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Maéva Dang, Researcher at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), posted

Event "Negotiating Energy" at AMS Institute

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When: May 10 from 3 PM - 5 PM
Location: AMS Institute or online (hybrid)

Join SuperworldTU Delft, and AMS Institute for an inspiring event as we explore the complexities of energy transition and retrofitting in the built environment. The upcoming hybrid event will showcase their research project and how it supports the negotiation processes of retrofitting and energy as a common resource.

For more information and registration (free), please click here:

#energy #energytransition #project #environment #VVE #research

In #collaboration with Gemeente AmsterdamStichting !WOONCLICKNLNationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek SIA

Lecture / presentation on May 10th
Maéva Dang, Researcher at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), posted

Participate in 'Collect Your Retrofits' research and make your VvE more sustainable!

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Our call for monumental VvEs in the city centre of Amsterdam:
Are you interested getting a detailed technical analysis and report, conducted by TU Delft, of your monumental building? We are looking for a VvE in the city centre of Amsterdam for our research project!
We will provide you with free advice and insights into your options and a multi-year plan for the sustainable renovation of your property.

Interested? Please contact:

More details about the research project
Based on that vision, the 1-year exploratory research “Collect Your Retrofits” funded by the KIEM Goci (NWO) and as part of the High-hanging fruit program, brings together knowledge institutions TU Delft (Climate Design and Sustainability), AMS Institute and Superworld, an international Architecture and Strategic Design practice. The project is also supported by the Gemeente Amsterdam and Stichting !WOON.

“Collect Your Retrofits” intends to design a replicable and collective retrofit approach in the context of monumental areas while reframing the cultural notion of energy. The research intends to answer the following questions: How can we unlock the potential of collective retrofitting at scale in the context of historic buildings? And, what would it mean to design collective decision making process of energy as a common resource?

Alejandra Gomez Ortega, PhD Researcher at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), posted

OK Google: Give me my data. Explore and (maybe) donate your voice records towards more inclusive voice recognition technology!

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If you are a user of voice assistants, you have probably experienced misunderstandings, especially if you are a woman or have an accent.  One of the reasons behind misunderstandings is bias in voice biometrics. This is not a problem if you’re a white US male, but for the rest of us, voice-based systems may be biased.

If you use Google Assistant, whether you use the Assistant App, use Google Home, or Google Nest, you can help mitigate bias in voice biometrics by donating your voice records.

In the process, you will be able to explore your data before committing to donate it.
To do so:

  1. Download a copy of your Google Assistant records (See detailed instructions)
  2. Upload your data to our Data Donation Platform and explore it
  3. Decide what exactly you want to share and donate your data!

We will use the donated data to develop design guidelines and construct an evaluation dataset that reflects real-life usage conditions of voice biometrics technology. In addition, you can participate in a follow-up interview to delve into your personal experience with voice assistants and further explore your data.

This project is part of my PhD research and your contribution would be greatly appreciated! Feel free to reach out :)

Jered Vroon, Post-doctoral researcher Human-Robot Interaction at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), posted

Robots voor een schonere stad?

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Wat als iedereen in de stad op <b>elke</b>straathoek hun afval volledig gescheiden aan zou kunnen bieden – van luiers en lokaal composteerbaar groen, tot plastic en drinkpakken? Niet met de logistieke nachtmerrie van een overdaad aan aparte inzamelbakken, maar met robots die het aangeboden afval naar een centraler punt rijden. Of wat als robots kunnen helpen om het opruimen van vermoedelijk drugsafval efficiënter en veiliger te maken? Of wat als ze de schoonmakers van de stad ondersteunen in het schoon houden van lastige plekken als oevers en kades?

Dat zijn een paar van de ideeën die zijn geoogst tijdens de workshop ‘Robots & een leefbare stad’, op de demodag van Amsterdam Smart City, 16 september 2021. Ik deelde resultaten van ons onderzoek met het AMS Instituut en de TU Delft naar de interacties die ontstaan tussen robots en mensen op straat. Daarna hebben we gebrainstormd over hoe ‘straatrobots’ van nut kunnen zijn voor een schonere stad. Het werd een inspirerend gesprek, door een rijke mix mensen van gemeentes, provincies en onderzoeksinstituten.

