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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)

News

EUSFLAT Scientific Excellence Award for Bernard De Baets

EUSFLAT, the European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology, has bestowed its 2019 Scientific Excellence Award upon Bernard De Baets “for his excellent contributions to the theory of fuzzy sets and preference modeling with applications in distinct fields including bioscience engineering”. The nomination committee consisted of all previous awardees and EUSFLAT presidents. Bernard is only the fifth researcher to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award. The award ceremony took place at the Martinic Palace in Prague on September 11, 2019.

2019 EUSFLAT Scientific Excellence Award for Bernard De Baets EUSFLAT Award

26/09/2019Doctoral degree for Jasper Beernaerts
24/09/2019Doctoral degree for Peter Rubbens
29/08/2019Marc Sader, first Lebanese PhD graduate of KERMIT
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Publications

Most recent journal publications
(538) EcologicalNetworks.jl: analysing ecological networks of species interactions
T. Poisot, Z. Bélisle, L. Hoebeke, M. Stock and P. Szefer
(2019) ECOGRAPHY. 42, 1-12.
(537) The sample monomode and an associated test for discrete monomodality
R. Pérez-Fernández and B. De Baets
(2019) COMMUNICATIONS IN STATISTICS: THEORY AND METHODS. 48, 5419-5426.
(536) Kernel-based distance metric learning for supervised k-means clustering
B. Nguyen and B. De Baets
(2019) IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL NETWORKS AND LEARNING SYSTEMS. 30, 3084-3095.
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