This page contains an overview of current projects.
An overview of finished projects can be found here.
ADREM: Adaptive clustering for Decentralized Resilient Energy Management, DST-NWO joint research project on “Smart Grids”
Partners: TU Delft, CWI, IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi
Distributed Energy Resource (DER) management based on adaptive clustering approaches to support local self-optimization and self-healing of the smart grid, is the challenge this project between India and the Netherlands addresses. To deal with power deficits and contingency challenges, consumers and producers together take responsibility for the balancing required to match energy needs and energy availability, by negotiating dynamic service level agreements (SLAs) in advance, within clusters. Cluster membership and SLAs are continually (re-)negotiated due to changes in the environment, the (forecasted) availability of energy resources, the overall energy market, but also participants’ (both consumer and producer) forecasts of their own needs and possibilities. This allows for local, decentralised S/D management based on SLAs, reducing complexity on a wider scale; and it provides the basis for stability of the power system through reconfiguration.
TU Delft staff involvement: dr. Martijn Warnier, prof. dr. Frances Brazier
PhD student: Selma Causevic, MSc
A Secure, Open, Scalable, Distributed Multi-Agent Platform
AgentScape is a middleware layer that supports large-scale agent systems. The rationale behind the design decisions are (i) to provide a platform for large-scale agent systems, (ii) support multiple code bases and operating systems, and (iii) interoperability with other agent platforms. Building an open, large-scale distributed system for deployment of multi-agent systems requires conscious deliberation of design alternatives and available technologies. The management of a location and between locations is studied extensively. The AgentScape approach to management is targeted to scalability and autonomy. The concept of self-management closely fits with the design philosophy of AgentScape. Self-management comprises self-healing (fault-tolerance), self-optimization (performance), self-configuration, and self-protection (security). With self-managing locations, AgentScape locations and hosts within a location are autonomous entities that operate in concert to provide resources and services to multi-agent system applications. AgentScape is developed in close cooperation with D-CIS Lab (Thales), The Book Depository, NLnet foundation, University of Bath, Cardiff University, and the University of Warwick.
Partners: National Police of the Netherlands, twnkls
ARPro investigates the effect of location-based information provision via augmented reality on the situational awareness and cognitive load of police agents. In addition, the project investigates the impact of such novel technology on the organisation and its processes.
TU Delft staff: dr. Stephan Lukosch
PhD student: Hendrik Engelbrecht
Burger Alert Real Time (BART)
Burger Alert Real Time, BART
Partners: TU Delft, TNO, CGI, Dutch Police, City of the Hague
The aim of the project is to develop an innovative platform in which citizens, private organizations, the police and the municipality participate to deal with safety and security issues in the neighbourhood. Providing a means for citizens to influence the quality of their own living environment and security, together with the municipality and the police, to increase social cohesion, and reduce the level and amount of crime, is the focus. Trust, presence and relationships are prerequisites for citizen participation. TUDelft focuses on understanding the current state of the neighbourhood, and designing interventions with which to increase citizen participation over-time, when no emergencies occur, as well as just-in-time in emergency situations that require immediate follow-up.
TU Delft staff: prof. dr. Frances Brazier, dr. Tina Comes, dr. Stephan Lukosch
PhD student: Ir. Geertje Slingerland, MSc
Non-intrusive Empowering Solutions and Technologies for Older people to Retain Everyday life activity (NESTORE)
Non-intrusive Empowering Solutions and Technologies for Older people to Retain Everyday life activity (NESTORE)
Partners: Politecnico di Milano, Flextronics Design SRL, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Fundacio Eurecat, Ropardo SRL, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland, University of Barcelona, Fundacio Salut i Envelliment, AGE Platform Europe AISBL, Sheffield Hallam University, La Meridiana Due Societa Cooperativa Sociale, University of Zurich, Neosperience SpA, A. Hogendoorn Management en Advies BV, Loughborough University
NESTORE main objective is to develop an innovative, multi-dimensional, cross-disciplinary and personalized coaching system that supports older people to maintain independence by encouraging them to become co-producers of their wellness. For this purpose, a virtual coach will be developed that uses different techniques, i.e. 1) natural dialogue with the user, 2) tangible interfaces for self-reflection and behaviour change, 3) social and environmental support through the social platform, 4) mixed reality serious games, and 5) apps for self-monitoring.
