News: Signaler och systemhttp://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterNews related to Chalmers University of TechnologyFri, 24 Mar 2017 08:06:31 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Launching-GHzCentre-ChaseOn-joint-consortium.aspxhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Launching-GHzCentre-ChaseOn-joint-consortium.aspxLaunching of the largest Swedish research program in microwave and antenna technology so far<p><b>​Two Vinnova competence centres, ChaseOn and GigaHertz Centre, now launch a joint consortium for research in microwave and antenna technology. The host university Chalmers, Vinnova and twenty-two partners together invest almost 300 Million SEK the next coming five years.</b></p>​ <br />GigaHertz Centre and ChaseOn operate in different yet adjacent parts of wireless systems from GHz to several THz. GigaHertz Centre runs hardware-based research on transceivers for 5G, integration of new galliumnitride technology and space components with extreme performance. ChaseOn focuses on antennas and antenna systems aimed for communication, sensor systems and medical diagnostic and treatment. The centres gather scientists, companies and various businesses in telecom, defence, space, medtech and vehicles. Apart from well-known companies such as Ericsson, Saab, RUAG, Elekta and Volvo Cars, nine small-or medium sized enterprises are partners, most of them earlier spin-offs from Chalmers. This is an international program with partners from five different countries.<br /><br />Centre Director GigaHertz Centre, Jan Grahn, Chalmers: <br />“Our research helps Swedish industry to faster get access to new competence and technology leading to higher data rate, sensitivity and energy efficiency for wireless systems”<br /><span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/News%20events/PeterOlanders_250px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Chairman ChaseOn-GHz Centre: Peter Olanders, Ericsson Photo: Alexander Donka" style="margin:5px" /></span><br />Centre Director ChaseOn, Erik Ström, Chalmers: <br />“Together we pave the way to future wireless systems for everything from cancer treatment and safe baby food to self-driving cars, fast mobile networks, and spaceborne antennas.”<br /><br />Chairman of the consortium for ChaseOn and GigaHertz Centre, Peter Olanders, Ericsson: <br />“It is very exciting now when we merge two different centres in a joint consortium. With this we can expect considerable synergy effects needed for Sweden to be better positioned in large, often international, investments in telecom, defence- and space electronics”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>More information</strong><br />Jan Grahn, Professor, Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers, +46 730 34 62 99, <a href="mailto:jan.grahn@chalmers.se">jan.grahn@chalmers.se</a> <br />Erik Ström, Professor, Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers, +46 31 772 51 82, <a href="mailto:erik.strom@chalmers.se">erik.strom@chalmers.se</a> <br />Peter Olanders, Ericsson AB, +46 10 717 05 18, <a href="mailto:peter.olanders@ericsson.com">peter.olanders@ericsson.com</a> <br /><br /><br />More information about the two competence centres:<br />GigaHertz Centre: <a href="/ghz">www.chalmers.se/ghz</a> <br />ChaseOn: <a href="/chaseon">www.chalmers.se/chaseon</a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:00:00 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2/news/Pages/Awarded-for-research-in-prosthetics.aspxhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2/news/Pages/Awarded-for-research-in-prosthetics.aspxAwarded for research in prosthetics<p><b>​The 2017 ISPO Brian &amp; Joyce Blatchford Award goes to a team of researchers from Sahlgrenska and Chalmers for their work to restore quality of life after traumatic events that led to loss of extremity, for example the amputation of an arm.</b></p>​“I am honored to be part of the team receiving this award”, says Dr. Max Ortiz Catalan. “We are a truly multidisciplinary group, glued together by the same aim: develop and clinically implement technologies that restore quality of life. This prize highlights the importance of osseointegration in prosthetics, and recognizes the pioneering work lead by Dr. Rickard Brånemark to bring this technology into the clinical reality that is today in prosthetics.”<br /><br />“Decades of ground-breaking research conducted in Sweden are recognized by this award, from overcoming many hurdles to have these technologies accepted by the medical world, to our latest osseointegrated interface that allow for neural control of prosthetic limbs”, says Dr. Max Ortiz Catalan.<br /><br />The awarded project is called “The search for the perfect substitution for a lost extremity”, and the winning team consists of: <br /><ul><li>Dr. Rickard Brånemark, Sahlgrenska University Hospital Gothenburg / University of California, San Francisco </li> <li>Dr. Max Ortiz Catalan, Chalmers University of Technology </li> <li>Dr. Bo Håkansson, Chalmers University of Technology </li> <li>Dr. Örjan Berlin, Sahlg<span><span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span>renska University Hospital Gothenburg</li></ul> <table class="chalmersTable-default" cellspacing="0" style="font-size:1em;width:100%"><tbody><tr class="chalmersTableHeaderRow-default"><th class="chalmersTableHeaderFirstCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​<span><img src="/sv/institutioner/s2/nyheter/PublishingImages/Belönas%20för%20framgångsrikt%20sökande%20efter%20den%20perfekta%20ersättningen%20för%20en%20förlorad%20extremitet/Rickard_Branemark_166px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></span><span><span><span><img