Events: Global events at Chalmers University of TechnologyMon, 16 Jan 2017 14:35:30 +0100 in Multidisciplinary Optimization in Product Development<p>Nordanvinden/Sunnanvinden, Hörsalsvägen 5, Campus Johanneberg</p><p>​In industry, there are a number of examples of multidisciplinary problems that need to be optimized and often raises the question how we should solve these tasks in the most efficient manner possible. 

Chalmers and the Department of Product and Production Development has the honor to invite you to a course in “Multidisciplinary Optimization in Product Development” with the lecturer Associate Professor Michael Kokkolaras from McGill University.</p><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">​A brief description of the course </h2> <div>The objective of this course, targeted at engineering design researchers and practitioners alike, is to introduce basic principles of multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO). Upon successful completion of this course, attendees will be familiar with: relevant engineering optimization concepts; gradient-based and derivative-free algorithms; appropriate surrogate optimization frameworks; MDO problem formulations and architectures; non-hierarchical and hierarchical coordination methods. Examples will be will be used along with assignments to demonstrate the implementation of theoretical topics so that practitioners can learn how to apply them on their own problems. Basic optimization background is not strictly required (fundamentals will be reviewed brief), but can be very facilitating. </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Topics include: </strong></div> <div><ul><li>Engineering optimization: review of relevant theory and algorithms</li> <li>Rigorous approaches for surrogate-assisted simulation-based design optimization</li> <li>Multidisciplinary design optimization formulations and architectures</li> <li>Analytical target cascading: hierarchical and non-hierarchical coordination</li></ul></div> <div>The course is also available through Production2030, 3 HEC (Higher Education Credits).</div> <div> </div> <div>A preliminary schedule will be sent within some weeks after the final date for the registration.</div> <div> </div> <div><a href=";EventId=41415F4773414351467440">REGISTER HERE</a></div> <div> </div>,-Energy-and-Environment.aspx,-Energy-and-Environment.aspxSandra Roos, Energy and Environment<p></p><p>​​Advancing life cycle assessment of textile products to include textile chemicals: Inventory data and toxicity impact assessment</p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Sandra Roos, division of Environmental Systems Analysis, will defend her thesis: &quot;​Advancing life cycle assessment of textile products to include textile chemicals: Inventory data and toxicity impact assessment&quot;. </span><div><br /></div> <div>Supervisor and examiner: Anne-Marie Tillmann, professor. ​</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Faculty examiner: Michael Hauschild, Professor at Technical University of Denmark</div> <div><br /></div>,-Earth-and-Space-Sciences.aspx,-Earth-and-Space-Sciences.aspxMaryam Saberi, Earth and Space Sciences<p>HA2-lecture hall, Hörsalsvägen 4, Johanneberg</p><p>​Probing the effect of UV radiation on the chemistry in circumstellar envelopes around evolved stars</p>​Maryam Saberi is PhD student in the Galactic Astrophysics research group <br /><br />Discussion leader: Dr. Elizabeth M. L. Humphreys, ESO Garching, Garching, Germany<br /><br /> lecture - Cecilia Berlin, Product & Production Development<p></p><p>​Title: Designing Socially Sustainable Production Workplaces through Systemic Human Factors and Ergonomics</p><div>​</div> <div>Welcome to Cecilia Berlins docent lecture.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Abstract</h2> <div>As production industry rapidly evolves towards an increasingly complex reality, with new tasks, higher demands, earlier design decision chains and flows of information and material, humans remain a vital and important component of many production work systems. But their ability to perform optimally is not an independent property - it needs to be supported by both technical and work organizational systems in unison, i.e. they must be considered as one whole, interconnected system. Human Factors and Ergonomics knowledge exists to support human well-being and system performance, but the necessity to approach it systemically and combine it with design processes is not always understood or widespread, as it is often approached from a reactive, medical stance that solves problems at an individual level, rather than a systemic one. Thus, the full potential of HF/E cannot be fully realized in workplace design until the knowledge becomes embedded in engineering and design processes.  </div> <div> </div> <div>At the same time, Social Sustainability is frequently called &quot;the least understood aspect&quot; of sustainability - it is characterized by global questions and wicked problems concerning demographic developments such as aging populations, challenges with attracting youth to many industries, international and intergational challenges - and companies may not always understand how to tackle these global challenges within the scope of their operations. </div> <div> </div> <div>Cecilia Berlin develops theory and methodologies for considering human aspects in the systemic design of complex workplaces, with production industry as the main application area. Her lecture brings together current research at the crossroads of social sustainability, human factors and ergonomics, systems thinking and design sciences, pointing the way forward towards how to design more holistically successful and socially sustainable production workplaces. </div> <div> </div> <div><span><strong>Location: </strong>Virtual Development Laboratory, Chalmers tvärgata 4 C, Campus Johanneberg<span></span></span></div> thesis defence: Alberto Ghione (Thermo and Fluid Dynamics)<p>PJ lecture room, building Origo 4th floor, Fysikgården 2</p><p>​Title of thesis: Assessment and improvements of thermal-hydraulic correlations and methods for the analysis of the Jules Horowitz Reactor</p><div><strong><br />Main supervisor:</strong> Associate Professor Paolo Vinai</div> <div><strong>Examiner:</strong> Professor Imre Pázsit</div> <div><strong>Faculty opponent: </strong>Dominique Bestion, The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Members of the PhD Examination Committee: </strong></div> <div>Kostadin Ivanov, North Carolina State University, USA </div> <div>Victor Hugo Sanchez Espinoza, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany </div> <div>Annalisa Manera, University of Michigan, USA <br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Abstract of thesis</h2> <p><a href=""><img src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" alt="" />Read full text </a>(pdf)<br /></p> <p>Nuclear research reactors are used to test materials for current and future nuclear technologies, and to produce radioisotopes for medical purposes. Most of the existing Material Testing Reactors in Europe have operated for more than 50 years and new ones are needed. Therefore the Jules Horowitz Reactor (JHR) is under construction at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), on the Cadarache site.