Happy Eating. Not a wish for a nice lunch, but a new research line developed at the UT. ‘It’s about promoting healthy eating by making it more attractive,’ explains Janet van den Boer, one of the involved scientists and the initiator of the ‘Happy Eating Event’ held in the TechMed Centre on the 24th of March.
A UT research team led by Matthijs Noordzij is starting a project to design ‘compassionate’ technology for mental healthcare. ‘Over a million people seek out mental healthcare in the Netherlands every year. Waiting lists are long, costs are high. Technology has been designed to help these patients, but successful implementation has proven difficult,’ explains Noordzij.
Rape, physical abuse, no legal protection. Beza Nisrane has heard stories of such traumatic experiences from all the women she interviewed for her PhD research. Today she is defending her thesis and hopes that it can help these women.
‘Over a pint’ is our new series about science. UT researchers talk to science journalist Enith Vlooswijk about their field and the misconceptions that exist about it. Enith turns their input into writing and drawings. In this first episode: Lis Nanver, Professor of Electronic components, Technology and Materials.
‘Aan de borreltafel’ is een nieuwe rubriek over wetenschap. Wetenschapsjournalist Enith Vlooswijk praat met én tekent over UT-onderzoekers, die vertellen over hun vakgebied en de misvattingen die hierover bestaan. In deze eerste aflevering: Lis Nanver, hoogleraar elektronische componenten, technologie en materialen.
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’.