News overview

How much confidence do you have in robots? Find out at the 2014 U-Meet on Robotics!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Erasmus University Rotterdam, Delft University of Technology and Leiden University are holding a U-Meet conference to discuss robotics on 2 October 2014. During this conference entitled ‘How much confidence do you have in robots?’, scientists from these three universities will mainly be discussing the use of robots in the care sector. Should care be taken over by robots, or should it remain in human hands? Who should be held liable if a robot makes a mistake? The conference also includes workshops on robot construction and drones, and ESHCC researcher Etienne Augé will be giving a talk on science fiction and our impressions of robots. EUR professor Jos de Mul will open and close the conference.

Better position Erasmus University in QS Ranking

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Erasmus University Rotterdam has risen slightly in the QS World University Rankings. In this year’s  ranking of approximately 800 universities worldwide, the university is ranked at 90, two places higher than last year.

Why your company might fail in effectively utilizing crowdsourcing

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

A central step in enabling companies to harness the immense potential of crowdsourcing is to have a sound understanding of the behaviour of the individuals that make up the crowd. New research by Oguz Ali Acar of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) enhance our understanding of crowd’s behavior, and reveals that monetary rewards in crowdsourcing do not necessarily motivate the crowd and that crowd’s expertise does not always bring better solutions to complex innovation problems. Acar also discovered that young and male members of the crowd experience highest levels of fears of their ideas being misused.

IP protection in China currently too weak to protect businesses

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

On Thursday 12 September 2014 Wenqi Liu defended her PhD thesis "Evolution of Intellectual Property Protection in Post-Mao China: Law and Enforcement" at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her thesis discusses the legal and practical developments in China, while not shying away from the serious problems that exist in this area. The protection of IP is currently too weak to protect businesses; not only foreign but also Chinese businesses, harming economies, both domestic and abroad.