Research department

Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE)

Founded in 1992, DKE is a fast-growing department undertaking research to advance the fields of artificial intelligence, data science, computer science, applied mathematics and robotics. Furthermore, DKE maintains a large network of industry partners through the award-winning KE@Work programme and through our research collaborations.

The department provides education through one bachelor’s programme and two master’s programmes.


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Research at the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering spans the disciplines and interfaces of artificial intelligence, data science, computer science and applied mathematics.

We develop new tools and methodologies to advance these fields. At the same time, we collaborate with a wide range of institutes both within and outside of Maastricht University and work on diverse applications, including in the fields of health and medicine, logistics, biology, art, physics, cybersecurity, neuroscience and education.

More about research at DKE: explore our research themes and see the latest news, grants and media appearances

We also offer an exchange programme for students looking to study abroad.


  • Katarina Stankova

    NWO awards first ‘Stairway to Impact’ prize to Dr. Kateřina Staňková

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020
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  • Mathematics Centre Maastricht launches successfully

    Mathematics Centre Maastricht launches successfully

    Friday, November 20, 2020

    Mathematics in Maastricht? Why yes – for more than 30 years already! The recently-established Mathematics Centre Maastricht (MCM) is a first, however, and has already seen over fifty researchers from across the university join its ranks.

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  • marta

    An algorithm-mad surfer

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    In 2016 Marta Dávila Mateu, now a graduate of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering, moved to Maastricht, a city completely unknown to her. Her choice turned out to be a double-edged sword. She found the lack of skate culture depressing, but enjoyed her studies, especially the focus on the mathematics behind data.

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  • Interior of a quantum computer (image: IBM)

    Maastricht University to enter quantum computing collaboration with IBM

    Monday, October 5, 2020

    Maastricht University will become the first Dutch university to enter the IBM Q Network. The goal of the collaboration is to develop the high-performance computation power required for two next-generation advanced physics detectors.

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  • Dr. Steven Kelk

    Mathematics to help achieve bite-sized evolutionary trees

    Friday, September 11, 2020

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a KLEIN-1 grant to Dr. Steven Kelk. He will explore the mathematics behind shrinking the sometimes impossibly huge evolutionary trees.

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  • Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

    Data Science and Knowledge Engineering bachelor's programme changes name

    Tuesday, September 1, 2020

    As of 1 September 2020, the programme is named Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

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  • MASA

    First-year bachelor’s students rescue kidnapped professor

    Friday, August 28, 2020

    150 unsuspecting students took part in an alternate reality game last Monday. Within 30 hours of starting their introduction to the bachelor’s programme at the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering, they collectively defused a bomb and emerged as heroes.

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  • sips

    “I try to make the world a better place”

    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Read more
  • Don't stop me now

    Monday, August 24, 2020

    Dr. Kateřina Staňková and Prof. Yvonne van der Meer each secured millions of euros in research funding during UM’s cyberattack. What was that like? And how does the post-Brexit, pandemic reality now affect them as newly-established coordinators of European research networks?

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  • Student doing maths

    European network to train new generation of mathematicians to model biology

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Read more