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Thematic collaboration

The thematic collaborations started in 2021 to create synergies and, at the same time, become a gathered force in several essential areas. In the theme initiatives, researchers in interdisciplinary groups collaborate towards a common goal linked to each theme. 

The researchers come from different disciplines and have deep knowledge in various subjects. A collaboration theme can be gathered within a profile* or span several profiles depending on the target image and driving forces. As a result, we expect to strengthen Chalmers' excellence in research and education, provide the conditions to establish innovative and challenge-driven research and provide better opportunities for collaboration with business and society, nationally and internationally.​

* Profiles: Scalable and robust manufacturing processes, Digital product and process development, Digitalized production systems and Production in a circular economy​

  • AdditiveManufacturing@Chalmers
  • DataDrivenProduction@Chalmers
  • MedTechAutomation@Chalmers
  • CircularProduction@Chalmers
  • IndustrialResilience@Chalmers
  • ProductionforSpace@Chalmers​


Description of the theme projects


Industrial resilience is the way to make industrial systems sustainable and robust against risks, disruptions, and disturbances. This emerging research hotspot engages all four profiles of the Production AoA. Currently, two PhD students, Arpita Chari and Gabriella Gatenholm, together with Professor Árni Halldórsson (TME) and Professor Johan Stahre (IMS), are publishing in the area and building a research base to fund further research. 

Theme leaders: Johan Stahre & Árni Halldórsson


Automation and production within the MedTech area are of increasing interest, and the number of different applications is constantly growing. Therefore, the focus is on finding challenging and interesting areas where several of our research fields coincide with developing and creating flexible, efficient and individualized solutions. 

Theme leader: Petter Falkman


The theme focuses on using AI-based decision-making in development, planning, management and maintenance in production. The aim is to achieve higher predictive and prescriptive decision support levels, enabling increased sustainability and competitiveness. The theme is partly linked to the Tracks course "Data-driven product realization" to ensure upscaling of research initiatives with multidisciplinary student teams.

Theme leader: Anders Skoogh


The theme focuses on sustainable development, enhancing the circularity of products and materials and responding to excessive use of non-renewable materials and the loss of valuable materials in the industrial system. We build on a unique combination of research and teaching expertise at Chalmers that works with various system levels of circular production, ranging from policy and value chains through production systems and -processes to materials and people.

Theme leaders: Árni Halldórsson


The theme focuses on options within additive manufacturing connected to generic solutions that can be applied for different material groups (polymers, metal, ceramics, biomaterials, etc.) where novel functional properties are of interest. A typical scope is precision in all kinds of dimensions: precision for fine-scale geometry; precision in terms of controlled formulation of blends/mixtures: precision for multifunctionality, etc.
Theme leaders:  Lars Nyborg and Anette Larsson


The theme focuses on understanding in what ways production can support a more reliable and sustainable use of space as a resource for the humankind (e.g., knowledge regarding the planet earth and the universe), where a more sustainable development of novel technologies and solutions is required. This theme covers both production for space (produced on earth) to more futuristic scenarios of production in space.
A particular scope is flexibility in space: flexibility of use (multifunctionality), the flexibility of changing technology, flexibility in reusing space technologies and materials at the end of life (circular economy).  ​

Theme leaders: Elvire De Beck ​and Massimo Panarotto

Page manager Published: Wed 15 Dec 2021.