ISBEP Challenges

Bachelor End Project at TU/e innovation Space (ISBEP)

Every semester, you can choose to do your Bachelor End Project at TU/e innovation Space (ISBEP). Within ISBEP you get the chance to:

  • Choose between 15 real-world challenges (scroll down for an overview) from university, companies or student teams.
  • Work within an interdisciplinary team.
  • Get inspired by innovation Space coaches and workshops.
  • Learn-by-doing in the Matrix building with prototyping and co-working facilities.
  • Earn an additional 5 ECTS.

About the course

  • The course is scheduled in​ Timeslot D​, both in Q1+Q2 and Q3+Q4​.
  • ​You will be assessed for 5 ECTS for ISBEP Learning Outcomes by a coach of TU/e innovation Space. Next to that you will be assessed by a teacher at your own department for the BEP Learning Outcomes (e.g. 10 ECTS).
  • ​The course is for graduating bachelor students (except Computer Science, they can do the ISBEP as elective (5ECTS))​.
  • Entry requirements are the same as entry requirements for your regular BEP.

Registration steps & codes

  • Register in Eventbrite and visit the ISBEP Info event.
  • Check the steps to be taken at your own department (online education guide / Canvas / info session / BEP coordinator)​.
  • Register again in Eventbrite and visit the ISBEP Pitch / Match Making event to meet the challenge owners and hear  all about the challenges.
  • Still interested? Then register in Osiris preferences for code ISBEP05 and when needed also for the BEP code of your own department. Check your departmental BEP code via your coordinator or check the education guide / Canvas page​.

Dates & deadlines

  • The ISBEP Info event takes place on ​Dec 2 from 12.35 - 13.25h ​(Eventbrite Deadline Nov 30).
  • The ISBEP Pitch / Match Making event takes place on​ Dec 13 from 17.30 - 19.15h​ (Eventbrite Deadline Dec 12​)
  • The Osiris registration deadline for Q3+Q4 2022-2023 is at Dec 16, 2022. For Q1+Q2 2023-2024 the deadline is at June 2, 2023.
  • Check your departmental BEP deadline via your coordinator or check the education guide / Canvas page.
  • The deadlines for semester 2 of the academic year 2022-2023 and semester 1 of the academic year 2023-2024 are shown in the table below. The subscriptions for Q1+Q2 of the academic year 2022-2023 are already closed.

Please note: You will be placed on a waiting list. Behind the names of many of the challenges, you will see that they are “Vol/Full.” This does not mean you cannot choose that challenge anymore; it is just how the system registers the preferences (so do not worry about that).

ISBEP Challenges 2022-2023 semester 2

Here you can find the 15 challenges that TU/e innovation Space offers during semester 2 of the academic year 2022-2023. 

1. Beaver digging activity scanner

Challenge owner: Waterschap Aa en Maas

Description: You can find the long description here.  

Summary: Water authority Aa en Maas  is looking for innovative ways to map digging activities by beavers along our waterways and dikes. Beaver digging can result in serious safety hazards. This affects dike stability but also safety for maintenance personnel and for citizens during recreational activities. We’re looking for a solution which helps us to map beaver holes and burrows relatively quick and easy, so we can remove them and restore the dikes and bank before serious problems arise.

Can be chosen by students from: AT, CSE, DS*, EE, PT, SI, AM

* Remark for Data science students: relevant that the challenge should have data to work with in the project. 

2. Ocean bound plastics

Challenge owner: Archwey – Bluewave Foundation

Description: You can find the long description here.

Summary: Eradicate the use of virgin plastics by designing the complete process of a fully sustainable and circular value chain for ocean bound plastic (BLUEWAVE®)! This project entails diligently selecting a suitable and innovative product (one with big impact and which can be made truly circular) and completely investigating its surrounding value chain. This entails aspects such as design, transport, production, legislation, waste management, etc. Do all this while keeping the complete life-cycle of the product in mind, from cradle to cradle!

