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(studies: AE = Aerospace Engineering, AI = Artificial Intelligence, CS = Computer Science, CE = Civil Engineering, Ec = Econometrics, EE = Electrical Engineering, Math = Mathematics, ME = Mechanical Engineering, Ph = Physics)

Expert sessions & lab tours

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Expert sessions & lab tours

Military Operations
Layla Lebesque
Studies: Ec, SI, CS, Math

What does the army of the future look like? How can we prepare for hybrid forms of warfare? What is the value of intelligence in a networked environment? How can we optimize the use of the defense measures for missile threats on naval ships? How can we sustain new aircrafts in a cost effective way?

At the department Military Operations we are trying to find answers to the questions above and more. We are involved in multidisciplinary projects to analyze issues on a strategic, operational, tactical or logistical level in the defense and security domain. We use qualitative as well as quantitative tools for this. The department also provides support during the planning, execution and evaluation of operations on land, at sea and in the air.

A crash course in innovation to protect
Luuk Lubbers, Hugo Dijkers, Tim Westerhof
Studies: Ph, CS, ME, AE, CE, BM

The need for protection of people, vehicles and infrastructure against threats posed by for example bullets and explosives is ever so evident in current society. Incidents seem to happen more and more frequently. The work of our department contributes to the safety of Dutch society, the Dutch armed forces, and (inter)national companies and organizations (EU, EDA, NATO). Our ultimate goal is to provide innovative, safe, affordable and practical protective solutions that help save lives and reduce injuries.

This expert session is a crash course in protection, some basics are covered and the latest innovations are shown. Last but not least, we give participants the opportunity to have some hands on experience with various protective materials and see firsthand how protection works in a small-scale experiment.

Advanced micro-propulsion for nanosatellites
Michiel Straathof
Studies: Inf, ME, AS, CT

A recent trend in satellite technology is the miniaturization of satellites, which enables low cost access to space and opens up a whole range of new possibilities. Clusters of small, inexpensive satellites could be used to replace large satellites, resulting in cost reductions. Tasks can be distributed over multiple small satellites increasing the capabilities even beyond those of conventional single satellites, while at the same time offering more flexibility and higher reliability. Miniaturized satellites can be divided into several classes. The term “nanosatellite” is often used to refer to a satellite with a mass between 1 and 10 kg.

Because of their small mass and size nanosatellites are generally not equipped with propulsion systems, which severely limits the types of missions that can be flown. In order to extend the capabilities of this type of satellite, there is a strong need for highly miniaturized propulsion systems. Of particular interest is the capability to perform formation flying and orbit phasing missions, which require a propulsion system that could provide a considerable velocity change (delta-V), while staying within the strict mass, volume and power budgets associated with this class of satellites. Currently, few propulsion systems are available that can fit within a nanosatellite and even fewer can provide the delta-V needed for formation flying and/or orbit phasing.

Over the past 2 years, a micro propulsion system has been designed, built and tested at the Energetic Materials department at TNO. The system is a so-called resistojet, which heats cold gas before expelling it through a nozzle. Heating the gas significantly increases the amount of velocity change that can be achieved for a given amount of gas, compared to using cold gas. During the expert session, the current design will be presented and the participants will be asked to help improve the design in an interactive design brainstorm.

 

The building blocks of a quantum computer; bringing cutting edge science to the market
Nora Fahrenfort, Thorsten Last
Studies: Ph

Quantum is the technology of the future, and that is why we at TNO have a Quantum Technology department. Quantum technology is in a very early stage of development and therefore we are working closely together with the TU Delft in the effort to make a quantum computer. In this collaboration called QuTech engineering and cutting edge science come together to show the world the power of the quantum computer.

Two experts, both system engineers working in this collaboration will give a short introduction on the building blocks of a quantum computer and thereafter answer all of your questions on how it is to work on the edge of what is technologically possible.

Serious gaming for logistics: play MasterShipper!
Meike Hopman
Studies: CS, AI, Math, Ec

Shippers, as owners of the cargo, are important stakeholders in the development of new logistics concepts. In case of the concept of synchromodal transport however, shippers are not familiar with the possible effects of the concept and in which cases the concept is beneficial or not. Furthermore, there is little knowledge on what the boundary conditions are for shippers to choose for synchromodal transport. In the game MasterShipper, players are able to choose between different (synchromodal) transport solutions from a shipper’s perspective. By experiencing the effect of decisions under different circumstances, the players experience possible advantages and disadvantages of giving more freedom to the logistics service provider. The game has been developed as a follow-up of the successful SynchroMania.

