Would you like to charge more for your Airbnb listing? Make sure you look pretty in your profile photo. A study by UT researcher Mariëlle Stel and colleagues shows that consumers pay more for accommodation offered by attractive hosts.
Digitally altering your face is all the rage. Think of those popular ageing apps that you can use to find out what you will look like when you are old. Did you know that criminals use so-called face morph apps to illegally travel across the border? Luuk Spreeuwers, associate professsor in the Data Science department, is researching this computer technology.
Sometimes, the work of Hightech Business & Entrepreneurship researchers strays beyond the boundaries of what you would expect from the department. Sometimes it could even prove to be more beneficial and even applicable for the university itself. That is the case with the work of Efthymios Constantinides, Rudy Oude Vrielink and Adina Aldea.
For many people, the word ‘cryogenics’ prompts sci-fi movie flashbacks and images of human bodies being frozen just to be brought back to life hundreds of years later. While that might not be possible, cryogenic engineering relates to many useful and often groundbreaking applications. UT scientist Srinivas Vanapalli, who leads the only cryogenics research group in the Netherlands, is working on some of them. Including a method to ‘freeze and destroy’ tumor cells.
Do you ever take the time in your busy life to wonder about everyday phenomena? Things that are obvious to us, or perhaps just make for a handy trick? Nevertheless, there is always a scientific explanation for such phenomena. In Everyday Science, a UT researcher sheds light on an everyday topic.
De energietransitie in Nederland komt op gang, maar zonder voldoende gekwalificeerd personeel zal deze niet slagen. Twee UT-onderzoeksprojecten kregen een NWO-financiering van in totaal 1,2 miljoen euro om de kloof tussen de energietransitie en de arbeidsmarkt te slechten. Onderzoeker Maaike Endedijk vertelt over haar project ‘Gas erop!’
Stories about breakthroughs in the field of self-learning algorithms are fostering dangerously high expectations, professor Johannes Schmidt-Hieber recently warned in his appointment speech. They overshadow the hazards to which the field is exposed due to a lack of theoretical foundations. According to the professor, it is high time for mathematical reflection in the ivory tower.
If you walk around the UT campus and stumble over a temperature sensor in the bushes or notice a new camera on the Horst, you have spotted parts of the new ‘Green Campus’ initiative. Led by ITC researchers, it monitors green areas of the campus and looks into the benefits of this green capital.
As of tomorrow, Twitter will ban all political advertising. On the other end of the spectrum, Facebook will continue to allow all political ads, even the ones containing false information. Philip Brey, UT professor of philosophy of technology, considers both of these decisions ‘completely wrong’ and ‘dangerous for democracy’.
Ten years ago, UT professor Gerben Westerhof started developing ‘life review therapy’, a new method to treat depressive symptoms. Now, after trials and extensive reviews, he can positively say: ‘It is effective. It has shown significant results and it is very relevant for clinical work.’
If regular citizens collaborate with the police, they can help to fight crime. However, it is unclear what motivates people to do so. PhD candidate Wendy Schreurs aimed to uncover these reasons in her research. She even used her grandmother in one of her experiments. Schreurs is presenting her findings during her PhD defense today.
Off-grid houses that run on ‘their own’ electricity could be the answer to many of the world’s problems. PhD candidate Diego F. Quintero Pulido has researched how to power such houses through renewable energy. While he is defending his doctoral thesis today, his findings are already being applied in an off-grid project in the Netherlands.
You might still remember the extremely hot week in July. Recent measurements by UT scientists show that, during that heat wave, forests in the Netherlands emitted CO2. ‘This is very rare. We have not seen this situation since we started measuring in 2006. But we have to be careful not to overinterpret these measurements,’ says ITC researcher Christiaan van der Tol.
Dé oplossing voor fileproblemen, onveilige verkeerssituaties en hoge CO2-uitstoot? Volgens hoogleraar Geert Heijenk, die morgen zijn oratie uitspreekt in de Waaier, zijn dat draadloze communicatienetwerken. Hij is sinds 2017 hoogleraar Wireless Networks & Mobility bij de faculteit EEMCS.