src="/sv/institutioner/s2/nyheter/PublishingImages/Belönas%20för%20framgångsrikt%20sökande%20efter%20den%20perfekta%20ersättningen%20för%20en%20förlorad%20extremitet/Max-Ortiz_240px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span></span><br /></th> <th class="chalmersTableHeaderOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​</th></tr> <tr class="chalmersTableOddRow-default"><th class="chalmersTableFirstCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​<img src="/sv/institutioner/s2/nyheter/PublishingImages/Belönas%20för%20framgångsrikt%20sökande%20efter%20den%20perfekta%20ersättningen%20för%20en%20förlorad%20extremitet/Bo_Håkansson_0008,1B_166px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:166px;height:235px" /><span><span><img src="/sv/institutioner/s2/nyheter/PublishingImages/Belönas%20för%20framgångsrikt%20sökande%20efter%20den%20perfekta%20ersättningen%20för%20en%20förlorad%20extremitet/Orjan_Berlin_166px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span><br /><br /></th> <td class="chalmersTableOddCol-default">​</td></tr></tbody></table> <span><em>T</em><span style="display:inline-block"><em>op row, from left: Rickard Brånemark and M </em></span></span><span><em>ax Ortiz Catalan</em><br /><em>Bottom row, from left: Bo Håkansson, Örjan Berlin</em><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><br /><br />The prestigious award entails a prize money of 15,000 EUR for the winning team. The prize will be presented at the ISPO World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in May 2017. <br /><br />ISPO is the largest and most important international society for prosthetics, orthotics and rehabilitation engineering. The award is established by the Blatchford family in memory of Mr. Brian Blatchford and Mrs. Joyce Blatchford. <br /><a href="http://www.ispoint.org/" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about ISPO, the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics</a><br /><br />The research has taken place in Gothenburg, Sweden at:<br /><ul><li>C.A.R.E. – Center for Advanced Reconstruction of Extremities (before Center for Orthopaedic Osseointegration) at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.<br /><a href="http://www.sahlgrenskaic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Patientinformation-Arm_-engelska-2016.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" /><span>Read more about <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><span>C.A.R.E.</span></a><span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></li></ul> <ul><li>Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory at the Department of Signals and systems, Chalmers University of Technology.<br /><a href="http://www.bnl.chalmers.se/" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about the <span>Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></a></li></ul> For more information, please contact:<br /><span> <a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/max-jair-ortiz-catalan.aspx">Max Ortiz Catalan</a>, Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University of Technology <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><br /><a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/bo-hakansson.aspx">Bo Håkansson</a>, <span><span>Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University of Technology </span></span><br />Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:00:00 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2/news/Pages/New-name-and-new-collaborations-when-Signals-and-Systems-becomes-Electrical-Engineering.aspxhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2/news/Pages/New-name-and-new-collaborations-when-Signals-and-Systems-becomes-Electrical-Engineering.aspxNew name and new collaborations when Signals and Systems becomes Electrical Engineering<p><b>​1 May 2017 the department of Signals and Systems changes names and broadens the range of operations. The new department will consist of four research divisions: Communication and Antenna systems, Systems and Control, Signal processing and Biomedical engineering, and Electric Power Engineering. The new English name of the department is Electrical Engineering (Elektroteknik in Swedish), or simply E2.</b></p>​The new research division Electric Power Engineering is formed by a fusion of the present division of Electric Power Engineering, from the department of Energy and Environment, and the division of High Voltage Engineering, from the department of Materials and Manufacturing Technology.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:18px"><strong>Three questions to Anders Karlström, Head of the department</strong><br /><br /></span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/s2/Nyheter%20och%20kalendarium/AndersKarlstrom_300px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><strong>Why does the department change names from Signals and Systems to Electrical Engineering?</strong><br />– This is an opportunity for us to emphasize that we now open up not only for new cooperation within the new department, but also for collaborations with other departments at Chalmers – and other external partners. The name Electrical Engineering brings clarity to in which field we operate and where our strengths are. This is also in line with how our research area often is named in the academic world, not least internationally.<br /><br /><strong>What does this change mean?