Parallel Session 1: 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology

Responsible Innovation

Technology companies have a growing interest in corporate social responsibility, which can lead to a better corporate image, better compliance with regulation, savings and a greater acceptance of their products.  In this session, it will be discussed how technology companies can give shape to responsible innovation, that meets societal expectations of ethics and corporate citizenship, and how governments and universities can help companies in this pursuit.  It will also be explored how responsible innovation can be given shape in the context of the top sectors strategy.


13.00 – 13.15  Prof. Philip Brey, scientific director of the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, will introduce the concept of responsible innovation and its relevance to technology companies and government.  He will also present activities of the 3TU.Centre in relation to this topic.

13.15-13.30  Prof. Tiedo Vellinga, Director Environmental Monitoring Maasvlakte 2 of the Port of Rotterdam and Professor Ports and Waterways of Delft Univesity of Technology, will discuss responsible innovation in practice.  He will discuss lessons learned from the development of Maasvlakte 2 and how it has lead to new coalitions for the development of integrated and sustainable ports.  He will show how activities associated with traditional port development such as land reclamation, dredging and large-scale construction are often not aligned with the local eco- and socio-economic systems. There is a pressing need for the development of ports that are in harmony with nature and contribute to safeguarding or restoring ecosystem and socio-economic functioning. Eco-based port development offers a new integrated approach that incorporates the multiple views perspectives of engineering, ecosystem services and governance for successful implementation.

13.30 - 13.50  Prof. Brey will discuss practical tools that companies can use for responsible innovation, such as zoals social value creation strategies, codes of conduct, value-sensitive design, stakeholder consultation, anticipation of impacts, codes of conduct en supply-chain monitoring, and will enter into a dialogue with the audience about the need for, and the practical implementation of, responsible innovation.


Parallel Session 1: 3TU.Stan Ackermans Institute

During this interactive panel session the phenomenon Professional Doctorate in Engineering, the benefits and challenges that are connected to the PDEng projects are discussed with the public. The Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) programmes are a perfect example of how universities collaborate with industrial partners in a golden triangle of research, industry and government. For more than 25 years the institute educates young professionals to become independent engineers (3,500+ to date), well-prepared for industry and capable of turning knowledge into practical business solutions. It therefore really is The Innovation Degree.

Purpose of the session
The purpose of the session is to clarify with panelists and public what the added value is for industry, science and government when high-tech industry hires PDEng trainees. How do the PDEng programmes meet the demands for innovation set by industry? What is the desired role of the Dutch government when it comes to financing the collaboration between universities and industry in broad valorisation programmes consisting of combinations of PhD and PDEng projects?

Kick-off and introduction topic and panelists (10 min)
Panel discussion benefits (5 min)
Panel discussion challenges (5 min)
Panel / public discussion (20-30 minutes)
Wrap up

Intended outcome
The desired outcome is that the various target audiences gain new insights when it comes to making use of PDEng trainees for projects in the high-tech industry. During the session the results of the discussion will be registered and described in a report. After the event the outcome is shared with the public via the 3TU website.

Ir. Pieter Swinkels, managing director Process and Product Design Institute Delft University of Technology

- Jan Fransoo, director 3TU.School for Technological Design, Stan Ackermans Institute
- Maarten Steinbuch, scientific director PDEng programme Automotive Systems Design at Eindhoven University of Technology
- Gerard van der Laan, Principal Research GTL/Gas conversion, Projects & Technology at Shell Global Solutions International BV


Parallel Session 2: 3TU.Fluid and Solid Mechanics

Process Technology and Fluid Mechanics are by their nature strongly related disciplines. In current times, this may be even more important: many problems and challenges require a multi-disciplinairy approach. Consequently, goo cooperation as well as a simple structure of organisation for both disciplines is of utmost importance for both fields. In The Netherlands, there is room for improvement, especially on a recogniable, coherent field. In our contribution we will discuss some of the issues industry observes when overlooking our disciplines. It will be illustrated by a ‘simple case”: pigging in the oil industry where process technology, fluid mechanics and material sciences meet.

In the second part we would like to discuss the need and potential for a joint, long term road map addressing the grand challenges in our fields. This road map should serve as a unifying and guiding vehicle, allowing us concentrated action, in research and application, but also in long term funding and visibility of our field. We don’t have a simple, take home solution to offer, but will be glad to discuss with all the participants directions and options.


Parallel Session 2: 3TU.High Tech Systems

Where are the Dutch robotics companies?

The development of robot technology offers great opportunities for the Netherlands. Within the coming years and decades, we as a society will experience a rapid increase of robotic technology entering our world. It will have an impact on the way we live and our society as a whole. Robotics will enabled self-driving cars, realize the navigation and control of drones and create a second generation of smart (highly adaptable) factory systems which will lead to a cost reduction in manufacturing required to have a global competitive advantage. Robot technology can be seen as an enabling technology which will have an impact on almost every imaginable sector. For instance in oil & gas, agriculture, food, logistics, defence, transportation, healthcare and maintenance & inspection.

