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Prague

Posted by jeff smith on April 20, 2013

Arrived in Prague around 6:30 p.m. on 4/19.  The drive was interesting — our GPS tried to route us along a non-existent road for part of the way.  Apparently, the road was under construction and our GPS didn’t know.  Luckily, we knew the general direction that we needed to go so we just headed off along a country road.  The GPS caught back up with us after about 20 km.

Our hotel is very near the old town area along a small street.  Of course we need at least one obligatory tourist picture also :-).  The plaza “paving” (like all of the roads, plazas, and walkways) are stone.  I’d like to know how old they are.  The are very difficult to walk on (and are quite loud when a car drives on them), but the are probably quite resilient.  Perhaps one of my civil engineering colleagues can comment.  On a side note, this is the second picture where I used my foot to give scale to the picture.  I’ve never done this before, but twice in this trip — hmmmmm… coincidence?

View from our hotel.

View from our hotel.

On the street with our hotel.

On the street with our hotel.

Walkway paving.

Walkway paving.

Currently, there is an exposition of Czech art from Ivan Lendl’s private collection. We didn’t go in because the line was way, way too long, but I’m sure it’s an excellent collection (not to be confused with John McEnroe’s art collection, though).

Exhibition of Ivan Lendl's private collection.

Exhibition of Ivan Lendl’s private collection.

Kristi and I visited the Prague palace today. She made me take this picture overlooking Prague. I’ll go ahead and get the similar picture from the Charles Bridge out of the way (since you’re already laughing).

Kristi and me at the palace.

Kristi and me at the palace.

Kristi and me on the Charles Bridge.

Kristi and me on the Charles Bridge.

We were also able to have some “original” kolatches while we were here. They were surprisingly hard to find, but were quite good.

Kalaches in Prague!

Kalaches in Prague!

The castle was pretty remarkable for its size and varied architectural styles. Not too many pictures — I’m quite certain that there are many, many books with better pictures.

Stained glass windows from the cathedral.

Stained glass windows from the cathedral.

Statue at the main palace gate.

Statue at the main palace gate.

The cathedral is big.

The cathedral is big.

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Dortmund – Fraunhofer IML and TU of Dortmund

Posted by jeff smith on April 20, 2013

Back in Dortmund for meetings at the Fraunhofer IML () and at Technical University Dortmund.

At Fraunhofer, I met with Detlef Spee (for dinner the night previous) Ulrike Beißert, Klaus Liebler, Sascha Schuerrer, and  Jan Cirullies.  We discussed several ongoing projects involving simulation and logistics optimization.

At TU Dortmund, I met with Markus Rabe, the Chair of the “IT in Production and Logistics” program in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

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Amsterdam

Posted by jeff smith on April 17, 2013

Not many pictures from our trip to Amsterdam — just the following two.  Evidence that American hot dogs are popular here and a picture of the vehicle we need for the Toomerheads tailgate.  This little truck thing is hilarious.  I should have made Kristi get in the picture for some scale – the top of the vehicle is not chest-high.

Of course, we did and saw all of the other things tourists do in Amsterdam – bus tour, canal cruise, red-light district, etc.  Saw plenty of Coffee Shops, but didn’t partake — I’m  just too boring, I guess (plus had to drive to Dortmund that night :-)).

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Nice tailgate wagon.

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American hot dogs everywhere we looked.

The trip to Dortmund on the Autobahn was fun (once we got out of the traffic Amsterdam and between Amsterdam and the German border). Cruised up to 190 km/hr, but the seemed a bit fast, so tried to stay around 175-180 km/hr. Plenty of people passed me going much faster and we passed plenty of people who wished to go slower — seems to be a pretty high speed variance here.

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Leaving Delft, headed to Amsterdam

Posted by jeff smith on April 17, 2013

Planning to spend the day in Amsterdam before heading on to Dortmund for meetings at the Fraunhofer IML  (http://www.iml.fraunhofer.de/) on Thursday and the University of Dortmund on Friday.

