Our mediumwave signal on 747 was poor in the Northern part of Eindhoven. Reception is now greatly improved as Radio Nederwetten relays our program during the day. So try 747 or 828 to listen in your car. The antenna location in Nederwetten allows a much more effective radiation of the radio signal//.
Scientific research that is being quoted over and over again? Prof. Bert Blocken’s insights on how win seconds in a cycling race, how to descent faster or on what position to take in a platoon have a profound impact of the big tours and races. Radio 4 Brainport visited this unique research facility at TU Eindhoven.
listen to our podcast Cyclists win by training in a windtunnel
Forecasting the Air Quality in every City Street?
Predicting turbulent air flows is hard. Eindhoven University of Technology has a unique wind tunnel that can experimentally simulate air flows. Although these new aerodynamic insights in cycling sport have been covered widely in the media, the insights on wind forces, on the spread of pollution, such as particulate matter (fijnstof) are also of high societal relevance. Radio 4 Brainport asked Prof. Bert Blocken to elaborate on what we can learn from wind tunnel experiments.
Podcast: Air Quality
For the first team this year the Solar Team will be able to build in a new solar racing car fully under their own control.
Solar Team Eindhoven has kicked off the production process for the fourth edition in its series of solar-powered family vehicles. A notable change since the project started seven years ago is that the entire creation process will take place in Eindhoven: most of the design is based at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and the manufacturing will be on the Brainport Industries Campus (BIC). The current team, consisting of 26 students from the TU/e working full-time on the project, will compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia, on 13-20 October 2019.
“This time everything is coming together here in the Brainport region, with all of our partners. And, here at the BIC, we are working to develop as many partnerships as possible, to ensure that we make this ecosystem work”, says Evan Quadvlieg, Technical Acquisition Manager at Solar Team Eindhoven.
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During the first three editions, he was the chairman of the jury, this year Staf Depla is the big winner of the High Tech Piek Event that Innovation Origins organizes every year around Christmas. Depla, alderman for Economic Affairs in Eindhoven until last Spring, received the award for his efforts around the Brainport Action Agenda, which has helped the Brainport Eindhoven region move forward in the Netherlands as well as abroad. Previous Peaks have been awarded before to Guus Frericks (2015), Rob van Gijzel (2016) and Maarten Steinbuch (2017).
The STARs of 2018, awarded for performance in the past year, are John Blankendael, BIC, Carlijn Bouten, TU/e Professor of Biomedical Technology, Saartje Janssen, director Summa, and Jean-Paul van Oijen, Twice
The KNALLERs 2018, thus people of whom a lot is expected in 2019 are Lex Hoefsloot, Lightyear, Jalila Essaidi, BioArt Laboratories Max Aerts, Dutch Energy Solutions, Ineke Hurkmans, IamNL.
You will hear the all on Radio 4 Brainport
Does artificial intelligence solve problems? “Well, that depends whom you ask,” says data visualisation expert Prof Jack (Jarke) van Wijk, from Eindhoven University of Technology.
Data visualisation expert Jack van Wijk is at the forefront of several new developments in data sciences, which he oversees both as professor at the Technical University of Eindhoven, and as Director of the Data Science Centre Eindhoven. He was one of the speakers at the Holst Memorial Symposium 2018, where Radio4Brainport asked him about his views on the relative contributions of artificial intelligence versus data sciences. We began by asking him about the activities at the Data Science Centre.
Live from POPEI, we broadcast the event Music with Strangers. The internationals performed during a 5 hour event. Many different styles of music with one common denominator: performed by people whom you would just perceive as a stranger when you meet him or her on the street, thus …. music performed by anyone :-). Indeed, meeting new people, performing with new friends is a great experience.
We didn’t broadly announce it beforehand because it was a test with many technical and organisational uncertainties. But it was a successful test, and we will continue to cover more live events..
In an interview for Radio4Brainport.org, newly appointed full professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Rudi Bekkers, reveals that he found evidence that Chinese authorities systematically favour Chinese patent applications over foreign applicants. Such discrimination makes it more difficult for European companies to get intellectual property rights granted in China, arguably leading to unfair competition. It appears not just an incidental case of the decline a few European patent applications, but now there is scientific evidence of a systematic discrimination.
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Professor Rudi Bekkers gave his inaugural lecture at TU/e on 14 September 2018, giving insight from his years of research and policy advisory work on standardisation and patents in technology.
In this podcast, Erika van der Merwe asks Prof Bekkers about the practical implications of standardisation in technology for European business, and about the stance taken by China.
Standardisation in technology and the nurturing of the patent system, Bekkers explains, is essential for creating a context in which innovators can specialise and flourish, and where technological advancement is possible.
