Presently I am organizing KnowledgeEngineering@Work, initially supported by Limburg Economic Development (most recent appearance in Dutch media). KnowledgeEngineering@Work is a new educational model in which our very best BSc students in Knowledge Engineering combine their study fifty/fifty with working on challenging tasks in nearby companies for two full years. This program started in September 2014 and 2 years later we had our first 10 graduates. By now we have signed 101 study-work contracts with a local businesses. To see how it developed, read this first lustrum report of January 2019. Shortly before, November 2018, we were awarded Two Silver Reimagine Education Awards on this project, out of nearly 1200 international applications.
Within the research group Dynamic Game Theory (predecessed by Networks and Strategic Optimization  that looked at models of strategic interactions from the perspectives of Operations Research, Artificial Intelligence and Game Theory), I mainly focus on (Evolutionary) Dynamic Game Theory, with applications in Economics, Biology and Oncology. Most notably, we organized a 
Lorenz Workshop Understanding Cancer through Evolutionary Game Theory at the Lorentz Center in Leiden from January 29 to February 2, 2018.
In the summer of 2016 we hosted GAMES 2016, the 5-th World Conference of the Game Theory Society, and EC’16, the 17th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation, that were held simultaneously at Maastricht, July 24-28, 2016. The total number of participants was close to 900. These pictures may tell more than words.
Over the years I have been teaching many courses on a wide diversity of topics from Mathematics with an emphasis on the fields of Operations Research and (Dynamic) Game Theory.
September 2015 I had a short interview on Alan Turing at local radio L1 (in Dutch; from 12:15 to 12:20 in this fragment).
December 2016 an interview on our bachelor program was published in the magazine DecaZine (in Dutch).
July 2017 I had a short interview on KE@Work for Dutch national Radio 1, it is fragment 2 at Langs de Lijn.
February 2016 the KE@Work program was discussed at Zuid-Limburg.nl (in Dutch).
May 2018 the KE@Work program was discussed in Maastricht University newspaper Observant (in Dutch).
September 2018, Ionica Smeets wrote a nice column for the Volkskrant based on a talk I gave.
January 2019, Gerhard Weiss and me were interviewed on “Solid”, the new project by Tim Berners-Lee to return ownership of data back to the people.
March 2019, co-organized together with Dieudonnée van de Willige and Mieke Derickx the exhibitions Women of Mathematics throughout Europe and Math/Maastricht at Maastricht University.
In October 2019, I presented the KE@Work example during a roundtable on Industry Academia Collaboration  at The India-Netherlands Technology Summit 2019.
In November 2019 we hosted at DKE a work visit by the Ministry of Economic Affairs on AI and KE@Work.
In December 2019 we started the Mathematics Centre Maastricht.

Research Theme:
Dynamic Game Theory
Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering
Maastricht University

Latest additions are listed below. More complete lists can be found by clicking the buttons on the left.

Present Activities:

Recent publications:

