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Eindhoven Engine News – December 2022

In this edition of Eindhoven Engine News: the appointment of the new Managing Director Janne Brok, Brainport becoming Mainport, updates of two projects (IntelLight+ and Low Literacy) & more!

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Eindhoven Engine appoints Janne Brok as new managing director

On 14 December 2022, Dr.Ir Janne Brok joined Eindhoven Engine as managing director. “I’m very pleased with Janne’s appointment. Innovation acceleration and connection are a common thread through Janne’s career.  She’s a connector and has experience working in and with ecosystems, which is why she’s a good fit in the role of director at Eindhoven Engine. I’m very much looking forward to our collaboration,” says Maarten Steinbuch, scientific director at Eindhoven Engine.

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“In my current role as director at Bureau WO, I deal with the strategy regarding changes within ecosystems,” Janne explains. “Innovations can enter the market faster by including the larger context as a degree of freedom for change. With this approach, I hope to contribute to the success of Eindhoven Engine. I look forward to working with the energetic team in order to take Eindhoven Engine to the next level.”

“Innovations can enter the market faster by including the larger context as a degree of freedom for change.”

Janne Brok | Managing Director Eindhoven Engine

 

Janne joins Eindhoven Engine at an excellent time. Following the successful OpenCalls and the current portfolio of innovation projects, she will work with Maarten Steinbuch and the team to further build on this success and shape the next phase.

Janne has been assigned to Eindhoven Engine for three days a week. In addition, she will continue to carry out her duties as director of Bureau WO.

Farewell party for Katja

On 8 December, Eindhoven Engine and TU/e officially bid farewell to Katja Pahnke. On 1 November, she started as Chief Development Officer at Prodrive. We thank Katja again for her contribution, energy and many inspirations at Eindhoven Engine.

Find an impression of the farewell here.

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Credits: Izzy Fotografie

Brainport becoming Mainport

The growth of our region is expected to be sustained for the next one or two decades at least. The statement of our government – that the status of Brainport is to be upgraded to a Mainport of the Netherlands – is compliant with this strong growth. Because this also leads to severe pressure on housing, living, talent and infrastructure, plans are being made to address the challenges.

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The recent first financial commitment for infrastructure (roads, transport, etc.) is proof of this. On the issue of talent, all educational institutes are making plans to grow (double) the number of students; see, for example, the recent plans announced by TU/e. In addition, the growth will also affect the innovation power of our region and it will enforce the role of valorization and the interplay between knowledge institutes, industry and society.

Growth of activities at Eindhoven Engine

We also foresee a potential growth for the activities of Eindhoven Engine as an accelerator for innovation. For this reason, we are already working on plans for the next phase of Eindhoven Engine to continue as a public/private partnership. We also started activities for scale-ups in our region in the form of funding scans by ScaleUpNation. We are working on a plan for industrial and societal residents to join our community starting next year. Finally, the growth of our region might also bring more tension regarding diversity within the region. This is why we will further strengthen the Emergence Lab for low literacy over the coming year. With all of these activities, we hope that we can further strengthen our role as Innovation Accelerator for the years to come.

Photo: Angelique Swinkels

A photorealistic simulation of dynamic natural light for perception in VR

Part of the IntelLight+ project

Meet Sietse de Vries (26). Sietse is currently an EngD trainee in the Eindhoven Engine project Intellight+.

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The IntelLight+ project focuses on human-centric lighting. It takes an integrative approach to developing algorithms to infer and even predict user context to accommodate user needs and preferences. In his sub-research, Sietse is working on a photorealistic simulation of dynamic natural light for perception in virtual reality (VR). Light is an environmental factor that directly and indirectly impacts human health and well-being through processes affecting circadian rhythm, arousal and alertness, as well as comfort and visual interest. Current insights in lighting research show that eyes need high (blue-enhanced) light levels in buildings to support a healthy circadian rhythm and the associated good sleep. However, when delivered by traditional lighting fixtures, these high light levels challenge visual comfort and user acceptance. At the same time, recent studies suggest that ambient light distributions can affect attention, visual interest, alertness and relaxation. The question that emerges is whether these positive psychological effects, driven by spatial and temporal dynamics of illumination, could be used to increase the user acceptance of lighting solutions aimed at supporting circadian effects. 

Applicability of dynamic light in nature

Theories from environmental psychology suggest that nature and natural elements can be restorative for humans. The biophilia hypothesis explains this via humans’ innate and evolutionary connection with nature. By recreating the spatial and temporal characteristics of natural light patterns with artificial lighting, the positive qualities of daylight and the restorative effects of nature may be brought indoors. As a novelty, the applicability of dynamic light patterns that are prevalent in nature, such as dappled light, is being researched. 

