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The Pervasive Systems Group

The work in the group focuses on the design of enabling technologies and methods for applications of smart sensor systems and wearable devices. The Pervasive Systems (PS) group has a significant background on distributed networked intelligence covering the entire design trajectory from design of the miniature digital devices, wireless sensor networks, body area networks, methods of distributed signal processing, sensor fusion, and event detection.

Group's research projects have been supported by a number of regional (Pieken in de Delta, Interreg), national (STW, NWO), and European (ITEA, EU Framework, Eureka) agencies, as well as private industry.

Research approach:

We are interested in a broad spectrum of research into distributed wireless systems, from theory and mathematical analysis to real-world experiments and applications. PS initiated and coordinates the Smart eXperience (SmartXP) lab which has extensive prototyping facilities, development boards, computer infrastructure including development software, and test beds in its disposal.


The Pervasive Systems research group is part of the Computer Science Systems cluster, consisting of DACS and CAES. We collaborate frequently with other groups within the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EWI), and with the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC).

The group is the initiator and the leader of the Dutch initiative on Innovation platform on Sensor Networks (IIP Sensor Network). It also participates in Strategic Research Orientation of CTIT (Center for Telematics and Information Technology) on wireless and sensors in NIRICT Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) on Ambient Intelligence and is a member of the CTIT Strategic Research Orientations (SRO) on Wireless and Sensor Systems. PS is a member of the Australian ARC Research Network on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP), and collaborates with the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

Knowledge transfer:

The group is very successful in knowledge transfer and has created several spin-offs, i.e., Ambient Systems (http://www.ambient-systems.net) (as result of IST project EYES), Inertia Technology (http://www.inertia-technology.com) (as results of IST-project e-SENSE and national Smart Surroundings and Featherlight projects), and Smart Signs Solutions (http://www.smartsigns.nl) (as results of IST project e-SENSE and national project Smart Surroundings).