EYE@Eindhoven 2019

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EYE welcomes you in the Netherlands!

Mark your agenda, EYE@Eindhoven19 is coming up! We look forward to welcoming you to Eindhoven, the Netherlands, from 10-12 May 2019 for the 25th anniversary of EYE. Eindhoven is a city in the south of the Netherlands. Known for being a technology and design hub, Eindhoven is the perfect spot for another great edition of a European Young Engineers conference.

To give you the opportunity to get to know typical Dutch engineering we provide you with 3 tracks for this conference.


10. – 12. May 2019

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What will a truck in 2050 look like? What features will it have?
Get a sneak peak of the automotive future with our automotive track!

Dutch people have water in their genes, being their friend and foe.
Learn more about this special relationship and the dutch art of water management.

High tech made in the Netherlands –  high  complexity  systems  that  achieve  high  end  performance.
Sign up for the high tech track to learn more!
  • The City
  • Tracks
  • Agenda
  • Prices & Packages
  • Locations & Directions
  • Sponsors
  • Meet the team

Find out more about Eindhoven on www.thisiseindhoven.com and learn about the variety of activities this city has to offer.


Water management

High Tech


Over 200 trucks per day are manufactured in Eindhoven, the Netherlands has a strong innovative automotive industry. For this track the exploration day will be held at the headquarters and main production plant of DAF Trucks! This central question for this track will be, the truck of 2050. How will it look like? What features will it have? How will it impact our society?

Dutch people have water in their genes, being their friend and foe. Having three major rivers (the Rhine, the Meuse and the Scheldt) running through our country and relatively long coastline (Wadden sea/North Sea) the Netherlands is connected to water everywhere you look. Due to this landscape the Dutch are well know for our water management skills. Some of the world’s best engineering firms in the field of dredging, land reclamation, coastal engineering and other water technology areas can be found in the Netherlands. For the exploration day one of these leading companies will be visited.

It is remarkable that Dutch companies past years have been able to compete globally in manufacturing despite high costs due to extensive regulations, labour and facilities. One of the reasons why can be found in high tech industry around Eindhoven. To differentiate on the global market manufacturing companies have focused on the volatile development and flexible production of high complexity systems that achieve high end performance. Thanks to an ecosystem raised on the foundations of the former Philips imperium tremendous economic growth has taken place and is still going strong. Subscribe to the High Tech track to find out all about it!

The preliminary agenda below will give you an overview of the planned activities. It is subject to frequent changes while we confirm specific workshops and speakers.


Friday – Exploration Day

“Explore society shaping industries, improve your knowledge”

  • Registration
  • Track excursions
  • Onsite sessions
  • Get-together drinks

Saturday – Development Day

“Think about the future society, improve your skills”

  • Opening ceremony
  • Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Young KIVI meetup
  • Council Meeting
  • Gala Dinner

Sunday – Cultural Day

“Enjoy society of today”

  • Closing Ceremony
  • Optional: Cultural programme
  • Optional: Work groups

Premium package

  • conference participation
  • track excursions transportation
  • lunch during the conference days
  • Gala Dinner on Saturday
  • 2 hotel nights (shared room, incl. Breakfast)

Regular price Premium Ticket

member: 199€ (*)

no member: 249€ (**)

Basic package

  • conference participation
  • track excursions transportation
  • lunch during the conference days
  • Gala Dinner on Saturday

Regular price Basic Ticket

member: 125€ (*)

no member: 175€ (**)

* Member of the EYE member organizations. An extensive list can be found here. Proof of membership will be required.

** No member of any EYE member organization or EYE itself. Contact your national engineering association to become a member!


AG  Zaalverhuur Eindhoven

Parklaan 93

5613 BC Eindhoven




Holiday Inn Eindhoven

Veldmaarschalk Montgomerylaan 1

5612 BA Eindhoven




Arrival by plane

Within central Europe you can comfortably travel to Eindhoven by train.

If your home country is further away, you can fly to one of the shown airports by plane and take the train to Eindhoven.

The following train connections are available:

Schiphol Airport (Netherlands) – Eindhoven: ~ 1h 30 min

Dusseldorf Airport (Germany) – Eindhoven: ~ 2h

Brussels Airport (Belgium) – Eindhoven: ~ 2h

Tickets can be purchased on the homepage of the Dutch or German Railways.
Another possibility to travel to Eindhoven is to get on a coach like Flixbus.

The conference EYE@Eindhoven 2019 still has to announce the sponsors.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Event please get in touch with the conference organisers.

Karsten Hoekzema


Toon Lamers


Leon Jetten


Merlijn Chardon


Jorrit de Vries


Chris Waters


Frederik Schulze Spüntrup


Victoria Fiebach



The EYE@Eindhoven 2019 conference is organized by the Young KIVI Engineers and the Task Force of the European Young Engineers. It is financed entirely via the non-profit organisation European Young Engineers MTÜ (registered in Estonia). The program of the conference is subject to changes. In case of unforeseen circumstances (breach of sponsorship contracts or insufficient registrations) will be canceled and the ticket fee will be refunded (reduced by the transaction costs).

Engineering Origami in Space Logistics: Expandable Habitats

October 24, 2018 by Paula Weidinger0

By Božo Cicvarić, mag. ing. traff. (EYE-HR)

Source: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxzCCrj5ssE (YouTube printscreen)

“It is very expensive and very difficult to get things into space. Origami can help overcome this issue.”

