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Dr. ir. Roy Lindelauf appointed Professor as endowed chair of Data Science, Safety & Security

Published: 27th June 2023 Last updated: 28th June 2023

The Executive Board has appointed Dr. ir. Roy Lindelauf as professor at the special chair 'Data Science, Safety & Security'. The appointment to the Department of Cognitive Science and AI at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences is for a period of five years, effective June 1, 2023. The chair is subsidized by the Dutch Ministry of Defense. Lindelauf, who works at this Ministry, will strengthen the fast-growing discipline of data science within the faculty.

Research within the chair is conducted against the backdrop of a changing world with significant implications of the use of Artificial Intelligence and digitization. It focuses on ethical aspects of the use of Artificial Intelligence in the security domain, algorithms to support (military) decision-making, and intelligence and cyber security. 

Lindelauf's specialty lies in the interplay between mathematical modeling and security and intelligence analysis. He uses mathematical and computer science methods to analyze terrorism, political violence, conflict and war as well as related topics such as network resilience, cyber and network design. 

Roy Lindelauf (born 1976) completed his training as an officer pilot and served as a pilot of Apache attack helicopters in the Royal Air Force. In 2006, he received both his master's degree in aeronautical engineering from Delft University of Technology with high honors and his master's degree in applied mathematics. In 2011, he received his PhD from the Tilburg School of Economics and Management with his dissertation entitled "Design and Analysis of Covert Networks, Affiliations and Projects". 

He currently works at the Faculty of Military Sciences of the Netherlands Defense Academy, Ministry of Defense, where he leads several data-science projects in collaboration with, among others, the Joint Sigint Cyber Unit and other units within Defense. He is also responsible for the Data Science Center of Excellence in cooperation with the Ministry's CIO office. He is involved in and coordinates several internal research and education projects in the field of data science for defense and security. 

For more information, contact editor Tineke Bennema, at persvoorlichters@tilburguniversity.edu, or tel. 013 4668998.