Examples of projects and field assignments

Diagnosis Planning Concept and Skin Cancer Treatment
Two students of the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences developed a new planning concept for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. The work was commissioned by the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven and it became their final project. One of the students produced a redesign called One Day Treatment: a patient who arrives for an initial examination in the morning can receive the results and treatment by the evening of that same day. The other student defined and refined the conditions necessary for the hospital to put the system into practice immediately. 

Prediction Model for Detecting Non-melanoma Skin Cancer
For the skin cancer center of the Dermatology Department of the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven, a student developed a prediction model for detecting early stages of non-melanoma skin cancer. This form of skin cancer, which is commonly regarded as being related to skin damage caused by the sun, is increasing at a rapid rate, putting ever-greater pressure on the healthcare system. With the aid of a survey conducted among 215 patients, each of whom had submitted a skin sample (biopsy), a practical statistical prediction model was derived based on a limited number of characteristics. In time, this could help physicians improve their diagnosis, and eventually, cases of non-melanoma skin cancer could be identified and treated more rapidly. The number of erroneous referrals to specialists might also be reduced.

Statistical Model for Supply Strategy
In a graduation report for the Retail Operations research field, completed in cooperation with Schuitema, the supermarket operator and wholesaler, a statistical model was developed and coupled with a supply strategy. The model makes it much easier to balance stock with customer demand, so that sales lost through lack of stock are considerably reduced.

Clustering Rich Internet Applications
While on a six-month internship with Silver Arrows Multimedia, a student of Operations Management & Logistics worked on clustering what are known as Rich Internet Applications, such as Java and Flash, in a framework. To imagine what this means, think of a hotel that offers its guests all sorts of services. At a pillar in the lobby, you can check your e-mail, plan a route or print off the newspaper of your choice. That pillar houses a computer that runs the main platform, on which the Rich Internet Applications are running. These deliver the various services. The student’s remit involved looking at the business model underpinning these applications. In addition, software was written that demonstrates how this collaboration works in practice. For this achievement, the student was awarded the Bakkenist Prize of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.

Color Perception at the Periphery of Human Field of Vision
A student of Human Technology Interaction carried out research at Philips Research into the perception of color by humans at the periphery of their field of vision. This work showed that the customary CIE standards for color perception do not apply at the periphery. The findings have significance for the ongoing development of products such as the Living Color lamp and the Ambilight televisions produced by Philips.

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