Software Revolution in the Hospital

Manual scheduling in the care sector is no longer necessary. Prof. Dr. Ir. Drs. Vrieze, professor of mathematic operations research and programme director of Mateum BV, and his team developed intelligent planning and scheduling software for the university hospital. The basis of this computer program is a hierarchy of objectives, embedded in more than a thousand conditions. The user-friendly software has created an ICT revolution in the department of Internal Medicine of the university hospital in Maastricht and can also be applied in other hospitals and care centres. The azM is very happy with the user-friendly software. Looking back, Koos Vrieze believes that the most difficult part was not developing the mathematical algorithms, but the struggle to extract the required knowledge. "It cost quite some time and effort to find out what people’s problems were and what exactly they meant. As soon as you know where you want to go, creating the actual software is not very difficult."


Maastricht laboratory robot worldwide success

American researchers want to start using the Maastricht Vitrobot for research regarding the fight against viruses that can be used in biological warfare. For that purpose Maastricht Instruments BV, a spin-off of engineering bureau IDEE (Instrument Development Engineering and Evaluation) of Universiteit Maastricht, adapts the robot so that it complies with all safety requirements. They are also working on the possible use of the Vitribot for registering in time dynamic changes of proteins and macromolecules: a novelty.


Why is Albertine in such a hurry?

The title of the thesis is intriguing: ‘Albertine in a hurry. Travel in technological culture: towards a theory of passages’. Who is Albertine and why is she in a hurry? What is a theory of passages? Peter Peters, who just received his doctor’s degree at the Faculty of Arts and Culture, has the answer to these questions. On the basis of four case studies, he analysed the meaning of time and speed in modern travelling.


Women and embryos

In Society
Wednesday, 21 May 2003 00:00

Biotechnological developments from a gender democratic perspective

The views of women are far too absent in the public debates about biotechnological developments, such as the cloning of embryos for medical-scientific use. That is what the third 'Opzij' professor at Universiteit Maastricht, dr. M. Huijer, proclaimed in her inaugural lecture in February 2003. In the course of the year, Huijer wants to study in what ways women can put forward their perspectives. She herself did a first attempt when she was appointed by setting up a broad debate on the breeding of embryos: the 'gender democratic labyrinth', where all kinds of women expressed their views. Research Magazine asked her about this experiment and about further research plans in Maastricht.


Low-traffic zones and bicycle sharing

Wednesday, 21 May 2003 00:00

Economist studies experiments with sustainable transport

The present transport system on the basis of individual use of cars and freight traffic is not exactly ecological and leads to a lot of nuisance and victims. In Europe, in the last years, there has been an interest in alternatives, and there are experiments with sustainable transport. However, these experiments often remain tentative and the initiatives do not lead to structural changes. The Maastricht economist René Kemp investigated, in cooperation with colleagues from Universiteit Twente, how this can be improved.


Computer excellent art connoisseur

Wednesday, 21 May 2003 00:00

The emphasis is no longer on cognition, but on perception

They scan lots of paintings of Van Gogh. Then, the computer records all pixels of a painting and analyses meticulously small parts of the painting. In a way, the computer looks at the painting in the same way as our brains. Essential for the recognition is the texture, the local structure of a painting. In fact, the computer searches for the personal fingerprint of Van Gogh that reveals itself in his brushstroke! Prof. van den Herik and prof. dr. Eric Postma study to what extent computers can act as art connoisseurs.


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