TU/e PhD Thesis Award 2017

Nominees for the best dissertation or technological design at TU/e in 2016


Dr.ir. Martijn ten Bhömer

ThesisDesigning Embodied Smart Textile Services: The role of prototypes for project, community and stakeholders
Department :  Industrial Design

Thesis summary
Martijn investigated how an embodied approach to technology can underpin the design of Smart Textile Services from three perspectives: project, community and stakeholders. A smart textile pillow that triggered physical communication between a person with severe dementia and family member was developed with partners from academia, service providers and industry.

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Dr. Victor Manuel Dolores Calzadilla MSc

ThesisMetal nanocavity light sources integrated with passive waveguide components
Department :  Electrical Engineering

Thesis summaray
Photonic integrated circuits are a flexible technology that will enable new applications in a variety of fields, including communications, medicine and energy monitoring. This work developed a metal-cavity nanopillar LED on a silicon substrate working at telecommunications wavelengths. The LED device is coupled to an InP-membrane waveguide and has potential for multi-Gbps modulation speeds.

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Dr.ir. Tom de Geus

Thesis: From damage to fracture, from micro to macro: a systematic study of ductile fracture in multi-phase microstructures
Department :  Mechanical Engineering

Thesis summary
This thesis studies multi-phase materials, which possess a favorable combination of strength and ductility. To systematically answer some of the many questions that remain about their fracture, a statistical (‘big data’) approach has been developed, in which the relevant phenomena naturally emerge from a multitude of observations.

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Dr.ir. Remy Kusters 

Thesis: From shape to function: growth and physical regulation of dendritic spines
Department : Applied Physics

Thesis summary
As we learn, something must change in our brain to store the information that we acquire. The biophysical processes that take place during this process have been studied by using theoretical models and computer simulations. It has been found that the shape of the connections plays a crucial role in regulating their strength.

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Bernt Meerbeek MSc PDEng PhD

Thesis: Studies on user control in Ambient Intelligent Systems
Department : Built Environment

Thesis summary
Technology is getting smarter every day. But do we still feel in control when we interact with intelligent systems that decide and act autonomously on our behalf? Intelligent systems need to reveal who they are and what is going on inside their minds so we can understand what they are doing.

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Dr. Lokien van Nunen

Thesis
:
 Physiology-based treatment in stable angina and acute myocardial infarction
Department : Biomedical Engineering

Thesis summary
This thesis aims to guide interventional procedures in cardiology by using physiology, leading to improved survival in patients undergoing stent placement for stable coronary artery disease and in acute myocardial infarction. This work represents a unique project translating basic science through pre-clinical testing to clinical trials, contributing to improved survival in everyday patients.

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Dr.ir. Jaron Sanders

Thesis
: Stochastic optimization of large-scale complex systems
DepartmentMathematics and Computer Science

Thesis summary
Dr. Sanders has developed analysis techniques and optimization procedures broadly applicable to large-scale complex systems. His focus was on probabilistic models of interacting particle systems, stochastic networks and service systems, all of which are large-scale and display fascinatingly complex behavior, in spite of the relatively simple rules governing their dynamics.

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Dr. Daan van der Zwaag MSc

Thesis: Dynamic Processes in Supramolecular Systems
DepartmentChemical Engineering and Chemistry

Thesis summary
Polymers are long, molecular chains that make up a variety of commodity and high-tech materials. We have studied the use of dynamic supramolecular bonds to connect the individual links in these chains. Our understanding of the chemical mechanism of this bonding can be applied to achieve advanced functions in plastics, such as self-repair.

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