TU Delft: Vidi grants for two leading TU Delft researchers

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded two TU Delft researchers a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros. The grant enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group in the coming five years.

TU Delft’s Vidi laureates:

Assess bridge safety from space
Dr Giorgia Giardina (f), CiTG/Geoscience & Engineering

Many bridges all over the world are at risk of collapse because of their age and the effects of climate change. I will use satellite data to automatically check the safety of bridges on a national scale, helping to decide which ones need immediate repair.

Find out more about her research on the faculty website.

Hyperrealistic robotic systems to maximize post-stroke recovery
Dr. Laura Marchal-Crespo (f), 3mE/Cognitive Robotics

Robotic rehabilitation is promising, but still artificial and therefore ineffective: abstract task environments limit stroke survivors in relearning functional movements. I will reveal the processes that govern maximal individual recovery, incorporating insights into a hyper-realistic multisensory training system that provides patients with personalized lifelike interactions with tangible virtual objects.

Find out more about her research on the faculty website.

About VIDI
Vidi is aimed at experienced researchers who have carried out successful research for a number of years after obtaining their PhDs. Together with Veni and Vici, Vidi is part of the NWO Talent Programme. Researchers in the Talent Programme are free to submit their own subject for funding. NWO thus encourages curiosity-driven and innovative research. NWO selects researchers based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative character of the research, the expected scientific impact of the research proposal and the possibilities for knowledge use.