</strong><br />– About 50 colleagues will join us when forming the new research division Electric Power Engineering. All in all, E2 will consist of about 200 persons. In total this gives us very good conditions to become a strong team with prominent competence within the field of electrical engineering – no matter if it involves electricity, electrical signals, optical signals or microwaves etc. We bring together knowledge of software and hardware. This widens our scope, which will be of great value in many applications of research. <br /><br /><strong>Which advantages do you think that the new department will bring?</strong><br />– I see many advantages. We can deepen the cooperation that already exists and benefit even more from it, at the same time we open up for new ventures across boundaries. Jointly we can cope with the challenges in society of today, for example the growing demands concerning efficient systems for communications and electrifying. I am convinced that we by interacting via different skills can reach many fruitful forms of collaboration, not least among our doctoral students. In addition, we now are able to communicate more distinctly towards financiers and other external partners. The department of Electrical Engineering is going to play an important role in Chalmers´ comprehensive strategic aim concerning education, research and utilisation. <br />Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:00:00 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2/news/Pages/Microwave-helmet-yields-fast-and-safe-evaluation-of-head-injuries.aspxhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2/news/Pages/Microwave-helmet-yields-fast-and-safe-evaluation-of-head-injuries.aspxMicrowave helmet yields fast and safe evaluation of head injuries<p><b>​Results from a clinical study demonstrates that microwave measurements can be used for a rapid detection of intracranial bleeding in traumatic brain injuries. A recently published scientific paper shows that health care professionals get vital information and can quickly decide on appropriate treatment if patients are examined using a microwave helmet.</b></p>​The study demonstrates a new health care application for microwave measurements. Previously, microwave measurements have been used to distinguish stroke caused by bleeding in the brain from stroke caused by cloth.<br /><br />The new study shows that the technology also applies to patients affected by traumatic brain injury, which is the most common cause of death and disability among young people. This type of injuries are often caused by traffic accidents, assaults or falls. An estimated 10 million people are affected annually by traumatic brain injuries.<br /><br />The study compared 20 patients hospitalized for surgery of chronic subdural hematoma – a serious form of intracranial bleeding – with 20 healthy volunteers. The patients were examined with microwave measurements which were compared to traditional CT scans. The results show that microwave measurements have great potential to detect intracranial bleeding in this group of patients.<br /><br />“The result is very promising even though the study is small and only focused on one type of head injury. The microwave helmet could improve the medical assessment of traumatic head injuries even before the patient arrives at the hospital”, says Johan Ljungqvist specialist in neurosurgery at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital. “The result indicates that the microwave measurements can be useful in ambulances and in other care settings.”<br /><span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/s2/Nyheter%20och%20kalendarium/Strokefinder/MikaelPersson_200px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></span><br />Further studies of acute head injury patients are ongoing and planned in Sweden and abroad.<br /><br />“Microwave technology has the potential to revolutionize medical diagnostics by enabling faster, more flexible and more cost-effective care”, says Mikael Persson, professor of biomedical engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. “In many parts of the world microwave measurements systems can become a complement to CT scans and other imaging systems, which are often missing or have long waiting lists.”<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/s2/Nyheter%20och%20kalendarium/Strokefinder/Mikael_Elam_200px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />“It is challenging to develop a new clinical methodology, from early tests to a device for clinical use in a hyperacute clinical environment where routine care of patients cannot be delayed. It requires a close collaboration between technical and medical professionals which has been supported by MedTech West, a western Sweden based organization for med-tech research &amp; development driven by clinical need”, says Mikael Elam, professor of clinical neurophysiology, Sahlgrenska Academy and University Hospital.<br /><br />The Swedish Research Council programme for clinical research has also been crucial for the project.  <br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>Text:</strong> Yvonne Jonsson<br /><strong>Photo:</strong> Oscar Mattsson, Cecilia Hedström<br /><strong>Illustration:</strong> Boid<br /><br />The article &quot;Clinical Evaluation of a microwave-based device for the detection of traumatic intracranial hemorrhage&quot; was recently published in the Journal of Neurotrauma by  researchers from Chalmers and Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital.