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Research of the Information Technology Group


As the technological landscape rapidly evolves, the rise of smart and interconnected systems presents exciting opportunities for innovation and growth across industries. Incorporating cutting-edge technologies such as communication and network tech, cloud computing, the internet of things, and robotics, these systems demand advances in systems engineering, software engineering, information technology, and artificial intelligence. Our chairgroup is committed to leading the way in the development of smart systems and system-of-systems engineering, building on the substantial progress we've already made. We envision a future where our research drives progress in these areas, enabling the creation of highly advanced systems with greater functionality and performance than the sum of their parts. Through collaboration and innovation, we will work to harness the power of these smart systems to improve people's lives, enhance their well-being, and foster sustainable development.


At the INF group, our mission is to advance the field of smart systems engineering and informatics through education, research, and collaboration. We strive to provide our students with the knowledge and skills they need to become leaders in the fast-changing world of data science, big data, and artificial intelligence. We conduct cutting-edge research that pushes the boundaries of knowledge and addresses real-world challenges in food and health, business, and society. We work closely with industry, government, and other academic institutions to create a vibrant ecosystem of innovation, where our ideas can have a tangible impact on people's lives. We are committed to excellence, diversity, and inclusion, and we believe in the power of technology to create a better future for all.


In keeping with our vision and mission, we have set out the following objectives:

  • To identify, analyze, and understand the latest developments and challenges in smart systems and system-of-systems engineering.
  • To develop cutting-edge concepts, methods, and tools for smart systems and system-of-systems engineering in the life sciences application domains.
  • To apply and evaluate the approaches we develop in order to ensure they are effective in addressing the unique challenges of the life sciences application domains.

Research Approach

Our main research strategy is centered on the industry-as-laboratory approach, where we collaborate directly with relevant groups at Wageningen University and research centers, as well as corresponding industrial partners.

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This approach involves active analysis of existing life sciences application domains, which can be done reactively or proactively. Through this analysis, important research problems will be identified that are relevant both from a state-of-the-art perspective and to the stakeholders in the problem domain. Once the relevant research problems have been agreed upon, research is carried out interactively with constant feedback from the application domain stakeholders. Early research results can be quickly validated within a real industrial context, and this ongoing interaction ensures that research stays relevant and useful to the problem domain stakeholders. This approach enables us to focus our research efforts on problems that have a real-world impact and to develop practical solutions that can be readily implemented in industry.


The group embraces several core values that guide our actions and decisions, including a commitment to excellence, performance-driven outcomes, collaboration, diversity, integrity, and accountability. We strive to achieve excellence in our research, education, and project acquisition, recognizing the importance of delivering high-quality results that have real-world impact.

In addition, we value integrity, collaboration and teamwork, recognizing that our collective expertise and perspectives are key to solving complex problems and driving innovation. We promote a culture of inclusivity and diversity, recognizing that a range of perspectives and experiences can foster creativity, critical thinking, and better outcomes. We are committed to providing a welcoming and respectful environment for all members of our community.

We also embrace accountability, taking responsibility for our actions and decisions, and being transparent in our communications and operations. We value integrity, ethical behavior, and respect for intellectual property rights. Finally, we encourage professional development, recognizing that continuous learning and growth are essential to achieving our goals and staying at the forefront of our field.

Information Technology Labs

The INF group at Wageningen University & Research has established three distinct labs: the Creative Technology Lab, the Social Drones Lab, and the Research Software Engineering Lab.

Creative Technology Lab – This lab provides a space for students and researchers to experiment with new forms of interactive media, such as virtual and augmented reality, generative art, and interactive installations. The lab is equipped with cutting-edge technology such as 3D printers, sensors, and microcontrollers to facilitate the creation of new and innovative projects. The lab also collaborates with external partners and organizes events to showcase the creative output of its members.

Social Drones Lab – This lab is focused on the use of drones in society, with an emphasis on social and environmental applications. The lab explores the potential of drones to support disaster management, agriculture, wildlife conservation, and more. The lab is equipped with drones, cameras, sensors, and other technology to facilitate the exploration of new drone applications. The lab also collaborates with external partners and organizes events to promote the use of drones for social and environmental good.

Research Software Engineering Lab – This lab is focused on developing high-quality research software for the scientific community. The lab provides services such as code development, testing, and maintenance to support researchers in their work. The lab is staffed by experienced software engineers who work closely with researchers to ensure that their software is efficient, reliable, and well-documented. The lab also provides training and education in best practices for research software engineering.