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April 2007

CTIT CTIT Newsletter – April 2007


CTIT Symposium 2007:

On Wednesday, May 9 2007, CTIT organizes its annual symposium. This year the theme is "Enabling Sustainable and Personalised Healthcare with ICT".

Each PhD student is invited to present a poster at the upcoming CTIT symposium. Three prizes of Euro 500, Euro 250 and Euro 100 will be awarded by a jury for the three best poster presentations.

For more information: www.ctit.utwente.nl

For questions or registration please mail your name and affiliation to: office@ctit.utwente.nl.

Eprints & Metis:

Within the Metis publication system, the new SROs of CTIT have been added. Publications cannot be inserted anymore under the old programmes (unless they have been continued). Currently, we have the following programmes:


p02 - Integrated Security and Privacy in a Networked World (ISTRICE - continuation)


p04 - Natural Interaction in Computer-mediated Environments (NICE - continuation)


p07 - Applied Science of Services for Information Society Technologies (ASSIST – new – for a large part a combination of ASI and eHealth)


p08 - Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN – combination of the methodological part of Ubricks and ASI)


p09 - Wireless & Sensor Networks (WiSeNets) (combination of systems part of Ubricks and ASI)


p10 - Industrial Engineering and ICT (IE&ICT) (previous eProductivity)


On 22 March 2007, NIRICT has been launched by a Kick-off event in de Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. NIRICT bundles the ICT research of the three Universities of Technology in the Netherlands. Minister of Education and Sciences, Dr. Ronald Plasterk, opened the congress. There were many interesting presentations on research topics that will be carried out within NIRICT, as well as on the importance of creating focus and mass in ICT research within the Netherlands, NIRICT (covering half of ICT research in the Netherlands) being an important initiative. The NIRICT Kick-off also meant the offical start of the 3.TU Centre of Excellence CeDICT.

Key-note speaker Professor David Parnas (University of Limerick) held an interesting presentation on: “Software Documentation: The Research Topic that Computer Science has Neglected". The day closed with a key-note presentation by Victor Hayes: “Dutch roots of Wi-Fi”.

Information on this event, as well as photo’s can be found on the NIRICT website. The event was a great success: there were about 275 participants.

Smart Mix

CTIT research groups are participating in two of the Smart Mix proposals that have recently passed the second selection phase and have been proposed for funding:

BRAINGAIN (Coordinator: Radboud University Nijmegen): Brain-Computer and Computer-Brain Interfaces, devices for measuring brain activity for healthy users and patients. BrainGain aims to develop a coherent new technology for both Brain-Computer and Computer-Brain-interfaces and to design and evaluate a set of products and therapies based on this new method. The mission of the project is to apply recent developments in the area of analysing and influencing brain activity to the improvement of quality of life and performance for both patients and healthy users (CTIT: HMI group).

MEMPHIS (Coordinator: Lionix b.v.): Merging Electronics & Micro-nano-Photonics in Integrated Systems. The scope of the MEMPHIS project is the research and development of an integrated electronic-photonic technology platform (Silicon HF, nano-electronics and photonics) to provide a broad range of broadband miniaturized electronic-photonic devices. This technology platform leads to 1) a fundamental cost effective and excellent electronicphotonic technology 2) enabling the development of novel electronic-photonic devices 3) leading to the optimal integral production processes including 4) design tools, simulation and fast-nanophotonic prototyping for a 5) broad range of applications in areas like telecommunication, medical diagnostics, imaging and light generation. A very important challenging issue is to obtain a complete supply chain solution. Demonstrators of future driven applications will initiate the R&D route of the project, starting from the definition of applications, deriving the new technology needed, the development of design principles, generating demonstrator products and developing the necessary production processes (CTIT: TE group)

We congratulate the CTIT research groups HMI and TE with this success!



17-4-2007: TWA Themeconference: Space-based innovation in the public sector. Location: WTC Rotterdam.


23-24 April FP7 FIRE Open Workshop, Brussels (see below).


24-4-2007: KansRijk 2007: het evenement voor duurzaamheid en Innovatie. Location: Nieuwegeins Business Centrer, Nieuwegein.


25-04-2007: Information Day European Public Health Research in action. Subject: ‘Optimising the delivery of health care to European Citizens”, 2nd Call of the Health Programme. Location: Brussels (pre-registration: April 11, 2007).


9-05-07: Annual CTIT Symposium: Enabling Sustainable and Personalised Healthcare with ICT. Location: University of Twente, Waaier WA4, Enschede.


22/23-5-2007: ICT Delta, het ICT Innovatiecongres. Location: Jaarbeurs, Utrecht.


7-6-2007: Transumo congres 2007. Location: Schouwburg, Almere.


13-06-2007: Thirteenth Annual ASCI Conference, Location: Heijderbos, Heijen.


