News from the Faculty of Engineering
The invisible threat: Microplastics from the sea end up on your plate
Every year, thousands of tonnes of microplastics are emitted in Denmark. No one knows exactly where it ends up or how dangerous it is for the environment or humans. The PlastTrack project at the University of Southern Denmark, which has received €1.8 million from Interreg Deutschland-Denmark, will investigate this and develop tools to combat plastic pollution in our region.
Christos Tserkezis selected as 'Outstanding Referee'
The American Physical Society (APS) has selected 153 Outstanding Referees that have demonstrated exceptional work in assessing manuscripts published in the Physical Review journals, including Christos Tserkezis from the Mads Clausen Institute.
Large-Scale Research Network Receives 3.7 Million Euros to Revolutionize Wildlife Conservation Practices with Drones
We are in the middle of a biodiversity crisis, and the consequences may very well be unmanageable. Now, a group of universities and organizations have launched the interdisciplinary research network WildDrone to find out how autonomous drones can be used for wildlife conservation.
10 million for new elite centre with the sun at its centre
A new elite research centre under the SDU Climate Cluster takes a holistic approach to solar energy. The centre will not only design, build and develop paper-thin, flexible solar panels that can be mounted on all kinds of things, but also look at how they are implemented in society and how consumers better embrace the new solutions.
René was headhunted for his dream job through student project
When 25 year old René Brandbyge participated in a competition with the university student project SDU Vikings, where students build their own racing car, he got to talk with a talent scout from Mercedes. In September, he will begin at his dream job.
PhD student Krzysztof Zielinski receives an EliteForsk travel grant and will study at MIT
Every year, the Ministry of Education and Research awards five EliteForsk awards and twenty EliteForsk travel grants. Krzysztof Zielinski, who is a business Ph.D. Students receive a travel grant worth DKK 200,000 for a long-term study in one of the world's best research environments.
Student satellites can contribute with important knowledge in the fight against climate change
A group of students from The University of Southern Denmark are together with students from several other Danish universities developing two satellites that can contribute to our understanding of the climate changes. Soon, they will send the first satellite into space.
Researchers find a link between traffic noise and tinnitus
There is a correlation between traffic noise and risk of developing tinnitus, researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have found. They point to a vicious cycle involving stress reactions and sleep disturbance as a potential cause.
Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid has been appointed Head of Unit for SDU Digital and High-Frequency Electronics
SDU is establishing a new section with a focus on digital and high-frequency electronics. Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid, Professor at SDU, will be the head of the section.
SDU enters new collaboration on defence technology development
The Danish universities, together with five approved technological service institutes (GTS institutes), have formed the National Defence Technology Centre (NFC). The aim is to strengthen defence technology development through a closer, cross-sectoral collaboration.
Database project at SDU is a potential gamechanger in robotics
If you could reuse robot data, it would be much easier to improve existing or set up new robot solutions. This has been the aim of the ReRoPro project. Here are six questions for Professor Norbert Krüger, head of the project.
SDU researchers will keep an eye on dangerous bacteria
Researchers from SDU's campus in Sonderborg are working with Canadian colleagues to develop a warning system that can detect dangerous bacteria and viruses that emerge as permafrost melts in the Arctic. The SDU researchers bring in-depth knowledge of sensors and monitoring of bacteria.
Thin-film technology to boost green transition
Thin-film technology plays a crucial role in combating climate change, and The Mads Clausen Institute at SDU in Sønderborg is a world leader in organic solar cell research. The researchers are working to make ultra-thin, flexible and transparent solar cells an integral part of our everyday lives. Their expertise and experience will also be used in the research and development of energy storage and green hydrogen technologies.
TEK startup wins the world champion for early-stage social tech startups!
Competing with 41 different nations to find the most promising early-stage startups, 'humAID' from TEK took first place.
Wenzel, Yde and Ashraf receive SDU Innovation Prize 2022
A trio of researchers from the Department of Green Technology receives the SDU Innovation Prize 2022 for developing a unique technology that turns CO2 into green gas.
Professor Mark Brongersma is the faculty’s honorary doctorate 2022
At SDU's annual celebration, Mark Brongersma, professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, is appointed an honorary doctorate at the Faculty of Engineering.
SDU researcher to establish company in new programme
Drone researcher Kristian Husum Laursen has been appointed as SDU’s first translational postdoc. As part of the Spin-Outs Denmark programme, he will receive one year of financial and professional assistance to develop a concrete idea and establish his own company.
SDU-drones to secure property rights in Sierra Leone
Using drones, researchers from SDU will measure land registers in Sierra Leone, where the World Bank has donated USD 41 million to the work. The goal in the pilot project with Engineers Without Borders is to secure the property rights of the local population in one of the world's poorest countries.
Ultrasound robot ready for arthritis patients, thanks to Danish researchers
Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and Odense University Hospital (OUH) have jointly developed the world's first fully automated arthritis scanning robot. The robot has just been CE certified and is thus ready to be sold and put into use in hospitals throughout Europe. It is a breakthrough in rapid testing for rheumatoid arthritis, which will lead to shorter wait times and greater flexibility for patients.
Head of CIE Thomas Ebel has been appointed professor
56-year-old Thomas Ebel has been appointed professor of Advanced Capacitor Technologies. It has been four years since he took over as head of Centre for Industrial Electronics at SDU. Ebel has impressively managed to build the centre from scratch, so that CIE now stands as an example to follow when it comes to training engineers, state-of-the-art laboratories and industrial cooperation.
Villum Experiment: Million grants for researchers from the Mads Clausen Institute
The Experiment programme aims to find answers to the big, the small and the really quirky research questions. On the list of the technical and scientific research projects that receive this year's Experiment grants, you will find three researchers from the Mads Clausen Institute, who will now have the opportunity to realise their creative ideas within the interaction of light with advanced materials.
Artificial intelligence can save nurseries one fifth of electricity bills
Gas and electricity prices have skyrocketed in recent months, for several nurseries in Denmark, this means laying off staff or turning the key. Now researchers at SDU have created a system that optimises lighting control in nurseries in relation to electricity prices, saving nurseries 20 percent on electricity bills.
Sønderborg hosts international climate conference with big names
The international 100% Climate Neutrality Conference will be held on 26 and 27 September at Alsion in Sønderborg. Here you will have the opportunity to meet Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action and vice-chancellor, Robert Habeck, world-leading climate researcher and prorector at SDU, Sebastian Mernild and former Chairman of Danfoss, Jørgen Mads Clausen.
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Robot school creates global network: Talents from all over the world in line for Danish summer school
All places was filled quickly by talented robot students from the USA, Europe and Asia, as the danish robotics cluster for the second year in a row hosts a summer school for 50 of the world's finest emerging talents at SDU in Odense.
Researchers and Danish industrial giant to deliver crucial pieces for green conversion
SDU, Aalborg University and Danfoss behind crucial research project on efficient conversion of green energy. The project is part of Erhvervsfyrtårn Sydjylland, focusing on green energy and sector coupling.
Europe's largest robotics conference returns to Odense: Summit confirms Danish robotics status
The Danish robotics environment will get a global showcase when the European Robotics Forum in 2023 takes place in Odense. 800 guests from the international robot industry are expected to the city, hosting the event for the second time.
TEK startup winner of the Venture Cup National Startup Competition
humAId from Syddansk Universitet - University of Southern Denmark ended up as the overall winner of National Startup Competition 2022.
SDU and Diabatix enter into collaboration - computer muscles accelerate research
SDU and the Belgian software company Diabatix enter a strategic collaboration that pushes the boundaries of generative design and topology optimisation.
SDU charges drone on high voltage-line
Researchers from the Drone Center at SDU have for the first time in the world succeeded in connecting a drone directly to a high-voltage line with 150,000 volts in a test in central Odense, where it has taken new energy for its battery from the line.
60 million for a new Center of Excellence at SDU: To investigate light, ultra-thin materials and quantum physics
Denmark will soon have 11 new basic research centres. One of them will be placed at Mads Clausen Institute at SDU's Faculty of Engineering. Supported by DKK 60 million, the center will research quantum technology, which may impact future communication and information processing.
Danish health drones are taking off: Towards faster and better treatment
On 30 May, Danish health drones will fly for the first time from Odense University Hospital (OUH) in Svendborg to the island of Ærø. The drones can carry blood and medicine, and the transport time of 40 minutes is much faster than by car and ferry. It ensures proper treatment for the patients faster.
Christian Veje Head of the Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Professor Christian Veje, who comes from the Centre for Energy Informatics at SDU, looks forward to strengthening industrial cooperation and drawing the strategic direction for the institute, when he takes over as head of the Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
SDU behind database for robot assembly: Industrial companies must learn from their own and other companies’ data
A new approach for gathering robotic experience from industry, so companies don't have to start from scratch every time they need to put robots into production, has been launched - SDU is leading the project, which shall make better use of robotic data.
