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COPAS
The main objective of the COPAS project is to design methods in the area of distributed and opportunistic wireless sensing and distributed big data analytics to improve operational and energy efficiency, comfort, and safety of (semi)public buildings.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
SmartPipes
The main objective of SmartPipes project is to design methods and enabling technologies for predictive maintence of water pipes. This project is a collaboration between PS, CTW, and Wetsus.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
AquaSense
The main objective of this Kiem project is to design a smart wireless sensing solution for high-resolution monitoring and control of hydrological variables.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
SmartPark
The goal of this NWO project is to design and develop wireless networking and sensor data analytics to protect wildlife.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
SmartRoad
The goal of this Kiem project is to develop and test a prototype software solution and associated underlying algorithms that, using smart phones as sensor systems, accurately and distributedly detect potholes on the road.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
BridgeWatch
The goal of this Kiem project is to (i) develop the concept of a robust, affordable and accurate health monitoring system for bridges, (ii) select, integrate and embed the appropriate sensors, processing, communicaton technologies, and (iii) demonstrate the concept in a real-world environment on an actual bridge.
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Contact: Paul Havinga
CPS
The goal of this STW Cyber Physical Systems project is to develop generic methods and tools for energy-efficient autonomous medical implants. Communication mechanism in an in-body environment is not completely standardized. Many physical layer and MAC layer parameters are unknown for a given hardware. Moreover, the behavior of real hardware inside the body of living organism depends on various parameters of wireless communication such as transmitted frequency, power of transmission, modulation format, and orientation of antenna. Understanding these parameters and effect of hardware design of the implant on the body tissues and vic versa are important for the design and development of an implantable body area network.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
SUNRISE
The SUNRISE project objectives are to develop (i) federated underwater communication networks, based on pilot infrastructure already designed, built and deployed by consortium partners, in diverse environments (Mediterranean, Ocean, Black Sea, Lakes, Canals), web-accessible and interfaced with existing FIRE facilities to experiment with Future Internet technologies, (ii) a software-defined open-architecture modem and protocol stack that will empower open collaborative developments, (iii) standard platforms for simulation, emulation and replay testing to estimate underwater communication networks at a fraction of time, cost, complexity of current at-sea experiments, validated by tests conducted on the SUNRISE networks over a variety of applications and environments, and (iv) a user-friendly interface for diverse users to interact with SUNRISE systems to conduct trials and benefit from databases of underwater Internet of Things performance data gathered over long periods from the SUNRISE infrastructure.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
SENSAFETY
SENSAFETY's research focuses on heterogeneous sensor networks for safety and security in public places. SENSAFETY proposes an integrated system approach where potential hazardous situations are automatically analyzed, assessed and, if needed, acted upon. SENSAFETY combines research on system architecture, intelligent streaming data sensors, networking protocols and distributed signal processing for large scale heterogeneous sensor networks for public safety. Challenges common for all areas are heterogeneity, energy efficiency, scalability and dynamics. The context in which SENSAFETY operates is the increased complexity of society, with increased threats to safety in public places. This includes dangers coming from technical causes, like failing public transport infrastructure as well as malicious behavior of people, like vandalism or terrorism. Critical infrastructures such as power plants, large industrial areas, harbors, railway emplacements, but also people-rich structures like railway stations, are essential enablers of our economy and way of living.
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Contact: Hans Scholten
SWELL
The objective of this project is to develop user-centric sensing and reasoning techniques that help to improve physical well-being and to improve well-working. Well-working could be defined as "being and feeling in control", with a positive impact on work efficiency and effectiveness, work pleasure, mental and physical health status. Managing work and family responsibilities is often difficult and impacts the health and well-being of employees, their families, and the workplace performance. In the Swell project, the activity, health status and information access patterns of an individual will be monitored by sensors hidden in the environment of the person. This will used to provide input for an unobtrusive coach or assistant based on robust reasoning techniques, thereby increasing the individual's sense of feeling in control. We will address the following key research questions: How to infer the user's state from heterogeneous and incomplete sensor information? How to present feedback and design coaching tools in an intuitive unobtrusive manner? How to design user friendly and adaptive privacy policies regarding the use of context information?