Tour through the Structural Dynamics lab
Okko Coppejans
Studies: ME, AE, CE

During this tour you will visit the laboratory, used by the departments Structural Dynamics and Structural Reliability. Both departments use their expert knowledge on constructions and materials to solve challenges in the Civil, Maritime and Offshore domain. We do this, among others, through consultancy, model development and experiments in our very own laboratory. Both departments work together closely and only slightly differ in focus: where Structural Dynamics has its main strength on the fields of vibrations and dynamics, Structural Reliability has its experts on the field of risks and reliability.

The laboratory gives us the opportunity to test constructions, both scaled and true sized, under a large range of loading conditions. Some examples: fatigue on offshore wind turbines, vehicle loading on bridge decks, acoustic monitoring of crack growth and impact loading on LGN tanks. To be able to do this research, we built one-time set-ups, use our dedicated shock and vibration tables or ready a specimen for impact in the drop tower. So, if you are curious to see how we are able to perform accurate measurements under the most extreme loading conditions, if you want to see the sheer size of our equipment or if you are just interested in experimental research in the civil and maritime sector, join me for the lab tour.

I’ll show you around the lab, tell you all about the experiments and projects we do at our department and depending on the activities of the day, you might be lucky enough to see one of the tests in real life.

Meet the TNO'er
Lisa Tang, Stefan Verdenius, Bart de Jong, Okko Coppejans
Studies: ME, AE, CE

The departments Structural Reliability and Structural Dynamics work closely together, using their knowledge on constructions and materials to solve challenges in the Civil, Maritime and Offshore domain. We do this, among others, through consultancy, model development and experiments in our very own laboratory. Both departments work together closely and only slightly differ in focus: where Structural Dynamics has its main strength on the fields of vibrations and dynamics, Structural Reliability has its experts on the field of risks and reliability.

Some examples of the work we have done in the past:

  • Fatigue calculations on bridges of the Dutch Highway Network, for instance on the Van Brienenoord Bridge.
  • Forensic engineering of the cause of the collapse of the parking lot at Eindhoven Airport.
  • Developing a protocol for shake table testing for earthquake related experiments.
  • Lifetime prediction of offshore wind terminals.
  • Developing a bicycle path made from solar panels.

During this workshop you'll have a 'speeddate' with a few interesting colleagues who work in the field of your interest. You can ask them anything about a certain topic, or about the work at TNO in general, but also about the possibilities for you at TNO during and after university. This is a perfect opportunity to get directly in contact with a TNO'er and ask them anything you'd always wanted to know.

A gentle introduction to online h4<k1n9
Jacco van Buuren
Studies: EE, CS, AI, Math

What could possibly go wrong with computers when you connect them to a network? How much security is enough? To answer these questions one must not only know what security measures are applicable, but also know how computers can be abused.

To address these issues, it is very useful to know about hacking in general, but even better is to actually submit computer systems to hacking attempts in order to pinpoint weaknesses. Understanding how a hacker may exploit vulnerabilities is essential. To offer our clients relevant knowledge to face/cope with these digital threats, a team of TNO researchers is doing research and are exploring possible opportunities to guard against these risks.

This session is an introduction to the tools and methods used for examining software and configuration flaws, a.k.a. hacking. After explaining a hacking-scenario in our lab, you will get the chance to experiment using these tools.

Smart anything: How ICT, Internet of things and big data change the way we interact with the world
Jeroen Broekhuijsen, Arun Subramanian
Studies: EE, CS, AI, Math, Ec

Digitalization is the trend in many domains: Smart industry, smart grid, smart farming, … Connected infrastructures and ecosystems produce data that can be used to get better insights across organisations to enable faster, better and novel ways of working. In this workshop we present an overview of some of the research activities of TNO in this domain. After that we will challenge you to think along in which form digitalization can also change your domain.

Creating responsible data-driven solutions
Thymen Wabeke, Victor Klos
Studies: CS, AI, Math, Ec

Organizations are increasingly developing data-driven solutions that make use of machine learning algorithms. These algorithms are promising, because they can automatically extract rules and patterns from data that can be used to automate decisions and predictions. The use of machine learning, however, also comes with new challenges. How do you cope with privacy regulations? How to ensure that your predictions are fair? How to analyse data if it’s distributed among different organizations?

In this workshop we will discuss the challenges of conducting responsible data science. We will also introduce new methods help to address some challenges. For example, we will introduce anonymisation techniques and new architectures like distributed learning. During the workshop you will also perform some responsible analysis yourself!

