An engineer looking for solutions to the major challenges of this day and age will do wise not to turn his back on the past. Not seldom do solutions of one era prove to develop into the problems of the next one, as Erik van der Vleuten knows. And, conversely, an engineer’s view provides a historian with an entirely different look at history. Tomorrow, April 21, the professor of the History of Technology will present his inaugural lecture.
President Trump is keen to sign a decree Wednesday that will make it difficult for foreigners to go to the United States to work. Graduates will soon find it less easy to prolong their stay.
The IPCC climate scenarios contain globally powerful changes in temperature and humidity that could cause damage to precious art treasures, many of which lie stored in churches, castles and other historic buildings that do not have climate control systems. In her thesis, ‘Experimental and numerical analysis of climate change induced risks to historic buildings and collections’, TU/e PhD candidate Zara Huijbregts shows that the historical works of art in these buildings could be damaged by climate change.
In matters of life and death it is advisable to be well-prepared. Therefore PhD candidate Mark Thielen (Industrial Design) is building a realistic dummy full of sensors to teach doctors how to resuscitate a new-born baby. He made the skeleton, heart and lungs by means of a 3D printer on the basis of MRI scans of real babies.
Amsterdam and Maastricht are two of the some 480 cities worldwide where the first March for Science will be held on April 22. While it is easy to have a bit of a giggle here in the Netherlands about, say, the United States having a president who has an idiosyncratic take on science and truths, things are no different here, says TU/e student Joline Frens. Today she is distributing flyers on campus to raise awareness primarily among students of the event taking place in support of science.
If we do not intervene, big data and the reputation economy will become a new source of inequality in the world and pose a major threat to creativity. This was the message that ‘privacy designer’ and technology critic Tijmen Schep delivered Wednesday afternoon in the Blauwe Zaal in his SG lecture entitled The Paradox of Digital Creativity.
In the transport of flowers and other perishable products, speed often has priority over transport costs and the environment. The sophisticated logistical models of the Iranian PhD candidate Maryam SteadieSeifi make an environmentally friendlier solution possible by helping to fit barges and trains in with existing air and road traffic, without affecting the profit.
Johan Lukkien, professor of System Architecture and Networks, will be the new dean of Mathematics and Computer Science (M&CS). Lukkien, who has been with TU/e since 1991, starts on 1 April.
Laetitia Ouillet, director of the strategic area Energy at TU/e, has been appointed director of the alliance between the universities of Utrecht (UU), Eindhoven (TU/e) and the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU). Ouillet thus becomes the leading light for the collaboration, announced earlier this year by the three organizations.
Slow wi-fi is a source of irritation that nearly everyone experiences. Wireless devices in the home consume ever more data, and it’s only growing, and congesting the wi-fi network. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have come up with a surprising solution: a wireless network based on harmless infrared rays. The capacity is not only huge (more than 40Gbit/s per ray) but also there is no need to share since every device gets its own ray of light. This was the subject for which TU/e researcher Joanne Oh received her PhD degree with the ‘cum laude’ distinction last week.
By means of a DNA computer you can, as it were, make calculations in the body, so that they can contribute to ever smarter therapies. Researchers from Protein Engineering and Computational Biology (TU/e Department of Biomedical Engineering) have joined forces and created the first DNA sensor for antibodies.
If we had more options to communicate with other drivers than simply indicators, the horn and the middle finger, it could reduce the level of aggression on our roads. This is the thinking behind the doctoral project Social Car by the Chinese TU/e PhD candidate Chao Wang. He has been developing apps, among them one that drivers can use to signal that they are heading to the hospital in all haste. The hope is that this will increase the level of understanding among fellow road-users.
On the east side of the TU/e grounds a site is being prepared for construction. This is where the wind tunnel belonging to the Department of the Built Environment will be erected. Bert Blocken, Professor of Building Physics, hopes to be able to conduct the first tests in October of this year.
Tuesday 7 March TU/e professor Meint Smit received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the PIC International Conference in Brussels. Smit is one of the founders of integrated photonics; semiconductor circuits that use light rather than electricity. The TU/e spin-outs Smart Photonics and Effect Photonics also won in Brussels in their respective categories Advances in Manufacturing and Advances in Integration. This meant that half the PIC Awards this year will find homes in Eindhoven.
Japan’s highest award for chemistry scientists, the Nagoya Gold Medal of Organic Chemistry, will this year be presented to Bert Meijer, TU/e professor of Organic Chemistry. Meijer thus joins an illustrious group of 22 predecessors, including several winners of Nobel Prizes, Franklin Medals and Wolf Prizes. The award will be presented on 22 December this year in Nagoya.
We operate our smartphones almost exclusively with the touchscreen. Graduate Ruben Daems is trying to change this by means of the Bendle, a prototype of a ‘shape-changing’ smartphone, which you can operate by pressing and bending it.
Three TU/e researchers have been awarded a personal ‘Marie Curie grant’ from the European subsidy program Horizon 2020. The grant is worth nearly 166,000 euros per person for two years. The projects concern the development of semi-conductive plastic, the formation of magnetite and the self-assembly of supramolecular building blocks.
Be sure not to carry out a literature study, use other people's work without giving credit - after all your deadline is looming, and give the spelling and grammar just a quick glance. In early January, Professor Bert Blocken of the Department of the Built Environment published a top 10 of the things you most definitely must do if you want to produce a really bad article. In a webinar on Wednesday March 1st, he will provide more details.
A new organic artificial synapse devised at Stanford University could support computers that better recreate the processing that occurs in the human brain. It could also lead to improvements in brain-machine technologies. These results are published in Nature Materials, and Yoeri van de Burgt of TU/e is one of the leading authors that developed this device.
Jaime Gómez Rivas, professor at the Applied Physics department and group leader at the DIFFER energy institute, wins one of the 34 Vici grants of NWO this year. The Vici grant, of 1.5 million euros, is one of the biggest personal research grants in the Netherlands.
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With the official opening planned for December 14, the new wind tunnel belonging to the Department of the Built Environment had its first users this week. Members of the Dutch professional cycling team Lotto-Jumbo took up their racing positions in the tunnel in the Ventur building on the TU/e campus in order to find out which formation gives them the least air resistance during the team time trial. Their visit even made the national TV news.
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.
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.