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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.


22 Apr 2015 - Registration Innovation Lecture 2015 now open The University of Twente has a long and vibrant tradition in business and entrepreneurship. Now more than ever, business generated by scientific research is the engine for economic growth. Transforming cutting-edge expertise into economic activity and benefits to society is one of our university’s core objectives. With 800 successful spin-off companies to its name, the University of Twente leads Europe in terms of start-ups. Collaborating closely with students, the business community and government, UT scientists are committed to delivering the technological and social solutions of tomorrow: University of Twente, the University of Booming Business! 20 Apr 2015 - Kick-off 3TU.Humans & Technology With a kick-off in the Designlab of the University of Twente on16-17 April 2015, the 3TU.Centre Humans & Technology has been opened. Dirk Heylen, professor Socially Intelligent Computing at the University of Twente, is appointed as scientific director. Article in Dutch. 20 Apr 2015 - The laughing robot - UT researches laughing in interaction Researchers from the CTIT research institute of the University of Twente are investigating laughter within human-human and human-machine interaction. It's their goal to eventually develop a 'laughing robot' which can recognise and interpret laughter, respond to it, and laugh back the right way. On 14 and 15 April, a 'workshop on laughter' took place at the University of Twente. One of the conclusions that can be drawn is that, in the future, it will be possible to develop robots and virtual agents that laugh with you in specific situations and experimental settings. Developing a robot or virtual agent that laughs with you while having a conversation requires a lot of follow-up research. 16 Apr 2015 - Role of forensic investigator changing fast In the past few years, the interest in biometric techniques has increased exponentially. Biometrics is an important field of study in forensic science. Distinguishing human characteristics such as fingerprints, facial features, speech and DNA are used in the investigation and solving of serious crimes, among other things. The UT is the only academic institution in the Netherlands that conducts structural research into forensic biometrics. For the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), the University of Twente is the connection to the academic world in this field. This collaboration is strengthened and expanded upon with the appointment of Didier Meuwly, NFI principal scientist, as Professor of Forensic Biometrics. On Thursday, 16 April he will be holding his inaugural lecture. 16 Apr 2015 - University of Twente and TU Delft launch Cyber Security master’s degree TU Delft and the University of Twente will start the new joint master's specialization Cyber Security. The two-year master's degree, that will start in September 2015, is open to students with a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related degree programme.

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