Artificial intelligence can help detect life-threatening liver disease
Every year, two million people die globally - in Denmark, five percent of all Danes have significant liver fibrosis, often discovered too late. SDU and OUH are behind a new AI-model, where technology reveals the disease much earlier.
So ein ding: SDU can provide you with a very close look at the bumblebee
A whole new world opens up before you when you look through a microscope. At SDU, we have some very unique microscopes, which not only help our researchers but also companies, in connection with analysing and characterising materials and surfaces, which gives completely new insights into why a product may fail.
Curiosity drives nano scientist: Morten became professor at the age of 40
When you already can dress up with a professor’s title at the age of 40, you should think that a tight career plan lies behind it. However, this is not the case for Morten Madsen. Great research results and an academic career are just a by-product of an unquenchable curiosity to understand the world around him.
Millions ensure LSP at Lindø: Partners start large-scale production
SDU and several partners are now initiating the establishment of the world's first centre for the development of automation and robots for building large structures such as wind turbines, ships, and buildings. The Large Structure Production Centre will receive DKK 88 million to build a unique laboratory on a large scale - and the companies cannot wait to get started.
New network at robot fair: Strong focus on robot-human interaction
SDU Robotics to lead a network to focus on the growing field of interaction between robots and humans and have researchers and industry working closer together. Network will be launched at robotic fair R-22 in Odense.
SDU at largest robot fair in the Nordic: Brings knowledge and new candidates to industry
The Faculty of Engineering at SDU is a co-organiser of R-22. - We play an important role in the robot cluster, so of course, we must be involved, says head of department Kasper Hallenborg.
Sarah is passionate about cybersecurity: Wants to ignite the IT spark in more girls
Sarah Manon Pradel is at the forefront of the fight to attract more women into the IT and tech fields. She is studying at TEK to become a software engineer and is one of the main forces in the new campaign Go Get IT Girls.
Engineering students from SDU Sønderborg will send a rocket into space
A group of engineering students from SDU in Sønderborg has ambitions to send a rocket into space. The goal is to participate in international competitions.
Swarms of robots will assist farmers and rescue workers
A group of researchers led by an SDU Professor and two private robot companies are behind the HERD project, enabling rescue workers to deploy multiple drones on a mission or farmers to have groups of robots working in the field simultaneously.
Among the world's most cited: SDU researcher receives Carlsberg-millions for a new project
32-year-old Devika Kannan is already on the list of the most cited researchers in the world - now the SDU associate professor has received five million kroner to research the connection between women entrepreneurs and the circular economy.
Scientists turn your face mask into a weapon against viruses
Researchers from SDU Sønderborg have, together with international colleagues, created a ground-breaking concept where nanoparticles with special properties can be integrated into textiles. This means that in future we may experience bandages or face masks, which protect against viruses and bacteria.
Why is there still a chip shortage?
Microchips are rather small - but have huge importance in a digital international community. It was felt clearly during 2021, when consumers experienced popular products as cars, mobile phones and game consoles were in short supply. But why is there still a chip shortage? SDU-expert Tim Van Erp explains the situation.
Drones will check 7000 km of high voltage cables
Drones can get an overview of the supply network and replace time-consuming manual inspection and helicopters, which cost millions in inspections annually, results from the Drones4Energy project at SDU show.
Robot centre on Lindø receives crucial support from large companies
Fayard, Bladt Industries, Odense Maritime Technology and Inrotech are among the 15 companies that have taken responsibility and become active in the collaboration on the Large Structure Production Centre on Lindø. The ambition is to have a completed robot centre in 2025 for large constructions, as part of a new Funen business park.
Researchers find inspiration from insects to give robots a better grip
Researchers from universities in five countries are behind insect-inspired robot technology that break with 25-year-old gripping technology - the result is creating international attention.
SDU richly represented at the Nordic region's largest research and tech fair
SDU is a part of the Nordic region's largest research and technology fair DIGITAL TECH SUMMIT on Nov 30 - Dec 1. The summit showcases digital technologies and is a meeting point for research environments, technology-leading companies, and startups, with SDU represented in the keynote program.
SDU signs strategic cooperation with Indian super-university
SDU and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) have signed an agreement to establish an IITD-SDU Collaborative Platform. The platform benefits not only the two universities, but also both Denmark and India.
Sergey Bozhevolnyi, Kannan Govindan, Devika Kannan are among the world’s most-cited researchers
The Faculty of Engineering is proud to announce that three researchers have been named on the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2021 list from Clarivate.
80 students came to Danfoss with autonomous solutions
80 students from 23 nationalities submitted their autonomous solutions to the SDU Case Competition, which is mainly sponsor Danfoss. The students worked for 48 hours in a row in the battle for a total prize fund of 30,000 kroner sponsored by Danfoss.
Historical doctorate at TEK: Greek Christos has an eye for the tiny details
Ph.d. and assistant Professor Christos Tserkezis from The Mads Clausen Institute is only the second researcher at The Faculty of Engineering to receive a doctorate - he has just done so for his 180-page dissertation in nanotechnology, which is honored at the annual party at SDU.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 TEK Prizes
The IT department at TEK is the first to be awarded the new TAP-prize for the Technical Administrative staff. In addition to the four happy IT guys, four researchers from Odense and Sønderborg are honored for their innovation, teaching, dissemination, and ability to inspire.
From Alaska's wilderness and Boeing factories to SDU: Dylan from the USA sets ethical boundaries for drones
Just because you can develop a technology, does not necessarily mean you should. This comes from 40-year-old Dylan Cawthorne, who grew up in a cabin in Alaska and has built aircraft for the aerospace giant Boeing - today he teaches the drone student at SDU and has just introduced a new ethics course into the teaching schedule.
Breakthrough study establishes a clear connection between traffic noise and dementia
Exposure to traffic noise is associated with a higher risk of developing dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease, suggests a study from Denmark published in the BMJ today. The study is the first of its kind in the world.
Students will go green vertically
Four students from three different engineering programmes at the Faculty of Engineering at SDU will grow green lettuce vertically in the start-up company Hydrovertic. They are among the many students who have received their own company registration number.
SDU puts eyes and ears on the robot
Researchers at SDU have managed to make a mobile robot capable of interacting with people. The technology opens up new opportunities for mobile robots, says Professor Norbert Krüger, who is behind the project
SDU project in Sierra Leone ensures clean water and strengthens teaching at TEK
Today, two engineers from SDU will land in Sierra Leone to help ensure clean drinking water in a project with Engineers Without Borders. They will also gain experience and knowledge that will be used in a large Danish drone project.
Vibrations are important and it can be hard to get the frequencies right. When the string was cut and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge inaugurated on July 1, 1940 in Pierce County, Washington, it could boast the title of the world's third longest suspension bridge. A title it only carried for a very short time, however. Just four months later, the bridge collapsed dramatically.
From Shanghai to Sønderborg: International award winner wants to work with space technology
In connection with his graduation from SDU in Sønderborg, Patrick Haffmans received the BHJ award for his master's project with Danfoss Climate Solutions. With a German father, a Filipino mother and an upbringing in Shanghai, one would not think that it was written in the stars that he should take his master's degree in a Danish provincial town; but in fact, that was exactly what did.
Doctoral Defence 2nd September 2021 by Assistant Professor, Christos Tserkezis
Assistant Professor Christos Tserkezis will defend his doctoral thesis "Towards quantum nanophotonics: from quantum-informed plasmonics to strong coupling" 2nd September 2021 from 13.00.
Doctors and scientists build robots together
A new collaboration between SDU and OUH aim to break down barriers and make it easier for companies to create contact with the research environment and roll out new technology in the hospital corridors. A joint robot center will be unique in Europe because it is the first time such a large university hospital has been affiliated.
Video conferencing: Women do worse than men
Researchers from SDU and the University of Magdeburg have investigated how different voices are perceived via online tools such as Zoom, Skype, or Teams. Not all frequencies are fully transmitted, which affects women, whose voices are perceived as less competent, expressive, and charismatic than men's voices.
Corona is making people, especially women, comfort eat more
During the first corona lockdown, a third of us ate more sweet things and rinsed it down with copious amounts of soda and alcohol, according to a study from the University of Southern Denmark. The strange thing is that Italians and Spaniards, who experienced tougher lockdowns, ate healthier.
All Danish universities join forces for the largest research and tech fair in the Nordic region
DIGITAL TECH SUMMIT will be Denmark's unifying showcase for digital technologies and a venue for strong research environments, technology leading companies and start-ups
From engineer to CEO of Universal Robots
The same year that Universal Robots sold their first robot arm, Kim Povlsen graduated as a robotics engineer at SDU. 12 years later, he is president of Denmark's leading robotics company.