TU Delft staff: prof. dr. Frances Brazier, dr. Stephan Lukosch
PhD student: Isabelle Kniestedt, MSc
Increasing the Robustness of Smart Grids through Distributed Energy Generation: a Complex Network Approach
Today’s grid was designed to move power from centralized supply sources to fixed, predictable loads; The current grid is designed to deal with these loads: the loading capacity of components such as transformers, cables, etc. is currently determined on the basis of an assumed constant loading pattern. Current models for measuring the health of a network are based on known patterns. In the future grid, the Smart Grid, very large numbers of distributed (renewable) energy sources will be connected to the existing grid. These physically distributed generation installations (e.g., gas turbines, micro turbines, fuel cells, solar panels, wind turbines) will be connected to existing infrastructure. This proposal addresses the impact of large-scale integration of distributed wind/solar/micro-grid generation on the robustness of Smart Grids and containment of cascades of failures through intentional disconnection / rerouting of portions of the power grid (those augmented by distributed sources). Self- management techniques, that dynamically connect and disconnect parts of the grid to maintain robustness, will be deployed to this purpose.
SamenMarkt: Restoring trust in the horticultural fresh food market using multi-agent system technology
Partners: TU Delft, Hogeschool InHolland, LEI Wageningen UR, Advisory Board, and many others.
In the horticultural fresh food supply chain network in the Netherlands a crisis is emerging. The market is out of balance and many growers are facing bankruptcy. Trust between participants in the supply chain network has decreased to an ever low. This project identifies design requirements how trust can be restored in new systems. It introduces the concept SamenMarkt®, a participatory system in which multi-agent system technology enables distributed price negotiation, distribution and communication between producers, retailers and consumers. Distributed multi-agent simulation and emulation create the basis for stakeholder- and participant awareness and involvement in the food market. SamenMarkt® aims to provide a solution space for the emerging global food challenges.
TU Delft staff involvement: dr. Michel Oey, dr. Caroline Nevejan, and prof. dr. Frances Brazier
PhD student: Coen Hubers
Stable and scalable decentralized power balancing systems using adaptive clustering
The NWO URSES project Stascade: Stable and scalable decentralized power balancing systems using adaptive clustering
Energy systems are in transition. Whereas in the past, energy supply was determined by demand, in future, demand will need to follow supply. Changing prices is a means to this end, via markets in which bids for demand and/or supply determine the market price for a specific period of time.
Such markets, however, have their drawbacks. An important drawback is that markets can typically be highly dynamic, even with disruptive or chaotic behaviour. In addition, current centralised markets are not designed to deal with local network failures. These factors influence the stability and predictability of the energy system. Therefore, there is a need for decentralized, stabilizing, and scalable approaches to balance supply and demand (S/D) of energy.
This proposal focuses on the design of distributed coordination and market mechanisms to this purpose. Distributed dynamic clusters of synergetic consumers and producers are our basic construct. Clusters are designed to coordinate local load balancing for varying periods of time amongst consumers and producers, typically for substantially longer periods than considered in markets. Local load balancing in clusters thus allows for novel, more reliable solutions for global load balancing and can be used in conjunction with (current or novel) external market mechanisms. In addition, clusters are dynamic and can adapt to changing situations, including network failures. This project designs novel models, techniques and approaches for dynamic clustering and market mechanisms for energy S/D balancing, in a cooperation between engineering systems, computer science, and electrical engineering researchers, and network operator, ICT, and business consultants.
Phd student: Nina Voulis, MSc
Supervisors: Dr. Martijn Warnier, prof. dr. Frances Brazier
‘Tele_Trust for networking bodies.’