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Contact: Paul Havinga
Go-Green
The Go-Green (Greener house through a self-learning, privacy-aware user-centric energy-aware wireless monitoring and control system) project aims to develop methodologies and techniques to enable energy neutral "green" houses by combining energy efficiency and user comfort. A missing ingredient in existing home automation solutions is an intelligent energy-aware system that learns people behavior, understands their needs, provides reliable feedback in terms of best practices for energy use and distribution, intelligently harvests energy from various sources, and allows people to be in control. This is the very exact goal of the Go-Green project. To this end, project will design an overall system and services with minimum complexity for the user through development of self-organizing and self-configuration cognitive networks, context-awareness, learning and adaptation mechanisms.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia

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Clicker
The goal of this Kiem project is to design and develop ICT solutions to timely signal safety situations at work and to encourage employees to comply with safety regulations.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
CLAM
CLAM (CoLlAborative eMbedded networks for submarine surveillance) project aims at developing a collaborative embedded monitoring and control platform for submarine surveillance by combining cutting edge acoustic vector sensor technology, underwater wireless sensor network protocols, collaborative situation-aware reasoning and distributed signal processing techniques for horizontal and vertical linear sensor arrays.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
SeaSTAR
SeaSTAR (Underwater Monitoring Platform) project gathers experts from traditionally disjoint communities (sensor technology, IC design, power conversion, computer architecture, wireless sensor network protocols design, underwater telemetry and distributed processing) to investigate, define, and develop core technologies for underwater monitoring platforms and to build the first working demonstrator.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
WHM
Senior health medical alert monitors are critical to improving health care among the elderly while assuring caregivers that seniors are safe. Despite seniors' use of medical alert bracelets, necklaces and other medical alert devices, more robust wireless systems, as being developed in the WHM project, not only improves senior health care monitoring but, in the long term, may lead to earlier discovery of chronic conditions that affect senior health as people age. In the WHM project we in particular evaluate chemotherapy and haemodialysis.
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Contact: Hans Scholten
Distributed Reasoning and Situation Assessment
The goal of this project is to develop methods and techniques that enable the use of wireless sensor networks to support logistic processes. More specifically the project aims at supporting the control and flow of the products within a production company from the end of their production until they leave the company, monitor the conditions in which products are during the whole logistic process, adapt the environmental conditions to that needed by the products or to decide that products which were joint together have conflicting requirements for their transport, etc.
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Contact: Paul Havinga
SaxShirt
STW SaxShirt project aims at (i) development of a washable and easy to wear smart shirt based on smart textile and embedded system technology, and (ii) bringing the developed wearable to the market. It is envisioned that the designed and developed smart shirt can function as a technology platform for situational awareness. That means that it dynamically reacts to the environment and proviodes supports to people who have it on in that environment. The primary application focus of this smart shirt is safety of fire brigates and sport.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
WiBRATE
WiBRATE explores new paradigms for developing innovative strategies for wirelessly monitoring and controlling vibration using a network of intelligent embedded devices that power themselves using harvested vibration energy. WiBRATE defines new system-of-systems engineering (SoSE) techniques to help create a synergy between individual complex systems (sensors, actuators, communication networks, energy harvesters, etc.) to ensure optimal operation of the overall vibration monitoring and control system. Using self-learning and distributed strategies, WiBRATE allows intelligent nodes to collaboratively analyse vibration signatures and perform autonomous cooperative networked control. Control operations are supported by WiBRATE's unique ultra-low power Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) based technology that allows robust, real-time wireless communication even in harsh industrial environments.
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Contact: Paul Havinga
Safety at work
The central research question of this project is: 'how can we enhance safety at work by using ambient technology'? Design and development of a new intelligent wearable as well as design and evaluation of in-network signal processing and context inference to deduce the safety bridges are among the research areas addressed in this project.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
RECONSURVE
The RECONSURVE-NL (A Reconfigurable Surveillance System with Smart Sensors and Communication)project has been motivated by and aims to address the need to control the rapidly increasing number and complexity of maritime surveillance issues such as illegal immigration especially using small vessels, interoperability between heterogeneous systems, automated cost-effective and efficient decision support. The focus of RECONSURVE-NL is to detect and identify non cooperative small sea going vessels not willing to identify themselves proactively.
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Contact: Paul Havinga
Tracking, Tracing, Sensoring Platform
The Tracking, tracing, Sensoring Platform (TSP) aims to research and develop of a new generation of electronic (passive) Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for commercial use. With TSP technology it is possible to trace the precise location of a tag and communicate with it. Potential applications for TSP include logistics and supply management, registration of office equipment, and tracking of people and material in the built environment and at airports.
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Contact: Paul Havinga
GENESI
Structural health monitoring of buildings, bridges, tunnels and other structures is estimating the state of structural health, or detecting the changes in structure that influence its performance. Wireless sensor networks enable dense in-situ sensing and simplify deployment of instrumentation. In contrast to the more traditional sensor networks which typically have a very low data rate, structural health monitoring requires high data rate, large data size, and a relatively high duty cycle. In the Genesi project we look at monitoring the structure while being build (i.e. tunnels), and continuous health monitoring (i.e. a bridge).
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
SENIOR
SENIOR (Sensing Systems for Interactive Home-based Healthcare and Rehabilitation) project will build interactive home-based systems based on miniaturized wireless sensors for monitoring and supporting the wellbeing and health of people, particularly elderly, in their everyday life. SENIOR is a an iniatiative within the program of economical innovation Pieken in de Delta Oost-Nederland. The project brings together high-tech companies, research institutes and healthcare centers from The Netherlands.
