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

      IDS wishes all Data Science enthusiast @UM and beyond: a nice and sunny spring/Easter extended weekend! We look forward to reaching out to you again as of Tuesday 23 April!
      #UMDataScience #DataScience

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    • Photo by Institute of Data Science at University of Maastricht

      Michel Dumontier attends the Bio-IT World Conference, Expo and Hackathon, which takes place from 16 to 18 April in Boston (USA).
      This annual Bio-IT World Conference & Expo is the premier event focused on the innovative IT and informatics applications and enabling
      technologies that are driving the future of precision medicine. The event, organized by the Cambridge Healthtech Institute, unites over 3400 life sciences, pharmaceutical, clinical, healthcare and IT professionals from more than 40 countries. Bio-IT World 2019 will focus on the “data-centric” technologies and innovations that are improving precision medicine, such as AI, machine learning, deep learning, data science and blockchain. There will be more than 280 technology and scientific presentations organized into seventeen tracks.

      Today, Michel is one of the speakers with a presentation on 'Powering AI Innovation with the Emerging Internet of FAIR Data and Services' in Track 6 ‘FAIR data: Making Data More Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Usable'. Last Tuesday, Michel also was a mentor for the BIO-IT FAIR Hackathon, which had an initial focus on evaluating the FAIRness of a range of different data sets..

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      #UMDataScience #DataScience #BioIT19 #FAIR

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      RT @UM_DKE: Can we automate finding security #vulnerabilities in #firmware from internet-of-things devices, or optimize metastatic #cancer

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    • RT @amrapaliz: Our institute @UM_IDS is looking for a talented UI/UX developer to join our dynamic team to innovate in the development of i…

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