  • P. Bayer, P.J.J. Herings, R.J.A.P. Peeters, F. Thuijsman (2019): Adaptive learning in weighted network games. Coalition Theory Network, Series: From Theory to Application, 26.2019, (hyperlink).
  • P. Bayer, P.J.J. Herings, R.J.A.P. Peeters, F. Thuijsman (2019): Adaptive learning in weighted network games. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, DOI: 10.1016/j.jedc.2019.06.004.
  • L. You, M. von Knobloch, T. Lopez, V. Peschen, S. Radcliffe, P.K. Sam, F. Thuijsman, K. Stankova, J.S. Brown (2019): Including blood vasculature into a game theoretic model of cancer dynamics. Games, 10, 13, DOI: 10.3390/g10010013.
  • L. You, J.S. Brown, F. Thuijsman, J.J. Cunningham, R.A. Gatenby, J. Zhang, K. Stankova (2017): Spatial vs. non-spatial eco-evolutionary dynamics in a tumor growth model. Journal of Theoretical Biology 435, 78-97, DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2017.08.022.
  • K. Schüller, K. Stankova, F. Thuijsman (2017): Game theory of pollution: national policies and their international effects. Games 8, 30, DOI: 10.3390/g8030030.
  • F. Thuijsman & F. Wagener eds (2016): Advances in Dynamic and Evolutionary Games: Theory, Applications, and Numerical MethodsSpringer, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-28014-1.
  • M. Abrudan, L You, K.Stankova, F. Thuijsman (2016): A game theoretical approach to microbial coexistence. In: F. Thuijsman & F. Wagener (eds.), Advances in Dynamic and Evolutionary Games: Theory, Applications, and Numerical MethodsSpringer, pp 267-282.
  • A. Khan, R. Peeters, F. Thuijsman, P. Uyttendaele (2016): Network Characteristics enabling Efficient Coordination: A Simulation Study. Dynamic Games and Applications 6, 495-519, DOI: 10.1007/s13235-015-0169-8 (pdf).
  • K. Berg, J. Flesch, F. Thuijsman (2015): The Golden and Silver Ratios in Bargaining. The Fibonacci Quarterly 53, 130-134 (pdf).
  • P. Uyttendaele, F. Thuijsman (2015): Evolutionary Games and Local Dynamics. International Game Theory Review 17, pp15400, DOI: 10.1142/S0219198915400162(pdf).
  • M. Bügler, C. Rempoulakis, R. Shacham, T. Keasar, F. Thuijsman (2013): Sex allocation in a polyembryonic parasitoid with female soldiers: an evolutionary simulation and an experimental test. PLoS ONE 8(6): e64780. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0064780 (pdf).
  • J. Flesch, T. Parthasarathy, F. Thuijsman, P. Uyttendaele (2013): Evolutionary stochastic games. Dynamic Games and Applications 3, 207-219, DOI:  10.1007/s13235-012-0059-2 (pdf).
  • P. Uyttendaele, F. Thuijsman, P. Collins, R. Peeters, G. Schoenmakers, R. Westra (2012): Evolutionary games and periodic fitness. Dynamic Games and Applications 2, 335-345, DOI: 10.1007/s13235-012-0048-5 (pdf).
  • T.J. de Jong, P.G.L. Klinkhamer, A.Shmida, F. Thuijsman (2011): On the evolution of protandry and the difference between preference and rank order in pollinator visitation. Evolutionary Ecology Research 13, 307-314 (pdf).

Papers in progress:

  • J.J. Cunningham, F. Thuijsman, R.L.M. Peeters, Y. Viossat, J.S. Brown, R.A. Gatenby, K. Staňková (2020): Optimal Control to Reach Eco-Evolutionary Stability in Metastatic Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer.
  • K. Schüller, O. Edhan, Z. Hellman, R. Peeters, F. Thuijsman (2019): Evolutionary fitness optimization and robustness: sexual and asexual reproduction in dynamic environments.
  • K. Staňková, F. Thuijsman, R.A. Gatenby, J.S. Brown (2018): Understanding cancer through evolutionary game theory.
  • L. You, K. Schüller, Joel Brown, K. Staňková, F. Thuijsman (2018): Experimenting with Spatial Assumptions in Evolutionary Games.
  • A. Tenev, P.J.J. Herings, R.J.A.P. Peeters, F. Thuijsman (2018): Naive imitation and partial cooperation in a local public goods model.
  • P. Collins, F. Thuijsman (2017): Interior-point methods for Markov games.

Recent presentations:

