In the first half or 2018, an online survey was performed to assess potential interest of all Chalmers faculty members to contribute to the new area of advance. Over 200 Chalmers faculty members, from 12 different departments, gave a positive response. More than 100 key Chalmers faculty members, named by their respective heads of departments, were invited to in-depth interviews to discuss possible focus areas and challenges to be addressed by the new area of advance. Based on the online survey and the in-depth interviews, as well as strategic input from our key external partners, six "challenge cluster" areas were selected.
In the second half of 2018, we will be working on developing the final profiles of the new Area of Advance. This will be a community-building process, driven by teams of cluster leaders (Chalmers faculty members appointed to lead the process).
Digitalization, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: Rebecka Jörnsten MV and Robert Feldt CSE
Infections, Antibiotics and Drug Delivery: Marie Strid ACE and Fredrik Westerlund BIO
Sensors and Diagnostics: Mikael Persson E2, Hana Dobsicek Trefna E2 and Fredrik Höök BIO
Clinical procedures, Surgery and Implants: Torbjörn Lundh MV and Julie Gold F
Prevention, Lifestyle and Ergonomics: Cecilia Berlin IMS and Rikard Landberg BIO
Healthcare Management: Andreas Hellström TME and Marie Strid ACE
• In late October and November, workshops will be held, addressing challenges within each respective cluster to discuss in more detail. The aim is to define profile areas within the new Area of Advance. Here, depending on scientific interest, researchers are welcome to participate in one or multiple clusters. If you have not received an invitation within your area of interest, please contact the associated profile leader directly.
• In parallel with the internal process, we will also gather external input on the value of the proposed clusters/profiles as perceived by the key external stakeholders and partners.
• Finally, all input will be gathered in December 2018, and a decision will be taken on the final profiles of the new Area of Advance, which is expected to be operational from January 2019.