The majority of the people within the Dutch robotics network (RoboNED) are convinced that robotic technology is one the most promising technologies in our near future. This is also recognized abroad, in recent years companies like Google have bought several robotics start-ups. In 2014 alone, $586M was invested in robotics start-up companies worldwide (TechCrunch), an increase of more than 200% with respect to 2013. The question is, how the Netherlands can benefit from these advancements in robotic technologies and how to become an international commercial player in the field of robotics?

All three Dutch universities of technology excel on an international scientific level in the field of robotics. They perform ground breaking research and create innovations which make robotic technology accessible and valuable in an ever increasing amount of application areas. What seems to be missing, are a multitude of Dutch start-ups and companies that develop robot technology and act as a layer between research and technology end-users.  They represent an essential and vital link required to make the technology mature, serve different end-users groups and are capable of turning the Netherlands into a country successful in the field robotics. How can we create more robotics business in the Netherlands? What are the best ways to facilitate and support entrepreneurs?

Three inspiring speakers (start-up, SME, large company) are invited to share their experiences and express their views on this issue. After these speeches, the speakers and public are challenged to think and discuss this topic by means of theses.

Nico NijenHuis                                    CEO  & Founder Clear Flight Solutions

On the 16th of May 2015, start-up company Clear Flight Solution obtained an investment of 1.6M€ from US investment company Cottonwood Euro Technology Funds. Using this investment, CEO and Founder Nico Nijenhuis, want to turn Clear Flight Solutions into a world leader on the field of (pest) bird control. Where its technology can be used in for example airports or agriculture settings.
The company achieves this by using so called Robirds. These are remote controlled mechanical birds that are used to scare away real birds. The silhouette combined with the characteristic wing movement of the Robirds trigger the inbuilt instinct in pest birds to fly up, flock together and try to out climb predator (Robird).

Nico Nijenhuis, still 28 years old and Physics student graduating in the field or aerodynamics at the University of Twente, was introduced to the Robird concept as part of his master thesis to unravel and optimize the aerodynamic concepts behind the system. Within this graduation project, the idea for Clear Flight Solutions was born and Nico has been working on bringing the system to the market ever since.


Rik Kruidhof                                                              CEO

Robot Security Systems is a Safety & security company, an initiative and spin-off from Lobeco Fire + Security. They offer efficient Safety & Security solutions based on robotics. Robotics technology ensures both time and money savings. Robot Security Systems has developed their own robot family ‘SAM’, the Security and Surveillance robots. Rik Kruidhof, CEO of Robot Security Systems will talk about the commercial and technological challenges of developing the fully autonomous security robot Sam.


Ton Peijnenburg                             Manager Advanced Developments  VDL-ETG

VDL Groep is an international industrial company focused on the development, production and sale of semi-finished productsbuses & coaches and other finished products and the assembly of cars. It is a conglomerate of flexible, independent companies, each with its own specialty. The strength of VDL Groep lies in the mutual cooperation between the companies.

Within the field or robotics VDL is most known for their newly created car factory (MINI Hatch), their AGV vehicles in the port of Rotterdam and the creation of the autonomous bus system Phileas.

As manager of the Philips Mechatronics group (2002 – 2007). He got involved in industrial robots and autonomous vacuum cleaner robots. In 1999 he co-founded and led the Philips robot soccer team and won the first prize in the German Open. After 2007 funding was stopped by Philips. The team was re-instated again in 2012 with VDL as main sponsor, where they’re again striving for the 1st position in the international robot soccer competition. Ton’s vision is to bring people in contact with technology in a playful and interesting manner and to learn from each as much as possible.

Ton Peijnenburg, board member of RoboNED, strongly believes in a supporting role of large companies. He will share his views on the current Dutch robotics market, and how governmental bodies and companies can contribute to a climate that facilitate and support robotics start-up companies in order to become successful.

The session will be chaired by prof. dr. ir. Maarten Steinbuch.


Parallel Session 3: 3TU.NIRICT

Cyber Security: Secure Information Sharing

Cyber security research involves investigating technology and solutions for protecting the privacy of people, and providing security for the healthy functioning of the services within industrial activities. In many situations, security and privacy are strongly entangled and should be treated equally, but as such they are not sufficiently addressed. Regardless of the application domain, creating more cyber situational awareness is the start for a more secure society for all. This session will entail presentations and discussions on different security and privacy aspects of secure data sharing. More precisely, the security and privacy implications of data made available online by people, such as the information that people put online themselves for example via social media, and the information available about customers collected implicitly by companies to be processed for data mining and personalised services. Companies using the benefits of combining private data from several different sources has grown to be a vital component for the development of many economical activities, creating new business opportunities. The question then arises how this influences the fragile equilibrium between privacy and security. State-of-the-art technology development for both privacy and security is investigated in 3TU collaboration. This session will give insights in the 3TU research done in this field, with examples of projects in three important domains; automotive, smart grids and healthcare.