<br /><br />The JHR will allow irradiation experiments with high neutron fluxes, at fast and thermal energies. In order to cope with the considerable heat fluxes generated during operations, the core configuration consists of fuel assemblies with parallel narrow channels, where coolant flows at high velocity. Such a design is unique and specific simulation capabilities have to be developed for the analysis.<br /><br />This doctoral research investigates possible improvements of the thermal-hydraulic modeling of the JHR, and is arranged in three parts. In the first part, correlations for the single-phase turbulent friction and heat transfer, for the fully developed boiling heat transfer, and for the critical heat flux, respectively, are assessed and their accuracy is quantified, against the SULTAN-JHR experiments. These experiments were carried out in heated narrow channels comparable to the JHR ones. It is shown that the single-phase turbulent correlations valid for standard nuclear systems, can perform poorly when applied to the typical conditions of the JHR. Thus, new best-fitting relationships are derived. For fully developed boiling in narrow channels, the Forster-Greif correlation can be considered a reliable option. As regards the modeling of the critical heat flux, the Sudo correlation can provide satisfactory predictions. These results are then used to modify the thermal-hydraulic system code CATHARE for the purpose of a more realistic analysis of the JHR.<br /><br />The second part is focused on the onset of flow instability, which is a primary concern in systems with parallel channels as the JHR, since it can lead to undesirable boiling crisis. In view of this, several criteria are evaluated with experiments in narrow channels from both the SULTAN-JHR program and the literature. Conservative predictions can be obtained with Saha-Zuber KIT correlation. Furthermore, some criteria are optimized with respect to the available experimental data for narrow channels.<br /><br />In the third part, the analysis of a postulated accident in the JHR, namely a station black-out, is performed with a best-estimate plus uncertainty approach, combined with the CATHARE code as modified in the first part of the thesis. As a result, the impact of different input and modeling uncertainties on the simulation is estimated, and the most influential uncertain parameters are identified.<br /></p> in a carbon neutral future<p></p><p>​Swedes’ air travel affects the climate as much as the car traffic in Sweden, according to a new report from Chalmers and KTH. But in our increasingly globalized world, there is great reluctance to restrict air travel. Is it possible to make airplanes more climate friendly, so that we can continue to fly? Are biofuels the solution? Which means of control can provide desired change?</p>​<br />The seminar is held in Swedish. Read more in the Swedish web page <a href="/sv/styrkeomraden/energi/kalendarium/Sidor/Flyget-i-en-klimatneutral-framtid.aspx">Flyget i en klimatneutral framtid</a>. thesis defence: Charlotte Hamngren Blomqvist (Physics)<p>Kollektorn lecture hall, MC2 building 4th floor, Kemivägen 9</p><p>​Title of thesis: Nano-particulate Silica Hydro gels Imaged 2D and 3D using TEM: Effects of local pore structure on mass transport and applications in aggregation dynamics</p><div><strong>​</strong></div> <div><strong>Main supervisor and examiner: </strong>Professor Eva Olsson</div> <div>Faculty opponent: Grace Burke, University of Manchester, UK</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Members of the PhD Examination Committee: </strong></div> <div>Associate Professor Marie Skepo, Lund University </div> <div>Professor Uta Klement, Chalmers</div> <div>Professor Lennart Bergstrom, Stockholm University </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Abstract of thesis</h2> <p><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Read full version of doctoral</a> thesis (pdf)</p> <p>Porous materials are frequently used in everyday applications including food science, pharmaceuticals, fuel cell membranes, batteries and solar cells. A key aspect in these porous materials is how their micro- and nano-structure affect the internal transport of for example water, particles or charges. The transport is a three-dimensional process. Therefore, structure information in three dimensions is especially important when analysing and further improving as well as developing new types of porous materials. We used Electron Tomography (ET) to directly reveal and quantify the three-dimensional structure of one type of soft porous material on the nano-scale.<br /><br />Three different nanoscale Particulate Silica Hydrogel (PSH) samples were synthesised and examined regarding the relationship of material nanostructure to both mass transport and particle aggregation dynamics. The PSH samples had equal percentage of silica, but had particle sizes ranging from 3.6 nm to 22 nm, and different aggregation parameters which rendered structural differences between the samples.<br /><br />The samples were imaged in two dimensions using Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) and in three dimensions using ET. The two-dimensional STEM micrographs were examined using stereological and geometrical image analysis.  The water transport properties of the PSHs were studied by direct measurements, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) diffusometry and by in situ Lattice-Boltzmann Modelling (LBM).<br /><br />In both two and three dimensions, we determined the local structure of the different PSHs. We quantified the characteristics of the PSHs concerning primary particle shape in two dimensions and geometrical pore size distribution in two and three dimensions. Here, we highlight both the nanostructure of the particle network and the connectivity of the pore network, seeing indications that the finer two gels had more narrow pore throats than the coarser gel. The pore size distribution had a minimal impact on water permeability below a pore size of 120 nm. Despite the almost identical flow properties of the two finer gels, they showed large differences concerning the accessible pore volume fraction in relation to their mean pore size. The LBM simulations showed higher values than the experiments for the permeability of the gels. Hence, a comparative study of simulated PSH sections was performed, from which it was clear that the simulation templates needed to be thicker in order to provide values more coherent to the experimental data.<br /><br />We have proposed and demonstrated an approach for estimating the three-dimensional structure from two-dimensional STEM micrographs, using the intensity profile as a structure parameter in the third dimension. From the 2D data, we concluded that the Reaction Limited Cluster Aggregation process (RLCA) explains the structure of the particle network in the hydrogels better than the Diffusion Limited Cluster Aggregation process (DLCA) does. However, there is not a perfect match. Our preliminary results show that the acquired three-dimensional data agrees significantly better to the RLCA model compared to the two-dimensional data.<br /><br />Here, the liquid flow properties of PSHs and the relation between liquid flow and nanoscale structure, including the interconnectivity of the pore network, is addressed. Thus, contributing to the field of mass transport in nanoscale porous materials. We also predict ET to be applied more frequently in the field of particulate hydrogels, including e.g. controlled release, battery and biomedical applications.