News: Informations- och kommunikationsteknik related to Chalmers University of TechnologyThu, 28 Jun 2018 10:25:32 +0200 makes big investment in AI<p><b>​Chalmers has committed to a big investment in Artificial Intelligence, that will raise research, development and innovation in this area to a new level. The Chalmers Foundation will co-finance a new competence centre, which will benefit and strengthen Sweden’s expertise in autonomous transport, digitalisation, healthcare, and more.</b></p><div>​New technology based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged from many different research areas at Chalmers. The combination of access to large amounts of data, powerful computational resources, and algorithms for machine-learning, has led to dramatic improvements in AI-based technologies. <br /> </div> <div><br /></div> <div>But, hand-in-hand with hopes for the great potential and social value of the technology, go concerns for the consequences – in terms of Swedish competitiveness and the technology’s possible risks for society. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We conduct outstanding research in AI, but we need to strengthen and coordinate what we do. Therefore, we are starting a new competence centre in AI at Chalmers, which shall involve several different departments, in collaboration with industry,” says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The centre for Artificial Intelligence will be led by the Chalmers Area of Advance, ‘Information and Communication Technology‘, where researchers from several departments, along with industry partners, students and guest researchers, will work together. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Interest in the new Chalmers AI centre is big, and the research has applications in many different areas. In transport, autonomous vehicles and AI based methods of modelling goods and developments are developing. In production, research in digitalisation and Industry 4.0 are in focus, and in eHealth, AI based solutions for diagnosis and patient processing are being investigated. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The focus of the centre’s applied research will be created in close collaboration between Chalmers’ different Areas of Advance, and strategic industry partners. An important role of the centre is also to integrate its work with the national and international research initiatives in which Chalmers is actively involved. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Examples of such initiatives include the recently announced investments from the government into development of AI, which Chalmers has been tasked with coordinating, as well as initiatives from Swedish industry, who are ready to work with investing in AI research and development. This includes the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP-AI), in which Chalmers has an active role, as well as the forthcoming AI &amp; Data Factory Arena, at Gothenburg’s Lindholmen Science Park. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“To benefit from all these versatile initiatives, we need a strong collaborative effort and a clear, strategic vision. This coming investment will lift Chalmers’ AI research, development and innovation to a new level,” says Stefan Bengtsson. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Work on the new AI centre will begin immediately, with the goal of opening in January 2019. The financing will come mainly from the Chalmers Foundation, with 317 million kronor for the period 2019-28. Other investments from Chalmers’ industry partners will double the revenues for the centre. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>On Wednesday 20th June, Chalmers held a seminar to present in more detail all AI-related activities. <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/AI-at-Chalmers-seminar.aspx">You can view the recorded livestream here.</a> <br /><br /></div>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 16:00:00 +0200 Assistant Professorships in AI/ML<p><b>​The open WASP Professorships are positions primarily at the Assistant Professor level. They could also be on the level of Associate Professor or Professor. Each position comes with an attractive start package.</b></p><div>​ <br /></div> <div><div>The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program, WASP, are recruiting up to seven positions within AI/machine learning. </div> <div> </div> <div>To be eligible for funding the applicant must be qualified for an assistant, associate, or full professorship and prepared to start working at one of the six participating universities Chalmers University of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Umeå University and Örebro University no later than 2019.</div> <div> </div> <div>WASP has the stated ambition to strengthen and develop Sweden’s research in the areas of AI and machine learning through an international recruitment program.  Therefore the WASP positions are not intended as a mechanism to strengthen Sweden’s existing faculty, but to attract new talent to Sweden.</div> <div> </div> <div>WASP particularly welcomes applications from the traditionally under-represented gender in the field.</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">For information about current and planned research see the WASP research overview of AI/ML &gt;</a> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Interested candidates should <strong>register their interest no later than July 31st, 2018, 23:59 CEST.