Networks
Rick Hindriks, Sjors Braam
Studies: EE, CS, AI

Our research in the Networks department is focused on innovations in media and networking technology. In addition to our research, we focus on bringing state-of-the-art technology towards industry. Our activities concern the following topics: 3GPP, 5G, Adaptive streaming, HbbTV, Information-centric Networking, 5G integrated media, IoT, Media orchestration, MPEG, Pointcloud/360° Video Coding, Social VR, Software Defined Networking, Software Defined Radio.

In this session we will take a hands-on approach to introduce some of our research areas, and the challenges involved therein. As an example of how we interact with industry, we will explore technological issues encountered by some of our customers, and how we tackle those using our technology. We hope to show you what it’s like to be a researcher in our department, come and connect with us!

Join us in help mastering the ever increasing complexity of high-tech systems!
Jack Sleuters
Studies: EE, CS, AI, AS

One of the best kept secrets is that the Netherlands is one of the leading countries in when it comes to design and manufacturing of highly complex high-tech systems and products. Companies like ASML, Philips, Thales, Océ, FEI, NXP and Vanderlande are all leaders in their respective market. They all face the same challenge that due to the ever increasing digital content of their products they badly need new methods and approaches in systems engineering.

At ESI, we develop these new methodologies for application in real-life cases, directly at our industry partners. For this, we contribute to the latest developments in model-based systems engineering. Today, we will explore with you the problem of doing root-cause analysis in highly distributed, large scale IoT systems (finding an needle in a haystack) and solving that with the proper virtualisation and digital twin techniques. Also we will discuss how using the untapped sources of operational data in high-tech industry strongly reinforces model-based approaches and opens new options.

Join us on our adventure to create innovations that support the competitive strength of high-tech industry and advance society.

Sharing the future of Solar
Niels van Loon
Studies: Ph, ME, CE

The future is solar. At Solliance Solar Research we are committed to share this future with the world. In this future the sun will generate electric energy on every surface you can imagine. Buildings, roads, cars all will contribute in generating energy from sunlight.

At Solliance Solar Research, we develop technology to create flexible, customisable and translucent photovoltaic systems that will help to change to a sustainable society. These unique properties of thin-film solar systems make aesthetic integration of a photovoltaic function in existing applications, like e.g. building materials or car roofs, possible.

Solliance Solar Research is a TNO-joint innovation centre with imec (Leuven), ECN and TNO. We develop thin-film solar technology with industrial partners, universities and institutes in three Shared Research Programmes. We share facilities, knowledge and the risks of research. By sharing visions and perspectives, fundamental research is more efficient and can take technology faster to the market.

Every step in the value chain requires different disciplines. The research is different every time, from fundamental material and process research to the development of practical solutions in new applications. The Shared Research programs have their own roadmap and share the common vision:

  • Perovskite based Solar Cells: the research focuses on the development of perovskite solar cells and in particular on life span, efficiency and the scalability of the production technology. The research often has a fundamental character.
  • Innovative Module Technology: for low cost / high performance and new applications, reducing the usage of scarce materials in the absorber, fully adaptable monolithic laser induced interconnection and a cost-effective barrier and protective layer.
  • Application Integration Technology: aims at aesthetic application of thin-film modules in building materials, infrastructure and vehicles. We focus on developing technology to make the large-scale integration of semi-finished products and making use of solar energy easier.

Safe and reliable energy production
Jos van ‘t Westende, Can Tumer, Tom Busking
Studies: ME

To sustain growth and prosperity, society and industry require reliable and efficient production processes that minimize environmental impact and resource consumption.

Future energy supply will depend on an even more complex mix of sources like wind, solar, hydrocarbons, geothermal, etc. The TNO experts of Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamics provides innovative solutions to meet these challenges based on expertise in heat and fluid dynamics, mechanical engineering and measurement and control technology. Our experts use physical and mathematical models to minimize mechanical loads on HVAC and process systems and maximize efficiency, resulting in reliable and efficient production processes and buildings. In addition to modelling, we benefit from extensive laboratory test facilities and environmental chambers to analyze and evaluate the heat transfer and fluid flow performance of new concepts and validate the accuracy of models. Our understanding of measuring heat and fluid dynamics, noise and vibrations is further employed to analyze the performance of buildings and processing systems in practice, including offshore installations.

