The Centre for Technology and Innovation of HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht conducts applied research into the question of how technology can be used to optimize products, services and processes. Its aim is to help businesses to innovate so that they can provide integrated and sustainable solutions for the issues facing society. For example, we look not only at how new technologies can be used for the construction of sustainable homes, but also at the new methods of procurement and licensing that this requires.
We share our research findings with professionals and they are used to renew teaching. The Centre for Technology and Innovation consists of a number of research groups that focus on the areas in which the Faculty of Nature & Technology trains professionals.
The centre’s partners from the field of professional practice include:
An essential requirement for all our research is that demand for it comes from professional practice, or that the research is immediately recognized as relevant by professional practice. The results of the research conducted by the centre lead not only to the acquisition of scientific knowledge, but are also applied in professional practice.
The centre carries out research in co-creation with its partners from professional practice. Because the starting point for research is always the demand for innovation by companies, the practical value of the research is always guaranteed. We share and disseminate knowledge through publications, lectures, conferences, presentations and workshops. We also use the results of the research to renew our teaching.
Results for education
The professors, experts in their field, are the driving force behind the centre. They deploy their knowledge and experience to promote research and innovation within the professional field. The professors are supported by researchers, who typically combine this role with teaching activities. This combination provides excellent connections between the research groups and the university’s degree programmes, facilitating the transfer of new knowledge from research to teaching.
HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht encourages its teachers to participate in their specialist field and to carry out doctoral research within it. Many students are also actively involved in conducting applied research. This is one reason why they will be excellently equipped to play a role in professional practice.
The research groups
The Centre for Technology and Innovation consists of eight research groups. Each research group focuses on several research lines. These are themes or focus areas in which one or more (doctoral) research studies are being carried out. The research groups in the Centre for Technology and Innovation are as follows:
- Information Systems Architecture
How can complex digital communication systems remain manageable? The group examines how we can improve the predictability, quality and acceptance of ICT solutions.
Designers involve end users at an early stage in the design of new technologies, products and services. The research group researches this co-design process.
- Digital Smart Services
The group carries out research into the application of IT innovations at collaborating companies, constructs decision models and studies the efficiency of business process management systems.
- Innovative Testing in Life Sciences and Chemistry
The research group’s goal is to develop, optimize and validate methods for testing the safety and effects of (natural) substances. These in vitro methods are an alternative to experiments involving animals.
- Microsystems Technology
This research group focuses on product improvement and the industrialization of microsystems, or of autonomous sensor systems that measure the environment that we live in.
- Cultural Changes in the Construction Sector
This research group aims to encourage a change of culture and behaviour in the construction sector by promoting sustainable cooperation and environmentally aware behaviour, and by improving professionalism.
- New Energy in the City
The transition to a sustainable and energy-neutral society begins in the city. The research group develops and shares expertise in this area, focusing on themes such as reducing the demand for energy and the sustainable generation of energy.
- Innovative Real Estate Management
The maintenance and management of property are becoming increasingly complex processes. This research group works on new forms of cooperation between real estate companies in the renovation chain.
Research priority area
The Centre for Technology and Innovation is closely linked with the new Centre of Expertise (CoE) for Smart Sustainable Cities. HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht works together with companies and other research institutions. With its innovative research and teaching, the CoE works on products, services and solutions that bring us closer to the realization of smart, healthy, sustainable cities.
Within the research priority area of Sustainability HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht is working on sustainable education and research (located in the Centre of Expertise), and sustainable operations. This means that sustainability is rooted in the university as a whole.