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Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)


About Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (Center for Mathematics and Computer science)

Founded in 1946, CWI is the national research center for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands. More than 170 full professors have come from CWI, of whom 120 still are active. CWI's strength is the discovery and development of new ideas, and the transfer of knowledge to academia and to Dutch and European industry. This results in importance for our economy, from payment systems and cryptography to telecommunication and the stock market, from public transport and internet to water management and meteorology.

With its 55 permanent research staff, 40 postdocs and 65 PhD students, CWI lies at the heart of European research in mathematics and computer science. Researchers at CWI are able to fully concentrate their efforts on their scientific work, and to build an international network of peers. More than half of the permanent research staff maintains close contact with universities as part-time professors. The personal and institutional research networks strengthen CWI's positions and serve as a magnet for attracting talent. The CWI researchers come from more than 25 countries world-wide.

CWI was a birthplace of the world-wide internet. wasone of the first national domain names ever issued. CWI helped to develop the wing of the Fokker Friendship, which was chosen as the most beautiful Dutch design of the 20th century. The popular language Python was invented at CWI, which is used by Google. CWI applied combinatorial algorithms to the scheduling of the Dutch railway system. XML databases were built to the needs of the Netherlands Forensic Institute and 3D visualization techniques to better detect cancer tumors.