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Data Science Center Tilburg

Data Science Center Tilburg: understanding a data-driven society

Data Science Center Tilburg (DSC/t) brings together Tilburg University’s scientific expertise in economics, management, law, social sciences, behavioral sciences and the humanities to develop and apply data science.


Data science is a multidisciplinary scientific field, with a large role for computer science and mathematical and statistical techniques, as well as human-technology interaction, social sciences and legal and ethical aspects. Data Science Center Tilburg is unique in that it combines these areas of expertise from Tilburg University’s different Schools.

Tilburg University’s research is based on a strong tradition of quantitative and technical research skills. In DSC/t its extensive knowledge in applied data science is combined with strong expertise in communication as well as values, ethics and regulatory and legal implications.


DSC/t teaches data science to students, upcoming researchers and business professionals. For this purpose various educational programs have been developed:

In addition, the Provincial Government of Noord-Brabant, the Municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Tilburg University, and Eindhoven University of Technology have invested in the development of new study programs:


Data Science Center Tilburg believes in the power of collaboration to solve complicated questions that society will face. DSC/t enables internal collaboration between the four Tilburg schools and CentERdata, a research institute housed at the Tilburg University campus. The partnership with CentERdata adds to the strength of answering relevant societal problems by formulating the correct questions and applying innovative, data-driven methods. External collaboration is established third parties to obtain data (sets) and knowledge for the purpose of boosting both education and research.

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Data Science for Zero Hunger Lab

Based on the successful collaboration with the World Food Programme, Tilburg University decided to invest in their Data Science for Social Good program and build together with partners from Government, Academia, Business and Civil Society in the Netherlands and Africa our Zero Hunger Lab. The Zero Hunger Lab (ZHL) provides the Research and Development knowledge and capacity to assess, analyze, co create and deliver data science solutions that will enable not only the UN WFP but also all other key players and especially local farmers, communities, logistics service providers and government to fight hunger.

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Mission and vision

Data Science Center Tilburg aims to unlock insights hidden in large data sets and to assist society and businesses with translating these insights into action to solve complicated problems.

It is DSC/t’s mission to educate the professional and academic leaders in data science of the future.


DSC/t Blog

jens prufer

Competing with Big Data

Jens Prüfer – Department of Economics

The recent process of “datafication" is explained by two simultaneous, recent technological innovations: first, the increasing availability of data; second, the increasing ability of firms and governments to analyze the novel big data sets. Read more


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