Predictive maintenance 

Currently, maintenance is carried out according to a fixed schedule aimed at minimizing system failure or downtime. This type of maintenance is not only very inefficient, it is also costly in the sense that it consumes unnecessary resources by performing maintenance when it is not yet needed.

The use of predictive maintenance allows manufactures to lower maintenance costs, maximize uptime and improve production output. Hence, this technology holds great promises for any company or institution that incur high maintenance cost.

The goal of this challenge is to make an inventory of the state-of-the-art of predictive maintenance technology and business potential and describe how this technological development can be applied in the workfield of each of the X!Delft partners.


NS and X!Delft are jointly working on developing a First & Last Mile field lab in Delft, where we can experiment with new forms of mobility (as a service) concepts in connection to the train. NS is now thinking about how to redesign train stations in order to better accommodate these up and coming forms of mobility. Together with several renowned architects and designers, they are organizing co-creation sessions to get fresh inspiration. These sessions will be held before the summer holiday period, and we plan to let one or more student teams join in. We are still working on the details, but if you are interested to participate, please let us know now! We’ll get back to you as soon as possible

Current Challenges

VolkerWessels – Generative design

A renowned X!Delft partner, VolkerWessels, is interested in the current state-of-the-art and the potential  of Generative Design technology in order to effectively adopt it in their own design process.

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AEGON – Pensions

As a student, your pension is probably the last thing you want to think about. However, how we live at the age of 70 could be influenced by the decisions we make today.

Aegon, a multinational life insurance, pensions and asset management company, is convinced we should. Therefore, Aegon wonders how they can trigger people to start thinking about their pension at an earlier age already. To answer this question, Aegon organized a design sprint in collaboration with X!Delft students. The aim of the sprint is to design a “nudge” that increases awareness for pensions among young people. The design sprint was an inspiring day, where both the students and AEGON learned a lot. After the summer, the winning ideas will be further developed by the students.

Autonomous greenhouses

Through AI and sensors, build greenhouses of the future

Hoogendoorn Growth Management and Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects are seeking talented students to participate in a challenge growing tomatoes in a greenhouse controlled by artificial intelligence: the autonomous greenhouse challenge 2019.

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Past Challenges

Avatar challenge – Ministery of I&W

Due to the rapid technological developments in the field of robotics, artificial intelligence, data communication, computing power, sensors, image processing, human-machine interface, and many other fields, the possibilities to develop telerobotics or avatars are taking shape and in practice to be able to deploy at a fast pace. With the help of avatars, it is possible for operators to remotely carry out physical actions by means of “telepresence”, whereby the operator is (to a certain extent) created the illusion that he himself is present on the spot and performs actions. This offers advantages in situations where, for security reasons, it is not desirable for people to be physically on location, but also if certain knowledge and skills are required in the short term and they are not available in the immediate vicinity, but quickly via telepresence. can be mobilized. The first contours of this revolution are already apparent, for example when surgeons perform minimally invasive operations using the DaVinci surgery robot, whether they are standing next to the patient or thousands of kilometres away. But also applications such as remote-controlled (military) drones that perform exploratory flights or carry out attacks from a control centre on the other side of the world with equal ease, are application examples of avatar technology. We are only at the beginning of this development and it is by no means clear which applications will be of value in practice in both the short and the long term. The Ministry of Infrastructure & Water is also interested in avatars. It is becoming increasingly busier on the Dutch roads, and new technologies are increasingly being looked at to help ensure the flow of traffic on our road network in a safe, reliable, effective and cost-efficient manner. In addition to the many other applications, avatars could also play an important role in this area in the future. In order to better understand the state of affairs in the field of avatars, but also where the possibilities for using avatars lie, where the benefits lie and how large they are, the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management has asked the TU Delft (X!Delft) to set up a student team that can make an initial exploration of avatars.