NWO doctoral grant for teachers awarded to PhD at computational science lab

14 February 2017

Last week NWO awarded a doctoral grant to Jurjen Helmus a PhD student in the Computational Science Lab. Jurjen is a part time PhD student and a teacher and researcher at the University of Applied Sciences (HvA).. The aim of this grant-call is to apply knowledge and research experience acquired for the benefit of educational practice. Out of 70 applications only 27 projects were awarded. The grant ensures continuation of the research for the upcoming 4 to 5 years.

Jurjen Helmus

Jurjen Helmus

The subject of the research is public charging infrastructure efficiency and effectiveness optimization by applying simulation models. The Netherlands is one of the frontrunners in the world in rollout and fostering electric mobility. Particularly the G4 cities in the Netherlands have largely invested in electric mobility in order to cope with air quality issues. While the benefits of electric mobility such as zero emission and less noise pollution are evident, the solution for its challenges are currently unclear. The PhD research is part of the IDOLAAD (www.idolaad.nl ) project, a cooperation of HvA and Uva, that aims to give insight in guidelines for stakeholders  such as policy makers and charging point operators to optimize the rollout and usage of charging infrastructure. The project builds upon a unique dataset of more than 3 million charging transactions of EV users in the Netherlands.

The computational science lab is experienced in modelling complex adaptive systems such as traffic models. The challenge in this project is to develop a model for charging behavior for EV users based on the data generates by the charging infrastructure itself. The results of simulations could be directly applied by policy makers of the G4 cities. Within the project, it is even be possible to nudge the real world system in order testing whether simulated effects of interventions work out in practice as well. This allows testing of principles of complexity science in practice. 

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