  • 2020-02-07: On Balance, Challenge and Choice. Inaugural address, Maastricht University.
  • 2020-01-31: To Quit or not to Quit. Symposium in honor of Hans Peters. Maastricht University.
  • 2020-01-16: KE@Work. VSNU conference on internationalization. Venlo.
  • 2019-11-29: KE@Work. Work visit EZK. Maastricht University.
  • 2019-11-28: KE@Work. VSNU meeting Make IT in the Netherlands. Utrecht.
  • 2019-10-16: KE@Work and Talent Development. Industry Academia Collaboration: Bridging Industry – Academia Gap: Challenges and Expectations, DST CII, India-Netherlands Technology Summit, New Delhi.
  • 2019-09-17: KE@Work. VSNU meeting Make IT in the Netherlands. Maastricht University.
  • 2019-09-13: Knappe Koppen. Presentation at the Dutch Final of the Mathematics Olympiad, Eindhoven University of Technology.
  • 2019-03-28: Matching Bees and Flowers. Student Association Incognito, Maastricht University.
  • 2019-01-21: Evolutionary Game Theory and Studies on Cancer. Münster Graduate School of Evolution.
  • 2018-11-01: Introduction to Game Theory. Studium Generale Lecture Series on Game Theory, part 1 of 4, Maastricht University.
  • 2018-08-27: Math, Mind and Marriage Problems. Celebrating Mathematics, Eindhoven University of Technology.
  • 2018-07-10: Experimenting with Spatial Assumptions in Evolutionary Games. 18th International Symposium on Dynamic Games and Applications, Grenoble Alpes University.
  • 2018-04-12: John Nash en andere Beautiful Minds. Eerste wiskundesymposium Fontys Lerarenopleiding, Sittard.
  • 2017-11-01: Why do people like abstract artTAOP – I Am A Painter, Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht (presentation).
  • 2017-04-13: Banen van de Toekomst. Human Capital Agenda ICT, Kick-off Meeting at Brightlands Smart Services Campus, Heerlen.
  • 2017-04-06: Paset & Maastricht University, Scouting for Cooperation. 4th PASET Forum on Partnerships and Innovation for Skills Development in Africa, Nairobi (invited by Worldbank).
  • 2017-03-31: Data Science at DKE. Think Tank Meeting, Institute for Data Science, UM.
  • 2016-09-27: Speltheorie. Bernardinuscollege, Heerlen (presentation).
  • 2016-05-31: KnowledgeEngineering@Work – studie en werk in het data science tijdperk. Expert Meeting Human Capital Agenda ICT, Maastricht.
  • 2016-04-07: KnowledgeEngineering@Work – A Triple Win for Businesses, Universities and Students. Maastricht (presentation).
  • 2016-03-01: Alan Turing, the Imitation Game and Big Data. Rotary Sint-Truiden (presentation).
  • 2016-02-25: KnowledgeEngineering@Work – A Triple Win for Businesses, Universities and Students. University Business Forum, Vienna (presentation).
  • 2016-02-05: Speltheorie en A Beautiful Mind, Nationale Wiskunde Dagen, Noordwijkerhout (presentation 12 Mb).
  • 2015-12-02: Totally Flipped Mathematics, Experience Day Knowledge Engineering, Maastricht University (presentation).
  • 2015-11-25: Turing, Machines and the Imitation Game. DKE Lunch Seminar, Maastricht University (presentation).
  • 2015-09-12: Turing, Machines and the Imitation Game. Parcours of Art and Science, Maastricht University (presentation available on request).
  • 2015-06-18: Evolutionary Stochastic Games. International Conference on Game Theory; Honoring Abraham Neyman’s Scientific Achievements, Jerusalem (presentation, remark: this 4 Mb pdf contains a few movies and your computer is likely to ask your permission before playing these).
  • 2015-05-20: Evolutionary Dynamics and Local Competition. Manchester Workshop on Evolution, Economics and Computation, University of Manchester, United Kingdom (invited presentation available on request).
