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Maarten van Steen works in the field of networked computer systems, with an emphasis on wireless systems as well as more traditional distributed systems. He is an alumnus of the University of Twente where he graduated in 1983 in Applied Mathematics. After completing his PhD at the Computer Science department in Leiden, Van Steen worked at TNO Delft, where he carried out research on parallel computing and gained his first experience in research management. He continued his academic career at Erasmus University Rotterdam and later at VU University Amsterdam, where he was appointed full professor in 2002.

Since January 2015 he is Scientific Director of the digitalization research institute of the University of Twente: The Digital Society Institute. He chairs the ICT Research Platform Netherlands, representing all Dutch academic departments and institutes. He is also chair of NWO Informatics advisory committee.


  • Computer Science

    • Detection
    • Real World
    • Algorithms
    • User
    • Application
    • Design
    • Wireless Sensor Network
    • Wi-Fi


Ancillary activities

  • NWOMember of the NWO-ENW board
  • Stichting AiNedMember Program Advisory Board AiNed


RoomKey: Extracting a Volatile Key with Information from the Local WiFi Environment Reconstructable Within a Designated AreaIn Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy ICISSP 2024 (pp. 558-569). SCITEPRESS. Jakubeit, P., Peter, A. & van steen, M.https://doi.org/10.5220/0012437500003648
Comprehending Security Events: Context-Based Identification and Explanation. University of Twente. van Ede, T. S.https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036558891Privacy-friendly statistical counting for pedestrian dynamicsComputer communications, 211, 178-192. Stanciu, V. D., van Steen, M., Dobre, C. & Peter, A.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.comcom.2023.09.009How to Count Travelers Without Tracking Them Between LocationsIn 12th International Conference on Geographic Information Science, GIScience 2023, Article 66. Dagstuhl. Shafaeipoursarmoor, Z., van Steen, M. & Ostermann, F. O.https://doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.GIScience.2023.66Mobile App Fingerprinting through Automata Learning and Machine LearningIn 2023 IFIP Networking Conference, IFIP Networking 2023. IEEE. Marzani, F., Ghassemi, F., Sabahi-Kaviani, Z., van Ede, T. & van Steen, M.https://doi.org/10.23919/IFIPNetworking57963.2023.10186420The Measurable Environment as¬†Nonintrusive Authentication Factor on¬†the¬†Example of¬†WiFi Beacon FramesIn Emerging Technologies for Authorization and Authentication: 5th International Workshop, ETAA 2022, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 30, 2022, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 48-69). Springer. Jakubeit, P., Peter, A. & van Steen, M.https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-25467-3_4LocKey: Location-Based Key Extraction from the WiFi Environment in the User‚Ä≤s VicinityIn Information Security Practice and Experience: 18th International Conference, ISPEC 2023, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 24‚Äď25, 2023, Proceedings (pp. 399-418). Springer. Jakubeit, P., Peter, A. & van Steen, M.https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-99-7032-2_24
Privacy-friendly WiFi-based crowd monitoring for pedestrian dynamics analytics. University of Twente. Stanciu, V.-D.https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036554916Anonymized Counting of Nonstationary Wi-Fi Devices When Monitoring CrowdsIn MSWiM '22: Proceedings of the 25th International ACM Conference on Modeling Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (pp. 213-222). Association for Computing Machinery. Stanciu, V.-D., van Steen, M. R., Dobre, C. & Peter, A.https://doi.org/10.1145/3551659.3559042Challenges in¬†automated measurement of¬†pedestrian dynamicsIn Distributed Applications and Interoperable Systems - 22nd IFIP WG 6.1 International Conference, DAIS 2022, Held as Part of the 17th International Federated Conference on Distributed Computing Techniques, DisCoTec 2022, Proceedings (pp. 187-199). Springer. van Steen, M., Stanciu, V. D., Shafaeipour, Z., Chilipirea, C., Dobre, C., Peter, A. & Wang, M.https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-16092-9_12

Other contributions


So far, I have written the following books:

All books can be downloaded for free from www.distributed-systems.net.


  • In November 2013, we attempted to write a book in five days, on adaptive collective systems. In the end, it‚Äôs more of a (long) position paper, beautifully published.¬†Check it out.
  • I made a small¬†video¬†on how I see the future of Computer Sciences. There‚Äôs work to do.

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