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


19 november 2020

Catholijn Jonker gives keynote speech at Prima 2020

The 23rd International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems is being held from November 18 to 20, 2020. Agent-based Computing addresses the challenges in managing distributed computing systems and networks through monitoring, communication, consensus-based decision-making and coordinated actuation.

18 november 2020

Willem-Paul Brinkman interviewed in the new podcast "De Profcast"

Willem-Paul Brinkman talks about computers and health in this new podcast.

10 november 2020

Catholijn Jonker interviewed at Inside RoboHouse

Insightful messages from within our community deliver an optimistic take on the future of work in robotics.

10 november 2020

Corona-proof introduction of Executive Master Program Cyber Security

On November, 6th there was a live introduction of the Executive Master Program Cyber Security. The introduction took place in corona-proof studios of Leiden University. The academic executive master’s programme Cyber Security is multidisciplinary; the programme covers technological as well as legal, administrative, economic and psychological aspects of digital security.

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.