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October 2007

CTIT CTIT Newsletter – October 2007

News

GATE-project officially started

The research programme ‘Game research for Training and Entertainment' (GATE) officially started this month with the signing of the consortium agreement. With GATE, the Netherlands aims to become a top-player within the area of game research for training simulation and entertainment. The programme aims to set up the leading edge research center in Europe (and world-wide) that advances the state-of-the-art in gaming and simulation with strong ties to production companies and users of gaming and simulation. The goal is to create technology for highly effective entertainment, learning and training experiences.

Ward van Wanrooij

Ward van Wanrooij receives the Bakkenist prize
Ward van Wanrooij, former M.Sc. student of DACS, will receive on 22 November 2007 the Bakkenist prize for young talent from the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen. The prize was granted for his M.Sc. work and involves 10.000 Euro.

HMI wins SenterNovem Design Contest

Recently the joined team of HMI (Dhaval Vyas, Olga Kulyk) of the Faculty EEMCS of the University of Twente and the Vrije Universiteit (Henriette van Vugt, Onno Kubbe) won a Design Contest organized by SenterNovem - IOP Mens-Machine Interactie. The contest took place on

Wednesday, 10 October during the Interactive Entrepreneur ('De Interactieve Ondernemer') event at the Dutch Design Center in Utrecht www.dutchdesigncenter.nl Teams had just 45 minutes to interact with the audience and come up with the creative and innovative design of an interactive platform to connect independent interaction designers, design companies and researchers. The winning team received iPods (shuffle).

CTIT congratulates Olga and Dhaval!

Aiko Pras New Chair IFIP TC 6.6

Aiko Pras, associate professor at the DACS group, has been appointed Chair of the IFIP TC 6 Working Group 6.6 “Management of Networks and Distributed Systems”. He is taking over the Chair from Prof. Raouf Boutaba of the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

We congratulate Aiko with this appointment and wish him lots of success!

Dutch ICT research gets 70 M-€ from the first Call of FP7

The Netherlands were successful in the first Call of the European Union FP 7 Programme. Dutch partners participate in 1/3 of all selected research projects, for a total of 70 M-€. Not only Philips, TNO and the three technical universities were well represented, but also the Dutch SME’s (in total for 11 M-€). More information on the SenterNovem website (in Dutch).

Workshops

8 November 2007: Changing Roles of Users in Information Technologies, Workshop of the Centre of Information Technology and Society

Time: 13.00 hrs. – 17.30 hrs.

Location: University of Twente, Building: Horst Tower, room 1300

Theme

Traditionally, users have been considered as important actors in the diffusion and acceptance of new technologies, but most treatments of users have tended to view them as passive recipients of the technology. More recently, scholars have emphasised that users not only matter once technology is in use, but also play an important role in the design of technologies. Rather than being seen as passive, users are viewed today as active participants in technological innovation. This workshop addresses this changing role of users in the development and use of information and communication technologies.

Information on the programme.

15-16 November 2007: E-Quality Workshop: “Performance Analysis of Mobile and Wireless Communications.

Location: EURANDOM, TU/e, Eindhoven.

The Expertise Centre on Performance and Quality of Service in ICT (“E-Quality”) is collaborative partnership in response to the growing need to control and improve the quality of services and applications in the world of ICT and its increasingly complex environments.

Partners are the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI), Delft University of Technology, Technical University Eindhoven, TNO-ICT and the University of Twente (UT).

The aims of E-Quality are to conduct innovative research in the field of “QoS control” in existing and future ICT environments, to train experts, and to communicate the significance of the research field. Its ambition is to become a leading player in the international knowledge economy, and to bring its knowledge to the market through spin-offs.

Workshop Programme

19-20 November 2007: International Conference “OR in Healthcare”

Location: Drienerburght, UT

The healthcare domain is increasingly drawing attention form researchers from the Operations Research (OR) community. An ageing population, increasing expenditures, and media attention for waiting lists have further strengthened this trend.

