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Joint workshop of IOP Gencom projects 
On 23 May 2012, PS organized and hosted the first joint workshop of the three projects, i.e., Go-Green, RRR, and MEANS, funded by the IOP Gencom. After a short introduction of each project, important achievements of each project till now were presented. The meeting was continued by fruitful discussions on collaboration possibilities, common test beds, and shared data sets.

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Keynote presentation at Saxion 
On 22 May 2012, Paul Havinga gave a keynote presentation at Saxion in Enschede during a symposium related to safety aspects for first responders. He presented our research on Smart Cities, and in particular on the Reconsurve and the Sensafety projects. He addressed the most prominent challenges of current wireless sensor network research, and directions of future work.

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Visiting Lemnis Public Lighting 
on May 11 Pervasive Systems made a visit to the research and development labs Lemnis Public Lighting in Almere. Lemnis is a partner in the SenSafety project, in which it will take care of adaptive lighting. As such, Lemnis is performing research on the effects of light (color, intensity) on visibility for both humans and cameras.

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SeaSTAR meets with its user committee for the second time 
On 09 May 2012, SeaSTAR project on underwater monitoring platform met with its end users committee members and the STW representatives to discuss project progress and exploitation plans. The discussions with end user committee members from TNO (The Netherlands), SINTEF (Norway) and IMEC Holst Center (The Netherlands) was very fruitful.

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Public debate on human factors related to sustainability 
On Monday May 7, 2012, Paul Havinga and Peter-Paul Verbeek had a public debate on human factors related to sustainability. Peter-Paul, professor of philosophy of technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, Enschede, argued that technology is useless if the human factors in relation to the use of technology are not considered carefully. He mentioned that real sustainability can only be achieved by trying to influence people’s behavior. Paul Havinga on the other hand argued that people’s behavior can hardly be changed, and that the main motivation of people to address sustainability is money related. Technology can play a crucial role in achieving a better sustainability. Paul gave some example of research projects that address the possibilities of using technology to increase sustainability at home (the GoGreen project), and in public buildings (the iCare project).

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