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Newsletter October 2014


CTIT has a new Scientific Director! Professor Maarten van Steen will start his duties on 1 January 2015. The Executive Board has appointed him for a period of five years. Maarten Van Steen is currently professor and director of the Department of Computer Science at VU University Amsterdam. He is regarded as an authority in the field of distributed computer systems. He succeeds Professor Jaco van de Pol, who has done an outstanding job as interim director since January 2014. 

The STW Technology Foundation has awarded Bram Nauta, Professor of Integrated Circuit Design at the University of Twente (UT), the title of Simon Stevin Master 2014. The award carries with it a cash prize of €500,000, to be spent on research. The Simon Stevin Master Prize is the largest prize given for engineering research in the Netherlands, and it is intended for researchers who link excellent scientific work to socially relevant issues. The prize will be presented on 2 October at the STW Annual Congress.

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Dr Val Jones of the Telemedicine Group, Biomedical Signals and Systems, University of Twente, has been awarded a 3-month Research Fellowship by Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) worth something over 13000 euros. 

Veni for Dr. Arnoud den Boer (EEMCS/SOR):
“Understanding and influencing human choices”
Arnoud den Boer (EEMCS/SOR) recently acquired a Veni grant from NWO. His research concentrates on the understanding of human choices and how to influence them.
Human behavior influences many social and commercial decisions. This research project develops mathematical and statistical methods to describe this behaviour and to react on it in an optimal way.

Can a robot be too nice?
Smart machines need the right “personality” to work well - and experts are finding the best choice may not always be what we think we want.

A study, to begin in September/October as a collaboration between Nissan, Wendy Ju of Stanford, and the University of Twente’s Vanessa Evers (EWI/HMI), will investigate whether a self-driving car’s “personality”—as expressed in the way it handles situations on the road - could cause safety issues if it is poorly matched to the personality of its occupant.

Opening DesignLab
Unsuspected combinations, guts and 'team science': those are the three most important characteristics of the new DesignLab that the University of Twente opened on 1 September in the presence of Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Science. DesignLab connects experts from the fields of biomedical technology, nanotechnology and ICT to industrial designers and colleagues from the social sciences and public and business administration as soon as possible. Encouraging these meetings may help in more quickly finding solutions for social issues. Moreover, this also makes DesignLab a new type of discussion partner for the business sector. The opening took place during the Opening of the Academic Year.

Prof. Ton de Jong (BMS/IST) appointed as Member of the Academia Europaea
Prof. Ton de Jong, professor Instruction technology at UT, has been appointed as Member of the Academia Europaea: a select council of European scientists with several Nobel Prize winners.


  • October 2, 2014, Annual Congress of STW and presentation Simon Stevin Master Prize to Prof. Bram Nauta. Location: Nieuwegein's Business Center, Blokhoeve 1, 3438 LC Nieuwegein    
  • October 9, 2014, Lunch Lecture: Robotics in Alpine Rescue: Developing drones to help in rescue missions. Time: 12.30 hrs. Location: University of Twente, SmartXP Lab / Zilverling
  • October 13-17, 2014, ICT with Industry (NWO/STW) (information in Dutch). Location: Lorentz Center, Leiden
  • October 27 – November 6, 2014, Kick-off Campaign Alert Online 2014: "Knowledge on cyber security". Location: NWO, Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië 300 2593 CE Den Haag






January 2015 


  • 26-03-2015, Biotechnology (a.o., bioinformatics) (Industrial Leadership)


October 10, 2014

L. Strikwerda (BMS/Phil): “VIRTUAL ACTS, REAL CRIMES? A Legal-Philosophical Analysis of Virtual Cybercrime”

October 17, 2014

H. op den Akker (EEMCS/RMT): “Smart Tailoring of Real-Time Physical Activity Coaching Systems

November 5, 2014

J.L. Cardoso de Moraes (EEMCS/SCS): “Methodological Support to Develop Interoperable Applications for Pervasive Healthcare”

November 12, 2014

R. Effing (BMS/IEBIS): “The Social Media Participation Framework”

November 21, 2014

D. Plass-Oude Bos (EEMCS/HMI): “Making brain-computer interfaces better: improving usability through post-processing”

November 26, 2014

R. de Oliveira Schmidt (EEMCS/DACS): “Measurement-based link dimensioning for the future internet”


November 13, 2014, Professor dr. Aiko Pras, Chair “Networks Operations and Management”, Design and Analysis of Communication Systems (DACS) group.
Title: “Alle dagen Internet. Beheersen door Beheren”.
The Inaugural lectures are always held on Thursdays in the Prof.ir. M.P. Breedveld-room at 16.00 hrs.