Workshop information

12 December 2007: Technology Acceptance and Use: A Confrontation of Contemporary Scientific Models

On December 12, 2007 the International Conference "Technology Acceptance and Use: A Confrontation of Contemporary Scientific Models" will be organized at the University of Twente. Location: Vrijhof, Amphitheater.

Information on the programme.

Call for papers/demonstrations

4-6 June 2008: IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium

Location: TU Eindhoven

General Chairs: Bart van Arem, Henk Nijmeijer

The 2008 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium takes place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands during June 4 - 6, 2008. The objective of the symposium is to encourage knowledge sharing about research and applications for Intelligent Vehicles and Intelligent Transport. The symposium is targeted at researchers from industry as well as researchers from universities. The conference has a single session format, with both oral sessions and interactive poster sessions. Keynote presentations will be given by speakers from PATH, DaimlerChrysler and TomTom.

For more information you can check:

www.iv2008.nl

Agenda:

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30-10-2007: SIREN 2007 - Scientific ICT-Research Event Netherlands 2007. Location: Senaatzaal, Technische Universiteit Delft, Aula Congrescentrum, Delft.

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6-11-2007: Technologische innovatie in de sport, TWA Themaconferentie. Location: World Forum Convention Center in Den Haag.

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8-11-2007: Workshop “Changing Roles of Users in Information Technologies, Workshop of the Centre of Information Technology and Society”. Location: UT, Horst Tower, Enschede.

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8-11-2007: “Het 10e eNederland Congres, Nieuwe uitdagingen en kansen in de digitale wereld”. Location: Figi, Zeist.

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15/16-11-2007: E-Quality Workshop: “Performance Analysis of Mobile and Wireless Communications, Location: EURANDOM, TU/e, Eindhoven.

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13-11-2007: Information meeting EU/IDEAS programme (a.o., Advanced Investigator Grant Call). Location: Felix Meritis, Amsterdam.

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14-11-2007: “Matchmakersmeeting ICT en COPD-zorg”. Location: NWO, Den Haag

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16-11-2007: Partnering meeting Human-Centric ICT, Location: Winterthur, Switzerland.

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19/20-11-2007: International Conference “OR in Healthcare”,

University of Twente

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20-11-2007: “CWI in bedrij”. Location: CWI, Kruislaan 413, Amsterdam

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21-11-2007: “Advanced Gaming and Simulation”. Location: Louis Hartlooper Complex, Utrecht

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29/30-11-2007: Workshop SAFE/ProRISC 2007. Location: De Koningshof, Veldhoven

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12-12-2007: Workshop: “Technology Acceptance and Use: A Confrontation of Contemporary Scientific Models”. Location: UT, Amphitheater, Vrijhof, Enschede

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18-12-2007: Ideals Symposium “Software Evolution”. Location: High Tech Campus, Conference Center The Strip, Eindhoven.

Information on research funding programmes

Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union:

FP7/ICT Programme:

Future and Emerging Technologies

FET Information site

FET Open Call: call information, more information.

FIRE (FIRE Future Internet Research and Experimentation) Initiative

In June 2007, as part of the 2nd ICT Call, the FIRE programme has been 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.

Security

On September 11th, a public-private forum has been created, the European Security Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF). This forum will draft by the end of 2009 the research agenda for the Workprogramme Security within FP7

OTHER FP7 PROGRAMMES:

Ideas/ERC:

ERC Scientific Council publishes interim results of first Starting Grant competition

The Starting Grant scheme targets researchers, two to nine years after their PhD, who have the potential to become independent research leaders in any field of research. The grants amount to between €100,000 and €400,000 per year for a period of up to five years. Nearly €290 million have been allocated to this call. With applications averaging just above €1 million, this should allow more than 250 grants to be financed.