<br />The article can be downloaded at <a href="http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/neu.2016.4869" target="_blank">http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/neu.2016.4869</a><br /><br /><strong>Contacts: </strong><br />Mikael Persson, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, +46 31-772 15 76, <a href="mailto:%20mikael.persson@chalmers.se">mikael.persson@chalmers.se</a> <br />Mikael Elam, Professor and Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology at the Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg and the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden +46 31-772 15 76, <a href="mailto:%20mikael.elam@gu.se">mikael.elam@gu.se</a><br /><br /><a href="mailto:%20mikael.elam@gu.se"></a><br /><br /><a href="mailto:%20mikael.elam@gu.se"><table class="chalmersTable-default" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="font-size:1em"><tbody><tr class="chalmersTableHeaderRow-default"><th class="chalmersTableHeaderFirstCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1">​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/s2/Nyheter%20och%20kalendarium/Strokefinder/mikrovagshjalm_350px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:300px" /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/s2/Nyheter%20och%20kalendarium/Strokefinder/mikrovagsteknik_350.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:300px" /><br /><br /><br /></th> <th class="chalmersTableHeaderLastCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1"><br /></th></tr></tbody></table></a><br /><strong>Facts about microwave measurements </strong><br />A microwave helmet is placed on the patient's head and the brain tissue is examined with the aid of microwave radiation. The system consists of three parts: a helmet-like antenna system that is put on the patient's head, a microwave unit and a computer that is used to control the equipment, data acquisition and signal processing. Individual antennas in system transmit, in sequence, a weak microwave signals through the brain, while the other receiving antennas measure the reflected signals. Distinct structures and substances in the brain affect the microwave scattering and reflections in different ways and the received signals provides a complex pattern, as interpreted by using advanced algorithms.<br /><br />Read more about Chalmers research in this field:<a href="/en/departments/s2/research/Signal-processing-and-Biomedical-engineering/Pages/default.aspx"><br /><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Signal processing and medical engineering</a><br /><br /><a href="mailto:%20mikael.elam@gu.se"></a>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 07:00:00 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2/news/Pages/Sustainable-transport-in-focus-during-Canadian-state-visit.aspxhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2/news/Pages/Sustainable-transport-in-focus-during-Canadian-state-visit.aspxSustainable transport in focus during Canadian state visit<p><b>​The Governor General of Canada recently visited Göteborg, as part of a state visit to Sweden. Elna Holmberg from Swedish Electromobility Centre was one of the invited experts at a round table talk about sustainable transport.</b></p>​How can people be encouraged to choose sustainable means of transport? This was one of the key questions when experts from state, region, industry and academia gathered for a round table discussion at Volvo Truck Experience Center with the Governor General of Canada David Johnston, in the presence of King Carl Gustaf and Prince Carl Philip.<br /><br />Elna Holmberg, Director of Swedish Electromobility Centre, was one of the invited experts, along with Mats Viberg, First Vice President of Chalmers University of Technology, Anna Johansson, Minister of Infrastructure and Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO of Volvo Group, among others.<br /><br /><strong>What did you talk about at the round table?</strong><br />“We talked about the importance of collaboration to implement the transition to sustainable transportation. We discussed congestion problems, new forms of ownership and different ways to get a higher utilization of vehicles. There is a lot going on right now, and we can learn from each other.”<br /><br /><strong>Did you bring up any particular issue?</strong><br />“I talked about the academy as a neutral party for producing knowledge. I emphasized the importance of informing society, both of the effects that increased greenhouse gas emission have - especially on health - and of the opportunities and the knowledge that grows and matures in the academic world.”<br /><br />“I also stressed the need to reduce the costs of electric vehicles. This can be done, for example, through collaborative research and demonstration projects. I believe in people’s ability to interact and create innovations that will solve the climate and congestion problems.”<br /><br />The meeting at Volvo Truck Experience Centre was part of the program when the Governor General of Canada David Johnston and his wife Dr Sharon Johnston payed a state visit to Sweden on 20-23 February 2017.<br /><br />Text: Emilia Lundgren<br />Photo: Kungahuset.se<br /><br /><a href="http://hybridfordonscentrum.se/en/"><em>Swedish Electromobility Centre</em></a><em> is a national Centre of Excellence for hybrid and electric vehicle technology and charging infrastructure. The Centre unifies Sweden's competence and serve as a base for interaction between academia, industry and society. Chalmers University of Technology is host of the Centre.</em><br /><em>Partners: AB Volvo, Volvo Car Corporation, Scania CV AB, Autoliv Development AB, Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Lund University, Uppsala University, Linköping University. </em>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chaseon/news/Pages/Two-centres-together-meet-the-entire-need.aspxhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chaseon/news/Pages/Two-centres-together-meet-the-entire-need.aspxTwo centres together meet the entire need<p><b>​Today’s wireless communications systems have practically reached their maximum capacity. The next step, towards a terabit level, requires new technology. At Chalmers, a unique Massive MIMO testing environment is being built, a project in which Ericsson are pleased to be involved.