Festival of Disruption: inspiring & innovative!

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?

Shobit Chitkara has finished his EngD traineeship in the CM-FDD-HVAC project

This May, Shobit Chitkara finished his EngD, ‘Built Buildings & Cities’, within the Eindhoven Engine project CM-FDD-HVAC*. Shobhit worked towards designing a machine learning-powered application for the predictive maintenance of HVAC systems.

Stricter regulations

Air handling units (AHUs) are highly customized equipment. The regulations concerning AHUs are becoming increasingly strict to meet higher energy efficiency and ventilation goals, which adds to the complexity inherent within customized equipment. This upsurge in complexity increases the need for the continuous maintenance and monitoring of AHUs. However, such programs are difficult to implement due to the shortage of skilled personnel. Therefore, continuous monitoring and fault detection and diagnosis (FDD) processes need to be automated, which is referred to as AFDD. Despite the plethora of research on AFDD, there are limited real-life applications. Adding to this, the available solutions are either unreliable, unaffordable and/or unscalable.

 

“It is estimated that up to 30% of energy could be saved by effectively using data collected with continuous monitoring systems.”

Shobit Chitkara

 

FDD tools

A survey of the literature on FDD tools (commercially deployed or under development) revealed that these tools rely on a combination of expert rules or first principles. These approaches are inherently reliant on sensed information and/or expert knowledge, which makes their sustainment untenable post-deployment. Moreover, such tools have a very limited ability to prevent significant energy wastage. It is estimated that up to 30% of energy could be saved by effectively using data collected with continuous monitoring systems.

Artificial Intelligence

To realize this potential, highly sensitive fault diagnosis models can be trained with Artificial Intelligence (AI) based approaches that are scalable and have less reliance on expert knowledge and sensors. Through this project, an AFDD tool that incorporates these approaches has been developed and tested at two buildings. Within the AI domain, gradient boosting techniques have been employed for fault detection and its diagnosis is handled using Bayesian networks. Through experimental validation, a diagnosis specificity exceeding 90% has been realized. Importantly, it has been observed that the prototyped AFDD tool could reduce the energy consumed in the deployed chiller by 33%.

*Continuous Monitoring and Fault Detection Diagnosis of large Heat Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems.

Announcement Eindhoven Engine

We would hereby like to inform you that Katja Pahnke will step down from her role as managing director of Eindhoven Engine BV on 1 November, 2022. She has accepted a very nice challenge at Prodrive Technologies BV: she will join the board as the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and 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, one that we wish her all the best in.

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 in 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 so with full responsibility and with the energy and vigor of our motivated team.

On behalf of Eindhoven Engine BV,

Maarten Steinbuch (scientific director)
Bert Pauli (chair of the Supervisory Board)

Vacancy: EngD trainee in Designing Human-System Interaction Program – Low Literacy

Are you a masters graduate who wants to continue your study and obtain an Engineering Doctorate, EngD (former Professional Doctorate in Engineering, PDEng) with the focus on bridging the gap in society using the digital library of the future?

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. Start date: as soon as possible.

About the assignment

In this assignment you contribute to a deeper understanding and the design of a few meaningful interventions, addressing the huge societal challenge of non-inclusiveness. In particular, while the Brainport region is a highly intellectual region, at the same time 15% of the population is low literate, which excludes them from part of the possibilities available in the region. With that purpose in mind, Eindhoven Engine will bring together an ecosystem of students, researchers, start-ups and corporates to co-create, in an open innovation mindset, meaningful technology-based solutions with a strong human dimension. Are you creative, innovative and open minded? You are someone who can take responsibility for steering the ecosystem and leading the design of the possible solutions, for instance with student teams? For you no roads are impossible, as long as the impact is clear and it contributes to a solution of a real problem? ​For obvious reasons we require  a B2 level of the Dutch language. 

Do you have questions about this traineeship? You can also contact Walter Baets, Learning Officer @ Eindhoven Engine, via w.r.j.baets@tue.nl or Lotte Geertsen, Project Leader Emergence Lab @ Eindhoven Engine, via c.h.e.geertsen@tue.nl

Vacancy: EngD trainee in Designing Human-System Interaction Program – Future of Work

Are you a masters graduate who wants to continue your study and obtain an Engineering Doctorate,( EngD,  former Professional Doctorate in Engineering, PDEng) with the focus on impactful innovation design for solving meaningful wicked problems in innovation eco-systems?

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. Start date: as soon as possible.

