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dr.ir. E.C. Dertien (Edwin)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I have a deep passion for building Robotics, resulting in many robot(related) projects inside and outside University. In 2004 I finished an internship at the ' Shadow Robot Company' in London, working on air-muscle control of their famous humanoid hand and an eight-legged walking robot. After my graduation work on 'Dribbel' in 2005, a powered 'passive dynamic' walking robot, I continued to work on energy-efficient actuation of (walking) robots. I have been a member of the Dutch Robotics team participating in the RoboCup in 2008 and 2009. In 2014 I completed my PhD research on the development of a pipe inspection robot for life gas Mains in which rapid manufacturing (3D printing) plays a major role. More info can be found in the thesis. Currently I am involved in a number of research projects related to social robotics, wearables (soft robotics) WEAFING and inspection robots TISCALI and Smart Tooling.

I am involved as a researcher and educator in the bachelor programme ' Creative Technology' teaching courses on Programming and Physical Computing, Sensors and a creative hackathon. In the I-Tech programme I give two design-oriented courses: Mastering Tinkering and Social Robot Design. Other contributions are the CuriousU summerschool on Robot Interaction Design and an introduction into robotics in the 'Smart Cities' HTHT module.

Furthermore, I try to maintain a blog on personal DIY projects at retrointerfacing.com, a central site on my activities at edwindertien.nl and a site on technical activities for art and theatre at kunstentechniekwerk.nl. Since 2013 I am co-founder of the ASSortiMENS foundation running a FabLab inspired workshop for people with autism.

Expertise

Robots
Human Robot Interaction
Void
Pipe
Managers
Detection
Inspection
Cost
Artifact
Teaching
Informatics
Station
Ground Penetrating Radar
Chill
Distribution System
Robotics
Sewers
Computer Science
Sensors (Equipment)
Communication
Electronic Equipment
Towers
Anxiety
Color
Mechatronics
Teaching
Engineering
Gas
Emotion
Communication
Light Emitting Diodes
Actuators
Inspection
Sensor
Comparison

Publications

Recent
Dertien, E. C. , & Stramigioli, S. (2017). Highlights in mechatronic design approaches. In D. Zangh, & B. Wei (Eds.), Advanced Mechatronics and MEMS Devices II (pp. 41-59). (Microsystems and Nanosystems). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32180-6
Other Contributions

UT Research Information System

Google Scholar Link

Education

I teach mainly in the BSc program Creative Technology and in the I-Tech MSc program. A short introduction to my MSc courses can be found in this video.

I like to use a hands-on approach, always linking theory to practical (tangible) experience. By building things for real, as quickly and as realistic as possible, you can discover so many interesting aspects of your design problem, that simply don't show up on the whiteboard or in calculation.

 

Affiliated Study Programmes

Bachelor

Master

Courses

Media

As an invited speaker I really enjoy sharing my enthusiasm as maker and designer, I think it is very important that IF we continue to use technology in a sustainable way, we should be able to take it apart, repair it, improve it and make it our own.

From the listed media appearances below I'm most fond of contributing to an episode of 'Het Klokhuis' - I remember watching this program as a child, so it felt really special to be on the other side of the camera for once. I seriously enjoy the medium television, and due to covid-19 have been enthusiastically recording my own lectures.

In the press

News on utwente.nl

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Carré (building no. 15), room C3431
Hallenweg 23
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Carré  C3431
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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