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Centre for Safety and Security in Smart Societies (C.S4)

Prof. dr. Raymond Veldhuis, Prof. dr. ir. B.R. Haverkort

The Centre for Safety and Security in Smart Societies (C.S4) aims to make the physical world and cyber space a safer place by enhancing (cyber) security, public safety and system dependability.

C.S4 combines core ICT research with the social and behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, ethics and philosophy) in order to design high-tech systems and solutions tuned to human behavior and needs. Dependable ICT will provide the core technology to detect risks and threats and to protect against these, whereas the social sciences help to understand the behavior of users and potential offenders or attackers to design technology that is effective, efficient and proportional.

Within C.S4, the following themes are actively worked upon:

  • Cyber-security, including network security, cryptography, and the combat of cyber crime;
  • Public safety, including intelligent surveillance and access control, and crowd management;
  • Advanced system modeling and analysis techniques to predict and prevent future faulty operation or maintenance actions of ICT systems;
  • Dependable system and network design, including architecture and protocols, and reconfiguration and fault-masking techniques to make system more resilient and fault-tolerant.

Note that the above themes are interconnected, e.g., activities on social media can arouse uproar that affects public safety, or a cyber attack on an industrial control system can affect public safety. Similarly, an ill-designed e-commerce system can cause monetary loss for companies or a government, or a faulty embedded system might lead to reliability problems in cars.

Core researchers

Services, Cyber security, Safety (SCS)
Prof. dr. Raymond Veldhuis - Biometrics, crowd management, pattern recognition  
Prof. dr. Pieter Hartel - Intrusion detection, cyber security
Prof. dr. Roel Wierenga - Risk assessment
Dr. Luuk Spreeuwers - Biometrics, computer vision

Design and Analysis of Communication Systems (DACS)  
Prof. dr. Boudewijn Haverkort - Dependable system and network design
Prof. dr. Aiko Pras - network management, network intrusion detection  
Dr. Anne Remke - advanced modeling and simulation techniques
Dr. Pieter-Tjerk de Boer - SCADA systems

Computer Architecture for Embedded Systems (CAES)  
Prof. dr. Gerard Smit - Dependable computer architectures, dependability in smart grid networks
Dr. Hans Kerkhoff - Dependable computer architectures, dependability in smart grid networks

Formal Methods and Tools (FMT)
Prof. dr. Jaco van de Pol - Formal description techniques
Dr. Mariëlle Stoelinga - dependability evaluation techniques
Dr. Marieke Huisman - model checking, software design 

Hybrid Systems (HS)
Prof. dr. Hans Zwart - Analysis of hybrid systems
Dr. Jan-Willem Polderman - Analysis of hybrid systems

Stochastic Operations Research (SOR)
Dr. Werner Scheinhardt - Stochastic modeling techniques, simulation

Pervasive Systems (PS)
Prof. dr. Paul Havinga - Dependable wireless sensor systems, various application areas, sensors

Human Media Interaction (HMI)  
Prof. dr. Vanessa Evers - Human behaviour and interaction

Databases (DB)
Dr. Maurice van Keulen - Data management technology

Telecommunication Engineering (TE)
Prof. dr. Frank Leferink - Protection of civil infrastructures, telecommunications

Philosophy (Phil)  
Prof. dr. Philip Brey - Philosophy and ethics
Dr. Michael Nagenborg - Philosophy and ethics

Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems (IEBIS)  
Prof. dr. Marianne Junger - Crime Science, logistics
Prof. dr. Jos van Hillegersberg - Crime Science, logistics
Prof. dr. Henk Zijm - Crime Science, logistics

Other UT research groups, not part of CTIT

Department Psychology of Conflict, Risk and Safety  
Prof. dr. Ellen Giebels - Psychology of conflict, risk and safety
Dr. Peter de Vries - Psychology of conflict, risk and safety