</strong></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><a href="" target="_blank">To the application form &gt;</a></h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The applications are directed to WASP and are further subject to a decision process at the respective university. Up to seven positions within AI/machine learning will be available. </div> <div> </div> <div>Contact person WASP AI: Danica Kragic, <a href=""></a>, +46 8 790 67 29. </div> <div>Contact person at Chalmers: David Sands, <a href=""></a>, +46 </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">About WASP</h3> <div>Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is Sweden’s largest ever individual research program, a major national initiative for basic research, education and faculty recruitment. The total budget for the program is more than 3.5 billion SEK, and major goals are more than 50 new professors and more than 300 new PhDs within AI, Autonomous Systems and Software.</div> <div> </div> <div>The ambition is to advance Sweden into an internationally recognized and leading position in these areas, and WASP is now taking a step by launching a first broad investment in Artificial Intelligence. The offering includes several different positions to build and strengthen AI in Sweden.</div> <div></div></div>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:00:00 +0200 intelligence at Chalmers: present and future<p><b>​At this seminar, we provide insights into some of the ongoing and planned initiatives at Chalmers in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and discuss how they relate to other activities in the region and in Sweden.</b></p><div>​ <br /></div> <div><div><em><strong>Above you can access the seminar in whole, and below you will find direct links to the specific parts of the program.</strong></em><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>The programme</strong><br /></div> <div><ul><li>Chalmers president <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Stefan Bengtsson</strong></a> opens the seminar with some introductory remarks. </li> <li>The ICT Area of Advance management, <a href="" target="_blank">Director <strong>Ivica Crnkovic</strong> and Co-Director <strong>Giuseppe Durisi</strong></a>, talks about the visions for a new centre in AI at Chalmers (Chalmers Artificial Intelligence Research Centre – CHAIR) and provides an update on the status of this initiative.</li> <li><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Jan Smith</a></strong> will talk about the plans for a national initiative for education in AI. <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Richard Johansson</a></strong> briefly presents the new master’s programme in Data Science at Chalmers.</li> <li><span><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>David Sands</strong>, <strong>Holge</strong><strong>r Rootzen, Rebecka Jörnsten</strong> and <strong>Dag Wedelin</strong></a> provide an overview of some of the current activities within the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software program, WASP.<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><br /></li> <li><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Maria Hedlund</a></strong>, acting CEO of Lindholmen Science Park will provide an update on the current discussion about creating an AI Arena at Lindholmen.</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Panel on the current research challenges within AI</a>. Panelists: <strong>Erik Rosén</strong> (Zenuity), <strong>Devdat</strong><strong>t Dubhashi</strong> (Chalmers, CSE), <strong>Rebeck</strong><strong>a Jörnsten</strong> (Chalmers, MV), <strong>Lennar</strong><strong>t Svensson</strong> (Chalmers, E2), <strong>Robert Feldt</strong> (Chalmers, CSE). <br /></li></ul></div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The seminar was held on Wednesday 20 June 2018.<br /></div>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:00:00 +0200 investment in AI education<p><b>​The Swedish government has launched an investment in education for artificial intelligence, with the aim to strengthen Sweden&#39;s competencies and competitiveness. Chalmers will coordinate the initiative, comprising seven Swedish universities.</b></p><div>​ <br /></div> <div>The government has announced a specific investment in university education within AI. A total of SEK 40 million for the years 2018-2019 will meet the labor market's need for conversion and in-depth knowledge in the field of AI. Chalmers is commissioned to coordinate the initiative, which also involves Gothenburg University, Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, Umeå University and Örebro University. <br /><br />“AI will affect almost every part of society and we have major research efforts that need to be supplemented with education initiatives. Chalmers raised this issue with the government, together with the other universities, and the dialogue has landed in today's initiative”, says Chalmers President Stefan Bengtsson.<br /><br />Chalmers participates in several major AI initiatives that together provide a strong foundation for research and education within artificial intelligence. <br /><br /></div>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0200 International Software Conference on video<p><b>​The 40th International Conference on Software Engineering took place in Gothenburg 27 May-3 June. Some of the content is available on video. Please see below.</b></p><div>​ <br /></div> <div><div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Plenary sessions</h3></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div>Margaret Hamilton</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">The Language as a Software Engineer</a></div> <div> </div> <div>Frederick P. Brooks Jr.