Mensen zijn niet gebouwd om tegelijk te spreken en te luisteren. UT-promovendus Dirk-Jan van den Broek slaagde er in een radio-chip te bouwen die dat wel kan en ook nog op dezelfde frequentie. Daarmee verdubbelt de capaciteit van draadloze verbindingen, wat goed uitkomt bij steeds schaarser wordende telefoniefrequenties.
Is it possible to predict the long-term success of a bypass surgery during the operation itself? Not yet, but a researcher Pien Spoor is working to make it possible. ‘I’ve always been interested in the human heart; it’s amazing how it works. Now, working within cardiology is not just an interest, it’s my passion,’ says the recent UT graduate of Technical Medicine.
‘Fire fighters often have to deal with crises. They have to communicate with the local government, police or hospitals and this comes with many difficult decisions. The game should therefore help them prepare for such crisis management,’ UT researcher Mariët Theune describes a serious gaming application that is to be developed within the Data2Game project.
The water sector in Palestine is dealing with many issues, especially a lack of access to water caused by a combination of factors, such as climate change and the local political situation. To help the Palestinian water sector to adapt, program PADUCO has been established by five Palestinian and five Dutch universities, including the University of Twente.
Gas pipes, water pipes or petrochemical pipelines – all these giant networks are rather difficult to inspect and maintain. However, a robot might be able to take care of them in the near future. More specifically, our pipes could soon be inspected by a unique snake-like robot, which is being developed at the UT within the project PIRATE.
‘The ultimate goal of the SMARTseeds project is to improve income of at least 100.000 farmers in Indonesia,’ ITC researcher Wietske Bijker describes a big international project that aims to provide information services for vegetable farmers.
Het begon met een fundamentele vraag voor MESA+-onderzoekers: hoe veel informatie kun je in één minuscuul lichtdeeltje (foton) stoppen? Meer dan 10 bit, bleek uit hun onderzoek, dat ze publiceerden in het wetenschappelijke tijdschrift Optics Express.
Are you in pain? Don’t pay attention to it! That might sound like a strange advice, but there is truth to it. In his PhD research, Jorian Blom has shown that attention truly affects pain. ‘If attention is completely redirected away from the pain stimuli, people perceive less pain,’ explains the soon-to-be UT graduate.
‘Water shortage is a big issue in Iran, which is why it is important to make the optimal decisions regarding water allocation - to every single tree,’ Milad Mahour explains why he developed a method able to detect individual trees using satellite images.
Nature has been proven to facilitate patients’ recovery and to improve general well-being of people who spend a lot of time indoors. Yet not everyone has the opportunity to go into nature, so the question is: how do you provide access to nature if nature simply is not around? Researchers from the University of Twente have decided to digitalize it.
For several decades, scientists have used tiny particles and bubbles to study the turbulence in liquid flows. And all that time researchers have expected these tiny objects to trace the flows accurately. But this may not be the case.
What do cognitive neuroscience and social entrepreneurship have in common? At the very least, they are both important parts of Raja Singaram’s PhD research. ‘How to support social entrepreneurs that start new business ventures?’ That was the question Singaram asked himself before moving from Silicon Valley to the University of Twente.