‘Automated vehicles’ – TNO Automotive Safety Solutions – DIST 2013


Martijn Tideman uses his 10 minutes at DIST 2013 to talk about a future in which everyone will have a chauffeur … a digital chauffeur, making driving decisions based on sensors and software. Martijn, who’s working at TASS, explains to the audience that these driverless cars might not be perfect, but that one of the goals is that we will have far fewer accidents. There are of course more advantages; therefore you are encouraged to watch his presentation.


Nano satellites – ISIS – DIST 2013

AbeBonnemaISIS – Innovative Solutions In Space was founded in 2006 as a spin-off from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. One of its co-founders Abe Bonnema was going to speak at DIST 2013. But because our event coincided with their satellite launch that had piggybacked on a Chinese Long March 2D rocket earlier that day in Jiuquan in the northwest of China, we instead called Abe on his mobile phone while he was still somewhere near the launch site.


University of Groningen enhances collaboration with BUCT

RuG visit photo2On 8th August, a delegation from University of Groningen (RUG), led by RUG president Prof. Sibrand Poppema, visited the Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT). Prof. Folkert Kuipers, head of Medical School and vice president of University Medical Centre, Ms. Xuefei-Knoester Cao, Senior Policy Advisor and Director of Groningen Confucius Institute joined the delegation to discuss collaboration possibilities with BUCT.

Prof. Chen Dongsheng, the vice president of BUCT extended warm welcome to the delegation. After an introduction on both universities, the possibilities of collaboration on joint degree, research and teaching among faculties of two institutions were discussed. Both universities agreed that there were many potentials and favorable conditions for education and research collaboration in pharmacy, chemistry, chemical engineering, material science and other fields and would further strengthen communication between the two institutions. A Memorandum of Understanding between BUCT and RUG was signed during the meeting.


China announces 9 pilot Smart Cities

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The National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASG, formerly known as SBSM) yesterday announced a Smart City pilot program with nine cities throughout China.

The nine cities mentioned are Taiyuan, Guangzhou, Xuzhou, Wuxi, Linyi, Zibo, Zhengzhou, Henan, Chongqing, and Huhan. Li Weisen, deputy director of NASG believes that “the first nine cities are expected to finish Smart City construction within about three years”. Every pilot city will reportedly invest more than CNY 36 mln yuan in the program each year.

The Smart City program aims to solve current urban challenges such as traffic congestion and pollution through the use of technology in the design and operation of infrastructure and buildings.

Although the source article (China Daily) does not mention specific details, the fact that the NASG is behind this pilot program leads one to believe that the geospatial information infrastructure will play an important role in the aforementioned cities. This is confirmed in this Chinese language news article on NASG’s website.

Earlier this year NASG signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dutch Kadaster in which both parties agreed to explore collaboration on geo-information (see earlier post here).

Chinese Government Invested 200 million RMB in Setting up 3D Printing Research Institute

cemB145UBlbtIThe 3D Printing Research Institute of China was launched on August 8th 2013 at Zijin Hightech Zone of the Nanjing city, Jiangsu Province. The Institute is planned to carry out applied 3D printing research and seek for opportunities for its commercialization and industrialization.

The Institute will combine forces of some best Chinese 3D printing research teams from Tsinghua University, Xian Jiaotong University, Northwestern Polytechnic University and Central China University of Science and Technology. Chinese Academy of Engineering Academician Prof. Lu Bingheng will work as the Project Coordinator. Research will focus on 3D printing technology, equipment, materials, applications in various fields including medicine, civil aviation, aerospace technology, automotive industry and biological manufacturing. The aim is to build China’s 3D printing leading force and forester a group of companies around the industry.

The institute will be none-profit public research entity with 200 million RMB investments from the government in its first phase.