Intreerede prof.dr. J.E.J. Schmitz (EWI)

15 juni 2018 15:00 - Locatie: Aula, TU Delft - Door: webredactie

Towards a sensible digital society

The focus of the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) is very much in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. To name just a few examples where limited progress would be possible without contributions from EEMCS research are good health and wellbeing, affordable and clean energy and sustainable cities and communities. This is a direct result because in many of these goals a combination of EE and CS technology is needed and without advanced mathematics both fields would not have made the progress that they have made in the last few decades.

Topics that will be discussed in the oratio are almost daily in the newspapers: the energy transition, the promise of the very powerful quantum computer and the extreme secure quantum internet,  the incorporation of microelectronics in the health domain to fabricate personalized, tailor made medicine (“Organ on Chip”), the application of advanced pattern recognition techniques in the DNA sequencing domain to pin down genetic disorders and the high expectation that blockchain technology will improve various kind of transaction processes such as digital identity in a mobile phone.

In addition the increasing impact that the combination of advanced mathematical methods and very powerful computers has on the generation of new computational and statistical methods will be illustrated with a practical example of emergency vehicle dispatching optimization.

The ongoing digitalization of the society brings unfortunately not only a lot of benefits but comes with certain hazards as well that could lead to a segmentation of the society. A newly started initiative at the TU Delft, called Autonomous Intelligent Technology, has the ambition to address this issue.

Finally, the importance of the formation of new generations of engineers is touched on as well as the need of continuous development and fine tuning of educational methods