<br /></p> and learning in sustainability transitions<p></p><p>​CIIST, Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability Transitions, welcomes you to an open seminar on the role of Leadership and Learning in sustainability transitions research.</p><p class="chalmersElement-P">​<span lang="EN-US">Dr. Maja Göpel, Head of Berlin Office at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and Derk Loorbach, director of DRIFT and Professor of Socio-economic Transitions at the Faculty of Social Science at Erasmus University Rotterdam, </span><span lang="EN-GB">will visit CIIST on January 24. </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-GB">Together with Professor John Holmberg, Physical Resource theory at Chalmers, they will give a seminar on the role of Leadership and Learning in sustainability transitions research. The seminar focus on issues such as the role of leadership and learning to support pro-active real world transitions and what a ‘transformative leadership’ entail on an international, national and local level. What does it mean for business, academy and civil society?</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-GB">The seminar is also one of the main themes identified for the 8th International Sustainability Transitions Conference 18-21 June 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden (</span><a><span lang="EN-GB"></span></a><span lang="EN-GB">, which Maja, Derk and John will chair.</span></p> <div style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt"><div style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB">For more information on Maja and Derk, please see below:</span></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>Dr. Maja Göpel</strong></span><span lang="EN-US"><strong> </strong>is Head Berlin Office at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of Terre des Hommes Germany and the Foundation for Peace and Development. Maja’s research, engagement and publications focus on system transformations for sustainable development, new prosperity models and future justice with an emphasis on the role of paradigm shifts as strategic leverage points. Her passion lies in painting the big picture and translating between worldviews to create common ground for unexpected coalitions. </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>Derk Loorbach</strong> </span><span lang="EN-US">is director of DRIFT and Professor of Socio-economic Transitions at the Faculty of Social Science, both at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Derk is one of the founders of the transition management approach as new form of governance for sustainable development. He has over one hundred publications in this area and has been involved as an action researcher in numerous transition processes with government, business, civil society and science.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-GB">Please note that all CIIST seminars are open for everyone and we very much welcome representatives not only from academia but also from policy and industry to engage in the discussions.</span></p></div> systems analysis to identify sustainable bioeconomy opportunities and create competitive advantage<p></p><p>​Forest product companies are increasingly seeking to transform their businesses, and diversify their revenues through the manufacture of bioproducts. This represents a potential opportunity also for non-forestry companies, through the creation of novel partnerships leading to disrupted value chains.</p>​The Energy in a Circular Economy (ECE) profile within the Chalmers Energy Area of Advance and Western Sweden's Chemistry &amp; Materials Cluster invite you to a lunch seminar with Paul R. Stuart, Professor of Chemical Engineering - Polytechnique Montréal and Principal Consultant - EnVertis Inc.<br /><br />Professor Paul Stuart of Polytechnique-Montréal has a proven track record of developing methods for and using design and systems engineering in support of bioeconomy development. His research activities, in cooperation with his company EnVertis Consulting, has led to several successful demonstration plants in Canada, and further, he advises many forestry companies globally on their transformation strategies.  He is convinced that the most successful transformation strategies will arise from unique partnerships between forestry and non-forestry companies.<br /><br />A more detailed description can be read in the <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/energy/Documents/Events/Stuart_Abstract.pdf">Abstract</a>.<br /><br /><strong>Date:</strong> Tuesday 24 January 2017<br /><strong>Time:</strong> 12:00–13:30<br /><strong>Location:</strong> Room Gläntan, 3rd floor of the black building in Johanneberg Science Park, Sven Hultins plats 1<br /><br />Sandwiches will be served.<br /><br />Please register your participation to this lunch seminar, no later than Wednesday 18 January to <a href=""></a>. <br /> <br /><strong>Welcome!</strong><br /> <br />On behalf of Chalmers Energy Area of Advance ECE profile and Western Sweden's Chemistry &amp; Materials Cluster<br /> <br />Thore Berntsson<br /><em>Community Building ECE profile</em> be Monsters - Investigating Sociotechnical Interaction in Safety-Critical Work in the Maritime Domain<p></p><p>​PhD student Linda de Vries, Shipping and Marine Technology, requests to present her licentiate thesis with the preliminary title &quot;Here be Monsters - Investigating Sociotechnical Interaction in Safety-Critical Work in the Maritime Domain&quot;, at a public seminar on January 26, 2017, at 10.00.</p>​Discussion leader: Doctor (senior research scientist) Tor Olav Grøtan, SINTEF, Trondheim, Norway.<br />Primary supervisor: Professor Scott McKinnon, Chalmers University of Technology, Shipping and Marine Technology.<br />Examiner: Professor Lennart Josefson, Chalmers University of Technology, Shipping and Marine Technology.<br /> reasoning with probabilistic graphical models<p></p><p>​Speaker: Jose M. Peña IDA, LiU</p>​ <br />Abstract<br />I will present a series of families of probabilistic graphical models of increasing complexity (Bayesian networks, chain graphs, and acyclic directed mixed graphs). I will discuss their relative merits and show how to perform causal reasoning with them.<br /><br /><span class="text-normal page-content"><span>Jose M. Peña IDA, LiU<span style="display:inline-block">, <a href=""></a> </span></span></span><br /> thesis defence: Andrea Boschin (Material Science)<p>PJ lecture room, building Origo 4th floor, Fysikgården 2</p><p>​Title of thesis: Sodium Batteries: From Liquid to Polymer Electrolytes</p><div>​</div> <div><strong>Main supervisor: </strong>Patrik Johansson</div> <div><strong>Examiner: </strong>Aleksandar Matic</div> <div><strong>Faculty opponent: </strong>Dale Teeters, University of Tulsa, USA</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Members of the PhD examination committee:</strong></div> <div>Maria Abrahamsson, Chalmers</div> <div>Eivind M. Skou, University of Southern Denmark</div> <div>Nico Stolwijk, Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster, Germany</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Abstract of doctoral thesis</h2> <p>Today lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are dominating the field of rechargeable batteries for portable devices. More recently LIBs have also been considered for large-scale applications, such as in the areas of electromobility and grid storage. With the growing demand of lithium and its limited resources/production and price issues, it is advantageous to also consider other chemistries to complement/replace LIBs. Sodium, being abundant and similar to lithium, is a suitable alternative. In addition, batteries also need to meet stringent safety requirements. These requirements will influence the selection of suitable battery components (electrodes, electrolyte, etc.) with the overall aim to obtain more sustainable and safer battery, while guaranteeing adequate performance.