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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.


21 May 2015 - Call for Proposals 'NWO Middelgroot' With funding from the Investment Fund 'NWO-middelgroot' it is possible to invest in innovative equipment, large databases and associated software. Budgets per proposal may range from 110 k-euro upto 500 k-euro (information in Dutch). 21 May 2015 - Would you like to talk to Charles Dickens? Having a conversation with your favorite author – such as Jane Austen or Charles Dickens - will be possible soon. The Human Media Interaction Group (CTIT) of the University of Twente is working on creating virtual writers as a part of an exciting EU funded project titled ARIA-VALUSPA, focused on development of artificial intelligence. Read more in the UT Magazine, May 2015 Edition. 21 May 2015 - 23 June 2015: ERC Grant Training On June 23, 2015, an ERC Grant Training will be organised. It is meant for excellent researchers (2-12 years after promotion) with an excellent idea for frontier research, who consider applying for an ERC Starting Independent Researcher grant. 21 May 2015 - Innovation lecture and Hi-Tech Fashion event 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! You are welcome at the Innovation lecture 2015. 19 May 2015 - Social media force authorities to make principal policy choices The emergence of social media has provided Dutch authorities with various new possibilities to get in touch with their citizens. However, it appears that authorities still make use of these opportunities on a very limited scale. Such is the conclusion of a comprehensive scientific research by the CTIT research centre of the University Twente by order the WODC. In part, there are compelling reasons for this limited use. Nonetheless, there are also many opportunities that are still missed by the authorities. If the authorities really want to make use of all possibilities available, this will require some principal policy choices, according to the authors. 

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