One pervasive trend is to quantify more and more aspects of the world and our lives through data. Datafication is radically influencing the way people, companies, societies, and governments exist and operate. This creates new opportunities as well as new hazards. The INSY department aims to enable man and machine to deal with the increasing volume and complexity of data, in close cooperation with their environment.

Together with the software technology department, INSY is responsible for the Computer Science bachelor programme and the two master tracks, Software Technology (ST) and Data Science & Technology (DST). The department also contributes to the Computer Science specializations Cybersecurity, Bioinformatics, and EIT Innovation of the master in Digital Media Technology.

The department integrates fundamental research, engineering and design in the interlocking fields of data processing, interpretation, visualization and interaction using model- and knowledge-based methods and algorithms. The research is inspired by challenges from the domains of consumer electronics and entertainment, cultural heritage, social media, medical and health sciences, security and privacy, and safety and incident management. The department underpins the EEMCS thematic research lines Data Science, Safety & Security, and Health & Wellbeing.

Research groups


26 oktober 2020

Robot en mens leren van elkaar

In this month's issue of AG Connect, dr. Catharine Oertel and dr. Myrthe Tielman contributed to an article on how AI can align more closely with human behavior. In it, they discuss how both data-driven and knowledge-based methods can help AI become better interaction partners.

19 oktober 2020

Uitnodiging HSD Café: AI, Security en Ethiek - donderdag 29 oktober 2020

De snelle ontwikkelingen in Kunstmatige Intelligentie hebben grote economische en maatschappelijke gevolgen voor de toekomst. Effectief samenwerken wordt de sleutel tot optimaal gebruik van AI. Waar staan we nu?

01 oktober 2020

Three papers from the Interactive Intelligence group to appear at the NeurIPS 2020 Conference

Frans Oliehoek, whose research focuses on interactive learning and decision making, is the coauthor of three accepted papers at the NeurIPS 2020 Conference.

01 oktober 2020

Importance of directing cybersecurity research in The Netherlands

The Dutch cybersecurity platform for higher education and research (dcypher) was founded in April 2016, with the goal of setting and coordinating scientific and applied cybersecurity research and higher education in The Netherlands. However, as of October 2020, dcypher, as we know it, will no longer exist and the future remains unknown as it is not clear what a post-dcypher era will look like.

30 september 2020

Algoritme helpt ontwerpteams effectiever samenwerken

Computerwetenschapper Catharine Oertel onderzoekt hoe een kunstmatig systeem, misschien een robot, een team kan versterken. 'Het moet horen wat er gezegd wordt, alleen onthouden wat belangrijk is, zien hoe mensen bewegen en waar ze naar kijken.