<br /><br />The common electrolyte used in LIBs as well as the analogous sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) contains fluorinated salts dissolved in organic liquid solvents, with many intrinsic safety concerns. Appealing alternatives could be liquid electrolytes free of fluorine and organic liquids, or altogether solid electrolytes.<br /><br />In this thesis, an overview of liquid and solid electrolytes for sodium (-ion) batteries is given, outlining their differences. Aiming at safer batteries, mainly two broad classes of electrolytes are studied: fluorine-free electrolytes and solid polymer electrolytes. A known drawback of the latter is the low ionic conductivity at room temperature, which can be improved by e.g. adding an ionic liquid, a salt which is liquid at room temperature. All electrolytes are evaluated in terms of their ionic conductivities, ionic speciation and, for the polymer electrolytes, polymer dynamics and stability vs. sodium metal.<br /></p> Defence - Isabel Ordóñez Pizarro<p></p><p>​Title: Designing out Waste: Exploring Barriers for Material Recirculation</p><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">​Abstract</h2> <div>This doctoral thesis has investigated what hinders material recirculation in society, to later suggest possible ways to support material recirculation in the future. Since material recirculation is proposed as a way to use waste materials for new production, it was deemed relevant to investigate two separate case studies that enabled recirculation from production systems and waste management. These two case studies addressed the topics of designing with waste and sorting waste, presented in Topics 1 and 2, respectively. Additionally, a third topic was developed as a way of providing a broader context for the case studies. Given that it has been argued that waste is a design flaw and that there are many design strategies aimed at waste minimization, Topic 3 investigated specifically how design currently relates to material recirculation.</div> <div> </div> <div>Designing with waste proved to be a difficult endeavour, mainly due to the lack of a clear design brief and reliable information about secondary materials. Topic 1 resulted in a process diagram for how to design with waste, based on generic design process models. This process diagram is complemented with two earlier steps needed to design with waste: 1) Collect and sort the discarded material in an adequate manner, 2) Investigate and test secondary material's properties.</div> <div> </div> <div>Waste sorting is therefore a precondition to designing with waste. Improving the way waste materials are sorted and collected is a challenging task that has been broadly researched from several disciplines. It is a topic that couples behavioural and societal aspects that are difficult to explain, to complex technical solutions, resulting in a challenging complex socio-technical system. Topic 2 concludes that it is crucial to understand what service users deem as convenient infrastructure when designing waste collection systems. To better understand service users, user requirement elicitation methods that are commonly used in the design discipline might be useful to develop and improve waste sorting systems.</div> <div> </div> <div>Topic 3 concludes that design currently does not sufficiently support material recirculation. Although designers see and describe the effect their profession has on resource use and waste generation, in practice only a third of the consulted designers had actively used EoL considerations in their latest project. In order to aid designers in recirculating materials, Topic 3 presents two models: 1) A resource recovery route model, based on recirculation to different life-cycle stages, and 2) A model of ways in which designers can address resource conservation.</div> <div> </div> <div>The factors hindering material recirculation found in the three topics could be grouped into six main barriers. Material recirculation is complicated, it is a task with many steps, a variety of materials and several actors are involved. Since so many people are involved, acting by themselves, there is a lack of control over how materials flow through society. There is also a lack of communication among the different actors. As a result, the actions and responsibilities of the different actors are unclear. To know how to best use the discards, reliable information about the material properties is needed, but such information is often unavailable. Recirculating materials requires more time and effort than simply discarding them. These barriers seem to point to a lack of guidance and common vision around what material recirculation should mean for the different actors in society. To generate a common vision among the main stakeholders (i.e. producers, users and waste managers) policy regulations and collaborations that foster better understanding among the actors are suggested as possible ways forward.<br /><br /><strong>Chalmers Publication Library:</strong> <a href=""><span>Designing out Waste: Exploring Barriers for Material Recirculation<span></span></span></a><br /><br /><strong>Opponent: </strong>María José Zapata, Göteborgs Universitet</div> <a href=""><div> </div></a> lecture - Yvonne Andersson-Sköld<p></p><p>​Title: Environmental analysis and transportation. Promotion lecture by Yvonne Andersson-Sköld of VTI, Adjunct Professor at the Division of Geology and Geotechnics and FRIST.</p>Location: Snobberiet, third floor, Sven Hultins gata 8<br /><br />Abstract: <br /><span class="text-normal page-content"><span>​<span></span>The Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) is an independent research and<br />government institute under the Government. The principal task of the institute is to conduct<br />research and development related to infrastructure, traffic and transport aiming to ensure that the<br />transport policy objectives are achieved. The Institute's tasks include conducting socially<br />motivated applied research, providing interdisciplinary research environments and interact with<br />universities and colleges engaged in related research and education.<br /><br />The knowledge from the Institute shall provide decision support to the actors in the transport<br />sector and, in many cases, direct applications in both national and international transport policy<br />including all modes of transport and the fields of vehicle technology, environmental, planning<br />and decision-making processes, transport economics and transport systems.<br />In November 2016 Yvonne Andersson-Sköld was employed at the institute and the position<br />includes being active as adjunct professor at BoM at Chalmers.<br /><br />Yvonne has a long, and broad, experience in chemistry and environmental geochemistry. Her<br />experience ranges from laboratory experiments to transportation modelling in air, soil and water.