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14 December 2016

Towards flexible, reliable and stable smart grids

Towards flexible, reliable and stable smart grids

14 December 2016

John Schmitz appointed Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)

With effect from 1 March 2017, the Executive Board of TU Delft has appointed Dr John Schmitz as the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS). Dr Schmitz is currently Senior Vice-President and Manager of IP Special Projects at NXP Semiconductors in Eindhoven. John Schmitz succeeds Professor Rob Fastenau, whose term as Dean of the Faculty of EEMCS comes to an end on 1 March 2017.

14 December 2016

Towards flexible, reliable and stable smart grids

Towards flexible, reliable and stable smart grids

We have good scientific models for the physics involved in (intelligent) power grids and we also have good models for the ICT involved in it. But to manage the current dramatic transition of our power system, we now need models that combine these two elements. That’s the central message in the inaugural speech of Peter Palensky, professor of Intelligent Electrical Power Grids at the TU Delft, on Wednesday December 14th.

14 December 2016

Inspirerende docenten in de spotlight op de TU Delft Education Day

Op haar Onderwijsdag op 14 december heeft de TU Delft de meest inspirerende docenten op het schild gehesen. Tijdens presentaties en workshops werden de aanwezigen bijgepraat over onderwijsvernieuwing. Ook werd het Learning Lab gelanceerd: een plek waar docenten kunnen experimenteren met verschillende onderwijsvormen en daarbij training en ondersteuning kunnen krijgen.

13 December 2016

Tackling global challenges: from Zika to flooding

TU Delft invests in six more long-term research projects to find concrete solutions that directly improve lives of people living in poverty. The projects range from building houses with waste, low cost MRI-systems to smart turbine pumps for sustainable irrigation and a microchip to diagnose tropical fevers. The projects have been selected by the TU Delft Global Initiative, and enable Delft engineers to contribute to the world’s Sustainable Development Goals.

12 December 2016

Tackling global challenges: from Zika to flooding

Tackling global challenges: from Zika to flooding

TU Delft | Global Initiative invests in six more long-term research projects to find concrete solutions that directly improve lives of people living in poverty. The projects range from building houses with waste, low cost MRI-systems to smart turbine pumps for sustainable irrigation and a microchip to diagnose tropical fevers. These grants enable Delft engineers to contribute to the world’s Sustainable Development Goals.

12 December 2016

Mysterious ‘crater’ on Antarctica indication of vulnerable ice sheet

The East Antarctic ice sheet appears to be more vulnerable than expected, due to a strong wind that brings warm air and blows away the snow. That is the conclusion reached by a team of climate researchers led by Jan Lenaerts (Utrecht University) and Stef Lhermitte (TU Delft), based on a combination of climate models, satellite observations and on-site measurements. Their conclusions will be published in Nature Climate Change on 12 December. “Tens of meters of rising sea levels are locked away in Antarctica”, says Lenaerts. “And our research has shown that also East Antarctica is vulnerable to climate change.”

09 December 2016

Polar balloon STO2 on its way

Polar balloon STO2 to go the edge of space with Dutch instruments

08 December 2016

To craft by design for sustainability

Renewable materials such as bamboo, cork and hemp, which are abundantly available in the developing world, have the potential to be a viable and sustainable resource base for sustainable development. Current sustainable-design initiatives and approaches already look at using industrial techniques and technologies to recontextualize these materials to create innovative products and systems for contemporary sustainability-aligned markets. Unfortunately, according to Rebecca Reubens PhD student of TU Delft, they do not leverage the huge labor force and cultural resources available in developing countries. In her research Reubens focuses on alternative design approaches that can generate collective benefits to the ecology, society, economy and culture in developing countries.

08 December 2016

Serious game research: fleeing an earthquake

During natural disasters, such as an earthquake, people make choices: should I stay or leave? Should I walk or take the car? These choices have an impact on the number of people injured or killed. To explore the factors that influence these choices, doctoral candidate Mignon van den Berg worked with Japanese researchers from the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo on the development of the serious game ‘Everscape’. Mignon van den Berg will be awarded her doctorate at TU Delft on Monday 12 December.

08 December 2016

Autonomous shipping as a possible solution to impending labour shortages in the shipping sector

Autonomous shipping is a hot, yet hugely significant topic. According to researchers at TU Delft, this is the first time that we have really had to completely rethink the design of ships since we made the jump from wooden sailing vessels to steel steamships. From 12 - 14 December, the university will be devoting extra attention to this issue with two PhD ceremonies, a colloquium and an autonomous shipping demonstration.

08 December 2016

Serious Game ‘Held’ wins European Serious Game Award

The Reanimation game 'Held' (Dutch for hero) is one of the winners of the European Serious Game Awards. The game of the ‘Hartstichting’ won the first prize in the category 'Academic'. This is a prize for the best serious game created in an academic environment. Hero was developed by the Gamelab of the TU Delft and will be used by the Hartstichting as part of the resuscitation project in secondary schools.

