Dr. M. Warnier (Martijn)
My research focuses on secure management of large scale socio-technical systems. With a particular interest on understanding and managing confidentiality, integrity, trust, privacy, and other security properties and on studying the computational foundation of self-organizing, self-healing and self-configuring systems, both in the context of socio-technical systems. I believe that, in general, the really interesting research challenges can only be solved by truly multidisciplinary research that combines expertise from researchers with a variety of academic backgrounds.
Dr. S.G. Lukosch (Stephan)
My current research focuses on foundations for participatory systems. In participatory systems new social structures, communication and coordination networks are emerging. Enabled by technology these structures span physical, temporal and relational distance in merging realities. New types of interaction emerge that require new types of governance and participation. Systems for virtual co-location allow individuals to be virtually at any place in the world and coordinate their activities with others and exchange their experiences. By using augmented reality techniques to merge realities additional information can be provided and visualized, thereby fostering shared understanding. By merging realities complex problems can be solved, complex trainings can be supervised, or complex activities can be guided without all interacting individuals being physically at the same place.
Dr. T. Comes (Tina)
My interdisciplinary research aims at designing resilience in large scale distributed systems. By harnessing the transformative power of the digital era, networks of communities will be empowered to address the challenges that modern societies face by participating in the agile response to shocks and adaptive planning. My focus is on understanding fundamental principles that connect coordination for short term crisis management and long term adaptive planning. The domain of application for my studies has been risk and crisis management. Since crises are amplifiers, they are a particularly interesting subject: they are events characterized by time pressure and uncertain, conflicting or lacking information, emergence of formal and informal networks, and they typically require improvisation and creativity.
Dr. Y. Huang (Yilin)
My research interests include Modeling and Simulation (M&S) methodology and M&S-based design for large-scale socio-technical systems, in particular the subjects related to data-driven M&S and data analytics, distributed simulation, and design for engagement and sustainability. The application domain of my research ranges from transportation and logistics, smart grid, sustainable consumption, to humanitarian innovations. I have a passion for interdisciplinary research. I think that disciplinary research and interdisciplinary research are not orthogonal but complementary.
Dr. ir. I. Lefter (Iulia)
In the context of socio-technical systems, she is interested in developing systems that are aware of and adapt to human behavior. One key aspect in the development if such systems is the interaction, either between humans, or between humans and the systems they are employing. She focuses on understanding and recognizing human behavior, and devising models that can automatically asses behaviors of interest (e.g. critical situations) using sensors. In this setting, assessing emotions plays an important role, as emotions can influence decision making, trust, engagement, and how relationships evolve.
Dr. P.H.G. van Langen (Pieter)
My research interest is in the foundations of design, models of design processes, and applications of design in various domains. My current research focuses on design theories, creativity in design, and the design of participatory systems. Practical applications are investigated to acquire theoretical insights and these insights are tested by means of practical cases in various domains.
H. Engelbrecht (Hendrik)
With a background in psychology and design I am interested in the interaction design of systems based on scientifically sound and grounded research. My focus is on the design and evaluation of augmented reality systems for real time support of police agents in the field.
The goal is to recognize locations and static objects in order to provide an agent with situation relevant information.
Understanding and mitigating the cognitive stressors of everyday field-work to improve situational awareness, effectiveness and task-load are at the core of my research. Furthermore, the personal as well as organizational impact of the employment of AR technology is being investigated.
A.C.J. Vermeulen (Angelo) PhD
Starships – or interstellar craft – are considered the next major leap in the exploration of the Cosmos by mankind. Currently starship development is in its infancy due to the lack of a practical and adequate propulsion technology. If we consider manned interstellar travel the challenge is even more complex, and also shifts towards creating a fully autonomous system that is resilient over a long period of time. In fact a starship can be considered as the ultimate model for closed, autonomous systems, and as such has functional applicability in creating a more sustainable Earth. Traditionally, space systems design is being guided by incorporating as many contingencies as possible, and then training and anticipating for that. However, because of the sheer scale and inherent unpredictability of an interstellar mission, this approach cannot be relied upon any longer. A fundamentally different design paradigm is needed. Any manned space architecture that is geared towards long-term exploration needs to address the needs of three core systems: the technical, social and ecological system. This study proposes the merging of those three systems into one participatory system as a key strategy to deal with uncertain futures. This merging is achieved through the application of three interrelated design principles: (1) radical integration, (2) evolvability, and (3) co-creation. The proposed design paradigm is informed by a series of art/science projects in which technical, social and ecological systems are explicitly merged. Through a Living Labs analysis the internal dynamics of these projects are disentangled and described. The three design principles naturally emerge out of this analysis. Consequently the repercussions of applying these design principles on space systems design are explored through a series of simulations. The HI-SEAS Mars simulation entailed a 4-month isolation experiment with a crew of 6 participants. Results drawn from this study are complemented by agent-based modeling. A virtual simulation of evolvable starship architectures explores the concept of embedding evolution into space systems. Finally overall conclusions are drawn on how the proposed design paradigm could lead to mission success during deep space exploration.