  • 2014-11-28: New Approaches to Evolutionary Game Theory. Fifth Workshop on Dynamic Games in Management Science, Montréal, Canada (invited presentation available on request).
  • 2014-07-11: Local competition and dynamics in a spatially continuous world. 16th International Symposium on Dynamic Games and Applications, University of Amsterdam (presentation available on request).
  • 2014-07-01: Population Models based on Evolutionary Game Theory. MAPRA Second Expert Workshop, EFSA Headquarters, Parma, Italy (presentation).
  • 2014-05-07: New approaches to evolutionary game theory. Economics Seminar, University of Bath, United Kingdom (presentation available on request).
  • 2014-03-18: Introduction to game theory. Studium Generale, Maastricht (presentation).
  • 2014-03-18: Mathematics and Markov Chains. Guest Lecture, College Weert (presentation).
  • 2013-12-11: Network characteristics and efficient coordination: A simulation study. Complexity in Economics Seminar, Tinbergen Institute, Amsterdam (invited presentation).
  • 2013-10-22: KnowledgeEngineering@Work. Regitel meeting. Computing Center, RWTH Aachen (presentation).
  • 2013-08-29: Network characteristics and efficient coordinationSecond Dutch-Chinese Workshop in Game Theory and Applications. Twente University, Enschede (presentation).
  • 2013-07-16: Network characteristics and efficient coordinationWorkshop “Evolutionary Dynamics and Market Behavior, Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany (invited presentation).
  • 2013-04-09: Science and the Stability of Marriage. Mathe Dual Society, RWTH Aachen University. (invited presentation).
  • 2012-11-25: Evolutionary Stochastic Games. Manchester Workshop Stochastic Economics and Finance. University of Manchester, United Kingdom. (invited presentation)
  • 2012-07-25: Population Dynamics in Stochastic Games. GAMES 2012, the 4-th World Congress of the Game Theory Society, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey (presentation, remark: this 28 Mb pdf contains a number of movies and your computer is likely to ask your permission before playing these).
  • 2012-06-13: Evolutionary Games and Local Interactions. International Conference Games and Strategy in Paris (on the occasion of Sylvain Sorin’s 60th birthday), Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris, France (poster, invited presentation).
  • 2011-09-14: Population Dynamics in Stochastic Games. International Conference on the Mathematical Aspects of Game Theory and Applications. Université Toulouse 1, France (invited presentation, remark: this pdf contains a number of movies and your computer is likely to ask your permission before playing these).
  • 2011-01-27: Nash Network Formation in the One-Way Flow Model. Colloquium Computer Science, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany (invited presentation).
  • 2010-11-05: Evolutionary Stability and Changing Fitnesses. International Workshop Biology and Game Theory. Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France (invited presentation, remark: the movies on pages 6, 7 and 16 may take some time to load and your computer is likely to ask your permission to open these).
  • 2010-08-17: Biological Applications of Game Theory. First Joint China-Dutch Seminar on Game Theory and Fourth China Meeting on Game Theory and its Applications Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’An, China (presentation).
  • 2010-07-01: Spelen en Delen. Workshop Speltheorie t.b.v. Netwerk Wiskunde D (in Dutch). Maastricht University (presentation).
  • 2010-06-17: One-way flow Nash networks. CWI-Diamant Seminar Combinatorics and Optimization, CWI, Amsterdam (invited presentation).

