Enschede Refugees Entrepreneurial Initiative. For refugees with the ambition to become an entrepreneur, there’s no true support framework in The Netherlands. Becoming an entrepreneur, though, is one of the opportunities to take an initiative. University of Twente and Kennispark will support this, together with the existing programme DELITELABS. In this five week programma, refugees find out if they have an entrepreneurial ‘mindset’. During the six month EREI programme, they will then get support and the possibility to work on prototypes in UT’s DesignLab. By including at least 25 percent of Dutch starters in the group, interaction is possible. UT scientists also see it as a research project, for finding out the value creation by social entrepreneurs.
by Bas Denters
Twentement. A two-day democracy festival like the one organized in Denmark every year (Folkemødet, Bornholm), welcoming tens of thousands of visitors. Twentement will be a festival with debates and lots of other acitivities not only showing the importance but also the fun of democracy. The central theme will be ‘blended democracy’ with a mix of live debates and social media interaction. During the event, also experiments with data monitoring of the crowd take place. Twentement is planned to be held at the Roombeek part of Enschede, close to the university campus.
Health condition monitoring system. Inside a number of campus asphalt roads, optical fibres and sensors will be installed to monitor the roads’ condition and the need of maintenance. In earlier experiments, the speed of the machines, the temperature and the mixture were measured, providing researchers with data on possible weak spots in the road. Experiments on campus roads are a bit easier than on public roads 'outside'. It is possible, for example, to use a maintenance moment to introduce new sensors.
Responsible experimentation. Starting new experiments on the campus can be done by saying ‘try first and ask for forgiveness later’. In some situations, no specific rules are present. Don’t wait for this, get started and fast-forward: is that a responsible way of involving issues like privacy, safety and security. Or is it better to create a rules framework in a top-down way? This is what specialists in law and public governance want to find out, thus also helping other project partners. A special status for the campus grounds might result in a special ‘experimental license’, for experiments that are not allowed outside the campus yet.
Digitalizing nature to increase resilience. Nature is beneficial to our health and creativity: it involves space and tranquillity and also has a touch of mystery. People fulfilling creative tasks, do better in natural surroundings. Simulating nature during stressful situations in e.g. a hospital will make patients feel more relaxed. Walking a virtual reality path in the woods during waiting or surgery proves to be work very well. What if we use this for making our own students and employees more resilient and less susceptible to work stress? This is a project by the new Tech4People Lab.
UT employees feeling a social responsibility to e.g. teach the underprivileged, start a buddy project or help in an undeveloped country, don’t always have enough vacation days to do this all by themselves. But what if the whole UT community donates some days, will it be possible for the individual to use some months from this ‘pool’? This is good for the employee, good for the societal impact of the university and good for society as a whole.
UTMaintain. An online platform at which maintenance issues can easily be reported will help improve liveability on campus. At a glance, the request status and repair planning can be seen on the platform. This improves the involvement of campus residents with their surroundings: the dorms, buildings and paths they bike on. At the same time, it will probably speed up requests.
What will be a stimulus to the UT community to take the bike to work? Will an e-bike help? Or even a solar-powered one? Several scenarios will be tested, including a solar charging station at home, a bigger one at the university and even e-bikes equipped with solar cells themselves? By letting user panels use these three options for a while, new input will be generated for a sustainable mobility policy at UT.
The Healthy Heroes project aims to mobilise staff and students to become volunteers in respect of monitoring their health. Perhaps they already do that to some extent through commercially available ‘wearable’ sensors and their smartphones – this offering is still growing rapidly. A European Techmed Centre, yet to be established, will collect the data: for example, it also has toilets where users’ urine is analysed after they have identified themselves with their fingerprints. Users will be weighed while they wash their hands. But how will these Healthy Heroes know their data is in good hands? Will they actually want to know all results? Apart from information about individuals, there may also be trends that can be measured in respect of the entire campus population. The new centre will also serve as a test environment for businesses, for new sensors and diagnostics equipment.