Sustainable Development of Agri Food Networks.
The Netherlands is second to the USA the largest exporter of agri-food products in the world. With more than 100 years of development in close cooperation between, government, business and research and education an advanced, efficient and cost effective sector has risen. The productivity focus has although led to a situation of oversupply and subsequently dropping prices, facing bankruptcy for large number of primary producers. The research is focusing on modelling of sustainable business models, regaining trust and simulation of supply chains.
F.X. dos Santos Fonseca (Xavier)
I am a High-Performance Engineer, so I am interested in GPGPU, embedded programming, multi-threaded highly optimized applications, multi-processor architectures, and, more recently, Participatory Crowd Sensing and Social Engineering.
I. Banerjee (Indushree)
My research interests are catered around facilitating network resilience for the sustainable development of society. The interconnected nature of strongly coupled networked systems, such as the Internet, has created a co-dependence which is bound to have devastating consequences if parts of it are compromised. The main research challenges are providing scalability, reliability and security to the changing network dynamics. My doctoral studies are an attempt to investigate these current challenges of complex distributed infrastructures. Determine and develop models to enhance network resilience and fault tolerance for a scalable and secure future network infrastructure and services. I am interested to analyze and evaluate the complicated interplay between technology, market trends and user requirements for developing sustainable solutions.
I. Kniestedt, MSc (Isabelle)
I am a game designer and researcher with a background in visual arts. Bringing together skills from academia and development, I explore the ways in which the interactive nature of games can contribute to society. My particular interests are the unique potential of games as research instruments, as well as using the emotional impact of a well-designed game to stimulate thought and behaviour, and to enrich our daily lives.
As part of my PhD research I will be working on the Nestore project, in which I will develop serious games for long-term engagement to support wellbeing in older adults. During this time, I will be examining a variety of topics, such as the motivational effects of video games, how they provide positive emotions and foster social connections, what limits people from engaging with them, and how to design for older, non-gaming audiences.
Ir. V. Dourali (Vasiliki)
With my background in mechanical engineering, and more particularly in engineering and management of energy resources and in techno-economic systems, I am interested in the assessment of the environmental impact of operational power grids. A fairly large percentage of the global climate change is currently due to the anthropogenic activity for power production and provision to end users. However, all energy sources and all power grids do not contribute the same to climate change. My main research interest focuses on exploring methods through which the environmental impact of power grids can be assessed in real-time, continuously and holistically during their operation. Smart power grids could play a key role in smart energy and environmental management of operational power grids.
Ir.G. Slingerland, MSc (Geertje)
Since I finished both my bachelor and master program in Delft I am already quite familiar at the Delft University of Technology. With a background in Design for Interaction, I like to study how design can change people's behaviour and how we can design certain types of interactions that lead to systematic change. During my graduation, I have been focusing on designing for grassroots communities and my PhD research continues in this field.
At TPM, I am working on the BART! (Burger Alert Real-Time) project and research how we can create cohesion and social relationships between neighbours by making use of 'augmented narratives'. In the project, I will use location-based information as a way for neighbours to share their neighbourhood stories and study how this will lead to a sense of community.
'I am part of the networks and the networks are part of me...I link, therefore I am.'1.[i] In today's networked society, our ‘electronicaly and digitally enhanced bodies’ are often present at one location and ‘meet’ simultaneously with others at several other locations, temporalities and social settings. This project contributes to the foundations of the design of trust, from the perspective of experience, both in private and public spaces, physical and virtual. ‘Tele_Trust’ focuses on exploration of the sensory experience of visibility, presence, reciprocity, and trust in contemporary mediated society. The implications for design of embodiment in participatory systems is core to this project. The research questions address (1) design for perception and experience of trust, (2) design of the experience of physical closeness in mediated realities , (3) design of situational awareness in public and private spaces. Research through art practice includes the design of a series of experimental ‘social labs’ as ‘meeting places’. These ‘social labs’ are designed on the basis of artistic and scientific analysis, created as artistic work, and presented in smart public spaces in different geo-political contexts and socio- cultural domains. The public will be invited to participate and reflect as co-researchers on their experience of important concepts related to embodiment and trust (e.g. ’presence’, ‘identity’, and ‘community’). The methodology of reflective witnessing will provide a source of information for analysis, synthesis and understanding of embodiment and intersubjective engagement in participatory networked systems.
