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.


  • 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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  • 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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    • Photo by Institute of Data Science at University of Maastricht

      Please meet our colleague and student assistant Ammar Ammar, who has been working at IDS for about six weeks now. Ammar is originally from Syria and came to the Netherlands after being awarded the Maastricht-Holland high potential students scholarship. He came to the Netherlands in 2018 to start his master studies at Maastricht University.
      When Ammar took a master course coordinated by Michel Dumontier and Kody Moodley about building and mining knowledge graphs, he did a project related to the work at IDS and continued his project after finishing the course, supervised by Remzi Çelebi.
      Ammar graduated as the first of his class in the Computer Science bachelor program in 2017 and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 2013.
      At IDS, Ammar focuses on two main projects: the Data2Services pipeline and the Bio2RDF knowledge graph. Ammar is very happy for having the opportunity to work here and. He feels at home at our institute since day one and says that IDS has a very comforting workspace and is a highly active environment. He enjoys working with great people every day, who are cheerful and passionate and the smile never leaves their faces
      In his free time, Ammar likes hiking, biking and watching movies and enjoys spending his time building up his knowledge and experience in computer science and learning new technologies.Welcome to our team!
      #UMDataScience #DataScience

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    • Photo by Institute of Data Science at University of Maastricht

      Everyday researchers are generating new important amounts of data for biomedical research, but those datasets are still scattered and hard to reuse. Connecting those databases and making sense out of this data is a major challenge today that would accelerate scientific discovery. The Biomedical Data Translator program is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) (NIH, USA) funded project that aims to build a "Google" for biomedical data that can sift through hundreds of separate data sources to answer researchers and clinicians questions, such as "show me every disease that has symptom X and affects a particular cell type".Nineteen institutions across the country are working to integrate years of data, ranging from electronic health records to genomic sequences.
      Vincent Emonet, Alexander Malic and Michel Dumontier
      from IDS are participating to this effort by developing the Data2Services framework, to help with connecting and integrating heterogeneous databases together.
      Read all about it at
      #UMDataScience #DataScience #data2services

      NIH-funded project aims to build a 'Google' for biomedical data - STAT
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    • Photo by Institute of Data Science at University of Maastricht

      Do you have a PhD? Do you have a background in computer science, data science or AI and are you excited about the opportunity to apply these methods to the expanding legal data landscape? Then we are looking for you! The Institute of Data Science and the Maastricht University Faculty of Law are hiring for a joint Assistant Professor position. Check this link for more information and to apply. The deadline for applying is 29 September 2019.
      #UMDataScience #DataScience #job

      Assistant professor in Data Science for Law
      2 days 11 hours ago
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      IDS is proposing new ways of sharing individual data, their ownership and re-use and needs a Postdoctoral Researcher on Distributed Data Sharing Technologies for help in this challenge! Check and apply before 1 September.
      #UMDataScience #DataScience #Job

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    • RT @micheldumontier: Thrilled to recruit *3* talented individuals to our interdisciplinary Institute of Data Science at Maastricht Universi…

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    • Thrilled to recruit *3* talented individuals to our interdisciplinary Institute of Data Science at Maastricht University. Open to all ranks, come join our growing team to pursue new research and training in wonderfully diverse and collaborative environment

      1 week 22 hours ago