Healthcare, especially the care for people with chronic conditions, has
to change dramatically in the near future as the increasing demands in quality
and quantity of care cannot be met with the present manpower and finances. The
creation of a sustainable healthcare for our citizens that at the same time
supports a healthy independent aging requires substantial innovations. There is
a strong belief that technology will enable the necessary innovations when this
technology is co-created with the users, the health care professionals and the
informal caregivers. This belief is clearly reflected in the Horizon 2020
program, where ambitions such as active healthy aging are quantified in terms
of two more healthy life years. Also in other European programs, like the
Ambient Assisted Living program (AAL) and national programs, changes in
healthcare towards a sustainable health and wellness care are clearly
The University of Twente and its environment are very strong in care
technology. Research institutes of the University are offering a lot of
complementary innovative technology, in areas like sensing technology, infrastructure,
human interaction, all important building blocks to create smart personalized
healthcare systems that support persons in their strive of independent living.
The good relationships with healthcare institutes, greatly facilitates
real-life testing and evaluation of these applications, whereas the many high
tech spin-off companies make it possible to bring the applications to the
The list of invited speakers includes Mr. Keith Baker (Philips Group Innovation, Research), Prof.dr. Dirk Heylen / Prof.dr.ir. Hermie Hermens
(University of Twente), Prof.dr.ir.
Albert van den Berg (University of Twente), Prof.dr. Paul Havinga (University of Twente), Dr. Nick Guldemond (University Medical Centre Utrecht) and Prof.dr. Miriam Vollenbroek (University
New this year is the panel discussion with the symposium visitors, led by Prof.dr.ir. Peter-Paul Verbeek (University
Members of the panel are Mrs.
Marijke van Hees (City of Enschede), Prof.dr.
Ernst Bohlmeijer (University of Twente), Prof.dr. Richard Boucherie (University of Twente) and Prof.dr.ir. Hermie Hermens
(University of Twente).
As it has become a tradition, at the CTIT symposium the floor will also
be given to PhD students from CTIT for short presentations and posters.
We invite you to this inspiring symposium and welcome your contribution.