</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">Learning the Hard Way: A History of Software Engineering 1948-1980</a></div> <div> </div> <div>Andreas Zeller</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">Relevance, Simplicity, and Innovation: Stories and Takeaways from Software Engineering Research</a></div> <div> </div> <div>Andrew J. Ko</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">Debugging reinvented: asking and answering why and why not questions about program behavior</a></div> <div> </div> <div>Brian Randell</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">50 years of Software Engineering or The View from Garmisch</a></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">50 years of Software Engineering</h3> <div> </div> <div>Ivar Jacobson</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">50 years of software engineering, so now what?</a></div> <div> </div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">Panel: 50 years of Software Engineering &amp; Celebrating the 40th ICSE</a></div> <div>Panelists: Gerhard Goos, Bob McClure, Doug McIlroy, Manfred Paul</div> <div>Chairs: David S. Rosenblum and Nenad Medvidovic</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Industry forum</h3> <div> </div> <div>Magnus Frodigh, Ericsson Research</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">Communication systems and networks, key enablers for digitizing industry and society – opportunities and challenges</a></div> <div> </div> <div>Jan Bosch, Chalmers University of Technology</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">Why Digitalization Will Kill Your (Software) Company Too</a></div> <div> </div> <div>Noel Lovisa, Code Valley, Australia</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">The software industry is not industrialised</a> </div> <div> </div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">Industry panel: Software Engineering</a></div> <div>Panelists: Lionel Briand - University of Luxembourg LU, Markus Borg – RISE SICS SE, Mark Harman – Facebook and University College London, UK, Liliana Pasquale – LERO and University of Dublin, IE, Caitlin Sadowski – Google US, Tom Zimmermann – Microsoft Research US</div> <div>Chair: Pekka Abrahamsson</div> </div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /><div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/ICSE2018.aspx">the 40th International Conference on Software Engineering here &gt;</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>And visit the conference website: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div></div>Tue, 29 May 2018 17:00:00 +0200 build self-driving race car<p><b>​As the first and only Swedish team, Chalmers has qualified for the prestigious Formula Student Driverless competition in Germany. With a unique software in their car, the team hopes to wipe the floor with their competitors.</b></p><div>Already available was a whole lab dedicated to the development of self-driving vehicles, a proprietary software platform, and a ready-made electric racing car from last year's Formula Student competition.</div> <div><br />&quot;From there, it was quite a small step, to start a student team to rebuild the car for self-driving and compete in the race class for driverless cars,&quot; says the initiator and supervisor Ola Benderius, assistant professor at the Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems Division.<br /><br /></div> <div>Since last autumn, twelve students from five different master programs have worked to make the car self-driving as part of their master’s thesis.</div> <div><br />&quot;It's extremely fun and educational. It's a brand-new project and we have had a lot of freedom to achieve our goals,&quot; says team manager Emil Rylén, who studies Automotive Engineering.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">A dedicated and multifaceted team</h3> <div>The team is divided into three groups, who work with each of the three main elements of self-driving: to perceive and interpret the surroundings, driving planning and control, and mechanical and electronic hardware to execute the control signals. Two of the team members were also in the team that built the car last year.</div> <div><br />&quot;We couldn’t have done it without them. They know and understand how the car works,&quot; says Rylén.</div> <div>He describes the team as a very mixed group, both in terms of nationality, education and skills.</div> <div><br />&quot;Everyone is really dedicated. You definitely do not have to be a racing fan, but rather a technology fan and someone interested in cutting-edge technology.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Equipment for half a million SEK</h3> <div>To make the car self-driving, they have equipped the car with sensors like GPS, laser radar, dual-lens camera for deep vision, computers, and extra electronics and mechanisms to actuate the brakes, wheel, and accelerator. In total, the equipment cost about half a million SEK, but much of it will be reusable in coming years.</div> <div><br />Financing is already ready for another three years. Interest among the students is very high, as is the industry's interest in recruiting those who participated in the team. Ola Benderius and his two supervisor colleagues – Christian Berger and Björnborg Nguyen – are already gathering next year's team.</div> <div><br />It is also advantageous for the Chalmers lab for self-driving vehicles, <a href="/en/researchinfrastructure/revere/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Revere</a>, to have a team in Formula Student Driverless.