The five new research programmes that have been awarded 22 million euros by the 4TU.federation presented themselves this week during the 4TU kick-off event. The overarching theme is ‘high tech for a sustainable future’. The universities of Delft, Eindhoven, Twente and Wageningen will be collaborating in these programmes. By consolidating their knowledge, they are committed to driving innovation in research.
With the appointment of 44 tenure trackers, 4TU is investing in research for the long term. It concerns permanent positions at the universities. The idea is for the researchers to set up their own research projects that fall within the themes, secure funding and hire trainee research assistants. TU Delft is coordinating two of the programmes: ‘Soft Robotics’ and ‘Plantenna’.
The ‘Plantenna’ programme is being coordinated by Peter Steeneken, professor of Dynamics of Micro and Nanosytems at the Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering. The ‘Soft Robotics’ programme is being coordinated by Herman van der Kooij, part-time professor at the Department of BioMechanical Engineering in collaboration with David Abbink and Michael Wiertlewski from the Delft Haptics Lab and Paul Breedveld and Aimee Sakes from the BITE Group.
Source: “Research programmes Soft Robotics and Botanic Sensor networks at 4TU event”, Delft University of Technology