About the assignment

In this assignment you contribute to a deeper understanding and the design of a number of meaningful interventions, addressing the huge societal challenge of the Future of Work. Are you creative, innovative and open minded? You are someone who can take responsibility for steering the ecosystem and leading the design of the possible solutions, for instance with student teams? And for you no roads are impossible, as long as the impact is clear and it contributes to a solution of a real problem?

Do you have questions about this traineeship? You can also contact Walter Baets, Learning Officer @ Eindhoven Engine, via w.r.j.baets@tue.nl or Lotte Geertsen, Project Leader Emergence Lab @ Eindhoven Engine, via c.h.e.geertsen@tue.nl

Eindhoven Engine News – July 2022

Eindhoven Engine can look back on a great first half of 2022. We welcomed seven new OpenCall 2022 projects and the Hack2Impact hackathon that took place at the end of May was fantastic. Take a look at the photos and after-movie. You can feel the energy and the ambition to create something meaningful together.

What else is happening at Eindhoven Engine?

Vacancy: R&D Software Engineer – PDEng Fellowship

This position has been filled.

Are you a masters graduate who wants to continue their study and become an PDEng while working as an R&D software engineer?

Sorama and the Electronic Systems (ES) group within the Department of Electrical Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) are seeking to hire an outstanding PDEng candidate within the field of Signal Processing and Software Engineering.

About the Project

Noise is the second largest harmful environmental factor to human beings in Europe and claims 1.6 million healthy life years each year, mainly due to stress and sleep disturbances. VIPNOM focuses on the development of advanced noise measurement methods and acoustic virtual reality.

To effectively combat unwanted noise, it is important to first be able to measure it. Currently, noise is measured by placing microphones at specific locations and those measurements made are applicable for those locations only. VIPNOM advocates the use of microphone arrays at central locations, where noise levels at several other locations can also be measured simultaneously, such as at the balconies of an apartment building next to a noisy road, or across a large area of the city center.

In order to accurately measure noise levels, VIPNOM will further develop, optimize and implement the methods that are developed in the ZERO NWO project. The resulting algorithms will be tested in the living labs: Stratumseind, Strijp-S, and the Philips Stadium. Additionally, the same techniques will also be applied in an acoustic virtual reality to allow interested parties (such as citizens and policy officers) to auralize and experience noise beyond just decibel values on a written report.

This project is funded by Eindhoven Engine.

About the position

We are looking for two PDEng candidates who will strengthen the Sorama team. During the project the candidates are encouraged to spend part of their work at Eindhoven Engine as well as the TU/e. The two positions will work closely together. This position focuses on the development and implementation of acoustic signal processing algorithms. The ideal candidate is interested (or already have experience) in software development and has affinity with signal processing techniques. He or she should expect and succeed in tasks like reviewing and validating prototype codes, translating and optimizing prototype codes into production codes. The actual scope will be personalized based on the profile of the candidate.

The candidate will also be registered at TU/e and complete training courses related to the project. Program graduates will be awarded a certified diploma and the degree “Professional Doctorate in Engineering” (PDEng).

Electronic Systems group at TU/e and Sorama

The Electronic Systems group consists of seven full professors, two associate professors, eight assistant professors, several postdocs, about 40 PDEng and PhD candidates and support staff. The ES group is world-renowned for its design automation and embedded systems research. It is our ambition to provide a scientific basis for design trajectories of electronic systems, ranging from digital circuits to cyber-physical systems. The trajectories are constructive and lead to high quality, cost-effective systems with predictable properties (functionality, timing, reliability, power dissipation, and cost).

Sorama is a highly innovative company that leads and redefines the frontiers of knowledge in acoustic imaging. This is achieved through intensive collaborations with academic partners and also relentless in-house R&D efforts, effectively bridging the gap between academic findings and industrial know-how. Sorama aims to improve the quality of life for all people, wherever they are, by providing the technology to Make Sound Insightful. Founded in 2009 as a TU/e spin-off by Rick Scholte, Sorama is one of the Netherlands’ Top 250 Growth Companies in 2021.