Danish students will launch their own satellite next summer
The Danish Students CubeSat Program, DISCO, will, in collaboration with the Danish company Space Inventor, launch its first satellite on a Falcon-9 rocket in the summer of 2022.
In five years, algorithms will drive corporate investments
In a few years, algorithms will help determine which products will be developed. Therefore it is extremely important that we discuss the transparency and the basis of decisions of the algorithms, Professor of Innovation Alf Rehn from SDU points out.
Future planes will fly on CO2 and hydrogen
Researchers have received DKK 37 million from the EU to produce sustainable aviation fuels from CO2 and hydrogen. The project is groundbreaking because the aircraft does not need to have new engines in order to fly sustainably.
SDU intensify focus on space in SDU Galaxy
To ensure that students have the best skills to seize the opportunities available in the new golden age of space travel, the University of Southern Denmark bring together research and development in space and space-related technology in the SDU Galaxy network.
The battle for phosphorus is intensifying
Phosphorus is a very simple element that forms the foundation of all life on Earth. However, phosphorus is also a limited resource. Phosphorus is therefore also part of a game of geopolitics between superpowers that is intensifying these days.
Solar cells must be designed to be sustainable
The heavy metal lead and strong polymer are used in solar cells, but green technologies should be designed for recycling, researcher in innovation from the University of Southern Denmark point out. Organic solar cells are a good example of a completely new generation of green technology.
Astronauts and bedridden patients have much in common
A trip to space has about the same effect on the body as a prolonged stay in bed. Muscles, bones and circulation, are weakened. Therefore, Danish Aerospace Company A/S collaborates with robot scientist from the University of Southern Denmark, who develops training equipment for rehabilitation.
How much CO2 did your grandparents emit?
How much CO2 did a family emit during the black transition of the 1850s? How much does a family emit during the green transition? A new project visualizes CO2 emissions to make us realise how much we really need to change our lives to live up to the UN climate goals.
New EU project will make your windows generate solar energy
Transparent solar cells can be used in windows. But until now, they have either not been particularly effective or very transparent. A project that also includes a group of Danish researchers from the Mads Clausen Institute at SDU in Sønderborg will change that.
New drone from SDU is ready to inspect powerlines
A team of researchers from the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute at the University of Southern Denmark has developed an intelligent drone with AI that can inspect high-voltage cables for faults and corrosion.
Back to where it all began: Digital twins in ship production
Researchers from University of Southern Denmark plan to revolutionize the way ships are designed, planned, and produced. Together with local businesses the university aims to bring experiences from the Danish robot adventure back to the maritime sector, focusing on digital twins and artificial intelligence.
New Danish center for AI and health
Today, Denmark opens its first research center for clinical artificial intelligence. Odense University Hospital and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Southern Denmark are launching CAI-X, where doctors, engineers, and companies will join forces to develop smart AI solutions designed for the healthcare system.
Tomatoes from warm countries are better for the environment
Tomatoes from greenhouses emit about eight times more CO2 than those that grow under the open sky. Scientists have uncovered the world’s most eaten vegetables´ climate footprint, and greenhouses are the big CO2 culprit.
New mechanical engineering programmes at SDU
On Thursday 12 December, Minister of Higher Education and Science Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen approved new engineering education programmes in mechanical engineering at both Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Master of Science in Engineering level at SDU.
A robot assistant for the cafeteria staff
Repeated clearing and wiping of tables cause soreness in the neck and shoulders, but now, a robot helper is on his way to assist the cafeteria staff. The research project Facility Cobot will develop robots with sensor technology and artificial intelligence that can help out the cleaning staff.
The cannabis plant's long road to the medicine cabinet
Billions have been invested, and the first Danish medicinal cannabis product is on the market. In the eye of the storm is researcher Rime Bahij, who dreams of mapping the ingredients of the cannabis plant. She hopes the evaluation of the two-year medicinal cannabis pilot programme will open up to more research.
Researchers convert CO2 into sustainable fuels
The technology will soon be tested at one of Denmark's largest biogas plants, which looks into a future where biogas is not only created from manure and potato peels, but also CO2.
Danish robot researchers win prestigious competition
Researchers from the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute at SDU have won first prize in a competition at the international IROS conference. Their solution demonstrates that flexible objects, such as wires, can now be routed and adjusted using robots. This opens for new industry uses for robots.
Joel Cox becomes Sapere Aude Head of Research
Danish research has just been enriched with 36 new research projects with DKK 220 million to new, talented Sapere Aude: DFF Research Leaders. Among the recipients is Joel Cox from SDU Nano Optics, who receives DKK 6.2 million.
SDU researchers and Abena join forces to create face masks that neutralise and alert about corona
Nanoscientists from SDU and Abena, a production and trading company, want to create a face mask that not only neutralises the coronavirus but also alerts the user when the face mask comes in contact with the virus.
Can carrots help combat diabetes?
Researcher Eva Arnspang Christensen has for the first time shown a connection between the substance falcarindiol in carrots and diabetes. Now she is chasing money to test whether carrots can fight diabetes in a clinical trial.
New Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at SDU
By the establishment of ‘Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering’, the Faculty of Engineering is strengthening the research and study programmes in mechanics, mechatronics and electronics.
Is working from home good or bad?
The second wave of the Corona epidemic is causing many employees to once again work from home. We have asked Peter Hasle, professor of sustainable production at Department of Technology and Innovation, four questions about working from home.
Employee-involvement to ensure that fewer employees are worn out
Additional aids are necessary if social and health workers and bricklayers are to withstand working up until the age of 70. Unfortunately, too many aids end up gathering dust.
Concrete absorbs large amounts of CO2
Like trees, concrete buildings absorb CO2. New calculations show that concrete absorbs roughly 30 percent of the amount of CO2 that cement production emits.
New milestone for composite production
SDU researchers, alongside companies Terma and Technicon, have developed a complete robot technology system for the manufacturing of composite parts. The suction cup-based system may revolutionize the production of parts for aircraft, cars, and wind turbines.
New method to reduce emissions of ammonia and methane from manure
A new environmental technology has shown impressive results in laboratory experiments. In the best cases, ammonia emissions from pig manure were reduced by up to 95 %.
Thermographic cameras can detect critically ill patients
Two software engineering students from SDU have developed an app that uses thermal imaging to calculate the difference in temperature between a patient’s nose and corner of the eye. A consultant doctor in emergency medicine believes that thermal imaging could be the future when it comes to detecting critically ill patients.
Student helps brain cancer patients with quick new test
An engineering student has developed a test that can ensure faster and better treatment for cancer patients. The biotech company PentaBase calls the discovery groundbreaking.
New type of innovation has emerged during COVID-19
Whisky and gin from Nyborg Distillery becomes hand sanitizer, Grundfos makes 100,000 visors and fibre materials are used for face masks instead of nappies. Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have studied the redirection of resources in Danish companies to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) during the corona crisis, and they have discovered an entirely new type of innovation.
Threats from the micro universe
Researchers today are concerned about possible health threats from the micro and nano universe. The invisible particles are all around us, in the food, in the water, in the air and even inside us, and while some may be harmful, others may be the next great medical revolution.
Elephant robot to remind children to clean their hands
Hand sanitizer and soap is important in the fight against Covid-19, but children in schools and kindergartens may not be fond of all that extra hygiene. As a part of a larger project, scientists from SDU are now building a child-friendly robotic interface to motivate kids to clean their hands.
“Drone birds” to inspect bridges and railroads in Europe
A major EU-project led by SDU will develop an automatic drone system to monitor bridges, railroads, and other critical infrastructure over the next three years. The drones will fly in swarms, photograph and analyze the constructions, harvest energy from power cables, and notify if repairs are needed.
Crisps with less salt taste just as good
The pleasure of eating crisps is not diminished by cutting the salt content significantly. Crisps taste just as good when containing 30 percent less salt. Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have come to this surprising conclusion by testing 200 young persons’ taste in crisps.
Robot swabs patients’ throats for Covid-19
Robotics researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have developed the world’s first fully automatic robot capable of carrying out throat swabs for Covid-19, so that healthcare professionals are not exposed to the risk of infection. The prototype has successfully performed throat swabs on several people. The scientists behind are cheering: The technology works!
Researchers want to phase out waiting time for hearing tests
Patients with hearing loss wait for months for a hearing test. This must end. Researchers are developing a new hearing test that will save time for both patients and hospitals.
SDU helping to ensure clean drinking water in India
India is thirsty. Almost half the population is at risk of water shortages. The Indian government is therefore rolling out an epic water plan, which researchers in environmental technology are going to help put into practice.