18/20-06-2007: Innovative Mass Storage Technologies 2007. Location: Eden Dish Hotel, Enschede.


21/23-6-2007: ECAP’07: European Computing and Philosophy Conference 2007. Location: University of Twente, Enschede.


9/11-07-2007: CIVR 2007, ACM International Conference on Image and Video Retrieval. Location: Old Lutheran Church, Amsterdam.


18/20-7-2007: 13th EUNICE Open European Summer School and IFIP TC6.6 Workshop on Dependable and Adaptable Networks and Services, Location: University of Twente, Waaier WA3, Enschede.


23/27-7-2007: SIGIR 2007. Location: hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam.


17/18-10-2007: Embedded Systems 2007 Conference. Location: Evoluon, Eindhoven.


24/26-10-2007: eChallenges e-2007. Location: The Hague.

Information on research funding programmes

Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union:

FP7 and CTIT:

CTIT has opened an information site on the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union (FP7). The most relevant information on FP 7 will be addressed and there will be links to other information sites. Focus is on the ICT Programme, but there is also information on other programmes (Health, Transport, Marie Curie, etc.).

We kindly request you to inform CTIT on any initiative within FP7 for projects you are involved in. You can contact Wilma Hiddink (email: w.g.hiddink@utwente.nl).

The Electronic Proposal Submission Service (EPSS) for most programmes went alive end of March. See the respective programmes.

Rules for participation in FP7 (information from EG Liaison/in Dutch)

FP7/ICT Programme:

The objective of ICT research under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) is to improve the competitiveness of European industry – as well as to enable Europe to master and shape the future developments of these technologies so that the demands of its society and economy are met. The EU Member States have earmarked a total of € 9.1 billion for funding ICT over the duration of FP7; making it the largest research theme in the Cooperation programme, which is itself the largest specific programme of FP7 (with 64% of the total budget).

General information

The ICT-programme is the most important progamme for CTIT. For the ICT Theme, three calls for proposals are anticipated for 2007-2008. Deadline submission for the first Call is 8 May 2007.

The first two Calls will be the largest (especially the first one!) and it is by no means certain that on specific topics there will be additional Calls! So be prepared for the first Call.


For more information on the First Call, see Calls for Proposal: 1st Call - December 22, 2006 and ICT Information site.


Full details on the scope of each call, the funding strategy and on budget allocation are outlined in the ICT Work Programme 2007-2008.

In June 2007 a Joint Call between ICT and Security themes is to be expected on “Critical Infrastructure Protection”.

Future and Emerging Technologies

FET Open Call: more information

FIRE Initiative

In June 2007, as part of the 2nd ICT Call, the FIRE Initiative will be launched, with a budget of 40 M-€: The planning is 36 M-€ for Cooperative Projects (IPs and STREPs), 3 M-€ for Networks of Excellence and 1 M-€ for Support Actions.

FIRE addresses long-term research which will investigate new architectures and approaches to build the foundations for the future Internet, embedding radically new paradigms, and getting rid of the accumulated shortcomings caused by the 'patches' used in the current Internet, so to make the internet more efficient in supporting society, economy and ultimately the innovation process.

On April 23-24 there is a FIRE Consultation Meeting in Brussels, Avenue de Beaulieu 25 - Room S2.

New publications: ICT drives 50% of EU growth, says Commission's annual report on the digital economy”.



The Call for Advanced Grants is to be expected by the end of July / beginning of August with a deadline in November 2007. Contrary to the Starting Grants a complete proposal has to be submitted in the first phase. Also an extended synopsis is required. This Call will have about 300 grants available.

From information of EG Liaison, it is clear that proposals should not be submitted twice (they make no chance). Part of the proposal is a section in which researchers have to make clear that they need the grant to establish or to concolidate their first research team. The research itself really should make scientific advancements. Multidisciplinary research and high risk/high gain proposals may have a good chance.

More information: ERC website, EG Liaison website or Cordis website.

ERC Work Programme

Health Programme:

Deadline: 19 April 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time) - more information

Deadline: 18 September 2007: 2nd Call: Optimising the delivery of health care to European Citizens. Topics:


Evaluation of disease management programmes


Health system and long tern care of the elderly


Mobility of health professionals


Health care human resource planning in nursing


Clinician working time and patient safety


Health outcome measures and population ageing


Trends of population health European system of Diagnosis-related group (DRG)

Funding scheme: Collaborative Projects (small or medium-scale focused research projects)


The European Union and the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed an agreement on February 9, 2007, to cooperate in the field of environmental research and computer science. There are funding possibilities within the FP7 Environment Programme.

