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Are we on the verge of seeing a young science vanish from sight? It may well seem so. Software has always had this strange property that it’s so soft you can’t touch it. You can’t take it into your hands. You can’t see it. Hardware, also known as computers, is moving out of sight as well. When you ask someone how many computers he or she owns, you rarely get the right answer, which is often in the order of ten or so. Just like software, computers are everywhere: your car, your watch, your activity monitor, your TV set, your cell phone, your hearing aid, your modern lightbulb, your door lock, and so on. Oh, and your laptop, of course. Software and hardware are disappearing from sight, but obviously, they’re not vanishing.

It took us decades, but by now society is drowning in ICT, and we don’t even see it. ICT is everywhere and in such an abundance that we can’t even build up a complete picture. And likewise, ICT science may seem to be vanishing from sight. But vanishing from sight isn’t the same as vanishing. On the contrary, there’s a lot of ICT science taking place to let ICT run through our society’s veins and shape the things we do today, and will do tomorrow. ICT science is making our society smart.

At CTIT we conduct the ICT research that make the societies of today and tomorrow smart. Societies are important to us: we are concerned about the relevance of our research for society, we embed our solutions into societies and preferably in a way that it seems normal to you and that it feels as if it's supposed to be that way.


3 Jul 2015 - Pervasive Systems group (EEMCS) successful in STW-KIEM programme The Pervasive Systems group (EEMCS) has acquired two projects in the STW-KIEM programme: 'Smart Metering or Roads' and 'Smart and Robust Monitoring System for Bridges'. We congratulate them with this success! Please find here some more information (in Dutch). 26 Jun 2015 - Best Paper Award for Wouter de Vries (DACS) at AIMS 2015 Wouter de Vries has been awarded the Best Paper Award at the 9th International Conference on Autonomous Infrastructure, Management and Security (AIMS 2015), which was held in Gent, June 22-25, 2015. 26 Jun 2015 - Franciska de Jong new executive director at CLARIN ERIC As of September 2015, Prof. dr. Franciska de Jong has been appointed Executive Director of CLARIN ERIC, the governing body of CLARIN, which has its statutory seat at Utrecht University. CLARIN is the Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences in Europe. The main objective of CLARIN is to provide scholars in the humanities and social sciences seamless access to digital language data and processing tools all across Europe. 25 Jun 2015 - Autonomous Robird is one step closer With the assistance of the European Space Agency ESA, robotics researchers at the University of Twente have taken an essential step toward the Robird's completely autonomous flight. This lifelike, robotic peregrine falcon from spin-off company Clear Flight Solutions will be used to chase away birds at airports and waste-processing sites. The Robird is now operated manually, but must ultimately be able to fly and dispel birds autonomously.
22 Jun 2015 - Topsector Energy: Tenders for IDEEGO The Call for Tenders for the IDEEGO program, within the Topsector Energy, is open now! 

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