Naast de vele ideeën, kwamen ook de meer kritische vragen aan bod. Kan een robot bijvoorbeeld wel omgaan met de onvoorspelbaarheid van de stad? Zouden gebieden buiten de stad dan niet beter werken? Kunnen robots bewustwording verhogen, ‘nudgen’, zonder manipulatief te zijn? Hoe kunnen we dit juist een kans maken voor kwetsbare groepen, zoals mensen met een beperking? Kunnen we niet beter eerst de behoeftes in kaart brengen, in plaats van meteen na te denken over robots?

Kortom, vele inzichten die samen een eerste aanknopingspunt kunnen vormen voor een schonere stad. De diversiteit van de groep gaf hele verschillende perspectieven op het wel of niet inzetten van robots. Een waardevolle aanvulling op waar we zelf al aan dachten. En de nadrukkelijke uitnodiging om de toegevoegde waarde voor mensen voorop te zetten.

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Sultan Cetin, Designer | Doctoral Researcher at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), posted

Digital Circular Economy: An Emerging Framework

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Researchers Sultan Cetin (TU Delft), Catherine De Wolf (ETH Zurich) and Nancy Bocken (Maastricht University), have developed a novel framework combining Circular Economy principles and life cycle stages of buildings, and mapped ten potentially enabling digital technologies.

These include:

  1. Additive/robotic manufacturing;
  2. Artificial intelligence;
  3. Big data and analytics;
  4. Blockchain technology;
  5. Building information modelling;
  6. Digital platforms/marketplaces;
  7. Digital twins;
  8. The geographical information system;
  9. Material passports/databanks;
  10. The internet of things.

Their framework can be used to create roadmaps or map your value network in your circular operations.
You can access their article freely.

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Tharsis Teoh, Urban Freight Consultant at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), posted

Free MOOC on Sustainable Urban Freight Transport

Life in the city relies on the smooth operation of urban freight transport. But, we know there are a lot of issues associated with the activity, leading to often very unsustainable outcomes. If you're interested in sustainable transport, don't neglect looking at urban freight!

We have a free course on Sustainable Urban Freight Transport starting next week 4th December 2018. It is a collaboration between top universities around the world, and led by TU Delft. It provides you with a clear introduction to the world of city logistics. Hopefully, it will spark some innovation in thinking about integrating older practices with smart city initiatives and startups.

If you're interested, enroll at

Share this with your friends and colleagues. Enroll together and it will be more fun!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Silvia Polverini, PDEng at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), posted

Master thesis project

I would like to do my thesis about smart cities: how it is the best solution for every city and spread the idea everywhere.

I am at the end of my career as a engineer student and I am looking for a project that really interested me.

My studies cover all thr area around energy, sustainable technology. However the main skills that I'm shod are:

- design Zero Energy Building; - Analysis of the supply grid operator of small and medium-sized areas ;

- Design of electric vehicles with the most innovative technologies in today's market ;

- Waste material treatment and management.

I would like to be involved in a project in those areas to increase my knowledge and capability, because in the next years I would find myself as an active participant.

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Siebe Broersma, Researcher at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), posted

The City-zen Methodology Approach For Urban Energy Transitions

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European cities and municipalities have considerable goals in becoming carbon neutral and energy self-sufficient in line with the Paris Agreement. To be successful in reaching climate ambitions we must start now, but it is complex and easier said then done. It requires radical changes such as far-reaching energy renovations, specific approaches, new heating networks, large-scale production facilities for solar power, geothermal energy and green gas. This needs the attention and action of all stakeholders: companies, knowledge institutions, companies, housing corporations and citizens. The European research project City-zen an Urban Energy Transition Methodology is developed to draw an Energy Master Plan for a city. The plan, a roadmap, exists of several (practical and local oriented) energy interventions and measures, both at the technical and strategic level which can be put on a timeline. In this City-zen approach the roadmap with urban energy measures for Amsterdam and Grenoble is made in helping achieving their ambitious climate goals. With concrete examples for local neighbourhoods it explains the different scenarios that are necessary to reach ambitious climate and energy targets.

City-zen was an international consortium, a program stimulating learning-by-doing in Grenoble and Amsterdam between March 2014 and November 2019. The results can be found in a booklet or in detailed reports.

City-zen Smart City Flyer

City-zen Smart City Poster

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