Students Nuon Solar team world champion again
The Nuon Solar Team has convincingly won the 14th edition of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, the world championship solar car racing in Australia. Nuna9 finished in Adelaide around 6.45, on the fifth day of the race. Their 3.000-km-long journey across the Australian Outback took them 4 days and about 6 hours. This is the Nuon Solar Team’s seventh championship title.
First students to complete the Clinical Technology Bachelor’s degree think and talk like doctors and technologists
New technologies such as 3D printing and sensor chips are changing the face of medicine. But the first group of Clinical Technology Bachelor’s students have proven that even simpler, familiar technologies such as operating lamps and stethoscopes can be improved, as shown in their graduation projects.
Climbing stairs, getting up from a low sofa and walking across an uneven surface, that was not a problem for paraplegic Ruben de Sain during the Cybathlon Experience on October 7, thanks to an exoskeleton, a supportive robotic suit, built by TU Delft students. The competition in Germany for bionic paraplegic athletes saw the students demonstrate the potential of an exoskeleton as an aid in daily life for people with paralysed legs.
Accidents with self-driving cars are considered more serious
Self-driving cars will have to be ultra safe before they can become socially acceptable. A fatal accident caused by a technical fault in a self-driving car is considered at least 4.5 times worse than a fatal accident due to human error. These are among the findings from research carried out by Bart Overakker, who graduates from the Faculty of TPM at TU Delft on Thursday 12 October.
Most important enemy on first race day Australia: heat
A successful first race day for the students of the Nuon Solar Team at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. They were the fourth team to start, but after a nerve-racking day they managed to pass their competitors. Ultimately, they overtook Tokai University: the Nuon Solar Team’s strongest competitor for many years. Western University Sydney finished fourth, followed by Twente and the Belgian team Punch. The team’s largest enemy, however, was the unbearable Australian heat: with a maximum measured temperature of fifty degrees Celsius in Nuna9.
New wave radar predicts exactly when it is dangerous at sea
Thanks to the ‘wave radar’ developed by TU Delft researcher Peter Naaijen, everyone at sea can see whether they will be hit by dangerous waves in the next five minutes and how their vessel will respond to this. This will greatly benefit the safety and efficiency of offshore operations. His PhD defense will take place on Friday 6 October.
Anka Mulder leaving TU Delft on 1 January 2018
Anka Mulder will be stepping down as Vice President Education & Operations (VPEO). She will continue her career as President of Saxion University of Applied Sciences. Anka Mulder was appointed VPEO of the TU Delft on 1 April 2013.
17/10 start TU Delft MOOC ‘Forensic Engineering – Learning from Failures’
On 17 October 2017 a new MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) starts on Forensic Engineering. This free online course runs for 6 weeks. You can already enroll.
Completely new watch regulator by joint effort of LVMH Watch Division, TU Delft and TU Delft spin off Flexous
Modern mechanical watches are still operating on the so-called ‘balance and hairspring’ principle, a time keeping device that was invented by Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens in 1675. The LVMH Watch Division and its R&D Science Institute, Delft University of Technology and TU Delft spin-off Flexous joined forces to develop a completely new regulator technology. The technique is now brought to the market with the ZENITH Defy Lab watch.
Innovative control system paves the way for large scale universal quantum computing
Future quantum computers promise exponential scaling in computing power with linearly increasing number of qubits. However, harnessing this power is challenging due to the complexity of controlling a large number of qubits simultaneously. A solution to this problem has been engineered by Richard Versluis, principal scientist at TNO, Leo DiCarlo, associate professor at TU Delft and postdoc Stefano Poletto with support of colleagues from TNO and TU Delft at QuTech and Intel. They invented a control methodology for fault-tolerant quantum computing based on a basic building block of eight qubits with a fixed set of control hardware. This basic building block can be reproduced to large arrays of qubits, without any increase or changes to the control hardware.