In ‘Tele_Trust’ new insights, innovative technologies, and the human body meet to initiate and inspire new types of intersubjective engagement.
[i] William J. Mitchell, ME++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City, 2004.
With my background in agriculture and industrial engineering, I am interested in the food supply chain, especially in developing countries. My current research topic is designing intervention to empower horticultural chain actors to increase their awareness of their capability to deal with their situation. Relation between farmers and wholesalers (local traders) become my focus of intervention. For this intervention, a series of workshop based on participation approach is used as a medium to facilitate farmers and wholesalers to understand their current situation, understand each other situation, and to generate ideas to deal with shared situation. Farmers and wholesalers in some farming areas at Bandung District Indonesia are taken as case studies of the intervention.
M.A. van Haaften (Marinus), MSc
As part of the research conducted for the lectureship “Sustainable connections in horticulture” a multidisciplinary project called Samenmarkt (www.samenmarkt.nl) has been executed. This project was among others institutionalized between Hogeschool Inholland Delft and TBM TU Delft. As a part of this project my research focusses on understanding the behaviour, decisions and strategies deployed within the current supply chain of vine tomatoes, to model and analyse opportunities (and threats) for future markets in a framework designed to this purpose. The current market of greenhouse vegetables is under pressure. With the help of self-distributive emergent multi-agent market systems this research explores the feasibility of sustainable market strategies, business models and new opportunities to ensure transparent pricing, stability and trust.
Marco Wilde Dipl. Ing. MST (Micro System Technology)
Complex systems engineering in large international organizations is more and more dependent on efficient and well-functioning collaborative ecosystems. The design and operation of such an asset is seen as an important challenge and therefore it is currently discussed from a multi-disciplinary perspective. In my research I focus on the individual’s appraisal of such an ecosystem and respective coping mechanisms. Understanding motivational implications and emotional coping helps to design and influence collaboration ecosystems according the needs of actors and organizations. The research is done is close cooperation with industrial partners.
Nina Voulis, MSc
I am focusing on the integration of decentralised renewable energy resources in the electricity grid. Having many decentralized resources means that many more consumers become prosumers which requires an entirely different approach to grid organisation. I am looking at how dynamic microgrids can be used to balance demand and supply, how they can be used to develop new market mechanisms using these dynamic microgrids could lead to improvements in grid stability.
S. Čaušević (Selma), MSc
My research is focused on the application of bio-inspired computing in the area of Smart Grids. I am interested in the design of self-healing systems and exploring the ways self-optimization and distributed Grid configuration could improve the energy distribution system’s resilience. I am currently working on the Adaptive clustering for Decentralised Resilient Energy Management (ADREM) project.
Seyed Alireza Rezaee, MSc
My intended research is about improving the performance of supply chains in complex environments. The research goal is to introduce a framework for designing and implementing multi agent based supply chain management by conducting a multi disciplinary research in the fields of Multi Agent Systems, Systems Engineering and Management Science.
V. Nespeca (Vittorio) , MSc
I am interested in how Information Systems, their Design, and Evaluation can empower communities to deal with Crises and Natural Disasters. Two challenges in this field are finding how to fully engage communities, and bridge the gap between short-term Crisis Response and Relief, and the more long-term Risk Management and Adaptive Planning. I am currently looking into possible IT applications (such as augmented reality) which could help to address these challenges.
Mrs. E. Holten-Miedema
A. Meshkat (Amir), MSc
Traffic Network Management: Road traffic management is applied worldwide in order to reduce the adverse effects of road traffic. The measures applied, such as traffic signals and ramp metering, are still mostly local, whereas the problems they address, most notably the congestion problem, are network related. Therefore, currently, the big challenge in road traffic management is to manage traffic at the network level, and not just purely locally.
A.D. Sutmuller (Daan), MSc
With my background as analyst of the Dutch police, I’m interested in the decision-making within criminal investigations. The research focuses on the prioritizing of persons of interest and scenarios in major criminal investigations. The exponential technological development in the last decades has led to a range of new pieces of evidence and a world of limitless access to data. Little is known about the influence of these developments on the process of decision-making within criminal investigations. The interpretation and weighing of evidence, ranging from the classic eye witness testimony to the new highly advanced digital or forensic evidence and the translation to the managing of the investigation onto the right person of interest or scenario is becoming extremely complex. The objective of the research is to design a model that supports the prioritizing of persons of interest and scenarios in criminal investigations.
