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What do top-level sports and technology have to do with each other? Everything! Top-level sport is extremely demanding, and not just in physical terms. In order to keep on improving their performances, top-level athletes need to look beyond just their physical capacities; they need to think about clothing and equipment, materials and design. Can it be made faster, higher, with less drag? These are just the kind of questions TU Delft can provide answers to.


Data Science and Sports - Delft, The Netherlands | 7 April

Delft Data Science and Leiden Centre of Data Science organise a great seminar: “Data Science and Sports”. The seminar will take place on the 7th of April. For more information, check our news item on this event here.

Science and Engineering Conference on Sports Innovations - Amsterdam, The Netherlands | 8 April 2016

On Friday the 8th of April, the TU Delft Sports Engineering Institute will be teaming up with the Amsterdam Institute of Sports Science (AISS – link) to organise the Science and Engineering Conference on Sports Innovations (SECSI). The aim of the conference is to bring together scientific research with respect to sport and sport innovation. The organising committee has been hard at work on creating a diverse programme, with 32 slots for oral presentations and a set of poster presentations, which will be held during a ‘walking lunch’. The event will take place in the Auditorium of the VU Amsterdam and will last from 9 AM to 6 PM. You are kindly invited to register on April 1st at the latest. Abstracts can be handed in until the 14th of February using this online form. Please make sure to read the abstract template carefully (click here).


Enrolling for the conference can be done through this link.


We hope to see you on the conference!

Symposium Technology in Cycling, Captured by the Giro - Delft, The Netherlands | 28 April


On Thursday the 28th of April, at the eve of the Giro d’Italia’s kick off, the TU Delft Sports Engineering Institute will organise a symposium on the research being done in the field of cycling. Anyone interested is welcome to join an afternoon packed with interesting demos and presentations. The aim is to bring together scientific researchers and the industry. The event is not only relevant for those in the field of cycling, since research from one field can oftentimes help in progressing that of another.


What to expect:

  • The newest insights into the development of cycling research;
  • The added value of interdisciplinary collaboration between faculties and the collaboration with companies;
  • Meeting with the sports scientists of Delft University of Technology;
  • Discoveingr the opportunities for education and student projects;
  • Meeting with representatives of the cycling industry;
  • Exploring opportunities for future collaboration.

Attendees will be exposed to a range of different topics, such as TU Delft research together with Team Giant Alpecin and with DSM, as well as a presentation by TU Delft’s Dr. Arend Schwab about ‘The art and science of cycling’. Next to this series of presentations, there will be a “demo square”, where you can explore some projects in a more dynamic setting.


Date: Thursday 28 April
Time: Plenary programme 13:30-18:30 (incl. Drinks) + optional Lab visits 12:00-14:00
Location: TU Delft, Mekelweg 8-10, Delft
The seminar is public and free of charge.


Be assured of participation, register now via this link.

ISEA Conference - Delft, The Netherlands | 11-14 July

Delft University of Technology has decided to make sports engineering one of the focus areas for both research and education. ISEA 2016 conference offers a forum for the professional exchange of knowledge and skills related to sports engineering and science.


The 11th conference of the International Sports Engineering Association will take place in Delft from 11th up to 14th of July 2016.


Attending a conference today is much more than shaking hands and exchanging information. It has become an occasion where personal contact between delegates is combined with the sharing of knowledge and experience. Delft University of Technology is a venue that guarantees inspiring meetings and the transfer of knowledge to the highest level. There is no shortage of knowledge, innovation and technology in Delft. The city’s University of Technology has earned its excellent reputation by inventing solutions for the challenges of tomorrow and creative thinking out of the box. That is exactly what makes the University’s conference location an outstanding multifunctional venue that prides itself for giving conferees what they need and more.


Please click here to visit the conference website.



08 Aug The Olympic Games as an opportunity for social equality

As you probably have noticed, the 2016 Olympic Games are currently underway in Rio de Janerio, Brasil. The Olympic Games are the largest sporting event in the world and offer a great podium for research. We like to facilitate and encourage research into all topics related to such an event. In 2013, Isabela Ledo, a TU Delft student from the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment investigated the possibility for the Olympics to decrease segregation and social exclusion in...

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08 Aug PhD Studentship in the modelling of tennis ball impacts on a tennis racket at Sheffield Hallam University

The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) invites applications for a PhD exploring the modelling of tennis ball impacts on a tennis racket. This PhD is sponsored by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) based in London, and the student will have the opportunity to work closely with the ITF Technical Department. Travel expenditure will be covered. The International Tennis Federation and the Centre for Sports Engineering Research have been research collaborators since 1998, working on the...

