Inaugural lecture, ESI research fellow, professor Twan Basten

On 15 April 2011 prof.dr.ir. Twan Basten presented his inaugural lecture. Twan was, per 1 May 2009, appointed full time professor Computational Models for Networked Embedded Systems at the faculty Electrical Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology.

His lecture was in Dutch. The title is 'De computer verdwijnt' (the computer will disappear).

Twan Basten is a research fellow at ESI and professor of computational models in the Electronic Systems (ES) group at the Electrical Engineering department of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

Before he started in the Electrical Engineering department in 1999, Twan was working at the Computing Science department in the Formal Methods and Information Systems groups at the TU/e. In 2000/2001, he spent some time as a visiting researcher at Philips Research Eindhoven (Information Processing Architectures group).

As a Master's student, he spent one year at the Computer Science department of the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada. Early 2006, he had a three months sabbatical leave in the System-Level Design group of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Twan's current research area is the design of complex, resource-constrained embedded systems with a focus on networked and multiprocessor systems, trade-off analysis, and computational models. He is particularly interested in the boundary between software and hardware. He believes that the design of such systems should be based on a rigorous mathematical foundation. From an application point of view, the Ambient Intelligence vision provides interesting ideas.

Topics he worked on in the past are workflow management, formal methods in system design, and distributed debugging.

Twan Basten

“I like to work on improving the reliability of ICT. Ultimately, that should lead to a truly smart society.”

As well as being an ESI research fellow, Twan is a professor of computational models in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His research interests include the design of resource-constrained embedded systems, based on a solid mathematical foundation, with a focus on networked and multiprocessor systems, trade-off analysis and computational models. He is also a senior member of the IEEE and a life member of the ACM.

Previous experience

Twan Basten received his Master’s (with honours) and PhD degrees in computing science from Eindhoven University of Technology. He has also been a visiting researcher at the University of Waterloo, Canada; Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

Over the years he has been involved in several international research projects (FP5, FP6, and FP7), and several Dutch projects (NWO, STW, SenterNovem/AgentschapNL), including roles as project leader. He has served in over 50 technical programme committees and was the Ambient Intelligence co-chair in the DATE 2003 TPC, topic chair in the DATE 2004 and 2005 TPCs, the TPC co-chair for ACSD 2007, TPC chair of MoCC 2008, and WSN special session chair of DSD 2011. Twan has (co)authored one book and more than 130 scientific publications, of which four received a best paper award. He has also acted as (co)supervisor on eight PhD degrees.