Bachelor's students at TU/e cannot find appropriate courses concerning one of the hottest technology innovation - the Internet of Things (IoT). This is the opinion of George Exarchakos, Assistant Professor at Electrical Engineering. He organized an IoT pilot course as an elective for second-year students. The practical assignment was carried out Thursday. Twenty students played Pac -Man in the flesh in Flux, with their own self-made controllers.
Tales of the acoustics at the 2300 year-old Greek theater of Epidaurus tend to be told in terms of superlatives. Not actually justified, according to measurements taken by researchers from TU/e. They are the first to detail the acoustics of three ancient theaters, with over ten thousand measurements, which confirms that when actors speak very loudly, they can be understood perfectly well right up to the back row. However, the tearing of a piece of paper or a whisper is only audible up to about halfway up, in contradiction to the many claims.
TU/e has made a considerable leap in the prestigious international Times Higher Education World University Rankings that focus on the subject areas Engineering & Technology and Computer Science. TU/e belongs to the fifteen and eighteen best European universities on these subjects respectively. The THE ranking forms an important yardstick for government departments, policymakers and international students.
This morning in the village of Gemert in the province of Brabant a 3D-printed cycle bridge was opened. It was printed this summer in TU/e's Pieter van Musschenbroek Laboratory. This is the world's first ever 3D-printed bridge to be part of regular infrastructure. Another novelty is that the makers have succeeded in printing the bridge's reinforcements, steel cables.
This year the Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to the founders of cryo-electron microscopy, a technique used to determine the structure of biomolecules in their natural form. The winners are the Swiss Jacques Dubochet, the American Joachim Frank and Britain's Richard Henderson. Colleague in the field and TU/e professor Nico Sommerdijk says the distinction is highly deserved.
Plastic surgeons at Maastricht UMC+ have used a robotic device to surgically treat lymphedema in a patient. This is the world’s first super-microsurgical intervention with ‘robot hands’. The surgeons used the robotic device to suture vessels of 0.3 to 0.8 millimeter in the arm of the patient. The robotic device, created by Eindhoven company Microsure, enhances the surgeon’s precision, making this type of procedure easier to perform.
On Friday afternoon, TU/e professor Peter Notten, whose specialist field is sophisticated battery technology, was appointed Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. He received the prestigious title, which was awarded at his retirement party, for his contribution to electrochemistry.
ID student Anke van Oosterhout and the team led by ID alumnus Jiachun Du have won the iF Design Talent Award 2017. As well as a cash prize of 5000 euros, this means a permanent place in the online iF World Design Guide, and inclusion in the exhibition held in iF’s home city of Hamburg. Their products, the Ripple and TPSurgery, improve home life and future healthcare.
No theme issue of Cursor would be complete without some science and engineering. Even before Harvey and Irma appeared on the radar, we had decided to publish an article about natural disasters. How can we best deal with hazardous natural phenomena like hurricanes, floods, lightning, and earthquakes? How do scientists at TU/e regard these events, and what solutions are they working on?
The TU/e innovation Space, which was officially opened Thursday afternoon, is intended to drive the continued development of TU/e's hands-on education. In cooperation with lecturers, researchers and industry, students will work here on societal challenges. Scientific director Isabelle Reymen is confident that the initiative will rapidly give rise to a close community.
The era of fully fledged quantum computers threatens to destroy internet security as we know it. Researchers are in a race against time to prepare new cryptographic techniques before the arrival of quantum computers, as cryptographers Tanja Lange (Eindhoven University of Technology) and Daniel J. Bernstein (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA) describe in the journal Nature. In their publication they analyze the options available for this so-called post-quantum cryptography.
Starting next year, scientists will have the chance to win the Stevin Prize for applied research. Like the Spinoza Prize, this latest prize is worth 2.5 million euros.
The T.E.S.T. team from Eindhoven has emerged as the clear winner of the SensUs competition that took place last week Friday and Saturday at TU/e. The home team won three of the four categories: analytical performance, translational potential and public inspiration. Only the award for creativity went to the Swedish team Uppsense.
