Effectiveness of 2G and 3G has declinedAt the request of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, researchers from TU Delft, UMC Utrecht and Populytics investigated the extent to which the various types of COVID certificates (coronatoegangsbewijs, CTB) can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in society. The 3G (vaccinated, recovered, tested) and 2G (vaccinated, recovered) rules are currently a lot less effective in curbing the spread of the virus than they were two months ago. A 1G policy (only people who have recently tested negative are given access) is much more effective. But, even if a 1G policy were to be introduced today, the reproduction number would not drop below 1.0.
TU Delft Lustrum: Speeding up the energy transitionOn Friday, 14 January, we will celebrate TU Delft's 180th anniversary. From that day onwards, everyone can participate in a 180-day lustrum programme entirely dedicated to the energy transition. A number of TPM scientists is closely involved in the organisation of the lustrum. Kornelis Blok is chairman of the lustrum committee and Gerdien de Vries and Andrea Ramirez Ramirez are members of the Energy Accelerator Team.
Tina Comes joins Academia EuropaeaTina Comes has recently become a member of the prestigious Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe). She was elected for her excellent research into decision theory and her “outstanding achievements as a researcher” at the interface of decision theory, data and information & communication technology. The review committee appreciates her interdisciplinary approach and her engagement for societal resilience, especially in the context of risk and crises.
Just published: Interactive e-book Building with Nature & BeyondThe interactive e-book Building with Nature & Beyond of TPM researcher Jill Slinger has been published via TU Delft Open Publishing. It explores the use of natural materials and ecological processes in achieving effective and sustainable hydraulic infrastructure designs and also looks at social design principles.
Climate adaptation of households compared internationallyThe climate is changing, not only in the Netherlands, but far beyond as well. The UN climate conference in Glasgow in 2021 had a clear message: climate adaptation is required of everyone; from governments to individuals around the world. Researchers from Delft University of Technology and Twente University investigated the drivers of what motivates or hinders people in different cultures in climate adaptation. The results were published in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change.
Rico Herzog is Best Graduate 2020 of TPMThe Delft University Fund has announced the eight TU Delft Best Graduates 2021. Rico Herzog is best graduate of TPM and will vie for the TU Delft Best Graduate award with his thesis 'Cities for Citizens: Identification of Public Values and their Conflicts in Urban Space'. On 11 November the eight brand new engineers from the faculties will present their excellent graduation theses during the TU Delft Best Graduate Award Ceremony 2021.
Prof. Stephane Hess appointed as part-time full professor in Decision modelling, AI and mobility researchHet College van Bestuur heeft Prof. dr. Stephane Hess benoemd tot deeltijd (0,1 fte) hoogleraar bij de afdeling ESS van de faculteit TBM, op het gebied van Decision modelling, artificial intelligence (AI) and mobility research. Hij start op 1 november en is aangesteld voor een periode van vijf jaar.
New method helps identifying murder suspects more quicklyDelft PhD student Daan Sutmuller has developed a new, effective method in collaboration with the police that supports homicide investigation teams in collecting and prioritising interesting persons in the investigation more quickly. The promising method should make the investigation work more manageable and ensure that more homicide cases are solved. Sutmuller obtains his doctorate this Thursday with his dissertation 'Murder investigation in the digital age'.
EU project SPATIALBlack box AI refers to AI systems that receive input and produce output without the end-user understanding. As inputs and outputs cannot be easily seen or understood, it can lead to issues within and across organisations. The EU-funded SPATIAL project (Security and Privacy Accountable Technology Innovations, Algorithms, and machine Learning) will address the challenges of black box AI and data management in cybersecurity
Grants for research on energy transition in DelftEnergy transition is one of the greatest challenges of our time. The transition to sustainable energy is complex and requires change at multiple levels. Three Delft research groups, with an grant from NWO, will conduct research into system integration within the energy transition.
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Using science to unlock the secrets of cybercrimeWith everyone spending so much time online during the coronavirus crisis, cybercrime has also been on the rise. Criminals are attempting to take advantage of these unsettled times. But not if scientist Rolf van Wegberg and Master's student Jochem van de Laarschot have their way. They are working with the FIOD (Fiscal Information and Investigation Service) to help combat cybercrime.