</b></p>​In simple terms, future wireless communication requires two improvements: higher frequency spectrum and new antenna systems. Chalmers has the skills to achieve both – organised through two research centres, Chase and GigaHertz Centre, both funded by Vinnova. Through collaboration in the project MATE, they are jointly developing a test bed for Massive MIMO antenna technology.<br /><br />Björn Johannisson, research manager at Ericsson, is impressed with how the project has succeeded.<br />“It’s not always easy to create collaborative projects of this kind. The researchers need to get along, the partners have to find mutual interests, and the practical parts needs to be addressed. I’m impressed with how it has succeeded, and we see a great value in our collaboration with Chalmers,” he says.<br /><br /><img src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/News/BjornJohannisson-quote_350px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />MIMO, or “multiple input-multiple output”, is a technology that improves transfer capacity by adding a large number of antennas in both transmitters and receivers, making it possible to transmit multiple data streams simultaneously. Future systems may involve hundreds, or even thousands, of antennas.<br />“It means that you transmit several streams of information that mix in the air and must then be separated at the receiving end. We are currently developing technology to handle this effectively, but in the MATE project we also want to enable higher frequencies, which adds to our challenge. This requires collaboration because the signal processing must be adapted to the properties of the hardware.”<br /><br />Chalmers and MATE are at the forefront of the research, Johannisson claims.<br />“There are a number of test beds developed at companies, but this is one of the first being created for high frequencies in an academic environment. Which is important to us since the academic research is more transparent, and we want the technology to become globally acknowledged.”<br /><br />To Ericsson, the technology is interesting for the next generation of mobile systems, 5G. Massive MIMO will, however, have a significantly wider area of use than simply mobile phones – everything from connected cars and production environments in factories to small gadgets with communication features. Within the MATE project, a rough draft of how it will work has been drawn up, but many issues remain to be resolved regarding the precise design of the technology.<br /><br />“The test bed that is soon completed will be an important platform for further work. When Chase continues in ChaseOn, we will collect measurement data in order to test algorithms and to provide insights into how high-performance antenna systems can be designed,” concludes Johannisson.<br /><br />Text: Lars Nicklason<br />Photo: Henrik Sandsjö<br /><br /><br /><img src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/News/MATE_350px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:225px" /><br /><br />More about the MATE project:<br /><a href="/en/projects/Pages/Massive-MIMO-test-bed.aspx">Massive MIMO test bed, project start</a><br /><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/test-bed-for-multi-antenna-systems.aspx">Short interview with Thomas Eriksson at the start of the MATE project</a> (Feb 2015)<br /><br />Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:00:00 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2/news/Pages/Fuel-cells-on-teh-agenda-for-Swedish-Electromobility-Centre.aspxhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2/news/Pages/Fuel-cells-on-teh-agenda-for-Swedish-Electromobility-Centre.aspxFuel cells on the agenda for Swedish Electromobility Centre<p><b>​The interest in fuel cell technology is growing worldwide. Swedish Electromobility Centre and Energiforsk now gets financing to continue their global technology watch of fuel cells. At the same time, fuel cells becomes a thematic research area for the Centre, which thereby broadens its network.</b></p><div class="page-content"> <span class="TextFieldDisplay-ascx"></span> <div><div>The interest in fuel cell technology for vehicle propulsion is growing globally, in the automotive industry as well as for manufacturers of components and systems. That hydrogen and fuel cells can be used for backup power, e.g. for mobile base stations and for providing buildings with heat and electricity is also being more widely recognized.</div> <div> </div> <div>The Swedish Energy Agency now renews the funding of the technology watch of fuel cells for another two and a half years. The technology watch has been carried out by Swedish Electromobility Centre (formerly Swedish Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Center, SHC) and the energy research institute Energiforsk since 2013, and has run for about twenty years in total. In addition to the global watch and analysis, the project will carry out R&amp;D studies and disseminate information on research and development.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Benefit for academia and industry</h3> <div><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/sv/institutioner/s2/nyheter/PublishingImages/Bränsleceller%20på%20agendan%20för%20Swedish%20Electromobility%20Centre/Bertil%20Wahlund_225px.