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March 1st 2018
In the future we will increasingly be surrounded by intelligent technology; both inside our homes as outside on the street, in visible as well as invisible ways. Cars will evolve into iPads on wheels and all kinds of robots will help do our job and take care for the ill and elderly. Living with a private robot will be as common as keeping a pet. Every day the interaction between humans and technology will increase. It will change society and this revolution offers opportunities for solving social problems.
February 15th 2018
Divertor power exhaust is one of the remaining challenges in the design of successful fusion power plants. Usually, one has to resort to plasma edge codes to extrapolate the current understanding of divertor exhaust physics towards the operational windows anticipated in reactors. It is generally accepted that partially detached divertor operation will be required to mitigate heat loads to the divertor targets. However, the speed and convergence of the edge codes become serious bottlenecks in these highly-collisional regimes.
February 8th 2018
The transition from the fossil energy system to a renewable system is more than just a normal 'innovation'. It is not only about the introduction of a new technique, and the change of the societal and economic practices in which it is applied. The change is here so radical that also the structure in which these practices are embedded has to change: economic chains, law, knowledge infrastructure etc.. 
February 1st 2018
With the integration of membranes in fluidized bed reactors a large extent of process intensification can be achieved, especially for the production of ultra-pure hydrogen. However, the integration of membranes and their configuration, as well as the effect of permeation of gas through the membranes influence  the fluidization behaviour significantly. This is particularly important in view of the extremely high permeation fluxes that can be reached nowadays with the latest ultra-thin film supported Pd-based hydrogen membranes and the resulting concentration polarization.
January 25th 2018
Mathematical models of dynamical systems become increasingly complex as a consequence of increasing requirements on technical specifications and technological improvements. Techniques for model-based system design and model based control design therefore need to cope with high levels of complexity of mathematical models. This presentation highlights a number of techniques and research challenges to reduce complexity of mathematical models while retaining well defined levels of accuracy or properties of the model.