Data Science Center in Health

We connect experts in data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. We are DASH. Facility
DASH is the Data Science Center in Health of the UMCG. We are a knowledge hub, community and facilitator in the area of health data science. DASH aims to advance data science in health by supporting innovative research projects and by bringing experts in data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence together.

At DASH we help researchers like you to overcome major challenges in data science and research IT facilities. Problems for instance that emerge during innovative research for which we provide solutions that push the boundaries of what is currently possible.

We also help you to conquer ethical, legal, or societal challenges (ELSI) you will meet when you perform groundbreaking data intensive research, link datasets, develop and implement advanced methods of data analysis, come up with next level IT solutions, or find partners.

Partners and collaborations of DASH

DASH often collaborates with other relevant parties and partnerships. A number of them are listed below.

  • The AI think tank was established in 2020 to provide solicited and unsolicited ideas and advice to the Data Science Center in Health (DASH) on the policy and application of AI in research and clinical practice. More information about the AI Think Tank and its members can be found here.

  • AiMED is a student-led organisation striving to raise awareness about data science, machine learning and AI in medicine by creating a platform where medical students, researchers and professionals alike are able to access education and opportunities related to data science and AI within the UMCG and beyond.

    The UMCG motto of Healthy Ageing is increasingly reliant on development in personalized medicine and the integration of large sets of complex health data. In order to rise up to this challenge, AiMED wishes to help equip (future) medical professionals with the relevant tools to integrate AI and data science into daily clinical practice and game-changing research with direct benefits for patients.

    Want to discuss possibilities for collaboration? Send an email to or visit the AiMED website

We offer

  • Once a year you can apply for a DASH project and thereby get dedicated support from the DASH team for getting your research project started. DASH projects are open to UMCG-researchers, working in (pre)clinical UMCG departments, who perform promising research that involves challenges regarding (big or complex) data, research IT or data science. The two winning projects will receive support in hours from DASH employees and / or a contribution for special support or resources.

  • We support educational activities, such as the minor ‘Data Wise’ at the University of Groningen, and courses on AI. We work together with various initiatives, such as AiMED, to support AI matters and exchange information. In addition, DASH is organizing the new Summer School 'Data Science and AI in Health'. To share knowledge about data science, we post online mini-lectures on our Youtube account, in which experts tell you more about specific relevant topics, cases or developments in this field.

  • Our Machine Learning Lab (MLL) supports scientists within the UMCG on machine learning matters as well as community building within the UMCG. We come together in biweekly meetings, where PhDs, postdocs and staff discuss machine learning topics on a technical level. The MLL is involved in various research projects within and outside the UMCG and has its own dedicated PhD projects. We provide counseling meetings for clinicians to help them advance Machine Learning projects. 

  • We connect the data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning community by, for example, organising Machine Learning Lab and AI Think Thank meetings and monthly DASH Sparkle Events and Webinars. The webinars feature speakers who share their knowledge and experiences in the field of data science in healthcare. The webinars are recorded and can be viewed on our Youtube channel.

  • We register reseachers’ needs, challenges, bottlenecks and other input related to data science, to enable the right solutions and thereby improve the level of research projects in the field of data science, AI and machine learning. DASH is also actively involved in shaping the UMCG's AI vision. An AI vision and roadmap have been determined on the basis of various brainstorming sessions.

  • We provide advice on funding opportunities and aim to help acquire grants for data science, AI and machine learning projects.

  • We contribute to various outreach activities, for example publications in relevant professional journals, such as TopDutch and ALTIUS. Furthermore, we share news about relevant events, publications and developments through our LinkedIn page and monthly DASH updates. Do you also want to stay informed of the latest data science news? Send an email to to sign up for the DASH newsletter. 

  • We help getting pilot projects started with public and/or private partners, in close collaboration with the Center for Development and Innovation (CDI). 


Visiting adress

Data Science Center in Health (DASH)
Bloemsingel 1
9713 BZ Groningen​​