Structured PhD programmes

Wireless and Sensor Systems

The four-year structured PhD programme in Wireless and Sensor Systems is an internationally oriented programme. A PhD programme at the University of Twente can be started throughout the year. Read more about the related Master's programmes in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Embedded Systems, or Telematics if you have yet to start a Master of Science programme. 

Programme overview

Prof. dr. Paul Havinga
2 years
4 years

Networked systems

Wireless and Sensor Systems addresses a new paradigm for bringing the flexibility of information technology to bear in every aspect of daily life. It foresees that people will be surrounded by embedded and flexibly (wirelessly) networked systems that provide easily accessible yet unobtrusive support for an open‐ended range of activities, to enrich daily life and to increase productivity at work. These systems contain a mixture of hardware and software: their scope may be as simple as a sensor, or as complex as a portable device, or even an entire building or city. Cooperation is a necessity, to perform their tasks with sufficient quality or efficiency, and to reach the required functionality and support real time interactions. The specific nature of these systems require them to be open, scalable, adaptable and dependable, while integrating heterogeneous devices ranging from tiny actuators to larger computers.

Connection with the Centre for Telematics and Information Technology 

The programme targets students holding an Electrical Engineering or Computer Science Bachelor's degree who like to pursue a research career in Wireless and Sensor Systems. Wireless and Sensor Systems (WiSe) is closely related to the Strategic Research Orientation (SRO) WiSe of the CTIT research institute. The research groups participating in WiSE have strong leading position in both national and international multi‐disciplinary research projects in this field. The Wireless and Sensor Systems programme studies not only the fundamentals of wireless and sensor systems, but also the context of the sensor systems. To this end, it is a multi‐disciplinary and application‐oriented programme where students come in contact with different (technical as well as non‐technical) disciplines and by doing so, it stimulates cooperation. Examples of application domains that research groups in the SRO Wireless and Sensor Systems currently work on are: entertainment, sustainability, logistics, industrial/public safety, mobility, agriculture and medical.