<br />In order to achieve sustainable development it is becoming evident that there is a need of<br />stakeholder involvement and integrated assessments. As a response to this Yvonne’s work has<br />since long also included integrated assessments and analyses.<br /><br />Examples of more integrated analyses are lifecycle analysis including both taking part of the<br />development and utilisation for wider environmental impact assessments.<br />She has recently also been responsible for the development of methods for integrated<br />sustainability assessments with focus on environmental impacts on different geographical scales<br />and taking into account stakeholders needs and views. Special interest has been on climate related<br />risks, climate change adaptation and spatial planning.<br />In the seminar Yvonne will give a broad presentation of previous and recent work.</span></span> lecture - Renaud Gutkin<p></p><p>​Title: Modelling damage and fracture in structural composites  ​Renaud Gutkin received his Ph.D. in Composite materials from Imperial College London, Department of Aeronautics, in 2010. He then worked with nonlinear finite element analysis as a postdoctoral researcher at Airbus UK. In 2011, Renaud joined Swerea|SICOMP (the Swedish institute for polymer composites) where he worked as a Senior scientist in the area of material modelling and later on as Head of the structural analysis team. Renaud is since 2016 principal CAE engineer for plastics and composite materials at Volvo Cars. The main focus of his research activities is on numerical modelling of damage and fracture in structural composites. &quot;Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) are stiff, strong and provide high ratio of energy absorption to weight. Being able to take advantage of these outstanding properties in a structure requires however advanced numerical methods to predict failure. Some of the main challenges faced in the modelling of these processes will be reviewed and illustrated with examples.</p>,-Energy-and-Environment.aspx,-Energy-and-Environment.aspxGeorgios Stamatiou, Energy and Environment<p></p><p>Analysis of VSC-based HVDC systems​</p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Georgios Stamatiou, division of Electric Power Engineering, will defend his thesis: &quot;De-side converter interaction in HVDC systems&quot;. </span><div><br /></div> <div>Supervisor: Massimo Bongiorno, Assistant professor, Electric Power Engineering. </div> <div>Examiner: Ola Carlsson, Assistant professor, Electric Power Engineering. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Faculty examiner: Subhashish Bhattacharya, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, <span style="background-color:initial">North Carolina State University, U S A. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Location: EA, Hörsalsvägen 11. </span></div> Science Presentations<p></p><p>​On February  6th, 2017, five PhD students from the Department of Product &amp; Production Development at Chalmers will share their latest research by giving Popular Science Presentations. The audience will be a mix of people from the industry, the general public as well as colleagues and co-workers. We would like to invite you to join the seminar.</p><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>Agenda</span> </h2> <div>17:30 Light food will be served </div> <div>18.00-18.15 Introduction </div> <div>18.15-18.30 Presentation - Konstantinos Stylidis </div> <div>18.30-18.45 Presentation - Magnus Åkerman </div> <div>18.45-19.00 Presentation - Onur Kaya </div> <div>19.00-19.15 Presentation - Pierre Johansson </div> <div>19.15-19.30 Presentation - Maheshwaran Gopalakrishnan</div> <div> </div> <div><div> <a href=";EventId=4141514479464759447540"><span style="font-size:18px">Register here</span></a></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Presentations and Abstracts</h2> </div> <strong><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/PPD/Kalendarium/konstantinos2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Konstantinos Stylidis</strong> <span><span style="font-size:13px"><i>(PhD Student in Product Development)</i></span></span><span style="font-size:14px"><b> <br /><em>Title: Perceived Quality in the Automotive Industry</em></b></span><b><br />Abstract:</b> Successful automobile design characterized by a combination of both manufacturing quality and perceived quality. Manufacturing quality is well understood; perceived quality refers to customer emotions. Therefore, manufacturing quality in the premium automobile segment is not the primary determinant of customer satisfaction, but rather it is only an entry requirement for this segment. This is why the assessment of the perceived quality of the vehicle is an ongoing challenge for the automobile manufacturers.<br /><br /> <strong><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/PPD/Kalendarium/magnus_170.png" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Magnus Åkerman</strong> <span><span style="font-size:13px"><i>(PhD Student in Production Systems)</i></span> </span><span style="font-size:14px"><b><br />Title: IT-Structures in Production<br /></b></span> <span style="font-size:13px"></span><b>Abstract:</b> The manufacturing industry is entering a new era, the fourth industrial revolution, with smart automation solutions where the physical and virtual worlds merge. Companies that wants to take advantage of these new technologies and not be left behind need to adapt to a highly digitalized ecosystem. This means that the IT systems can no longer be seen separate to the production system but both must be designed together with a clear aim and purpose.<br /><br /><br /> <strong><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/PPD/Kalendarium/Onur.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Onur Kaya</strong> <span><span style="font-size:13px"><i>(PhD Student in Product Development)</i></span></span><span style="font-size:14px"><b><br /><em>Title: Visual Deviation Management</em></b></span><b><br />Abstract: </b>No matter how strictly we do planning, and how careful we are, still mistakes and accidents happen. There is one way to make use of these mistakes and accidents, learning from them, so that same mistake and accident never happens again. This can be applied to a whole organization, so that even after people retire, the experience stays within the organization, so that same mistake and accident never happens twice in the organization. <br /><br /><br /><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/PPD/Kalendarium/Pierre_lic_presentation170.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="display:inline-block"><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>Pierre Johansson,<span><span style="font-size:13px"><i> (PhD Student at Production Systems)</i></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:14px"><b><em>Title: Assembly Information Systems in Global Production Networks</em></b></span><b><br />Abstract: </b>Global manufacturing companies have hard times to manage their global production networks as the dispersion in their networks increases. Such dispersion is caused by the increasing level of product variety and more parameters to control as the networks grow. Manual assembly is becoming complex as the product variety is increasing. New assembly information systems, central production IT systems and processes are needed to be able to control global production networks in the future.<br /><br /> <strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/PPD/Kalendarium/Lic_Mahesh_PPU170.