Research Projects


SamenMarkt: Restoring trust in the horticultural fresh food market using multi-agent system technology


Partners: TUDelft, 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


ADREM: Adaptive clustering for Decentralized Resilient Energy Management, DST-NWO joint research project on "Smart Grids"

Partners: TUDelft, 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.

TUDelft staff involvement:Dr. Martijn Warnier, prof. dr. Frances Brazier
PhD student: Selma Causevic, MSc


CIVIS: Cities as drivers of social change
Funding programme: EU FP7 STREP

Partners: TUDelft, University of Trento, Imperial College London, Aalto University, KTH, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, TNO, Bruno Kessler Foundation, CREATE-NET, Enel Foundation, Instituto Superior Tecnico (PT), Santer Reply SpA

Smart grids make current energy networks more intelligent and accessible; with new ways of producing energy, citizens are no longer solely energy users but also energy producers, and participants in a system. The CIVIS project explores the potential of social networks and communities to significantly reduce energy use and carbon emissions by developing business models for energy value systems supported by ICT.

More specifically within CIVIS a distributed ICT system is designed to 1) manage communities’ energy needs, 2) negotiate individual and collective energy service agreements and contracts, 3) raise awareness about the environmental impacts of collective energy use, and 4) allocate energy production resources more efficiently. The project focuses on two pilot neighbourhoods located in Trento and Stockholm in in which energy companies, citizen groups and local administrations participate. Project partners will test and evaluate the technology, clarify business potential and estimate the impact of envisioned deployment on a European scale.

TU staff involvement: dr. Martijn Warnier, prof. dr. Frances Brazier
PhD student: dr. Yilin Huang


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


Citizen Alert Real-Time BART

Partners: TUDelft, TNO, CGI, Nationale Politie, Gemeente Den Haag

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 participation: dr. Caroline Nevejan, dr. ir. Marielle den Hengst-Bruggeling, prof. dr. Frances Brazier
Phd student: ir. Afaina de Jong, architect

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