The aftermath of SuperNova 2018
With a high turnout over the 4 days, we can say that the first edition of SuperNova 2018 was a great success! Professionals as well as youngsters and elderly found their way to the tech fair and discovered VUB’s technologies. Our research groups BruBotics, B-PHOT, AI Lab and ETRO broke down the walls and showcased their latest innovations to the big public.
At the TTO Flanders booth, the Brussels Photonics research group (B-PHOT) put our capital city on the map, with Brussels icon “Manneken Pis” that demonstrated the traveling of light through optical fibres.
Taylor Frantz from research group ETRO (Electronics & Informatics) gave a demonstration of the HoloLens, that allows surgeons to directly visualize data inside the patient with the help of image stabilization and data visualization. This groundbreaking technology was mentioned by Peter Maynard (Director of Program Management at Microsoft) during his presentation.
VUB was present with three more research groups at a second booth.
An eyecatcher there was Pepper, the little robot of BruBotics that tested the knowledge of the visitors about VUB and its research. This is a fun example on how humans and robots can interact and collaborate.
On Thursday robotics expert Bram
Vanderborght gave a presentation on human-robot interaction, selfhealing
robots, prosthesis, exoskeletons and more.
“Humans are creative and robots are precise, we need to combine these advantages.”
Next to BruBotics, the Brussels Photonics team (B-PHOT) showed how Optical Spectroscopy is applied for food safety - such as screening acrylamide on Belgian fries - up to health sciences with cancer tissue sensing.
The Artificial Intelligence Lab set up a maze game, to demonstrate reinforcement learning with virtual reality.