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Workshop on the pervasive application of wireless technologies was successful 
The workshop organized by the Design and Analysis of Communication Systems (DACS) and Pervasive Systems (PS) groups on the Pervasive Application of Wireless Technologies on November 13 was attended by about 40 researchers from the 3TU.

Cees Links from Green Peak was the keynote speaker and gave a presentation entitled "Wireless for the home environment - current status and future directions".

Maurits de Graaf (Thales) and Geert Heijenk (University of Twente) were the two invited speakers, who gave presentations on "Maximizing the lifetime of battery powered networks" and "Connect & Drive - On the use of vehicle-to-vehicle communications to increase Traffic Stability and Efficiency", respectively.

In the technical sessions, 10 papers were presented and followed by discussions.

During the closing, Martijn van Eenennaam received the best paper award.

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Participating in Design for Usability Symposium and Workshop 
Strengthening the user centered design approach is one of the issues to be addressed in the IS-Active project. Juan Jimenez attended the design for usability symposium and its workshop: "Guiding and changing user behavior", in which different ways to modify user behavior towards a better user experience were discussed.

More information about this symposium and its contents can be found at:

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Two articles in Dutch newspapers over Raluca Marin-Perianu and Christiaan Huygens 2009 prize 
Raluca Marin-Perianu, the winner of the Christiaan Huygens 2009 prize, appeared yesterday in De Volkskrant and Het Financieele Dagblad.

More information (in dutch) can be found at:

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Smart Signs Solution is nominated for Young Technology Award 
Smart Signs Solutions, one of the three spin-offs of the Pervasive Systems group, is nominated for the Young Technology Award.

Final event will take place on November 5, in which nominees give an elevation pitch and try to convince the jury over the success of their business.

More information can be found at: http://www.kennispark.nl/nieuws
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Successful final review of the AWARE project 
The reviewers of the European research project AWARE (IST-2006-33579) congratulate all project partners with their excellent work and the great results that have been accomplished in the project. With this final review, the technical part of the project, in which the Pervasive Systems group took part, has officially been concluded.

The objectives of the project were the design and development 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.

One of the focus application scenarios of the AWARE project is disaster management and civil security, in which wireless sensors are autonomously deployed and collaboratively detect critical events. When a critical event –such as fire- has been detected, autonomous helicopters fly to the event area and collect detailed information with their on-board sensors and cameras. In addition, the health conditions, location and activity of personnel are continuously monitored through sensors in their clothing. The AWARE platform provides critical information to rescue operators or fire fighters to make their actions more efficient, but also to save their lives by early warning for dangers.

"In this project, we had a strong scientific focus, but we also demonstrated the designed systems in practice", says Lodewijk van Hoesel. "This stimulated intensive collaboration between the project partners and allowed us to show the results of our research to a broad audience and international press."

More information about the AWARE project can be found at http://www.aware-project.net/.

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