Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering

The Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering broadly covers Knowledge Engineering in teaching and research. Teaching takes place in the Bachelor's programme Data Science and Knowledge Engineering and the two Master's programmes Artificial Intelligence and Data Science for Decision Making. Research at DKE is focused on Robotics, Agents and Interaction, Networks and Strategic Optimization and Biomathematics and Bioinformatics.

Education programmes currently offered by the DKE are:

  • Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (Bachelor's programme)
  • Artificial Intelligence (Master's programme)
  • Data Science for Decision Making (Master's programme)
  • I’ve always liked math, and when I am in a computer science class, I try to see the math behind things.
    Valentin Calomme, Data Science and Knowledge Engineering



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    The hybrid researcher

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Research that transcends individual disciplines is highly regarded in academia, yet known to be incredibly challenging. Matthijs Cluitmans demonstrates that it is not only possible, but also of great added value. He obtained a joint PhD in 2016 from the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE) and the School for Cardiovascular Diseases (CARIM). Before that, he studied both disciplines in Maastricht, and he now works for both institutes as well as at Philips Research.

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  • Innovative Data Science research project wins award

    Thursday, January 25, 2018

    A research project titled 'Intelligent games for assessing cognitive, social and physical capacities of elderly and children' was awarded a prize at the Pre-Dies Natalis symposium 'The Future of a Data-Driven Society'.

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    The risks of convenience

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    The EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will oblige companies to have a data protection officer, to inform authorities and affected individuals of security breaches, and to invest in data encryption and intrusion prevention and detection systems. This should improve the security of sensitive personal data – but it is important to remember that there’s no such thing as a perfectly secure system, according to Apostolis Zarras, cybersecurity expert.

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  • Data science and medical research

    UM alumni work to streamline informed consent procedure

    Thursday, January 11, 2018

    Cut red tape in healthcare and facilitate research: this is what three UM graduates are hoping to achieve with their newly established company, Consense Data Exchange. They recently completed the two-month Brightlands Blockchain Incubation Programme, fleshing out their innovative concept involving transparent data practices. The idea won them first prize at the Hack4SmartServices Hackathon in Heerlen in May 2017.

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    Computer game researches compositions and harmony in the arts

    Monday, January 8, 2018

    Maastricht researchers are bridging the gap between art, data and computer science

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  • DKE - Ancient games and Artificial Intelligence

    Ancient games and Artificial Intelligence

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    Dr Cameron Browne comes from a game-playing family: ‘My mother valued the developmental potential of games, and my grandmother was the meanest Scrabble player I’ve ever encountered’. It is therefore not a coincidence that Browne has spent a large portion of his academic life researching games and has been awarded an ERC consolidator grant of €2 million to start up a five-year research project called the ‘Digital Ludeme Project’.

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    Maastricht University ranked 201-250 for Computer Science

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    Maastricht University placed #201-250 out of 1000 universities worldwide in the 2018 Times Higher Education Computer Science subject ranking

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  • Klokhuis Science Award

    UM research nominated for Klokhuis Science Award

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Read more
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    Rico Möckel wins IMPACT COURSE competition

    Friday, October 6, 2017

    UM researcher Rico Möckel (DKE) won with his intelligent robotic game devices.

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  • DKE - Swarmlab

    Department of Data Science & Knowledge Engineering co-operates in shaping the factory of the future!

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

    In the past months DKE has joined forces with several companies from Limburg in the area of industrial robotics with the goal of founding a new Fieldlab in Roermond, filled with state-of-the-art robotic equipment.

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    • Photo by Maastricht University, Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering

      Visit DKE during the Bachelor Open Day this Saturday, grab a piece of vlaai and talk to some of our prospective students - we will be in our building in Tapijn Z!

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    • Photo by Maastricht University, Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering

      During Museumnacht Maastricht Boekhandel Dominicanen and Maastricht University Library will team up again and organise the event Spoken Word, this year revolving itself around the theme ‘Lucky/Unlucky’. And you are welcome to take part!

      Do you want to participate in ‘Spoken Word Maastricht 2018’? - Online Library | Maastricht University
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    • Photo by Maastricht University, Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering

      How are the ICT4Life EU project innovative digital solutions going to revolutionize integrated care for patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other type of dementia? Watch our video & learn more about our H2020 project, work & new devices! Find out the feedback from patients, carers, healthcare professionals and consortium partners on our EU-funded project!

      ICT4Life is an EU-funded project. Its objective consists in implementing an innovative platform that connects patients, families, health professionals and care-givers through user friendly tools, using results of intensive research in emerging technologies in machine intelligence, computer vision and ambient sensing. The platform is aimed at facilitating patient empowerment, supporting care-givers and establishing cooperation channels within professionals for integrated care. Maastricht University, through the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering is playing a central role in the project, by conducting cutting-edge research in ambient intelligence and user modeling and creating personalized models of indoor activities for the older individuals with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer.

      VIDEO - ICT4Life Promotional video
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