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="display:inline-block"></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span><span></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span>Maheshwaran Gopalakrishnan</strong> <span><span style="font-size:13px"><i>(PhD Student at Productuction Systems)</i></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:14px"><b><em>Title: Data-Driven Decision Making for Effective Maintenance planning</em></b> </span><b><br />Abstract: </b>Increased demands for products and its customization are altering the way goods are manufactured throughout history. The production systems of are becoming increasing complex, heavily automated, and digitalized i.e. smart factory. Therefore, the efficiency of production system depends on how effective the maintenance of equipment is carried out. In other words, smart factories need smart maintenance. Currently, industrial equipment are not utilized to their maximum capacity, as several studies have indicated that the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is about 55% on average. In order to solve this problem, the critical equipment has to be identified on a production systems level and maintenance needs to be prioritized for them. The nature of production system is highly dynamic, i.e. continuously changing. Therefore, data-driven approach is needed to capture the continuous change in systems. Such a data-driven decision support for planning maintenance will enable smart factories to achieve production system efficiency through reaching higher productivity at lower costs. <span style="display:inline-block"></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span>,-TME.aspx,-TME.aspxLicentiate seminar Siri Jagstedt, TME<p></p><p>​Title: Managerial Challenges in the Development of Integrated Solutions Discussion leader: Charlotta Windahl, University of Auckland</p>,-TME.aspx,-TME.aspxLicentiate seminar Maria Massaro, TME<p></p><p>​Title: Radio Spectrum Regulation in the European Union - A three-level context Discussion leader: Professor Jason Whalley, Northumbria University, Newcastle</p> defence in mathematical statistics: Viktor Jonsson<p>Pascal, Hörsalsvägen 1</p><p>​Statistical analysis and modelling of gene count data in metagenomics</p>​<br />Faculty opponent: Professor Yudi Pawitan, Karolinska institutet. Ceremony spring 2017<p>RunAn</p><p>​Chalmers University of Technology holds two graduation ceremonies each year to honour the graduating students who have received their degrees from Chalmers.</p>​For more information please read <a href="/en/about-chalmers/academic-ceremonies/graduation-ceremony/Pages/default.aspx">here</a><br /> ​- Opportunities and Challenges<p>Chalmers conference center (Student Union Building), Chalmersplatsen 1, Johanneberg</p><p>​Initiative Seminar at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, 15-16 March, 2017</p>​ <br /><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/events/digitalisation/Pages/default.aspx">Go directly to the conference website &gt;&gt;</a><br /><br />Digitalisation is the greatest transformational force of society of today. The opportunities that open up are extensive and at the same time, digitalisation brings many new challenges. A sustainable digitalisation requires capable handling of issues relating to privacy, security, energy consumption, as well as issues related to the transition that takes place when jobs disappear due to automation.<br /><br /><strong>Come together</strong><br />To meet the challenges and create a sustainable future we require knowledge and close collaboration between the various actors in society. Our initiative seminar Digitalisation – opportunities and challenges, bring together experts from research, industry and the public sector to discuss the digitalisation progress and its potential consequences. Prominent researchers, experts and managers from industry and society will present and discuss perspectives on digitalisation, future, threats and promises for the society of today and tomorrow. A broad audience from academia, industry and the public sector are invited to the seminar.<br /><br />The two day seminar will be organised in four themes offering additional perspectives on digitalisation:<br /><ul><li>    Connected world</li> <li>    Automated society</li> <li>    Data Driven Innovation</li> <li>    Digital sustainability</li></ul> <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/events/digitalisation/Pages/default.aspx">The programme and updates can be found on the conference website &gt;&gt;</a><br /><br /><br /><strong>Our digital natives</strong><br />Our initiative seminar will also offer activities for school children, as well as an opportunity for our own students to show off their most exciting theses in the field of digitalisation.<br /><br />The initiative seminar is a non-commercial arrangements by Chalmers Area of Advance Information and Communication Technology. The seminar is free of charge for participants.<br /><br /><br /><strong><em>Welcome to Chalmers 15-16 March 2017!</em></strong><br /><br /><br /> to the 5th International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention<p>Paris, France</p><p>​Registration has opened!</p>​ <br />The International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention aims to bring participants up-to-date on recent developments and trends in the field of inattention and distraction in driving, and to bring together researchers and practitioners. The 5th edition of the conference will be held in Paris on March 20-22, 2017. <br /><br /><p>As usual, many interesting papers have been submitted by authors from all around the world. This creates a solid ground for fruitful discussions and knowledge sharing, which DDI is known for. DDI attracts the core of dedicated researchers and practitioners in the area of distraction and inattention, and is by now an well-established meeting point for this community. <br />  </p> <p><strong>Challenging keynotes</strong><br /> The three keynotes promise challenging speeches. Confirmed keynotes are:</p> <ul><li><strong>Kalina Christoff</strong> (Associate Professor in the Psychology Department and the Brain Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, Canada)</li> <li><strong>René Amalberti </strong>(Senior Adviser Patient Safety at the Haute Autorité de Santé and risk manager in a medical insurance, MACSF, France)</li> <li><strong>Michael Regan</strong> (Chief-Scientist-Human Factors at ARRB Group and Adjunct professor with the School of Aviation at the University of NSW, Sydney).</li></ul> <p>A draft programme is published on the website.<br />  </p> <p><strong>The registration has opened</strong><br /> Do not forget to register early. Deadline for the discounted registration fee is December 31!<br />  </p> <p><strong>Sponsor packages available</strong><br /> There are a few and attractive sponsor and exhibition packages available. Check out the sponsor prospect <a href="">here </a>and book.<br />  </p> <p><strong>More information</strong><br /> Please visit the website <a href=""></a> for further information and latest news. </p> a Fossil-free Industrial Sector – Activities at Chalmers<p>Chalmers Conference Centre</p><p>​The need for rapid and drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions is a serious challenge for society. Within the profile area Energy in a Circular Economy within Chalmers Energy Area of Advance, scientists are working on a wide range of cross-linked fields with the goal of finding enabling solutions for a rapid transition in the industrial sector, including large heat and power plants and biorefineries. This seminar provides a forum for presenting important activities at Chalmers and discussions of opportunities for further cooperation with industry, academia and institutes in the industrial sector.