“Standardisation is helpful in many ways. Companies – for instance in the fields of communication, mobility, smart grids or the internet of things – understand that if they build standalone technologies, that do not allow for interoperability, it is a dead end. So, you don’t have to impose standards; everyone wants to be at the table.”
Policymakers have a key role in ensuring that standards are fairly developed, through an open process, which is transparent, Bekkers says.
Public interest in standardisation
“Always thinking from the perspective of the general public interest, policymakers are there to make sure that the pro-competitive forces are greater than the anti-competitive forces when companies get together in the process of standardisation. Further, not all stakeholders who have an interest in the process are necessarily sitting at the table. Some stakeholders have all the resources, or can be influential in the process, while others are absent, or perhaps have less effective influence. Policymakers are there to keep an eye on that.”
Bekkers gave the example in his inaugural address of a typical laptop today, which uses about 250,000 patents. Negotiating patent rights with all stakeholders can become a nightmare for innovators and manufacturers, and also here a regulatory framework is essential. He sees it as an accomplishment of the Brainport region, and Philips by implication, to have initiated the concept of patent pools, and to have convinced national authorities that it this is in the interest of the end consumer and is not an example anti-competitive behaviour.
The unprecedented degree of lobbying that took place in recent years, in the run-up to the issuing of a communication by the European Commission (EC) on technological standardisation, shows just how high the stakes are for technology owners in shaping the conversation around standardisation. Despite divergent perspectives and views within the EC, including on aspects of competition and on growth of industry, it nevertheless succeeded in issuing of a formal communication by the end of last year.
“The communication answers quite a few questions, though not all questions. But it definitely brings us a step forward, for example in achieving transparency, particularly for small start-ups. We hope to see how this transparency will be improved in coming years.”
A global approach to standardisation
That there is progress in formulating coherent views on standards in technology is significant given that the approach has become global. “It is almost always a global process now. The times where important technologies were different between regions lie behind us.”
Interestingly, Bekkers sees that even China, which in the past drove an inwardly focused policy of so-called indigenous innovation, has shifted gears. “China tried incredibly hard for many years to create their own standards. It was a total failure. The outcome is that those companies that resisted these Chinese-only standards are the biggest players in the world today, and China has turned around and has now focused itself on the outside world.”
Nevertheless, he observes some remaining Chinese resistance to levelling the playing fields in global technological developments. In a recent academic study, he finds clear evidence of discrimination in the Chinese patent office between domestic and foreign patent applicants. “This is worrisome, given that it is a fundamental principle of patent law that there is no distinction between local and foreign applicants.”
As this finding may have a major consequence for the international relations with China, a draft scientific paper is currently subject to a heavy review process. Yet Bekkers appears confident about the rigorous and solid approach behind the investigations of his team.
Universities to shape thinking about the role of technology
Bekkers sees an important role for academic institutions such as the TU/e in shaping future thinking around the role of technology.
“The market is expecting people with excellent technical knowledge, but also people who can reflect on what they do, and who can function across disciplines.” He was instrumental in redesigning and broadening the curriculum at the university, with a view to equipping students for the realities of a career in technology.
“Making a product that is technologically superior is not a guarantee that that product will be a success. So many factors will affect product success; patents and standards are two important phenomena there.”
Equipping students with the tools to think about technology in a way that has a positive impact, is an underpinning theme in the development of a long-term vision by the TU/e.
“We face a number of grand societal challenges in Europe and elsewhere in the world – in sustainability, in mobility, in demographics and in health – and there is a big belief that engineers can contribute to solutions to these challenges. In the end, what we should be contributing to at the university, is to have a positive impact.”
Radio 4 Brainport gives you an update on the international Tech Scene. A few times, in the morning update, such taht you can easily find you favorite listening time during the morning drive to work.
The Daily Tech Headlines are produced in California, with all the hot news from Silicon Valley, Google, Apple, Intel, Microsoft, Uber, Tesla, the famous universities, etc
Radio 4 Brainport, the English language radio station for the international community in the Eindhoven TopTech region keeps you up to date, not only with the latest from Brainport, but also with the international current affairs.
Radio 4 Brainport now has signed a contract with United Nations Radio. This means that you can listen to a news bulletin from the United Nations studios in New York several times per day, in particular at 7:50 AM in the morning and at 17:20 in the late afternoon (5:20 PM).
United Nations Radio has a long standing history in bringing a global perspective on human stories. United Nations Radio is the international broadcasting service of the United Nations and is distributed by partner radio stations, now since July 2018, including Radio 4 Brainport.
On weekdays, you can already also hear news in English on Radio4Brainport.org by Feature Story News every hour, a few times per day the Daily Tech Headlines, on weekends you can listen to Dutch News Podcasts and Radio 4 Brainport has its own updates, interviews and reports.