‘I am part of the networks and the networks are part of me…I link, therefore I am.’ [i]
In today’s networked society, our ‘electronicaly and digitally enhanced bodies’ are often present at one location and ‘meet’ simultaneously with others at several other locations, temporalities and social settings. This project contributes to the foundations of the design of trust, from the perspective of experience, both in private and public spaces, physical and virtual. ‘Tele_Trust’ focuses on exploration of the sensory experience of visibility, presence, reciprocity, and trust in contemporary mediated society. The implications for design of embodiment in participatory systems is core to this project. The research questions address (1) design for perception and experience of trust, (2) design of the experience of physical closeness in mediated realities , (3) design of situational awareness in public and private spaces. Research through art practice includes the design of a series of experimental ‘social labs’ as ‘meeting places’. These ‘social labs’ are designed on the basis of artistic and scientific analysis, created as artistic work, and presented in smart public spaces in different geo-political contexts and socio- cultural domains. The public will be invited to participate and reflect as co-researchers on their experience of important concepts related to embodiment and trust (e.g. ’presence’, ‘identity’, and ‘community’). The methodology of reflective witnessing will provide a source of information for analysis, synthesis and understanding of embodiment and intersubjective engagement in participatory networked systems. In ‘Tele_Trust’ new insights, innovative technologies, and the human body meet to initiate and inspire new types of intersubjective engagement.
[i] William J. Mitchell, ME++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City, 2004.
About the artists
Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat design objects, projections and digital networks to create ‘meeting places’ in city public spaces. These ‘meeting places’ are designed as seductive, visual performances and installations. Each ‘meeting place’ or social sculpture functions as an artistic ‘social lab’ in which the artists invite their audience as co-researchers. The audience is invited to experiment and play with social technologies; and to reflect on their perception of the city, and their experience of body, presence, identity and community.
Through their artworks Lancel and Maat research contemporary social systems in a mediated society; in smart cities and augmented / immersive spaces. For every ‘meeting place’ they deconstruct existing communication technologies and strategies; and design a new innovative, integrated montage and process of embodied and virtual interaction. The ‘meeting places’ are shown internationally in dynamic urban public spaces such as museums, squares, theatre halls, trains stations; among others in the cities of Seoul, New York, Melbourne, Shanghai, Istanbul, Paris, London, Amsterdam. Through audience interaction Lancel and Maat show social portraits of urban mediated life.
- Ars Electronica Linz, Austria // ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany // De Appel Amsterdam, NL//
- Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL // Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, NL //
- Transmediale Berlin, Germany // Eyebeam, New York, USA //
- Artfair Artforum Berlin, Germany // Urban Screens 08, Melbourne, AUS //
- ISEA 04 Helsinki, Finland // Biennale Villette Numerique, Paris, France //
- Art Center Nabi, Seoul, South-Korea // Smart Project Space Amsterdam, NL //
- Chinese European Art Center-CEAC, Xiamen // DCC Shanghai – World Expo 2010, China //
- The Second Art @ Science International Exhibition/Symposium, Tsing Hua University Beijing, China //
- V2_LAB for Unstable Media Rotterdam, NL // Urban Screens 05 Amsterdam, NL //
- Dutch Institute for Media Art Amsterdam (NIMK), NL // Technical University of Delft //
- ISEA Istanbul 2011 Turkey // Banff New media Institute Canada //
- Second New Media Art Exhibition at Millennium Art Museum Beijing, China //
Lancel is currently artistic PhD candidate at Technical University of Delft: ‘Participatory Systems Initiative’ (prof dr Frances Brazier, dr Caroline Nevejan). She was member of the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK) research group ‘ARTI’ (Artistic research, Theory & Interpretation) of Professors Marijke Hoogenboom and Henk Borgdorff 2008-2011. Maat teaches media art at the Minerva Art Academy Groningen, and is part of the Minerva Academy research group on ‘Image in Context’ of dr. Anke Coumans. Lancel headed the interactive media art department (IME) at MFA Frank Mohr Institute Groningen (core lecturer) 2005-2008.
TIM – Technology in Motion
TIM – Technology in Motion
Funding program: NWO
Partners: LUMC, VU Amsterdam, Motekforce Link, Cinoptics, CleVR
Our ability to perform self-care, work, recreation, our vitality – all influence our ability to participate in today’s society. Understanding movement in merging realities is of increasing importance for many different fields of applications. The need for effective means to diagnose, monitor and treat disorders associated with motoric dysfunction is the specific challenge this project addresses. Innovative approaches to patient-friendly engagement in merging realities, using Augmented Reality (AR) and Serious Gaming are explored to facilitate our understanding of new cost-effective, scalable means for evaluation and treatment of motoric dysfunction in today’s medical practice.
TU Delft staff involvement: dr. Stephan G. Lukosch, prof. dr. Frances Brazier
PostDoc: dr. Marina Cidota