SDU and Engineers Without Borders provide face masks in Africa
Scientists from the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute and the Department of Clinical Research at SDU have initiated a collaboration with Engineers Without Borders to produce and distribute face masks in Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau. The purpose is to limit contamination of COVID-19 and test the effectiveness of the masks.
Data to ensure corona-distance in supermarkets
Scientists from SDU, together with Vemco Group, are now creating a visual data overview to help customers in Danish supermarkets keep their distance in the queue. The goal is to limit infection with COVID-19.
H.O.R.T.U.S. XL absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere
The art installation is the world’s first 3D printed bioreactor. It was created by the CREATE Group from the University of Southern Denmark using a technology that can help solve the major climate challenges.
95 % of platinum can be recycled with new method
Today, industrial scrap metal is burned in order to recycle the rare and costly metal platinum, but a researcher from SDU has developed a method to recycle over 95 % of platinum.
The hidden potential of jellyfish
The number of jellyfish in our oceans is growing rapidly, and they are threatening our fish populations. But the jellyfish can be made into delicious jellyfish crisps, and they might even be useful for removing microplastics from the ocean. Researcher Mie Thorborg Pedersen is on a mission to utilise jellyfish.
Students develop sustainable sanitary towels from plants
Three students were tired of not being able to find sustainable sanitary towels. So, they developed one from plant fibres that is just as absorbent as conventional sanitary towels. Now they are looking for patents and investors.
Drones to make short cut through the Arctic safe
Global warming has opened the Northeast and Northwest Passage and allowed ships to take a shortcut between Europe and Asia. Unfortunately, icebergs are still roaming and pose a danger to the ships. Now, drones are to help make the Passage safe.
New Centre for Industrial Mechanics on its way in Sønderborg
SDU joins together with Bitten & Mads Clausen Fond, LINAK, Region of Southern Denmark and Sønderborg Municipality to establish a new Centre for Industrial Mechanics (CIM) with research, new laboratories and related engineering study programmes within the field of mechanics. The total investment amounts to more than 93 mill Danish kroner by 2030.
New BSc and MSc programs in Civil Engineering
We live in a world where globalization, digitalization and the technological development are moving rapidly, while climate change and environmental challenges are omnipresent and require our attention. With the new bachelor and master programs in civil engineering, SDU will not only rise to these accelerating challenges but also prepare engineers for future challenges.
New spinout: Scanning platform to be used for patients with arthritis
Robot Scientist Thiusius Rajeeth Savarimuthu and Senior Consultant Søren Just have developed a scanning platform that can measure the amount of disease activity in arthritis patients. The invention is now to be developed further in the new company, Ropca Holding Aps.
New technology to make robots attractive to smaller companies
Many companies avoid the use of robots, because they are simply too difficult to operate. A new research project aims to develop a robot technology tailor-made for small productions, which will be able to handle assembly processes and can easily be adjusted to new tasks.
SDU professors Peter Hasle and Jan Vang receives millions in grants from Danida Fellowship Centre
The newly established unit of Global Sustainable Production at SDU has gotten of to a great start. The two professors, Peter Hasle and Jan Vang, have both received grants of 5 million DDK (approx. $750,000 USD) for research projects in Bangladesh and Myanmar respectively. Both projects are strongly related to SDU’s focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Virtual training to overcome anxiety
More and more people are struggling with anxiety, but researchers hope that patients can overcome their anxiety by practicing the anxiety-inducing situations in a safe, virtual space.
Engineers must think circular in product creation
The University of Southern Denmark is going down a completely new path to educate engineers in sustainable thinking. Materials like textiles, plastics and wind turbine blades are to be recycled into new products.
Just eat pork crackling - it’s beneficial for the climate
An excessive proportion of our meat is being incinerated instead of being eaten. For example, only a quarter of the cow ends up as meat on our plates. Recent research shows that opening our gastronomic horizons has major benefits for the climate - and not least by eating more brawn and pork crackling at Christmas time.
Husband and wife want to fight Chagas disease
Engineer Mads Høi Rasmussen and doctor Signe Høi Rasmussen, are travelling to Bolivia to learn more about the mysterious and deadly Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis.
Large cities must prepare for water and heating
SDU is currently building a research group that will focus on how cities can address both causes and effect to climate change, in a wider sustainable development perspective.
This is how scientists plan to produce sustainable aviation fuel
It is only a matter of years before we can produce sustainable aviation fuel in Denmark. That is the conclusion to a new report by researchers from the University of Southern Denmark. The researchers estimate that the production facilities for 100 % green aviation fuel could be ready as early as 2025.
SDU picks world-famous leading professor to head SDU Centre for Quantum Mathematics
On 1 November, Professor Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen joins SDU as Head of the newly established Centre for Quantum Mathematics. He is the research manager of the project ’Recursive and Exact New Quantum Theory’ that last year received a 10- million-euro grant from the European Research Council (ERC).
SDU Eagles develops sustainable drone
The drone team SDU Eagles has developed a drone to transport goods that is 30 % more energy efficient. The drone has brought the team to the University Startup World Cup finals.
Camera pill detects far more potential cancer tumors
A camera pill detects 70 % more colon polyps than a colonoscopy. The surprising result means that SDU and Odense University Hospital are now initiating the world’s largest study of 2015 patients who are at risk of developing colon or rectal cancer.
Algorithm to help understand wild fishes
Researchers have developed an algorithm to help determine the growth and wellbeing of wild fishes. The algorithm provides biologists with a long-needed tool to very accurately measure the effects of environmental impacts and climate change on the growth of wild fishes.
Inauguration of a beacon for energy-efficient technology
The Centre for Industrial Electronics at SDU in Sønderborg has now been officially inaugurated. It is the home of research, innovation and three new engineering programmes.
Satellites to stop ammonia emissions
Ammonia is a growing environmental problem, but satellites can help the agricultural sector minimize emissions. A PhD student from SDU has been awarded the European Space Agency’s sustainability award for developing a system that uses satellites to measure the evaporation of ammonia from fields.
Summer in the name of science
Right now, around 450 students from all over the world are gathered at SDU to attend the annual summer school. When they leave, they will have grown academically and have built an international network.
Vacuum cleaners and refrigerators are almost impossible to repair
Researchers from SDU went to the recycling center to try and disassemble vacuum cleaners, but glue and tiny screws made it impossible. “Ludicrous,” says expert in manufacturing and maintenance and hopes that upcoming EU regulations will change the throwaway culture.
Vida Engmann from SDU receives esteemed ‘For Women in Science’ Award
Three of Denmark’s most talented researchers within natural sciences received the ’For Women in Science’ Award on 15 May. One of those talented researchers is assistant professor Vida Engmann from SDU Sonderborg
Pigs and chicken can eat phosphorus from waste water
Researchers from SDU succeeded in extracting pure phosphorus from waste water. Pure phosphorus is sold as animal feed phosphate for pigs and chicken, but EU-rules are tripping up.
What happens to our plastic waste?
Professor Gang Liu has tracked the global trade in plastic after China in 2018 stopped importing plastic. The researcher is in no doubt that some of our collected plastic still ends up in Asia, and no doubt that some of our collected plastic ends as an environmental problem in Asia.
Coding taught using Lego
The Danish Ministry of Education is introducing the subject Technology Comprehension into selected primary and lower secondary schools so that children become competent in disciplines such as coding, sensors and 3D printing. At the same time, researchers are developing pedagogical tools to help the youngest pupils develop an interest in technology.
Breakthrough for organic solar cells
Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Sønderborg have achieved breakthrough within organic solar cells. They have succeeded in prolonging the lifetime of organic solar cells – a crucial point if organic solar cells are to compete with conventional silicon solar cells.
DKK 100 million for robotics research at the University of Southern Denmark from the A.P. Møller Foundation
SDU’s successful efforts in robotic systems were further supported by a donation of DKK 100 million, which will be used to construct a new building for students and researchers.
Nimble-fingered robots win gold
Robot researchers from SDU have developed robots that are so dexterous that they can use screwdrivers to screw in small screws. The researchers behind the groundbreaking technology have won first prize at the world's most prestigious robot competition, World Robot Challenge.
Drones to fly blood samples and doctors between hospitals
For three years, blood samples and medical equipment will be flown with drones between Odense, Svendborg and Ærø. Later, drones will also transport highly specialized healthcare professionals who need to arrive quickly. This will ensure better treatment and save the Danish health care system for almost DKK 200 million a year.
Distinguished award to master of light
Professor Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi is a pioneering figure in the field of nanooptics. The Russian-born Danish top-scientist receives the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology.
