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New: Cum Laude PDEng graduation projects

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

As soon as a new evaluation form from a PDEng program for its graduation projects has been approved by the PDEng Board of Examiners, it is possible for PDEngs from that program to receive Cum Laude on their diploma. Cum Laude is provided to PDEngs that receive a 9 or higher from their thesis examination committee which consists of at least their university supervisor, their company supervisors, and two external advisors. Ram Parvathaneni, a trainee of Automotive Systems Design at Eindhoven University of Technology,  was the first PDEng trainee to receive Cum Laude for his graduation project. The subject of his project was Virtual Unaging of Van Gogh’s Paintings. Ram explored the existing state-of-the-art neural networks to digitally unage the paintings (restore the colors). These state-of-the-art neural networks can reconstruct the original colors digitally, and in this way preserve our inheritance. Also, this method can be used to further study the fading of colors and get insight into the effects of the environment, and use this knowledge to further prevent degradation in the future. This project was performed with and sponsored by ASML and M2I (Materials Innovation Institute), and also performed in cooperation with Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.