Promotors: Prof. Dr. Pieter van Gelder, Dr. Marielle den Hengst-Bruggeling
A.H. de Jong (Afaina)
AYŞEGÜL BİNALI, (MA in International Relations, International Law and European Union)
Having been working for one of the key international organizations for nine years as international law and protection officer, I analyze the conduct of war and peace building efforts in the context of refugee law, human rights and humanitarian law. I assess the multicultural, multinational and multi organizational complex systems involved within decision making mechanisms of the United Nations, EU and the NATO, and their exercise in the field in the context of the humanitarian intervention, peace building and humanitarian assistance.
With my PHD research, I aim to develop an efficient and transparent information data management system through participatory assessments, community based approach and input of all international and national actors involved in humanitarian intervention, peace building and stability in order to ensure protection of civilians; particularly children who are among the most vulnerable..
Dr. L. Gao (Liang)
My current research interest focuses on complex systems and system of systems (sos), including modeling and optimization of sos architecting. I am interested in how to design the complex systems or sos and how to optimize the designed proposal, including the optimization design of sos program and the study of the technical specifications of short boards for sos by considering the application of resources in the participatory systems.
J. Janeiro (Jordan), MSc
My research focuses on providing flexible computer-mediated support in collaborative problem-solving processes. The goal of my research is to identify and define profiles of interaction support in such processes and implement them as means of flexibility in groupware. I currently use collaborative diagnosis processes in preventive maintenance as a reference scenario. I am currently assigned in the Smart Vortex project.
Mrs. E.M.C de Vreede-Volkers
S. Scepanovic (Sanja), MSc
With Dr. Warnier and Dr. Huang, we participate together in the EU project CIVIS and my visit to TU Delft is part of that collaboration. CIVIS explores possibilities for a sustainable smart energy system, as a socio-technical system. In particular, we ask what forms of innovation and efficiency can ICT-enabled energy communities bring in this socio-technical system? My doctoral thesis at Aalto University, Finland, focuses on social computing and different applications of data analytics, such as to human mobility, social networks and smart energy systems.
Seyed Hamid Hashemi Petrudi
My research is focused on participatory humanitarian supply chains (HSC). In particular, it is intended to discuss different roles people and organizations can take before, during, and after natural and sudden-onset disasters, and how people’s different roles as customer, partner and citizen have shaped the strategy and structure of HSCs from a top-down, centralized, internally integrated one to a more bottom-up, decentralized, and externally integrated over time. I’m also interested in designing a methodology and framework to help organizations, involved in disaster management, to think and act collectively.
C. Tekinay (Cagri), MSc
My research focuses on developing a framework for supporting simulation based design of complex large-scale multi-actor systems. My main research interest is designing multi-perspective, multi-resolution models. The application domain of this research is on the design of railway systems.
Dipl.-Inf. T. Buttler (Tanja)
With my background in storytelling and computer supported collaborative work, I am particularly interested in how professionals in industry share their experiences and knowledge. My current research explores how to support professionals in sharing softer kinds of knowledge (e.g. why a long process went well or badly) through lessons learned between projects. For that purpose, I investigate how lessons learned are gathered today, and how this process can be improved.
Dr. C.I.M. Nevejan (Caroline)
My research interest is focused on the design of presence and the design of trust in social interactions between people, in organizations and in larger social and political structures. I use methodologies from the social sciences as well as from the design discipline. Having a profound theoretical interest I find it a challenge to bridge knowledge, insight and skills between different domains. When 'making things happen' in a design process I am convinced this only works when the people involved contribute.
Dr. D. Cetinkaya (Deniz)
Deniz Cetinkaya is a Ph.D. student at Delft University of Technology. She is in the Systems Engineering Group of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. Her research interests include Software Engineering, Modeling and Simulation, Model Driven Development, Conceptual Modeling and E-Government Applications. She received her M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2005. She received her B.Sc. with honors in Computer Engineering from the Hacettepe University, Turkey in 2002. In 2009, she started her Ph.D research under the supervision of Prof.dr.ir. Alexander Verbraeck. Her current study focuses on MDD for Component Based Modeling and Simulation.
Dr. E. Ogston (Elth)
My research interests lie in the area of large-scale distributed systems. My work centres around the design of aggregation algorithms, and in particular decentralised algorithms that make use of dynamic, adaptive structures. Past and current topics I’ve studied in this area include clustering, sampling, summation/averaging, and consensus. My interest in aggregation stems from a curiosity about the relationship between architecture and intelligence in distributed management and control: the ways in which the quantity, accuracy and timeliness of available information impact the level of decision making responsibility that can be placed at particular locations in a distributed system.