The man who makes the magic happen
Professor Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi is a pioneer within the research areas named Plasmonics and Nano Optics. Both hands are needed if you want to count the phenomena and concepts that can be ascribed the Danish top researcher of Russian origin. This is due to an indomitable will, a great imagination and a belief in the impossible. Now he is the latest recipient of the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology.
Sad music when you are 'killed' increases the pleasure of playing
A game of checkers becomes much more fun when music reflects your next move. Research shows that dynamic music strengthens players' involvement in games, and the computer game industry is starting to realise the value of soundscapes.
14 million to intelligent drones
Overhead power lines should be inspected by intelligent drones that can identify faults on the wires on their own and upload energy from the high voltage cables when the battery goes flat. This will greatly reduce costs for electricity companies and ensure an even more stable power supply.
Robots take the lead in composite construction
A robot mounted with 80 suction cups is to build aircraft parts at Terma. With a grant from Innovation Fund Denmark, robot researchers at the University of Southern Denmark are well on the way to automating the production of composite parts, thereby securing Danish companies a great competitive advantage.
SDU Wins the Unofficial World Championship in Robotics
Team SDU Robotics from The University of Southern Denmark wins the unofficial championship in industry robots, World Robot Challenge, in Japan.
Drones ensure 40.000 pumpkins more
By making use of new technology, Northern Europe’s largest pumpkin grower sold 40.000 pumpkins more. By means of drones, camera and image analysis, researchers from University of Southern Denmark succeeded in counting the pumpkins on the field.
Team SDU Robotics participating in international robot competition in Japan
Team SDU Robotics has, as the only Danish team, been selected to participate in the internationally recognized World Robot Challenge. The team has developed their proposition for the robot production cell of the future, that can be easily reconfigured to work as part of a fully automated system or in a collaborative setup together with human workers.
New Head of Department from global warming hotspot
After spending six years amidst the reality of global warming in Abu Dhabi, Professor Jens Ejbye Schmidt takes up the position of Head of Department of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology.
From engineering student to DR host
Camilla Adam was studying engineering at the University of Southern Denmark when her teacher posted a position to the study programme's Facebook group. Now, she is a new NØRD host and will help broadcast DR's initiative to the nation: Teach children about coding and technology.
For DKK 150, we can completely avoid fossil fuels
For the same price as a fitness centre subscription, we can completely avoid fossil fuels. The technology is already here, but the green transition needs political action, according to the master's thesis of two newly graduated engineers, and now PhD students at the Faculty of Engineering
Millions for business behind artificial bones
With an investment of DKK 5 million, the entrepreneurs behind the company Particle3D have received money to further develop their invention: bone implants that become one with the body.
SDU invests DKK 100 million in Industry 4.0
SDU is to strengthen its position as Denmark's leading university in the field of robot technology with an investment of several million Danish kroner. The money will prepare students and companies for a world where robots collaborate with humans, manufacturing is automated and where everything can be tested virtually.
Virtual reality to help combat youth drinking
For many years, young Danes have occupied first place in European alcohol consumption statistics, but now virtual reality will teach young people to say no to alcohol.
Is fucoidan the new wonder drug?
Researchers have received 17 million DKr to investigate asubstance from brown algae. The researchers will investigate the ability of the drug to strengthen the body and combat aging.
Drones to inspect high-voltage cables
Drone researchers at SDU are developing autonomous drones which can inspect overhead power lines. Equipped with camera, sensors and the ability of self-charging, the drones will replace expensive helicopters.
Researcher to develop better hearing tests
800,000 Danes have problems with their hearing. This can lead to depression and a reduced ability to work. Ellen Raben Pedersen researches into making hearing tests better so that hearing clinics have better tools with which to assess hearing loss.
Funen-based robotics company was born at SDU
Denmark's fastest growing robotics company, Mobile Industrial Robots, has been sold. The company has been bought by American Teradyne who is paying close to 1.7 billion DKK. Five years ago, SDU RoboLab was the birthplace of the company.
Digging has commenced for the Centre for Industrial Electronics
The first spade of soil for the Centre for Industrial Electronics (CIE) in Sønderborg was turned over today. The centre is the result of an exceptional regional initiative and a unique collaboration. The CIE will be the home of three new SDU Engineering programmes and research at an international level, and it will meet corporate demands for skilled labour.
Newly established company concentrates on concrete
The entrepreneur company Sensohive has found its niche. Sensors for the concrete industry. The three engineering students from SDU, who three years ago started their own company, now have the support of a technology concern and are busy writing job advertisements.
Do nano domains influence on how medicine work?
Medicine typically works by attaching itself to proteins, but why does some medicine work while other medicine does not? Researchers have taken on the task of revolutionising our understanding of how substances move through cells.
Forbes: Engineer from SDU among the greatest young talents in Europe
Forbes Magazine has proclaimed engineer from SDU and founder of Particle3D as being among the most promising talents in Europe. The company 3D prints bones in a material nearly identical to natural bones.
Are air and water the answer to the world’s climate challenges?
For more than 200 years, access to fossil fuels has been a motor for development and prosperity in our society. The downside is now evident in the climate changes caused by the greenhouse effect and which, within the next generations, will become even more large-scale if it is not possible to slow down the CO2 emissions. However, if fossil fuels are no longer the solution, what is the answer to our energy needs? Henrik Wenzel, associate professor and head of the SDU Centre for Life Cycle Engineering, makes a suggestion.
SDU Sønderborg obtains approval of Bachelor of Engineering programme in Electronics
In December, the Ministry of Education and Research approved two new programmes in the form of a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering and a Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering in Electronics, both of which are offered from SDU Sønderborg this year. Today, another approval came from Søren Pind’s ministry, namely of the Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Electronics.
Researchers are hunting high and low for protein
In the search for enough protein to sate the world's growing population, researchers have turned their attention to oil rigs. Excess gas can be used to create protein.
New invention could mean breakthrough for fuel cells
Researchers at SDU have patented an invention that recycles platinum. It could lead to a breakthrough for fuel cells and a new wave of green energy.
Climate conference reached important conclusions
'100% Climate Neutrality' at Alsion attracted over 400 participants from all over Europe
Meadows mowed by a robot
The first robot tractor has been sold, and the company behind it expects to sell twenty more by 2018. In collaboration with the company AgroIntelli, researchers have developed a system that makes it safe enough for robots to be let loose in the fields.
New engineering study programme is a hit at SDU
The University of Southern Denmark's new BEng in Robot Systems has been designed to fit the needs of the robot industry - and it seems to be hitting the mark among forthcoming students.
Gang Liu receives prestigious international prize
Associate Professor Gang Liu from SDU Life Cycle Engineering has received 'The Laudise Young Researcher Prize'. Gang Liu has been awarded this Robert A. Laudise medal in recognisation of his outstanding contributions to the field of industrial ecology.
Researchers print living bones
Researchers from SDU have succeeded in 3D printing artificial bones that grow naturally together with the body's own bones. In mouse experiments the artificial bones have even formed marrow. This opens up completely new possibilities for patients who need bone implants.
Finnish firebrand comes to the Faculty of Engineering
One of the world's leading innovation thinkers, professor Alf Rehn, has been appointed to the University of Southern Denmark's Faculty of Engineering. His appointment will shake things up and lead to a completely new way of thinking about innovation and creativity. And it will not pass unnoticed, promises the Faculty's Dean.
Health Tech Innovation puts fire in the bellies of student entrepreneurs
A number of students from the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering have received prizes for their bright ideas in the project Health Tech Innovator. But the real reward still lies ahead.
Researchers to develop a robot beetle
In a three year research project, researchers will decode the special qualities of dung beetles and transfer them to a robot. The dung beetle is particularly strong and can form a large ball out of a pile of dung then roll it home, navigating by the sun.
Denmark’s first international test center officially opened
Ministers, drone companies and researchers were gathered in SDUs new drone hangar for the opening of Denmark’s new drone center, UAS Denmark, and the airspace dedicated to the flying and testing of drones.
New dronecenter gets big drone airspace over Funen
867 square kilometers of airspace dedicated to drones. Fast approval process for drones, and researchers and laboratories close by. Combined, these factors will ensure the best conditions for growth in the drone industry.
Every fourth blender thrown out work perfectly fine
22 percent of household appliances being thrown out are still in good working order. Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have calculated that there are up to 140 million DKK to earn, if the old equipment was recycled.
New professor to build international research environment for future's construction industry at SDU
Buildings have to perform in terms of indoor climate and physical framework, but design should also play its part. A professor who values both design and sustainability will lead SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering.
Robots get a grip with sharkskin shoes
Walking robots have trouble gripping when they walk on uneven surfaces. Researchers from SDU have solved the problem. Robots just need to put on sharkskin shoes.
