Ronald de Wolf

Full Name
Prof.dr. R.M. de Wolf
+31 20 592 4078
Scientific Staff Member, Professor - Universiteit van Amsterdam
Ronald de Wolf


Ronald de Wolf (1973) studied computer science and philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, with a focus on logic-based machine learning. He obtained his PhD in 2001 from the University of Amsterdam and CWI on a thesis about quantum computation and communication complexity, advised by Harry Buhrman and Paul Vitanyi. Subsequently he spent a postdoctoral year at UC Berkeley. Currently he is a senior researcher at CWI and full professor at the University of Amsterdam.


All publications


  • ACM STOC 10-year Test of Time Award (2022)
  • STOC'12 Best Paper Award : Semidefinite Extended Formulations: Exponential Separation and Strong Lower Bounds. In 44th Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 12) (2012)
  • Cor Baayen Award (2003)

Professional activities

  • Professor: Universiteit van Amsterdam [UvA]
  • Editor: Journal: Quantum
  • Speaker: Keynote speaker: The potential impact of quantum computers on society, YQIS summer school, Vienna
  • Speaker: Invited speaker: Quantum algorithms for optimization. European Quantum Technology Conference, Grenoble
  • Speaker: Invited speaker: Quantum algorithms (introduction). Deutsche Physik Gesellschaft (DPG) Fall Meeting, Freiburg
  • Speaker: Invited speaker: Graphs sparsification: efficient algorithms and applications. Heilbronn Annual Conference, Bristol
  • Speaker: Invited speaker: Quantum Algorithms For Optimization. Quantum colloquium of the Simons Institute, Berkeley
  • Speaker: Invited speaker: Quantum computing. Perspectives in Mathematical Sciences series, Chennai Mathematical Institute
  • Speaker: Invited speaker: Quantum machine learning from a theoretical perspective. Cambridge-Warwick Quantum Computing Colloquium


  • ERC Consolidator Grant (2013)
  • NWO TOP-grant Samen met Monique Laurent en Nikhil Bansal (2013)
  • Vidi Innovational Research Grant NWO (2008)
  • Veni Innovational Research Grant NWO (2005)

Current projects with external funding

  • Groeifonds - QDNL / KAT 1 (Groeifonds)