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


  • Horizon 2020: data-driven law enforcement tools and a new take on architecture and design

    Horizon 2020: data-driven law enforcement tools and a new take on architecture and design

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    Two new H2020 projects on the horizon for the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering: Dr. Apostolis Zarras contributes to PREVISION and Dr. Alexia Briassouli strengthens the MindSpaces consortium.

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  • MaTHiSiS Turtlebot

    Smart devices tailor their teaching to your emotions

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    For the European Horizon 2020 innovation project MaTHiSiS, researchers taught machines how to teach you by learning from watching you learn.

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  • T500

    11 DKE students listed in Dutch ‘Top 500 tech talents under 26’

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019

    Technology conference TNW catalogues 500 of the Dutch tech world’s most talented people under the age of 26. This year’s list – the T500 – features three alumni and eight current students of the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE). Among them is Dirk Bongers, DKE master's student.

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  • promotie data science

    Big data in healthcare

    Thursday, April 25, 2019

    How can you further improve healthcare with the use of ‘big data’? That question is central to many scientific studies worldwide. Last month, two PhD candidates at Maastricht University defended their theses based on this same key question.

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  • game theory

    Using game theory to treat cancer

    Monday, March 25, 2019

    Dr. Kateřina Staňková discusses using game theory for cancer treatment on Australia’s ABC Radio National (interview in English).

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  • Math/Maastricht, an alternative guide to the city

    Math/Maastricht, an alternative guide to the city

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    What do the Basilica of Saint Servatius, the bear pit at Aldenhofpark and the gate to the university library have in common? One: they’re special places to visit, and two: they all somehow remind Maastricht University’s math-oriented researchers of their work.

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  • keuzegids masters 2019

    UM number one in ‘Keuzegids Masters 2019’

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    According to the Keuzegids Masters 2019, Maastricht University is the best university in the Netherlands, a shared position with the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. 

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  • Thomas Cleij appointed as new Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering

    Thursday, February 28, 2019

    The Executive Board of Maastricht University (UM) has appointed Prof. dr. Thomas Cleij as the new dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering.

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  • Philippe Debie

    Odd one out: student presents bachelor thesis at esteemed conference

    Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    Philippe Debie is literally going the extra mile to present his bachelor thesis at a renowned international conference in Santiago, Chile.

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  • ICT4Life

    ICT care solutions for patients with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease

    Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    As part of the European consortium behind the ICT4Life project, Dr. Stelios Asteriadis and his group developed personalized care solutions for patients with neurodegenerative disorders.

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Sir Roger Penrose

The Road to Maastricht


What would you ask someone who, in the words of the organizers, played a major role in the story of science in the last 70 years?

Steven Kelk

Bridge issues


When you cross a bridge, what crosses your mind? Do you think about the weather, about your shopping list, or do you wonder whether you will catch the train?

Through Ariadne’s guidance


The modern-day incarnation of an ancient Greek goddess is a software package that provides rigorous, mathematical certainty about problems involving change.

Hiding in plain sight


Signals are everywhere, and they contain a lot of information. However, it is not so easy to see or to extract this information.

The math games surrounding us


The cheerful statues of the Zaat Herremenieke are connected to hundreds of mathematicians worldwide, who work in a field called game theory.

Kateřina Staňková

Power dynamics


The ability to reason gives humans an edge over beings driven by evolution, like cancer cells or animals. The outcome of this power imbalance varies depending on where you look.

Ralf Peeters

Sint Jan’s feedback


Giving directions is an art. How do you give directions that are not only precise, but which also remain valid in whatever unforeseen situation comes up?

Kurt Driessens

Running up that hill…


…with no problems? Hill climbing isn’t straightforward, whether that is for someone taking on a snowy mountain or for a computer trying to find solutions in an abstract space.

Advanced problem solving


Did you ever stop to think whether you solved a puzzle in the most efficient way possible? Math is here to help, and you may want to pay special attention if you marshal trains for a living.

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