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Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)


Amsterdam, Netherlands

General Information


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 Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The institute is internationally renowned. Over 150 researchers of more than 25 nationalities 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-five spin-off companies.


Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) focuses on three core activities – ‘Master Complexity', ‘Reduce Uncertainty’ and ‘Design Algorithms’ – and has five broad, societally-relevant cross-cutting themes:

  • Computation
  • Data
  • Software
  • Networks
  • Quantum

Our fundamental research in these areas will provide a deeper understanding of problems across the health care, climate, communication, congestion, security and service domains.


Doctoral Studies/Ph.D. degree

CWI is interested in young top-level scientists in mathematics or computer science who feel challenged by our research themes. There are often vacancies for PhD students. CWI maintains excellent relations with industry and the academic world, both in the Netherlands as well as abroad. After their research careers at CWI, an increasing number of young staff members find employment in these sectors, for example in spin-off companies that are based on research results from CWI. Library and computing facilities are first-rate. CWI's non-scientific services to its personnel include career planning, training and courses, and help with housing for expat employees.More information: http://www.cwi.nl/jobs or contact our personnel department.

Student Statistics

For CWI student statistics, see 'Facts & Figures: Employees overview'.

Non-degree Programs

CWI supports the ERCIM Fellowships. ERCIM is the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics.

Continuing Education

CWI's non-scientific services to its personnel include career planning, training and courses.


Research Activities

Research Groups

Algorithms and Complexity (A&C) Computational Imaging (CI) Cryptology (CR) Database Architectures (DA) Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) Formal Methods (FM) Information Access (IA) Intelligent and Autonomous Systems (IS) Life Sciences and Health (LS) Machine Learning (ML) Multiscale Dynamics (MD) Networks and Optimization (N&O) Scientific Computing (SC) Software Analysis and Transformation (SWAT) Stochastics (ST)  On our website more information can be found on the research of our groups.