Sustainable process and energy systems workshop
Anca Anastasopol
Studies: Ph,ME, CE

Within ECN part of TNO, the department sustainable process and energy systems (SPES) is actively developing technologies that are going to support the energy transition of the Netherlands. With topics ranging from heat storage to electrification of the chemical industry, from capture of CO2 to valorization of waste streams to valuable chemicals, the enthusiastic team of researchers from SPES will share their experience with you. During this workshop we will walk you through our labs and present our bench scale and pilot demonstrators.

The Space Challenge
Ton Maree, Floris van Kempen en Will Crowcombe
Studies: EE, Ph,AE, ME

On one side oxygen would freeze, while on the other side the sun blasts its intense heat and radiation. You’re in vacuum and have just survived the controlled continuous explosion called launch. Now the mission really starts, and you need to stabilize and condition the sensitive instruments and make sure the scientific systems work exactly as designed. Together with colleagues of the Optics, Optomechatronics and Space Systems Engineering departments we enable scientists to keep track of the health of our planet, to make discoveries and transfer the data back to earth.

TNO has an almost 60 years long history in developing optomechatronic instruments for Space and Science. All of those projects, were never done before and were accomplished using state-of-the-art or purposely developed technology. Brought together by a team of people, each with their own unique expertise and collaborative energy, such that the team performance is so much better than the sum of the individuals.

Curious? Learn about what TNO does in Space during our workshop. We will showcase our emerging technology and developments in Optical Satellite Communication and Additive Manufacturing!

Introduction, demonstration and tour to atomic force microscopy (AFM)
Rodolf Herfst, Sri Rajadurai
Studies: EE, Ph, ME, AE, BM, CE

Extremely accurate mechatronic systems are necessary to enable the seemingly impossible task of nanofabrication as well as the observation of exoplanets. In the department of Optomechatronics at TNO, we develop high-resolution sensing and actuation systems, so as to hit the bull’s eye! The group of systems that target nanometer scale applications are the nano-optomechatronic instruments (NOMI), and most popular among them being the atomic force microscope (AFM). The AFM is a tool to characterize or manipulate a surface down to atomic resolution. At the heart of AFM is a compliant micromechanical sensor with an atomically sharp tip that interacts with the sample surface by applying nanomechanical forces, that are read optically.

While AFM is a popular technique in research laboratories, conventional AFM systems suffer from the following drawbacks: the imaging speed is slow; the preparation time for the experiment is long and once the tip gets damaged due to repeated use, it needs to be replaced. These limitations prevented AFM’s application in an industrial setting where large samples need to be inspected fast, without needing the operator. Therefore, we addressed this challenge by developing two innovations – the Parallel AFM and the Automatic Tip-Exchange system. Thus, multiple AFM measurement heads can be positioned at different locations on the sample, while the worn tip can be exchanged without manual intervention. Together these technologies enable high-throughput in-line inspection of nanoscale defects on large samples such as 300 mm Silicon wafers. Not just the surface features, our mechatronic systems also resolve nanoscale subsurface features that cannot be observed optically!

At the “Get to know TNO” event, join us on a special lab-tour to witness working prototypes of these cutting-edge technologies. Starting from a proof-of-concept, our team at TNO strives to bring mechatronic solutions closer to industrial partners and ultimately to your next smartphone!

Do It Yourself: Autonomous Driving workshop
Mauro Fusco, Jorrit Goos
Studies: EE, Ph, CS, AI, Math, ME, AE

The increasing number of vehicles worldwide and greenhouse gas emissions, pose big challenges in how we further envision and develop vehicles. More efficient designs, new power train technologies, multi-level energy optimization, increased vehicle autonomy and cooperative driving will improve our traffic quality, reduce CO2 emissions and provide a safe, comfortable ride for the passengers.

In the workshop session, we will talk about the departments Integrated Vehicle Safety and Powertrains of TNO Automotive. You will get to know our projects and activities, our vision for the future of Transportation and Automotive technologies, which TNO will bring to reality tomorrow. We will show a small side project, which is done by current interns at TNO, by working in Team. This side project is turning a radio controlled (RC) car into an automated vehicle by hacking the original system and implementing our own sensor processing and control algorithms. Now, you can Do It Yourself! You will get the chance to turn a RC car into your own automated vehicle.

Automated exploitation
Jelle Nauta; Hidde-Jan Jongsma
Studies: CS, AI, Math

“In 2016, the cyber security world witnessed a groundbreaking event: the ‘Cyber Grand Challenge’ hosted by the U.S. Defense research lab DARPA. This event was a traditional hacking competition in the sense that participants had to hack, exploit and patch software binaries. However: the participants were not humans but computer systems operating autonomously with no human intervention whatsoever. We saw a glimpse of a future where software will be fully automatically secured against cyber attackers.