</div> <div><br />&quot;We get a chance to showcase Reveres’ abilities and skills, and the team attracts really good students. Hopefully, some of them hope to stay on as PhD students. In addition, the team is developing stuff that we can use in research,&quot; says Benderius.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Tests and competition in sight</h3> <div>In addition to the team being able to use Reveres’ premises, vehicles and skills, they also get time on the test track Astazero. At the moment, they can drive the racing car using a handheld remote control, but there is still a few weeks work before they can go over to self-driving tests.</div> <div><br />&quot;It will be very fun to test and go to the competition. Then we can reap the benefits of all the work we put down during the year,&quot; says Rylén.</div> <div><br />While the other teams qualifying for the competition all chose the same well-established but somewhat obsolete software, the Chalmers team uses Chalmers’ proprietary software platform for driverless vehicles, OpenDLV.</div> <div><br />“It makes us unique. A stable software is really important to succeed in the competition, and with experience from research, we know how to design it,&quot; says Benderius.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">About the Formula Student Driverless competition</h3> <div>The competition will take place 6–12 August in Hockenheim, Germany, and includes a number of different challenges: braking, acceleration, skidpad testing and a track drive. The team will also have to present and explain their software and hardware design, as well as a business model. Read more about the competition at <a href="" target="_blank">Formula Student Germany</a>.</div> <div><strong><br />Read more:</strong></div> <div>Chalmers also has student teams that build and compete with driver-controlled electric race cars and sailboats. Read more on the <a href="" target="_blank">Chalmers Formula Student website</a> and in the article <a href="/en/news/Pages/Organic-boat-building.aspx">Organic boat building in a nutshell</a>.</div> <div><br />Text: Ingela Roos</div> <div>Photo: Johan Bodell</div> Fri, 25 May 2018 17:00:00 +0200 than 1700 researchers in Software Engineering gathered in Gothenburg<p><b>​The International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE, is the largest scientific conference in software engineering. This year the conference is held for the first time in Scandinavia when ICSE opens its gates at the Swedish Exhibition Fair in Gothenburg on 27 May.</b></p><div>​ <br /></div> <div>Ivica Crnkovic, Professor of Software Engineering at Chalmers, is general chair of the organising committee of this year's ICSE. He describes it as an honor to join and organise such a well-known and important conference.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/People/IvicaCrnkovic_100px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />“ICSE is a conference with a strong link to industry and aims to gather all those interested in Software Engineering. We will both have prominent researchers from around the world, who will present new research findings, and also large and small companies from industry. To me it is extremely honorable to have a leading role in this conference, not many people get the chance&quot;, says Ivica Crnkovic.<br /><br /><strong>Double anniversary</strong><br />This year's edition is also special, as two anniversaries will be celebrated. It’s the 40th edition of ICSE, and Software Engineering as a discipline celebrates 50 years. The discipline was introduced at the famous NATO Software Engineering Conference 1968 in Garmisch, Germany. For the anniversary, several high-profile keynote speakers have been booked and one of them is Margaret Hamilton – a legend in Software Engineering who developed the software that governed and controlled the Apollo program’s spacecraft.<br /><br />&quot;It's very exciting that Margaret Hamilton is coming! She was the first in the world to develop the software required for a rocket to navigate and land on the moon, so she's really a pioneer. She was very enthusiastic when we contacted her, and with her experience she will contribute with truly interesting insights and knowledge”, says Ivica Crnkovic.<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Record breaking number of participants</strong><br />This year, the conference is the largest in its 40-year history. More than 1700 participants from all over the world registered. International researchers are attracted to Sweden, partly thanks to our strong cooperation between industry and academia which makes us a model in many countries.<br /><br />&quot;The ICSE is a unique conference within its field and now that it is held for the first time in Scandinavia, it is a great opportunity for Scandinavian and Swedish industry to showcase and establish contacts. The ICSE can be resembled as the Olympics of our discipline, so it's a very big event!”, says Ivica Crnkovic.<br /><br />The conference was held between 27 May and 2 June and offered 30 workshops, six co-located events, and three days of the main conference with several prominent speakers and more than 500 presentations.<br /><br /><br /><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Follow-the-Software-Conference-on-live-stream.aspx">Some of the content is available on video &gt;</a><br /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Conference website: <a href=""></a>.