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Finalist of the MobiCom 2015 App Contest 
On 10 September 2015, Okan Türkes participated in the MobiCom 2015 App Contest with the smartphone-based opportunistic data dissemination application called "Friend Finder". The application was selected as one of the 6 finalists out of 13 submissions. The selection criteria included originality and innovation, perceived value, importance, quality of user experience, and business viability. During the contest, Okan gave a demonstration with an Android-based smartphone network setup as well as a pitch on the motivation, objectives, and technical details of the implementation.

Implemented on top of the Cocoon framework, Friend Finder provides local connectivity between smartphone users in case there is no internet or cellular networks. It is a platform-independent solution for information dissemination with ad hoc fashion. During outages/overloads of situated communication systems, it allows short message dissemination between people having common interests/concerns. In the demonstrated application, a user is able to share his/her daily plans to the other users over a lightweight WiFi ad hoc network without forming connections.

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Paul Havinga speaks about Internet of Things in Science Cafe Enschede 
On 10 Sep 2015, Paul Havinga was a speaker in Science Cafe Enschede for a special session on Internet of Things. The Youtube movie introducing his research can be found at:


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Best paper award in PURBA 2015 
On 8 Sep 2015, the paper “A smartphone based method to enhance road pavement anomaly detection by analyzing the driver behavior”, presented at the PURBA workshop of the International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and the 2015 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers in Osaka, Japan won the best paper award. The paper’s authors are: Fatjon Seraj, Kyle Zhang, Okan Turkes, Nirvana Meratnia, and Paul Havinga.

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Winner of the Entrepreneurship Challenge Cup  
On 18 August 2015, Okan Türkes won the Entrepreneurship Challenge Cup in CuriousU Summer School. Okan participated in the Challenge Cup as project leader by introducing one of his PhD research implementations as a business prototype. Together with his project team, he worked to develop a viable business model for the presented prototype. Out of 7 other projects from different research/business fields, his project was selected as the most innovative, the most social-caring, and the most promising business idea.

The entrepreneurship course was co-organized by the University of Twente, VentureLab International, and SVPI Michigan and was held on 11-18 August 2015 in Enschede.

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Mitra Baratchi successfully defended her doctoral thesis  
On 24 June 2015, Mitra Baratchi successfully defended her doctoral thesis entitled "Latitude, Longitude, and Beyond – Mining Mobile Objects’Behavior”. The research has been performed under supervision of Prof. Paul Havinga (promotor), Prof. Andrew Skidmore (promotor), Dr. Nirvana Meratnia (assistant promotor), and Dr. Bert Toxopeus (assistant promotor).

Thesis can be found at: http://eprints.eemcs.utwente.nl/26149/

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