Dr. E. Pournaras (Evangelos)
Decentralized computer networks appear in multidisciplinary domains of social, ecological and technological interest such as the Internet and the smart power grid. These networks are usually large-scale and complex computing environments formed by interactive autonomous agents that lack a generic, yet cost-effective, approach to manage. My PhD research focuses on the design and experimental study of collective synergies between the agents of decentralized networks that perform cooperative and competitive decisions to achieve their goals. The main research question is how these decisions meet the global application goals such as the minimization of power peaks to prevent black-outs. Two key components are studied for this purpose: (i) aggregation of information and (ii) organization of network interactions. Aggregation and organization can be the building blocks for self-managing networks and a driving force for handling the complexity of their applications.
Dr. Farideh Heidari
Business process modeling is an important part of information systems design as well as of any business engineering or reengineering activity. Business process modeling techniques provide standard ways of presentation and communication between different stakeholders. A business process model is the externalization of the conceptualization of some parts of the object world that deal with those aspects that pertain to the way business transactions are carried out and supported by an information system. My research deals with an essential issue in this context namely, development of a framework, factors and metrics for understanding and measuring objectively the quality of business processes considering their goals and objectives. This objective raises three major issues, (a) the development of a quality evaluation framework that is intended to assist business process modellers and analysts to work in a systematic and generic manner when including quality factors in their BPM activities, (b) the identification of a set of key quality factors relevant to business processes and their concepts, and (c) the definition of the metrics that provide a means for objectively and quantitatively measuring quality of business processes and their concepts. My research is supervised by Professor Brazier as my promoter and Dr. van Langen as my daily supervisor.
Dr. H.K. Lukosch (Heide)
With my background in the social and media sciences, my main research focus lies on innovative systems to foster learning and training processes in organizations. I investigate how different media like films or serious games can be used for training and learning purposes and how they are able to influence situational awareness, communication and decision-making processes. I am also highly interested in the applicability of Microtraining in different organizations and on distinct topics like sustainable development.
Dr. ing. C.H.G. Horsch (Corine)
My current research focuses on the impact of mobile information systems on police work. I evaluate proof-of-concepts in real-life environments and combine quantitative with qualitative research methods to explore how the systems impact people. In general, I am interested in human-technology interaction, persuasive technology and behaviour change.
Dr. ir. G.L. Kolfschoten (Gwendolyn)
I do research on collaboration between people in groups and teams. More specifically, I study collaboration support interventions; ways of structuring and focusing collaborative effort, and ways of creating commitment. She emphasizes on cognitive implications of these interventions (shared understanding, cognitive load, shared mental models, situational awareness, consensus, etc.) , and less on generic success indicators such as e.g. effectiveness or satisfaction. In this research I zoom in on the effects of interventions in the mind, and on group dynamics. The research is applicable in a variety of application domains, but will maintain a strong link to the key domains of the section such as engineering, logistics and safety/security.
Dr. Ir. J.P. van Staalduinen (Jan-Paul)
Dr. Ir. Mariëlle den Hengst-Bruggeling
Informed decisions, that's what I aim for. The use of information leads to informed, transparent decisions. The amount and availability of information is hardly an obstacle for this anymore. I focus on a diverse set of mechanisms that prohibit or advance informed decision making. Safety and Security is the application domain.
Dr. Ir. T.A. Hennis (Thieme)
Traditional learning environments often are centered around the teacher. Young and adolescent learners often do not have the same interests and ideas as the teachers, who have to deliver content (transmit knowledge) according what is established in formal rules and curricula. This can lead to disengagement from learning, and sometimes dropping out altogether. Re-engagement of learners is a complex and multi-faceted issue. In our research we deal with disengaged learners and try to get them back on track through involvement in the learning process: they are in control about the content, the process, and the environment (with whom they would like to work). This radically changes the role of the teacher, from a directive or authoritative figure to someone who has to listen and facilitate learning, even concerning topics he or she has never heard of. By expanding the learning environment using digital technology and the Internet, we are able to support teachers and learners becoming more pro-active, meanwhile developing skills in research skills, creativity, entrepreneurship, collaboration, communication, and information literacy. We are developing methodologies and frameworks that helps teachers design more participatory learning environments using the Internet and other technologies available.
