Digital Health

Robot assistance for a better life

ETV Symposium: Digital Health


Mekelzalen, Science Center
Mijnbouwstraat 120, Delft

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Wednesday 6th of June 2018


13:00 Walk-in
13:30 Start symposium
17:30 Closing drink

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If you think robots, health care and/or medical engineering is very interesting, you have to join our symposium! On the 6th of June 3 speakers working in this field will come to give a presentation about their expertise or their engineering project. The programme will be led by prof. dr. Paddy French, professor Electronic Instrumentation at the Department of Microelectronics. The whole symposium will be held English.

The subjects that will be discussed are:

Autonomous robots: What is an autonomous robot? What is intelligence? What is the difference between robot software and our "human software"? - by Pieter Jonker

From Concept to Product of Alten Nederland B.V.: Since a few years the Healthcare sector is transformed under the influence of the progress of the technologies and the digital revolution, which affects all the sectors. What is needed to bring a concept to a product? - by Jacco van der Spek

Small-scaled soft-bodied robot: Very small robots that can be controlled by electromagnetic waves from outside the object, for example your body. - by Mastrangeli Massimo




  • Without drinks only €2,50!



  • Only employees at the TU Delft



  • For people not from the TU Delft


Pieter Jonker

Autonomous robots

Pieter Jonker is full professor of Cognitive Robotics at the Bio-Mechanical Engineering Department of the Delft University of Technology, part of the TU-Delft Robotics Institute. He coordinated many multi-disciplinary national and EU projects in the area of robotics and real-time / parallel computers for robot vision.

Currently he works in the automotive field on assisted and autonomous driving. He is scientific project leader of the WEpods project, an autonomous people mover at the campus of the Wageningen University. His robotics research is bio-inspired, in particular on the human visual system and how to apply this in the field of robot vision.

He is member of the IEEE and fellow of the IAPR. He is co-CEO of the start-up company, working on robotic solutions for elderly care, surveillance robots and autonomous cars. He is CEO of the start-up company that has its business in automatically conversion of motion picture to 3D, on the fly. It is a technology inspired by the human visual system that gives astonishing, natural results.

His special interest is finding clues how the cognitive and motion system of humans work in terms of massively parallel and stochastic computing paradigms.

Jacco van der Spek

From Concept to Product at Alten Nederland B.V.

Jacco van der Spek is a Software Consultant at ALTEN. Currently he is working as Lead Software Engineer on a Horizon 2020 project for developing a new eyewear product line. ALTEN is a leading company in Technology Consulting and Engineering. ALTEN is working on projects in the fields of Technical Software, Mechatronics, Software Testing and Business Intelligence in the high-tech industry.

In 2014, he obtained his Master degree in Embedded Systems at Delft University of Technology. His master thesis was titled: “Imitation learning for a robotic precision placement task”. Before his master studies he obtained a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering also at Delft University of Technology.

The past few years he has been working on complex embedded systems and robotics as a Software Engineer. He thereby likes to apply new technologies in industrial environments. In this presentation he will talk about what is needed to bring a concept to a product. This will be illustrated by two projects that ALTEN did in the medical field.

Massimo Mastrangeli

Small-scaled soft-bodied robot

Massimo Mastrangeli obtained his Ph.D. degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Leuven (Belgium) in 2010 with a dissertation that pioneered microsystem integration by fluidic selfassembly.

From 2011 to 2013 he was Post-Doctoral Scientist at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland), researching on the convergence of M/NEMS and distributed robotics.

In 2014, he joined as Senior Scientist the BEAMS department of Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium), investigating surface tension-based micromanipulation and templated nanoparticle assembly.

As Research Associate at the Physical Intelligence Department of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Stuttgart, Germany) between 2015 and 2017, he then focused on micro-robotics and programmable self-organization.

Since September 2017, Massimo is part of TU Delft’s ECTM group of the Microelectronics department, investigating silicon/polymer-based organ-on-chip platforms and bottom-up fabrication of nanoparticle-based systems. Massimo is also (since 2014) Guest Lecturer at the EDMI school of EPFL.

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