Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is the largest technical university of the Netherlands. TU Delft is a member of the IDEA League, a strategic alliance of five of Europe’s leading universities of technology. TU Delft was founded in 1842 as the Royal Academy for the education of civil engineers and has grown into a university with eight faculties, more than 23,0000 students and 3,000 scientific staff members. TU Delft’s mission is contributing towards a sustainable society for the twenty-first century by conducting ground-breaking scientific and technological research which is acknowledged as world-class, by training scientists and engineers (education) with a genuine commitment to society and by helping to translate knowledge into technological innovations and activity with both economic and societal value (valorization). In the past few years, valorization has developed into a full third core activity of our university, after education and research. Translation of scientific inventions into innovation on the market is a core duty of the TU Delft based on its strong ties with the industry. The TU Delft harbors the maximum score on industry income (99.8%) within THE World University Ranking and ranks 18 in the field of Engineering and Technology. Staff from three departments divided over three faculties will participate in this consortium, namely the Department of Water Management within the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, the Department of Biotechnology within the Faculty Applied Sciences, and the Delft Center for Systems and Control within the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering. Notably, the Department of Water Management is ranked position one in the most recent Shanghai disciplinary Ranking on Water Resources. TU Delft participates with the research groups Water Management (WM) and Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) as main participants. Both groups have been working together on modelling, monitoring, management, and control of water systems since more than 20 years. The core research activity of DCSC consists in the development of new theories and numerical tools for modelling, monitoring, estimation, and control of complex, large-scale dynamical systems, as well as the validation of these new contributions in challenging engineering applications, including water management and water treatment.
Role in the project
The Delft Center for Systems and Control is leading WP4 and The Water Management Group is leading pilots 5 and 8 within WP2 and WP3. Activities for pilot 4 are co-ordinated closely with the University of Antwerp and TU Delft’s Group of Environmental Life Science Engineering. As shown by the CVs of the involved experts, TU Delft is very well qualified to lead those tasks.