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29 April 2021

The unique train toilet challenge

The toilet touches all our lives, but we don’t want to touch the toilet. In other words, we try to keep a distance from toilets, particularly those in public. However, these toilets are what makes it possible for us to leave our homes and travel. More specifically, anyone travelling by train is used to having free access to train toilets, certainly on long journeys. But, as they are perceived as being dirty, they are greatly underused. A dilemma for railway companies and a challenge for sanitary designer and PhD graduate Marian Loth.

29 April 2021

Researchers create living material based on algae

Researchers led by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) used 3D printing to create a novel, environmentally-friendly and living material made of algae that has many potential applications.

29 April 2021

IDE in the media – week 17

22 April 2021

Persuasive technology for health and wellbeing at work

Elsbeth de Korte isn’t your typical Ph.D. student. When she defends her thesis later this month, on how technology can improve health and well-being in the workplace, she will have already been working at the Dutch research institute TNO for more than twenty years.

22 April 2021

Opening keynote at ECCE 2021 by Prof. Elisa Giaccardi

The 32nd Annual Conference of the European Association of Cognitive Ergonomics takes place (virtually) from 26-29 April 2021. This year IDE professor Elisa Giaccardi will open the conference with a keynote on "Autonomous Technologies and the Challenges of Probabilistic Design”.

22 April 2021

IDE in the media – week 16

22 April 2021

Delft Designers win €10,000 science communications grant

What makes good scientific output? The conventional answer might be results, papers, and publications. But there’s growing recognition for other forms of output too – not least science communication. This year the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has introduced a pilot scheme to recognise and reward scientists active in science communication – including those from IDE.

16 April 2021

IDE bachelor: alumni wanted!

As IDE alumni you are experts in what it’s like to design for the real world. We want to bring your perspective into the renewed bachelor programme, shrinking the gap between education theory and design in practice. Interested in getting involved?

16 April 2021

Educational Renewal: IDE Bachelor

What is the role of design in our rapidly changing world? What will the designer of tomorrow need to succeed? Just some of the questions posed while re-designing IDE’s bachelor programme due to launch this August.

15 April 2021

BENEFIT Health Innovation Fellowship opportunities

The EIT Health's postgraduate programme BENEFIT Health Innovation Fellowship is looking for fellows with a background in design, business, engineering, and medicine. Fellows will work in interdisciplinary teams to investigate and develop solutions for real clinical needs. For one year, they will experience a full innovation cycle from need to implementation.

15 April 2021

IDE in the media – week 15

14 April 2021

Dutch government awards €615m for development of quantum technologies

Congratulations to our colleagues involved with Quantum Delta NL and QuTech. Last week the Dutch government awarded Quantum Delta NL €615m in a bid to power the advancement of quantum technologies.

14 April 2021

Design skills for children in rural Kenya

For his graduation project, Design for Interaction MSc student Marten Westerhof developed a toolkit for Sustainable Rural Initiatives (SRI). With it, SRI employees are able to organise workshops in which children can playfully develop their design skills.

08 April 2021

LandShapes: made to feel real

You might think that smart devices – something that can connect to the internet or another device – would be more sustainable. After all, if the lights and the thermostat only turn on when a person is present, they should use less energy. ‘But’ says Emilia Ingemarsdotter, ‘every technology has a hype phase’. For her PhD research, she wanted to look beyond the hype and critically examine the role internet-enabled devices play in the circular economy.

08 April 2021

Triceratops skull lighting design leads to [d]arc nomination

Skull 21 has been shortlisted for the 2020 [d]arc award Art: Low Budget category. IDE researchers and students employed various lighting tech-nologies and techniques to convey the life and times of the triceratops skull, an exhibition at TU Delft’s Science Museum.

07 April 2021

A robot with a soft touch

Try and picture a robotic hand and an image of metal fingers with rigid joints might come to mind. Imagine instead one made of soft materials that can dextrously grip an apple, automatically adjust to its shape, and pluck it from a tree. Rob Scharff, through his PhD research, explores how the emerging field of soft robotics has the potential to revolutionise the future of robotic manipulation.

01 April 2021

James Dyson Award – Wanted: problem solvers

Registrations for the James Dyson Award are open again. Are you a problem solver? Then join the design competition!

01 April 2021

IDE in the media – week 13

31 March 2021

Jeremy Faludi wins 2021 Sustainable Practice Impact Award

In recognition of his work in the field of Design for Sustainability, Assistant Professor Jeremy Faludi has been chosen as the worthy recipient of VentureWell’s 2021 Sustainable Practice Impact Award. His teaching, research and publications have given students, professionals and faculties access to invaluable sustainable design tools, methods and mind-sets, contributing to a positive change.

25 March 2021

IDE researchers make waves

IDE researchers Derek Lomas and Elif Özcan Vieira have recently been interviewed about their research on sound design. Guest of the Pitch & Sync podcast, Derek talks about the effect of music on the human brain, and about the influence of music on emotions. Meanwhile, in the latest episode of the Quiet Mark podcast, Elif explains how audible, visual and haptic information design is investigated at the Critical Alarms Lab.