At TNO, we are working to further develop automated exploitation and patching technology. We do this by researching binary analysis and fuzzing techniques, how they can be effectively applied, and how the process may be automated using expert rules, heuristics or artificial intelligence. This research is performed in multidisciplinary project teams, closely involving academia and (government) organizations that need to protect their software assets.

In this session we hope to inspire you by demonstrating what is already possible, outlining the road ahead of us, and picturing our vision on the future of automated cybersecurity.”

VR streaming over 5G
Rick Hindriks, Sjors Braam
Studies: EE, CS, AI

360° video is an emerging domain for streaming media. However, the ever increasing popularity of VR streaming pushes the limits of current mobile networks. Our research in the Networks department is focused on innovations in media and networking technology. In collaboration with industrial partners, we are investigating solutions to overcome practical problems encountered in VR streaming.

In addition to our research, we focus on bringing state-of-the-art technology towards industry. You can ask us about the following topics: 3GPP, 5G, Adaptive streaming, HbbTV, Information-centric Networking, 5G integrated media, IoT, Media orchestration, MPEG, Pointcloud/360° Video Coding, Social VR, Software Defined Networking and Software Defined Radio.

In this session we will take a hands-on approach to introduce our way of working within the context of VR streaming and 5G networks, using our everyday tools, systems and technologies. We hope to show you what it’s like to be a researcher in our department, come and connect with us!

Better than a detective?
Freek van Wermeskerken
Studies: CS, AI, Math

In this workshop your target will be to hunt a (fictional) fugitive. We will simulate the fugitive and by taking the correct actions you obtain new intelligence on the subject. You do not require any skills regarding the tracking of fugitives, because we will provide you with a database full of information on previous (fictional) fugitives. This data includes the characteristics of the fugitives and their behavior during their flight. The main focus of this workshop is how to make sense of previous intelligence and how to apply that knowledge.

Furthermore, the workshop also shows how the police investigates such cases and how more data does not naturally lead to an overview of the situation, let alone an action perspective. Open sources, such as social media, will be given attention with respect to intelligence gathering and it will become apparent that useful information is easily extracted. Finally, we will show you a computer program, called QUIN, which is able to support the police in their investigations. QUIN, hopefully, analyses historical data and models the characteristics of fugitives, such that a prediction on their whereabouts and status can be calculated.

Do you like to find patterns in data? Can you make sense of those patterns and successfully apply that information to your fugitive? Then join our workshop because we are looking for you.

Augmenting military performance with virtual reality stress induction
Charelle Bottenheft, Rudy Boonekamp
Studies: Ph, CS, AI, AE

The AMPERE stress induction environment is an experimental platform that induces and measures stress. It is used to answer the question: can we induce true stress in virtual worlds? Using realistic human-computer interfaces such as virtual reality, motion capture suits, physiological measurements and a stress feedback model, the subject is immersed in a military reconnaissance scenario.

In this workshop you will get an idea of how design, experimentation and technological skills are combined to research stress resilience of military personnel to severely stressful and shocking situations.

In this workshop we will challenge you to think with us about the value of this applied research. How can we better train for stress resilience in the future? Let’s combine the cutting edge of technology with the cutting edge of your mind!

Adventures in Optics
Robert Altman
Studies: Ph, AE

Making optical components that nobody else in the world is daring to supply. Having your complete bloodwork checked during a 10 minute visit at your general practitioner. Designing and building satellite components that measure the earth’s atmosphere from thousands of miles away. It’s all in a day’s work at our optics department.

These are all quotes about projects that we are currently working on. During our lab tour we will tell you more about our daily activities and the challenges that we face. You’ll get to see some of our facilities and will be able to try out a couple of things for yourself.

Although we just have 50 minutes we’ll make sure to show you things you never saw or heard about before, but DO impact your everyday life.

Playground

Survey the compound & PAL
Willeke van Vught, Martin Stok, Sanne Huveneers

Up until recently, most artificially intelligent (AI) systems (such as robots, decision support systems and other intelligent agents) are designed as mere tools to effectively support in specific tasks as defined by humans. However, as AI systems become more sophisticated, the need for these systems to team up with other actors emerges. For this reason we research new ways of human-machine teaming with AI systems. This research comprises the development of knowledge models, learning strategies, behaviors and reasoning of AI systems to enhance their capabilities of effectively working together in teams. Not only does this entail ways of learning AI systems about us (humans) and our own ways of collaboration, but also about making AI systems transparent to their human team members. The latter can be accomplished by letting the AI systems generate explanations that accompany their decisions, as well as training teaming scenarios (in simulation).