<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Register for this year's event in Software Engineering here &gt;</a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Software engineering is about developing software systems, or program intensive systems. There are few modern products that do not contain software, and it is software that primarily contributes to product development today – self-driving cars, manufacturing, healthcare, the energy sector are just a few areas where software development plays a central role.<br /><br /><em><strong>The Organisation Committee members welcome you to ICSE 2018:</strong></em><br /></div>Thu, 24 May 2018 17:00:00 +0200 DigiLab at Shanghai Science Festival<p><b>​Chalmers DigiLab - the makerspace for children was invited to the Shanghai Science Festival. Four of our students went there to demonstrate and guide the chinese visitors of the festival.</b></p>​ <div>Chalmers DigiLab was invited as part of a Swedish delegation. The International science festival in Gothenburg received the invitation from Shanghai and brought us along. Thank you for this exciting opportunity!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/News%20events/DigiLab/IMG_7894_ed.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:480px;height:360px" /><br />Chalmers student Thundluck Sereevoravitgul demonstrating the robot surgery station.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/News%20events/DigiLab/IMG_7899_ed.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Måns Östman with the automatically watering green house.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/News%20events/DigiLab/IMG_7906_ed.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:480px;height:360px" /><br />Wasamas Mimmi Leakpech guiding visitors at the Energy station.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/News%20events/DigiLab/IMG_7945_ed.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Gunnar Bolmvall demonstrating the sensor controlled bridge opening.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Photos: Madeleine Koncilja, Vetenskapsfestivalen.</div>Tue, 22 May 2018 09:00:00 +0200 Data improves materials analysis<p><b>​By examining the structure of a metal or ceramic material at the atomic level, it is easier to understand and influence the properties of different materials. But what should you look for and where? In a new project, Professor Uta Klement combines analyses of Big Data with her expertise area of material characterization. Instead of looking for a needle in a haystack, the data is analysed to find the deviations which needs to be investigated in detail.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/uta-klement.aspx" target="_blank">Professor Uta Klement</a> leads a research group called <a href="/en/departments/ims/research/mm/ytmikro/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Surface and Microstructure Engineering</a>. She examines the properties of metals and different ceramic materials. These include nano materials, different types of coating, advanced steel or superalloys. By understanding the structure and construction of the materials, it is possible to achieve more sustainable production processes and products. Manufacturers can use less material and also use the material more efficiently and longer.</span><div><br /></div> <div><strong>One example is</strong> new thermal barrier coatings that allow for higher combustion temperatures in gas turbines such as in airplane engines, which would improve efficiency and result in lower emissions.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/IMS/Profilbilder/Uta%20Klement_170x220.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Uta Klement" style="margin:5px" />In a new project, which deals with improving the grindability of recycled steel, Uta Klement collaborates with a group of researchers and combines analyses of big data with material characterization. This is the first time they try this method. She tells us what benefits it brings.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>– Our material analyses are often based on an assumption, not on a theory. However, in industry a lot of data is collected in material processing. By analysing these data we can get hints on what to look for in the microstructure. Our material science knowledge helps to interpret the data, and then we can perform accurate investigations instead of looking for the &quot;needle in the haystack&quot;.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Knowing what you are looking for</strong> is particularly important in research that zooms in on a small piece of material using electron microscopy and other complementary techniques. Taking advantage of data can be a breakthrough and become a generic approach, says Uta Klement.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>– New and improved characterization technology and the ability to interpret the results enable us to increase our knowledge and produce new and better products with better features and better utilization of the resources. Indirectly this is important to all of us.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>FACTS</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Uta Klement is a professor of materials science with a focus on electron microscopy. She is Head of <a href="/en/departments/ims/research/mm/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Division of Materials and Manufacture</a> at Chalmers <a href="/en/departments/ims/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Department of Industrial and Materials Science</a>, and also heads the research group <a href="/en/departments/ims/research/mm/ytmikro/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Surface and Microstructure Engineering</a>. She is also in the board of <a href="" target="_blank">Chalmers Ventures</a>.