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Ayda Golahmadi EngD trainee Smart Cities and Buildings

Improving indoor air quality in schools in the Netherlands

My research is focused on improving indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools in the Netherlands as part of the ECOS-IAQ project.

Vacancy: EngD trainee – Prototyping multipurpose integrated digital twin for Brainport

Are you a masters graduate who wants to continue your study and obtain an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) with a focus on the big question in urban development, such a s energy transition, nitrogen reduction, the exponential increase of polution in a city? 


Eindhoven Engine and the TU/e department Industrial Design is offering a fully funded 2-year position to master graduates leading to the award of an EngD (Engineering Doctorate) degree in Designing Human- System Interaction.

About the assignment

In cooperation with a few project partners, Eindhoven Engine has decided to contribute the development of an integrated multi-dimensional digital twin of the Brainport region. Currently many scattered efforts for digital twinning are running. The aim of this project is to align a reasonable amount of these efforts into a state-of-the-art prototype that allows the Brainport region to address diverse actual problems (such as nitrogen reduction, the energy transition to renewables, the addition of 100.000 persons to the region and their impact on traffic, emergency service, …).

The challenge for the EngD position at Eindhoven University of Technology would be to develop and evaluate a concept prototype of a multidimensional, integrated digital twin for the MRE (Metropolitan Region Eindhoven) area. This digital twin should accurately represent the physical and functional aspects of the region, including infrastructure, transportation, buildings, and other urban systems.

Candidates should have a background in an area related to interaction design (e.g., industrial design, software engineering, and human computer interaction). They need to be creative, and entrepreneurial and to have an innovative mind. Candidates will be embedded in a multidisciplinary team consisting of computer scientists, industrial designers, and business entrepreneurs.

Progress report Region Deal Brainport Eindhoven 2022

Results Region Deal visible and tangible in wider region

Several social innovations have taken another step forward. For example, the smart shuttle bus Fabulos in Helmond was made even smarter through Artificial Intelligence (AI). For this, TNO used a technique within AI called Situation Awareness. Other examples include the development of reusable food packaging, a sustainable battery for aviation, heat facades and a heat battery. These innovations are taking shape within Eindhoven Engine.