TU/e MSc Thesis Award 2019

Nominees for the best final MSc Thesis at TU/e in 2018

E. Cardinaels MSc

Thesis: Job allocation in large-scale networks with locality constraints
Graduate Program: Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Data centers are at the heart of our digital lives and involve massive scale and complexity. Just imagine searching a friend’s Facebook profile among 2.4 billion other users. Looking for the needle in the haystack requires servers that can quickly provide the relevant data. This research pioneered novel insights and methods to efficiently perform such tasks.

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D. Duque Lozano MSc

Thesis: Experimental and computational performance analysis of full-scale aesthetic BIPV systems
Graduate Program: Sustainable Energy Technology

Solar energy technology is becoming an attractive alternative to generate electricity in our cities, nonetheless, the aesthetics appearance of solar panels remains a barrier for citizens and architects. This project analysed the impact of adding specific aesthetic layers into solar panels, and described ways to estimate their performance and financial value.

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J. Franz MSc

Thesis: Estimating boundary conditions for a 1D pulse wave propagation model with detailed cerebral arterial networks
Graduate Program: Life Sciences and Technology

Cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease is associated with pathological changes in the brain’s small arteries. A computational model was developed that can be applied to investigate how these changes affect the blood pressure and flow in larger, clinically accessible arteries. This may contribute to an earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

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D.C. de Geus MSc

Thesis: Panoptic Segmentation using a Joint Semantic and Instance Segmentation Network
Graduate Program: Automotive Technology

For automated vehicles and robots to function properly, they should understand what is going on around them. In this thesis, we research a method that achieves such scene understanding by making detailed predictions using camera images. This method is twice as fast as previous approaches, and can be implemented more easily.

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M. Kompier MSc

Thesis: Studying Effects of Light on Stress
Graduate Program: Innovation Sciences

Despite a lack of consistent findings on the effects of daylight on stress, there exists a general belief that daylight positively influences human health. The present study aimed to develop and evaluate a method to study the effects of daylight on stress levels, and the pathways through which they occur.

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R.J.P. Mennens MSc

Thesis: Graph layout stability in process mining
Graduate Program: Computer Science 

Process mining can reveal bottlenecks, deviations, and possibilities for process improvements. Therefore, it is vital to visualize process data in an understandable and highly interactive manner. In this work, we present an algorithm that can do both by combining the areas of process mining and graph drawing.

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F.C. Ros MSc

Thesis: Scribble: Draw Your Way Through Traffic
Graduate Program: Industrial Design 

Autonomous vehicles are not too far off and anything but perfect drivers. This is where Scribble comes in: a haptic interface that lets you draw your way through traffic. Instead of letting the car do all the work you help it when in need using a simple drawing interaction.

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M. Schoenmakers MSc

Thesis: Automated Vehicles and Infrastructure Design
Graduate Program: Built Environment

In this research the implications of a dedicated lane for Automated Vehicles on the highway were investigated. How drivers react to such a lane and the influence on the traffic flow were investigated. This research gave insight in the effects of such a lane which contributes to policy making.

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B. Sharif MSc

Thesis: Linear Parameter Varying Control of Nonlinear Systems
Graduate Program: Electrical Engineering 

Nowadays, we are surrounded by complex dynamical systems. Examples include robots, hypersonic vehicles, satellites and many more. Control engineering ensures that these systems operate in our desired fashion. In this project we have developed new control algorithms that enable us to push the performance of engineered systems to higher levels.

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J.A.H.P. Sol MSc

Thesis: Colour modulation in luminescent solar concentrators for agricultural purposes
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

The built environment and protected horticulture are desperate for technologies that help meet energy saving regulations and increase crop productivity, respectively. A combination of liquid crystal technology, supramolecular chemistry, prototype device design, and a love for fluorescent colours lead to two molecularly different but equally intriguing smart energy-saving solutions.

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N. van Stijn MSc

Thesis: How engaging in technology commercialization activities influences academics: Learning to become boundary spanners
Graduate Program: Industrial Engineering

This study shows that some academics evolve in their approach to technology commercialization over time, and that it is the ability to take the knowledge of other communities into account that allows academics to create a more accurate understanding of the challenges faced during technology commercialization activities.

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T. Vermeij MSc

ThesisTowards large volume high resolution 3D residual stress measurements in crystalline materials
Graduate Program: Mechanical Engineering

Crystalline materials are of vital importance in today’s society and require more advanced and accessible small-scale characterization methods to ensure mechanical reliability when environmental concerns and cost reduction are important. In this research, development of two state-of-the-art methods can lead to unprecedented 3D stress measurements using regular lab equipment.

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