Do you want to contribute to a future in which humans and intelligent systems seamlessly work together as teams? Then come and visit us to experience a glimpse into this future as demonstrated for both military and health-care applications.

Augmented military performance with VR stress induction
Charelle Bottenheft, Rudy Boonekamp

In many high-risk domains, personnel is required to adequately cope with stressful and demanding situations. Although, individual differences exist in the capacity to tolerate stress, as well as that stressful situations get differently appraised, it is relieving knowledge that the capacity to adapt – and overcome negative effects of stress (i.e., underperformance) is trainable. One way to do this is by exposing individuals to stress moments in which they have to learn the required task by many repetitions (drill training) or to experience and may adapt to pain exposure and external pressure, such as during extensive (military) physical training. Scenario-based trainings (SBT) are developed in the past decades which incorporate relevant military scenario’s for education and training the most relevant military skills to support training in preparation for military missions. VR SBT can increase the variety, complexity and flexibility of military trainings; training, that provide a save and controllable environment for permanently changing contexts. To examine the potential of advanced technology provided by gaming & simulation platforms and sensing & monitoring tools, comprising automated data-analytics and machine-learning, the Dutch Ministry of Defense in cooperation with its strategic partner TNO initiated the research program AMPERE (Augmenting Military Performance through Resilience Enhancement). AMPERE aims to research the effects of controllable stress inducement (via gaming & simulation) and measurement (via state of the art reliable sensing & monitoring tool-sets) to feedback individual stress response directly to the military, to increase their coping skills and therefore to enhance their resilience.

Test your luck in classifying sea mines
Anna van Velsen, Bas Binnerts

One of the tasks of the Dutch navy is to clear mines from sea and from harbours. Currently, research is carried out to clear sea mines using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). These vehicles scan the seabed for mines while keeping the operator at a safe distance. TNO works in close collaboration with the Dutch navy on several aspects of autonomous mine countermeasures as developing algorithms to process the sonar data, underwater communication and autonomous mission planning. The performance of the developed processing and planning algorithms is also tested during experiments as TNO is in possession of AUVs!

In our playground session we will focus on another mine countermeasure challenge: the autonomous classification of mines. Since communication underwater is still limited, the AUVs must be able to process and classify most of the data themselves. It is evident that the mine classification algorithm should never miss a mine. On the other hand the number of false positives (objects mistaken for mines) should remain low, as these lead to unnecessary follow-up actions.

In our demo we will let you try your luck in clearing the seabed of mines. Do you feel lucky?

A crash course in innovation to protect
Luuk Lubbers, Hugo Dijkers, Tim Westerhof

The need for protection of people, vehicles and infrastructure against threats posed by for example bullets and explosives is ever so evident in current society. Incidents seem to happen more and more frequently. The work of our department contributes to the safety of Dutch society, the Dutch armed forces, and (inter)national companies and organizations (EU, EDA, NATO). Our ultimate goal is to provide innovative, safe, affordable and practical protective solutions that help save lives and reduce injuries.

Flexible and free form electronics: new opportunities and new challenges
Francesca Chiappini

Nowadays, smart electronic devices surround us and accompany us in most of the tasks of our lives. These devices are based on silicon chips and rigid printed circuit boards. But what if we could have the same smart functionalities on devices built on flexible materials? Think of bendable screens that can be integrate on surface of any shape; or think of flexible sensors that can be embedded into clothing or fabrics. Flexible materials and substrates allow us to introduce electronics in objects and surfaces where you wouldn’t normally find it or to give a new form to already existing devices.

At Holst Centre, we work on a large variety of technologies that enable us to create flexible, smart electronics devices. One of our research lines focusses in the domain of hybrid printed electronics. We make electronic devices such as LED screens or LED lighting modules, pressure sensor arrays or RFID tags on various kinds of thin plastic foils, integrating small traditional electronic chips onto flexible circuits that are created by different printing techniques.

In the playground of Get to Know TNO you will have the opportunity to experience prototypes of hybrid printed electronics devices showcasing the added value of flexible and free-form electronics in several application fields. Furthermore, they will give you the opportunity to understand the technical challenges in terms of material properties and engineering that flexibility introduces in this technology domain.