Dr. Ir. Yubin Wang
I have a background in system and control engineering, and in traffic engineering. My research is in the field of traffic control. For online traffic control, there is a need for predictions of traffic flow during a short horizon to evaluate the impact of different scenarios. Fast computation is crucial for a on-line simulation model. My research topic is On-line distributed simulation for a large-scale traffic network. The main research goal is to investigate a novel approach for a distributed computation in order to simulate a large-scale traffic network in a more efficient way.
Dr. J. Barjis (Joseph)
My main research topics include enterprise engineering, systems engineering, information systems design, business process modeling and simulation, and conceptual modeling.
More information on Dr. Barjis can also be found on my personal website: www.JosephBarjis.com.
Dr. J. H. Appelman (Jaco)
Measuring, facilitating and designing change that is the main focus of my research in the fields of Safety&Security and Sustainability. Validation of Change of Practice theory that claims to predict if people are willing to adapt their routines to accommodate organizational or technology-induced changes.
Dr. J.L.M. Vrancken (Jos)
My research is in the field of Systems Engineering for Infrastructures. Most of my research deals with the roads and the datacommunications infrastructure. For the road infrastructure, my main research theme is the problem of network management for road traffic. For the datacommunications infrastructure, the main theme is the transition from the current Internet to more scalable solutions for global connectivity.
Dr. K.P. Clark (Kassidy)
My current research focuses on building reliable, scalable frameworks for distributed resource negotiation. This includes designing robust, extensible protocols to describe, negotiate and monitor Service Level Agreements (SLA) in highly dynamic, distributed environments. One challenge of this research is designing frameworks that incorporate the concepts of trust and risk. For instance, is it possible to build trust between actors operating in an untrusted environment? Furthermore, how should interaction between actors adapt to reflect the fluctuating level of risk?
Dr. L.J. Kortmann (Rens)
Today's networked society offers great opportunities to all. However, this society also requires its members to adapt to new roles to participate in it. My research teaches individuals and organisations how to play their new roles through gaming and simulation. On the one hand, I study how games can make up participatory systems - systems that empower people and organisations to participate in a networked society. On the other hand, my research aims to find new methods to design these participatory systems through gaming and simulations. The development of intelligent games and simulations is regarded as a prerequisite for my aims. Therefore, the long-term aim is to develop a design methodology for a new generation of intelligent games that are grounded in the rules of participation in a networked society.
Dr. M. Cidota (Marina)
My research focuses on designing for engagement and awareness in a collaborative system, using different interaction techniques and establishing virtual co-location in merging realities. Possible applications can be found in the security domain, in medicine and in certain training contexts. In the current project, Augmented Reality novel technologies, Serious Gaming and marker-less tracking of human body are combined to develop unobtrusive, cost-effective and patient-friendly methods for objective assessment of upper extremity motor dysfunction.
Dr. M.A. Oey (Michel)
My research focuses on complex socio-technological systems, in particular, large-scale, open, distributed systems, such as multi-agent systems. Main topics of interest include architectures, fault-tolerance, scalability, security in the field of simulations/emulations, self-management, automated SLA negotiations, and shared data spaces. I am one of the lead-designers of AgentScape, an open, distributed, scalable agent platform.
Dr. M.D. Seck (Mamadou)
I have a background in systems and information sciences, and in industrial engineering. My main interest is to apply modeling and simulation to the design and operation of complex socio-technical systems. These systems are characterized by rich theoretical diversity. Adopting a single theoretical perspective does not allow capturing the complexity of such systems and leads to simulation models with weak predictive power. Multi-perspective modelling is an approach in which multiple, non-isomorphic models of the same system are jointly used in a simulation to mutually complement predictions of one another. My main research goal is to investigate the system formalisms and the methodologies of multi-perspective modelling and simulation, and to apply them to relevant problems.
Dr. M.E.D. van den Bogaard (Maartje)
I am interested in facilitating change and innovation in knowledge intensive systems. Learners, trainers and managers share similar goals, but they often have different interests, ideas and motivations on how to get there. This makes it very difficult to design effective solutions. I combine social science research with modelling techniques to understand the dynamics of such systems and to find out what works and why. Currently I am involved in a project on student success: over the past years governments and universities have tried to improve student success, but none of the efforts for change had lasting effects. We focus on the questions why this is the case and on the conditions for real change in this area.
Dr. P. de Vries (Pieter)
My research domain is workplace and mobile learning with the focus on new strategies and concepts to improve human performance and improve the organizations' capacity for change and innovation. The main issues are: business scenarios for learning in the extended enterprise, learning value management, impact assessment, informal and autonomous learning and learning technology. To date I am involved in development and research projects with industries and higher education, including the service industry, automotive, do-it-yourself, energy and defense.
