Kornelis Blok - A lifetime of energy transitionKornelis Blok has devoted himself to the energy transition for many years. On the 24th of May, he says farewell to the TU Delft before his retirement, although he certainly will not sit still. We spoke with him about the past and the future. How does he look back on his career and his years at TU Delft?
New directors of studies and programme manager: Geertje Bekebrede, Anneke Zuiderwijk and Özge OkurIn the coming months, Özge Okur, Geertje Bekebrede and Anneke Zuiderwijk will become programme manager and directors of studies at our faculty. As of May 1st, Özge Okur has been appointed as program manager MSc EPA. Geertje Bekebrede will take on the role of director of studies of MSc CoSEM as of July 1st, and Anneke Zuiderwijk becomes director of studies of BSc TB as of September 2023.
Students play with geopolitical relations in the energy transitionThe energy transition is not only technically challenging, there are also complex geopolitical interests at play. TU Delft Gamelab, together with the University of Stavanger, Technical University of Munich and the University of Ghent, developed a serious game for students in which all these challenges come together: the Geopolitics game.
MSCA Doctoral Network grant awarded on AI for road safety: ‘IVORY’Road accidents cause more than 1.35 million fatalities per year globally. The UN and European Union want to eliminate these traffic fatalities. The newly awarded Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) Doctoral Network ‘IVORY’ addresses this goal and will kick-off in September 2023. It will set up an industrial doctorates network to develop a new framework for optimal integration of AI in road safety research, and train a new generation of leading researchers in the field. Eleonora Papadimitriou of the TPM faculty of TU Delft is the leading scientist and will be coordinating the network. Other TPM researchers that are involved are Amir Pooyan Afghari, Filippo Santoni de Sio and Pieter van Gelder.
Kornelis Blok and Behnam Taebi appointed as members Dutch Scientific Climate CouncilOn the recommendation of Minister Jetten for Climate and Energy, the Dutch government has approved the appointment of nine new members of the Scientific Climate Council (WKR). Among them are TU Delft researchers Kornelis Blok and Behnam Taebi. The council advises the government on climate policy, based on independent scientific expertise.
Climate-proof coastal protection with 'living dikes'Dikes protect the Netherlands from flooding. To keep the Netherlands safe in the future, several dikes are being reinforced in the High Water Protection Programme. The traditional way of strengthening dikes involves 'hard' (asphalt) revetment, but this is at the expense of the natural environment. Therefore, the 'Living Dikes' project looks at dike reinforcement using 'building-with-nature' methodologies. Various parties, including TU Delft, are investigating how 'living dikes' can play an important role in climate-proof coastal protection while preserving nature and landscape.
What does Dutch society think about Dutch climate policy?From March 9, 2023 to April 21, 2023, all Dutch citizens can advise politicians on climate policy through the National Climate Consultation. Through the so-called Participatory Value Assessment (PWE in Dutch), researchers will enable Dutch citizens to provide the House of Representatives with advice.
Tatiana Filatova one of eight winners of the 2023 Ammodo Science AwardToday Ammodo announced that Tatiana Filatova is one of eight winners of the Ammodo Science Award for fundamental research 2023. The laureates each receive a cash prize of 350,000 euros which they can use in the coming years to explore new avenues of fundamental scientific research.
Natalia Prozorova receives fellowship from MSCA4Ukraine schemeThe MSCA4Ukraine consortium has provided fellowships support to 111 post-doctoral and 13 doctoral researchers from Ukraine. This enables them to continue their research in their host country. Amongst them is Natalia Prozorova a post-doctoral researcher at the faculty of TPM, TU Delft. Her 2-year research project will focus on the topic: ‘Improving the resilience of Ukrainian agriculture for post-war soil restoration and carbon mitigation’.
TU Delft presents the eight best Climate Action & Energy PapersRecord temperatures, floodings and melting sea ice: radical weather events are becoming more frequent and have a devastating effect on our planet and our lives. By accelerating the energy transition and climate action TU Delft, together with its partners, tries to prevent climate change and contain its consequences. With the election of the Best Climate & Energy Paper, TU Delft is highlighting a number of large and small innovations that contribute to this.
16 million to keep the Dutch delta livable - even as it changesDeltas and coastal plains are attractive places to live: fertile, flat, and open to the sea. These lowlands are, however, also vulnerable to climate change and sea-level rise. To better predict how deltas develop in the future, a thorough understanding is needed of biogeomorphology- how organisms, currents, waves, water, and sand discharge shape the delta-landscape. It was announced today that Δ-ENIGMA, a project focusing on this formation of the delta landscape, is one of the projects that will be funded from the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Infrastructure (LSRI) call of the Dutch Research Counsil (NWO).