Sietse de Vries

“The tool will provide researchers with a fast and flexible method to conduct experiments on the perception of such patterns in a space independent of location or external conditions.”

Sietse de Vries

Simulation tool for photorealistic indoor environments

To identify the impact and perception of certain dynamic patterns of natural light, experiments are necessary. Due to the complexity of controlling natural light during such experiments, immersive virtual environments have been identified as a suitable alternative. The goal of the EngD project is to create a simulation tool that generates photorealistic indoor environments with customizable dynamic patterns of natural light to be viewed using virtual reality headsets. The tool will provide researchers with a fast and flexible method to conduct experiments on the perception of such patterns in a space independent of location or external conditions.

Dappled natural light

Recently, proof of concepts of all parts of the simulation tool have been produced, allowing early testing. The current focus is on optimizing simulation efficiency and closely reproducing the properties of dynamic patterns of dappled natural light. When finished, the simulation tool will facilitate research that is needed to advance the development of innovative lighting scenarios that maximally benefit human functioning, ensuring high visual comfort and satisfaction and support for circadian and restorative effects.

Life is getting better and better at Eindhoven Engine!

Many activities took place, with the Festival of Disruption as a highlight. It was a great experience to have like-minded innovators together and so important to keep growing our community outside of Eindhoven Engine as well!

 

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After the summer, we also introduced the project updates on Thursday mornings every five weeks, the ‘Every 5 weeks update’. These offer an informal moment to update and learn from each other and some valuable new connections have been made. From students to research to project leaders, all were present to provide mind-challenging presentations. We invite you to join these meetings as well; the time investment is low and the energy high!

As always, we will keep growing and gaining momentum with our community! If you would like to participate or be involved in any way, please contact us via community@eindhovenengine.nl!


Jasmijn, succesor to Joris

Meet also our new community manager Jasmijn Schol as the successor to Joris Dufils. Questions and advice about how to join the community or about community building, please contact her via community@eindhovenengine.nl

 

“I look foward to continuing to build the community of Eindhoven Engine. You can find me from Monday to Thursday in House of Disruption or 0.44 in building Disruptor.”

Follow up on the Low Literacy project

Hey! My name is Syben van der Meer, I am 23 years old and am currently in the first year of my master’s degree, Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology.

 

 

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Low Literacy project

Within the Emergence Lab at Eindhoven Engine, I am doing my research project around low literacy. More specifically, I am looking to identify the touchpoints that helped people who have had low literacy to overcome the difficulty they have in reading and writing. These touchpoints can then form the basis for future design interventions that can either stimulate or lower the threshold for people to work on their low literacy.

“Since reading and writing is so very important today, I wanted to take up the challenge of low literacy.”

Syben van der Meer
Master student TU/e

Improving quality of life

I have chosen this project because, as a designer, I want to improve quality of life. Since reading and writing is so very important today, I wanted to take up the challenge of low literacy. I hope to lay the foundations for future design interventions in such a way that these interventions are tailored to the wishes and needs of the people they are designed for.

Eindhoven Engine News – December 2022

In this edition of Eindhoven Engine News: the appointment of the new Managing Director Janne Brok, Brainport becoming Mainport, updates of two projects (IntelLight+ and Low Literacy) & more!

What else is happening at Eindhoven Engine?

Our socials

The Festival of Disruption was a full day of inspiration, innovations and positive energy. Throughout the day, we showed our way of working and the latest developments of our innovation projects. We can look back on a very successful day.

Did you miss out on the festival or do you want to relive the day?

Katja Pahnke leaves Eindhoven Engine

Katja Pahnke will step down from her role as managing director of Eindhoven Engine BV on 1 November, 2022. She will join the board of Prodrive Technologies, a global leader in electronics, software and mechatronic solutions.

As Chief Development Officer (CDO), Katja will lead Prodrive Technologies Innovation Services. In addition to R&D, this includes talent, leadership and organizational development and serves as a great opportunity for her and for the region.

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Together with the shareholders of Eindhoven Engine (TU/e, TNO and Fontys) and the Supervisory Board, we will ensure a fitting succession. Until the full management team of Eindhoven Engine is operational again, Maarten Steinbuch will be your contact person.

We are proud of the results achieved so far with Eindhoven Engine and how it has become embedded within the ecosystem. We are especially grateful to Katja for her important contribution to this: she has been a major factor in building up the organization, inspiring our team and engaging all shareholders in an outstanding manner. As Eindhoven Engine, we have an important role to play in our ecosystem, which we do with full responsibility and with the energy and vigor of our motivated team.

We are glad that Katja remains at the heart of our Brainport region. If you personally want to reach out to Katja, you can send her a message at katja.pahnke@prodrive-technologies.com. She will appreciate it!