Four Veni grants for faculty 3mE

News - 03 November 2020 - Webredactie 3ME

This week the Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros to twelve TU Delft scientists. The grant provides the laureates with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years. Within the faculty 3mE we have four Veni awardees: John Buchner (P&E), Laura Ferranti (CoR), Manon Kok (DCSC) en Eline van der Kruk (BME).

Unravelling the aerodynamics of mating mosquitoes

Dr. A-J. (Abel-John) Buchner (P&E)

In-flight mating of disease-carrying mosquitoes requires synchronization of their flight dynamics. This research will, through measurements of flying mosquitoes and abstraction using advanced robotics and flow diagnostics, develop a model explaining this physical process. This will be a valuable tool for developing future disease-carrying mosquito population reduction strategies.

HARMONIA: Trustworthy Mobile Robotics

Dr. L. (Laura) Ferranti (CoR)

Imagine having automated cars, drones, boats, etc. in our cities equipped with an on-board technology that allows them to interact with each other near us without harming our safety, security, and privacy. With HARMONIA, I will devise this technology to enable Trustworthy Mobile Robotics in the real world.

Widely available sensors help us find our way indoors

Dr. ir. drs. M. (Manon) Kok (DCSC)

While GPS helps to find our way outdoors, there is not yet a generally available technology that does so indoors. This research develops a new methodology to use sensors that are available in any smartphone for three-dimensional positioning by combining measurements of our movement and of the magnetic field. E. van der Kruk

(To) correct compensation

Dr. ir. E. (Eline) van der Kruk (BME)

Ageing and (neuro)muscular disease lead to structural changes in the body. Incorrect or insufficient compensation for these changes lead to movement limitations and faster decline. Timely intervention such as training and aids, can mitigate movement impairments. Therefore, the researcher develops individualized computer simulations that predict what movement limitations might arise.