ORIGAMI (jap. Oru = folding, kami = paper) is a craft or technique of making structures by folding paper – no cutting, no gluing. It became most famous during the 1930s thanks to the „father of origami“, the japanese artist Akira Yoshizawa. Although it is known as a Japanese tradition, Chinese and Spanish influence helped to make modern origami what it is today.


Expandable habitats require less volume and weight in rockets than rigid (non-foldable) modules, which increase the efficiency of sending shipments into space. This results in less rocket launches, which ultimately reduces overall costs.

The last blog article described the application of modern technical origami in solving the problem of packing solar panels into rockets. Now, this article describes another interesting example of origami application in space logistics, called BEAM – Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. It describes how origami technique can be used to provide additional crew or cargo space in space missions with lower financial demand.

Expandable habitat for space stations

BEAM module in North Las Vegas, Bigelow AerospaceCompany / Original Photo: NASA / Stephanie Schierholz

In the 1960s, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) began to consider the idea of inflatable habitats for astronauts. The challenge was to create additional space for crew members. This resulted in the emergence of the TransHab concept during the 1990s. The project was not successful and was cancelled by the Congress in 2000. The company Bigelow Aerospace purchased the rights of the patent and started to make its own designs for NASA. These habitats were intended for International Space Station (ISS).


Bigelow Aerospace is a USA based start-up company specialised in development of expandable habitat technologies for the ISS. The company was founded by Robert Bigelow in North Las Vegas (Nevada) in 1988. Under contract, Bigelow Aerospace has offered to NASA a new interesting solution – the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). BEAM is an experimental expandable space station module for the ISS inspired by the origami folding technique.

BEAM was first sent on Space X`s eighth commercial resupply service to the International Space Station.

Expandable habitats, also called inflatable habitats, have the function of reducing the transport volume for future space research missions. Thanks to its folding capabilities, they require minimal space inside the rocket. Once they are set up in the station dock, they expand to provide additional space for the astronaut’s lives.

CRS-8 Dragon resupply mission – origami in full swing

OrigaBEAMi – NASA’s Origami Folding Instructions for Astronauts / Source: www.nasa.gov

BEAM was transported to the ISS in the year 2016 within Musk’s SpaceX CRS-8 Dragon. This was also the first private jet to visit the ISS. When Dragon was berthed in the ISS, the British astronaut Tim Peake used the robotic arm called Canadarm2 to take the BEAM module and pin it to the static aft port of the Tranquility node of the ISS.

Original Photo: NASA

After the module was secured and connected, the real origami started. BEAM started to unfold from its packing length of 1.7 meters to its length of 4 meters. It increased from 2.36 meters to 3.2 meters in diameter after the expansion. Its mass is 1,413 kg. BEAM is made of several protective layers such as an air barrier layer and a shield against micro-meteoroid and orbital debris (MMOD).



“In August 2017 it was announced to the public that the BEAM module will remain connected to the space station for the next three years. It will be used to store up to 130 cargo bags in order to free space inside the station itself for astronauts.”

Anchoring the BEAM module using Canadarm2 robotic hands within the ISS / Source: NASA

Crew members of the ISS enter the BEAM four times a year to collect data and check the structural status of the module. The protective layers of BEAM provide protection against solar and cosmic radiation as well.

It is interesting that NASA published on its web page a PDF instruction for astronauts from which they can learn how to fold origami modules that inspired the creation of BEAM. The document is publicly available, and it can be downloaded from nasa.gov.

The first attempt to send the BEAM module up to the ISS was held in 2015. It was unsuccessful because of the problem of launching the SpaceX CRS-7 rocket in which BEAM was packed. The first successful expansion was achieved on May 26, 2016 with several difficulties. The module did not unfold properly, and the reason was obvious from the experts’ point of view. The failure of the CRS-7 launch resulted in the 10-month delay of expansion and unfolding of BEAM which made the fabric layers of BEAM stick too tight to each other.


The future of expandable habitats in space

TransHab – NASA’s original concept of expandable habitats for astronauts / Source: NASA

Origami habitats such as BEAM are considered usable not only for freeing up space at space stations. Planning a trip to Mars, for example, is an extremely demanding and logistically complex process at which NASA engineers are continually working.

Today, BEAM serves as a demonstration of the technology of expandable space habitats.

Before sending the first astronaut to the Red Planet, NASA is considering a method of sending a few supply rockets that will await astronauts when they arrive on Mars. This method is part of the third logistical paradigm called prepositioning. Astronauts know when and where they will exactly be during arrival and the materials are sent in advance to meet them at the given location. Perhaps expandable modules could serve as a useful solution.

If BEAM appears to be successful and useful for several occasions, it could encourage the development of expandable structures for future crews traveling in deep space. Crew members that plan to travel to the Moon, Mars or other destinations will be able to use them for additional space. It is a perfect demonstration of the importance that modern origami will have in future space exploration missions.





About the author

Božo Cicvarić, the author of this article.

Božo Cicvarić, mag.ing.traff. is Vice president of EYE Croatia. Alongside the president, Marin Dokoza, he helped in formatting EYE Croatia and of becoming and EYE member organisation in January 2018. He is from Zagreb, Croatia. In 2016 he earned his master’s degree in the field of Logistics at the Faculty of Traffic and Transport Sciences of the University of Zagreb. Currently, he is working in a Transport Planning company. Božo is passionate about new emerging technologies and the way they impact our daily lives – virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printers, you name it. He hopes he can contribute to EYE by making engineering more attractive to young generations and by making engineers in Croatia and Europe share their experiences. Božo is also a member of Croatian Origami Society in Zagreb.

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