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Research challenges within ICT

Chalmers vision is a sustainable future. That vision permeates everything we do, from education, research to the societal challenges we strive to solve.

One of the most important drivers of the ICT Area of Advance is the centres we host. They are some of the most vital ICT-related national and international groups and centres, supported by prestigious national and international external funding.​

The excellence within ICT AoA is manifested through a critical mass of researchers, a long history (in most cases spanning over decades) of achievements in science, the number of prestigious external grants acquired by our researchers, and the many generations of examined PhDs, as well as the numerous success stories in technology transfer.


Our most critical challenges:

Automated Society

Autonomous systems incorporate disruptive technology that will fundamentally change society and industry. Software, models, and algorithms are currently a large and rapidly increasing part of almost all engineering systems, including autonomous systems. As a result, there is a strong need to manage this complexity to ensure functionality and reduce development costs.

Examples: Applications include collaborating vehicles, robots, and complex software-intensive systems with the intelligence to achieve autonomy in interactions with humans.

Centres, programmes and departments involved: Software CenterChalmers AI Research Centre, the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP​), Departments of Computer Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering

Connected World

We live in an increasingly connected world, connecting a growing number of people and devices and machines and sensors. Through communication technologies, many new innovative applications are created and add value in diverse areas such as manufacturing, energy, medicine, and transportation.  

 The current development puts ever higher demands on capacity, coverage, efficiency, reliability, and user experience. Future development of the connected world depends on interdisciplinary innovations in hardware, signal processing, and graphical user interfaces.  

Examples:  Advanced communication and sensors, including new algorithms, hardware, software, and systems.

Chalmers researchers are answering key questions such as:

  • How can we develop communication technologies that support higher data rates and better coverage?
  • How can we develop more energy-efficient communication technologies?
  • How can we develop novel user interfaces that are not limited by old hardware limitations?
  • How can we design best practice interaction and combine human and machine intelligence?​

Centres and departments involved: FORCEChaseOnGHz CentreDepartments of Computer Science and EngineeringElectrical Engineering, and Microtechnology and Nanoscience

Digital Sustainability

ICT is a key ingredient in a sustainable future and, at the same time, a critical infrastructure that must be protected and preserved if its growth and pervasiveness are to meet our future needs. 

We include applying ICT research to sustainable development with Digital sustainability, such as energy savings through autonomous smart management of energy consumption. It also encompasses creating more efficient transport systems and protecting the computational infrastructures we are increasingly dependent on for all aspects of modern life. 

Chalmers researchers are answering key questions such as:

  • How do we design more energy-efficient computer systems, from gates to software and networks?
  • How do we better understand when ICT hinders sustainable living and design ICT to help people transition to more sustainable lifestyles?
  • How do we protect critical digital infrastructures such as the internet, our smart devices from increasingly motivated cyber-attacks?
  • How do we enjoy the insights that can be obtained from vast amounts of collected data, such as personalized services and healthcare, while protecting the privacy of individuals?​

Centres and departments involved: Digital Twin Cities Centre (DTCC), FORCE, ChaseOn, GHz CentreDepartments of Computer Science and EngineeringElectrical EngineeringMicrotechnology and Nanoscience and, Technology Management and Economics


The rapid evolution of computing resources, fast networks, and availability of enormous data resources is quickly changing how research is performed in many areas. To fully benefit, researchers need to develop or adapt to new research methodologies based on advanced algorithms and high-dimensional statistics and the computational challenges that come with the need to collect, store, and visualize larger amounts of data. The potential of ICT-enhanced research is huge, but it is not coming without challenges.

Within this challenge, we aim to facilitate access to and use of ICT and e-research expertise related to data science within the Chalmers research environment through joint activities and a collaborative pool of data science and application experts.

Centres, infrastructure and departments involved:

Chalmers AI Research Centre and the infrastructure e-CommonsDepartments of Computer Science and EngineeringElectrical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences​​

Page manager Published: Sat 18 Dec 2021.