Recent PostDocs:

  • Chun Wen (08/2014-08/2015).
  • Qing Gao (01/2015).
  • Kimmo Berg (09/2013-04/2014).

Recent students:

  • PhD: Joost Karsten. Open University (forthcoming).
  • PhD: Jessica Reynolds. Maastricht University (forthcoming).
  • PhD: Anastas Tenev, Maastricht University (forthcoming).
  • PhD: Philippe Uyttendaele: Extensions and Computations in Evolutionary Games, thesis Maastricht University (forthcoming).
  • PhD: Katharina Schüller (2020): On Agent-Based Models of Sex, Plants and Sustainability, Maastricht University (available on request).
  • MSc: Francesco Gibellini (2019): Performance Analysis of Reinforcement Learned Traffic Controllers, thesis Maastricht University.
  • MSc: Indra Gesink (2019): Mathematical Modeling for Adaptive Cancer Treatment, thesis Maastricht University.
  • PhD: Péter Bayer (2019): Public Goods games in Networks and in Tumors, Maastricht University (available on request).
  • PhD: Li You (2018): Spatial and Nonspatial Evolutionary Games and their Applications, thesis Maastricht University (available on request).
  • BSc: Robert Clinch (2018): Risk Assessment: What Gambling Patterns do People Exhibit, and can Efficient Risk Evaluation be Taught? Thesis Maastricht University.
  • MSc: Koen Turnhout (2016): Development of a Robust and Adaptive Model for Optimizing the Detection Strategies against People-Smugglers in the Mediterranean Sea, thesis Maastricht University.
  • MSc: Willem Knippenberg (2016): Planning Anti-Submarine Warfare using Partially Observable Markov Games, thesis Maastricht University.
  • MSc: Koen Turnhout (2016): Topics in Defence Planning, internship at NATO Communications and Information Agency.
  • MSc: Julia Sauer (2015): Single Vehicle Routing Problem with Deliveries and Selective Pickups, thesis Maastricht University.
  • BSc: Janneke Mes (2015): Stable Matching with Unstable Preferences, thesis Maastricht University.
  • MSc: Katharina Schüller (2014): Effect of Aging in Continuous Local Dynamics, thesis Maastricht University.
  • MSc: Katharina Schüller (2014): Developing a tool for the statistical analysis of homework results for detection of weakening students, internship at RWTH Aachen.
  • MSc: Maik Bürschgens (2014): Improving the job candidate selection for the MATSE training: A research about the correlation between the final average grade of the training and the points gained for the employment test, internship at RWTH Aachen.
  • BSc: Luc Boux de Casson (2013): The Music of Games, thesis Maastricht University.
  • MSc: René Wagner (2012): Integration of an eTest Module and Extension of the Mobile API for the eLearning and eTeching Portal L2P, internship at RWTH Aachen.
  • BSc: Esther Verhoef (2012): Lineair Programmeren, ook voor 3 VWO (Linear Programming in Secondary School), thesis in Dutch Maastricht University.
  • MSc: Robbert Harms (2012): Fitting and Sampling of Multi-Compartment Models to Diffusion Weighted MRI Data, thesis Maastricht University (pdf).
  • MSc: Max Bügler (2012): Modeling the Development of Obesity in Populations, thesis Maastricht University (pdf).
  • MSc: Intan Sherlin (2012): A Cooperative Game Theory Application in Blackbird Broods Food Allocation, thesis Maastricht University (pdf).
  • BSc: Cecile Wolfs (2012): Local Replicator Dynamics and the Evolution of Bacterial Populations Playing a Game of Rock-Paper-Scissors, thesis Maastricht University (pdf).
  • MSc: Bastian Küppers (2012): Requirements Engineering and Developing an IT-Services Reporting System, internship at RWTH Aachen.
  • MSc: Marius Politze (2012): Enhancement of a Web Based Student Self Service Application, internship at RWTH Aachen.
  • MSc: Lukas Kirchhart (2012): Generating Test Sets, internship at RWTH Aachen.
  • MSc: Robbert Harms (2012): Océ Service Engineers Calculation Model, internship at Océ.
  • MSc: Mandy Tak (2012): Experiments in Local Evolutionary Dynamics, thesis Maastricht University (pdf).
  • PhD: Martijn Tennekes (2010): Network Formation Games, thesis Maastricht University (available on request).
  • BSc: Colin Schepers (2010): Searching in Networks, thesis Maastricht University (pdf).
  • BSc: Max Bügler (2010): A Model of Oviposition Behavior of Copidosoma koehleri Parasitoid Wasps, thesis Maastricht University (pdf).

Courses in 2018/2019:

  • Game Theory (Maastricht, BSc Data Science and Knowledge Engineering)
  • Dynamic Game Theory (Maastricht, MSc Data Science for Decision Making)
  • OR Case Studies (Maastricht, BSc Data Science and Knowledge Engineering)
  • OR Case Studies (Aachen, BSc Scientific Programming / MATSE, Fachhochschule Aachen / RWTH Aachen)
  • Discrete Mathematics (University College Maastricht).

Recent reviews for Mathematical Reviews:

  • J. Hörner, S. Takahashi, N Vieille (2014): On the limit perfect public equilibrium payoff set in repeated and stochastic games. GEB 85, 70-83.
  • A. Neyman (2013): Stochastic games with short-stage duration. Dyn. Games Appl. 3: 236-278.
  • T. Radzik, T. Driessen (2013): On a family of values for TU-games generalizing the Shapley value, Math. Social Sci. 65: 105-111.
  • R. Iijima (2012): On delayed discrete evolutionary dynamics. J. Theoret. Biol. 300: 1-6.
  • M. Gómez-Rúa, J. Vidal-Puga (2011): Balanced per capita contributions and level structure of cooperation. TOP 19, 167-176.


  • Nominee Wynand Wijnen Education Prize Maastricht University 2014, 2017.
  • Teaching Prize (Lehrprämie) from the FH Aachen 2013.
  • Winner Idea Competition Maastricht Instruments 2012.

My Erdös number is 3