Meet our projects

Smart collaboration between Humans and ground-aErial Robots for imProving rescuing activities in Alpine environments

Project Number: 600958
Project Manager: Raffaella Carloni
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Tel.: +31-53-4892817
Email: r.carloni@utwente.nl

Project website: SHERPA

The goal of SHERPA is to develop a mixed ground and aerial robotic platform to support search and rescue activities in a real-world hostile environment like the alpine scenario. The technological platform and the alpine rescuing scenario are the occasion to address a number of research topics about cognition and control pertinent to the call.
What makes the project potentially very rich from a scientific viewpoint is the heterogeneity and the capabilities to be owned by the different actors of the SHERPA system: the “human” rescuer is the “busy genius”, working in team with the ground vehicle, as the “intelligent donkey”, and with the aerial platforms, i.e. the “trained wasps” and “patrolling hawks”. Indeed, the research activity focuses on how the “busy genius” and the “SHERPA animals” interact and collaborate with each other, with their own features and capabilities, toward the achievement of a common goal.

A mix of advanced control and cognitive capabilities characterize the SHERPA system, aiming to support the rescuer by improving his awareness of the rescue scene even in tough environments and with the “genius” often “busy” in the rescuing activity (and thus unable to supervise the platform). Thus emphasis is placed on robust autonomy of the platform, acquisition of cognitive capabilities, collaboration strategies, natural and implicit interaction between the “genius” and the “SHERPA animals”, which motivate the research activity.

Five benchmarks, inspired by real-world scenarios, drive the research and motivate demonstration activities on realistic testing sites planned during the project.
Seven top academic groups, two SMEs, and the Italian Association of Alpine Rescuers with the role of end-user and evaluator of the project outcomes for the specific application of search and rescuing in the alpine scenario compose the consortium.

Project duration: 1-2-2013 / 1-2-2017
Project budget: 11.3 M-€ / 8.5 M-€ funding
Number of person/months: 921 person months
Project Coordinator: Univ. of Bologna
Participants: Univ. of Bologna, Univ. Bremen, ETH Zürich, UT, KU Leuven, Univ. Linkøping, CREATE Naples, ASLATECH, Bluebotics SA, Club Alpino Italiano
Project budget CTIT: 1.5 M-€ / 1.1 M-€ funding
Number of person/months CTIT: 110 person months
Involved groups: Robotics and Mechatronics (RAM)


Pilot Lines for Advanced CMOS Enhanced by SOI in 2X Nodes, Built in Europe

Project Number: 325633
Project Manager UT: Prof. dr. ir. B. Nauta
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Tel.: +31-53-4892655
Email: b.nauta@utwente.nl

The general goal of this project is the industrialization of 28/20nm Fully Depleted (FD) Silicon On Insulator (SOI) Technology platforms, enabling 2 different sources in 2 different European countries. The project also aims at establishing and reinforcing a design ecosystem in Europe using these platforms. Last, the project considers extremely important to explore extension towards FD devices at 14/10nm, in order to continue the road toward more efficient technologies.

PLACES2BE aims at introducing a FDSOI technology for the first time in mainstream digital CMOS for consumer applications, in the Internet multimedia communication field and other applications requiring highly energy efficient digital electronics, such as mixed signal applications addressing the whole range of future societal needs such as safety, health and well being, energy. PLACES2BE will also exploit the capabilities of the FDSOI advanced CMOS technologies for RF and AMS designs.


  • This project will achieve the following breakthroughs:
  • First 28 nm and then 20 nm FDSOI capacity installed in the World.
  • First 20 nm CMOS capacity installed in Europe
  • Offer of wide dynamic range with the most energy efficient technologies: able to address both low power and high performance applications.
  • The 28 nm (resp 20 nm) FDSOI technology should be able to offer 20% performance (speed) improvement over its bulk counterpart at nominal voltage, a wider voltage range operation around 0.4 to 1.2 V with up to a 10x speed boost at 0.4V, as well as a greatly enhanced energy efficiency from 20% in the high range of operating voltage to a factor of 2.5 (-60%) in the lower range of operating voltage.
  • Offer the capability to dynamically adjust the devices performance / power trade-off thanks to the back biasing feature

Project duration: 1 December 2012 – 31 December 2015
Project budget: 358.8 M-€ / 52.6 M-€ funding
Number of fte’s: 500 fte
Project Coordinator: STMicroelectronics
Participants: STMicroelectronics SA, STMicroelectronics SAS Grenoble, ST-Ericsson SAS, Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, SOITEC SA, Adixen Vacuum Products, Mentor Graphics, Ion Beam Services, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, Dolphin, Université Catholique de Louvain, IMEC, ST-Ericsson Oy, GlobalFoundries, Forschungzentrum Jülich, University of Twente, Axiom, Bruco Integrated Circuits, eSilicon, ACREO, ST-Ericsson (Lund), Ericsson AB
Project budget CTIT: 930.8 k-€ / 399.2 k-€ funding
Number of person/months CTIT: 82 person months
Involved groups: Integrated Circuit Design (ICD)
CTIT Research Centre:
Centre for Array Technology (CAT)