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.


Engineering & Materials Science
Internet Of Things
Network Protocols
Sensor Nodes
Wireless Sensor Networks


Brady, M. A. , Ullah, I. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2021). DOSing Distributed Ledger Technology: IOTA. In 2021 IEEE 5th International Conference on Cryptography, Security and Privacy (CSP) (pp. 55-61). [9357600] IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/CSP51677.2021.9357600
Darbandi, H., Bragança, F. S. , van der Zwaag, B. J., Voskamp, J., Gmel, A. I., Haraldsdóttir, E. H. , & Havinga, P. (2021). Using different combinations of body-mounted IMU sensors to estimate speed of horses: A machine learning approach. Sensors (Switzerland), 21(3), [798]. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21030798
Anbalagan, S. N., Litjens, R. , Das, K. , Chiumento, A. , Havinga, P. J. M. , & van den Berg, H. L. (2021). A Sensitivity Analysis on the Potential of 5G Channel Quality Prediction. In 2021 IEEE 93rd Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2021-Spring) [9448944] (IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC; Vol. 2021). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/VTC2021-Spring51267.2021.9448944
Klein Brinke, J. , Chiumento, A. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2021). Personal Hygiene Monitoring Under the Shower Using Wi-Fi Channel State Information. In R-H. Liang, A. Chiumento, P. Pawełczak, & M. Funk (Eds.), CHIIoT 2021: Workshops on Computer Human Interaction in IoT Applications CEUR. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2996/
Bemthuis, R. , Mes, M. , Iacob, M. E. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2021). Using agent-based simulation for emergent behavior detection in cyber-physical systems. In K-H. Bae, B. Feng, S. Kim, S. Lazarova-Molnar, Z. Zheng, T. Roeder, & R. Thiesing (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2020 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC (pp. 230-241). [9383956] IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/WSC48552.2020.9383956
Ullah, I. , Meratnia, N. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2020). Entropy as a Service: A Lightweight Random Number Generator for Decentralized IoT Applications. Paper presented at 2020 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PerCom 2020, Austin, Texas, United States. https://doi.org/10.1109/PerComWorkshops48775.2020.9156205
Mijuskovic, A. , Bemthuis, R. , Aldea, A. I. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2020). An Enterprise Architecture based on Cloud, Fog and Edge Computing for an Airfield Lighting Management System. In 2020 IEEE 24th International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Workshop (EDOCW) (pp. 63-73). [9233132] (Proceedings - IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Workshop, EDOCW; Vol. 2020). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/EDOCW49879.2020.00021
Wang, W. , Seraj, F. , Meratnia, N. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2020). Speaker Counting Model based on Transfer Learning from SincNet Bottleneck Layer. In 2020 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom) (pp. 1). [9127390] (Annual IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom); Vol. 2020). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/PerCom45495.2020.9127390
Wang, W. , Seraj, F. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2020). A sound-based crowd activity recognition with neural network based regression models. In PETRA '20: The 13th PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments Conference (pp. 126-133). [3389196] ACM SigCHI. https://doi.org/10.1145/3389189.3389196
Wang, W. , Seraj, F. , & Havinga, P. J. M. (2020). k-SpecNET: Localization and classification of indoor superimposed sound for acoustic sensor networks. In 2020 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops (PerCom Workshops) [9156174] IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/PerComWorkshops48775.2020.9156174
Anbalagan, S. N. , Seraj, F. , & Havinga, P. (2020). Towards Factory Schedule based Adaptation for Reliable Networking in Industrial IoT. In 2020 IEEE 29th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, ISIE 2020 - Proceedings (pp. 1115-1120). [9152553] (IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics; Vol. 2020-June). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISIE45063.2020.9152553

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