Mobility Innovation Centre Delft researches movements within TU Delft Library

On our way to future perspective for education and study on campus through data collection and (rapid)testing.

From Monday 1 March, the TU Delft Library will offer extra study places. Ideally, we would like to make all study places available again, provided that this is of course safe. Fortunately, we do not have to wait patiently, but as visitors, students and employees we can make a contribution ourselves to take steps in the right direction. The Library will be an important research location for a research, performed by the Mobility Innovation Centre Delft. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) wants to use a number of pilots to investigate how measurements as crowd control, walking routes, screens, creating bubbles, triage, COVID-19 (rapid) tests, etc. can contribute to making more physical education and study possible on campus in the long term. TU Delft has linked this to data collection and has been selected to participate.

Data collection, usage and storage

The research is led by Sascha Hoogendoorn-Lanser, Director at Mobility Innovation Centre Delft and Serge Hoogendoorn, distinguished Professor of Smart Urban Mobility. As the first step in the research, the Library tracks how people move within the RIVM measures. This is done based on (anonymousy) monitoring visitors and employees through an app, which you can install on your smartphone. With these insights, we can increasingly optimize the space and work together on an environment where you can study and work both safely and pleasantly.
In a second step, it is investigated how a combination of (rapid) testing and parallel solutions makes further opening up to education and study possible.

The research in the media

The research is led by Sascha Hoogendoorn-Lanser and Serge Hoogendoorn. You can read about Serge Hoogendoorn's dream of a sensor network for research into traffic flows, in his Story of Science. And you can rewatch the interview of Sascha Hoogendoorn-Lanser on the NOS Journaal.
Recently, Delta, the online independent journalism platform of the TU Delft, published an article about the 'Back to Campus' hackathon. The hackathon is the next step in the research, organized by the dispuut Verkeer and takes place on 8 and 9 May in the TU Delft Library.

Hackathon; 8 and 9 May @ TU Delft Library

The hackathon is the next step in the investigation. The organization is in the hands of Dispuut Verkeer and the TU Delft Library provides the location. During the hackathon, we explore the data collected within the Library in recent weeks. The data includes walking paths, distance from other students and the duration of risky situations (if you are within 1.5 meters of someone else). We will use this data to research, develop and pitch the data to be used for future applications. You can still sign up to participate in the hackathon via this link!

  • Date: 8 and 9 May
  • Time: 8.00 to 20.00 hrs.
  • Location: TU Delft Library

The participants are divided into groups of approximately 4 to 5 people. With your group you do a brainstorming session, develop interesting concepts and present the results to the other participants, professors and the organization of the hackathon. During the two days, professionals and professors will visit to give their expertise and experiences and to discuss ideas and concepts. A selection of the speakers on 8 and 9 May:

  • Rob Mudde (CvB) and Sascha Hoogendoorn-Lanser – Opening hackaton
  • Wilfred Booij (Forkbeard) – How does the monitoring system work?
  • Ingrid Snijdewind (GGD) – Everything you always wanted to know about corona
  • Natalie van der Wal (TBM) – How do you influence "good" behavior?

Yu will find all the speakers during the hackathon weekend, below. Do you want to get involved with fellow students or friends, or do you know other people who are interested in these types of challenges?
Then sign up now!


You can find more information about the research below. If you have any questions, please contact library@tudelft.nl.


You can find more information about the hackathon below. If you have any questions, please contact J.F.Poortvliet@student.tudelft.nl.

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