Young TU Delft researchers start work thanks to Veni grants


02 November 2010 by M&C

Five talented young researchers from Delft have been awarded a Veni grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The grants will enable them to spend three years developing ideas and conducting research into detectors for star formation, preventing regret in mobility decisions, automated testing for web applications, coordinated transport hubs and self-repairing steel. The candidates were selected on the basis of their striking and original talent for carrying out innovative scientific research. The subsidy amounts to a maximum of €250,000 per researcher.

The Delft Veni recipients


Nanoscientists’ view of outer space - Dr A. (Akira) Endo
Nanoscientists and astronomers are working together to unravel the history of star formation. The team intends to develop a huge network of superconductive, far infrared detectors to see how things were tens of billions of years ago.


Mobility without regret - Dr C.G. (Caspar) Chorus
Trying to avoid regret at a later date is often an important aspect of making decisions. This piece of research translates the human tendency to minimise regret into an econometric model of mobility decision behaviour. The model can be used to make predictions about traffic flows and the accessibility of cities.


Web Application Testing as an Automated Service - Dr A. (Ali) Mesbah
Programming modern web applications is a highly complex procedure, prone to mistakes. This research tries to discover algorithms that can be used to test and automatically analyse the highly dynamic web conditions. It also examines simple ways for web designers to use the test methods.

Large-scale detailed transport management: Coordination of traffic flows at all levels - Dr R.R. (Rudy) Negenborn
The scale and complexity of global goods traffic is on the increase. At the same time, goods must be transported in a more sustainable and economical manner. This research provides local transport hubs with an independent and continuous means of collaborating and negotiating with each other. The result is better coordinated and more efficient transport management.


Self-repairing steel - Dr M. (Mohanchand) Paladugu
In much the same way as biological systems, steel is also able to repair itself. As nano-cracks develop, mobile atoms can fill them with stable clusters, preventing further damage. This project looks into methods for developing new self-repairing steel.

More information
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Information and Communication Department, +31 (0)70 344 0713, voorlichting@nwo.nl
Scientific information officer TU Delft, Ilona van den Brink, +31 (0)15 2784259, i.vandenbrink@tudelft.nl