Requirements

We are looking for excellent candidates that add value to Sorama and the ES group with the following profile:

  • Master degree (preferably in computer science, electrical engineering, software engineering or related)
  • Experience in signal processing is strongly preferred
  • Proficient with C++, and/or MATLAB
  • Experience in CUDA is a plus, but not required
  • Comfortable working in a (multi-disciplinary) team
  • Driven, eager, enthusiastic, ambitious personality
  • Interested in acquiring new skills and competences
  • Live in/near Eindhoven or willing to relocate

Appointment and salary

We offer a full-time, fixed-term, 2-year contract at Sorama including:

  • Competitive salary
  • 25 Holiday days and the option to purchase additional days
  • Challenging work environment where you can create global impact through our unique solutions
  • Operate in a fast-growing company with good future perspectives
  • Knowledgeable and inspiring colleagues
  • Eindhoven Engine and TU/e interaction days throughout your project
  • A flexible work environment
  • Unique office location at Strijp-T, a 5-minute walk from the Eindhoven Strijp-S train station
  • Excellent coffee and rooftop BBQs

Interested?

Please send your CV, including a detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation, a portfolio with copies of diplomas with course grades and contact information of two references, to jin.jack.tan@sorama.eu under the subject “PDEng student on Virtual Position Noise Measurement”.

For more information on the position, please contact dr. Jin Jack Tan jin.jack.tan@sorama.eu or call our office at +31 40 3041019.

Vacancy: R&D VR Software Engineer

Are you a masters graduate who wants to continue their study and become a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) while working as an R&D VR software engineer?

Sorama and the Building Acoustics group within the Department of Built Environment of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) are seeking to hire an outstanding PDEng candidate within the field of Acoustic Virtual Reality and Software Engineering.

About the Project

Noise is the second largest harmful environmental factor to human beings in Europe and claims 1.6 million healthy life years each year, mainly due to stress and sleep disturbances. VIPNOM focuses on the development of advanced noise measurement methods and acoustic virtual reality.

To effectively combat unwanted noise, it is important to first be able to measure it. Currently, noise is measured by placing microphones at specific locations and those measurements made are applicable for those locations only. VIPNOM advocates the use of microphone arrays at central locations, where noise levels at several other locations can also be measured simultaneously, such as at the balconies of an apartment building next to a noisy road, or across a large area of the city center.

In order to accurately measure noise levels, VIPNOM will further develop, optimize and implement the methods that are developed in the ZERO NWO project. The resulting algorithms will be tested in the living labs: Stratumseind, Strijp-S, and the Philips Stadium. Additionally, the same techniques will also be applied in an acoustic virtual reality to allow interested parties (such as citizens and policy officers) to auralize and experience noise beyond just decibel values on a written report.

This project is funded by Eindhoven Engine.

About the Position

We are looking for one PDEng candidate who will strengthen the Sorama team. During the project the candidate is encouraged to spend part of their work at Eindhoven Engine as well as the TU/e. The position focuses on the development and implementation of an acoustic virtual reality system incorporating acoustic signal processing algorithms developed by the other PDEngs in VIPNOM. The ideal candidate is interested (or already have experience) in software development related to virtual reality (e.g. Unity). He or she should expect and succeed in tasks like setting up, maintaining, documenting and optimizing a virtual reality platform, as well as implementing prototype research codes (or production codes). The actual scope will be personalized based on the profile of the candidate.

The candidate will also be registered at TU/e and complete training courses related to the project. Program graduates will be awarded a certified diploma and the degree “Professional Doctorate in Engineering” (PDEng).

Building Acoustics group at TU/e and Sorama

Building Acoustics (BA) is the acoustics research group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The group strives to contribute to the reduction of adverse health effects caused by human-induced noise and to promote positively perceived sound environments. The research in the group revolves around developing computational and experimental methods for acoustics in the built environment, with research areas on acoustics materials, environmental acoustics, acoustic virtual reality, and the effects of the sound environment on humans.

Sorama is a highly innovative company that leads and redefines the frontiers of knowledge in acoustic imaging. This is achieved through intensive collaborations with academic partners and also relentless in-house R&D efforts, effectively bridging the gap between academic findings and industrial know-how. Sorama aims to improve the quality of life for all people, wherever they are, by providing the technology to Make Sound Insightful. Founded in 2009 as a TU/e spin-off by Rick Scholte, Sorama is one of the Netherlands’ Top 250 Growth Companies in 2021.

Requirements

We are looking for excellent candidates that add value to Sorama and the Building Acoustics group with the following profile:

  • Master degree (preferably in computer science, electrical engineering, software engineering or related),
  • Experience in VR is strongly preferred,
  • Experience in two of the followings is strongly preferred: acoustics, signal processing, software engineering/design,
  • Experience in C++ and MATLAB is a plus, but not required,
  • Experience in Agile, or willingness to adopt it,
  • Comfortable working in a (multi-disciplinary) team,
  • Driven, eager, enthusiastic, ambitious personality,
  • Interested in acquiring new skills and competences,
  • Live in/near Eindhoven or willing to relocate.