Carrots prevent development of bowel cancer
Chemicals from carrots reduce the development of cancerous cells by up to 83%. Researchers from SDU and OUH arrived at the sensational result during experiments on rats. The researchers are now working on testing the results on humans.
SDU to print cheap and ultra-thin solar panels
Researchers at SDU NanoSYD have succeeded in producing highly effective paper-thin organic solar panels. Now they will attempt to print out the solar panels in rolls several metres long so that the panels can be spread over roofs and cars.
Drone Center moves into 2250 square metres hangar
A massive hangar in HCA Airport is to provide the framework for SDU's commitment to drones and make the airport a beacon for the development and testing of drones.
Professor from SDU Robotics receives Industry Prize
Professor Henrik Gordon Petersen from SDU Robotics receives the Industry Prize from Danmarks Natruvidenskabelige Akademi for his great efforts in helping industry through his research.
Researchers are trying to get brains to merge with computers
Researchers are copying the brain activity of monkeys to create tomorrow's smart homes, where far into the future we will perhaps control everything from light and heat to the coffee machine using only the power of thought.
One ton of gold is thrown out every year
Every year, Danes scrap 81.000 tons of electronic equipment. For the first time, researchers from SDU have charted our electronic waste.
More than 1000 young people want to study engineering at SDU
With an increase of 15%, SDU's Faculty of Engineering has beaten the record for the number of first priority applicants to the University's engineering study programmes.
Race gives engineering students new energy
Engineering students put their hearts and souls into winning the year's race for autonomous cars. Programming, sensors and electromagnets are boiled down into a little self-propelled car, and complicated theory suddenly makes sense.
Little children to learn programming
Children are heavy users of technology, but they are also technically illiterate. A little white robot with wheels is about to change that.
Drones to spread ladybirds
Pests are to be fought with ladybirds and mites instead of pesticides. The University of Southern Denmark is to develop an ecodrone that will combat pests in completely new ways.
Engineer from SDU facilitates faster flights
Software student Henrik Møller Hansen was involved in the start up of AviationCloud. The business has specialised in sending aircraft through the clouds in the quickest way possible. The business has been so successful that a major American investor has chosen to invest in it.
Engineering students will have the opportunity to take to the sky
Engineering students from SDU will now have the chance to fly with an experienced test pilot. An agreement reached between the SDU and Airbus Defence & Space means that students will have the opportunity for a training course in flight test otherwise reserved for military personnel.
Predicting the lifespan of a ship
As buildings are becoming larger, the risk of unexpected collapse is also growing. Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have come a step closer to calculating the lifespan of a building.
Energy system to make stores greener
By dimming the lights and turning down the ventilation, stores can run on green energy. A new research project at SDU will develop a system which discreetly turns down energy-guzzling installations when the wind isn't blowing.
Colour will identify critical patients
It is difficult for hosptials to spot patients who suddenly become critically ill during hospitalisation. But instead of a beeping sound, colour will be used to give a quick overview of the patient's condition.
Robots set to make aircraft parts
Although steel has been replaced with modern composite materials in cars, aircraft and wind turbine blades, robots have not yet learned to work with the new materials. But they will now. A consortium led by the University of Southern Denmark has received 13 million kroner from Innovationsfonden to upgrade robots.
Head of Department Michael Goodsite starts new job
Head of Department Michael Goodsite is to become the new Executive Vice President for Regional Development at the Region of Southern Denmark.
Research project will enable drones to fly free
The use of drones is severely limited by the need for visual contact between a pilot and his drone, but a new research project will make drones so safe that they can fly free. It could be the embryo of an idea for a new business adventure.
Robot to learn surgical sewing
In the future, surgeons will hand over the needle and thread to a robot. Robots from SDU have been on apprenticeship at OUH to learn from the best surgeons so that the robots can take over the tedious work.
Honorary doctorate for Horst-Günter Rubahn
Head of Mads Clausen Institute, Horst-Günter Rubahn, has been appointed honorary doctor at Kaunas University of Technology, which is the largest technical university in the Baltic countries.
Drones to have electronic number plates
According to a new bill, all professional drones are soon to be fitted with an electronic number plate. The University of Southern Denmark is underway with the development of drone number plates and is about to test the technology.
What is the formula for the ultimate Christmas beer?
Using chemical formulas, 5 chemical engineering students from the University of Southern Denmark can calculate what makes the ultimate Christmas beer. The ingredients include brown sugar, dried orange peel and cloves.
Small businesses lagging behind in automation
Robots are still too expensive and troublesome for small businesses, but a new research project at the University of Southern Denmark is about to change all that.
Drones can now steer themselves clear of obstacles
By studying bats, researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have succeeded in equipping drones with a sensor system that prevents them from colliding in the air. It is the first step towards drones that can fly without human intervention.
How can Funen attract the best engineers?
The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is part of a new network that will make sure that talent in the fields of technology and IT will be drawn to Funen. Competing businesses have joined forces to secure growth for the business sector on Funen.
Exuberant and creative teaching
Associate Professor Søren Wiatr Borg from the Department of Technology and Innovation is the Teacher of the Year 2015 at the Faculty of Engineering.
Number plates for drones will improve safety
The University of Southern Denmark and the Danish Transport and Construction Agency are working together towards the effective and safe use of drones - a necessity for supporting the industry and the development of growth potential. Number plates is the first step.
New rehabilitation robot counteracts gravity
A new, highly sensitive robot will help patients who can't raise their arms. The robot counteracts the force of gravity and makes training easier by interpreting the patient's rehabilitation requirements.
Robot cuts red ribbon at inauguration of new building
The red ribbon was cut by a robot at Wednesday's inauguration of a new building on campus for SDU's engineers.
Inauguration: Engineers move to new building on campus
The boxes are unpacked and teaching rooms, offices and laboratories have been occupied by staff and students. On Wednesday, the University will inaugurate a brand new building on campus that will put technological research under one roof.
Grant of million for manure research
With a grand of several million Danish kroner for manure research, researchers hope to reduce nitrogen emission intp the nature and increase the value of manure as fertiliser.
Henrik Gordon Petersen recieves 2015 Grundfos Price
Professor Henrik Gordon Petersen from the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute has recieved the 2015 Grundfos Prize and 1 million DKK for his long-standing contribution to applied robot technology.
SDU welcomes over 900 new engineering students
The Faculty Dean, the Mayor of Odense, tutors and mentors stood ready to welcome the new Engineering students.
Honorary professor reappointed at KBM
Henrik Skov, professor at the Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, has been reappointed Honorary Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology.
More engineering students in Sønderborg
19 procent more than last year want to study to become an engineer in Sønderborg. Particularly the BEng in Mechatronics study programme is growing in popularity.
Building block wins entrepreneur final
A team of engineering students from the University of Southern Denmark are behind Denmark's most creative idea according to the jury at the Creative Business Cup.
Engineering students become entrepreneurial pilots
The team behind Bikematch are to receive funding to work full-time on their entrepreneur project over the coming year.
Engineer graduation looks forward to a new era
It was a solemn and slightly wistful occasion at the Faculty of Engineering that on the 27 June 2015 celebrated for the last time the newly graduated engineers at Niels Bohrs Allé 1.
Climate change adaption can have unfortunate side-effects
Projects that prepare us against climate change abound - projects that can end up costing the environment and the local population dear.
Building block selected for entrepreneur final
A team of engineering students from the University of Southern Denmark and their intelligent magnetic building block are to compete against 22 other teams at the Creative Business Cup at the weekend.
Conference: “Think Ahead. Act Together.”
With the conference “100% Climate Neutrality – solutions for crossing borders” the Danish/German border region will mark itself as a hub for real solutions.
Top nano-researchers to gather in Odense
A group of highly recognized researchers in nano-optics will drop in to the conference 'Nanostructured Optical Fields' at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Southern Denmark.
Biotechnologists search for potential drug to treat eye diseases
Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology, Henrik Karring, has, along with researchers from Aarhus University, found the molecular cause of a range of eye diseases.
COWIfonden supports PhD student
COWIfonden has granted 70,000DKK to PhD student Søren Gustenhoff Hansen from the Department of Technology and Innovation for experiments which will identify the impact of damage to concrete bridges on their weight-bearing capacity.
Henrik Wenzel receives Fyens Stiftstidende's Research Award
Professor Henrik Wenzel from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology has received Fyens Stiftstidende's Research Award 2015 for his work in research and communication at SDU since his appointment in 2007. The award was presented at Fyens Stiftstidende's Mediehus in Odense on 4 June.
Energi Fyn funding for two SDU researchers
Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard and Henrik Midtiby both receive funding for projects on Funen.
