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 Pieter Dewulf

On December 13, 2023, Pieter Dewulf successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "Exploiting data compositionality using tensor products and hyperdimensional computing" and was awarded the title of Doctor of Bioscience Engineering: Mathematical Modelling. Pieter was supervised by Bernard De Baets and Michiel Stock. His research was sponsored by the Flanders AI Research Program.

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Most recent journal publications
Biblio logo(750) A holistic approach to the composition of ternary relations
H. Boughambouz, L. Zedam and B. De Baets
Biblio logo(749) A comparison of embedding aggregation strategies in drug-target interaction prediction
D. Iliadis, B. De Baets, T. Pahikkala and W. Waegeman
(2024) BMC BIOINFORMATICS. 25, 59.
Biblio logo(748) The role of Helicobacter suis, Fusobacterium gastrosuis, and the pars oesophageal microbiota in gastric ulceration in slaughter pigs receiving meal or pelleted feed
E. Taillieu, S. Taelman, S. De Bruyckere, E. Goossens, I. Chantziaras, C. Van Steenkiste, P. Yde, S. Hanssens, D. De Meyer, W. Van Criekinge, M. Stock, D. Maes, K. Chiers and F. Haesebrouck
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