Appointment and salary

We offer a full-time, fixed-term, 2-year contract at Sorama including:

  • Competitive salary (above VSNU CAO’s rate for a PDEng),
  • Courses and training at TUe relevant to the PDEng degree,
  • 25 Holiday days and the option to purchase additional days,
  • Challenging work environment where you can create global impact through our unique solutions,
  • Operate in a fast-growing company with good future perspectives,
  • Knowledgeable and inspiring colleagues,
  • Eindhoven Engine and TU/e interaction days throughout your project,
  • A flexible work environment,
  • Unique office location at Strijp-T, less than 5-minute walk away from the Eindhoven Strijp-S train station,
  • Excellent coffee, fresh fruits, and rooftop BBQs.

Interested?

Please send your CV, including a detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation, a portfolio with copies of diplomas with course grades and contact information of two references, to jin.jack.tan@sorama.eu under the subject “PDEng position on Virtual Position Noise Measurement”.

For more information on the position, please contact dr. Jin Jack Tan jin.jack.tan@sorama.eu or call our office at +31 40 3041019.

A ‘homecoming’ at Eindhoven Engine: introducing Dimitri van de Kelft

Following the retirement of Kees Adriaanse, Dimitri van de Kelft has stepped in as the liaison manager between Fontys University of Applied Science and Eindhoven Engine. Where will his focus lie and how does he intend to accelerate innovation? Dimitri shares his initial impressions of the Engine and his vision of an ever-wider impact on society.

Reconceptualizing education

“There are two sides to what I do,” begins Dimitri. “One is that I help the office team with a combination of technical learning and social innovation. Second is making the connection between Fontys and everything Eindhoven Engine does – not just the technical engineering but all the disciplines.”

Dimitri van der Kelft

“More and more students from Fontys are getting involved with Eindhoven Engine and it’s great to see.”

Dimitri van de Kelft, Liaison Manager Fontys at Eindhoven Engine

This is an area in which Dimitri has deep experience, having spent 15 years at Avans University of Applied Sciences. There, he developed innovative education in which the research questions of companies in Eindhoven’s high-tech industry formed the basis for the learning experience. Practice-oriented research in a joint learning environment was used as a vehicle to link education to companies and, in this co-creation, knowledge sharing was stimulated and innovation processes were accelerated. With a focus on smart industry and data science, this led to novel concepts such as the reconceptualization of teachers as coaches that help students create their own learning experiences in industry-led projects and challenges.

“That was seen by Fontys and they found me an interesting candidate for the position of research manager for the Centre of Expertise High Tech Systems & Materials,” Dimitri continues. “The great thing about my new position is that I now also act as a liaison for Eindhoven Engine on behalf of Fontys. It felt like a homecoming! Here, people look at the world not as it is but at how they can change it.”

Reaching further out

In terms of what Fontys and Eindhoven Engine mean to one another, Dimitri emphasizes interdisciplinarity and co-creation – after all, fundamental knowledge from technical universities such as Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has no hope of reaching society unless it can applied. “Eindhoven Engine attracts all kinds of students from Fontys and we form an innovation accelerator for start-ups and (SME) companies. Fontys therefore has a bigger impact,” says Dimitri. “More people understand that technical universities should work with universities of applied science, which is very different to just a few years ago.”

As an example, Dimitri looks to the recent Hack2Impact Health@Home hackathon that brought together Eindhoven Engine, Fontys, TU/e and MIT Hacking Medicine to generate solutions for healthcare and industry. “It was a really inspiring group: students who didn’t know each other but worked together constructively and positively,” he smiles. “More and more students from Fontys are getting involved with Eindhoven Engine and it’s great to see.”

Sustainability is high on Dimitri’s agenda for future innovation. He is therefore very interested in the projects at Eindhoven Engine, such as on circular food packaging and air quality. “At Fontys, I’m now looking for parties with whom we can connect in the field of battery recycling. Perhaps a nice connection with Eindhoven Engine can be created for this special challenge,” he concludes. “After a few months here, I see their vision and the way they’re evolving. The most important thing is an impact for both society and the university. And I want to participate in making this even bigger.”

“The most important thing is an impact for both society and the university. And I want to participate in making this even bigger.”

Dimitri van de Kelft