RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE CENTRES ON TECHNOLOGY AND THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIETY. TO REMAIN A LEADER IN THIS FIELD AND TO GUARANTEE THE OUTSTANDING QUALITY OF ITS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES, THE UNIVERSITY CONTINUES TO SET CLEAR RESEARCH PRIORITIES, PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD TO INNOVATION AND RELEVANCE TO SOCIETY.
Making a real impact. The prime strength of research at the UT lies in its outstanding quality and excellence. Strengthening this quality and excellence is an integral aim of all our research initiatives. We stand out with themes such as Health, Digitization and Materials. Our research is unique in creating crossovers and innovative combinations between disciplines and technologies, and between Science, Engineering and Design. By making these crossovers and combinations visible in the research agenda, our profile and branding is strengthened. The Designlab and the Living Smart Campus are two examples of settings in which research is made visible to a wider audience.
In 2017 the UT has opted for four research lines: Smart Materials, Sensing, Personalized Health Technology and Robotics. In addition, five university-wide profiling themes were determined on the basis of societal challenges:
- Improving healthcare by personalized technologies. Personalized solutions for effective care tailored to the person (High Tech Human Touch).
- Creating intelligent manufacturing systems. Previously isolated factories and production chains are connected in Intelligent Production Systems. This contributes to the circular economy through, for example, reduction of waste and transport. At the same time, it provides consumers with better and more personalized products more quickly.
- Shaping our world with smart materials. Care, energy and transport require the application of new materials with non-existing functionalities. Materials that are lighter, stronger, cheaper and more versatile than the existing ones. The UT creates these materials by manipulating the building blocks of nature-atoms, molecules.
- Engineering our digital society. The UT contributes to digital systems that are seamlessly integrated into our environment. The systems are accepted, understood and trusted. They contribute to reliable information and better decision making in society and industry. In order to achieve this, disciplines outside ICT are also heavily involved.
- Engineering for a resilient world. The development of new technologies can contribute to the resilience of people and our vulnerable planet. Think of reducing poverty, caring for clean water and responsible production and consumption.
The scientific impact of UT publications in high. As analyzed by the 4TU.Federation, the University of Twente receives 40 per cent more cites than the world average in its knowledge domains (score 1.4 on indicator MNCS). 15 per cent of the UT publications are part of the 10 per cent most publications fields worldwide within their domain.
High-quality scientific publications are those in which independent experts in the field (refereers/peers) decide on the publication in a scientific magazine, a contribution at a congress or (part of) a book. The number of refereed publications by UT scientists reached a top in 2013, but has since declined slightly to 2377 in 2016. As other universities do, the University of Twente aims more and more on the quality rather than quantity, as quality and impact of the publications are most highly valued. 40 per cent of the refereed articles in scientific journals are the result of an international cooperation, and 9 per cent has been coproduced with the industry.
MESA+ institute is one of the world’s leading research institutes on nanostructures, nanomaterials, nanosystems and nanodevices. Embracing a cross-disciplinary approach and benefiting from the NanoLab - infrastructure that ranks among the very best on the globe - over 500 researchers deliver high quality, competitive and frequently ground-breaking research. The results are evident in our numerous publications as well as in various high-profile achievements.
The TechMed Centre is a leading Innovation Hub in the healthtech domain with state-of-the-art infrastructure, ranging from research labs, preclinical testbeds and simulated hospital environments up to the actual healthcare system. The TechMed Centre improves healthcare through research & development, education and collaboration in a global network.
Digital society institute
The Digital Society Institute performs scientific research in technology that is essential for digitalization, on methods and techniques for integrating digital technology in our environments, and in how we can come to intelligent, well-informed decision making. An important aspect of our mission is to conduct research that has an impact on society.