Many sportapps do too little for sports people’s health. They actually increase the risk of injury. This is the conclusion of sports professor Steven Vos of TU Eindhoven. Many recreational runners give up due to injury or a lack of motivation. Most running apps in the market today do little to prevent this. Vos even claims that these apps misuse health as a sales pitch.
He stacked committee year on committee year, represented TU/e at information meetings throughout the country for many years, and upheld Eindhoven’s honor in the Dutch kayak team. However, after ten magnificent years it was time for Tom Vrancken to graduate. For his Master’s program Information Security Technology he coupled two widely used systems for Internet security.
Aucasi is a ‘smart socket’ developed by four entrepreneurial students of the TU/e. When you sit down in their improvised living room on the 18 Septemberplein, the system immediately turns on the coffee machine, turns up the lights and switches on the TV, just in time for the prime time news. The team just recently started a Kickstarter-campagne and expects to bring Aucasi to the market by May 2017.
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a gigantic radio telescope that is being built in South Africa and Australia, promises to be the largest scientific instrument in the world. The processing of the SKA’s unparalleled data flows calls for the most efficient supercomputer conceivable. In the Drenthe village of Dwingeloo, the heart of Dutch radio astronomy, PhD candidate Rik Jongerius investigated what would be the best way to go about this.
For the first time this year all 13 Dutch universities are placed in the top 200 of the World University Rankings, a ranking produced by the British journal Times Higher Education (THE). This puts the Netherlands in fourth position, behind the United States, Great Britain, and Germany. TU/e slips one position to number 177; among the Dutch universities only Tilburg University ranks lower. The best university, according to THE is Oxford, followed by Caltech and Stanford.
On 1 October, when Emiel Hensen becomes dean of the Chemical Engineering department (ST) of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), a former student will be taking over the reins. Hensen (1971) is professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, and studies new catalysts for a more sustainable chemical industry and society. Hensen succeeds Jaap Schouten following the latter’s appointment as chairman of the new NWO domain Applied and Engineering Sciences.
While Eindhoven is celebrating the first (and probably the last) real week of summer, I’m writing this column in similar weather conditions in Barcelona. I’m visiting a colleague of mine for a few weeks to work on my international experience.
In order to make better ‘thin-film’ solar cells, you want to be able to see what happens exactly during the application of the photo-active layer. Using ingenious X-ray and optical technology, PhD candidate Hans van Franeker managed to make the formation of minuscule – and unwanted - droplets in plastic solar cells visible.
This year the Netherlands received 29 European Starting Grants for young scientists, three less than last year. Only big countries like Germany, the United Kingdom and France secured more. This year there is one Starting Grant for a TU/e scientist: Roland Tóth, Assistant Professor in the Control Systems group (Electrical Engineering), is the fortunate one.
Control technology is indispensable for nearly all modern devices and machines, but for users it is virtually invisible. Still, the work of Assistant Professor Tom Oomen at Control Systems Technology has not gone unnoticed. Indeed, science magazine New Scientist has recently nominated him for the title of ‘Scientific talent 2016’.
The German multinational Merck is investing 15 million euros in the development of ‘smart windows’: windows that are able to dim daylight and reduce the energy costs of buildings. The technology for this comes from the TU/e spin-off Peer+, acquired two years ago by the chemical giant.
In its first three days, some fifteen TU/e’ers of Turkish origin have contacted the infodesk set up by the university following developments in Turkey. TU/e does not wish to go into the specific questions or concerns of these students and staff.
How fast does a virus spread within the population? And what is it that makes a video go viral on internet? A new mathematical theory by researchers at TU/e reveals that the way people in groups are connected is a decisive factor. How fast something spreads is entirely dependent on the connections between these groups. They present their theory today in the Scientific Reports journal published by Nature.
During the descent of the eighth stage of the Tour de France, Chris Froome perched precariously forward on his frame to take a lead on his rivals. But researchers at TU/e, KU Leuven and the University of Liege claim that this is not, in contrast to what is often thought, of any benefit in terms of air resistance.
Researchers Joachim Arts, Marcos Guimarães, Danqing Liu and Hanneke Gelderblom have all received a Veni grant, which they plan to use to conduct research at TU/e. In sums up to 250,000 euros, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to 158 researchers who have recently received their doctorate. This funding enables promising young scientists to continue developing their ideas over a three-year period.
The EU is allocating 3.9 million euros for a European project to train fifteen highly qualified building acoustics experts, three of whom are Eindhoven based. Twelve organizations are involved and TU/e researcher Maarten Hornikx is responsible for the coordination. According to him, this award of funds ensures that the Eindhoven acoustics group will be well positioned in Europe.
The Council of Ministers has appointed current dean of the TU/e department of Chemical Engineering, Jaap Schouten, as a member of the NWO board of directors and to head up the NWO Applied and Engineering Sciences domain as of januari 1st 2017. Prof.dr.ir. Jaap Schouten (1959 is professor of Chemical Reactor Technology at the department of Chemical Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology where has been dean since 2011.
The assistance of a robotic arm of sorts can be very welcome for people with a muscular disease. With this aim in mind, PhD candidate Bob van Ninhuijs designed an artificial 'shoulder joint' in which the use of magnets allows for energy-efficient compensation of gravity.
Professor Maarten Steinbuch will be the Simon Stevin Master this year, the highest distinction for technical sciences in the Netherlands. It is an honorary title, bestowed by the STW Technology Foundation, and it comes with half a million euros to spend on research.
Blind and partially sighted pupils are especially inconvenienced by their visual handicaps when following science subjects. That is why during his training as a physics teacher Frank Toenders investigated how such pupils can be supported. For this purpose he designed special 3D-printed auxiliary materials.
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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.
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.