Ton de Kok appointed as the New Director of CWI

06 August 2020

Ton de Kok has been appointed as the new Director of Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI) as of the 1st of October 2020.

CWI is the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands. Founded in 1946, CWI is part of the Institutes Organisation of NWO, NWO-I. As the new Director of CWI, De Kok has stated that he; “hopes to contribute to the positioning of mathematics and computer science as scientific disciplines that are crucial to understanding the world around us and making it a little more beautiful”.

For De Kok, exploring mathematics and other scientific knowledge for a better world began at the end of the 1980s, when he joined Philips after his doctorate at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. There he explored ways to better connect logistics and production with each other and the market. Currently, De Kok is a full-time professor of Quantitative analysis of logistical management problems, at Eindhoven University of Technology.

Future plans for CWI under De Kok’s leadership include continuing to get the most out of knowledge and expertise, striving for a clear separation between facts and laws on the one hand, and opinions on the other and using scarce resources as efficiently as possible. Read more about De Kok’s plans for the organisation on the CWI website.

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