Frank Thuijsman is associate professor in Mathematics and chair of the research group Networks and Strategic Optimization at the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering of Maastricht University. His research focuses on Dynamic Game Theory, i.e. on dynamic models of decision making for problems involving multiple parties. He has had visiting positions at the University of California at Los Angeles and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He published over 50 papers in international journals, books and proceedings, and he is the local chair for GAMES 2016, the 5th World Congress of the Game Theory Society, to be held in Maastricht July 2016.
For several years he has been Director of Studies for Knowledge Engineering and in 2014 he successfully launched the program KnowledgeEngineering@Work. In this program, the best BSc students of Knowledge Engineering combine their study with a 2-year half-time job at nearby businesses, like Vodafone and Medtronic. The students work on academically challenging tasks to find solutions for problems in data science and decision making. Presently 25 students and 11 businesses participate in this program, while at least 10 other businesses would like to join. The participating students come from all over the world.