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Dobriţa, Alexandra (author)
Motivated by the desire to bring intelligent processing at the Edge, enabling online learning on resource- and latency-constrained embedded devices has become increasingly appealing, as it has the potential to tackle a wide range of challenges: on the one hand, it can deal with on-the-fly adaptation to fast sensor-generated streams of data under...
master thesis 2024
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van Nederveen, Milou (author)
Quantum Batteries (QBs) are quantum-mechanical devices for energy storage, gaining interest due to a potential quantum advantage in power. Recently, the first experimental implementations of QBs were realised. This study characterises the superconducting transmon qubits of Starmon-5 as QBs using the Quantum Inspire platform. In addition to...
master thesis 2024
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Overvliet, Coen (author)
This thesis aims to explore the design of a mechanical solution for a self-burrowing probe for site characterization using a bio-inspired design approach. The biological strategies of a range of organisms known for their burrowing and penetration behavior are presented and several burrowing robots that implement these biological strategies as...
master thesis 2023
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Ulyanov, Boris (author)
Liquid crystalline polymers have recently attracted attention for their great tensile properties. However, their interlaminar fracture toughness is low. To solve this, toughening approaches inspired by Nature are applied, exploiting the shaping freedom of fused deposition modelling. Three approaches are studied: the matchstick approach, z...
master thesis 2023
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Koudstaal, Loulou (author)
The MLD massage is a key component of a lymphedema patient’s treatment. Currently, research is ongoing manifesting a transition from system care to self-care by designing robotic sleeves that are able to perform an effective and safe MLD massage enabling the patient to gain a sense of empowerment and ownership over their treatment and time. This...
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Manjunath, Laveena (author)
Airspeed information plays a crucial role in the takeoff, flight, and landing processes in animal flyers and aerial vehicles. Among the aerial vehicles, Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles (FWMAVs) represent the novel engineering approach of learning and mimicking animal flyers in the past two decades. A few prototypes of various sizes and...
master thesis 2023
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van Veggel, Stein (author)
In the field of soft robotics, rigid joints and links are replaced by soft, deformable elements, This causes soft continuum robot arms to excel in unpredictable environments, but to face challenges during control and shape reconstruction. The sensing ability present in octopus suckers provides inspiration for solutions. Octopuses employ their...
master thesis 2023
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Firlefyn, Michiel (author)
Insects have long been recognized for their ability to navigate and return home using visual cues from their nest’s environment. However, the precise mechanism underlying this remarkable homing skill remains a subject of ongoing investigation. Drawing inspiration from the learning flights of honey bees and wasps, we propose a robot navigation...
master thesis 2023
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Sekar, Anand (author)
Colonoscopy is a widely used endoscopic procedure to diagnose colorectal cancer (CRC) which is considered the fourth most common cancer in the US and the second most common cancer in Europe. Colonoscope, used in colonoscopy, consists of a thin flexible hollow tube that is inserted into the rectum of a person and propagated through the entire...
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Mooijman, Tom (author)
Enceladus, one of the icy moons of Saturn, has been of major scientific interest since the Cassini-Huygens mission has explored the Saturn system. This is due to cryovolcanic geysers with complex organic molecules and other ingredients for life in it blasting into space from its subglacial warm ocean. The moon's harsh environmental conditions...
master thesis 2023
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Moens, Tieme (author)
Flying drones have been a well-established field of engineering for many years now. With the wave of bio-inspired design came the idea of flapping wing micro air vehicles (FWMAVs). These drones use flapping wings instead of fixed or rotary wings to generate their lift, giving them the potential for agile movement and application in confined...
master thesis 2023
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Aydin, Güven (author)
Treatment of prostate cancer can be done by performing brachytherapy, where radioactive seeds are transperineally implanted in the prostate via needles. A known problem during treatments with needles is the risk of targeting errors caused by the deviation of the needle from the planned path in the prostate. One of the main sources of this error...
master thesis 2023
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Hoppener, Bruce (author)
Focal laser ablation is a new, promising method to treat tumors. The current focal laser ablation approach is to insert an optical fiber into the patient using rigid needles. A side effect of this approach is that during the needle insertion, tissue damage occurs. The larger the diameter of the needle, the more tissue damage. If the diameter of...
master thesis 2023
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van Soolingen, Simon (author)
master thesis 2023
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Harvey, Christina (author), de Croon, G.C.H.E. (author), Taylor, Graham K. (author), Bomphrey, Richard J. (author)
Powered flight was once a capability limited only to animals, but by identifying useful attributes of animal flight and building on these with technological advances, engineers have pushed the frontiers of flight beyond our predecessors’ wildest imaginations. Yet, there remain many key characteristics of biological flight that elude current...
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Pezzato, C. (author), Hernández, Carlos (author), Bonhof, S.D. (author), Wisse, M. (author)
In this article, we propose a hybrid combination of active inference and behavior trees (BTs) for reactive action planning and execution in dynamic environments, showing how robotic tasks can be formulated as a free-energy minimization problem. The proposed approach allows handling partially observable initial states and improves the...
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de Kater, E.P. (author), Müller, R. (author), Sakes, A. (author), Breedveld, P. (author)
The fixation strength of pedicle screws could be increased by fixating along the much stronger cortical bone layer, which is not possible with the current rigid and straight bone drills. Inspired by the tsetse fly, a single-plane steerable bone drill was developed. The drill has a flexible transmission using two stacked leaf springs such that...
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van der Schoot, Ward (author), Wezeman, Robert (author), Eendebak, P.T. (author), Neumann, Niels M.P. (author), Phillipson, F. (author)
With the rise of quantum computing, many quantum devices have been developed and many more devices are being developed as we speak. This begs the question of which device excels at which tasks and how to compare these different quantum devices with one another. The answer is given by quantum metrics, of which many exist today already....
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Cruz Saldivar, M. (author), Veeger, Robin Petrus Elias (author), Tay, E.T.W.S. (author), Fenu, M. (author), Klimopoulou, M. (author), van Osch, G.J.V.M. (author), Fratila-Apachitei, E.L. (author), Doubrovski, E.L. (author), Mirzaali, Mohammad J. (author), Zadpoor, A.A. (author)
Living organisms use functional gradients (FGs) to interface hard and soft materials (e.g., bone and tendon), a strategy with engineering potential. Past attempts involving hard (or soft) phase ratio variation have led to mechanical property inaccuracies because of microscale-material macroscale-property nonlinearity. This study examines 3D...
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Fung-A-Jou, Zola (author), Bloemberg, J. (author), Breedveld, P. (author)
Needles are commonly used in medical procedures. However, current needle designs have some disadvantages. Therefore, a new generation of hypodermic needles and microneedle patches drawing inspiration from mechanisms found in nature (i.e. bioinspiration) is being developed. In this systematic review, 80 articles were retrieved from Scopus, Web...
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