07 December 2016

Wind energy professor Gijs van Kuik bids farewell after forty years

After a career in wind energy spanning forty years, Professor Gijs van Kuik gave his valedictory address at TU Delft on Wednesday, 7 December. In his speech, he predicted that offshore wind energy would be one of the cornerstones of the sustainable energy supply by 2050. He also argued that the cost of wind energy needed to be further reduced and its value for society increased.

06 December 2016

Start signal sounded for arrival of 90 international researchers in Zuid-Holland

TU Delft, Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, Leiden University Medical Centre and the Erasmus Medical Centre are set to offer post-doc positions at one of these five knowledge institutions to 90 researchers from across the world who have recently been awarded their doctorates.

05 December 2016

Two million euro ERC grant for Caspar Chorus’ modelling moral decision making proposal

The European Research Council has approved the ERC Consolidator proposal of TPM professor Caspar Chorus. A great achievement, since only around 10% of the submitted proposals is selected. Chorus: ‘I am very pleased with this outcome, certainly since we have put in a lot of effort over the past year in obtaining this funding. It will be used for a research programme to extend discrete choice theory to the domain of moral decision making’. This is much needed because many choices people make have a moral dimension, while the morality of choice is not incorporated in current mathematical choice models. Chorus: ‘With this programme we expect to generate a major breakthrough in discrete choice theory and to generate new fundamental insights into the moral aspects of decision making behaviour’.

01 December 2016

TU Delft ‘NWO Complexity in Transport & Logistics’ proposals granted

Several researchers at the Transport Institute had successful proposals in the NWO Complexity grant: Complexity in Transport and Logistics. The purpose of the Complexity in Transport and Logistics programme is to encourage innovative, multidisciplinary research that will generate revolutionary ideas for logistics systems and contribute to new theories and innovation in the field of complex systems.

30 November 2016

‘Reading tissues with light’ can improve cancer operations

During operations, surgeons primarily have to rely on their eyesight and sense of touch when determining which piece of tissue to remove. But there are better ways of doing this, argues Benno Hendriks in his inaugural address as part-time professor at TU Delft, on Wednesday, 30 November.

30 November 2016

Professor Lucas van Vliet appointed dean of Applied Sciences (AS)

As per 1 January 2017, the TU Delft Executive Board has appointed Professor Lucas van Vliet as dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences (AS).

30 November 2016

Call for papers on Multiple Criteria Decision Making in Air Transport Management

Elsevier set out a call for papers for a special issue of the Journal of Air Transport Management for which Jafar Rezaei (TPM-TLO) is guest editor. This edition is covering the applications of all MCDM methods (multi-attribute decision-making, multi-objective optimization, efficiency analysis with MCDM-inspired models) in all areas of air transport and logistics management.

25 November 2016

TU Delft transport publications high in impact ranking

At the 18th of November, Professor Joseph Chow of New York University published an impact ranking on LinkedIn, listing universities that published on transport related research in the past 10 years (1997-2016). The TU Delft is high on that list: first place on the amount of publications and second place on impact of these publications.

24 November 2016

Real-time data collection at Mysteryland

Tim, a PhD candidate in the Transport & Planning department, visited the festival Mysterland together with his team to study the behaviour of the festivalgoers. Tim’s measuring instrument was an app he developed himself. He contacted the participants on the spot and via Facebook, and together they recorded which stages they visited, in what order and how long they stayed at each stage. He used the festivalgoers' GPS positions to analyse how they moved around the festival site and how this affected the only bridge that joined the northern part of the site to the southern part.

23 November 2016

Treatment using UV light a possible alternative for chlorine in swimming pools

Swimming pool water is usually disinfected using a chlorine product such as hypochlorite to kill all micro-organisms present. Unfortunately, hypochlorite reacts to other impurities in the water, such as sweat and urine, to form disinfection by-products. These disinfection by-products are irritants. Marjolein Peters studied an alternative method of purification and examined its effect on micro-organisms. On Friday 25 November, she will be awarded her PhD at TU Delft for her research.

23 November 2016

Virtual sleep coach effective against insomnia

The interactive app developed by TU Delft, Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam to help people with chronic insomnia to learn a better sleep rhythm has been shown to work. The use of this virtual coach reduces sleeping problems, argues doctoral candidate Corine Horsch. She will obtain her doctorate from TU Delft on 23 November for her research on this subject.

22 November 2016

Alumni working at Allseas share their lessons learned

Alumni working at Allseas share their lessons learned

Eric Trottemant and Yanrong Yu both work at Allseas and finished their PhD at TU Delft. Allseas is one of the major offshore pipelay and subsea construction companies in the world, operating six specialised vessels, which were designed in-house. During their PhD they learned some valuable lessons. Both also share their experiences onworking in industry.

22 November 2016

Follow a PhD Programme at SMO Promovendi

Follow a PhD Programme at SMO Promovendi

Not only a thinker but also a doer? Join SMO Promovendi and bring your skills and knowledge into practice! In collaboration with TU Delft, SMO (Dutch Foundation for Society and Enterprise) offers a PhD Programme in which PhD candidates from all over the Netherlands and with all kinds of academic backgrounds work on wicked societal challenges.