Of the 9167 applications submitted, 8794 were peer reviewed (the remainder being either

judged ineligible or withdrawn by the applicant) and 559 applicants were invited to make

a second-stage submission to the deadline of 17 September 2007.

ERC Advanced Grants

The Call for Advanced Grants is to be expected second half of November of 2007 (contrary to previous announcements). The Advanced Grants aim to encourage and support excellent, innovative and research projects which are initiated and led by established top research leaders. This funding scheme, which offers grants of up to 500,000 Euro per year for a period of up to five years, targets researchers who have already established themselves as being scientifically independent and world-class leaders in their own right.

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. Deadlines are expected between February and June 2008 (dependent on discipline).

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

 

Other funding programmes

NWO

NWO Exacte Wetenschappen has opende the Call for the Open Competition 2007. The Open Competition will from now on be organized for the complete research area, and projects can be submitted continuously. The investements within the framework of “NWO Middelgroot” will be separated from the Open Competition, and will also be evaluated by one area-broad committee. Deadlines are: 15 January 2008 and 1 June 2008 (always 12.00 hrs. noon).

At the first deadline, 1 October 2007, NWO has received 51 proposals.

NWO, together with ZonMw and ICT Regie: Call for proposals ICT and COPD.

Deadline submission: January 15, 2008

Upcoming deadlines:

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

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NWO/STW: Cognition Application Oriented Research

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STW Open Technology Programme (information in Dutch).

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Future & Emerging Technologies (FET)

October:

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31-10-07: Pieken in de Delta

November:

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29-11-07: Joint Call between ICT and Security Themes on Critical Infrastructure Protection. More information.

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29-11-07: Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities

December:

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17-12-07: PROGRESS-Plus

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

January 2008:

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15-01-08: NWO Free Competition

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15-01-08: ICT and COPD (NWO, ZonMw and ICT Regie)

June:

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1-06-08: NWO Free Competition

The 3rd Call for IOP GENCOM is to be expected soon. We will keep you informed.

Recently started projects

Poseidon

Project Manager: Prof. dr. Pieter Hartel

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science - EEMCS

Tel.: +31 53 489 2411

Email: pieter.hartel@utwente.nl

Project website: http://www.esi.nl/poseidon/

Poseidon project

Summary

Today’s modern high tech systems offer a previously unparalleled variety of feasible applications, made possible by a trend of increasing interactions and collaborations between systems, and their sharing of information, processes, and resources. Altogether, this led to systems whose components are highly complex systems in themselves, called Systems of Systems, abbreviated by SoS.

For well defined situations and applications, the distribution of tasks and resources might be defined in advance, thus regulating the resulting collaboration as well as the integration of the individual systems during implementation. This approach, however, restricts a SoS to its predefined task and configuration, and consumes a considerable amount of resources and time, especially if it becomes necessary to modify the engineered system. The resulting limits on a system of systems flexibility and its abilities to adapt to new scenarios and configurations, as well as to evolve to cover new applications or technologies are no longer acceptable: Future SoS are expected to react adequately to ad-hoc changes, to enable collaboration across former boundaries, to deal with the unexpected, to offer possibilities.

The Poseidon project rises to the challenge to discover new ways on how to build such advanced systems of systems, and therefore on how to allow for flexibility, adaptability and evolvability in systems of systems while ensuring reliability – a crucial requirement, not only in the domain of maritime safety systems that provides Poseidon’s exemplary application and the industrial laboratory needed for its success.

Research challenge and approach

The challenge of developing advanced system of systems is to gain flexibility, adaptability and evolvability while retaining reliability at the same time. Any change in the SoS configuration should be achievable with adequate efforts and the system should always remain operational and reliable, even given unforeseen events, scenarios, and applications.

Given the information-centric operations of such systems of systems, the Poseidon project will provide evidence for meeting this challenge within the context of the application domain by fulfilling the following primary goals:

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Development of a system of systems architecture beneficial to adaptability and evolvability.