The competition for research grants is fierce and the losers are legion. This has prompted TU/e researcher Krist Vaesen (Philosophy & Ethics) to propose that research funds be distributed more equally. Some kind of ‘basic budget’ for all qualified scientists should be possible, he and a colleague reason in an article that appeared last Friday evening in the online journal PLOS ONE.
Richard Lopata and Alex Alvarado are both recipients of a Starting Grant from the European Research Council. Lopata will use his grant to work on new medical imaging techniques based on a multiperspective ultrasound scanner for improved diagnosis of certain cardiovascular symptoms while Alvarado will focus his attentions on increasing the current maximum data capacity of optical fiber, that will soon become insufficient.
Anyone who attended the SG interview session conducted Wednesday afternoon by Jan van den Berg with Professor Kitty Nijmeijer now knows that membrane technology is an integral part of the human body. Your kidneys, lungs and each and every cell wall are continually separating the harmful agents from the good ones. Nijmeijer spoke passionately about her research, about what motivates her, but also about experiencing uncertainty and work pressure.
A new weapon in the fight against the glass ceiling: TU/e is getting a Chief Diversity Officer. Evangelia Demerouti, Professor at Human Performance Management, will take on the task to enhance diversity at TU/e. She does not want that job to be cold comfort for the present situation – it should actually contribute to a pleasanter working climate.
In Nature yesterday an international team of researchers from TU/e, TU Delft and the University of California - Santa Barbara presents an advanced quantum chip that will be able to provide definitive proof of the mysterious Majorana particles. The chip, which comprises ultrathin networks of nanowires in the shape of ‘hashtags’, has all the qualities to allow Majorana particles to exchange places. This feature is regarded as the smoking gun for proving their existence and is a crucial step towards their use as a building block for future quantum computers.
A bacterium living in the icy-cold waters of Antarctica manages to survive by gripping on to the ice surface. The protein used by the bacterium to do this - a kind of extendable anchor - has been detailed by a group of researchers from TU/e, Queen’s University (Canada) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel). Quite special, because at 600 nanometers, it is one of the biggest proteins for which the structure has ever been identified. Knowledge about how bacteria attach themselves is helpful if you want to prevent this, for example, in pathogenic bacteria that grip on to human cells in a similar way.
No fewer than seven talented, young TU/e researchers have received a Veni grant of up to 250,000 euros. The seven TU/e winners will be undertaking research in fields ranging from oil paintings and improved silicon solar cells to a new type of battery and polymers that are vibrated by light. The last time the university had so many winners was in 2010.
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Over the next four years, the 4TU.Federation will invest its joint budget of 19 million euros in research on themes taken from the National Science Agenda. The money will pay mainly for tenure tracks within joint programs running at the four Dutch technology universities. The federation hopes that the programs, which share the overarching theme of ‘High tech for a sustainable future’, will also attract additional resources from government and industry.
Our latest special edition included interviews with eight TU/e pioneers. Too good not to share with you online. Today: Massimo Mischi. "More than anything, I would like to play a significant role in cancer research."
During the next three months, in the center of Eindhoven, a trial is taking place to remove fine dust and soot from the urban air via parking garage ventilation and replace it with clean air released into the city. This will substantially improve the city’s air quality. Never before has there been such scientific research on large-scale urban air purification in public spaces. The 'Lungs of the City’ project is a collaborative effort between the environmental innovation organization ENS Urban, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the municipality of Eindhoven and Air Liquide. The purpose of the trial is to provide a large-scale solution for increasing urban air pollution.
Jessica Joosse and Fabienne van der Weiden | “We want to unleash a revolution in the fashion industry”
Our latest special edition included interviews with eight TU/e pioneers. Too good not to share with you online. Today: ID-students Jessica Joosse and Fabienne van der Weiden want to get rid of fast fashion, produced by child labor.
Cecilia Sahlgren, Professor in Cell Biology at the TU/e faculty of Biomedical Engineering, has received two million euros from the European Research Council (ERC). With this five-year funding Sahlgren aims to investigate the interplay between blood flow and cell signalling and to clarify their effects on the architecture of blood vessels, for example, the thickness of vessel walls. The knowledge will be of benefit, for example, for the management of cardiovascular diseases, which are the leading cause of death worldwide.