Azadeh Akbari, Assistant Professor at the University of Twente and a former journalist from Iran, has walked a thin line between activism, research and media her entire life. She has demonstrated not only courage, but an astonishing ability to foretell the future. When she started her PhD research into the use of surveillance technologies for controlling women’s clothing by the totalitarian government in Iran, it was considered sci-fi. It is reality now.
Students or researchers? PhD and PDEng candidates fall into a category of their own. What is it like to navigate the sometimes lonely road towards a doctoral degree? In this monthly series, we put young academics of the University of Twente in the limelight. This episode gives the stage to Aurora Ruiz Rodríguez, computer scientist from the Biomechanical Engineering group.
How does the coronavirus spread in Horst? This question is answered by four UT students using a computerized simulation of the building. 'Simple things like a face mask, social distancing and a lower building capacity make a big difference.'
Hoe verspreidt het coronavirus zich in de Horst? Deze vraag probeerden vier UT-studenten aan de hand van een computergestuurde simulatie van het gebouw te beantwoorden. ‘Simpele dingen als een mondmasker, afstand houden en een lagere gebouwcapaciteit maken een groot verschil.’
The results of the employee survey in times of crisis cannot be captured in one single picture. UT employees got more on their plate and worked overtime, but are more satisfied than last year. A follow-up survey is in the pipeline, says human resources director Hans Oeloff.
De resultaten van het medewerkersonderzoek in crisistijd laat zich niet in één beeld vangen. UT’ers kregen meer op hun bordje en draaiden overuren, maar zijn tevredener dan vorig jaar. Een vervolgonderzoek zit in de pijplijn, zegt directeur human resources, Hans Oeloff.
‘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. This second episode: Eric Klumperink, Electrical Engineering researcher at the Integrated Circuits Design group.
‘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 tweede aflevering: Eric Klumperink, onderzoeker bij de vakgroep Integrated Circuits Design.
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.
Scarcity of water affects four billion people worldwide. They struggle with a shortage of water at least one month per year. That is the conclusion of Arjen Hoekstra, lecturer in Water Management.
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.