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Bertil Wahlund from Energiforsk coordinates the technology watch part in the project, as in previous years. The mission is to deliver an objective, relevant and realistic picture of research and development in the whole fuel cell field, to the benefit of both industry and research community. Bertil highlights the development of the Swedish companies Powercell and Sandvik as one interesting area to follow, and gives several other examples:</div> <div> </div> <div>“Looking at transport, it will be exciting to see how the automotive industry ventures develop, with Toyota at the forefront, as well as following the demo projects for heavy vehicles and trucks. System integration is another important issue, and technology issues such as cost and lifetime are always interesting.”</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">New participants  - broader network</h3> <div>Swedish Electromobility Centre’s thematic areas bring academia and industry together in specific research fields, through knowledge intensive meetings, seminars and research projects. Fuel cells now becomes a fifth thematic area for the Centre, which thus includes all technologies for energy supply of electric motors. Göran Lindbergh, professor in electrochemistry at KTH Royal Institute of Technology will lead the thematic group.</div> <div> </div> <div>The new theme not only involves the Centre’s partners in academia and industry, but also other organizations that are active in the area of fuel cells. Thus a broader group of participants are welcomed into Swedish Electromobility Centre’s network.</div> <div> </div> <div>“Fuel cells becoming a thematic area means that several new researchers will be connected to Swedish Electromobility Centre”, says director Elna Holmberg. “To broaden the base for collaboration is important for knowledge transfer, and one of our goals”.</div> <div> </div> <div><em>Text: Emilia Lundgren</em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Fuel cells for vehicles</h4> <div>A fuel cell is an energy converter which transforms hydrogen chemical energy into electricity. The waste product is water, and heat is also formed during the process. Fuel cell technology is one of several options for future fossil-free vehicles. Advocates of the technology emphasize that fuel cell vehicles have advantages where battery vehicles have disadvantages, as the range is much longer than for most of today’s battery-powered vehicle and “filling up” a fuel cell vehicle takes about as much time as filling the tank with gasoline.</div> <div> </div> <div><em><a href="http://www.hybridfordonscentrum.se/">Swedish Electromobility Centre</a> is a national Centre of Excellence for hybrid and electric vehicle technology and charging infrastructure. The Centre unifies Sweden's competence and serve as a base for interaction between academia, industry and society. Chalmers University of Technology is host of the Centre.</em></div> <div><em>Partners: AB Volvo, Volvo Car Corporation, Scania CV AB, Autoliv Development AB, Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Lund University, Uppsala University, Linköping University. </em></div> <div> </div></div> </div>Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2/news/Pages/Swedish-Electromobility-Centre-new-name-of-former-SHC.aspxhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2/news/Pages/Swedish-Electromobility-Centre-new-name-of-former-SHC.aspxSHC becomes Swedish Electromobility Centre<p><b>​The new name reflects the Centre&#39;s width and role as a platform for e-mobility in Sweden.</b></p>​<p><span lang="en">As of 1 February 2017, <span></span>Swedish Electromobility Centre is the new name of </span><span><span lang="en">former Swedish Electric &amp; Hybrid Vehicle Centre (SHC) <strong><span style="display:inline-block"></span></strong></span></span><span lang="en"><strong></strong>.</span><span lang="en"><br /></span></p> <p><span lang="en">In recent years, the Center has broadened and shifted focus to include the entire vehicle and related charging infrastructure. At the same time, e-mobility questions have grown in importance for society in general. The name change reflects this development and clarifies the Centre’s role as a hub for research and development of e-mobility in Sweden.<br /></span></p> <p><span lang="en"><br /></span></p> <p><span lang="en"><span><span lang="en"><span></span><a href="http://www.hybridfordonscentrum.se/en/"><span></span>Swedish Electromobility Centre</a><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span> is a national Centre of Excellence for hybrid and electric vehicle technology and charging infrastructure. The Centre unifies Sweden's competence and serve as a base for interaction between academia, industry and society. </span><span><span lang="en"><span></span>Chalmers University of Technology is host of the Centre.<span></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span><span lang="en"><br /></span></p> <p><span lang="en">Partners: AB Volvo, Volvo Car Corporation, Scania CV AB, Autoliv Development AB, Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Lund University, Uppsala University, Linköping University. <span style="display:inline-block"></span><br /></span></p> <p><span lang="en"><br /></span></p> <p><br /></p> <p><img src="/sv/institutioner/s2/nyheter/PublishingImages/SHC%20blir%20Swedish%20Electromobility%20Centre/SEC_Logo_Digital_225px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><span lang="en"></span></p>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chaseon/news/Pages/Designing-the-best-car-antenna.aspxhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chaseon/news/Pages/Designing-the-best-car-antenna.aspxDesigning the best car antenna<p><b>​The global car fleet is rapidly becoming increasingly connected – which puts high demands on stable, robust communication. This will mainly be ensured by the antennas of tomorrow.