Security Research Programme:

Deadline: 31 May 2007 – more information

Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities:

Deadline: 10 May 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time) - more information

Sustainable Surface Transport

Deadline Call 1 RTD: 3 May 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)

Deadline Call 1 TREN: 5 June 2007

Marco Polo II, Deadline: 22 June 2007


Capacities: Research Infrastructure

Deadline: 2 May 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time) – more information http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=UserSite.CapacitiesDetailsCallPage&call_id=15

People Programme:

Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-1-1-ITN Marie Curie Initial Training Networks. Deadline: 07 May 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)

Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-2-2-ERG European Reintegration Grants (ERG). Deadline(s): 25 April 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)

Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-4-3-IRG International Reintegration Grants (IRG). 25 April 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)

Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-5-2-AWARDS Marie Curie Awards. Deadline: 26 April 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)

Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-3-1-IAPP Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways. Deadline: 31 May 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)

Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-2-1-IEF Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development. Deadline: 14 August 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)

Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-4-1-IOF International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development. Deadline: 14 August 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)

Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-4-2-IIF International Incoming Fellowships. Deadline: 14 August 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)

Information on all Calls: see Cordis website

Joint Technology Initiatives

New within FP7 are the Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI’s), to pursue ambitious common RTD objectives. JTI’s have their own Strategic Research Agenda. Basis forms an ETP, representing industries’ interests with the aim to create new markets. Goal a.o. is the alignment of national priorities. The JTI’s have large budgets from many sources (public, private, EU, member states). Currently, 6 protential themes have been identified, two in the ICT domain (ETP’s: Artemis -> Embedded Systems and ENIAC -> Nano-electronics). This may become an interesting source for research funding.

Upcoming deadlines:



NWO: Cognition integration grants, Cognition network grants, Cognition à la Carte grants


NWO/STW: Cognition Application Oriented Research


STW Open Technology Programme (information in Dutch).


Future & Emerging Technologies (FET)

April 2007:


19-04-07: Call 1 – FP7/Health programme


25-04-07: ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant (see Newsletter February 2007)


25-04-07: International Reintegration Grants (People programme)


25-04-07: European Reintegration Grants (ERG) (People programme)


26-04-07: Marie Curie Awards (People programme)


27-04-07: EUROCORES (internationalization)


27-04-07: EUREKA and upcoming markets



1-05-07: Vernieuwingsimpuls Veni-programme


1-05-07: NWO Meervoud (NWO/EW only)


2-05-07: Environment


3-05-07: FP7 Programme Sustainable Surface Transport: RTD


3-05-07: FP7 Programme Transport RTD


7-05-07: Marie Curie Initial Training Networks


8-05-07: 1st Call FP7/ICT Programme (see information on research funding programmes)


10-05-07: FP7 Programme Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities


31-05-07: 1st Call Security Research


31-05-07: Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (People programme)



5-06-07: FP7 Programme Sustainable Surface Transport: TREN


22-06-07: Marco Polo II



31-07-07: ERA-NET Plus Call 2007 (Theme(s): [Energy] [Environment (including Climate Change)] [Coordination of Research Activities] [Health] [Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology] [Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies] [Socio-economic sciences and Humanities] [Transport (including Aeronautics)]



14-08-07: Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (People programme)


14-08-07: International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development (People programme)


14-08-07: International Incoming Fellowships (People programme)



4-09-07: FP7 ICT – CA’s


17-09-07: ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant (2nd phase). More information.


18-09-07: 2nd Call Health Programme: Optimising the delivery of health care to European Citizens.


25-09-07: Marie Curie Initial Training Networks



17-10-07: International Reintegration Grants



31-12-07: NWO Open Competition “Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen”.

Recently started projects

We intend to give information on new projects in every Newsletter. Please inform CTIT on all projects that have been approved for funding. Contact: Wilma Hiddink (email: w.g.hiddink@utwente.nl). Please enclose you project proposal and budget information, as well as information on possible candidates for vacant positions. Thus we will also be able to update our website.

Design for Usability (IOP/IPCR)

Project coordination CTIT: Dr. Mascha van der Voort & Dr. Peter-Paul Verbeek

Faculty of Engineering Technology & Faculty of Behavioural Science

Tel.: +31 53 489 2541 / +31 53 489 4460

Email: m.c.vandervoort@utwente.nl / p.p.c.c.verbeek@utwente.nl


The goal of this project is to reduce usability problems with electronic products by developing and offering companies a coherent design methodology to anticipate expectations and needs of users on the one hand, and product influences on use practices on the other. The integral approach will focus on (i) user problems as a consequence of a mismatch between user and designer expectations about the product (ii) the user characteristics in relation to types of products and use-situations; (iii) product impact on user behaviour; (iv) company processes including product development and after-sales service; and (v) design methodology, expanding the existing approach of scenario-based design to incorporate the interaction between product design, user characteristics, and user behaviour. Next, the design methodology (including methods and techniques), which supports the design of products with a high level of usability, will be developed, implemented and followed by an evaluation.