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Can walking and cycling make us healthy and happy?Do walking and cycling make people healthier, or are healthier people more inclined to travel actively? And how does the coronavirus affect our travel behaviour? These are the kinds of questions that scientist Maarten Kroesen is investigating. In his view, situations are often not as simple as they might seem at first glance. He is nevertheless convinced of one thing: we should be walking and cycling more.
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The voice of SolotvynoFormer salt empire Solotvyno is located in western Ukraine. Today, the area suffers from the effects of salt extraction: an unstable subsurface resulting in massive sinkholes that threaten the life of the community. Two researchers from Delft University of Technology participated in a consortium to develop a disaster risk reduction plan together with the community. With the aim of giving the population a voice and building on a safer future. This short documentary provides insight into the process.
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Games as a solution to complex problemsPlaying a board game in the evening with family or an online game with friends is fun, but games are also used in business and government settings to get a grip on complex situations. Such as promoting safety in the chemical sector or how to open restaurants safely with covid-19 measures. At the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM), researcher Simon Tiemersma and his team make interactive models that can test fictitious situations, also known as serious games. A Gamelab facility has even been set up for this purpose.
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Laying cables under stress in the Infrarium: The Energy Grid GameForty-five minutes of stress in a sea container that has been transformed into an infrarium filled with physical and mental challenges. How do you go about laying energy cables without disrupting industry or energy suppliers? How can you work with others in a small space filled with smoke, flashing lights and incessant noise? What effect do stress and emotions have on decision-making? The Energy Grid Game simulation reveals the challenging decisions that the energy sector will face during the current energy transition. This case focuses on the Port of Rotterdam. The game was designed by Igor Nikolic, associate professor of participatory multi-modelling, and Geertje Bekebrede, associate professor of serious game design. The goal is to allow participants to experience, both physically and emotionally, the urgency, cohesion, mutual dependence and complexity of the energy transition.
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Improving the efficiency of Customs inspections in the logistics supply chainIn the years ahead, Customs at Schiphol airport and the Port of Rotterdam are set to have a lot of work on their hands. In the next five years, the huge growth in e-commerce and the imminent Brexit will lead to an increase from 160 million to 500 million in the number of Customs declarations passing through these major logistics hubs of Europe. This massive increase calls for smart ways of working in order to guarantee efficient risk analysis and cut costs in processing Customs import declarations. “In light of this, digitisation and collaboration between Customs organisations and the transport supply chain will be of key importance,” says Yao-Hua Tan, Professor of Information and Communication Technology.
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Nuance in the quest for climate solutionsWith all the uncertainties we are facing, climate engineering (geoengineering) is not a desirable means of combating climate change, but in the future may well be an unavoidable one. Philosopher of technology Behnam Taebi uses an ethics-based approach to try to bring some nuance into the search for technological solutions. Using the Climate Action Hub, he wants to build a bridge between science, citizens and politicians.
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Planning a city with conflicting values? No problem!Increasing urbanisation is creating major challenges in spatial planning. Not least because everyone has different priorities when it comes to organising the public space. For his Master's thesis, best graduate of 2021 in the Faculty of TPM, Rico Herzog, mapped out conflicts of values within a city and developed a model to deal with such conflicts; a model intended to help decision-makers to make better urban planning decisions.
26 January 2022
Bert van Wee op Pointer NPO Radio 1 over deelscooters
Bert van Wee denkt dat een combinatie van OV met de deelscooter als vervangend vervoer voor de auto kunnen dienen, vooral wanneer autogebruik duurder wordt.
26 January 2022
Andrea Ramirez Ramirez in NRC over de vraag of kernenergie duurzaam is
Als je alleen kijkt naar de CO2-uitstoot, scoort kernenergie erg goed in vergelijking met andere vormen van elektriciteitsopwekking. Dat wil zeggen, die uitstoot is erg laag: 5 tot 6 gram CO2 per opgewekte kilowattuur (kWh).
24 January 2022
Hans de Bruijn in Trouw over bestuurscultuur
Hans de Bruijn legt uit dat diepgang en gemakzucht soms dicht bij elkaar liggen als het gaat om het gebruik van grote woorden.