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STARS- FES project

Sensor Technology Applied in Reconfigurable systems 4 sustainable Security

Project Number: 
Project Manager: Prof. dr. ir. Bram Nauta / Prof. dr. ir. Gerard Smit
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Tel.: +31 53 489 2655 / +31 53 489 3734
Email: B.Nauta@utwente.nl / g.j.m.smit@utwente.nl

Project website: STARS


The objective of STARS is to develop within four years the necessary knowledge and technology that can be used as a baseline for the development of reconfigurable sensors and sensor networks applied in the context of the security domain.

Nowadays there are several examples of the introduction of reconfigurable techniques. The latest antenna systems for wireless telecommunications and radar offer some degree of reconfigurability where the beam can be adjusted very quickly to the amount of information needed. In digital technology a trend can be recognized towards chips in which processor features can be changed after production and where during usage, functionality can be changed in fractions of seconds.

However these developments only cover parts of reconfigurability. In the STARS project reconfigurability will be researched on 4 different levels. Together these levels will form the knowledge and technology with which a reconfigurable sensor network can be developed.

Although the project initially aimed at the application area of sustainable social security, other application area will be provided for as well.

Research Strategy
In this project 6 different research themes have been identified.

  1. System concepts and architectures
  2. Analog front-ends
  3. Digital Signal processing
  4. Algorithms, Software and Methodology.
  5. End-user Integration
  6. Knowledge Impact

The first four themes will address the technical challenges of reconfiguration where the last two themes will contribute to the intermediate level between research and the realization of possible applications and the valorization of all knowledge developed during this project.

Project duration: 1 July 2010 – 31 December 2015
Project budget: 34 M-€ / 18 M-€ funding
Project Coordinator: Thales Nederland B.V. 
Participants: Thales Nederland B.V., University of Twente, Delft University of Technology, NXP, TNO Defence, Security and Safety, Recore
Project budget CTIT: 4.45 M€ / 2.45 M-€ funding
Involved groups: Integrated Circuit Design (ICD), Computer Architecture for Embedded Systems (CAES)
CTIT Strategic Research Orientations:
Center for Array Technology