TU/e Academic Awards for best theses and end projects of 2016 and presentation of Marina van Damme grant

New insights into quantum computing, a better understanding of how elemental particles interact, and the development of environmental sensors for self-driving cars – three research publications from 2016 that are among the winners during the presentation of the TU/e Academic Awards on Wednesday afternoon, 17 May. The winners of the best PhD study, graduation thesis and technical design received their honor during this ceremony in the Eindhoven Clock Tower building. This was followed by the presentation of the Marina van Damme grant to a research project into the cost-efficient surgical drilling for use in developing countries.

The presentation of the TU/e Academic Awards is an annual tradition of Eindhoven University of Technology. In honoring the best end projects of students, PhDs and designers, the university provides a stage for excellent young researchers. Of the thirty nominated studies for best graduation projects, PhD theses and design projects from 2016, fourteen TU/e graduates were shortlisted to present their work in the form of posters, films, prototypes and demonstrations in the Clock Tower at Strijp-S in Eindhoven. The winners of the best PhD thesis and design project each received an award of 5000 euros while the best graduation project received 2500 euros.

The winner in the ‘best PhD thesis’ category was Jaron Sanders who gained his doctorate at the Mathematics and Computer Science department for his study of the ‘Stochastic optimization of large-scale complex systems’. His research into the optimization of complex systems is relevant for improving mobile phone networks and optimizing logistics processes and for quality and efficiency control systems, among other things.

The award for the best graduation study went to Ronen Kroeze who undertook his ‘Finite range corrections to the universal E_mov spectrum’ study at the Applied Physics department. In his research he discovered universal laws to describe elemental particles. His research findings are important not only in understanding the behavior of ultracold atoms but also, in view of the universal applicability, to the development of new quantum technologies.

The award for the best end project of the two-year PDEng designer program went to Evangelos Stamatopoulos. He developed his design ‘Environment Model Creation and ADAS Architecture for trucks: Design and implementation of a sensor fusion algorithm’ at the Stan Ackermans Institute / Automotive Systems Design. His model of environmental sensors is relevant for the development of self-driving cars. He successfully applied this model in the Traffic Jam Assist function in DAF trucks.

Marina van Damme Grant

The Marine van Damme grant this year went to Elise Huisman. This TU/e alumna of Biomedical Engineering receives 9000 euros for her research proposal ‘Multicenter study on changed patient outcomes and surgical practice after Drill Cover Usage’. She will be able to use the findings of this research in the development of alternative surgical drilling in the treatment of damaged bone tissue. This inexpensive surgical drilling method can then be applied at medical centers in developing countries.