Research institutes

Institute of Data Science

Vast amounts of data being generated across all segments of society. If taken advantage of, these data offer an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate scientific discovery, to improve healthcare and wellbeing, and to strengthen our communities. Data Science is an interdisciplinary field concerning the scientific methods, systems and workflows to obtain insights from data.

Data Science has the potential to affect all aspects of human activity. We embrace this development and are preparing a new generation of data scientists, scholars and entrepreneurs who work in a collaborative manner to tackle the world’s most pressing problems.


Research at IDS focuses on: 

  • accelerating scientific discovery through powerful platforms for scalable, collaborative and reproducible discovery science
  • improving clinical care and wellbeing by developing a learning health system to understand the health of diverse populations and to maximise the wellness and health outcomes for individuals.
  • empowering communities so that they can learn what works, what doesn’t, and how to enact change to improve the quality of life for themselves and their neighbours

IDS aims to tackle impactful research problems through multidisciplinary teams involving students, researchers, partners, and stakeholders inside and out of the university. We aim to train the next generation of data scientists to be even more collaborative and interdisciplinary.


  • Data Driven Society event

    UM and Dutch Embassy host Berlin Science Week event

    Monday, November 5, 2018

    Maastricht University (UM) is the only Dutch university to have organised an event together with the Dutch Embassy during the famous Berlin Science Week.

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  • Postdoc part of ESOF Panel on AI

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    Amrapali Zaveri, postdoc at IDS,  was part of a panel on “Increasing Scientific Productivity through Artificial Intelligence” of the EuroScience Open Forum conference.


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  • dumontier en wyatt

    The future of data in academia

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    From Apple's personal assistant Siri helping you out to Netflix recommending content for you, artificial intelligence and big-data technologies are increasingly affecting our daily lives. Is society prepared for the data revolution we are experiencing? And what will the data-filled world of the future look like? These questions are being explored on 26 January during Maastricht University’s 42nd Dies Natalis. Keynote speakers Sally Wyatt and Michel Dumontier share their thoughts on data in academia.  


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      RT @gerasimoss: Spending today @lawinmaastricht festzaal discussing legal, ethical, technological and economic issues for a robust #dataeco

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      This afternoon, Michel Dumontier and David Townend participate in the VALUE-LESS Data symposium that is held at the Faculty of Law (Bouillonstraat). Michel is a panel member in panel 1, which discusses Trust in Data. David is in panel 2, that discusses Morality and Ethics in Data.

      As humanity becomes increasingly data dependable, it is necessary to make sure that the data it stands on reflect the values inherent to a fair, ethical, and economically sound society. If so, data can be used as a tool for inclusion, for closing inequality gaps, and for building a more balanced society.This values-centric symposium aims to bring together experts from data science, ethics, economics and law to create a White Paper establishing basic principles for the use of data in the data economy.
      If you want to register, please send an e-mail to Elke Hundhausen.
      For more information, please visit
      #UMDataScience #DataScience

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      Bringing the UM Data Science Community together to discuss about research-in-progress and in different domains

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      RT @UM_DKE: @UM_DKE assistant professors @christofseiler and Siamak Mehrkanoon at the @UM_IDS Data Science Research Seminar just now. 😄 htt…

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      Happening now: the Data Science Research Seminar!
      This months' session is organized in collaboration with the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering from 12.00 to 13.00 at the Tapijnkazerne. The session kicks off with a talk ‘A Multivariate Mixed Model for Single-Cells Biology’ by Christof Seiler, Assistant Professor at DKE.

      This talk is followed by a Talk by Siamak Mehrkanoon, Assistant Professor, DKE that is entitled ‘Learning from Partially Labeled Data’.

      Data Science Research Seminars aim to bring together data scientists from across Maastricht University to discuss breakthroughs and research topics related to Data Science. Did you miss out on this one and want to learn more about upcoming sessions? Go to:
      #UMDataScience #DataScience #UMDKE

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      RT @Celebi_Remzi_: Vincent is giving his talk on data2services at #SWAT4HCLS @UM_IDS

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    • Maastricht University is looking for a postdoc with experience with a multidisciplinary approach to the areas of Knowledge, Technology and Digitalisation. Apply and let them know you want to work with the Institute of Data Science! #datascience #job

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