Our view of a digital society
The concept of digital sovereignty is growing in importance both in the Netherlands and the EU. How do we safeguard our European public values and standards in our digital systems and how do we ensure digital security? These are challenges that we’re facing as a society.
The Netherlands as digital frontrunner in Europe. At TNO, we want to make a demonstrable contribution to this goal. Because digitalisation supports and accelerates all major innovation challenges. In addition, digitalisation sometimes has unintended, far-reaching effects on society as a whole. It also forces us to think about how we want to shape this transformation.
Digitalisation offers opportunities and challenges
Taking classes online at home, having a robot as a colleague, and hitting the road in a self-driving car. Digitalisation is changing the way we live, work, and learn. But it also affects societal issues such as social inequality and safety.
At TNO, we support our partners and customers with digitalisation challenges. Examples are the implementation of smart industry, the digitalisation of SMEs, smart mobility, and digital health technologies. But also support in developing the next generation of semiconductors and quantum computers. Our ambition is that we and others use data and systems responsibly, always taking privacy, digital security, and inclusiveness into consideration. Because everyone must be able to participate.
Basic conditions for a digital society
In addition to the implementation-oriented approach above, we work on technologies that provide the basic conditions for digital transformation. We develop generic methods, technologies, and tools that can be used in multiple domains and across multiple sectors. And we develop and integrate the most important supporting IT technologies from the Dutch and European digitalisation agendas. Because it’s precisely the combination of IT technologies that creates innovation. In doing so, we focus on the following 5 main themes:
1. Fast, open infrastructures
Dutch IT infrastructure is strong and heavily used. Further integration of IT infrastructures and connections between and across domains will increase. We’re therefore working on an open and secure infrastructure. For example, cloud services can work together in a secure manner.
2. Data sharing
Data sharing must be a secure and autonomous process. But it’s also necessary for everyone to be able to keep control of their data. That’s why we focus on multiple uses of data, data quality, data reliability, and data security.
3. Reliable IT
We contribute to IT services and an infrastructure that’s automatically safe and reliable without human intervention. For example, systems that can withstand cyber attacks, but which also take privacy into account.
4. Systems engineering
We provide structured methodologies and technology. This enables our customers in high-tech and IT system development to design and use increasingly complex systems efficiently and effectively.
5. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Our goal is to use AI to address societal and economic challenges. AI is the ability of machines to exhibit intelligent behaviour. We take legislation (e.g., privacy) and ethics into account. The major challenge is to bring together AI expertise and domain knowledge. And that’s our strength. We combine various AI technologies with expertise from a variety of fields.
Alex SangersFunctie:Project leader Privacy Enhancing Technologies
Alexander van den Wall BakeFunctie:Business Consultant SSI
Arjen AmelinkFunctie:Principal Scientist at TNO and Professor at Free University Amsterdam on Medical Photonics
The chair focuses on the development and clinical validation of new optical diagnostic methods, with an emphasis on the interpretation of data generated by optical measurement systems based on the modeling of light transport in biological tissues.
Bastiaan WissinghFunctie:Senior scientist
Bastiaan Wissingh is Senior Research Scientist at the Networks department, specialized in new and innovative communication technologies for the Automotive domain like IEEE 802.11p, 3GPP C-V2X and ETSI Geonetworking with PKI. He also has affinity with new networking concepts like Information Centric Networking (ICN), Quick UDP Internet Connections (QUIC) and 5G.
Benny AkessonFunctie:Senior Scientist at TNO and Professor at the University of Amsterdam on System Evolvability and System Performance
Benny Akesson is a Senior Research Fellow at TNO, where he conducts applied research in projects related to system evolvability and system performance. His research interest include model-based engineering and real-time systems. Since 2019, he is a Professor by Special Appointment at the University of Amsterdam, where he holds the Chair of Design Methodologies for Cyber-physical systems.
Bjorn HakanssonFunctie:Senior Business Development Manager
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Christopher BrewsterFunctie:Senior Scientist at TNO and Professor at Maastricht University on Application of Semantic Technologies
Christopher Brewster is a Senior Scientist in the Data Science group and Professor of the Application of Emerging Technologies in the Institute of Data Science, Maastricht University. His research has focussed on the application of Semantic Technologies, Open and Linked Data, interoperability architectures and Data Governance, mostly to the food and agriculture domains.
Claire StolwijkFunctie:Principal Consultant
Claire Stolwijk is Principal Consultant in the Strategy & Policy department, focussing on digitalisation of the manufacturing industry, digital sovereignty, data spaces and industrial innovation policy. She combines her scientific work with a practical approach and coordinates various national and European projects on these topics.
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