Three new TU/e Data Science projects awarded

Project 1

JADS proved to be a fertile environment to address this type of problems. Jack has teamed up with his colleagues at JADS, including Mykola Pechenizkiy, Wijnand IJsselsteijn, Eric Postma, Chris Snijders, Martijn Willemsen and Maurits Kaptein, who bring in a wide variety of expertise and experience. The grant will provide funding for three PhD positions, which will be supervised by members of the team.

Project 2

The Research Program “Designing Systems for Informed Resilience Engineering (DeSIRE)” was awarded in response to the 4TU-call “High Tech for a Sustainable Future”.

The DeSIRE Research Program builds upon the newly established 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering (RE). It unites several excellent existing research groups across different disciplines within the 4TU universities under the umbrella of resilience. The 4TU RE Centre and the DeSIRE Research Program will be aligned, leveraging the existing research, and academic and engineering networks to create an international driving force for innovation in resilience engineering.

The awarded funding supports 15 new tenure track positions that complement the existing expertise to advance the national resilience engineering school towards a new level. DeSIRE aims to conduct excellent research of societal value by connecting advances in resilience engineering (RE)  with adaptive principles of societal resilience. DeSIRE consolidates the top expertise with the ambition to leverage the national RE research towards the world-leading RE center creating a momentum for science contributing to a lasting societal impact. By consolidating in-depth engineering competences, advanced research methods and evolutionary approaches for decision making, this research program strives to accelerate the knowledge base, methods and societal impact of RE.

This ambitious program brings together 43 participants from 12 faculties at all four universities of the 4TU (UT: ET, MBS, ITC; DUT: CEG, Arch, EEMCS, TPM; TU/e: MCS, EE, IEIS; WUR: PS, ES). In particular, the 4TU Resilience Engineering think-tank: consists of: Dr. Ir. Marjolein Dohmen-Janssen – managing director, Dr. Stella Kapodistria, Dr. Lan Ge, Dr. Pascale le Blanc, Dr. Tina Comes, Dr. Irna van der Molen, Dr. ir. Joanne Vinke-De Kruijf.

Project 3

The research program ‘Pride and Prejudice – tackling chronic disease prevention through real life monitoring and context-aware intervention design’ was awarded in response to the 4TU-call. The funding will support five tenure trackers and six postdocs and involves 22 researchers from eight departments of all four universities of the 4TU federation. 

A suboptimal diet is the second-leading risk factor for disability-adjusted life years and deaths worldwide. Low physical activity as such ranked 12th. Inactivity and poor dietary behaviour are both affected by an interaction of personal, social, cultural, and societal conditions. In modern affluent societies where food is abundant and available 24/7, and where people are constantly seduced by companies’ marketing efforts, it is extremely challenging to stick to a healthy diet combined with regular physical activity, and many people are unable to change their habits. The most successful endeavors to change people’s behavior have combined interventions in multiple environments and have focused on groups rather than on individuals.
This research program therefore aims to deliver:

  • Food intake measurement methods and physical activity monitors that will be used by people motivated to live healthy, because they are non-demanding and can be seamlessly integrated into daily life and that are accurate enough to measure the effect of interventions.
  • Innovative ways to study people’s motivation and engagement with behaviour changing interventions.
  • Interventions and coaching strategies targeted at individuals and social groups that lead to sustained, long term, behavior change.
  • Interventions and coaching strategies that use data from the individual, group and societal levels to effectively tailor interventions in context and time.

The program will be split into three work packages, feeding into each other according to the scheme below:

The program features a unique combination of disciplines, involving physical, life, ICT, design, behavioral and social sciences. It will be coordinated by Aarnout Brombacher and Marjolein van Lieshout, both Industrial Design TU/e.