence and digital economy whose mission is to support the development of these technologies in Poland by creating a platform connecting the academic and business environment. IDEAS NCBR was founded by the National Centre for Research and Development. IDEAS NCBR’s goal is to build the largest innovative research platform in Poland, to educate a new generation of scientists focused on the practical application of the developed algorithms and their subsequent commercialization in the industry, finance, medicine and other branches of the economy.