Delft Data Science (DDS) is TU Delft’s coordinating initiative for research, education and training in data science and technology.

The amount and complexity of data produced in science, business, and everyday human activity are increasing at staggering rates. It is harder than ever to identify and capture true insights from this data deluge. Big data alone is just a commodity. It is data science that converts big data into knowledge, value and impact.

The DDS initiative was launched because we believe that only a multi-disciplinary approach can tackle the specific and complex scientific challenges in data science. Moreover, DDS offers a great opportunity to contribute to the development of new technologies for big data processing and analytics because of TU Delft’s research focus on engineering and technology.

In DDS, research into fundamental areas of data science is combined with experimentation and valorisation in several socio-economic domains. Since these domains are often connected to TU Delft initiatives and institutes, top scientists with different backgrounds and expertise are working together in DDS to address significant scientific and societal challenges.

In close collaboration with stakeholders in various domains, DDS will supply research-based solutions. DDS will also play a unique role in bridging the gap between development and actual implementation of these new technologies.

The mission of Delft Data Science (DDS) is to ensure that data scientists at TU Delft can perform state of the art data science research and engineering that contribute to unravelling real-world big data challenges.

In our vision, scientific breakthroughs in both data science and in application domains can be accelerated by combining the expertise needed from multiple departments, faculties and institutes at TU Delft and by reinforcing collaboration with public and private partners.

DDS realises this vision by: 

  • Strengthening TU Delft’s scientific excellence in creating value from big data serving the actual needs of science and society (high quality)
  • Focusing TU Delft’s research on funding opportunities and challenges with the highest impact (high impact)
  • Expanding TU Delft’s visibility in the field of fundamental topics in Data Science, together with science, societal and industrial partners (high visibility)

DDS actively joins forces with both internal and external partners. Examples are institutes, companies and initiatives such as Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), TU Delft Extension School, DDS-IBM Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC), Capgemini, Ortec, Thales, The Hague Security Delta (HSD), Sport Engineering Institute (SEI), Medical Delta, and Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL).


Scientific Director 

Geert-Jan Houben

Programme manager

Marije Wassenaar