</p>​<br />The seminar will be divided into four sessions, followed by a discussion part. The four sessions, including our main activities, are: <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Biorefineries</h4> <div>Feedstocks, biochemical, chemical and thermochemical conversion technologies and processes, separation processes, process integration, products and product mixes (power, heat, biofuels, materials, chemicals)</div></div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)</h4> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Separation technologies (post combustion, pre combustion, oxyfuels, chemical looping), integration in industrial processes, the role of CCS in the industrial sector, biogenic CCS technologies and systems, storage options for captured carbon</p></div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Energy Efficiency in Industry</h4> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Enabling technologies (e.g. industrial separation processes, combustion processes, heat pumps, etc), process integration, the role of energy efficiency measures and interaction with e. g. CCS and biorefineries</p></div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Methods and models for technical, economic and environmental assessment of industrial concepts</h4> <p class="chalmersElement-P">System aspects and consequences of combining new and existing technologies, industrial clusters, system aspects of biomass production, future policy instrument consequences, interactions with power grids, life cycle assessment methodology</p></div> <div><em></em><br />A detailed programme will be published later.<br /></div> <br /><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Registration</h2> <p>The event is open to anyone having registered in advance. It is free of charge and includes coffee and lunch. Last day to register is 7 March 2017. <a href=";EventId=41415D4272454550437140&amp;SessionId=41465C467246445E477540">Go to registration form</a><br /><br /></p> Ceremony 2017<p>Concert Hall, Göteborg</p><p>​The conferment ceremony will be held May 6 in the Concert Hall at Götaplatsen.  Afterwards a banquet will be held at the Restaurant at the Student Union House.</p> NORDAN conference in Complex Analysis<p>Matematiska vetenskaper / Nääs fabriker</p><p></p>​Speakers:<br />• Daniel Barlet<br />• Tristan Collins<br />• Eleonora Di Nezza<br />• Joaquim Ortega Cerdà<br />• Han Peters<br />• Håkan Persson<br />• Alexander Rashkovskii<br />• Yanir Rubinstein<br />• Jean Ruppenthal<br />• Nikolay Shcherbina<br />• Berit Stensönes<br />• Alain Yger the Water 2017<p>Gothenburg</p><p>​A Cities of the Future Conference that will take place in Gothenburg 12-14 June 2017: The conference aims at gathering urban planners and water professionals from around the globe in order to share experiences and projects on the opportunities and threats of water in modern, sustainable and innovative cities. The conference contributes to celebrating Gothenburg&#39;s 400 year jubilee and to the IWA Cities of the Future programme. Call for abstracts DEADLINE 15 DECEMBER 2016.</p><div>​​Given the focus on integrated planning, the conference will aim for an even distribution between city planning staff, water professionals, and other urban professionals. Attendees and presenters will all share knowledge and experience from their own perspective ranging from academia, administration, project planning and design, or operations.</div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Conference Outline</h2> <div>Water is a great quality in cities making them attractive. Water strongly influences how we can and should develop cities. Urban planning can enable more sustainable water management, as cities are facing unprecedented demands and challenges, including the uncertainty in the provision of safe water; the needs for improving living conditions; ensuring safety from floods related to climate change and natural disasters; and raising awareness for action to form water-wise communities. Water professionals and urban planners need now more than ever to share their knowledge to develop the most sustainable solutions, fostering synergies between water, energy, waste, food, and achieving liveability outcomes for the city.</div> <div> </div> <div>Traditional water planning and management methods will be challenged to become more regenerative, more risk resilient and more efficient with better and simpler management. This means urban professionals will need to find solutions that work across disciplines. This conference will focus on the kinds of efforts necessary for such integration and change to occur.</div> <div> </div> <div>Save the date: Come and join us to learn and share on “sustainable urban water” planning and design at different scales. Join the journey to Water Wise Cities by submitting a paper to share your experience during the event!</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="">Call for abstracts <span>DEADLINE 15 DECEMBER 2016<span style="display:inline-block">  </span></span>&gt;&gt;</a></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Conference topics</h2> <div>1. WATER FOR AN ATTRACTIVE CITY</div> <div>2. MANAGING UNCERTAIN FUTURES</div> <div>3. REGENERATIVE WATER CITIES</div> <div>4. ENGAGED COMMUNITY</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Contact person:</div> <div>Joaquim Tarrasó, Senior Lecturer in Urban Design, Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology, e-mail:<br /><br />More information at the conference website:<br /><a href="">Embrace the Water 2017 &gt;&gt;</a></div>, Noncommutative Geometry, Operator Algebras<p>Pascal, Chalmers tvärgata 3</p><p>​The workshop aims at bringing together experts and younger mathematicians working in (non-self-adjoint) operator algebras and noncommutative geometry, with a particular focus on problems in which analysis plays a major role</p>​<br />Speakers (so far):<br />• Tyrone Crisp (Radboud University Nijmegen)<br />• Heath Emerson (University of Victoria)<br />• Nigel Higson (Penn State, TBC)<br />• Jens Kaad (University of Southern Denmark)<br />• Sergey Neshveyev (University of Oslo, TBC)<br />• Ryszard Nest (University of Copenhagen) Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization<p>TBA, Chalmers, Gothenburg</p><p>​Under the theme &quot;What happened to quality? Design, processes and outcomes&quot;, the conference aims to create a forum for exchange of ideas and research that contributes to the discourse of construction economics and organization.</p>​<span class="text-normal page-content"><p><span lang="EN-GB">We now invite you to contribute to the development of the field, its practice and research.</span></p> <div> </div> <p><span lang="EN-GB">The conference is one of the activities of CREON, </span>Construction Researchers on Economics and Organisation in the Nordic region, <span></span><span lang="EN-GB">and is organized by the division of Construction Management, Department of Civil end Environmental Engineering at Chalmers. </span></p> <p><br /><span lang="EN-GB"></span></p> <p><strong>The planning for the 9th conference is now proceeding adn abstracts can be submitted to the 9th conference via the web link below!