Mission statement

The research unit KERMIT (Knowledge-based Systems) adopts a holistic view on mathematical and computational modelling, acknowledging the needs of our modern information society with a particular focus on the applied biological sciences. It strives to keep a unique balance between theoretical developments and practical applications, a strategy that has proven particularly successful, regarding the output, visibility and recognitions of the team. It plays a pioneering role by promoting existing as well as developing new methods in a broad range of disciplines shown below.

Methodological expertise

KERMIT started out in 2000 with two men and a dog as a team in fuzzy set theory and preference modelling, and quickly expanded into the fields of artificial/computational intelligence and operations research. Over the years, it has evolved into a holistic team covering the entire data-to-decision pipeline. It provides methodological expertise in the following areas:

  • image processing and computer vision (e.g. mathematical morphology, filters)
  • knowledge-based systems (e.g. bioportals, ontologies)
  • dynamical modelling (e.g. differential equations, cellular automata, individual-based models)
  • data science and machine learning (e.g. time series prediction, structured prediction, deep learning, big data)
  • management of imprecision and uncertainty (e.g. probability, possibility and fuzzy set theory; stochastic modelling, theory of copulas)
  • optimization and operations research (e.g. preference modelling, multi-criteria decision making)


2018 National Award of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba

The 2018 National Award of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba in Natural and Exact Sciences has been jointly awarded to Prof. Dr. Carlos Pérez​ Morell (Universidad Central "Marta Abreu"' de Las Villas, Santa Clara, Cuba), Dr. Bac Nguyen Cong and Prof. Dr. Bernard De Baets for their work on Supervised distance metric learning for pattern recognition. The award ceremony took place on May 10 in La Havana Vieja, Cuba. This is a milestone in the longstanding Flanders-Cuba cooperation.

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Most recent journal publications
(532) All binary number-conserving cellular automata based on adjacent cells are intrinsically one-dimensional
B. Wolnik and B. De Baets
(2019) PHYSICAL REVIEW E. 100, 022126.
(531) The impact of hurricanes on biogeochemical indicators of the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cuba
D. Avila-Alonso, J.M. Baetens, R. Cardenas and B. De Baets
(530) On the compatibility of a ternary relation with a binary fuzzy relation
O. Barkat, L. Zedam and B. De Baets
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