Director appointed at SDU's new drone centre
American drone expert, Brad Beach, will be Director of SDU's new drone centre.
Festival of Research: Drones, beer brewing and science show
Saturday 26th April the Faculty of Engineering invites you to the Festival of Research at Campusvej in Odense where you can fly drones, take a closer look at beer brewing (including tasting) and see a live science show. There will also be the opportunity to become an engineering student for a day.
SDU will shape the future of drone technology with groundbreaking study programme
SDU (University of Southern Denmark) is launching a Master of Science in Engineering study programme specialising in drone technology - the first of its kind in Europe. The engineers of tomorrow who will deliver solutions for the rapidly growing drone industry will be educated here.
Million donation turns student project from MCI into energy venture in Sønderborg
A donation of 1.22 million from the Bitten and Mads Clausen Foundation elevates engineering student project to green energy development effort.
Reforming an Ecology of Care out of concern for care
What is care? That is the main question which the Ecology of Care project has been designed to investigate.
Visionary Italian physicist is appointed Honorary Professor at SDU
The Faculty of Engineering has appointed as Honorary Professor the Italian professor of theoretical physics, Gian Paolo Brivio, for his expertise in surface and materials research.
Large grant to improve quality of organic solar panels
Thanks to a large grant from The Danish Council for Independent Research, a nanotechnology researcher from SDU is to investigate possible solutions to how organic solar panels can be improved.
Sønderborg: Centre for Green Military Development
The machinery of war and large military bases can be greatly damaging to the environment, but this doesn't necessarily have to be the case. The world's leading researchers in the field of green military technology are to gather in Sønderborg to discuss how the military can become more environmentally friendly.
SDU receives great gift from Danfoss
Costly facility can bring researchers a great step closer to cheaper and more flexible energy-friendly solar cell systems and light sources.
Head of department made adjunct professor in Iceland
Professor and head of Department of Technology and Innovation (ITI) at SDU has been made adjunct professor at University of Iceland.
Extension for important honorary professorship
Honorary professor Dr. Katharina Al-Shamery’s cooperation with SDU has produced good results. The honorary professorship is now extended for five years.
Søren Hassing receives huge honour within optics
Earlier last month associate professor Søren Hassing from Institute of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology, was awarded a major award within the fields of optics.
Henrik Bindslev appointed dean of TEK
Henrik Bindslev will be leading the Faculty of Engineering at University of Southern Denmark.
Faculty of Engineering initiates double collaboration in China
SDU's faculty of engineering has recently strengthened its international relations by commencing a double collaboration with a Chinese university.
Double honors for SDU professors
Not one, but two professors from Faculty of Technology at University of Southern Denmark have been honored with the Order of Dannebrog.
Xavier Fretté Awarded Teacher of the Year Award
Great commitment, teaching with involvement and high spirits are just some of the things that has made Xavier Fretté Teacher of the Year at TEK 2014.
networkING 2014: Festive Reunion with Former Fellow Students
Saturday 27 September was devoted to reunion joy when 180 engineers – all graduates from the Faculty of Engineering – met for a festive day with presentations, music and a lot of talk.
Pig Defecation Better at Forming Ammonia
Researchers from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology at the University of Southern Denmark, are the first to measure and compare the activity of the ammonia-forming enzyme in faeces and manure from pigs and cows. Their conclusion is clear; pig faeces forms ammonia faster. The researchers will now try to find a cheap and effective method to stop the formation of ammonia.
TEK Welcomes 740 New Engineering Students
On Tuesday 26 August, the Faculty of Engineering opened its doors to 740 new students. They start their studies with an introductory course with tasks that challenge the brain, teambuilding and social arrangements with fellow students.
Robots Able to Learn by Observation
Researchers at the Faculty of Engineering have succeeded in creating robots that can learn new tasks simply by watching a person perform them. This makes the robots far more flexible and might make it easier to use robots within the industry.
New Head of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute
Assistant professor Kasper Hallenborg – aged only 38 – has become the new Head of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute at University of Southern Denmark. He has conducted intense research in technological solutions for the elderly of the future and is a distinctive voice in the debate on welfare technology.
Graduation Celebration: Job-life Ahead Tempts
84 newly qualified engineers and bachelors of engineering were given diplomas at the graduation ceremony at the Faculty of Engineering on 28 June, 2014.
Industrial Robots to Rehabilitate Patients
Industrial robots will be developed to rehabilitate weak patients. The robot functions as a personal trainer. It can be set to accommodate the individual’s exact requirements and ensure that the patient develops to the maximum.
Scholarships for outbound engineering students
On the 6th of May, scholarships from the Engineer Jens Jespersen Foundation and the Engineer Ernst B. Sund Foundation were handed out to students at the Faculty of Engineering.
New organisation of Robocluster, TEK Innovation and TEK Research Support
Companies and students were matched
Companies and Engineering Students Met for the Internship and Project Day at the Faculty of Engineering on 30 April 2014.
Topping-out Ceremony at the Faculty of Engineering
The roof is nearing completion on the building, which in the future will be housing the University of Southern Denmark’s engineering students. The new Faculty of Engineering is contrived by the internationally renowned architect, Anna Maria Indrio.
Robots are Now Able to Imitate Human Work
Researchers at the Faculty of Engineering have now succeeded in creating a robot-system which can imitate human actions. Simultaneously, the robots are able to learn from their experiences. This might ensure that more manufacturing jobs remain in Denmark.
First Care-O-bot in Denmark: Rolling Service Robot Can Fetch Water and Clean
Scientists are working to develop the Care-O-Bot, making it the world’s most advanced service robot that can aid elderly people in daily life – pick up objects and clean. The plan is that in ten years’ time, the robot will roll into the first care home.
Environmentalist Becomes the New Head of the Department of Technology and Innovation at TEK
Professor Michael Evan Goodsite will be the new Head of the Department of Technology and Innovation at the Faculty of Engineering on 1 June. He is a renowned climate expert and advises politicians in the EU on climate change.
It only Takes Four Hours to Build a Walking Robot
Researchers from the Faculty of Engineering have developed a kit that allows you to build a walking robot in a few hours. It may be significant for the development of walking robots.
New Surveillance System Reveals Endangered Animals
Biologists can now get a much more accurate picture of endangered bats, birds and insects. TEK-researchers are behind a new recording system which reveals previously unknown details about the bats.
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Milliarder af molekyler i form af organiske lysdioder kommer om få år til at udgøre belysningen i din stue. Nogle mobiltelefoner bruger allerede den nye teknologi, som er energibesparende, miljøvenlig og billig.
Head of Institute becomes member of Denmark’s Scientific Academy
Professor and Head of Institute Horst-Günter Rubahn has been appointed member of Denmark’s Scientific Academy.
Linguists will be Teaching Robots to Obey
How do you get the robot to understand what to do? That is the robot researchers’ biggest challenge. A linguist will now help making the robots to understand instructions.
New Honorary Professor will help to Secure Houses in Storm
Chief executive officer Svend Ole Hansen is awarded the title of Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Engineering. He will help put together a research group centred on how vibrations affect buildings and bridges.
Job Fair at TEK 24 October
Several of the country’s heavy hitting engineering companies will visit the Faculty of Engineering on Thursday 24 October 2013. This year activities include visits from Esbjerg’s booming offshore industry, which lacks engineers by the dozen.
Teacher of the Year Enthrals Audience
Associate Professor Bjarne Schmidt from the Mads Clausen Institute was on 4 October named best lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering.
New Invention Reduces Consumption of Pesticides by 60 per cent
Researchers from the Faculty of Engineering have successfully developed an intelligent bar that reduces the consumption of pesticides by 60 per cent. Several tests show that the intelligent bar fights weeds as effectively as an old-fashioned syringe.
Prestigious European Grant for Nanotechnology Research
Professor Sergey Bozhevolnyi from the Faculty of Engineering has received one of the most prestigious European research grants for his research in Nano-optics.
TEK is Hosting the Anniversary Conference on Crystallization
From 18-20th September 2013 the Faculty of Engineering opens its doors to nearby 100 researchers in crystallization as the conference ‘International Workshop on Industrial Crystallization’ is held for the 20th time.
Shrimp Shells to give Salmon Healthy Colour
8.5 million tons of food scraps are annually taken directly to the incineration. Researchers from the Faculty of Engineering work at utilizing the waste for an export-adventure. For example, shrimp shells are to be converted into a valuable red colour, which can provide natural colour for salmon and may be able to combat wrinkles.
New Centre to Study How to Make Computers Faster
Centre for Nano-Optics to play with light to create faster and more efficient computers
You are the Key to Growth
A ray of sunlight broke through the rainy overcast skies as the Faculty of Engineering celebrated this summer’s engineering graduates on 29 June 2013.
