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Information and Communication Technology - ICT - increasingly shapes our society: for example, the way we communicate with each other (e.g. social media), the way we feel safe and secure, what we can do for people with (physical) limitations, the way we work together towards a more sustainable society.

CTIT is the largest academic research institute in the Netherlands - and one of the largest in Europe - in the field of ICT and ICT applications. Typical for CTIT is the "ICT Research in Context" approach: research groups working together on present-day technological, economic and social challenges. Multidisciplinary research is key, not only between technical disciplines such as computer science , electrical engineering and mathematics, but also between these disciplines and behavioural and social sciences.

CTIT research has an impact on cyber-physical systems, human-machine interaction, and solutions for the present grand societal challenges. Examples include intelligent energy networks (smart grids), care and coaching at a distance (tele-medicine), and complex logistic processes.


21 Nov 2014 - IPA PhD-thesis Award for Mark Timmer (EEMCS/FMT) The PhD-thesis Award 2013 of the research school IPA (The Institute for Programming research and Algorithmics) has been received by Mark Timmer, graduated cum laude at the University of Twente, for his PhD-thesis titled: "Efficient Modelling, Generation and Analysis of Markov Automata".  20 Nov 2014 - Robots take over inspection of ballast tanks on ships The University of Twente is one of a number of partners in the region around the border between Germany and the Netherlands that have contributed to a project to develop a robot for inspecting ballast water tanks on board ships. The robot is able to move independently along rails built into the tanks. At the moment, people still carry out such inspections, with ships being brought into dry dock for the purpose. The costs can rise to € 700,000 per inspection. The RoboShip project offers great advantages, not only in terms of cost but also in terms of safety.
19 Nov 2014 - Invitation Dies Natalis 28 November 2014 On Friday, 28 November 2014 we celebrate the University of Twente's 53rd Dies Natalis. I would like to invite you to attend this event. The theme of this year's Dies Natalis is internationalization. Please register using this link. 13 Nov 2014 - Social inequality on the internet also on the increase A total of 97% of Dutch people now have access to the internet. Unfortunately, this does not mean that 'the digital divide' in the Netherlands has now been bridged. On the contrary, social inequality is increasing on the internet, too. Through conducting a series of surveys, researchers at the University of Twente's CTIT research institute have shown that over recent years there has been an increase in the difference between the digital skills possessed by the more highly educated and those with a lower level of education. In addition, more highly qualified people, when compared to those with secondary or lower levels of education, increasingly focus on applications that improve their social position, and those with lower qualifications use the internet more as a medium for entertainment, relatively speaking. The consequence is the creation of an information elite on the internet, and that elite is suspiciously similar to the existing social elite. 11 Nov 2014 - New approaches needed for protechting vulnerable ICT infrastructure Internet attacks that are able to bring organizations to a full standstill, are no longer new to us. At the same time, we don’t seem to be aware of the vulnerability of the ICT infrastructure and of the privacy aspects of the information we share. Government organizations spend billions of euros on finding security leaks, but it would be better if they also invested in the development and maintenance of crucial Internet software. This is the view of Aiko Pras of the University of Twente in The Netherlands, in his inaugural address as a Professor of Network Operations and Management, November 13.

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