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)


Nathan Muyinda, first KERMIT PhD graduate at GUGC

On November 18, 2022, Nathan Muyinda successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "Exploring the dynamics of ecological species in intransitive competition networks", and was awarded the title of Doctor of Bioscience Engineering: Mathematical Modelling. Nathan was a teaching assistant at the Ghent University Global Campus in Incheon, South Korea. He was supervised by Shodhan Rao and Bernard De Baets.

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Most recent journal publications
Biblio logo(697) Multiscale analysis of monoglyceride oleogels during storing
K. Rondou, F. De Witte, T. Rimaux, W. Dewinter, K. Dewettinck, J. Verwaeren and F. Van Bockstaele
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.
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