Can be chosen by students from: AT, EE, ID, PT, CEC, SI, IE, ME

3. Warm technology for people with dementia

Challenge owner: Expertise Centre Dementia & Technology

Description: You can find the long description here.

Summary: People with dementia are often given tools that are supposed to enhance their lives, but those are often pretty ‘cold’ and static. The Warm Technology Challenge invites students to contribute innovative and ground-breaking examples of warm technology that can have a meaningful impact on the lives of people with dementia and their loved ones.

Can be chosen by students from: AUBS, DS*, EE, ID, PT, SI, IE 

* Remark for Data science students: relevant that the challenge should have data to work with in the project.

4. Design self-sustaining lights

Challenge owner: Intelligent Lighting Institute (ILI) in collaboration with Signify & Team IGNITE

Description: You can find the long description here.

Summary: Light is a crucial element in the day lives of all people. Whether it be for biological reasons, working conditions, safety, or aesthetic pleasure. Though, light is often needed or desired at places without electricity. For example, in parks, rural areas, but even in areas devastated by natural disasters or in war zones. This provides us with a complex engineering challenge. Can we design energy independent, selfsustaining light? Can we use innovative technologies, such as Luminescent Solar Concentrators, or even inspiration from nature (e.g. bioluminescence), to create light that needs no connection to the electricity grid?

Can be chosen by students from: AUBS, EE, ID, PT, CEC, SI, IE, AP

5. Modular buildings

Challenge owner: Janssen de Jong Groep

Description: You can find the long description here.

Summary: Our goal is to “lego-lize” the construction industry. We are aiming towards demountability and reusability of our components and joint used in our buildings and houses. The challenge is to come up with ways to introduce modularity (and circularity) in the house-building process.

Can be chosen by students from: AUBS, ID, SI, IE

6. Packaging solutions 

Challenge owner: Janssen de Jong Groep

Description: You can find the long description here.

Summary: In the house-building industry, we pay for packaging four times: the packaging material (usually plastic) itself, the time it takes to wrap big materials, the time it takes to unwrap, and disposal of the material. Can we find a way to eliminate packaging of construction materials and/or eliminate the use of non-renewable materials? This saves resources and enables us to save valuable time and money in our construction process (we can build quicker and cheaper).

Can be chosen by students from: AT, AUBS, CEC, SI, IE

7. Innovative audiometry

Challenge owner: Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+)

Description: You can find the long description here.

Summary: Since different pathology might cause hearing loss, the testing of people’s hearing function – particularly in the case of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss – is difficult due to the physical characteristics of the skull and the head. To help people around the world with limited healthcare access, as well as small hospitals and hearing aid specialists, we aim to develop a mobile and semi-automated audiometry test facility for areas of need to provide basic audiometric care, but also as a screening tool at healthcare locations where staff is insufficiently trained.

Can be chosen by students from: BME, ID, MST, PT

8. MBSE in ship building

Challenge owner: Razorleaf in combination with Damen

Description: You can find the long description here.

Summary: If you are interested in working with one of the largest shipbuilders and the 2nd largest software vendor in Europe this challenge will be something for you. You will study the Model Based System Engineering concepts in complex structures, investigate where and how MBSE can bring the most value for a huge shipbuilder who is now confronted with more and more complex systems to be designed and built. Which value will it bring to Damen? Can these principles also be applied on digital engineering models? How do we enable circularity in ship building? These are questions that the group can be focusing on.

Can be chosen by students from: AT, AUBS, CSE, EE, SI

9. Autonomous scoring system

Challenge owner: Silat Academy & Pro Silat

Description: You can find the long description here.

Summary: Pencak Silat is traditional martial arts from Southeast Asia and has been listed as cultural heritage within UNESCO since 2019. Pencak Silat is a jury sport, the jury observes the score and enters it digitally or manually via a jury form. In the past, we saw that this is a very subjective and interpretable way of observing with results at championships often being questionable. The Silat Academy started the Pro Silat project in cooperation with Persekutuan Silat Melayu Netherlands to make the score measurable autonomically. The challenge is to come up with a way to do this.