</strong> N.B. The abstracts should be 250-300 words!<br /><a href="">Link to abstract submission via EasyChair. </a></p> <a href=""> <p><span lang="EN-GB">Conference webpage here</span></p></a><p><span lang="EN-GB"><br /></span> </p> <p> </p> <div> <h6 class="chalmersElement-H6"><span lang="EN-GB">Themes</span></h6> </div> <p><span lang="EN-GB">The co</span><span lang="EN-GB">nference will be organised around the following themes</span> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p><span><span>·<span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB">      Improving (rethinking) resource efficiency for future generations</span></p> <div> </div> <p><span><span>·</span></span><span><span><span>      </span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB">T</span><span lang="EN-GB">he future of digitalization in construction and real-estate practices</span></p> <div> </div> <p><span><span>·<span>      </span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB">I</span><span lang="EN-GB">mproving the quality of research and education in construction related fields</span></p> <div> </div> <p><span><span>·</span></span><span><span><span>      </span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB">Proc</span><span lang="EN-GB">urement practices </span></p> <div> </div> <p><span><span>·<span>      </span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB">Innovations for improved construction quality, processes and performance</span></p> <div> </div> <p><span><span>·</span></span><span><span><span>      </span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB">Th</span><span lang="EN-GB">e value and meaning of spaces, buildings and environments</span></p> <div> </div> <p><span><span>·</span></span><span><span><span>      </span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB">Stake</span><span lang="EN-GB">holder issues: dynamics, integration and management</span></p> <div> </div> <h6 class="chalmersElement-H6"> <div> </div> </h6> <h6 class="chalmersElement-H6"> </h6><h6 class="chalmersElement-H6"><span></span> </h6><h6 class="chalmersElement-H6"> </h6><h6 class="chalmersElement-H6">Important dates</h6><div> </div> <h6 class="chalmersElement-H6">2016</h6><div>9 September abstract submission</div> <div>27 September notification of abstracts</div> <div>28 October submission 1 paper draft </div> <div>28 November review 1 decision</div> <div>20 December submission 2 revised paper</div> <h6 class="chalmersElement-H6">2017</h6> <div>25 January review 2 decision</div> <div>13 March submission final paper</div> <div>13-14 June Conference</div> <div> </div> <p> </p> <p>All papers will be double-blind peer reviewed by researchers in the field. Publication will be done through recognized academic publication channels, publisher tbc.</p></span> 2017 - ​IMAPS Nordic & IEEE CPMT Nordic 2017<p></p><p>Conference on Microelectronics Packaging</p>​<br />It is our pleasure to announce that the IMAPS Nordic &amp; IEEE CPMT Nordic 2017 Conference on Microelectronics Packaging (NordPac) will be held 18th – 20th June 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden. <br />This is the first time that IMAPS Nordic Chapter and IEEE CPMT Nordic Chapter jointly organise this event. <br />The event brings together both academics as well as industry leaders to discuss and debate the state-of-the-art and future trends in microelectronics components, packaging, integration and manufacturing technologies. NordPac provides a perfect opportunity to hear the latest news and developments in the field. So mark the dates in your calendar today! International Sustainability Transitions Conference<p>Lindholmen Conference Centre</p><p>​Year 2050 is just around the corner. From a transition perspective, three decades is not a long time. Yet the United Nations sustainable development goals are set for 2030, and the pace of climate change calls for rapid transformation of massive sociotechnical systems. The challenges are enormous. Reaching ambitious societal targets at local and global levels relies on collective action, but also on private and public agents daring to take the lead in complex open-ended processes.</p><p></p> <div>The 8th International Sustainability Transitions Conference (IST 2017) will devote special attention to the challenges confronting those wanting to take action and do more. What understanding and conclusions can transition scholars bring to the table, and what key theories and findings are yet to be developed and discovered?  </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Preliminary programme</h2> <div>The IST 2017 conference program includes a number of focused paper sessions, inspiring keynote talks and eye-opening speed talk, dialog and poster sessions.</div> <div>The program and keynote speakers will be updated continuously on the <a href="">IST 2017 website</a>.</div> <p></p> Geometry meets Number Theory<p>Matematiska vetenskaper, Chalmers tvärgata 3</p><p>​a conference in honor of the 60th birthday of Per Salberger</p><p>​<br />Speakers<br />Jörg Brüdern (Göttingen)<br />J.-L. Colliot-Thélène (Orsay)<br />Régis de la Bretèche (Paris 7)<br />Roger Heath-Brown (Oxford)<br />Yuri Manin (MPI)*<br />Marta Pieropan (Berlin)<br />Damaris Schindler (IAS)<br />Jean-Pierre Serre (Orsay)<br />Alexei Skorobogatov (Imperial)<br />Yuri Tschinkel (Courant Inst)<br />Trevor Wooley (Bristol)</p><p>The Swedish Exhibition &amp; Congress Centre</p><p>​The largest conference on optical communication in Europe and one of the largest and most prestigious events in this field worldwide. 17-21 September 2017</p>​Welcome to ECOC 2017<br /><br /><span>ECOC is the leading forum in Europe for keeping up with the top research advances and scientific discoveries in the field of optical communications and related photonic technologies.<br /><br />ECOC 2017 will solicit contributions in seven main topical areas. The technical content of each one will be supervised by a specific subcommittee that, as tradition rules, is composed by world renowned experts and chaired by distinguished scientist. The Technical Programme Committee will  select about 400 oral and poster presentations, which include a blend of tutorials, invited and contributed papers. The oral presentations will be held in six parallel sessions.<br /></span><br />Industry and academia can benefit from the region’s advantages in many ways. One way is to tap into the skills and technologies in industry clusters and research institutions. Of special note are the information and communication technology as well as cleantech, ICT, life sciences, automotive and materials science industries. These are all areas where Nordic companies excel and compete at the highest international level.<br /> ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST) 2017<p>Chalmers Gothenburg (location to be decided)</p><p>​VRST will provide an opportunity for VR researchers to interact, share new results, show live demonstrations of their work, and discuss emerging directions for the field.</p>​ <br />The ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST) is an international forum for the exchange of experience and knowledge among researchers and developers concerned with virtual reality software and technology. <br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">To conference website:</a><br /><br />