Serious gaming for logistics
Meike Hopman

For the logistics sector it might sometimes feel impossible to keep up with innovations like synchromodal transport, automated driving and self-organising logistics. The abovementioned new technologies might have a very substantial impact on many stakeholders in the logistics chain. Therefore, it is important to understand the impact of such developments. For these complex multi-stakholder situations, serious gaming has proven to be a very powerful tool and is used to aim for one or more of the following five objectives: raise awareness; stimulate collaboration; generate new ideas; experiment in a safe environment; and education and training. TNO has already worked on a number of successful serious games and is still in the process of developing more. Due to many positive reactions of participants of several gaming sessions and their follow-up, TNO is very keen to continue working on and with serious games as part of our innovation methodology. Thereby, we aim to help the sector cope with its challenges and address emerging (disruptive) technologies.

Beyond barriers, how do we travel in 10 years?
Stefan Talen, Fieke Beemster

Do you want to contribute in solving urgent societal problems by creating innovations in mobility? How would you keep cities liveable but accessible and how would you prevent the increase of congestion?

We do this by using state-of-the art technologies and sensors such as smartphones, apps, big data, social media and highly advanced traffic- and behavioral models as well as serious games.

We work on ongoing as well as upcoming trends. Emerging trends are for example Mobility as a Service and Hyperloop while ongoing trends a for example automated driving, more personal and custom made route advice and cooperative and connected driving. We don’t do this individually but by working in multidisciplinary teams and combining experts in traffic engineering, logistics, automotive engineering, zero-emission mobility, policy, behavior, business models and distributed sensors.

Smart Energy Control: How intelligent control software makes an impact in the world of sustainable energy
Jeroen Broekhuijsen, Arun Subramanian

Every day the world is transitioning towards one depending lesser and lesser on non-renewable energy. For the many stakeholders involved, this produces challenges in the present day that need immediate resolution and questions about the future that need answering. At the Monitoring and Control Services department, we develop technologies from one end of the spectrum, that are already equipping the world to make this transition smoothly, to the other end, capable of simulating future energy systems and providing relevant insights into them.This playground will introduce two such technologies PowerMatcher and HeatMatcher smart controllers that are already making an impact in the world of demand-supply matching and exploiting energy flexibility in the electricity and heating domains.

Safe and reliable energy production
Jos van ‘t Westende, Can Tumer, Tom Busking

To sustain growth and prosperity, society and industry require reliable and efficient production processes that minimize environmental impact and resource consumption.

Future energy supply will depend on an even more complex mix of sources like wind, solar, hydrocarbons, geothermal, etc. The TNO experts of Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamics provides innovative solutions to meet these challenges based on expertise in heat and fluid dynamics, mechanical engineering and measurement and control technology. Our experts use physical and mathematical models to minimize mechanical loads on HVAC and process systems and maximize efficiency, resulting in reliable and efficient production processes and buildings. In addition to modelling, we benefit from extensive laboratory test facilities and environmental chambers to analyze and evaluate the heat transfer and fluid flow performance of new concepts and validate the accuracy of models. Our understanding of measuring heat and fluid dynamics, noise and vibrations is further employed to analyze the performance of buildings and processing systems in practice, including offshore installations.

Structural Dynamics and Structural Reliability
Lisa Tang, Stefan Verdenius

Come visit the stand of the departments Structural Dynamics and Structural Reliability. Both departments use their expert knowledge on constructions and materials to solve challenges in the Civil, Maritime and Offshore domain. We do this, among others, through consultancy, model development and experiments in our very own laboratory. Both departments work together closely and only slightly differ in focus: where Structural Dynamics has its main strength on the fields of vibrations and dynamics, Structural Reliability has its experts on the field of risks and reliability.

On the playground you can find information on our department, and some of the major projects. We will show for instance how we are able to detect crack growth in bridges by 'listening' to the bridge. You will also find some samples of our tests on materials from different buildings and infrastructure. Besides that, we can show more information on projects of your interest, and you can talk to young TNO'ers working in the field of structural engineering.

Enhancing Military Mission Planning using Virtual Reality
Paolo de Heer, Lucia Tealdi

Experience an interactive augmented reality application making use of the Microsoft HoloLens, where you can manipulate the real world, and simulate (training) scenarios. Using multiple data sources, including satellite imagery and geodata, a virtual world is generated in real-time. You can interact with the world in intuitive ways, and the application allows you to easily perform scenario planning, training, and simulations on the holographic map, as well as in collaborative sessions. This enables people to collaborate from anywhere in the world, and increases the mission planner’s situational awareness. Try it out yourself, and see the world with a new set of eyes!

