IDE Associate Professor Jun Wu receives Vidi grant

News - 29 June 2023 - Communication

Associate Professor of Computational Design and Fabrication at TU Delft | IDE Jun Wu has been awarded a Vidi grant of 800.000 euros. His research will focus on space-time optimization for additive manufacturing.

Additive manufacturing holds the promise to manufacture with less waste and energy, and to deliver the optimal quality for products ranging from customized medical implants to lightweight airplane parts. Design by structural optimization is key to reach the optimal quality. However, the quality of optimized designs is compromised, as the fabrication process is not adequately considered in structural optimization.

By introducing the time dimension to encode fabrication sequences, SpaceTimeOpt allows the concurrent optimization of the structural layout and the fabrication sequence. This will enable additive manufacturing to deliver on its promise.

The basic idea behind my Vidi proposal was conceived back in 2019, and it has since been a major focus of my research. There are some really interesting and challenging research questions. The Vidi grant is an amazing opportunity for me to take the new line of research to the next level. I'm very excited about this.

― Associate Professor Jun Wu

About the NWO Vidi grant

The NWO Talent Programme offers personal grants to talented, creative researchers. This enables them to conduct the research of their choice. The Talent Scheme has three funding instruments (Veni, Vidi, Vici) tailored to various phases in researchers' scientific careers.

Vidi is for researchers who have carried out several years of postdoctoral research after their Phd and have demonstrated the ability to independently generate and effect innovative ideas. The grant enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group in the coming five years.