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26 Nov 2014 - Social Engineering Challenge: cyber security by manipulating people Phishing, scamming, and hacking. These are terms that we immediately associate with cybercrime. This type of crime has increased greatly in recent years, so that the security of systems has also inherently improved. But the weakest link in the security of systems often lies not so much in the systems themselves, but in humans. In order to combat cybercrime, researchers from UT research institute CTIT are calling upon all inhabitants of the European Union to devise scenarios that scammers can use to deceive people. In the Social Engineering Challenge 2014 participants are also encouraged to think about how such an attack can be repelled. 25 Nov 2014 - Stefano Stramigioli IEEE Fellow 2015 Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation. 24 Nov 2014 - Pre-Announcement Ambient Assistant Living Call 2015 The aim of this call is to support innovative, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects with a clear market orientation for the proposed challenge. Older adults of today and especially of tomorrow will live longer, be more active and desire a life without dependency as well as the right to decide for themselves.  More information. 20 Nov 2014 - Robots take over inspection of ballast tanks on ships The University of Twente is one of a number of partners in the region around the border between Germany and the Netherlands that have contributed to a project to develop a robot for inspecting ballast water tanks on board ships. The robot is able to move independently along rails built into the tanks. At the moment, people still carry out such inspections, with ships being brought into dry dock for the purpose. The costs can rise to € 700,000 per inspection. The RoboShip project offers great advantages, not only in terms of cost but also in terms of safety. 19 Nov 2014 - Invitation Dies Natalis 28 November 2014 On Friday, 28 November 2014 we celebrate the University of Twente's 53rd Dies Natalis. I would like to invite you to attend this event. The theme of this year's Dies Natalis is internationalization. Please register using this link. 14 Nov 2014 - Dissertation Award presented to Mark Timmer The IPA (Institute for Programming research and Algorithmics) recently presented its 2013 Dissertation Award to Mark Timmer (who obtained a PhD – with distinction – from the University of Twente) for his thesis entitled ‘Efficient Modelling, Generation and Analysis of Markov Automata’.  13 Nov 2014 - Social inequality on the internet also on the increase A total of 97% of Dutch people now have access to the internet. Unfortunately, this does not mean that 'the digital divide' in the Netherlands has now been bridged. On the contrary, social inequality is increasing on the internet, too. Through conducting a series of surveys, researchers at the University of Twente's CTIT research institute have shown that over recent years there has been an increase in the difference between the digital skills possessed by the more highly educated and those with a lower level of education. In addition, more highly qualified people, when compared to those with secondary or lower levels of education, increasingly focus on applications that improve their social position, and those with lower qualifications use the internet more as a medium for entertainment, relatively speaking. The consequence is the creation of an information elite on the internet, and that elite is suspiciously similar to the existing social elite. 11 Nov 2014 - New approaches needed for protechting vulnerable ICT infrastructure Internet attacks that are able to bring organizations to a full standstill, are no longer new to us. At the same time, we don’t seem to be aware of the vulnerability of the ICT infrastructure and of the privacy aspects of the information we share. Government organizations spend billions of euros on finding security leaks, but it would be better if they also invested in the development and maintenance of crucial Internet software. This is the view of Aiko Pras of the University of Twente in The Netherlands, in his inaugural address as a Professor of Network Operations and Management, November 13.