Scientific innovations should bring Olympic gold closer

The Netherlands hopes to achieve top performance at this year's Olympic Games thanks in part to scientific innovations.
Paralympisch en meervoudig Europees en wereldkampioen Jetze Plat geeft  een demonstratie in de windtunnel van de TU Eindhoven

Today Computable published the article 'Olympic gold thanks to software and data' (in Dutch), which discusses the various innovations that will hopefully contribute to Dutch success.  Usually the athletes and their trainers get all the credit. What is forgotten is that behind almost every medal success there is an entire team of scientists. In the background, computer scientists, data scientists, software developers and engineers ensure that the Dutch team will have a great summer,' can be read in the article.

SURF is also involved in the background. We made 2 SURF Magazine articles about this before. 

On track for gold

TU Delft is working on models that can predict the wind forecast very accurately during the Olympic sailing regattas. The sailing regattas will be held in Sagami Bay. Due to the unique topographical conditions (a complex landscape and the proximity of the island of Oshima), the meteorological characteristics of this bay are quite complex and not well documented. The research team will therefore map the wind conditions of the bay and develop a forecasting system that will provide the Dutch sailing team with accurate and reliable wind data prior to each race.

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The difference between gold and silver

High-tech materials and advanced research must bring paralympic success at the Paralympic Games closer. In his PhD research, Paul Mannion (TU/e and National University of Ireland Galway) investigated the aerodynamic resistance of tandem cyclists and handbike riders. The extensive experimental and mathematical modelling work was unprecedented for Paralympic cycling and even for most other sports.

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