5 Veni awards for research at the TU Delft

News - 27 July 2017

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded the Veni grants this week. The Veni grant provides highly promising young scientists with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years.

Awarded projects:


Javier Alonso-Mora - Robots among humans: safe and socially intuitive navigation


Cognitive Robotics, Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
In the near future millions of robots, autonomous cars and boats, will coexist with humans. This research will provide algorithms that allow a mobile robot to safely navigate and coordinate with other robots and humans. In cooperation with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS)

Mark Bisschops - Aging yeast to understand dementia


Biotechnology, Faculty of Applied Sciences
This project aims at developing and using powerful yeast model systems for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease research. To do so, humanized yeast cells will be studied in a state that mimics the non-dividing, yet active state of neurones, using advanced and innovative cultivation techniques.

Anne Pluymakers - Are rocks made out of sugar: how does a realistic pore fluid chemistry influence rock mechanics?


Geoscience & Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Potential consequences of waste water injection and drilling for geothermal energy are hot topics when discussing the use of the subsurface. This research will use novel experimental techniques to determine how the chemical interaction between fluids and rocks influences rock strength and the formation of fractures and fluid pathways.

Andrea Sciacchitano - Deploying Uncertainty Quantification in Particle Image Velocimetry


Aerodynamics, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) is a leading measurement technique for aerodynamic research. However, uncertainty of PIV data is mostly unknown, making PIV data unsuitable for aerodynamic certification and validation of numerical simulations. This VENI realizes the complete uncertainty quantification of PIV results by embedding uncertainty quantification in the experimental design.

Franklin Nobrega - Understanding inter-species gene exchange and compatibility

Bionanoscience, Faculty of Applied Sciences
A century of bacteriophage studies has resulted in the development of molecular biology and many genetic tools. However, phages themselves remain obscure entities. This research will address fundamental questions regarding recombination and exchange of genetic information between species, and will develop a platform for phage tailoring for bacterial control purposes.

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