TU/e PhD Thesis Award 2019

Nominees for the best dissertation or technological design at TU/e in 2018


Dr.Ir. B.C.M. Cappers

Thesis: Interactive Visualization of Event Logs for Cybersecurity
Department: Mathematics and Computer Science

Cyber warfare is the number one threat to our ICT society. Computer viruses are becoming more complex, destroying infrastructures and leaking sensitive information. Current techniques are unable to find such stealthy attacks. In this thesis we developed new detection software to reveal next-generation viruses using data visualization and machine learning.

Read more


Dr.Ir. B. van Genabeek

ThesisThe Art of Perfection: On the Self-Assembly of Discrete Block Co-Oligomers
Department: Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

Emerging technologies demand full control over material structures and topologies at length scales below 10 nanometres (10 millionths of a millimetre). By redesigning known substances at the molecular level and developing non-conventional synthesis protocols, we obtained materials that greatly outperform existing ones in terms of structural perfection.

Read more


Dr.Ir. B.L.M. Klarenaar

Thesis: Vibrational kinetics of CO2 in non-thermal plasma
Department: Applied Physics

Our research contributes to the development of solar fuels: a medium to store renewable energy and use it when and where needed. Vibrationally excited CO2 molecules can be important for the efficient production of these fuels. We built two techniques to study these vibrations and their role in energy storage.

Read more


Dr. D.R. Kommers

Thesis: Prematurity and the physiology of bonding - A scientific perspective on love
Department: Industrial Design

One in every ten infants is born too soon worldwide. Such prematurity of birth impairs parent-infant bonding, and in turn suboptimal bonding has a negative effect on infant development. Therefore, we studied parent-infant bonding, discovering unknown aspects of preterm infant physiology, enabling improvement of the same in our neonatology department.

Read more


Dr.Ir. R.J.G. van Sloun

Thesis: Ultrasound Markers for Cancer
Department: Electrical Engineering

Today’s most important cancer imaging techniques are highly expensive and not widely accessible (MRI), or use harmful ionizing radiation (CT). Ultrasound imaging does not suffer from these drawbacks, but its current diagnostic accuracy is unfortunately not sufficient. This thesis paves the way towards exploitation of the full potential of ultrasound imaging, to permit accurate cancer diagnostics through the introduction of a multitude of ultrasound markers for cancer.

Read more


Dr. M. Talmar DSc

Thesis: Designing Organizations for Innovation in Transitioning Domains
Department: Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences

Organizations operating in transitioning domains depend on their ability to continuously innovate. In this thesis, we develop a managerial tool for innovation ecosystem design, and further prescriptive (design) knowledge toward improving the innovation capacity of three types of organizations found in transitioning domains: technology ventures, incumbents and intermediaries.

Read more


Dr.Ir. Y. Toparlar

Thesis: A multiscale analysis of the urban heat island effect: From city averaged temperatures to the energy demand of individual buildings
DepartmentBuilt Environment

This research presents a new numerical approach to investigate how urban microclimates can affect building energy demand. The research demonstrates that urban microclimates can be altered with urban measures (e.g. urban parks), and these measures can reduce building energy demand, which can be helpful for achieving energy efficient built environments.

Read more


Dr.Ir. J.C.D. van Zundert

Thesis: Resource-Aware Motion Control – Feedforward, Learning, and Feedback
Department: Mechanical Engineering

There is an ever-increasing desire for technological advancements in e.g. health care, space exploration, and transportation. Motion systems play an essential role in all these areas, for example, by accurate and fast positioning of components. This thesis contributes in bridging the gap between the different domains involved in design of motion systems.

Read more