The project is a collaboration of the 3 Technical Universities of The Netherlands, Delft (Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering), Eindhoven (Faculty of Technology Management) and Twente (Faculty of Engineering Technology and Faculty of Human Sciences), together with the companies Philips, Océ, Thales and the design agency Indes.

Outcome of this project is a design methodology that:


supports the designer in obtaining an accurate, reliable and complete overview of the future use practice of the product,


offers procedures for product quality testing, based on realistic product use, and tailored to specific product categories and situations,


not just focuses on generating requirements and specs, but guides the total process of designing, selling and after-sales user assistance,


takes into account the influence of both user characteristics and product characteristics on the formation of use practices,


is suited for the design and development practice for different product and company types,


provides a dedicated approach for after-sale services that is able to deal with use practices in a business wise optimal way,


and deals with the ethical questions regarding behaviour monitoring and steering in product design.

Project duration: 2007 - 2011

Project budget: 1.83 M-€

Number of person/years: 23.55 fte

Project Coordinator: TU Delft

Participants: TUD-Applied ergonomics and design, TUe-quality and reliability engineering, UT-Design, production and Management, UT-Philosophy, Philips Applied Technologies, Oce technologies, Thales and Indes.

Project budget CTIT: ~ 600 k-€

Number of person/years CTIT: 2.4 fte

Involved groups: Design, Production and Management (DPM), Philosophy

CTIT Strategic Research Orientation: NICE (Natural Interaction in Computer-mediated Environments)

PEARL: Privacy Enhancing Architecture for RFID Labels

Project Manager: Dr. Sandro Etalle

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

Tel.: +31 53 489 1195

Email: s.etalle@utwente.nl

Project website: PEARL


The goal of this project is to develop tools and methodologies as well as their theoretical foundations for using RFID systems while preserving the user's privacy. To achieve this, a number of challenges have to be met.

Due to resource constraints a roaming agent faces a dilemma between legitimate use and hostile tracking. Therefore, the first challenge concerns the modelling of privacy properties in this setting. A sound engineering of a privacy respecting architecture requires a formal definition of the involved privacy notions. Such a formalisation precisely documents the requested privacy properties and lays the ground for further analysis and certification. A formal model of the involved privacy properties will be based on an analysis of the problem domain and a literature study.

The second research challenge is to develop new privacy enhancing protocols for the extremely resource constrained RFID environment, where in principle only hashes or custom encryption routines are available. Several problems need to be solved. For one thing, RFID tags should implement a simple yet reliable access control mechanism to limit access to authorised parties only. Current RFID tags respond predictably when queried by a transceiver, enabling invasive tracking opportunities, that have to be prevented. The so called "blocker tags" provide only a primitive solution to the privacy problem, useless for many applications in the ambient world that require RFIDs to be continuously present.

The third research challenge is to shape a context in which the user can check the privacy policies enforced by the RFID-based application. To tackle this, first we have to investigate which sort of privacy policies can be deployed given the kind of hardware. Secondly, we need to design new specific privacy languages and to investigate the possibility of automatically checking when two policies are (ir)reconcilable.

The fourth challenge concerns securing the integration of RFID tags and the backoffice applications that will support them. To this end we need to design and verify new secure protocols for data access. This will lead to a combination of two research fields, namely cryptography and datamining.

Project duration: January 2007 until January 2011

Project budget: 644 K-€

Number of person/years: 2.5 fte

Participants: UT, Radboud University Nijmegen, TU Delft, TU/e

Project budget CTIT: 165 K-€

Number of person/years CTIT: 1.2 fte

Involved groups: Distributed and Embedded Systems (DIES)

CTIT Strategic Research Orientation: ISTRICE (Integrated Security and Privacy in a Networked World)

Inaugural lecture

10.05.2007 prof.dr. R.J. Boucherie

“Het antwoord of de vraag”

De Vrijhof, Amphitheater

PhD defenses

13.04.2007 Wendy Weijermars

18.04.2007 Rieske Hadianti

Please inform a.g.h.westhoff@utwente.nl about the PhD defenses. Every CTIT PhD-student will receive a book coupon from CTIT!

CTIT Newsletters

The CTIT Newsletter will appear every month. In case you have input for the newsletter, about workshops, phd defenses or other events, please send the information to a.g.h.westhoff@utwente.nl

Contact information:

Peter Apers, scientific director: p.m.g.apers@utwente.nl

Iddo Bante, managing director: i.bante@utwente.nl

Wilma Hiddink, project manager: w.g.hiddink@utwente.nl

Anja Annink-Tanke, secretary: a.m.annink-tanke@utwente.nl

Sandra Westhoff, secretary: a.g.h.westhoff@utwente.nl