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about the project &quot;<a href="">Grindability of recycled steel: automotive crankshafts</a>&quot; in Chalmers research database [<em>in Swedish</em>]. The project is led by <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Peter-Krajnik.aspx" target="_blank">P​eter Krajnik</a>, professor of manufacturing technology and also includes <a href="/en/staff/Pages/Philipp-Hoier-.aspx" target="_blank">Philipp Hoier</a> and <a href="/en/staff/Pages/amir-malakizadi.aspx" target="_blank">Amir Malakizadi</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Text and photo: Nina Silow</em></div> <div><br /></div> Fri, 18 May 2018 17:00:00 +0200 positions within WASP AI this spring<p><b>​WASP, Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program, has announced several open positions this spring! Here we sum up the calls with links to more information.</b></p><div>​ </div> <div><span style="text-decoration:underline">Current calls in WASP:</span><br /><br /><div><strong>WASP expedition projects</strong></div> <div>Deadline short proposal: 10th August 2018</div> <div><a href="">More information &gt;<span style="display:inline-block"></span></a> </div> </div> <div><br /><span style="text-decoration:underline">Open positions in WASP AI: </span><br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Wallenberg Distinguished Chairs in AI</strong> are professorships at the highest level. Up to five positions are open for continuous applications. <a href="" target="_blank">More information and contact details &gt;</a> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>WASP Professorships</strong> are positions primarily at the Assistant Professor level. They could also be on the level of Associate Professor or Professor. Each position comes with an attractive start package. </div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">Information about the prioritized areas &gt;</a> </div> <div>Interested candidates should register their interest no later than 31st July, 2018 <br /><a href="" target="_blank">More information and contact details &gt;</a> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Fifteen WASP industrial PhD student</strong> positions <a href="" target="_blank">open for application &gt;</a> <br />Deadline for application is 11th May 2018.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>WASP projects for universities in AI/machine learning</strong>.</div> <div>First round: Deadline 3rd June, 2018</div> <div>Second round: September/October, 2018</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">More information &gt;</a> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>WASP AI 18 PhD Positions in AI-Math</strong> - university PhD positions at seven university sites, with focus on mathematics behind AI. <a href="" target="_blank">More information &gt;</a> Please note: different final dates for applications!</div> <div><br />Chalmers has 6 of the total 18 positions - <a href="/sv/institutioner/math/nyheter/Sidor/Doktorander-till-matematik-for-artificiell-intelligens.aspx">announcement here &gt;</a> </div> <div>Deadline 13th May 2018.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Upcoming calls</h3> <div><strong>WASP Guest Research Program</strong> offers the opportunity to invite guest researchers to Sweden. The first announcement for Guest Researcher will be in June. <a href="" target="_blank">More information &gt; </a></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Five WASP Professorships</strong> within basic mathematics for AI will open during 2018.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">About WASP</h3> <div>Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is Sweden’s largest ever individual research program, a major national initiative for basic research, education and faculty recruitment. The total budget for the program is more than 3.5 billion SEK, and major goals are more than 50 new professors and more than 300 new PhDs within AI, Autonomous Systems and Software.</div> <div> </div> <div>The ambition is to advance Sweden into an internationally recognized and leading position in these areas, and WASP is now taking a step by launching a first broad investment in Artificial Intelligence. The offering includes several different positions to build and strengthen AI in Sweden.</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank"></a></div>Mon, 07 May 2018 20:00:00 +0200 our IT programmes and attracting more women to IT education<p><b>​To meet the high demand for IT skills, Chalmers will increase the number of seats to the computer/software engineering programmes in the autumn of 2018. At the same time, Chalmers introduce new activities to promote more female applicants to the IT programmes.</b></p>​ <br /><span>Also in June, decisions will be taken to launch two new master programs with the preliminary names Data Science and High Performance Computer Systems.<span style="display:inline-block"> </span></span><br /><br />Jörgen Blennow is Dean of education for the educational area EDIT-I (<span><span>electrical engineering, computer science and engineering, software engineering, and, industrial engineering and management<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span>). He is highly involved in introducing new activities for targeted recruitment of women to Chalmers IT programmes.