The eureka moment, that moment when you have a brilliant idea or a sudden discovery. We asked UT researchers about their eureka experience. This time rector Thom Palstra tells his story.
The UT and Münster University want to extend their partnership to Groningen and Oldenburg. Presidents Victor van der Chijs and Ursula Nelles announce this plan in a special magazine about the collaboration between Münster and Twente.
PhD candidates Merijn Bruijnes and Robby van Delden from the Human Media Interaction group at UT are the team behind a project titled *Bot. This project is focused on telepresence robots and issues associated with their use. ‘One day we were discussing robotics and we realized that even though robots are certainly cool, not many people use them in a fun way,’ says Bruijnes.
For long, the idea of automation was to replace people. But what if things go wrong? It’s still humans who need to anticipate, react and be flexible like a feather for things to end well. Willy Siegel states that humanity and technology cannot be separated. Rather, they need to interact. Willy has a name for it. It’s called resilience engineering.
Merijn Bruijnes, PhD student from Human Media Interaction Research Group, is working on a rather interesting project titled ‘Pointer’. Its goal is to co-develop an interactive program, which helps to train new police officers and improve their interviewing skills. The project, funded by COMMIT, aims to model the mind and the mood of a police suspect by using IT and psychological theories of interpersonal communication.
Patients with chronic diseases see general practitioners, neurologists, physiotherapists, and the list continues. It would make sense for these experts to align their treatments to benefit the patient most. But Vincent The knows that reality can be different. His PhD focuses on information quality and decision-making in healthcare. In fact, motivating himself and others to be better is a common theme in his life.
Hardcore technology versus politics and fundamental research versus implementations in industry. Vic van Dijk has it all. Welcome to the mysterious world of silica coatings, beer and improving the position of students as inhabitants of Enschede.
Glow in the dark proteins sound artificial and futuristic. But they aren’t. Csaba Daday came all the way to Twente from Romania via Iceland to work on theoretical models that explain this natural phenomenon. So what are they? Why is it important? And also, how does it compare to chess?
The Internet is where all the bad things happen. Grooming, sexting, cyber bullying, you name it. Our children are naive creatures who need to be protected from all of this. Or is it? Niels Baas strongly disagrees. ´Parents need to learn how to talk with their children again.´
The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) has recently joined the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), a voluntary partnership of governments and international organizations focused on the growing potential of earth observation. ITC-professor Freek van der Meer explains the faculty´s participation in GEO.
Meet the Turkish man who cycled along the rhine, initiated Dutch toastmasters and already achieved his ‘nirvana’ publication before finishing his PhD. Mehmet Demirel will defend his thesis on low flows in the rhine this month. And yes, his short thesis presentation will be in Dutch.
Where other students can’t wait to see the day when they won’t have anything to do with tests anymore, Fabienne van der Kleij made it the topic of her PhD. Finishing 19 December, she has become an expert in how feedback in computer-based assessments can contribute to better learning results. It took her to Tel Aviv and Paris, and Brisbane awaits her.
She is the first Phd to get a doctorate degree from the University of Twente and the catholic University of Leuven. she is also the first to get a Phd education certificate in the Innovation & entrepreneurship track of Twente Graduate school. annelies Geerts’ study on effective innovation strategies in established companies is innovative in itself.