Our smartphones, tablets or laptops constantly broadcast information to connect to Wi-Fi networks, for example. This information is attributed to a unique network address. It can also be used to track the movements of individuals or groups on the campus grounds, identify where busy events take place, and how spaces are utilised. By placing 150 Wi-Fi scanners indoors and outdoors on the campus grounds, ‘crowd monitoring’ can take place. A smart campus navigation system could be one of its potential applications. But what if we can trace the unique network addresses to people? Technically, monitoring may not be very complex, but the associated privacy issues certainly are: which is why parties such as Bits for Freedom and Privacy First were consulted.
by Bram Entrop
A campus where a great deal of research takes place into sustainable energy, for example, the application of renewable sources, should lead by example. A truly green campus could soon even be energy neutral. The Sustainabattle project aims to tap into students’ ideas. In a month-long competition, student flats will take on the challenge to manage energy as efficiently as possible and arrange for more sustainable energy provisions. Consumption will be monitored continually and reported weekly, which will add an element of excitement. The winners will hold the title of ‘the most sustainable campus residents’ for a year and win energy-saving products and a house party. By tapping into the inventiveness of student residents, new initiatives can be developed on the journey to becoming a green campus.
Various sustainable developments are taking place across the campus: in research, the management of the campus and buildings, and on an individual basis. Green Office Twente aims to be the main contact centre and nexus point for these activities. Students run the Green Office and it collaborates with, amongst others, the international student organisation Enactus, the Facility Department and UT’s Human Resources Management Department. This collaboration can lower the threshold in terms of facilitating sustainable initiatives such as a designated day on which people eat less meat, for example.
by Paul Havinga
The University of Twente leads in respect of research into the Internet of Things. All kinds of devices and sensors will soon communicate with one another, often wirelessly and autonomously. That might start with an intelligent thermostat, and might soon extend to vehicles that communicate with each other. The Smart Cities vision can already be tested within the compact environment of Kennispark Twente. There, sensors are able to provide a wealth of information, for example, about traffic and parking movements, water and air quality, energy consumption, or vibrations in buildings. How all that metadata is interlinked is a compelling issue. At the same time, it raises questions in terms of security – is the network safe from hackers? – and privacy. The Pervasive Systems (CTIT) group has already created the foundation with the establishment of the Twente IoT platform.
In addition to the six pilot projects there where many more submissions for the Living Smart Campus project. In total 50 projects where submitted. Below you can find the other projects that where submitted.
- Scisport’s innovative analysis system tested at UT campus
- Indoor navigation
- 3d maps for subterranean infrastructure
- Testing and installing sensors during the asphalt construction process
- CO2 for life
- Charging Many@UT
- Understanding societal preferences for sustainable water infrastructures
- High-tech art project on campus
- UT Search
- Smart heating
- Building Twenergy
- Measuring student stress levels through a smartphone application for experience sampling
- Together we share
- TWENTE LAB for ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
- Commuting smartly greener on the campus
- Human movement
- Last-mile in urban areas
- Design of a regime for a responsible experimental living smart campus
- Using the sports department and our campus for project-based education
- Natural or artificial blue light in lecture halls
- The playful campus
- UT milestones in pieces of art
- The interactive carillon
- The creative curriculum
- Temporary residential area on campus (TRAC)
- Serious gaming on campus
- The sports centre as expertise centre and active lifestyle area
- Various proposals, from waste separation to a 3d map
- Multimodal mobility service
- Pattern recognition and signposting of car parks
- Community gardens
- The campus works / The new way of working
- Brainpower sessions / Change lab
- Small footprint / Big business vegetable garden
- Presenting yourself consciously
- Workshops science fiction stories
- Energy-neutral campus
- On the way to an energy-neutral campus
- From an energy-neutral zilverling to an energy-neutral campus
- Smart sustainability: Getting to a real green neutral campus
- Student moocs connecting knowledge
- Access to campus data
- Towards a sustainable energy platform twente (SUSEPT)