<br /><br />“Different perspectives are important in the development of IT. The digitalisation will permeate throughout society in the future, that's something that concerns all of us. Ultimately, I see this as a questions of democracy. Tools to be used by everyone in society should also be developed by all&quot;, says Jörgen Blennow.<br /><br />He was recently interviewed by Computer Sweden, where he pointed out that not only students from the IT programmes are demanded by companies.<br /><br />&quot;Those who start with, for example, technical mathematics can choose to do their master in data / IT, and the same for students who come from physics. So we are not only focusing on the IT programmes, there are  other students that are well prepared to contribute to digitalisation&quot;, he told Computer Sweden.<br /><br /><span>Read the article in Computer Sweden<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> (in Swedish) &gt;&gt;<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Sverige skriker efter it-kompetens – så varför utbildar vi inte fler?</a><br /> <br />Mon, 07 May 2018 06:00:00 +0200 Kläppevik and Johan Bremer awarded for best master&#39;s theses<p><b>​Ida Kläppevik and Johan Bremer have been awarded with the Microwave Road Scholarship for best master&#39;s thesis 2017, in the area of antenna and microwave engineering.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">Ida Kläppevik gets the award of 10 000 SEK and a diploma for her thesis “Analysis, construction and evaluation of radial power divider/combiner”. Johan Bremer is awarded for his thesis “Compensation of thermal effects by dynamic bias in low noise amplifiers”. The winners got their scholarships at the Microwave Road seminar on Space and Satellite on 25 April, handed over to them by Johan Carlert, chairman of Microwave Road.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Microwave Road is a national cluster focusing on international technology and market development uniting industry, universities, research institutes and regional and national public authorities.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><div>Read Ida Kläppevik's thesis &gt;&gt;&gt;</div> <div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read Johan Bremer's thesis &gt;&gt;&gt;</div> <div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about the scholarship &gt;&gt;&gt;</div> <div></div></div>Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:00:00 +0200 for BIG DATA research projects<p><b>​Call for seed-project proposals (budget not exceeding 300 kSEK) that address BIG DATA related research.</b></p>​ <br />Data driven research is becoming increasingly important for many research activities at Chalmers. To extract valuable patterns from big data and meet the related challenges, Chalmers and the ICT Area of Advance have created a group of data science research engineers with the purpose of contributing expertise for a few BIG DATA projects, i.e., projects with a strong emphasis on methods of data analysis that are needed in research projects.<br /><br />We are prioritizing applied research involving new collaborations between researchers from different research communities, for example across different Areas of Advance, to support research groups in need of extracting and analysing large sources of data using machine learning. The group has previously participated to several successful research projects ranging across different fields of Chalmers.<br /><br />The Area of Advance ICT has four research profiles that summarize some of the challenges and opportunities of the modern society in which ICT can contribute. One of them is Big Data (e.g. data collection and storage, data visualization, and data analytics through machine learning and high-dimensional statistics). This call is a part of the BIGDATA@Chalmers initiative.<br /><br />The BIGDATA@Chalmers data science research engineers are available for consultations on the proposals during the weeks leading up to the submission deadline. They can be contacted through the mailing list <a href=""></a>. It is recommended to involve them in the formulation of the proposal.<br /><br /><strong>Requirements:</strong><br />• The data science research engineers will provide collaboration and support in new, or existing projects, in an area of big data, such as machine learning/data analytics, data storage, and data visualization.<br />  <br />• The level of involvement should be not less than 30% of full time equivalent, and not larger than 50% full time equivalent during a period of 6 months.<br /><br />• The projects should start in the period between 1st of September and 1st of October 2018. The exact date and extent can be discussed.<br /><br />• The budget should not exceed 300 kSEK including indirect costs (OH). It can cover personnel costs, for example hiring masters students, or involvement of domain related researchers and engineers.<br /><br />• The proposal for the support and collaboration should have a clear relation to Big Data and research. The proposal should be focused on utilization of data in different application areas in relation to Chalmers research activities.<br /><br /><strong>The proposal form:</strong><br />The application should be maximum 3 pages long, font 11pt Times–roman. A one-page CV of the main applicant and main project participants should be added. Maximum four projects participants should include their CVs.