Technologies to improve human performance raise ethical concerns

Dr Y. J. Erden and Prof Dr Philip Brey recently published a set of ethical guidelines for human enhancement research and development. Their guidelines were published in the scientific journal Science and included in a guidance document of the European Commission. “It is most important that a person using technologies and treatment to enhance their skills must not limit their ability and freedom to make their own choices”, says Erden.

Beating cancer-related fatigue with personalised interventions

After diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, many women suffer from cancer-related fatigue. Twenty percent of the patients are still severely fatigued after ten years. Is there a way to reduce cancer-related fatigue? PhD candidate Lian Beenhakker of the University of Twente compared 35 globally existing eHealth interventions aimed at reducing fatigue. Beenhakker’s publication appeared last week in the European Journal of Cancer Care. Lian Beenhakker: “Patients and their doctors can use this overview to find an eHealth intervention that fits patients’ personal preferences. It’s the first time that such an overview has been developed in this way.” 

Smart watch to detect unwitnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests

The University of Twente and its partners are developing a smart wearable to automatically and reliably detect out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), and to trigger an immediate emergency response. The UT will test the effectiveness of the proposed platform using simulation models and measure the impact on survival and response time. The study is published in a medical journal. 

ERC Starting Grant for three UT scientists

The European Research Council honoured the applications of three UT researchers for an ERC ‘Starting Grant’. The ‘early career’ grants go to Dr Guillaume Lajoinie, Dr Tim Segers and Dr Saskia Kelders, who are all part of UT’s TechMed Centre. Each researcher will receive an amount of €1.5 million for a five-year period. A total of 408 starting grants have been awarded in Europe with a total value of €636 million.

From young researcher to asset manager: a technology track!

After 12.5 years Leo van Dongen (Faculty of Engineering Technology) is bidding farewell to the University of Twente. His main research was on effective management of capital goods, on which he also lectured in the Master track Mechanical Engineering. He also brought the world of business closer to UT, with organisations such as NS, ProRail, Alliander, Strukton and the Ministry of Defence. Van Dongen gave his farewell speech on 17 November 2022.

Major breakthrough for brain-like computers

A breakthrough at the University of Twente is bringing new brain-like computers one step closer. An international group of researchers led by Professor Christian Nijhuis has developed a new type of molecular switch that can learn from previous behaviour. The group published their results today in the scientific journal Nature Materials. Nijhuis: “These molecules learn in the same way our brains do.”

Vinod Subramaniam appointed as a council member to the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI)

As of 1 December 2022, UT President Vinod Subramaniam, together with Saxion President Anka Mulder and Jolanda Kluin, will become a council member of the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI). Today the Council of Ministers approved the nominations for the appointments proposed by Minister Dijkgraaf of Education, Culture and Science.

Tecnológico de Monterrey and University of Twente mark 25-year collaboration

It is one of the University of Twente’s longest-running international collaborations, the one with Tecnológico de Monterrey (Tec) in Mexico. At the end of October, the universities celebrated the 25th anniversary of their cooperation together. A delegation of directors, researchers and support staff, led by Executive Board president Vinod Subramaniam, was a guest on the Monterrey campus. To celebrate this significant milestone, but mostly to look ahead to how the collaboration can become even more fruitful.

Data in education: curse or blessing?

‘I didn’t become a teacher to work with data, or: ‘students are not a number’. These are common statements when the topic of data in education arises. “But, if we use data well, we can make a difference to the quality of education,” argues Kim Schildkamp, who delivered her inaugural speech as professor of data-informed decision-making for learning and development at the University of Twente on Friday, 11 November. “That doesn’t happen automatically. It is a complex interplay of people and data: combining data with the knowledge, creativity and experience of people.”

100% efficient electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide

Researchers from the University of Twente, in collaboration with Shell, developed a new mechanism that makes the conversion of carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, which is an essential feedstock in the production of chemicals. Within this project under the umbrella of the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC), the researchers published their findings in the scientific journal ACS Energy Letters. Their publication was also selected for the cover images of the same journal. UT PhD student and lead author Sobhan Neyrizi: “With the novel molecules designed in our research, we could innovate a new pathway for CO2 conversion.”