Leader of the group Intelligent and Autonomous Systems: Eric Pauwels.

Increasingly, our social and technological world is organised around complex systems. These are dynamic networks of interacting nodes (or agents) that continuously exchange digital or physical resources, including data or information, energy, materials and products. The agents in these systems face real challenges, as they often only have access to partial and noisy information and need to operate in a constantly changing and uncertain environment. As a consequence, there is an unrelenting pressure to improve the network’s overall performance and resilience by making the individual nodes more intelligent and autonomous.

In our research group, we study generic and fundamental mechanisms that enable the emergence of various degrees of organization, intelligence and autonomy in such systems, and apply them to concrete problems of societal relevance.

For more information on our seminars, visit the seminar webpage.

We invite talented Master's and PhD candidates to have a look at our internships.



Current events

Inaugural Lecture 'Through the Clouds' , urban analytics for Smart Cities by Nanda Piersma

  • 2018-04-17T16:00:00+02:00
  • 2018-04-17T18:00:00+02:00
April 17 Tuesday

Start: 2018-04-17 16:00:00+02:00 End: 2018-04-17 18:00:00+02:00

Kohnstammzaal, Kohnstamm­ building, Wibautstraat 2­4 in Amsterdam.


Everyone is very welcome to attend the inaugural Lecture of Nanda Piersma. You can register through

You are welcome from 15.30 hrs

Nanda Piersma is Professor Urban Analytics at the faculty Technology and the faculty Digital Media and Creative Industries of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences together with her appointment at CWI.

Data has been collected since mankind, but in the recent years the technical innovations enable us to collect exponentially growing amounts of data through the use of sensors, smart devices and other sources. In her lecture Nanda will explore the role of Big Data in urban environments. She will give an introduction to the world of Big Data and Smart Cities, and an assessment of the role that data analytics plays in the current state of the digital transformation in our cities. Examples are given in the field of energy and mobility.Finally, she will address how Urban Analytics research contributes to the international network of researchers and stakeholders of data science.


Associated Members


Current projects with external funding

  • Data-driven monitoring, prediction and real-time control for the smart grid and its users (project C)
  • Distributed Ledger Services for Online Settlement (DLS OCS)
  • Framework for demand-supply matching and ancillary service provision through distributed energy resources (project D)
  • Lectoraat Urban Analytics
  • PPS met Cofely
  • Universality, critical indices and resilience in logistics networks: a mean field approach
  • Adaptive clustering for Decentralised Resilient Energy Management (ADREM)
  • Demand response for grid-friendly quasi-autarkic energy cooperatives (Grid-Friends)
  • Heat and Power Systems at Industrial Sites and Harbours (HaPSISH)
  • Representing Users in a Negotiation (RUN): An Autonomous Negotiator Under Preference Uncertainty (RUN)
  • SG BEMS: De kunst van het optimaliseren (SG BEMS)
  • Scalable Interoperability in Information Systems for Agile Supply Chains (SIISASC)
  • Stable and scalable decentralized power balancing systems using adaptive clustering (STASCADE)

Related partners

  • Almende
  • Alstom
  • Brainport Development
  • Descartes
  • DNV GL
  • Eaton
  • Endinet
  • Enexis
  • Kropman Installatietechniek
  • Locamation
  • LogIT Systems
  • Net2Grid
  • Stedin
  • TenneT
  • Thales
  • Vortech
  • Cofely West Nederland
  • Hogeschool van Amsterdam
  • TNO
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
  • Technische Universiteit Delft