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Research Ecosystems
Creating smart ecosystems
Research projects

Creating smart ecosystems

Research projects

Current projects (1)

EICAA - Entrepreneurial and Intrapreneurial Competences Assessment Alliance

The project 'Entrepreneurial and Intrapreneurial Competences Assessment Alliance' (EICAA) aims to develop a digital platform for the assessment and development of entrepreneurial competences.

Type project Erasmus+
Project partners Univations, MCI, University of Hohenheim, Tecnocampus, University of Szeged
Duration January 01, 2021 - December 31, 2023
Contact person Wouter Van Bockhaven, PhD

Past projects (10)

Smart Shipping Ecosystem Audit (Port of Antwerp)

Study of the ecosystem conditions for the market growth for smart shipping applications.

Type project Research
Project partners Port of Antwerp, The Beacon
Duration December 01, 2019 - June 30, 2020
Contact person Wouter Van Bockhaven, PhD


Building an ecosystem for smart port app development in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the UK, bridging the gap between the worlds of European ports and the nascent data science – IoT market.

Type project Interreg 2 Seas
Project partners Antwerp Management School (lead partner), Universiteit Antwerpen, Université de Lille, JADS/ Tilburg University, University of Bournemouth, Portsmouth City Council, CITC-EuraRFID, Haven van Moerdijk, WSX Enterprise, Startups.be, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Portland Port Limited, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, Port+, PortXL, Port of Antwerp, Nxtport, IT and Business Analytics Ltd.
Duration January 01, 2019 - June 30, 2022
Contact person Wouter Van Bockhaven, PhD

Paradigms 4.0

Building blocks for a high road digital transformation of the industry

Type project FWO SBO (multidisciplinair onderzoek)
Project partners KU Leuven (CeSO, HIVA, Department of Mechanical Engineering), TNO (NL)
Duration November 05, 2018 - November 02, 2022
Contact person Wouter Van Bockhaven, PhD

Smart City Marketplace

An online platform where municipalities can search for Smart City solutions and collaboration with other municipalities.

Type project Flemish project within the ‘City of Things’
Project partners Antwerp Management School, Vlaamse ICT Organisatie, CIPAL DV, Keerbergen, Mechelen, Sint-Niklaas, Borsbeek, Burgemeestersoverleg Midwest, Sint-Martens-Latem, Antwerpen Digipolis, Aartselaar, Edegem, IC leiedal, IC interleuven, Oostende, Bonheiden, Lokeren, Hoeilaart, Zwevegem, Bornem, Willebroek, Harelbeke, Brasschaat.
Duration November 01, 2018 - October 31, 2019


Watertruck is an innovative means of transportation for freight transport over small waterways, which uses small, self-driven or non-driven, standardized pushed barges. Combined with small or large ecofriendly push tugs, used in convoys, the concept ensures maximum flexibility for the activities, while keeping a maximum regional accessibility by connecting the small waterways with the TEN-T network.

Type project freight transport
Project partners De Vlaamse Waterweg
Duration January 01, 2014 - December 31, 2019
Contact person Sara Bastiaensens, PhD

Integrated sustainability tool for local government

This study wants to offer local government the necessary tools to build out an organization-wide policy in which sustainability permeates all components and echelons and previously undertaken steps are incorporated in the bigger picture.

Type project Budget Minister Homans to promote corporate social responsibility (M.B. November 20, 2017)
Project partners MVO Vlaanderen
Duration October 01, 2017 - September 30, 2019

ZoZo – Van zorg(zaam) onderzoek naar zorg(zaam) ontwerp

The department of architecture at the KU Leuven has lots of data as a result of over eight years or user research in the care sector. How can companies use that data for the development of new services, products, buildings, spaces… in the care sector?

Type project Light structure – Tetra project
Project partners KU Leuven: department of Architecture
Duration April 01, 2015 - March 31, 2017
Contact person Remco Lenstra


With Watertruck we wanted to further develop the freight transport on small waterways and optimize it with the introduction of a new navigation concept consisting of a push tug and fitted pushed barges. As a result, an efficient and flexible road transport model is applied to inland navigation

Type project goederenvervoer
Project partners CAMVS (Communauté d’Agglomération Maubeuge Val de Sambre), De Vlaamse Waterweg nv, Expertise- en Innovatiecentrum Binnenvaart (EICB), Port de Bruxelles, POM West-Vlaanderen, Provincie Limburg, Provincie Noord-Brabant, Provincie Zeeland, Voies Navigables de France (VNF)
Duration April 28, 2010 - November 24, 2014
Contact person Sara Bastiaensens, PhD


How can B2B textile companies develop and sell specific products through e-commerce? I-Tex mainly focuses on B2B textile companies in Flanders with the ambition to transform their business model through e-commerce. The transformation goes from a model that sells products via intermediaries to a business model that sells products to the end customer not only via distributors, but also via e-commerce.

Type project IWT – collective research project
Project partners Centexbel, Arteveldehogeschool and Flanders Inshape in the framework of earmarked IWT tools of Flanders Inshape.
Duration September 01, 2014 - August 31, 2016

The Sharing City

How can we turn Antwerp into a sustainable sharing economy ? Coordinated by Citylab2050, Antwerp Management School investigated the role it can play in stimulating the local sharing economy. Using the move to the new campus De Boogkeers as a unique opportunity, AMS set up three experiments within, and with, the new neighborhood.

Type project Open Call – Circular Flanders.
Project partners Stadslab2050, Stad Antwerpen, Samenlevingsopbouw Antwerpen
Duration January 01, 2018 - December 31, 2019
Contact person Roel De Rijck