SHAPING THE FUTURE OF OUR DIGITAL SOCIETY
We live and work in the exciting age of digital transformation. The University of Twente’s mission as a people-first university of technology places us in the crossfire of digital advancement and the disruption it can cause. As scientists and tech pioneers, our task is to drive digitalization. In close cooperation with all our stakeholders. Next to other institutes and faculties at the University of Twente, these include business & industry, government, NGO's and knowledge institutes. As a partner in regional, national and international ecosystems, we offer the knowledge, education and infrastructure for the development of successful solutions and products. In doing so, we focus on five themes: Data Science & AI, Smart Industry, eHealth, Robotics and Cyber security. We boost innovation by delivering scientific knowledge for real-life solutions that have societal and economic relevance. Our research focuses on natural, societal and industrial challenges, which serve as starting points for our way to work and have one common denominator: digital technologies. Our work contributes to solving three main challenges.
Robotics is transforming many different industries. It is clear that robotics technology has a huge impact on a broad range of end-users markets and applications, which will continue to grow. In the years to come, robotics will (start to) influence our daily lives in several shapes and forms, including healthcare, agriculture, civil, commercial and consumer sectors, logistics and transport.
It becomes more and more evident that the current approach to healthcare is not sustainable, especially when considering the increasing volume and demands of chronic diseases, requiring a rethinking of strategies towards innovative solutions. The use of information and communication technologies in healthcare – eHealth – is a promising strategy to improve healthcare worldwide.
Smart innovations in manufacturing are key to securing the welfare and wellbeing of society. Smart industry is the way forward for industry. Using Smart Industry means personalized and smart products, optimizing human-machine interaction, yielding faster, cheaper, and more sustainable production.
Digitalisation of society provides a treasure trove of data, based on an abundance of sensors and the endless possibilities for people to connect via websites and social media. Data science and artificial intelligence offer many possibilities to interpret data properly, learn from it and use it to achieve specific goals and tasks.
Our partners and stakeholders approach us with all kinds of questions. These include requests to develop a vision of current and future developments in digitalization in specific fields. Companies also approach us to future-proof their strategies, products and solutions. DSI acts as an innovation hub by connecting the knowledge and expertise within the University of Twente to the questions of the partner or stakeholder.