25 March 2021

Playing with Tensions: the RSD10 Symposium calls for papers

Later this year IDE will play host to the 10th annual Relating Systems Thinking & Design Symposium. As systemic designers face the challenge of increased complexity, contradictory concepts and paradoxes, this event, due to take place in November, will explore how to deal with such tensions fruitfully and embrace them for a just and sustainable future. “Playing with Tension” is also the theme of RSD10 call for papers, opening Thursday 1 April.

25 March 2021

IDE in the media – week 12

18 March 2021

Squaring the Circle

Many of us understand the benefits of a circular economy. But translating the theory of a closed loop system into practice remains a challenge. That is why the Dutch government recently funded ten Circular Centres. These centres aim to prevent the disposal of reusable material by connecting local stakeholders. One of these awarded projects, collaboratively initiated by the four Dutch municipalities of Bergen, Uitgeest, Castricum and Uitgeest (De BUCH), decided to partner with an IDE Delft Design Labs on the project - the Participatory City Making Lab - to raise awareness of the circular economy.

18 March 2021

IDE Academy under new coordination

The IDE Academy is a series of one-day workshops that students attend during their master studies, in which facilitators such as faculty members, external experts and alumni cover a kaleidoscope of themes. Starting this semester, Charlotte Kobus, Erik Tempelman and Ianus Keller take over Ehsan Baha’s role in the coordination of the academy.

18 March 2021

IDE in the media – week 11

16 March 2021

Resonance between brain and mind for better design

Caiseal Beardow, master’s student at TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design, built an audio-visual installation that explores how brain and mind respond to subtle changes in a landscape of light and sound that test subjects experience in her installation.

11 March 2021

IDE Research Assessment - Signed, sealed and delivered

In autumn 2020, an international committee tasked with assessing the research of TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering came to a positive verdict. Their findings are summarised in the leaflet, Collaborate and Lead. But that wasn’t the end of the story.

11 March 2021

“Plastic Identification Anywhere” helps informal recyclers to reduce plastic pollution

Plastic pollution is a well-known worldwide problem, sadly only getting worse due to our increased reliance on disposable single-use plastic products in the COVID-19 crisis. Against a backdrop of a growing need for plastic recycling, IDE student Jerry de Vos has developed an open-source handheld scanner to help small-scale recyclers from low and middle-income countries in this task.

11 March 2021

Professor Richard Goossens features in TU Delft Tech for Health campaign

With a newly launched campaign, Tech for Health | Better healthcare thanks to Delft technology, the university is shining a spotlight on research innovations that contribute to improvements in healthcare, especially here in The Netherlands. Such research often involves collaboration with medical institutes such as Erasmus MC in Rotterdam and LUMC in Leiden. TU Delft alumni are invited to meet the scientists behind this exciting research and are asked to contribute to their important work.

11 March 2021

Call for visual papers for the upcoming Design Research Society conference “LEARNxDESIGN 2021”

The Design Sketching international Special Interest Group (SIG), chaired by IDE lecturer Jan Willem Hoftijzer and Brigham Young University Associate Professor Bryan Howell, has broadened its scope. The Design Research Society has asked them to host and review “visual papers” submissions for its upcoming design conference LEARNxDESIGN 2021 taking place 24–26 September 2021, in collaboration with the Shandong University of Art & Design. Alongside, there will be a special track called “Sketching & Drawing Education and Knowledge”, chaired by the Design Sketching SIG.

10 March 2021

"Humans don't develop like machines."

When Stefan Persaud took over the second-year bachelor’s course Product Dynamics at Industrial Design, he brought along his motto: "If you can't reach them, you can't teach them." Persaud believes in student-centred teaching, where lecturers focus on how students best learn and engage students in active learning.

04 March 2021

TU Delft’s NewMedia Center presents the VR Education Month

March sees the VR Education Month go live at TU Delft. This virtual and augmented reality series, organised by TU Delft’s New Media Centre, is dedicated to immersive education. Take your pick from hologram teachers, VR trainings and Augmented Realty lab experiments and be inspired by the programme of international speakers.

04 March 2021

The Bachelor and Master Events of March 2021

Do you know someone who wants to find out more about studying at IDE? Or are you nearing the end of your Bachelor’s and wondering which Master programme is the one for you? Well, keep your eyes and ears open! March is the month in which you can find out much more! Join the online Bachelor Open Days or the online Master’s Week. Read on to find out more and register.

04 March 2021

Four new PhD positions in Design@Scale Lab TU Delft

At the start of 2021, Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft announced the foundation of the Design@Scale Lab. This new Delft AI Lab will focus on combining Artificial Intelligence with Human Intelligence to design at scale, increasing our ability to tackle systemic challenges. The D@S Lab, led by Professor Gerd Kortuem, is now looking four bright and motivated PhD candidates to join its ranks. Application is open until April 4th, 2021.

04 March 2021

IDE in the media – week 9