I'm going to join the Red Team

  • Posted on: 12 February 2005
  • By: lucas

Philips Applied Technologies (the place I work at) sends me and another colleague to join the Red Team for two months. The Red Team is participating in the DARPA Grand Challenge (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). From the website:

"The 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge will be held on October 8, 2005 in the desert Southwest. The team that develops an autonomous ground vehicle that finishes the designated route most quickly within 10 hours will receive $2 million. The route will be no more than 175 miles over desert terrain featuring natural and man-made obstacles. The exact route will not be revealed until two hours before the event begins."

This means we (Fran and Hannah too of course !) will spend two months in Pittsburgh (PA) at the Carnegie and Mellon (http://www.cmu.edu) university. I'll be working on the control of the 'gimbal'. A platform for sensors that is stabilized by a 3 axis servo system. We hope to leave for the US around the end of March.

I really look forward to get involved in this !

More details will follow, we are now busy with passports / visa's etc.

Trip to the USA, part 1

  • Posted on: 6 September 2004
  • By: lucas

Saturday, I'm two-thirds on my way @ 10000 m altitude to Blacksburg VA USA. My second time in 4 weeks. Alone this time, I mean: no collegues, and Fran and Hannah are 3000 miles away in Eindhoven.

Last time I visited Blacksburg shortly and spent some more time in Cleveland. Now I'm going for 2 weeks ! A very long time, it won't be easy for Fran. Hannah is so full of energy and only takes a short nap at lunchtime.

My first time alone in the states. The expectations of the parties involved are quite high, the pressure is on. Hope the measurement equipment I sent is still working when I take it out of it's boxes Tuesday. Monday is a national holiday, Labour Day. No it's not on the 1st of May, silly of me to think so, that one is the socialist one.

The ceiling of the kitchen is finished ! (ok, almost)

  • Posted on: 31 August 2004
  • By: lucas

The ceiling was one of the things I dreaded to do. The moment I actually started I didn't have a real plan. Luckily our neighbour Bas had some good idea's and after some Ctrl-Z (undo) actions the wooden frame looked a bit sensible.

I worked all Sunday to get the frame in and late in the evening Fran and I put the ceiling itself in.

See the gallery at: http://www.koorneef.net/image/tid/32?from=15

UNProfor, 1995

  • Posted on: 30 August 2004
  • By: lucas

Dutchbat stickerI served a 5 month period in Bosnia with UNProfor (United Nations protection force) in 1995. My contingent: 1 (NL/BE) VN Logistics and Transport battalion. My rotation: L8.
There is now (January 2012) a dedicated website: https://1nlbeunlogtbat.n for this battalion.

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