Universiteit Twente (Coordinator)

University of Twente

The University of Twente (UT) is one of the three Universities of Technology in the Netherlands.  The Telemedicine Group (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science). Its mission is to research, design, develop and test smart systems for remote monitoring and remotely supervised treatment of patients by combining its strengths in Biomedical Engineering and in Information and Communication Technology. The group has been active in the application domains of ehealth and mhealth since 2001. A generic health Body Area Network (BAN) and a supporting m-health service platform have been under development since 2002, first in the IST project MobiHealth and later in other projects including the eTen project  HealthService24 and the Dutch FREEBAND project Awareness.  The Telemedicine Group is part of BSS (the Biomedical Signals and Systems Group) and performs its research through CTIT (Centre for Telematics and Information Technology), and the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine.

CTIT is one of the largest academic ICT research institutes in the Netherlands with over 475 researchers. CTIT maintains an extensive international network of contacts and working relations with academia and industry. CTIT is one of the founding fathers of the Netherlands Institute for Research on ICT (NIRICT) which bundles the ICT research activities of the three Universities of Technology in the Netherlands. The MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine combines fundamental and applied research with clinical practice. This unique scientific path stimulates a successful application of fundamental concepts and enables rapid introduction of new treatments into healthcare practice. MIRA works closely with hospitals, the business community and governmental organizations, aiming to secure its leading position in Europe. The multidisciplinary approach enables innovative contributions across a wide spectrum within healthcare. Research is grouped into four strategic research orientations (SROs): Tissue Regeneration, Imaging and Diagnostics, Targeted Therapeutics and Neural & Motor Systems. Each SRO has a full chair and two clinical chairs which facilitate cooperation with medical specialists, in the search for applicable technological products.

Roles of UT in consortium
UT will be the project leader of this project and is as such responsible for WP1. UT will have their main research and management focus in WP3 where they will contribute to the development of the intelligent core and are responsible for the gamification layer for the interoperable ICT infrastructure.


Prof Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten (Project Coordinator) Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten is a human movement scientist. She received her PhD on an innovative assessment method for chronic pain in 1999. Currently she is working as a clustermanager of the research cluster Telemedicine at Roessingh Research of Development and as a Professor in technology supported treatment of patients with chronic disorders at the University of Twente. She is supervising a research staff of 20 people from various backgrounds and about 6 PhD’s continuously. She has more than 10 years of experience with large clinical trials and field studies at a European level. She participates in various European projects, including NEW (KP5), ‘Hellodoc’ (KP6) where she is responsible for the clinical trials of a new telemedicine service. She was the coordinator of the European Project Myotel (Eten, KP6). In the European project Clear ICT-PSP (ICT-PSP-224985) she has a prominent role in the HTA for the Netherlands. She is currently performing a leading position in several national projects that aim at implementation of innovative technology supported services in every day care such as CoCo and Telerehabilitation.nl. She is (co)-author of over 70 peer reviewed papers.

Prof Hermie Hermens See detailed description at RRD

Frederiek de Vette MSc is a PhD candidate in the Telemedicine Group, Biomedical Signals and Systems, University of Twente. She studied Industrial Design Engineering and graduated on the redesign of the F-16 fighter pilot oxygen mask. Within PERSSILAA, Frederiek focuses on the creation of the Game Module and Gamification Layer, which fit within her research topic of developing motivation strategies utilising Gamification to increase adherence for the elderly user as well as design guidelines for Gamification in eHealth applications.

Mohammad Hossein Nassabi is a PhD candidate in the Biomedical Signals and Systems group at the University of Twente. His main research interest lies in applying data analysis and data mining techniques to the data collected in telemedicine solutions. His PhD topic is part of the PERSSILAA project where he will be investigating patient adherence to the provided health services. He will also assist with the coordination of the PERSSILAA project.