</b></p>​ <br />If you are at home watching a film and the TV picture suddenly freezes, it’s probably not a disaster. But in the future, if you are driving towards a junction, in which a cloud-based automated driving application optimally guides you and other vehicles through the junction at full speed – well, in that situation communication must always work,” says Mikael Nilsson at Volvo Cars.<br /><br />Of course, it will be a while before this becomes a reality, but other new communication applications are already being developed that demand a very high level of reliability.<br /><br />Volvo’s Road Friction Information is one example. The idea is that cars ahead share information about road conditions to nearby vehicles through the cloud, for example about icy or slippery conditions, which is intended to make the surrounding cars to take precautions in time. In such circumstances, a stable link can mean the difference between life and death. The same applies to E-call, the service for automatic electronic emergency calls from cars to emergency call centres that will become standard in all new cars in Europe by 2018.<br /><br /><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/News/ChaseOn-Volvo-citat2_270px.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" />What happens if a car flips over and the antenna on the roof breaks?<br />“Within Chase we have examined various concepts for how to best position antennas on cars,” says Nilsson.<br /><br />The aim has also been to develop the antennas of tomorrow.<br />“You can build better receivers, switch to better cables between the antenna and the receiver, but that is much more expensive than building better antennas. They will be the most crucial element that affects the performance of the communications system.”<br /><br />Within ChaseOn, Volvo aims at developing an antenna concept that supports new 5G technology. It requires higher frequencies, which in turn demands more of the antenna’s performance and position.<br /><br />“We also plan to develop antennas that are compatible with cars made of materials such as carbon fibre and plastic, which lack a ground plane.”<br /><br />For Volvo Cars, the Chase collaboration has also had what Mikael Nilsson describes as “softer values”.<br />“It is important for us to be part of research hubs, to be visible in these contexts, for instance at conferences around the world at which Chalmers’ researchers participate. It gives us a good reputation and spark enquiries about new projects and collaborations. This exchange between Volvo and universities is perhaps the most important of all.”<br /><br /><img src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/News/Chaseon-Volvo-MikaelNilsson_750px.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>Mikael Nilsson, Technical Expert Wireless Communication at Volvo Cars</em><br /><br /><br />Text: Lars Nicklason<br />Photo: Henrik Sandsjö<br /><br /><br /><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/ChaseOn_Logo_220x120px.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><strong>Antenna systems research centre ChaseOn</strong><br />ChaseOn is a continuation of the very successful Chase centre. The success is mainly due to the Chase’s ability to adapt to new needs and corresponding research challenges and opportunities, while at the same time maintaining a durable vision and long-term strategies.<br /><a href="/chaseon">www.chalmers.se/chaseon</a><br />Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2/news/Pages/New-bone-conduction-hearing-aid-passed-long-term-endurance-test.aspxhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2/news/Pages/New-bone-conduction-hearing-aid-passed-long-term-endurance-test.aspxNew bone conduction hearing aid passed long term endurance test<p><b>​For how long time can an implant function inside the body without losing performance? That is one of many questions researchers want to have answers to when new implants are developed, before they eventually can be approved for general use in healthcare.</b></p>​Patients who are suffering from conductive or mixed hearing loss can gain normal hearing with a new implant that replaces the middle ear. Over 200 000 people worldwide have this type of hearing aids that uses the skull bone to transmit sound vibrations to the inner ear via so-called bone conduction.<br /><br />The Bone Conduction Implant (BCI) is a new type of hearing aid with several improved features developed by <span>researchers at Chalmers´ department of signals and systems, in collaboration with </span><span><span>Senior Physician <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span><span>Måns Eeg-Olofsson and his team at the ENT department, Sahlgrenska University Hospital.</span> The first patient received the BCI implant in December 2012 in Gothenburg, and it is today worn by 16 patients in a clinical study.<br /><br /><strong>Milestone celebrated </strong><br />Recently, a milestone was reached on the way to the goal of launching the BCI to the market in the future. The bone conduction implant has been kept “listening” to radio in an age-acceleration test chamber that accelerates the exposure time with a factor of approximately six times. <br /><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/s2/Nyheter%20och%20kalendarium/Ny%20unik%20benförankrad%20hörapparat%20klarade%20långtidstest/Bo_Håkansson_320px.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />“The performance of the implant has been verified and monitored corresponding to ten years of normal usage time for patients who are using the hearing aid for eight hours on a daily basis”, says Professor Bo Håkansson, originator of the bone conduction hearing aids and a pioneer in the field with 40 years´ research experience.