<br /><br />The proposal should include:<br />a) The project title and the project abbreviation<br />b) The main applicants - name and e-mail and department<br />c) The preferred starting date and ending date for the project<br />d) A short overview of the project, with its research challenges and objectives and its relation to big data<br />e) A description of the type, size and availability of the data to be used in the projects including current availability and any restriction of use from intellectual property restrictions or other embargos.<br />f) A concrete description of the support requested from the data science research engineers.<br />g) The required expertise from BIGDATA@Chalmers (what type of expertise, and the expected involvement). Note: interaction with the team during the writing of the proposal is recommended, please see above.<br />h) The expected outcome and its potential for further research/activities.<br />i) The project overall budget and time-line.<br />j) The planned effort for the data science research engineers<br />k) The plan for dissemination including scientific publications<br /><br /><strong>Important dates:</strong><br />Submission: <span style="text-decoration:line-through">20 May, 2018</span> <strong>Prolonged to 30th May, 2018</strong><br />Notification: 20 June, 2018<br />Expected project start: Between 1 September - 1 October 2018 (can be negotiated)<br /><br /><strong>Evaluation Criteria:</strong><br />• How innovative is the project?<br />• How central is the use of big data methods in the project?<br />• How high is the potential impact of the project for its research field?<br /><br /><strong>Submission:</strong><br />The application should be submitted as one PDF document to<br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /><br />The proposals will be evaluated by the AoA ICT management group and decided by the AoA ICT Director and the unit manager of the data science research engineers.<br /><br />General Questions can be addressed to Ivica Crnkovic, <a href=""></a> and Vilhelm Verendel  <a href=""></a>. General information on the research within the Area of Advance ICT can be found <a href=""></a>.<br /><br />The data science research engineers and the project management team can be reached at <a href=""></a>Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0200 of Digitalisation: Speed, Services and Software<p><b>​A new Software Center initiative gathered senior leaders from member companies to discuss implications of digitalisation, and in particular how business models are affected by digitalisation.</b></p>​ <br />“Digitalisation not just affects products and services. It requires a fundamental reinvention of the organisation. We are moving towards a new business operating system focused on speed, data, ecosystems and empowerment”, says Software Center Director Jan Bosch. <br /><br />Participants of the workshop presented their companies ́ approach to addressing the digitalisation challenge and shared best practice. The workshop took place in Gothenburg and was hosted by Jeppesen. During the workshop some participants were interviewed and the short video above summarises the event.<br /><br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a>Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:00:00 +0100 Digitalisation seminar on video<p><b>​Take part of the latest in security, privacy and machine intelligence research. The presentations are available on video.</b></p>​<span><br /><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/events/Digitalisation2018/Pages/default.aspx">The videos are available from this page &gt;</a><br /><br /><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><br /><br />More than 300 participants have already registered for Chalmers initiative seminar on Digitalisation. Those who are unable to attend can watch the presentations through the live stream.<br /><br />The Initiative Seminar is a follow-up of last year's event, this time with a more in-depth programme. The first half day is devoted to security and privacy issues. The program includes speakers from both Chalmers and other universities, and presentations include the challenge of being anonymous on the Internet, securing the web of things, and the questions of trust in cloud services. The half-day ends with a panel discussion about AI and its risks.<br /><br />After lunch, an equally extensive program of machine intelligence starts, bringing together experts in various disciplines, as well as industry – Ericsson and Google Deepmind. The speakers present research findings in areas such as urban structure, telecom, computer vision and language. Devdatt Dubhashi from Chalmers rounds off the program with a presentation about AI and future.<br /><br /><br /><br />Follow hashtag: #digichalmers<br /><br /><strong>Hackathon: Machine learning hack for sustainability</strong><br /><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/events/Digitalisation2018/PublishingImages/AIY-voice-kit_400px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:158px" />In parallel with the Initiative Seminar in Chalmers Kårhus, we will hold a hackathon in cooperation with IT-gymnasiet. About 30 high school students will develop and present their ideas during the seminar. The name of our hackathon is &quot;Machine Learning Hack for Sustainability&quot;. With ready to use machine learning libraries, and a <a href="" target="_blank">Google AIY voice kit</a>, the students are commissioned to propose an application that would promote sustainable development. The winning team presents their idea on stage in Runan at the end of the day.<br /><br /><br />Contact: Malin Ulfvarson, Communications Officer, Chalmers Area of Advance ICT, <a href=""></a>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +0100