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Bernoulli Institute

The Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (BI) arose from the merger of the Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (JBI) and the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Engineering (ALICE) on June 1, 2018.

The mission of the Bernoulli Institute is to perform outstanding academic research and teaching in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligence, and to maintain international leadership herein; to foster these disciplines as a living body of knowledge, and to make it relevant to society in its broadest sense. The symbiosis between pure and applied science, and between mono- and multidisciplinary research and teaching, is a distinguishing characteristic of our institute. As an important part of this mission we aim to transfer our results to other areas of science and technology, and initiate and expand inter- and multi-disciplinary research collaborations.


The institute is named after the Bernoulli family of prominent mathematicians. The late 17th/early 18th century scientist Johann Bernoulli taught at the University of Groningen from 1695 to 1705. He is one of the founding fathers of the Calculus of Variations, which has been fundamental throughout all the sciences from the 17th and 18th century till the present. One of his sons, Daniel Bernoulli, was born in Groningen on February 8th, 1700, and is well known for his work on (fluid) mechanics and for his pioneering work in probability and statistics.