Weeding Robot Ready for Agriculture
Now, the first example of a commercial weeding robot has seen the light of day. The field robot, the result of cooperation between companies and researchers, points towards a more environmentally friendly agriculture.
Students in Focus strengthens the study environment at TEK
The Faculty of Engineering gives 127,450 kroner to develop a number of activities that strengthens the study environment for the Engineering Programmes at SDU.
New Project does Research on Organic Solar Cells
NanoSYD heads a new international project that focuses on the development of organic energy technologies that can be used for new smart solar cells. The project has just received 29 million kroner.
Developing Materials to Desirable Pressure Sensors
NanoSYD heads a new project that focuses on the development of low-temperature stable pressure sensors. The project has received funding from the Danish Advanced Technology Foundation.
Blue Candy without Chemical Colorants
Now, there is the prospect that children can eat blue candy without the risk of developing allergies. Blue-green algae will push synthetic blue colour out of candy, cookies and soda.
Environmental Pioneer may Soon Call Himself Doctor
For over 30 years Sven Gjedde Sommer has fought for environment friendly agriculture. He has worked to transform liquid manure into gold by recycling important nutrients in the manure. On 24 May he defends his doctoral thesis as the first ever at The Faculty of Engineering.
New Cooperation Agreement with Polish University
The Faculty of Engineering and the Polish university Wroclaw University of Technology has just signed a new collaboration agreement and thereby strengthens the cooperation on education and research.
More room for the Students
Even before the new premises for the Faculty of Engineering is completed, it has grown 40 per cent. In order to accommodate a larger number of students, the faculty expands its area.
Sustainable sewage sludge
Researchers from the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology are part of a new research cooperation in recycling of the vital element, phosphorus, from sewage sludge.
Recent research in robotics will safeguard jobs
Researchers from The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute have been granted 18.3 million Danish kroner from the Danish Council for Strategic Research to find new methods to expand the use of robots and thus to strengthen industrial competitiveness.
Research group gets support for development of supercomputers
The Nano Optics research group of Professor Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi receives 1,4 mill. dkr for the development of optical technologies for the next generation of supercomputers
Teaching Award for inspiring supervision
Last Friday, associate professor Karsten Holm Andersen from the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute received the Teaching Award of the University of Southern Denmark, among other things for his unusually inspiring supervision and for his energetic work on the Formula Student project.
New cooperation leads to Ph.D.-agreement
A new chapter in the cross-border cooperation between the University of Southern Denmark and the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences
New research contributes to energy-efficient animal feed production
A new industrial Ph.D. project in cooperation between a private company from Vejle, Graintec, and the Faculty of Engineering is to contribute to the development of energy-efficient methods for producing feed for fish and animals.
Breakthrough for solar energy
New research makes possible new - and far more efficient - ways to convert solar energy into electric power. Professor Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi from the Institute for Technology and Innovation stands behind this research, published today in the acknowledged journal Nature Communications.
17 mio. DKK for development of intelligent energy systems for market gardening
Scientists from the Faculty of Engineering are heading a new project which is to make market gardening more energy efficient, to the benefit of both environment and economy.
New consortium handles waste and environment
Scientists from the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology is part of a new consortium, INNOSORT, which is to develop an efficient waste sorting, beneficial to Danish environment as well as Danish export possibilities.
Acoustics congress tells off Danish Radio concert hall
On 18-20 June, the University of Southern Denmark is hosting an international congress for acoustics. Among the speakers is the sound engineer behind the Sidney Opera House, who takes a long look at the the acoustics of danish concert halls.
Peder Thusgaard Ruhoff in management of newly founded organisation
The Faculty of Engineering is represented in a new organisation which is to strengthen the possibilities for collecting, processing and calculating data in Danish research.
TEK researcher won in Ph.D. cup
This week, Thiusius Rajeeth Savarimuthu from the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute won at the Ph.D. cup of the Danish daily paper "Information"
Rising demand on meat strains sustainability
Researchers from the Institute for Chemical, Biological and Environmental Technology are taking part in a project on the extraction of energy, nutrients and organic matter from farm waste
4 mill. DKR for cross-border cooperation
The Mads Clausen Institute in Sonderborg is part of a new project which is to strengthen and develop the border region of southern Denmark.
Papers on nanooptics in the top ten
Two papers by researchers from the Institute of Technology and Innovation were so popular that they ended up in the top ten downloads on Optics Letters in November 2011.
New head of institute at the Mads Clausen Institute
Professor Horst-Günter Rubahn will take up the position as head of institute at the Mads Clausen Institute (MCI), the Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark (SDU) on 1 January 2012
Robots make wind turbine maintenance faster, cheaper and more secure
A new project led by researchers at the University of Southern Denmark aims to develop a robot that enables technicians to maintain wind turbines without having to climb up into them and rappel down along the wings. Due to the enormous planned expansion of offshore wind, new solutions on the area are necessary.
Hao and Joe are designing the heat exchangers of the future
Reducing energy waste has never been more important, and that is precisely what heat exchange is all about. In October, Chinese researcher Hao Li will begin a Marie Curie Postdoc Fellowship at the Faculty of Engineering in Odense and join Associate Professor Joe Alexandersen's research team. Together, they will figure out what the heat exchangers of the future should look like.
Researchers at SDU receives 13 million DKK grant to develop a robot that will be crucial to the green transition
A new research project at the Center for Large Structure Production (LSP) at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) has received a grant of over 13 million DKK to develop a mobile robot welding crane. Such a robot may become necessary if we are to succeed in expanding green energy from offshore wind turbines.
Research in quantum mechanics is like a journey of discovery into the future
New quantum technologies have the potential to reshape our entire society. At the centre for basic research POLIMA, researchers are particularly curious about interactions between light and matter, as these could potentially form the whole basis of the quantum technologies of the future
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Girls coding and building new network at IT-Camp
20 young girls attended an IT-camp at the Faculty of Technology, where they were introduced to everything from Scrum to Python, student life and met representatives from both LEGO and local Hesehus. The event is part of the faculty's many initiatives to attract more girls to study at TEK.
Hotshot leaves Google for SDU
After 25 years in Silicon Valley at Google, Microsoft and Xeroc PARC, tech-hotshot Elin Rønby Pedersen returns to Denmark for the position as Professor and Head of SDU Applied AI and Data Science at the University of Southern Denmark.
What does a headless chicken have to do with robots?
The talented researcher has already developed his first robot animal: an insect robot that crawls on pipes and can keep its footing in rough terrain. Now he is underway with his next project - developing a robot brain inspired by animals.
Robots are to be equipped with artificial animal brain
Robot researchers from SDU are developing a nervous system inspired by animals for robots. The artificial brain will enable robots to go, adapt, and make decisions. The robots will even be able to learn new skills like dogs through reward.
Virtual reality to help combat youth drinking
For many years, young Danes have occupied first place in European alcohol consumption statistics, but now virtual reality will teach young people to say no to alcohol.
How much food are we really throwing out?
Our knowledge about food waste is based largely on old figures and secondary sources. That is the conclusion reached by researchers in a new international report. Researchers are calling for new fundamental knowledge in order to reach the UN Goal of halving food waste by 2030.
Energetic teamwork sparked researcher’s business into life
Steffen Thrane Vindt has come up with an invention that can help ensure a steady green energy supply and improve the service life of electric cars and fuel cell vehicles. Initial advice and professional sparring convinced the chemical engineer that his research work could be combined with the dream of owning a business
SDU Bachelor project about 3D printed bones wins Venture Cup
Particle3D from SDU was voted winner of the National Startup Competition by 300 people from industry, students and entrepreneurs when the Venture Cup held this year's major entrepreneur competition for Denmark's university students.
Strong partnership behind new center at SDU
A unique collaboration between public and private enterprises forms the basis for new research and innovation facilities as well as new engineering study programmes at SDU in Sønderborg. SDU, Danfoss A/S, LINAK A/S, the Region of Southern Denmark and Sønderborg Municipality each invest DKK 35-36m in a new Center for Industrial Electronics.
Students want to make concrete green
Three engineering students from SDU have decided to make concrete more climate friendly. During the production of concrete, large amounts of CO2 are released, so the students have developed an idea for a hybrid furnace which utilises the excess energy produced by wind turbines. The idea is so good that it won an international competition.
Top professor for SDU Center for Nano Optics
As the youngest researcher to do so, Professor N. Asger Mortensen recently received 40 million DKK from Villum Fonden. On 1st May, he takes up his position as Professor and Villum Ingestigator at SDU Center for Nano Optics.
Students invent talking rubbish bin
Talking Bin is an interactive rubbish bin that will make for cleaner cities and happier garbage collectors. He has good people skills too.