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)


Shauny Van Hoye wins the BioLizard award

Former thesis student Shauny Van Hoye has won the BioLizard award for best master thesis in computational biology. His thesis entitled "Evolution and design of metabolic networks using quality-diversity optimization algorithms" explored the potential of the MAP-Elites algorithm for metabolic engineering. Shauny was supervised by Bernard De Baets and Michiel Stock, and guided by Kirsten Van Huffel.

BioLizard Award BioLizard Award Shauny Van Hoye

23/09/2022Best Poster Award for Dimitri Boeckaerts
20/09/2022Doctoral degree for Jorn Van de Velde
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Most recent journal publications
Biblio logo(696) Quo vadis, agent-based modelling tools?
A.J. Daly, L. De Visscher, J.M. Baetens and B. De Baets
Biblio logo(695) A complete description of the dynamics of legal outer-totalistic affine continuous cellular automata
B. Wolnik, M. Dembowski, A. Augustynowicz and B. De Baets
(2022) NONLINEAR DYNAMICS. 110, 589-610.
Biblio logo(694) Idempotent uninorms on a complete chain
Y. Ouyang, H.-P. Zhang, Z. Wang and B. De Baets
(2022) FUZZY SETS AND SYSTEMS. 448, 107-126.
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