Do It Yourself: Autonomous Driving
Mauro Fusco, Jorrit Goos

The increasing number of vehicles worldwide and greenhouse gas emissions, pose big challenges in how we further envision and develop vehicles. More efficient designs, new power train technologies, multi-level energy optimization, increased vehicle autonomy and cooperative driving will improve our traffic quality, reduce CO2 emissions and provide a safe, comfortable ride for the passengers.

On the playground, you will meet our state of the art testing vehicles. You will get in contact with an instrumented Car Laboratory (Volkswagen Jetta) used in developing new autonomous driving and vehicle safety technologies. You will also get to see our Volkswagen Beetle powertrain test vehicle. This vehicle is equipped with a hybrid powertrain and serves as platform to investigate fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Augmenting military performance with virtual reality stress induction (Rudy & Charelle)
Charelle Bottenheft, Rudy Boonekamp

The AMPERE stress induction environment is an experimental platform that induces and measures stress. It is used to answer the question: can we induce true stress in virtual worlds? Using realistic human-computer interfaces such as virtual reality, motion capture suits, physiological measurements and a stress feedback model, the subject is immersed in a military reconnaissance scenario.

You can experience virtual stress induction and measurements by immersing yourself in a virtual military patrol. With our VR technology and several monitoring instruments you will get real time feedback about your physical responses when confronted with stressful and (literally) shocking situations. Curious about your stress resilience? Come and accept the challenge!

Enhancing Military Mission Planning using Virtual Reality
Paolo de Heer, Lucia Tealdi
Studies: Inf, AI, Math

Experience an interactive augmented reality application making use of the Microsoft HoloLens, where you can manipulate the real world, and simulate (training) scenarios. Using multiple data sources, including satellite imagery and geodata, a virtual world is generated in real-time. You can interact with the world in intuitive ways, and the application allows you to easily perform scenario planning, training, and simulations on the holographic map, as well as in collaborative sessions. This enables people to collaborate from anywhere in the world, and increases the mission planner’s situational awareness. Try it out yourself, and see the world with a new set of eyes!

Do you like to find patterns in data? Can you make sense of those patterns and successfully apply that information to your fugitive? Then join our workshop because we are looking for you.

Start your career at TNO
Lara Hagendoorn, Sophie Plas

TNO is constantly searching for ambitious interns. We are looking for students who are fascinated to get a taste of one of the world’s most prominent knowledge companies. Doing an internship at TNO means you don’t only get to know more about your studies, but you also get a sneak preview what’s it like to work for a company such as TNO.

Starters
TNO presents you with a wealth of options. What is your aim: to become a top researcher or a consultant, project manager or business developer? From the moment you enter employment with us you enjoy major freedom in, and responsibility for, shaping your own career path.

Do you want to know more about the possibilities at TNO? Join Get to know TNO, and we will tell you all about it!

Jong TNO: Get to know your colleagues

If you begin working at TNO and you are 36 years or younger, join Jong TNO. Jong TNO gives you the opportunity to build an extensive network both inside and outside TNO. Fun, personal development and knowledge exchange are the main ingredients in activities organized by Jong TNO.

Jong TNO is an independent association for TNO employees up to the age of 36. We offer you the opportunity to get to know colleagues across the different TNO locations, domains and departments and thereby enable you to build an extensive network.

Come by our stand and get to know us and Jong TNO.

Traineeship: What is your path through TNO?

Within a TNO Traineeship, nothing is what it seems. The Trainee programme is surprising, the broad activity spectrum offers you many choices. These choices are made by you, within our multidisciplinary organization all the necessary space is available.

As a trainee you will work on developing innovations that sustainably enhance the competitiveness of companies and the welfare of society over the long term. Are you interested in applying your knowledge and experience to solving societal problems? Do you want to get broad experience in more than one area of expertise or domain? Choose TNO!

The TNO Trainee program offers you, recent Master- and PhD graduate, the perfect chance for development. You direct your own career, TNO enables you to take the first steps in your career very consciously. Are you extremely interested in societal and economic issues and are you able to make relevant connections? Are you entrepreneurial, socially involved and innovative? Do you want to make a real difference and do you enjoy taking on serious challenges? Discover your passion at TNO!

Traineeship in brief:

  • TNO Traineeship : during 23 months, divided over three (subsequent) periods, you will work for different departments.
  • Your specific role in these projects may vary depending on your individual interests and the projects themselves. Often, you will work as a researcher, project manager or consultant, but you might also be presented with the challenges involved in a commercial role.
  • You will spend a significant portion of your time working on your personal development. You will take part in monthly peer review sessions, training courses and workshops. You will also work together with other trainees on trainee projects that you have acquired yourself.
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