Data science

in a world where data is power, iMinds data scientists are working to level the playing field.

Just as the Industrial Revolution transformed society by shrinking distances and exploding productivity, today’s massive data growth will bring a whole new wave of social and economic change. It will make cities smarter, societies healthier and companies more efficient and effective. The automation of knowledge work alone — intellectual tasks currently performed by people — could have a more than $5 trillion economic impact, according to the McKinsey Global Institute.

The success of this — what the World Economic Forum and others are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution — hinges largely on advances in data science, the discipline of turning unstructured, multimedia information into usable knowledge.

Uniquely fusing semantic intelligence and artificial intelligence into a single focus, iMinds' research teams across the various Flemish universities aim to solve five crucial data science research challenges — ranging from how to squeeze meaning out of raw data to how to teach search tools to think for themselves. At the same time, we’re working with industry to develop practical solutions that will help companies reap advantage from their data.

Research challenges