is a public-private research community solving grand challenges in information and communication science shaping tomorrow's society

About COMMIT

COMMIT/ in a nutshell

COMMIT/ unites academic research and (non-)profit organizations in ICT.It is a use-inspired fundamental ICT-research in well-being and well-working, in public safety, in science, in information services and search, and with applications in culture, agriculture, and health care. Its ICT-research program covers the range from small embedded systems, to sensor networks and on to large scale networks, from interaction data, to numerical content and on to text and pictorial web content. Ten universities, five technological institutes, and over sixty small and large businesses participate in fifteen public-private multi-party projects (for a full overview see Projects). They ensure direct state-of-the-art knowledge transfer in an economic or societal urgent area. Like ICT science drives the solving of societal challenges, societal challenges drive need-inspired ICT research as well.

What we stand for 

ICT is a general purpose technology at the root of today’s and future society. In our contemporary information-rich environment, companies can no longer afford to rely entirely on their own ideas to advance their business, nor can they restrict their innovations to a single path to market. Innovation is moving from in-house to the connected global market place, from isolated wizards to collaborative environments, from proprietary control to open source, from single specialties to multidisciplinary perspective.

ICT is a general purpose technology at the root of today’s and future society. In our contemporary information-rich environment, companies can no longer afford to rely entirely on their own ideas to advance their business, nor can they restrict their innovations to a single path to market. Innovation is moving from in-house to the connected global market place, from isolated wizards to collaborative environments, from proprietary control to open source, from single specialties to multidisciplinary perspective.

Open innovation networks are globally emerging as the modern approach towards innovation and exploitation of new ICT science and technology. In academia, basic science is traditionally separated from application-oriented science and this in turn from applied sciences. With its ambition to contribute to the Dutch ICT innovation system, COMMIT/ combines theory and practice in a single group, in order to promote direct interaction. In this way, academic research and profit and non-profit organizations in ICT will establish a working relationship that maximizes knowledge transfer. 

What we do 

The COMMIT/program brings together leading researchers in search engines, parallel computing, databases, interaction in context, embedded systems and knowledge technology. The ambition of COMMIT/ is the creation of focus and mass for solving societal problems and seizing socio-economic opportunities. The results transcend considerably beyond the state-of-the-art. COMMIT/ partners, they will rise to a higher level in science, and at the same time they will be steered in their selection of problems by their high-tech partners. Simultaneously, high-tech companies will be made better competitive by tapping into a shorter time-to-market of new ideas proven to be robust in this program. 

COMMIT/ is focused on improving the Dutch international knowledge and market positions in ICT areas in which the Netherlands stands out.

COMMIT/ contributes to the international position of the Dutch ICT-innovation system by pursuing the following objectives:

  • Impact on societal priorities by focussing on key areas most susceptible for ICT-innovation.
  • Contribute to high-impact solutions by fundamental, need-inspired ICT-research.
  • Consolidate and disseminate the ICT-knowledge, know-how and public-private way of working.

COMMIT/ strengthens the Dutch open ICT innovation system by establishing best-practices in public-private, high-technology and high-science research projects aiming for Dutch leadership in selected markets and societal applications. The realization of the ambition builds on the academic reputation and industrial excellence in ICT disciplines, opportunities offered by the ICT-infrastructure, and the strength of the Netherlands in ICT and information services. COMMIT/’s revenue is €110 million, of which the government contributes €50 million and the remaining €60 million is paid for by knowledge institutes, companies and non-profit organizations.

COMMIT/ contributes to the ICT innovation system by enforcing a different attitude of knowledge institutes and companies towards public-private partnerships. COMMIT/projects will serve as role models for future open innovation projects. Therefore the program gives attention to its ways of working in the following ways:

  • Combine excellent knowledge partners with industry. The right mix is an important prerequisite for project success and positive contribution to the open innovation system.
  • Focus on bridging the knowledge gap and differences, in ways of working and problem solving in academia and industry while executing the project: intense collaboration is king.
  • Use successful collaboration models where each academic researcher has clear and committed counterparts in companies. Each project thus makes software (tools) available to other projects and partners as so to avoid reinventing the wheel and quick take-up of achieved results.
  • Organize conferences and workshops that target actors in the ICT innovation system that are not part of COMMIT/.
  • Link projects to similar open innovation system-oriented European innovation community ICTLabs in which the Netherlands plays an important role.

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