Dr. R. Haydarlou (Reza)
My main research focus lies on autonomic systems. I investigate how to use the general principles of Autonomic Computing to make the self-management of existing distributed software systems possible. My approach is use-case driven. As I use Semantic Web to represent various behaviours of a distributed software system and autonomic properties, I am also highly interested in the Semantic Web research area.
Dr. S. van Splunter (Sander)
With my background in artificial intelligence, my main research focus is to enable adaptation within dynamic complex systems. Systems are considered multi-layered, where each layer contains structures and processes, whose interactions results in complex behaviours. For designing for change, knowledge needs to be made explicit to support local adaptations. Integration of such knowledge in both structures and processes, and knowledge representations are key issues of my research.
Dr. Z. Genc, (Zulkuf)
Zulkuf Genc received a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2003 and an M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2006. He worked on digital home and use of 60 GHz radio in home networks during his Ph.D. study between 2006 and 2011 in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science (EEMCS) of Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), Netherlands. He is currently working as postdoctoral researcher in the Systems Engineering and Simulation Section of the Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) Faculty in TUDelft. His research focuses on the application of multi-agent paradigm in understanding, design and evaluation of complex socio-technical systems.
Dr.-Ing. S.W. Werner Knoll (Stefan)
My current research focuses on technological support for collaboration in multinational organizations. For that purpose, I investigate how to collect, manage and share knowledge about collaboration, facilitate collaborative actions across distributed environments, and provide intuitive and adaptive technological support.
Dr.Ir. D. Datcu (Dragos)
My research interests focus on the perception of presence as well as context awareness in teams working jointly on complex problem solving in new interaction spaces such as augmented reality. In the considered interaction scenarios human expertise is often a scarce and expensive resource. The research ambition is to design novel augmented reality-driven solutions that enable participation among distributed. To establish such participatory systems, the foundations of merging realities need to be researched from a technical but also human experience perspective. To address current issues around presence, awareness and human experience in interaction spaces such as augmented reality I intend to apply affective computing technology for automatic emotion analysis. Recognizing emotions will help to adapt novel interaction spaces to the needs and dynamics of the participating users.
Drs. D.W.F. van Krevelen (Rick)
My research interest is in applying Agent Technology in Business Games and Simulations. My research is about mapping and implementing supply chain management strategies onto multi-agent systems for distributed interactive micro-simulation. The goal is to evaluate and validate the link between business management strategies and operations in complex and interactive supply chain simulations for research and education purposes. Strategies and operations are made transparent and operationalised using using agent reasoning framework, allowing for clearer analysis of results of interactive simulations.
Drs. W.S.J. Geerling (Wilfred)
Ir. M. Davarynejad (Mohsen), MSc
Ir. R. Poelman (Ronald)
With my background in the design and engineering sciences, my main research focus lies on innovative spatial-aware pervasive systems to fuse the advantages of virtual reality with physical reality. I investigate how human-computer interaction, computer vision and wearable computing can improve, situational awareness, communication and decision-making processes. It is my firm believe that we should not learn to understand a computer but that a computer should understand us.
Ir. Shalini Kurapati
I have a bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai (India) and a Masters degree in Engineering and Policy Analysis from the Delft University of Technology. I'm currently pursuing my PhD research in the field of transportation and logistics. I'm studying the exciting and challenging field of global freight transportation networks, which are complex, interrelated, and comprising dynamic and ever-increasing stakeholders. Lack of awareness of the network interdependencies makes these networks vulnerable to dynamic events and disruptions, causing huge financial and operational losses and ripple effects along the network. My research focuses on exploring how shared situational awareness can be created to improve participative decision making in such complex intermodal transportation networks. My research utilizes serious games as both data collection and training tools to explore and enhance the decision-making and behavior of stakeholders in transportation networks to tackle dynamic events and disruptions
Email: Lipika Bansal
Home page: http://www.pollinize.org
My research is part of a practice based PhD at the Technical University of Delft at the Participatory Systems Initiative in collaboration with Ankur, Society for Alternatives in Education in New Delhi. My research focuses on design for empowerment. In complex communities of systems, networks play an important role. However connecting them is a challenge. This research explores how technology can be designed to facilitate a context where self-organization can emerge. The main question is: How can technology be designed to empower individuals in interaction with each other, in and between existing systems? The aim of this research is to identify design challenges and opportunities for technology based community communication services for residents of Indian urban worker's settlements. I work together with adolescent co-researchers from workers' settlements, using creative research methodologies, such as (digital) storytelling - and writing, in which adolescents are actively involved in the research and design process. It can be identified as a participatory bottom-up exploration. I have conducted research with young women on their relation with mobile phones. Next I involved youth to understand their relation with water. Finally I conducted research on Water & Health and organized water labs and design labs.
