SamenMarkt at the Horticulture Business Days 2016

The SamenMarkt project will be present at the largest horticultural trade fair in the Netherlands: the Horticulture Business Days 2016, Feb 16-18, in Gorinchem, The Netherlands.

The SamenMarkt is a research project with academic/research partners and horticultural partners work together to analyse the horticultural fresh food supply chain.

Heide and Stephan Lukosch interviewed in the Versatilist Podcast

Heide and Stephan Lukosch have been interviewed by the Versatilist Podcast of Immersive Learning Research Network (ILRN):

In the podcast, Heide and Stephan Lukosch report on their research results on engagement and situational awareness from projects with the Dutch Police and the Netherlands Forensic Institute.

Vacancy: Assistant Professor of Large-scale Participatory Systems

The Participatory Systems group has an opening for an assistant professor. See here for more information.

“Green Wireless Power Transfer Networks” accepted in the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (J-SAC)

“Green Wireless Power Transfer Networks” a paper by Qingzhi Liu, Michał Goliński, Przemysław Pawełczak and Martijn Warnier has been accepted for publication in the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (J-SAC). (Impact factor 3.453). The paper can be found here:

Innovation day of the Dutch Police

“On the spot” project results presented on the innovation day of the Dutch Police

On December 4, Dragos Datcu and Stephan Lukosch from the Systems Engineering Section presented the project results of the “On the spot” project during the innovation day of the Dutch Police. During the innovation day, several experts from the police as well as industry related to the security domain could test the augmented reality environment that has been designed and developed in the “On the spot” project.

The “On the Spot” project investigates, in how far Augmented Reality (AR) can contribute to a shared operational picture and support operational decision-making. Using serious gaming approaches to design scenarios, the project researches in how far AR affects communication, information sharing, and as precondition for decision-making, also (team) situational awareness.

Major project results have lately been published in the prestigious CSCW journal:

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Yakup Koç obtained doctorate with distinction

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On November 16, 2015, Yakup Koç obtained his doctorate with distinction for his dissertation titled “On robustness of Power Grids”. Koç obtained his doctorate within 4 years as part of the NWO project RobuSmart: Increasing the Robustness of Smart Grids through distributed energy generation: a complex network approach.

Koç already received 4 best paper awards for earlier publications in this field. His dissertation was supervised by Frances Brazier (TBM) and Rob Kooij (EWI) and co-supervised by Martijn Warnier (TBM).

Summary of his dissertation:

On Robustness of Power Grids

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Current and future trends in environmental, economical, and human-caused factors (such as power demand growth, over-ageing of assets in power grids and extreme weather conditions) challenge power grid robustness in the near future, necessitating research to better analyse and understand the notion of robustness in power grids, and ultimately to enhance it. This dissertation investigates the robustness of power grids from a Complex Networks Theory perspective to develop concepts and measures to quantitatively assess power grid robustness. A set of metrics are proposed to quantitatively assess the robustness of power transmission and distribution grids accounting for the impact of the key system characteristics such as the operative state and the topology.

The proposed metrics provide means to exploit the relationship between the topology, operation, and robustness performance of power grids. They are experimentally validated using models of power grids, and applied on IEEE power systems, synthetically generated power grids, and real world power grids. The proposed metrics assist grid operators for dynamical optimization of flow and topology of a given power grid, and grid analysts in strategic asset management and network expansion planning processes for the purpose of robustness enhancement of a power grid.


The start of the SamenMarkt® project

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On Sept 30th, the kick-off event of the SamenMarkt® project was held. The SamenMarkt® project aims to achieve a more transparent and stable fruit and vegetable supply chain market in the Netherlands. An agent-based simulation that models the choices made by different stakeholders throughout the supply chain (growers, cooperations of growers, traders, and retail) will give insights on the influence of their behavior on the prices on the market. In the future, these insights can be used to enlarge trust throughout the chain leading to more people working together within the market, also called a SamenMarkt®. The members of this project include Wageningen UR, Hogeschool Inholland, TU Delft en SIA Raak.

You can find out more about this project on its website: (in Dutch only).

Stephan Lukosch conference co-chair of ACM GROUP’16

Together with Aleksandra Sarcevic from Drexel University, USA, Stephan Lukosch from the Systems Engineering section will organize the prestigious ACM Conference on Supporting Groupwork in 2016. For over 25 years, the GROUP conferences have showcased the work of researchers and practitioners on the development, introduction, management, deployment, and analysis of computer-based collaborative systems. A strong emphasis of GROUP conferences is to foster a discourse on collaborative technology. Relevant issues include the design, implementation, deployment, evaluation, and impact of these systems as well as examinations of relevant research methodologies.


‘On the spot’ project presented during symposium ‘Innovatie aan zee’

On November 27, 2014, Marina Cidota and Dragos Datcu presented current results of a research project called ‘On the Spot’ during the ‘Innovatie aan zee, Samenwerken aan een veilig en rechtvaardig Nederland van morgen’

symposium ( The symposium was organized by The Ministry of Security and Justice. ‘On the spot’ is funded by the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism. Within the ‘On the spot’ project, Marina Cidota, Dragos Datcu, Heide Lukosch and Stephan Lukosch from the Systems Engineering section investigate together with the Netherlands Forensic Institute, National Police of the Netherlands and the Fire Brigade in Rotterdam-Rijnmond in how far Augmented reality (AR) can contribute to a shared operational view and support decision-making during a joint task.

For that purpose, an AR environment is being developed that allows local and remote users to interact and exchange information in AR.


Sebastiaan Meijer (POLG/KTH Stockholm) and Heide Lukosch (SK) invited to represent the “Next Generation” of gaming researchers in a panel discussion at the International Simulation and Gaming (ISAGA) conference in Dornbirn, Austria, from July 07 till 11 2014

Sebastiaan Meijer (POLG/KTH Stockholm) and Heide Lukosch (SK) have been invited to represent the “Next Generation” of gaming researchers in a panel discussion called ”Back to the Future of Gaming” together with Richard Duke, and several other “Veterans” of gaming research at the International Simulation and Gaming (ISAGA) conference 2014 entitled “The shift from teaching to learning” ( The conference will be held in Dornbirn, Austria, from 07.-11.07.2014. Furthermore, the ISAGA conference paper of Shalini Kurapati (SK), Daan Groen (InThere), Heide Lukosch (SK) and Alexander Verbraeck (SK) on “Microgames in Practice: A Case Study in Container Terminal Operations” has been nominated for the best paper award. Last but not least, Rens Kortmann (SK) and Heide Lukosch (SK) are organizing an interactive workshop on the “Future of distributed gaming” at the conference. Gaming research of TBM is thus very well represented at one of the largest gaming conferences in the world.

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