It’s been a very nice stay in Delft — we’ll have to come back.  The picture below is the living room of our apartment.  Looking out the window, you’re looking across the small street shown in previous posts.  You must really get to know your neighbors in this neighborhood!  By the way, our apartment has very nice wooden floors.  They appear to be quite old see the picture — my foot is there for scale (just like in Jaws — “Move out to the end.  I need something in the foreground to give the picture some scale.”).

Living room in our apartment.

Living room in our apartment.

Wood floors in our apartment.

Wood floors in our apartment.

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ESTEC and Systems Navigator

Posted by jeff smith on April 16, 2013

Today, I visited ESTEC (European Space Research and Technology Center – http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ESTEC) in Noordwijk and Systems Navigator (http://www.systemsnavigator.com/) in Delft.  The ESTEC visit was in support of our AAQ project (http://aaq.auburn.edu) and the Systems Navigator visit was in support of my academic mission with simulation.  I actually rode the bike that’s here in the apartment to and from Systems Navigator — a true Delft resident now, I guess :-).  I included my badge from ESTEC just so Alice would believe that I actually went and did some AAQ work.

View from the ESTEC entrance.

View from the ESTEC entrance.

My badge from ESTEC.

My badge from ESTEC.

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TU Delft

Posted by jeff smith on April 15, 2013

Met today (4/15/2013) with some of the simulation faculty at TU Delft (http://www.tudelft.nl/en/). The faculty members included:

  • Alexander Verbraeck;
  • Joseph Barjis; and
  • Mamadou Seck.

In addition, one of the PhD students in the group, Cagri Tekinay, discussed his research and showed me around campus a bit.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take many pictures of the campus — only these three.  I took the first one while walking over the bridge (notice the interested colored window frames around the tops of the buildings – it seems that all of the buildings in the Faculty of Architecture had these)  The next two are inside the Department of Systems Engineering building.  One shows the nice little work areas that students use for collaboration (the look sort of like fast food restaurant booths, but have the large monitors that the students can use with their notebook computers) and the other shows a typical small classroom (kind of fishbowl-like :-)).

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Delft Trip

Posted by jeff smith on April 14, 2013

Here with Kristi and her sister, Beth for and extended trip to Germany, The Netherlands, and Prague. For me, it’s work in every city. For K and B, it’s just travel :-).

Had to parallel park along the canal when we first arrived in Delft. A bit nerve-wracking. I wonder how many cars go off the edge …

Parking along a canal.

Parking along a canal.

View from our front door down the street

View from our front door.

The steps in the apartment

The steps in the apartment

We’re staying in an apartment in the old town area. It seems quite nice here, but parking is quite difficult. I recommend leaving the car elsewhere and depending on public transportation. The “streets” are quite narrow and bicycles are everywhere.

The apartment is quite nice. Space is at a premium here, so they don’t waste much — especially on stairs between floors. These are the stairs from the main floor to the upper floor. We carried our bags up and down these. Just a bit tight!

Anybody up for Thai? Mexican? No problem, I have a place for you. Look … BBQ in Delft, and gourmet BBQ, at that. We didn’t try it yet, but still have two days here.

Thai/Mexican restaurant in Delft

Thai/Mexican restaurant in Delft

BBQ Restaurant in Delft

BBQ Restaurant in Delft

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Hannover Fair – April 2013

Posted by jeff smith on April 14, 2013

Visited the Hannover Fair for two day (April 10 and 11). This picture is from the Simio booth.

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The fair is huge. Many, many different buildings and topics. For me, the most interesting buildings belonged to the “Automation” set.

Markus' Apple

Markus’ Apple


We received many questions about whether Simio would run on Apple computers. This was Markus’ response … at least it got quite a few laughs!

Had a bit of a problem with our hotel safe (with passports, money, and Surface inside), but the hotel handyman showed up with his drill and solved the problem.
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