TU Delft TPM partners in Horizon project ‘DUST’ - Democratising jUst Sustainability TransitionsThe project Democratising jUst Sustainability Transitions (DUST) was selected for funding by the European Commission Horizon Europe programme. DUST will develop and operationalise novel participatory instruments for proactive and strategic citizen engagement in sustainability transitions.Trivik Verma of the faculty of TPM will contribute to the project by supporting the development of an open-source public participation platform. Verena Balz of the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment will lead the 3-year project that is launched on 1 February 2023.
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A safe and just algorithm? Start with a systems perspectiveWhereas algorithms are good at keeping planes airborne and forthcoming self-driving cars on the road, algorithmic decision-making by the government puts civilians at ever-increasing risk. Unless we apply lessons from systems and control engineering to the design processes and governance of public algorithmic systems, like Roel Dobbe does.
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Hydrogen leads the way to a climate neutral Europe without energy povertyEnergy is a driver of economic activity, personal development, and social participation in civic life. That is why, for professor of Smart Energy Systems Zofia Lukszo, the energy transition is about much more than reducing CO2 emissions. ‘Our future energy system should not only be sustainable, but also inclusive – dependable, available and affordable for everyone.’
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The Future Ground: Planning cities for an uncertain futureIt is estimated that some 5.5 billion people will live in highly vulnerable climate regions by 2050. However, cities are grappling with ways to think and plan for a resilient future. To become resilient to extreme climate disruptions such as flooding and droughts, cities must transform long-term urban planning. With her advisors, Dr Nazli Aydin and Prof. Tina Comes, PhD candidate Supriya Krishnan is developing "The Future Ground": a methodology for long-term urban planning under climate change.
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Staying dry thanks to government and the publicClimate change greatly increases the risk of flooding. For his master’s thesis, Jonas Lechner used a smart model to study the role households can play in reducing flood risks in coastal cities. It turns out they can play a big role. His research earned him the title of best graduate of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.
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Breaking down barriers to open science step by stepThe call for transparency is growing both from within and outside the scientific community. Yet public sharing of research data is not yet taken for granted. Open science advocate Anneke Zuiderwijk is researching and developing tools to help improve sharing, availability and use of data and to make it easier. Thereby, she hopes that the social value of open science will grow and be utilised in more ways.
InDetail: how algorithms work up to their use in societyHow can a computer drive a car or write a news story? What will the impact of all these new techniques be on our lives? And how can we steer those techniques in the right direction? At InDetail, researcher Stefan Buijsman looks at all these questions, from the functioning of algorithms to their use in society.
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Safety first: evacuating with common senseIn case of a fire, an attack or other emergency, you want to leave a location as fast as possible. However, it’s often still a good idea to first take a moment to listen to or look at the instructions. But of course the instructions then need to be available. Evacuation expert Natalie van der Wal investigates, with the help of human behaviour and computer simulations, how an evacuation can be organised as efficiently as possible. And how well organised are the evacuation protocols of TU Delft itself for that matter?
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Algorithms: can you trust them or not? - TU Delft Story - Technology, Policy & Management“Algorithms do not discriminate inherently; the human factor is key – what data we put in, at what point we find an algorithm good enough, when we intervene, and how easy we make it to lodge objections to it.” Assistant professor Stefan Buijsman is exploring how we can use artificial intelligence responsibly. His attitude is positive: “I think that good interaction between AI and people can make our word fairer, cleaner, healthier, and safer.”
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Dialogue with residents creates a pleasant living environmentWhen residents feel connected with their neighbourhood, they feel more responsible for creating a pleasant atmosphere. But how do people connect with their living environment and how can you support that process? This is what Geertje Slingerland researching: "I find it fascinating how people live together in the city and would like to establish a dialogue between policy makers and residents in order to create a pleasant living environment."
06 June 2023
Filippo Santoni de Sio op NOS over Effect van AI op beroepen
24 May 2023
Kritika Maheshwari in Leeuwarder Courant over de dreiging van AI
'Het idee dat artificiële intelligentie (AI) de mensheid kan bedreigen is niet nieuw. Maar in hoeverre het een werkelijkheid kan worden, blijft een onderwerp van debat', zegt Kritika Maheshwari, universitair docent ethiek en technologiefilosofie.
17 May 2023
Bert van Wee in MT/Sprout over winstgevendheid van deelscooters
Het groeigeld bij deelscooteraanbieders is op. En dat is te merken: Go Sharing ging bijna failliet, Felyx kreeg een nieuwe ceo en trok zich terug uit Duitsland. Kan de deelscootermarkt wel winstgevend worden?