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In a time of digitisation, the Brightlands Institute for a Smart Society aims to connect Maastricht University’s academic knowledge and expertise in data science with societal needs. Set up by Maastricht University in close collaboration with the Province of Limburg and the pension fund APG, we are located on the Brightlands Smart Services Campus in Heerlen, the Netherlands.

BISS focuses on responsible and effective data-driven decision making for a digital society. We closely cooperate with all Maastricht University faculties:

We harness academic knowledge for socio-economic impact and we translate complex thinking into simple acting. We are open to cooperation with start-ups, SMEs, corporations or governments. We want to apply everything we know to help make processes better, faster, and more human-centred.

BISS operates at the intersection of the data science industry, Maastricht University and Brightlands – a position that allows us to make an impact in education, business and research.


One of many collaboration programs we participate in is Techruption. Since the start of the Techruption program, BISS became in charge for the AI line. Please find out more about artificial intelligence projects at the Techruption website.

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Every groundbreaking idea starts with a single question. Please get in touch and ask us anything at all. Who knows where it will end!



Dr Bert Carl Schindler

Managing Director

Prof Elia Formisano

Professor of Neuroimaging Methods

Dr Rui Jorge Almeida

Assistant Professor

Dr Mahdi Ebrahim

Assistant professor of Service Design and Innovation

Ous Haidar

Researcher Law and Data Science

Weiwei Wang

PhD student


Dominika Repcikova

Office support
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