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03 Aug TU Delft Sports Engineers aiming for gold

Our orange athletes are currently shining during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. If (and when) they claim medals, they do so with help from sports scientists of the TU Delft. Those engineers have been working hard for many years to research new ways to improve our athletes. Listen to this interview with the scientific director of the TU Delft Sports Engineering Institute, Frans van der Helm, on NPO Radio 1.   Source: NPO radio 1   Check also [media coverage] [In Dutch] Sport...

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20 Jul Delft University sub wins European International Submarine Races

The WASUB student team of Delft University of Technology won the European International Submarine Races with its human-powered submarine. The team’s sub completed the course in a record time of just 78.3 seconds, more than 6 seconds faster compared to the previous record. It put the team significantly ahead of the competition, which includes student teams from all over the world. Pilot Bram Bronswijk looks back on his race with satisfaction: “Everything clicked into place; I was in complete control...

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14 Jul A 3D printed mannequin of Tom Dumoulin in the TU Delft wind tunnel helps gain a competitive advantage

During the big Tour de France time trial on 15 July, Tom Dumoulin wore a new skinsuit, jointly developed by Team Giant-Alpecin and the TU Delft. And… he won! The university applied an innovative method to research the aerodynamics of the suit: Dumoulin’s body was first scanned, after which a 3D mannequin of his body was printed. The drag of this mannequin – each time with a different suit – was then tested and optimised in the TU Delft’s wind...

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13 Jul Hundreds of Sports scientists together at the TU Delft

The engineering of Sport 11 – 2016 ISEA Conference We’re smack in the middle of a very busy sports summer, with –amongst others– the European Championships Football and Athletics, the Olympic Games and the Tour de France. From Monday the 11th until Thursday the 14th of July, over 200 scientist and students from the field of Sports Engineering came together in Delft from over the whole world for the 11th conference of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA). Tuesday July 12th, a...

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11 Jul Arjen Jansen, Sports Innovation TU Delft, new president ISEA

The appointment of Dr. Arjen Jansen as president, has been announced Thursday 14th of July during the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA) annual general meeting in Delft. Dr.Arjen Jansen will be president for the duration of two years. He succeeds Dr. Heather Driscoll from the Manchester Metropolitan University. “During the next year we will focus on changing the legal status of the ISEA and renegotiating the contract with Springer. Fortunately both Heather Driscoll and David James have prepared this well.” The ISEA...

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27 Jun TU Delft helps make Team Giant-Alpecin cyclists even faster

TU Delft and the professional cycling team Giant-Alpecin (which includes Tom Dumoulin) plan to conduct joint scientific research to enable cyclists to increase their speed by a few precious seconds. The two parties today announced plans for structural collaboration. Read more. Check also [Media coverage]  [In Dutch] Wielerploeg Tom Dumoulin en TU Delft werken structureel samen, sportknowhowxl, 14 juli 2016 [In Dutch] Op de grens van robot en renner, Algemeen Dagblad, 1 juli 2016 [In Dutch] Kennis TU Delft moet team Giant-Alpecin kostbare seconden...

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23 Jun Printen sporters binnenkort hun eigen schoenen? 

Interview @Jouke Verlinden @tudelft in @SportKnowhowXL  #3dprinting Welke sporter wil er nu geen gereedschapskist met reserveonderdelen voor het lichaam? Met behulp van 3D-printtechnieken hebben wetenschappers al geprinte wervels bij mensen geïmplanteerd, maar die gereedschapskist is nog ver weg. Toch opent 3D-printen ook nu al een scala aan mogelijkheden voor sporters. Jouke Verlinden is als Assistant Professor Human-Centered Digital Fabrication verbonden aan de TU in Delft en expert in de nieuwste ontwikkelingen op het gebied van 3D-printen. “Bij mogelijkheden voor de sportwereld moet...

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23 Jun Onderzeeër TU Delft wint van Olympisch zwemmer Stolk

Het TU Delft studententeam WASUB racete woensdag 22 juni met hun zelf ontworpen en gebouwde mensaangedreven onderzeeër tegen Olympisch zwemmer Kyle Stolk. Het WASUB team was de Olympisch zwemmer voor Nederland in Rio in een anderhalf seconde te snel af. In het Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion in Eindhoven nam de mens het op tegen de machine.    Verloren luik Een unieke training voor Kyle om tegen een onderzeeër te zwemmen die twee maal zo snel kan als de zwemmer. Sander Leussink:...

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