My research interest is on how to delineate the participation experience individuals have at moments in their social lives when being spatially distributed. Instead of focusing on the interaction itself, I pay more attention to how the rules that implicitly define the situation shape the individual performances and meanings generated within it. Fundamental to this research are the voluntary and involuntary movements, actions, negotiations and the degree of attachment experienced in the situations that occur in the intersections of physical and mediated networks in day-to-day interactions. I attempt to develop a new epistemology that will assist the design of innovative participatory strategies. This research challenges the bridging of different domains.
M. Sedighi (Mohammad), MSc.
Enterprise social networks (ESN) have been developed in large organization as a contemporary knowledge management system. As a main challenge, participation through ESN needs to be addressed by participants’ perceived benefits. In my research, I focus on the participants’ engaggement by exploring perceived benefits and costs in organizational networks. Exploring different perceived benefits and costs, which are promoted by ESNs’ prosperities, helps to design socio-technical incentive plans for participation. Moreover, the scope of my research is restricted to the resource-constrained environments.
M. Zhang (Mingxin), MSc.
My research focus on how to develop a large-scale multi-agent simulation based decision support system. Currently I am trying an attempt to build a PRS(Procedural reasoning system)-based reasoning agent model using the DEVS framework and show how the DEVS-based reasoning agent model is extensible and can serve as a component in large-scale multi-agent system simulation. After that I will also build a distributed simulation platform for LMS(large-scale multi-agent simulation) to improve the simulation performance. The final objective is to find how will the LMS results be a support to decision making together with cognitive agents.
Prof. Dr. Ir. A. Verbraeck (Alexander)
My main research interests are distributed simulation, and simulation-based design, decision support and training environments, which can be used in a multitude of settings in industry and government. This research is the first step to what has been termed "Star Trek's holodeck" where realistic simulations of complex technical systems are seamlessly integrated with high-end virtual reality and augmented reality environments, enabling new forms of training, learning, and decision making in three-dimensional interaction spaces. Multiple stakeholders and users can interact in these spaces to support their business processes. The use of the DEVS formalism from the simulation field, the latest developments in the computer science and graphics world, and theories from social sciences will be combined in a unique toolkit that can be deployed in many different settings.
Qingzhi Liu, MSc
My main research focus is on adaptation in large scale sensor networks, in particular self-adaptive and self-organizing wireless sensor networks. My Research is funded by the SHINE (Sensing Heterogeneous Information Network Environment) project. SHINE is the flagship project of DIRECT (Delft Institute for Research on ICT at Delft University of Technology). The aim of the project is to gather and process data from sensor technology, social media and smartphones for answering heterogeneous information needs. My other research topic is Wireless Power Transfer Networks, which aims to harvest the radio frequency energy from specific charging networks and wireless networks for the power supply of mobile wireless devices. Adaptation also plays an important role here.
V. Dang (Vivian), MSc (external)
For a large companies, it is more important than ever to be able to decide how and when to offer training, and to fully understand the dynamics of offering training in the various disciplines. One area that has been difficult to align training to is the ever changing field of technology. Gartner's hype cycles offer an overview of relative maturity of technologies in certain domains. My main goal for this research is to develop and test a technology prediction model for technical training courses for the Boeing Company to use, and to base this on mathematical modeling and a solid statistical analysis of training course development and technology adoption within Boeing.
Xu Xie, MSc
My research focuses on large-scale Agent-based simulation. In many complex systems, such as social system, economic system, Agent-based modeling is an inescapable and also efficient way to model the system and the model is definitely large scale. If we want to conduct what-if analysis and study dynamic properties of the system, we must conduct simulation on the model. My main work now is to find ways to implement and improve this relatively new simulation method, so that it can be a more general, faster and more user-friendly modeling and simulation paradigm for complex system modeling and simulation.
Y. (Yakup) Koç, MSc
My current research focuses on robustness of intelligent power grids (SmartGrids) with a particular attention on cascading failures. In a power grid, the cascading failure phenomenon is related to both topological properties and flow dynamics. Accordingly, increasing the grid robustness requires real-time optimization of the grid topology as well as network flow. The objective of my research is designing a system to increase power grid robustness against cascading failures through dynamical network reconfigurations.