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Dr. Maarten van Steen

Adjunct Faculty, Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA), Amritapuri

Qualification: MSc, Ph.D
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Research Interest: Distributed Networks


Maarten van Steen currenty serves as an Adjunct Faculty at Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications. Steen is also a professor at the University of Twente, where he is scientific director of the Digital Society Institute, overlooking all research that is related to digitalization.

He is specialized in large-scale distributed systems, currently looking into several aspects of security and privacy. In this context,he is looking into wireless systems for unintrusive crowd monitoring such as through WiFi. The research concentrates on coming to secure,privacy-preserving ways of monitoring. Next to this, his research also includes identifying malware intrusions in suites of applications by analysis of encrypted network traffic. Next to Internet-based systems,he has published extensively on distributed protocols, wireless(sensor) networks, and gossiping solutions.

Maarten van Steen is field editor for Springer Computing and section editor for Advances in Complex Systems. He has been on the editorial boards of IEEE Internet Computing and Computer Networks. He authored and co-authored three textbooks, including “Distributed Systems” (with Andrew Tanenbaum), now in its 3rd edition, as well as an introduction to Graph Theory and Complex Networks (which is currently being updated to its 2nd edition).

Maarten van Steen holds an MSc in Applied Mathematics from University of Twente, and a PhD in Computer Science from Leiden University. After obtaining his doctorate, he worked for almost 5 years at TNO, a Dutch R&D company. He returned to academia in 1992, and became assistant professor at VU University in 1995. He was appointed full professor in 2002, Director of Education at the Computer Science Department at VU, and later head of the department, a position he held for four years until moving to Twente in 2015.


  • Ph. D. Computer Science
    Leiden University
  • M. Sc. Applied Mathematics
    University of Twente
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