Vidi grants for circuit limits, bone models en evolutionary structures

The awards of the Vidi grants have been announced again. Among those are three TU/e researchers: Pieter Harpe on the limits of analog circuits, Sandra Hofmann on a miniature bone model, and Oliver Tse on evolutionary structures.

The 'Vidi' is awarded annually by NWO to researchers who have carried out good research after their PhD. In this way, NWO wants to finance research that is driven by curiosity. Granting a Vidi grant is an enormous achievement, considering only 15% granting rate.

Analog circuits to the limit

Dr.ir. Pieter Harpe, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mixed-signal Microelectronics

Ubiquitous electronics for implants, wearables and environmental monitoring need to be extremely small and low cost, consume little power and have a limited ecological footprint. The researchers will investigate fundamental limits and trade-offs of analog circuits, propose new design paradigms and develop prototypes for low-resource biomedical and environmental sensors.

A miniature bone model

Dr. Sandra Hofmann, Faculteit Biomedical Engineering, Orthopaedic Biomechanics

The interaction between various cells within bone is still poorly understood. The goal of this project is to develop miniature bones from human cells in the laboratory. These tissues will be used to study bone turnover in healthy versus diseased bone and will consecutively be used to develop specific drug therapies.

Evolutionary structures under one umbrella

Dr. Oliver Tse, Faculteit Mathematics and Computer Science, Centre for Analysis, Applied Analysis group of the Centre for Analysis, Scientific computing and Applications (CASA)

Many physical processes are governed by evolutionary systems that look different at first sight. Researchers will introduce a new concept, dynamical-variational transport costs, to bring existing evolutionary structures under one umbrella. This concept will allow construction of new evolutionary structures, and new numerical schemes for simulations.