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 recognition 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)


Doctoral degree for Jim Clauwaert

On September 24th, 2020, Jim Clauwaert successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "Deep learning techniques for genome processing and annotation tasks in prokaryotes". He received the title of Doctor of Bioscience Engineering: Mathematical Modelling at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University. Jim was supervised by Willem Waegeman, Gerben Menschaert and Marjan De Mey. Congratulations!

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Most recent journal publications
(591) Three-dimensional rotation-symmetric number-conserving cellular automata
B. Wolnik, N. Mrożek, A. Dzedzej and B. De Baets
Biblio logo(590) Perspective: Towards automated tracking of content and evidence appraisal of nutrition research
C. Yang, D. Hawwash, B. De Baets, J. Bouwman and C. Lachat
(2020) ADVANCES IN NUTRITION. 11, 1079-1088.
Biblio logo(589) Efficient enumeration of three-state two-dimensional number-conserving cellular automata
A. Dzedzej, B. Wolnik, A. Nenca, J.M. Baetens and B. De Baets
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