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Development of an integration and acceptance methodology for reliable dynamic (re-) configurations of the system of system.

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Trustworthy fusion and processing of information originating from a variety of sources that differ in type, role, syntax, and semantics.

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Intelligent analysis of the available information to solve the application tasks.

The research will thus have strong multi-disciplinary aspects, requiring expertise in different technical and scientific domains, including object behavior analysis, machine learning, information visualization, system reasoning, information fusion, information relationship modeling, trust management, run-time integration, and acceptance test techniques. To be successful, it will be needed to establish meaningful combinations of the analytic, modeling, and implementation techniques of the various disciplines. The research will be driven by and applied to the maritime safety and security domain.

Project duration: August 2007 – August 2011

Project budget: 8.8 M-€ / 4.4 M-€ funding

Number of person/years: 90.6 fte / 4 years; 22.65 fte/year

Project Coordinator: Thales

Participants: Thales B.V., TU Delft, Tu Eindhoven, University of Maastricht, University of Twente, VU Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, Noldus Information Technology B.V., ESI.

Project budget CTIT: 796 k-€ / 398 k-€ funding

Number of person/years CTIT: 9.2 fte/4 years; 2.3 fte/year

Involved groups: Distributed and Embedded Systems (DIES)

CTIT Strategic Research Orientation: Dependable Systems and Networks

MYOfeedback based TELetreatment service (eTEN)

Project Managers: Prof. dr. H. Hermens / Prof. dr. ir. L.J.M. Nieuwenhuis / Prof. dr. J. van Hillegersberg

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science / Management & Governance

Tel.: +31 53 489 2762 / +31 53 489 3675 / +31 53 489 3513

Email: h.j.hermens@utwente.nl / l.j.m.nieuwenhuis@utwente.nl / j.vanhillegersberg@utwente.nl

Myotel

Project website:

News: Project Myotel

Summary

This project investigates the feasibility of the deployment of a prototype myofeedback teletreatment (i.e. MyoTel) service that enables subjects with neck shoulder complaints to receive personalised adjusted remotely supervised treatment during their daily activities.

The availability of ubiquitous (public) wireless network infrastructure creates the possibility to deploy new mobile health care (MHealth) services; e.g. tele-monitoring or tele-treatment services. For example, it is expected that tele-treatment services are more efficient as one therapist can treat several subjects simultaneously and intramural care can be replaced by less costly extramural care. These services are also hypothesised to be more effective because subjects train in their home or work environment and they are not bound to the available treatment hours of the therapist; subjects can train much more intense and the amount of training is a key factor in obtaining results.

This project addresses the phases necessary to investigate the market acceptability of this

service in two different groups of patients; i.e. two different health care markets; patients with

work related neck shoulder problems (occupational health care system) and patients with a

chronic whiplash (rehabilitation care system) in different countries and particularly

demonstrates the user acceptance and the effectiveness for all key actors in the value chain

from a clinical and economic point of view. All actions are tailored to overcome the barriers

for effective application of E-Health technology and take the main differences in the

rehabilitation and occupational health care systems between countries into account.

Project duration: 18 months / 1 september 2007 – 1 February 2009

Project budget: 14.4 M-€ / 625 k-€

Number of person/years: 8.8 fte (total) / 5.9 fte per year

Project Coordinator: Roessingh Research & Development (RRD)

Participants: RRD, UT, Göteborg University, University of Ghent, Ruhr University of Bochum.

Project budget CTIT: 309.3 k-€ / 154.6 k-€ funding

Number of person/years CTIT: 2.21 fte (total)

Involved groups: RMT-BSS group, Information Systems & Change Management

CTIT Strategic Research Orientations: ASSIST - Applied Science of Services for Information Society Technologies, IE&ICT - Industrial Engineering & ICT

PhD defenses

02.11.2007 Cornelie van Driel

15.11.2007 Sebastiaan Morssinkhof

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

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