prof.dr. P.J.M. Havinga (Paul)

Full professor Pervasive Systems

About Me

Prof.dr.ing Paul J.M. Havinga is full professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and Director Science at TNO - ICT. He received his PhD at the University of Twente on the thesis entitled “Mobile Multimedia Systems” in 2000. He is also a guest professor Smart IoT systems at the Nanchang University in China.

Paul Havinga has a broad background in various aspects of communication systems: on wireless communication, on chip-area network architectures for handheld devices, mobile multimedia systems, QoS over wireless networks, reconfigurable computing, and on interconnection architectures for multiprocessor systems.

Currently his research themes have focussed on: wireless sensor networks, Internet of Things, distributed networked systems, and energy-efficient wireless communication. The common theme in these areas is on the development of large-scale, heterogeneous, wireless, distributed systems. Research questions cover architectures, protocols, programming paradigms, algorithms, and applications. This research has resulted in over 500 scientific publications in journals and conferences, and 8 patents. He is regularly invited for keynote presentations on this work.

He has a significant experience as project manager in several international research projects on wireless sensor networks. In 2001 he initiated the first European project on wireless sensor networks (2001 – 2004). Many research projects on sensor networks followed, all addressing different aspects of wireless sensor networks and IoT. He was initiator and project coordinator of several large European projects, and coordinator of many national projects.

He is co-founder of several high-tech companies all resulting from the research on wireless sensor networking. In 2004 he founded the company Ambient Systems B.V. as one of the pioneering companies in that domain. In 2008 he co-founded Inertia Technology, on wireless motion sensing. TerraTeq, founded in 2014, is developing wireless sensing systems for environmental and animal monitoring. In 2015 he founded Locus Positioning which develops indoor positioning technologies that provides the possibility to track assets and people and provide navigation in (indoor) environments.

In May 2007 he received the ICT Innovation Award for the successful transfer of knowledge from university to industrial use. In June 2007 he received the “Van den Kroonenberg award” for being a successful innovative entrepreneur.


Wireless Sensor Networks
Network Protocols
Sensor Networks
Internet Of Things
Sensor Nodes

Ancillary Activities

  • Locus Positioning
    Advisor R&D
  • Novaris
    Advisor, R&D
  • TNO
    director science
  • Stichting Twente47
    vice president


Belov, A., Kartak, V. , Vasenev, A. , Meratnia, N. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2016). A hierarchical scheme for balancing user comfort and electricity consumption of tank water heaters. Paper presented at 2016 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies, ISGT 2016, Minneapolis, United States. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISGT.2016.7781268
Türkes, O. , Scholten, J. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2016). Opportunistic Beacon Networks: Information Dissemination via Wireless Network Identifiers. In Proceedings of the 5th IEEE International Workshop on the Impact of Human Mobility in Pervasive Systems and Applications, 2016 (PerMoby 2016), in conjunction with IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication (PerCom 2016) (pp. 1-6). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/PERCOMW.2016.7457153
Seraj, F. , Havinga, P. J. M. , & Meratnia, N. (2016). SpinSafe: An unsupervised smartphone-based wheelchair path monitoring system. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication Workshops, PerCom Workshops 2016 (pp. 1-6). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/PERCOMW.2016.7457151
Karuppiah Ramachandran, V. R. , Havinga, P. J. M. , & Meratnia, N. (2016). HACMAC: A reliable human activity-based medium access control for implantable body sensor networks. In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks, BSN 2016 (pp. 383-389). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/BSN.2016.7516292
Le Viet Duc, D. V. , Kamminga, J. W. , Scholten, J. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2016). Error Bounds for Localization with Noise Diversity. In V. D. Le (Ed.), 2016 International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS) (pp. 83-92). IEEE Communications Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/DCOSS.2016.18
Le Viet Duc, D. V. , Kamminga, J. W. , Scholten, J. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2016). Nondeterministic Sound Source Localization with Smartphones in Crowdsensing. In V. D. Le, & L. D. Le Viet Duc (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th CoSDEO workshop on Contact-Free Ambient Sensing, Localization and Tracking, CoSDEO 2016 (pp. 279-285). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/PERCOMW.2016.7457115
Seraj, F. , van der Zwaag, B. J. , Dilo, A., Luarasi, T. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2016). RoADS: A road pavement monitoring system for anomaly detection using smart phones. In M. Atzmueller, A. Chin, F. Janssen, I. Schweizer, & C. Trattner (Eds.), Big Data Analytics in the Social and Ubiquitous Context (pp. 128-146). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 9546, No. 9546). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-29009-6, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-29009-6_7
Türkes, O. , Scholten, J. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2016). Friend-to-friend short message service with opportunistic Wi-Fi beacons. In Proceedings of the 7th IEEE Workshop on Pervasive Collaboration and Social Networking (PerCol 2016), in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication (PerCom 2016) (pp. 1-6). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/PERCOMW.2016.7457142
Ayele, E. D. , Meratnia, N. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2016). HAMA: A Herd-Movement Adaptive MAC Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks. 1-7. Paper presented at 8th IFIP International Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security, NTMS 2016, . https://doi.org/10.1109/NTMS.2016.7792456
Türkes, O. (2016). Opportunistic Beacon Networks. Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT). https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036541343
Belov, A. , Vasenev, A. , Havinga, P. J. M. , & Meratnia, N. (2016). Enhancing user comfort models for Demand Response solutions for domestic water heating systems. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems (pp. 201-212). SCITEPRESS. https://doi.org/10.5220/0005809702010212
van Kleunen, W. A. P. , Le Viet Duc, L. D. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2016). Calibration-Free Signal-Strength Localization using Product-Moment Correlation. In Proceedings of the 13th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad hoc and Sensor Systems (IEEE MASS 2016) (pp. 210-218). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/MASS.2016.17
Shoaib, M. , Scholten, J. , Havinga, P. J. M. , & Durmaz, O. (2016). A hierarchical lazy smoking detection algorithm using smartwatch sensors. In Proceedings of the IEEE 18th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom 2016) (pp. 117-122). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/HealthCom.2016.7749439

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