Maastricht University (UM), founded in 1976, is the youngest university in the Netherlands. It is rapidly expanding and has developed a strong international presence. UM is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. In 2013 UM entered the top 100 of the Times Higher Education’s (THE) World University Rankings (2013/14). UM participation will be through the Department of Knowledge Engineering/SwarmLab. The Department of Knowledge Engineering (DKE) has been top-ranked in the demanding Keuzegids and Elsevier ratings over the previous years. With respect to both research and teaching, DKE is engaged in various national and international collaborations. DKE will collaborate in MaTHiSiS through Swarmlab, the robotics lab of DKE. It has its main focus on machine learning and bio-inspired methods in single and multi-agent systems, and robotic applications.
DKE/Swarmlab has strong experience in the design and implementation of AI systems and AI knowledge transfer, as well as in learning and coordination among autonomous systems (software or robots). This includes broad know-how in machine learning, (joint) planning, (evolutionary) game theory, communication languages, and automated negotiation for such systems. Other project-relevant expertise of the group concerns human-machine interfaces. DKE cooperates with a variety of companies on machine learning, autonomous systems and robotics, including, e.g., Willow Garage (US), Teramark technologies (Germany), robomotive (NL), and robowatch (Germany). DKE/Swarmlab has been involved in various national and international research projects funded by NWO, STW, and the EU.