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‘However realistic a virtual environment is, as long as a trainee knows he or she is not in a simulator, he will not perform tasks as he would in the real world’
Iris Cohen, engineer in interactive intelligence

‘If trainees know they are in a safe simulator and that there are no, or very few, physical consequences if they do something wrong, their actions will be just that little bit riskier than they would in the real world. In one of my experiments, I analysed the actions of Navy cadets in a simulator. It was a very realistic ‘high-fidelity’ simulator. Subjectively (using a questionnaire) and objectively (using heart rate measurements), we were able to see that the cadets did find the situations stressful or exciting. But even so, there were times when they did things that would not be possible on a real ship, such as giggling together, having a short, private conversation, or reacting nonchalantly to mistakes that – in reality – are quite serious, such as steering the boat over a buoy by accident.’

” TED lectures make you realise the importance of moving out of your comfort zone.”
Tatiana Kozlova,  physics engineer

“Physical exercise decreases mental blocks.”
Wiebe de Vries, biomechanical engineer

“Application of your findings in practice is much morte satisfying than obtaining the intellectual property of it. ”
Roel Schipper, civil engineer

“Good chemists, good cooks.”
Bishuang Chen, chemical engineer

“Finishing a PhD thesis is not easy, especially with a baby sitting on each arm.”
Guangtao Yang, chemical engineer

“As energy conversion devices, fuel cells have a more promising future than Litium-ion batteries. ”
Jianwei Gao, materials engineer

“‘Do what you like’ is the most confusing sentence for students from China visiting Western countries.”
JianFei Yang, physics engineer

“‘Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten steps forward, it swiftly slips ten steps ahead. No matter how far I go, I can never reach it. What, then, is the purpose of Utopia? It is to cause us to advance.’ (Eduardo Galeano)”
Saskia Maria Roels, hydrogeologist



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