Namedr. SA Osinga

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DescriptionAssistant Professor
OrganizationWageningen University
Organization UnitInformation Technology
Phone+31 317 484 725
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Sjoukje Osinga is assistant professor at the Information Technology group of Wageningen University, within the department of Social Sciences. She studied Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science in Groningen and Leuven (1991). Her PhD from Wageningen University was on agent-based modelling of knowledge (ABM) management in the pig sector. As part of her PhD research, she spent six months in China, where she studied information management of pig farmers and pork chain stakeholders.

She was involved in H2020-EU-project "Cybele" (, on big data in agriculture. She was also involved in H2020-EU-project "Dragon" (, on knowledge transfer of ABM and big data tools and techniques.

Sjoukje is member of SiLiCo Centre Wageningen (Simulating Life Science’s Complexity), a virtual centre that acts as a portal to Wageningen University’s expertise on modelling complex systems through agent-based simulations (

Her research interest lies in finding the match between problem-owners (in agriculture and livestock application domains) and solution-providers from big data and applied artificial intelligence. She is also interested in policy-related questions and decision-making that require ABM, big data or applied artificial intelligence techniques. 


Expert Profile
  • Agent-based modelling
  • Programming in Netlogo
  • Programming in Python
  • Programming in R
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Sjoukje has been teaching nearly 20 former courses within the range of the Information Technology Group. Currently, she is teacher-coordinator of Applied Information Technology, a course mainly followed by Business and Consumer students. This course is also part of the minor Quantified Self, in which Sjoukje is involved as well, also in its specialization course. Agent-Based Modelling is a course close to her research interests. She designed an introductory course in R programming for Health and Nutrition students in 2019, of which she is teacher-coordinator. She is a regular teacher of the introductory course Programming in Python.

She co-developed the MOOC 'Big Data for Agri-Food: Principles and Tools', which was launched for the first time in March 2022. It is on EdX:

Sjoukje obtained her University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) in January 2016.

  • HNH-52306 - Quantified Self: Using wearables and apps to monitor Physiology and Behaviour
  • INF-20806 - Applied Information Technology
  • INF-22306 - Programming in Python
  • INF-22803 - Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms for Health
  • INF-34806 - Agent-Based Modelling of Complex Adaptive Systems
  • INF-70224 - MSc Internship Information Technology
  • INF-70424 - MSc Internship Information Technology
  • INF-79224 - MSc Research Practice Information Technology
  • INF-79324 - MSc Research Practice Information Technology
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