Can be chosen by students from: CSE, DS*, EE, ME 

* Remark for Data science students: relevant that the challenge should have data to work with in the project. 

10. Autonomous information network

Challenge owner: Sita Robotics x TMC

Description: You can find the long description here.  

Summary: We are building robots that can explore dangerous environments before people have to enter. In the near future, this robot will have the need for more autonomous features, enabling the use of more robots simultaneously and therefore creating a higher efficiency. For this concept the controller needs to be redesigned and research needs to be done what is needed for edge-computing on the robots and which computing is needed for this idea. Besides a more high-level design is needed to see what capabilities we would like to give to the client and what we can do autonomously.

Can be chosen by students from: AT, AUBS, CSE, DS*, EE, ID, PT, AP, AM, ME 

* Remark for Data science students: relevant that the challenge should have data to work with in the project.

11. Engagement for social impact

Challenge owner: VindiQu

Description: You can find the long description here.

Summary: Whoever states elderly people can’t explore the world anymore is coconut crazy. With VindiQu we take them digitally all over the world through livestreams with expert guides. We are looking forward to revolutionize the experience of our livestream tours. Without any loss of social impact, because that’s our core mission. Creating new ways to stimulate the attendees and make them socially, physically and/or neurologically more engaged throughout their experience. Starting with an ideation phase towards designing and ultimately building a working prototype.

Can be chosen by students from: AUBS*, EE, PT, SI

* Remark for AUBS students: only if challenge can be relevant made for AUBS students.

12. Ballistic protection

Challenge owner: Royal Netherlands Army, Innovation Branch

Description: You can find the long description here.

Summary: Military encampments are regularly in harm’s way, providing protection from enemy fire and thereby often hit by shrapnel and bullets. Currently, the HESCO system (a big bag filled with rubble) is used to provide protection. However, this system is cumbersome and does not provide high-mobility future small encampments need. We challenge students to come up with a material/system that is easy to use, highly mobile and provides protection from bullets and shrapnel.

Can be chosen by students from:  AT, AUBS*, EE, PT, SI 

*) Remark for AUBS students: only if challenge can be relevant made for AUBS students.

13. Energy transition

Challenge owner: Neways

Description: You can find the long description here.  

Summary: The demand and supply of electricity and heat do not match in time with overloadin the network as a result while storage capacity is not used. This leads to consumers buying electricity when it is expensive and supplying it when no one needs it at low or maybe even negative prices. The challenge is to better balance demand and supply and estimate the optimum business case for a solution. In this project, we focus on the energy system in a house or a street, and try to find solutions that enable a more sustainable way of matching supply and demand.

Can be chosen by students from: AT, CSE, EE, PT, CEC, SI, IE, AP, AM, ME

14. Farming of the future

Challenge owner: Neways

Description: You can find the long description here.

Summary: The claim on natural resources, the environmental consequences and cost of producing our food are to be well balanced. Precision Farming is one option for this. Preparing of soil, providing nutrition and water and weeding and harvesting at the right time, we can optimize the farming processes. Precision Farming goes one step further and optimizes these measures based on the actual status of plants. The challenge is: how can advanced technology help to implement Precision Farming.

Can be chosen by students from: AT, AUBS, CSE, EE, PT, SI, IE, AM

15. Urban communities of the future

Challenge owner: Horizon2050

Description: You can find the long description here.

Summary: The way in which we think about living is changing. Younger generations are more aware of their influence on the environment, and want to live, work, and go out in different ways compared to their (grand)parents. This challenge is about changing the way in which we organize our lives and start building the urban (and rural) areas of the future.

Can be chosen by students from: AT, AUBS, CSE, EE, PT, SI