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Ward Cottaar is Full Professor and Chair of Instrumentation Design at Eindhoven University of Technology, as well as Director of the School of Medical Physics and Engineering Eindhoven. His main research areas are Healthcare Information System and, Medical Technology and he is mainly interested in the application of technologies in real life settings. 

The School of Medical Physics and Engineering trains technology professionals to work effectively in the healthcare environment. The focus is in the area of medical technology and information systems. Through the PDEng programs Clinical Informatics and Qualified Medical Engineer, as well as other projects with PhDs, the aim is to have a real impact on the world of healthcare professionals and patients. Examples of projects that have had such an impact include significantly better control of hospital IT and application infrastructure, smooth information flow in the pre-operative process, and start-up company on technology for better care for pre-term babies. The school runs projects throughout the Netherlands, primarily in hospitals, from smaller regional hospitals to large academic centers, as well as other care institutions. Although technologies may be very promising, fitting them in the day-to-day healthcare processes can be challenging: oa technical level (how do technologies connect?), a people level (how do they experience technology is really a benefit to them?) and on an organizational level (e.g. how can financing be organized?). The school plans to move beyond application towards more scientific projects, relying on experience built up in more than 100 projects. 


Academic background

Ward Cottaar received his MSc (with honors) in Applied Physics and a PhD in Chemistry from TU/eAfter graduating from TU/e, he worked for Philips for 26 years, in various divisions, including Lighting and Medical Systems. During this time, Ward worked at many different factories across four different countries, leading ever bigger projects. These projects often encompassed the introduction of new product and process platforms, but the goal was always to bring products to market. Since 2011, Ward has been a full professor at the TU/e using his technological design skills in healthcare.

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Research Output 1983 2019

Relevance of waveform information displayed on nurses' handheld devices in a single-family room neonatal intensive care unit

Varisco, G., van de Mortel, H., Cabrera Quiros, L., Atallah, N. L. L., Hueske-Kraus, D., Long, X., Cottaar, W., Kommers, D., Mohns, T., Andriessen, P. & van Pul, C., Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractAcademic

6 Citations (Scopus)
56 Downloads (Pure)

Model-based analysis of postprandial glycemic response dynamics for different types of food

Rozendaal, Y. J., Maas, A. H., van Pul, C., Cottaar, E. J. E., Haak, H. R., Hilbers, P. A. J. & van Riel, N. A., Jun 2018, In : Clinical Nutrition Experimental. 19, p. 32-45

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Glycemic Index
1 Citation (Scopus)
52 Downloads (Pure)

Dose evaluation for digital X-ray imaging of premature neonates

Minkels, T. J. M., Jeukens, C. R. L. P. N., Andriessen, P., van der Linden, A. N., Dam, A. J., van Straaten, H. L. M., Cottaar, E. J. E. & van Pul, C., 1 Dec 2017, In : Radiation Protection Dosimetry. 177, 4, p. 440-449 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
40 Downloads (Pure)

Identifying user preferences for a digital educational solution for young seniors with diabetes

van der Molen, P., Maas, A. H., Chen, W., van Pul, C., Cottaar, E. J. E., van Riel, N. A. W., Hilbers, P. A. J. & Haak, H. R., 1 Aug 2017, In : Diabetes Spectrum. 30, 3, p. 182-187 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Equipment and Supplies
Video Games
3 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Concept development of the Eindhoven Diabetes Education Simulator project

Maas, A. H., van der Molen, P., van de Vijver, R., Chen, W., van Pul, C., Cottaar, E. J. E., van Riel, N. A. W., Hilbers, P. A. J. & Haak, H., 30 Mar 2016, In : Games for Health Journal. 5, 2, p. 120-127 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Medical problems
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Student theses

Absolute botsingsdoorsneden voor argon en krypton

Author: Cottaar, W., 31 Aug 1981

Supervisor: Beijerinck, H. (Supervisor 1) & van der Kam, P. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Measuring vital signs and simulating hemodynamic patterns during closure of the patent ductus arteriosus

Author: Hommes, R., 31 Jan 2016

Supervisor: van Pul, C. (Supervisor 1), Andriessen, P. (Supervisor 2) & Cottaar, E. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master