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UT in 'We Gaan Het Maken'

On 1 March 2021, television broadcaster BNNVARA will launch a programme called ‘We’re going to make it’ (We Gaan Het Maken) on the NPO 1 channel. In this programme, five UT researchers help people with disabilities to find a solution that will change their lives. This is in line with the University’s goal to contribute research and technology to improve people’s well-being and offer them a better future.  

Together with presenter Patrick Lodiers and armed with the latest techniques in their field, researchers Edwin Dertien, Wouter Eggink, Khiet Truong, Arjan van Hessen, and Hellen van Rees try to make the impossible possible. The programme provides a glimpse into the creative minds of people who dare to pioneer and are not afraid to tackle problems that others think are unsolvable. 

There are four episodes of ‘We Gaan Het Maken’. During the first episode on 1 March, researcher Edwin Dertien helps Johannes to pursue his hobbies of bird watching and photography. 

Join our Watch Party and watch together! 

We are organising a ‘We Gaan Het Maken’ Watch Party for all UT employees, students, alumni, and business relations. There will be a discussion with the researchers who participated in the programme prior to the broadcast, when we will ask them what it was like and what their favourite or most difficult moment was. After the broadcast, there will be a question-and-answer session with the researchers. Do you want to join us and ask your own questions during this programme? 

Participating UT researchers
Edwin Dertien

Edwin Dertien is an enthusiastic creator, lecturer (Creative Technology) researcher and creative robot designer with the EEMCS faculty’s RaM department. His research builds bridges between the soft skills of designers and co-designers and the hard skills of engineers. Dertien works at the University of Twente and elsewhere on robots for industrial and healthcare applications and works of art. 

Wouter Eggink

Wouter Eggink is a design professional and design researcher with the Faculty of Engineering Technology. Eggink is specifically interested in the relationships between design, technology and society. Eggink teaches several courses (Design Histories and  Create the Future) on this subject in the Master’s study programmes in Industrial Design Engineering. 

Khiet Truong

Khiet Truong works at the EEMCS faculty’s HMI department and conducts research on the automated analysis of nonverbal aspects of speech communication (e.g. laughter) in human-human and human-machine interaction with the goal to make automatic speech recognition more intelligent. She also lectures on speech processing, affective computing and interaction technology. 

Arjan van Hessen

Arjan van Hessen is affiliated with the HMI department of EEMCS and works on language and speech technology. Van Hessen worked among others for the well-known Belgian company Lernout & Hauspie which can be considered a pioneer in the field of speech technology.

Hellen van Rees

Hellen van Rees is a fashion/textile designer and researcher. She studied Fashion Design at ArtEZ in Arnhem and Fashion Womenswear at Central Saint Martins in London. She’s discovered how much fun it is to use her design skills in applied science projects and collaborations. She is involved in projects at the University of Twente with the Engineering Technology department and the DesignLab. 

Further information 

The episode of ‘We Gaan Het Maken’ is in Dutch, which will also be the language used during the Watch Party. For more information, please contact Hinke Mulder

drs. M.M.J. van Hillegersberg - Hofmans (Martine)
Press relations (available Mon, Tue, Thu)
H. Mulder (Hinke)
Press relations (available Mon-Fri)