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Contact: Paul Havinga
iLand
A key for developing next generation embedded systems consisting of very complex infrastructures with many heterogeneous networked devices is abstracting nodes specificity with a middleware hiding the underlying infrastructure complexity, while providing open interfaces for application development and interoperability among subsystems with different functional and non-functional requirements. Also, support for dynamic functional composition and reconfiguration, and execution with guaranteed QoS should be provided for. iLAND will develop such middleware, combining platform independence with determinism by adopting a cross-layer approach based on global vertical view and thought (from the application to the platform).
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Contact: Hans Scholten
Is-Active
The IS-ACTIVE project aims at devising a person-centric healthcare solution for patients with chronic conditions - especially elderly people - based on the recent advances in wireless inertial sensing systems. The project emphasizes the role of the home as care environment, by providing real-time support to patients in order to monitor, self-manage and improve their physical condition according to their specific situation.
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Contact: Paul Havinga
FREE
FREE project aims at developing energy management mechanism that operates on a wireless mesh network taking in consideration all its levels: from individual device to the network as a whole. Particularly, when individual devices employ energy scavenging technologies, estimates of the amount of available energy need to be made available to the energy management module.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
SENSEI
SENSEI creates an open, business driven architecture that fundamentally addresses the scalability problems for a large number of globally distributed WS and A devices. It provides necessary network and information management services to enable reliable and accurate context information retrieval and interaction with the physical environment. By adding mechanisms for accounting, security, privacy and trust it enables an open and secure market space for context-awareness and real world interaction.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
AWARE
The general objective of the project is the design, development and experimentation of a platform providing the middleware and the functionalities required for the cooperation among aerial flying objects, i.e. autonomous helicopters, and a ground sensor-actuator wireless network, including mobile nodes carried by people and vehicles. Typical examples of the application area of the group are wireless sensor networks (e.g. for environmental monitoring, agriculture, personal health monitoring), safety critical systems (e.g. disaster management) and business processes (e.g. shop floor management, transport and logistics).
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Contact: Paul Havinga
Smart Surroundings
The overall mission of the Smart Surroundings project is to investigate, define, develop, and demonstrate the core architectures and frameworks for future ambient systems. Our ambition is to move beyond prototypes toward sustainable systems for implementation of the ubiquitous computing vision. The research effort will span the entire spectrum ranging from scenarios of use, requirements elucidation and through to architectural design.
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Contact: Paul Havinga
Featherlight
Featherlight project investigates new feather-light distributed mechanisms for networking and distributed collaboration, and evaluate their feasibility through experimentation. These mechanisms can operate in a challenging environment of self-organizing collaborative ambient systems where nodes move, fail, and energy is a scarce resource. The main thrust of the work is therefore towards the development of new distributed timely system support, taking into account those specific features. In particular, schemes, which are able to work efficiently and dependably, in the presence of limited energy, processing power and memory, will be developed.
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Contact: Paul Havinga
e-SENSE
e-SENSE enables capturing of Ambient Intelligence for Beyond 3G Mobile Communication Systems through Wireless Sensor Networks. It proposes a context capturing framework that enables the convergence of many input modalities, mainly focusing on energy efficient wireless sensor networks that are multi-sensory in their composition, heterogeneous in their networking, either mobile or integrated in the environment e.g. from single sensors to thousands or millions of sensors collecting information about the environment, a person or an object. This framework will be able to supply ambient intelligent systems with information in a transparent way hiding underlying technologies thus enabling simple integration.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
Consensus
CONSENSUS is a NWO funded research project in which the Universities of Twente and Delft cooperate in the field of sensor networks. The goal of the CONSENSUS project is to investigate and develop collaboration algorithms that enable the creation of a new generation of autonomous and self-organizing sensors that can effectively network together to provide enriched context information to ubiquitous computing applications used by (mobile) users.
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Contact: Paul Havinga
Cobis
The CoBIs project will develop a new approach to business processes involving physical entities such as goods and tools in enterprise environments. The intention is to apply advances in networked systems to embed business logic in the physical entities. The goal is to create Collaborative Business Items (CoBIs) that make it possible to relate more closely the state of an enterprise as represented in business processes with what is actually happening in the real world.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
Embedded WiSeNts
Cooperating Embedded Systems for Exploration and Control featuring Wireless Sensor Networks - Embedded WiSeNts is a Coordination Action (CA) funded by the European Commission under the Information Society Technology (IST) priority within the 6th Framework Programme (FP6). The project addresses the strategic objective of "Embedded Systems". The main objective of this project is to foster a well-coordinated research community in Europe that can efficiently tackle research bottlenecks, investigate the impact of the technology on users and manufacturers, on education and teaching, and on society at large.
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Contact: Nirvana Meratnia
EYES
EYES project aims at developing the architecture and the technology needed for building self-organizing and collaborative sensor networks using reconfigurable smart sensor nodes, which are self-aware, self-reconfigurable and autonomous. This technology will enable the creation of a new generation of sensors, which can effectively network together so as to provide a flexible platform for the support of a large variety of mobile sensor network applications.
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Contact: Paul Havinga