CWI celebrates 75th anniversary

Today CWI celebrates its 75th anniversary. With a special online event we will look into the past and future of mathematics and computer science. Join our event and celebrate with us!

Publication date: 11-02-2021

Today CWI celebrates its 75th anniversary. With a special online event we will look into the past and future of mathematics and computer science. Join our event and celebrate with us!

Founded in 1946 as Mathematisch Centrum, our institute has been the birthplace of numerous scientific breakthroughs, and a breeding ground for talented researchers. Its aim was to improve prosperity in the Netherlands by promoting the use of pure and applied mathematics. Another aim was to enhance the Dutch contribution to international scientific culture. Computer Science was later added to the mix, and the centre was duly renamed Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, or in short CWI.

In 2021, the institute enjoys a strong international reputation as an innovator, connector, and driver in mathematics and computer science. Joining forces with the best and most motivated scientists and organisations in the field, and with unprecedented future possibilities ahead, CWI will continue to expand its work.

During our online celebration on 11 February, we will look back on some of our most remarkable scientific achievements. One of the programme's highlights is an interview with our former director Jos Baeten in which he will reflect on his personal experiences with computers and computing research.

In scientific breakout sessions we will look towards the future: what do our scientists envisage for us in areas like artificial intelligence or quantum computing? How do we deal with data in the future? And to what level of security can you make computers safe?

Please register for this event before 9 February and celebrate with us!

Preliminary programme:

14.00 Opening
14.10 Breakout sessions round 1
     * 1A: Daniel Dadush - Integer and Linear Programming Beyond the Worst-Case
     * 1B: Marten van Dijk - Secure Smart Low Lands
     * 1C: Benjamin Sanderse - Structure! Predicting the future with models and data
     * 1D: Irene Viola - Quality of experience for immersive communication
14.40 Ton de Kok
15.00 Break
15.10 Breakout sessions round 2
     * 2A: Peter Bosman - Toward Evolutionary Intelligence
     * 2B: Stacey Jeffery - Quantum Software Protection
     * 2C: Lisa Kohl - Secure Computation with Silent Preprocessing
     * 2D: Hannes Muehleisen - Saving the Planet one Query at a Time
15.40 Jos Baeten - Farewell speech: The computer and me (Full speech)
16.00 Comedian Adam Fields
16.35 Closing

Chair of the day is Ans Hekkenberg.