CTIT University of Twente
Research Business & Innovation Publications About CTIT Intranet
Solutions for Societal Challenges Solutions for Societal Challenges

ICT research in context

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.


16 Apr 2014 - STEVEN TE BRINKE WINS STUDENT RESEARCH COMPETITION AT SAC '14 The Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) 2014 was held from March 24 to 18 in Gyeongju, Korea. SAC 2014 hosted a Student Research Competition that provides graduate students the opportunity to receive feedback on their research ideas from the scientific community. For this competition, students are selected based on submitted abstracts and then graded first on their poster and then on their presentation. Steven te Brinke from the FMT group of the University of Twente won the gold medal of this competition with his presentation titled "Interpreting Energy Profiles with CEGAR". 11 Apr 2014 - Interview with Vanessa Evers on her robots In "Pauw en Witteman Extra", Vanessa Evers explains more on her research on social aspects of robotics (in Dutch). 11 Apr 2014 - Vanessa Evers on Dutch TV in "Pauw en Witteman", April 3, 2014 8 Apr 2014 - European approach for ethical assessment of research and innovation Recently, the Trippenhuis of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences was the scene for the kick-off of the SATORI project. With a € 4.7 million budget (financed by the EU) and a four-year term, the SATORI consortium - made up of seventeen partners from thirteen countries - hopes to improve and, where possible, standardize the ethical assessment practices in European member states within the fields of research and innovation. UT Professor Philip Brey, coordinator of the international project, says: "It would be great if we could develop some sort of European standard for the ethical assessment of research and innovation. In the modern day and age, this becomes increasingly important as societal consequences for human rights, the environment, justice, well-being and privacy can be considerable." 3 Apr 2014 - Meet the Campus Robot at the Hannover Messe Researchers of the University of Twente have developed a unique, autonomous tour-guide robot as part of the project Fun Robotics Outdoor Guide (FROG):the campus robot. This robot is capable of exploring the environment and independently guiding groups of people around cultural places. At the same time he monitors the behaviour of his audience and adapts accordingly. This type of tour-guide robot is unique in the world. 2 Apr 2014 - Mark Timmer wins IPA dissertation prize 28 Mar 2014 - EIT ICT Labs Call For Proposals 2015 now open!
27 Mar 2014 - English sinks in better with pop music Recent research from the University of Twente shows that studying the English language is easier for pupils when pop music is being used. In addition, the pupils are more motivated as a result. The Groove.me teaching method was examined for this purpose. Groove.me is the first global teaching method that enables children to learn English with pop music. 19 Mar 2014 - University of Twente Tool Makes Scanning the Internet for Illegal Images Possible Researchers at the University of Twente have developed a system that makes it possible to scan traffic on the Internet for illegal photographs. The system can, for example, help trace child pornography on the Internet without infringing on the privacy of Internet users. Internet service providers could use the tool to keep their network 'clean'. 17 Mar 2014 - NS start pilot met reisplanner van UT spin-off Q-Able De NS start op woensdag 12 maart een proef met de reisplanner die ontwikkeld is door UT-onderzoeker Kien Tjin-Kam-Jet en spin-off Q-Able. In deze vereenvoudigde reisplanner hoef je nog maar één zoekveld in te vullen. Bij het invullen van bijvoorbeeld ‘overmorgen om 11 uur van Enschede naar Utrecht’ geeft de planner de juiste treintijden. Ook het invullen van twee adressen is mogelijk. De publieke uitrol door de NS vormt de grote doorbraak voor het werk van Tjin-Kam-Jet, die in december promoveerde binnen het onderzoeksinstituut CTIT van de Universiteit Twente. 3 Mar 2014 - The WISE Awards 2014 Innovative Education Practice Awards recognizing project for their transformative impact upon education and societies. 21 Feb 2014 - Robot from Twente opens AEX stock exchange by sounding gong A robot has officially opened the AEX stock exchange in Amsterdam for the first time in its history. On Monday, 24 February, a robot from the University of Twente (UT) sounded the gong, opening the largest stock exchange in the Netherlands. The sounding of the gong by the robotic arm was to symbolize the cooperation between Shell and the UT in the PETROBOT project. In the long term, the intention is for robots to replace people in the inspection of pressure vessels and storage tanks in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry. Prof Stefano Stramigioli of the UT is a scientific adviser for the project, along with his Swiss counterpart, Prof Roland Siegward. Gerald Schotman, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Innovation and R&D, was at the opening ceremony to represent Shell.
7 Feb 2014 - UT spin-off SecurityMatters new supplier for Boeing Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has shown an interest in the monitoring and security system of the UT spin-off company SecurityMatters. Six years after founding the company, they have landed an important client with this deal. The security system is called SilentDefense ICS and is deployed by Boeing Information Solutions, a sister company of The Boeing Company. 4 Feb 2014 - Coach app gets lung patients moving Encouraging physical activity is an essential objective in treating COPD (chronic lung disease), but current treatment methods do not manage to effectively improve patients' daily activity behaviour. This is because on the one hand, carers have too little awareness of the actual physical activity in patients' daily life and, on the other hand, there are no intensive treatments that continually help patients to become more active. The results of the University of Twente doctoral degree candidate, Monique Tabak, who is also a researcher with Roessingh Research and Development, show that awareness of an individual patient's pattern of activity and a smart activity coach on a smartphone make a positive contribution to improving the daily activity behaviour of COPD patients. 27 Jan 2014 - Peter-Paul Verbeek receives a 'VICI' Grant worth 1.5 million euro Philosopher of technology prof. Peter-Paul Verbeek of the University of Twente (institute CTIT) is to receive a Vici-grant valued at 1.5 million euro from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). He wants to develop a new theory for understanding the interconnectedness of human beings and technology: ‘technological mediation’. “This will be a wonderful convergence of the outlines of my past research.” 21 Jan 2014 - UT strengthens position in forensic research 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.

T: +31 (0)53 489 8031