prof.dr.ir. A. Rensink (Arend)

Full Professor

About Me

I am fascinated and inspired by how systems work, in their composition from small interacting building blocks. This has always applied to computer systems; more and more I also include organisational and social systems in my sphere of interest, in particular where it concerns the university educational system.

After understanding why a system works, or doesn't work, the question of improvement arises. I usually do not take for granted that things must be the way they currently are, even after understanding why they are that way. Change, however, is not easily brought about: in software, the (lack of) maintainability stands in the way, in organisations it is typically inertia and lack of motivation for change.


Model Checking
Graph In Graph Theory
Software Engineering
Chemical Analysis


Rensink, A. (2016). Model Patterns - The Quest for the Right Level of Abstraction. In B. Steffen (Ed.), Transactions on Foundations for Mastering Change I (pp. 47-70). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 9960, No. 9960). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-46508-1_4
Rensink, A. (2016). Verification Techniques for Graph Rewriting (Tutorial). In P. A. Abdulla, F. Gadducci, B. K├Ânig, & V. Vafeiadis (Eds.), Verification of Evolving Graph Structures (pp. 18-18). (Dagstuhl Reports; Vol. 5, No. 11). Dagstuhl. https://doi.org/10.4230/DagRep.5.11.1
Ahmad, W. , Yildiz, B. M. , Rensink, A. , & Stoelinga, M. I. A. (2016). A Model-Driven Framework for Hardware-Software Co-design of Dataflow Applications (extended version). (CTIT Technical Report Series; No. TR-CTIT-16-09). Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT).

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After having helped develop and teach numerous courses in the Computer Science Bachelor and Master programmes, and having served for many years as Examination Board member and chair, since September 2019 I am Programme Director of those study programmes.

In this capacity I foremost guard the content and quality of the programme. Though this has always been and still is quite safe in the hands of our dedicated lecturers, with the increasing volume of the programme there is growing need of a firm safeguarding system.

It is my firm conviction that a large factor in the continued quality of the programme is the feeling of community, both among the students and among the teachers. We try to stimulate this through various means:

  • For the students, by defining conglomerates (houses) in size between the total number of the yearly student intake, which has grown too large to feel at home in, and the much smaller group of personal friends.
  • For the teachers, by explicitly welcoming all new staff members through the employee news, by sending a biweekly news mailing regarding all teaching matters, by organising an annual Educational Day, and by supporting the faculty-wide UTeachers Community.

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The principle of Model-Driven Engineering is widely applicable and, indeed, widely applied. In consequence, collaborations and projects can be established in many places. This diversity is clearly reflected in the list below: there are industrial collaborations and large European projects as well as more fundamental research projects.


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As scientists, it is part of our job to explain, not once but again and again, what the role of research is and why it is one of the cornerstones of our society. No matter how easy it is to shed doubt on truths uncovered by truly objective research, and no matter how hard to explain the outcomes and their consequences, it is the only way in which we can make progress and dispel ignorance.

In another role, as managers of such a large and complex organisation as a university, we have to make sure to communicate using all available channels, to look for feedback and to explain why decisions are made, especially if they are painful. Transparency is the only way through which the open atmosphere can exist that we need to do our primary jobs: teaching and research, research and teaching.

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University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Zilverling (building no. 11), room 3090
Hallenweg 19
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Zilverling  3090
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands