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CWI publishes on a regular basis news item about our research, education and the social impact of this research. In addition to news items, we publish more extensive stories about high-profile research or about CWI tackling social issues.

DuckDB: Introducing a new class of data management systems

As CWI database architecture researchers, Hannes Mühleisen and Mark Raasveldt invented a new, much more efficient database technology for analysis. After its introduction in 2021 it now reaches two million downloads per …

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Negotiating with a robot

The American supermarket chain Walmart recently announced that it is using an AI chatbot to negotiate with suppliers. "This is just the beginning. Negotiation AI will become very big”, says CWI researcher …

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Punched tape on display at CWI

Currently on display at CWI is a collection of punched tape, used for early computers, among others by the famous Edsger Dijkstra. It is temporarily replacing the ENIGMA machine, which can be …


Why does everybody hate databases?

Interview with CWI researcher Hannes Mühleisen about the birth of DuckDB, a database management system he co-developed for people who avoid working with traditional databases.

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Jurgen Vinju on NOS TV News

On Wednesday 1 March 2023, our colleague Jurgen Vinju was being interviewed for the Dutch national TV news (NOS Journaal) on the planned replacement of the Cool:Gen software of the Dutch Tax …

Jurgen Vinju interviewd by NOS journaal (daily national  TV news) 1 March 2023 (A.C. Kik)

Streamlining the energy transition with mathematics and informatics

The energy transition requires new solutions for the power grid. And that’s where math and computer science come in. CWI researchers are using mathematics to make sense of power outages, to automatically …

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Book ‘Tales of Electrologica’ published

The book ‘Tales of Electrologica. Computers, software and people’ was published by Springer. It describes the history of the iconic X8 computer, built in the Netherlands in the early 1960s by the …


CWI Interview with Gilles Brassard

In November 2022 Gilles Brassard was interviewed for personnel magazine We@CWI. Here a copy of this interview.

Gilles Brassard in front of quantum teleportation formula