CTIT University of Twente
CTIT Connecting Project

About the project

Shaping a smart society

To showcase our ICT research, to further advance our scientific knowledge and expertise, but most of all to develop a better understanding of future smart societies, we are initiating a unique project entitled The Living Smart Campus. We aim to develop and demonstrate the role that advanced and novel ICT will have in modern societies, and to inspire researchers to seek solutions for societal problems that we so far thought could not be successfully tackled. The Living Smart Campus aims at using collaborative, social, and integrative technologies to make the campus the center of open innovation involving industry, government, and citizens.

The Living Smart Campus: an impression

At a living smart campus, you can easily find out where activities are taking place, be it sports, entertainment, research, studies, and so on. Moreover, you have an impression of the affective state of the people involved in those activities, and from that information can derive whether the sports game is a fun place to go to, or whether a specific class is considered to be interesting or entertaining. You can distinguish pleasantly crowded places from those where there are simply too many people, or where too many people are going. You will be in touch with your community, be it on or off campus. And why not organize your own activity and invite other curious people on the fly?

At a living smart campus, you can easily find your way, be it because your class got dynamically rescheduled to another room to optimize on capacity and facilities, or because the person you are visiting is roaming somewhere on campus. Public transportation is optimized for the current situation and the information on where campus citizens are and where they want to go to. Buses will come to dynamically chosen pick-up and drop-off places. Goods and packages will route themselves automatically. There is no more waste.

At a living smart campus, people will be safe. There is a lot of interaction with the digital environment, often explicit through cards, robots, and other devices, but more often through nonintrusive sensors and actuators. People live healthy. Motivated by social gamification they engage in sports and balance work and leisure. Guided by virtual trainers they increase level and skill of their favorite sports. Interactions appear naturally and are safe. Despite being monitored and guided, a person will know that his or her privacy is protected, that information is protected, that services are robust, secure, and highly available. All ICT that makes a living smart campus smart, is naturally green.


We concentrate on conducting scientific research projects that explore an advanced integration of people in their digital environment. Emphasis is initially on research that matches what CTIT stands for: ICT science for a smart society. We strive for collaboration with third parties.

The initial goals are threefold. First and foremost, we aim to advance our scientific knowledge and expertise on ICT as a driver for a modern digital society, focusing on the interaction between people and ICT-based systems. Any Living Smart Campus activity will therefore have a clearly stated, ICT-specific scientific goal, in which humans form an essential element. Secondly, we want to showcase our ICT research, meaning that research in the context of the project will not only lead to scientific papers, but also to noticeable prototypes or products, have a clear emphasis on ICT, and can link to CTIT’s research themes. Thirdly, we want to inspire students: the Living Smart Campus should fertilize the ground for new ideas from students that can be carried out by students, supervised by staff, and find their way as part of the project.

We consider our campus as an instrument to showcase our research. It is a campus unique in The Netherlands, combining not only facilities for research and education, but also offers housing to students and faculty, as well as an environment for leading a rich social life. There are shops, restaurants, and bars. There is a wealth of sports facilities. And everything is situated amidst lawns, trees, ponds, and trails. As such, it forms a small society by itself. Your ideas should ideally be projected onto the UT campus. They could be inspired by other, much larger campuses worldwide. But equally important is that they can be applied to situations elsewhere.