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CTIT of the University of Twente is one the largest academic ICT research institutes in the Netherlands. Over 400 researchers actively participate in its research programme. The 2015 budget amounts to 26.5 M-€. 

CTIT closely cooperates with many public and private organisations. It participates in the 3TU.Netherlands Institute for Research on ICT (NIRICT, started in 2005), 3TU.Humans and Technology (started in 2015), and 3TU Ethics and Technology, all within the framework of 3TU, the collaboration between the three technical universities in the Netherlands (DelftEindhoven and Twente). 

In 2015, CTIT adopted a new profile: "(Digital) Science for a Smart Society". The research programme is built on two multidisciplinary pillars:

  • Cyber-Physical Systems: the research is focused on networked and embedded systems, with a clear emphasis on dependability and sustainability. It comprises a.o., hardware design, sensor systems, computer networks and formal methods.
  • Socio-Technical Systems: the research is focused on the interaction between, and integration of, humans and their digital environment. This environment is quite diverse and incorporates (social) robotics, adaptive vehicles, and intelligent information systems.
Crossing these pillars, CTIT has the following research themes:
  • Digital Security: a cooperation between the Technical and Business & Management sciences. There are close connections with industry, the Twente Safety & Security Region, and The Hague Security Delta. CTIT also cooperates with KLPD and NFI.
  • Intelligent Logistics and Mobility: CTIT researchers are involved in the Topsector Logistics through DINALOG, the Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics. There is a strong connection with the European Technology Platform ALICE. With Mobility, the accent is on mobility within the region. On this topic, CTIT cooperates with Assen (SensorCity) and Enschede.
  • Monitoring and Persuasive Technologies: researchers of Technical and Business & Management sciences collaborate within the Centre for Monitoring and Coaching (opened in 2015) on monitoring and guiding/coaching of human behaviour. Recently, a strategic collaboration with the University of Waterloo (Canada) has been established. CTIT is also well involved in the European Innovation Partnership 'Active & Healthy Ageing', and the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences
  • Robotics: there is a close cooperation with the Engineering Technology faculty. Researchers are also involved in the PPP SPARC, the public-private partnership of the European Commission with euRobotics AISBL (partners from industry and science).
  • Data Science: Big data is one of the main issues in many scientific disciplines. CTIT's research is tuned up with the national research within this field. Recently, it is decided to establish the Data Science Platform Netherlands (DSPN), part of IPN, the ICT-research Platform in the Netherlands.

Innovation Agenda

CTIT groups have been increasingly participating in many (inter)national research projects based on consortia consisting of industry and academia. In these externally funded research projects, knowledge transfer takes place between the participating universities and the industrial partners. Next to this ‘natural’ valorization route with industrial partners
and next to the societal valorization, the creation of spin-off or start-up companies has become an important mechanism through which the knowledge and expertise developed by CTIT flows to industry. Research activities of CTIT groups formed the basis of about 100 spin-off and/or student companies. Many of these companies still have strong connections with CTIT. Each year, about 10% of the companies mentioned in the Deloitte Fast 50 have a relation with the UT, the majority is active in the ICT domain. 

In recent years a lively entrepreneurial scene has been developed in Europe. Participation in EIT Digital - CTIT was one of the initiators - has created room to receive additional funding for the follow-up of (almost) finished research projects, but now focusing on the business aspects of the technology. This facilitates a fast and international growth of the CTIT spin-off businesses, by giving them access to the EU-wide EIT Digital Labs network with almost 25 business developers (in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland, the UK and Spain), co-locations and many business-support activities.