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.
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Arjen AmelinkFunctie:Principal Scientist 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.
Christopher BrewsterFunctie:Senior scientist
Christopher Brewster is a Senior Scientist in the Data Science group and Professor of the Application of Emerging Tecnologies 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.
Cor RopsFunctie:Senior Scientist Thermal and Fluidic Engineering
Cor Rops graduated his studies Applied Physics in 1998 cum laude at the research group Fluid Mechanics at the TuDelft and started working for TNO early 1999. In 2004 he started in close collaboration with the TuDelft his PhD project on two phase flow and boiling at small structures, which he successfully finished in 2009. From this research he developed a method to realise stable flow boiling within microfluidic devices. After introduction in the high-tech industry, this method is now successfully applied in chip cooling for antenna arrays and power electronics for test equipment for electrical vehicles. Currently, other application areas are explored as well such as the data centre market and fuel cell industry.
Daniël WormFunctie:Senior consultant
Edwin HarmsmaFunctie:Senior Consultant
Hi, I’m portfolio manager within the department Monitoring Control Services with a background in Software Engineering and Distributed Systems. I’m involved in building ecosystems and innovation projects around federated clouds (e.g. Gaia-X) and the European Cloud-Edge Continuum. As software architect I study both reference architectures for digital platforms and infrastructures, as well as cloud native technologies that enable flexible data processing in hyperscale platforms.
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