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AUAS (HvA) to receive 3.5 million RAAK PRO subsidy

13 May 2015 12:33 | Communication

Over the next four years five AUAS (HvA) research proposals will be receiving RAAK PRO subsidy from the Taskforce for Applied Research SIA. This is a subsidy of a maximum of €700,000 per research project. With this subsidy, AUAS will carry out research into safe flying, intelligent charging facilities, forensic research, anti-bullying policy and the motor development of primary school children.

SIA has allocated a RAAK PRO subsidy to a total of 27 proposals from universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands, the foundation announced.

Rector Huib de Jong is pleased about the allocation of the subsidy to AUAS:

“The five research projects submitted by AUAS were all accepted; this is a unique result which makes me particularly proud. It shows that our professors and researchers have managed to incorporate relevant social issues in research proposals that the external assessors found convincing. With this kind of research, we are not only tackling current issues for our partners in Amsterdam, but also making a significant contribution to the education of our students. They too can get involved with these current research issues at companies, institutions and organisations.”

The Aviation professorship at AUAS is receiving the subsidy for its research into ‘Measuring Safety in Aviation.’ Although flying is getting safer all the time, there is a need within the aviation industry for more factual, objective information on safety. Every aviation organisation is now obliged to make an assessment of the risks within its operating processes in advance and in accordance with international regulations. AUAS’ Aviation Academy will provide companies with clear insights into how to measure these safety risks. The researchers are developing rules for measurement and creating a web-based dashboard for the aviation industry, in cooperation with the National Aerospace Laboratory and KLM Ground Services.

The second subsidy is for research into fingerprints at the AUAS Forensic Investigation professorship, in cooperation with the Netherlands Forensic Institute and the National Police Academy. Although a great deal of attention is devoted to detection in the Netherlands, every year some 40,000 crimes of violence or sexual offences remain unsolved, partly because the best possible use is often not made of clues that are present. This includes fingerprints: these are used to make identifications on the basis of ‘lines’, but they can also provide information on the source of the clue and the activities that have led to them being left. AUAS will be carrying out research into these technical aspects of fingerprints, as well as into the human factors that play a role in processing this information.

In recent years, local authorities in the Netherlands have made considerable investments in electric transportation. Now is the time to further roll out and optimise the charging infrastructure for this. Where should local authorities place new charging points, and how can charging point operators make a convincing business case? As part of the Urban Technology programme, the AUAS Energy and Innovation professorship will use the RAAK PRO subsidy to identify how professionals can realise the most effective and cost-efficient charging infrastructure. To do so, the researchers will analyse charging data from large municipalities and then create mathematical and predictive models on the basis of big data analysis. Partners are the G4 (the Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague local authorities), Nuon, Cofely, Overmorgen, EV-Box, Enexis, Oplaadpunten.nl and knowledge partner the University of Amsterdam.

Ron Oostdam’s professorship (Tailor-made work in learning and instruction) is to receive RAAK PRO subsidy for its ‘Anti-bullying policy’ research. The aim of this research is to provide primary education professionals with tools they can use in dealing with bullying in a professional manner. The researchers will further develop this anti-bullying policy on the basis of the PRIMA anti-bullying method. In cooperation with TNO and Veiligheid NL, the researchers will create an online 'bullyometer' for use by schools, as well as methods for teachers to resolve bullying situations in the classroom, a series of interactive lessons for pupils and training for teachers and school managers. The bullying policy will then be implemented at the participating schools and AUAS’ educational programmes.

The fifth project to receive subsidy is ‘The PE teacher of the future’, submitted by professor Huub Toussaint and Jacomine Ravensbergen of the AUAS School of Sports and Nutrition. Children growing up in big cities do not move enough, meaning they become overweight and can even suffer from ‘movement impairment’. In this AUAS research, carried out in cooperation with the Municipality of Amsterdam, PE teachers will monitor the movement of pupils aged 6 to 12 at 26 primary schools in Amsterdam. The PE teacher will carry out a ‘motor skills scan’ (measuring jumping strength, standing still, bouncing and jumping coordination), and will record their progress, alongside the PE lessons. The AUAS researchers will then draw up a database and a care protocol, and will then evaluate the positive learning outcomes.

The Taskforce for Applied Research SIA finances and stimulates practice-oriented research by universities of applied science and is covered by the NOW (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research). The RAAK-PRO scheme is intended to stimulate practice-oriented research in order to develop knowledge for education and professional practice. The subsidy is also intended to promote cooperation between universities of applied science and other knowledge institutes.