22 November 2016

TU Delta interviewed Graduate School psychologist Paula Meesters

Paula Meesters, the psychologist of the Graduate School, is starting a PhD herself. She wants to learn about the development of autonomy in PhD candidates. “It is amazing to see that within academia people think that PhDs are autonomous people, while in fact they still need to develop autonomy and need guidance during that process.”

22 November 2016

Doctoral candidates featured in the TU Delft Library Magazine

Doctoral candidates featured in the TU Delft Library Magazine

The variety of physical and digital Library services is highlighted through the eyes of doctoral candidates and scientists. Doctoral candidate Bas Hensen shares his view in the article Einstein was wrong and Gaudhamam Jeevanandam and Koen Groot share their impressions in the article Pitfalls and Eyeopeners.

22 November 2016

Wally Keizer; first to obtain doctorate at TPM Graduate School

Wally Keizer started as a doctoral candidate on 1 February 2013 and will be the first to obtain her doctorate within the TPM Graduate School. She even achieved this in less than four years, also with the help of her supervisor and support from the Graduate School. The fact that Wally will obtain her doctorate within four years is very remarkable since she worked part-time on it.

22 November 2016

What is the role of a mentor during your PhD?

Saba Chockalingam, a PhD candidate in the Safety and Security Science section since April 2015, reports on his experiences with having an mentor. Saba: “Having a mentor is very valuable to me. I feel that it is very important to have someone by my side who has already been through the PhD journey successfully.”

21 November 2016

Microsoft intensifies quantum cooperation with QuTech

Microsoft announced Monday that it is doubling its investment in quantum research. It is already an important private partner of QuTech (a collaboration between TU Delft and TNO) and will be extending its cooperation with the Delft quantum institute. In addition to this, Microsoft is to set up its own lab on the campus at TU Delft. The lab will be led by Professor Leo Kouwenhoven, who has been hired by Microsoft for this position. He will remain a professor at TU Delft and continue to supervise PhD candidates and students. The position of director of research at QuTech will be filled (ad interim) by Professor Ronald Hanson.

21 November 2016

More insight into Crohn’s disease

Researchers Robiël Naziroglu and Frans Vos have developed a method for improving the assessment of MRI images in cases of Crohn’s disease. In time, this may well enable more targeted monitoring and treatment of this chronic intestinal inflammation. Naziroglu will take his doctorate on this subject at TU Delft on Monday 21 November.

16 November 2016

Arno Smets winner of first international edX Prize for online education

The international edX platform, which offers MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), has voted Professor Arno Smets as best instructor. With his lectures in the MOOCs Solar Energy and Sustainable Energy: Design a Renewable Future, Arno Smets reaches more than 150,000 online students from all over the world.

16 November 2016

Symposium "The Future of Driving"

In just over a week the ETV organises a symposium with the title: "The Future of Driving". During this symposium different speakers will shed their light on the future of automated driving, with respect to the ethics, the technical possibilities, the relation with the infrastructure and more.

16 November 2016

Companies lack sense of urgency about Critical Materials

The world may face problems of Critical Material supply, but these concerns are not translated into product design activity, even though history suggests that product design could play a role in finding solutions to Critical Materials problems, says Delft researcher David Peck. He defends his PhD-thesis on this subject on Friday November 18th at TU Delft.

15 November 2016

Announcing the Autonomous Shipping Event

Alleen Engels: On behalf of the department of Maritime and Transport Technology of 3mE we would like to invite you to the Autonomous Shipping Event in December. 12, 13 and 14 December three autonomous shipping related events are scheduled. For more information, check the Transport Institute agenda.

15 November 2016

Delft researchers serendipitously create new, energy-efficient mechanical pixels

Researchers from TU Delft and Graphenea in Spain have found a new way to create mechanical pixels using tiny, balloon-like structures. These pixels, which do not emit light themselves but are visible in sunlight, could lead to energy-efficient colour displays that can be used in devices such as e-books and smart watches.

15 November 2016

Logistics sector to make concrete progress using blockchain technology

In a major TKI Dinalog project, TU Delft, ABN AMRO, the SCF Community, the Port of Rotterdam, Royal FloraHolland, SmartPort and 10 other partners will set to work using blockchain technology in the logistics sector. The total scale of the project amounts to €2.2 million. This is the first time anywhere in the world that a concrete blockchain project of this standard has been launched with various partners in the logistics chain.

15 November 2016

TU Delft students design new aircraft for last resort option of geoengineering

TU Delft students design new aircraft for last resort option of geoengineering

If global efforts to reduce carbon emissions fail and temperatures will rise, a last resort could be to turn to geoengineering methods, likethe injection of aerosols in the stratosphere. This will produce stratospheric clouds which reflect part of the incoming sunlight. Students of the TU Delft have looked into the practical aspects of this option, including the design of a new aircraft to deliver the aerosols into the stratosphere and a rough cost estimation: 11 billion dollars per year.

14 November 2016

Product design for developing countries improved by more cultural knowledge

Product design for developing countries improved by more cultural knowledge

14 November 2016

10,000 Plastic plants in the waterlab of TU Delft

10,000 Plastic plants in the waterlab of TU Delft
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