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.

Inclusivity of female tech heroes

Geographically based in the Brainport region of the Netherlands, the city of Eindhoven has always challenged the status quo and inspired the community to expand its horizons. Eindhoven Engine plays a significant role within this milieu in order to accelerate innovation and deliver cutting-edge technological solutions. Female tech heroes from different cultural backgrounds add more diversity to the prevalent tech world within this community.

Even though the Netherlands still has much to achieve in terms of inclusivity and diversity within the tech sector, things are slowly changing and improving. Here, what we want to focus on is female inclusivity in high-tech research within the Eindhoven Engine community and the initiation of the female tech heroes era to inspire and make more women enthusiastic about the tech industry. Making the public more aware and creating diversity through inclusivity within Eindhoven Engine are significant objectives in this process.

Eindhoven Engine community

Until April 2022, Eindhoven Engine had 19 projects within the main topics of High Tech, Health Tech, Mobility, Energy and Smart Cities. These projects included 164 members, including the administration team and office team students. Within these projects, the female figure amounts to 23%. Given that only 14% of the entire tech system in the Netherlands are women, Eindhoven Engine is already demonstrating a progressive step which can definitively be expanded in due course. At the end of April, one project finalized its research at Eindhoven Engine.

“The first step is creating diversity through inclusivity and making an impact on these crossover innovations.”

Since OpenCall 2022, seven innovation projects have joined the Engine, bringing the total number of projects up to 25. These projects are WECARE, Smart Heat Shed, PowerLift, DynaPopeX, Direct Air Capture 2.0, COLLidE and AUXSTENT. The diversified nature of the projects is designed in a way to range across the spectrum of cutting-edge technology.

The WECARE project focuses on making an impact on people with dementia. Smart Heat Shed addresses the rapid energy transition. PowerLift wishes to make an impact on the electric aviation industry. Poor air quality and its impacts are being addressed by the DynaPopeX project. In the same direction, the Direct Air Capture 2.0 project aims to capture CO2 directly from ambient air and use it for net-carbon-zero solutions. The CoLLidE project aims for the market introduction of reusable food packaging. AUXSTENT’s objective is unlocking the mechanical limitations of synthetic heart stents.

As the first step in creating diversity through inclusivity and making an impact on these crossover innovations, Eindhoven Engine invites female tech heroes to apply and explore these new ventures.

Dr. ir. Shalika Walker

Postdoctoral Researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology and Eindhoven Engine
(Brains4Buildings project)

Project Leader at Kropman Installatietechniek

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

Energetic and successful Hack2Impact 2022

We have long been looking forward to it and, after being postponed twice, it finally took place. On the weekend of 20-22 May, students with different backgrounds and professionals from industry came together and experienced how to work in a multidisciplinary team on creative solutions that can make an impact on Health@Home challenges.

Do you want to feel the energy of Hack2Impact 2022? Have a look at the after-movie.

Challenges

  • ‘How can you help people with MS manage a healthy lifestyle?’
    Provided by De Tolbrug, an expertise center for rehabilitation in north-east Brabant.
  • ‘How can we take advantage of data about behavior, health and households to help less self-reliant people?’
    Provided by Tzorg, an organization that provides home care.
  • ‘How to keep the social network strong for elderly people and help with isolation in general?’
    Provided by Fontys Verpleegkunde.

The winning teams!

Team MySide – Entrepreneurship Award
Team MySide accepted the challenge ‘How to help people with MS to manage a healthy lifestyle?’.
Their idea, the MySide board game, helps MS patients to communicate their well-being, needs and limitations to their family and friends. The game is easy to play, educational and quickly scalable to other patient groups. Their disruptive thinking won them the Entrepreneurship Award, powered by BW Ventures. Myide gets access to a Lean Startup course by BW Ventures and will be coached by an experienced serial entrepreneur to learn how to turn an idea into a successful product and company.

Team Connect! – Compliance Award
Team Connect! worked on the challenge ‘How to help people with MS to manage a healthy lifestyle?’. Their winning solution is to develop an app, called Connect, that connects MS patients in order to motivate them through therapies for a healthy lifestyle. The affordable app has an interesting sustainable and scalable business model. This award is powered by MD squared B.V. and consists of a compliance assessment of the Connect app to help them to further develop their idea into a market-ready product.

Team OHMAATJES – Innovation Award
Team OHMAATJES worked on the challenge of keeping the social network strong for lonely elderly people. Submerging themselves in the world of elderly people, they interviewed potential users at (super)markets to identify their needs. A great example of a human-centered approach. Using 1) intake via a website or on paper, 2️) matching and 3) confirmation, solitary elderly can connect with new people and groups based on interests in terms of activities and location. A combination of new small groups and meaningful connections has won team OHMAATJES the Innovation Prize, awarded by TMC. This award consists of six-month access to the TMC Entrepreneurial Lab at the High Tech Campus, where they will have plenty of tools to further explore and share their idea.

Currently, each challenge owner (De Tolbrug, Tzorg and Fontys) is working together with the teams on the solutions to the challenges. We look forward to the next edition! See you next time.

Facts

  • 1 location
  • 1 weekend
  • 3 challenges
  • 6 judges
  • 7 teams
  • 20+ mentors
  • 40+ participants 
Backgrounds of the participants
Applied Physics
Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Technology
Chemical Engineering
Design and Innovation Engineering
Design Research
Graphic Design
HealthTech
ICT Media Design
Industrial Design
Industrial Engineering and Management
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Mechatronics
Medical Imaging and Radiotherapeutic Techniques
Microbiology
Nursing

Regio Deal Brainport Eindhoven compilation video

Brainport Eindhoven is a top technology region that is known for its unprecedented innovative strength. In this way Brainport contribute to solving the social challenges of tomorrow. To maintain this strength, the central government and the region jointly invested 370 million euros from the Brainport Eindhoven Region Deal. By supporting 26 projects, like Eindhoven Engine, the Regio Deal gave and continues to give the region an enormous boost.