 — Hacking demo / Presentation

In the first part of the session a privacy specialist from TU Delft demonstrates how vulnerable people are in terms of personal data leakage, hence privacy, using very simple tools. He will collect freely available data on the participants during the day and show that it is very easy to do that. What kind of privacy sensitive data can be collected will be shown in the first part of the session.

— Presentation

In the second part the bridge from the example of personal data to industry concerns is the fundament for the following panel discussion.

 — Panel Discussion

The panel discussion on the privacy aspects in relation to security focuses on three important domains in the Netherlands: automotive, smart grids and healthcare. The panellists will discuss what privacy is in their domain, what kind of privacy challenges they face and what kind of solutions they deploy. In these domains a third factor safety sometimes obfuscates the picture, we are going to ask the panelists how they deal with that in relation to security and privacy. We are also going to discuss the ways to make the Dutch economy stronger and put it in a leading position where privacy protection on the sensitive data plays a vital role. The ways to establish a stronger relation between the industry and the academia in short and long term research will also be addressed.


Parallel Session 3: 3TU.BOUW


Notwithstanding the evident importance of the Built Environment sector, the public perception of this sector is not that positive, a trend that has been developing in the past few decades. The public perception of the sector often leans towards non-innovative, somewhat clumsy, disorganised and conservative.

It is often forgotten that inventions and innovations from any field of science and engineering, is finally applied in the context of the build environment. Developments with respect to energy comfort, new building materials and systems etc. are spectacular. For instance, no other innovation has increased life expectancy of people as much as the broad application of developments in sanitary engineering. It is even so, that the difference between developed and developing countries can be largely attributed to the quality of public sanitation systems. Apparently, the development of an adequate and efficient sanitation system requires the effective collaboration within the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’, i.e. stable and facilitating governments, well-trained people and innovation originating from educational and scientific institutions and energetic application by these innovations by the market.

Moreover, the environmental impact of the ‘building sector’ is huge, given the enormous usage of raw materials; together with the energy sector, the building sector is at the forefront of addressing great societal challenges related to sustainability, scarcity and availability of raw materials, and the transition towards a circular economic model, based on recycling and upcycling of waste materials and structures.

An effective and multidisciplinary approach the grand challenges ahead, require dedication and collaboration. Therefore, the three technical universities collaborate in the 3TU.Bouw Center of Excellence for the Built Environment. At present, 3TU.Bouw concentrates on two major developments: innovation with respect to energy efficiency in the built environment, and providing dedicated professional education programs to deliver young professionals that are able to bridge the gap between academia and the market.

The 3TU.Bouw focus on innovation with respect to energy efficiency in the built environment, is achieved through a programme that is called the 3TU.Bouw Lighthouse Projects programme. Lighthouse Projects aim at promoting and starting-up imaginative research projects that are related to the theme ‘Energy and the Built Environment’. The ‘imaginative’ nature of the research , as well as the delivery of tangible results (e.g. prototypes, test environments, and so on), distinguishes Lighthouse Projects from other funding schemes. The relative short project term of 3TU.Bouw Lighthouse Projects – tangible results within a year – appeals to ‘fast-track’ and ‘high-risk’ proposals. 3TU.Bouw Lighthouse projects aim at various levels of integration with industry and end-user parties.

Purpose of the session

The purpose of the session is to present the Lighthouse Programme to the audience, by highlighting a couple of projects. The necessity to speed up application of innovation in the Built Environment sector is evident, given the large challenges ahead. This will require a pragmatic research approach, with close contacts with the industry, which consists mainly of MKB in this sector. How can the apparent gap between MKB and academia be closed and the wheel of necessary progress be spinned faster? The audience will be interactively challenged to take a stand, to initiate action. Finally, the Nationale Wetenschapsagenda as conceived by 3TU.Bouw will be officially presented.


  • Kick-off and introduction: ambitions, MKB, need for pragmatic research, innovation is now, high risk – high yield (3 min)
  • Lighthouse project pitches ( 3 × 7 min)
    • Impenetrable Infiltration – dr. Bram Entrop (UTwente)                            
    • Energy Efficient Façade Lighting – prof.dr. Alexander Rosemann (TU/e)
    • PO Lab – dr. Tillmann Klein (TU  Delft)
  • INNOVATION IS NOW - prof. Ulrich Knaack (8 min)
  • Discussion with representatives of sector – prof Ulrich Knaack (12 min)
  • Presentation of the Nationale Wetenschapsagenda 3TU.Bouw (5 min)
  • Wrap up and closing (2 min)



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