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BMW asks students to help find Emotion-Aware Vehicle Assistants

During the interdisciplinary programme of the BMW Summer School 2018, 34 international PhD students, research peers, and industry experts shared their visions and discussed current advances and challenges in the field of Emotion-Aware Vehicle Assistants. The participants in this year’s BMW Summer School had the opportunity to listen, share and learn about research topics and current frontiers in machine intelligence, more specifically in “smart services for organising personal mobility and providing features that reach well beyond the car”, which are being developed and handled for customers by emerging Intelligent Personal Assistants. With poster sessions and lean startup methodology, the...

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Making crude oil from paper pulp? Vertoro creates this ‘green gold’

Vertoro is Spanish for “Green Gold“. The founders clearly had their end product in mind when they started thinking of a brand name. Vertoro, a spin-off from The Chemelot Institute for Science & Technology (InSciTe), valorises the technology of turning lignin, a residual stream produced by paper pulp and cellulosic ethanol plants, into so-called crude lignin oil (CLO). And this CLO is analogous to fossil crude oil, in the sense that it is not an end-product, but an intermediate for the production of fuels and chemicals. Vertoro, together with Prof. Emiel Hensen from Eindhoven University of Technology, received a Take-off...

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Sponsh collects water from air without energy

Clean water shortage due to the climate change is one of the biggest problems mankind is currently facing. Looking for a solution to this problem, TU/e researcher Dr Catarina Esteves and her team developed a temperature-sensitive smart textile called “Sponsh” that produces water from air without adding energy. The Sponsh project recently received an NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences Take-off grant for the commercial valorisation of its technology. Sponsh material was inspired by how nature survives in dry climate areas. For example, the Namibian desert beetle has hydrophilic and hydrophobic areas on its skin to collect water from humid...

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Eurotech is “not only delivering our students as top engineers but also as top entrepreneurs”

Alliance of Universities in Munich, Eindhoven, Copenhagen, Lausanne and Paris During the summer holidays, twenty European technology students from Eindhoven, Copenhagen, Lausanne, and Munich got together and went on a journey to upgrade their entrepreneurship and finance skills and to work on their business case. They already visited Copenhagen, Lausanne, and Munich (partner universities in the EuroTech Alliance, together with l’X Polytechnique in Paris) for several other important components that are involved in creating a business. Think about marketing, design thinking, customer development, market and competition analyses, communication, team formation and intellectual property (IP). The shared goal: show how...

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Top grants of up to 1.8 million for four young TU/e-scientists

Four challenging projects for talented Assistant Professors of TU/e are awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) with individual Starting Grants of up to € 1.8 million each. The projects are about predicting the performance of cardiovascular implants, exploiting the immune system for superior cellular vaccines, pre-processing techniques to accelerate time-consuming algorithms and brain-inspired lab-on-chip devices for cancer screening. The winners of this year at TU/e are Sandra Loerakker and Jurjen Tel (both from the Department of Biomedical Engineering), Yoeri van de Burgt (Mechanical Engineering), and Bart Jansen (Mathematics and Computer Science). Predicting cardiovascular regeneration – Sandra Loerakker Cardiovascular...

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Swiss Meat Producer is investing in Dutch cultured meat company Mosa Meat

With a big help from Switzerland’s largest – real – meat producer, the production of cultured meat just received a major push forward. Through a Series A fundraising, Maastricht based Mosa Meat received 7.5 million euros, which will be used to develop an end-to-end process for cultured meat production at a significantly reduced cost. The endpoint of the funding will allow the company to prepare for the construction of a pilot production plant for the introduction of a premium product in 2021. An investment in cultured meat is a logical step for a company in the meat business, Lorenz Wyss,...

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Smoothly from 4G to 6G thanks to TU/e-spinoff MaxWaves

Wireless technology to move from 4G to 5G – and thus boost the speed of connections – is what we all want. But in the meantime, a research group at the TU Eindhoven is already fully occupied with 6G, as a result of which data speeds will at least be a hundred times higher than they are now. The TU/e-spinoff MaxWaves, which wants to commercialize this idea, has been funded for an NWO-Take-off feasibility study. In the system, developed in the research group of Professor Bart Smolders at the Department of Electrical Engineering, the antennas direct the signals electronically...

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The perfect pair – Noah and Stella Vie visiting Munich

When two groups of students at the same university – TU Eindhoven – independently think about sustainable mobility concepts of the future, two different concepts emerge: the Stella Vie solar car (from Solar Team Eindhoven) and the Noah electric car (from team TU/ecomotive). Nevertheless, these ambitious young people share a common idea: sustainability and careful use of resources. More on Noah and team TU/ecomotive More on Stella Vie and Solar team Eindhoven Cities all over the world are like magnets. For example, Amsterdam and Munich will continue growing in the years to come. It is predicted that the Dutch metropolis will...

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EuroTech Universities ask for more EU funding for Research & Innovation

To successfully translate Europe’s technology and science into innovations with societal impact, much more money is needed than the 100 billion the European Commission has now proposed in the Horizon Europe programme. EuroTech Universities, a collaboration between the Technological universities of Munich, Eindhoven, Lausanne, Paris, and Copenhagen, has composed a declaration in which it explains why “at least €120 billion, or even €160 billion” is needed. “The proposed budget increase for R&I to €100 billion in the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027 is highly welcomed, but not ambitious enough to deliver the programme’s objectives of providing a major impetus...

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Descending aerodynamically in the Tour de France

Fervent cycling enthusiast and professor at the TU/e and the KU Leuven, Bert Blocken, is fascinated by the wind and what that and air pressure do to the riders. After the spectacular way in which Froome descended on the eighth stage of the Tour de France in 2016, Blocken investigated the best aerodynamic descent. It wasn’t the position on the bike that made Froome win. Tuesday is the first mountain stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France, interesting to know what the most aerodynamic position is.   Once Blocken himself cycled an average of 10,000 kilometers...

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