<br /><br />The long term endurance test shows that the life span of the implant is longer than the desired minimum time for implants in the human body, often considered to be ten years.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />“Once a month, for twenty months, we have monitored the implant performance at different frequencies”, says PhD-student Karl-Johan Fredén Jansson, who is responsible for these validations, which also is an important part of his coming doctoral thesis. “We are pleased to note that we during this time haven’t seen any impairment in the implant function.”<br /><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/s2/Nyheter%20och%20kalendarium/Ny%20unik%20benförankrad%20hörapparat%20klarade%20långtidstest/Karl-Johan-Freden-Jansson_320px.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><strong><br />Simulating conditions in the human body</strong><br />The test chamber was constructed about two years ago by the student Helga Jóna Harðardóttir, who started the project during her master thesis project at Chalmers.<br /><br />To simulate the real conditions in the human body, the temperature in the test chamber is kept at 37 degrees Celsius. The Swedish national radio P1 has proved to be the best radio channel to use in the test, since the broadcasts resemble a good mix of the sounds you are exposed to during an ordinary day at work, comprising both spoken words and other sounds.<br /><br />The researchers can whenever they want connect and listen how the sound would be perceived inside of the head of the patient using the implant, through a so called skull simulator.<br /><br /><strong>Valuable meetings with patients </strong><br />Evaluations are also done concerning how the patients in the study experience the life with their new hearing aid and they regularly come to Chalmers to do follow-up visits and hearing tests.<br /><br />”So far we have received good responses from the participants and haven’t had any serious complications”, says Professor Bo Håkansson. “To meet grateful patients, who feels a higher quality of life, gives us a very strong motivation to carry on with our work.”<br /><br /><strong>Heading for long term goal</strong><br />In the meantime the implant continues to “listen” to radio in the test chamber. The aim is to collect more data, which gives information about how the implant reacts if the hearing aid is used for more years and over eight hours on a daily basis.<br /><br />The long term goal is to get CE-mark in the EU and approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, FDA. Important information to qualify for these requirements, concerns for example safety issues towards the patient, technical function and hearing rehabilitation. These are essential steps on the way of launching the BCI as a new hearing aid for general use in healthcare, and to offer improved hearing rehabilitation for more people.<br /><br />Text: Yvonne Jonsson<br />Photo: Oscar Mattsson<br /><br /><br /><strong>This is how the Bone Conduction Implant (BCI) works</strong><br /><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/s2/Nyheter%20och%20kalendarium/Ny%20unik%20benförankrad%20hörapparat%20klarade%20långtidstest/BCI-implantat+processor_i_hand_320px.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The implant is slightly less than six centimeters long. By a surgical procedure, it is implanted in the skull bone under the skin at a position behind the ear. Sound is transmitted wirelessly from an externally worn sound processor to the implant by an induction link, comprising one transmitter coil in the sound processor and one receiver coil in the implant. The patient can easily attach or remove the sound processor from the head as it is magnetically attached over the implant. <br /><br />The audio signal is transmitted to a tiny quadratic loudspeaker anchored to the bone near the auditory canal. The speaker generates sound vibrations which reaches the sensory organs of the cochlea, and is further by the brain interpreted as sound.<br /><br /><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/s2/Nyheter%20och%20kalendarium/Ny%20unik%20benförankrad%20hörapparat%20klarade%20långtidstest/BCI_320px.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" />In comparison with the convention Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA), the wireless link keeps the skin intact because there is no titanium screw needed through the skin.  <br /><br />Thanks to a new type of transducer technique, the BCI transducer can be made small, but as powerful as a BAHA, and at the same time avoid complications related to a titanium screw through the skin.<br /><br />Illustration: Boid/Chalmers<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><a href="/en/departments/s2/research/Signal-processing-and-Biomedical-engineering/Pages/Biomedical-signals-and-systems.aspx">&gt; Read more about research in biomedical signals and system</a><br /><br />Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/WASP-Industrial-PhD-student-positions.aspxhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/WASP-Industrial-PhD-student-positions.aspxSecond call for WASP Industrial PhD students<p><b>Wallenberg Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is now offering up to 17 industrial doctoral student positions at the five partner universities. Application deadline is 31 March 2017.</b></p>​ <br />Wallenberg Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is Sweden’s largest individual research program ever, and provides a platform for academic research and education, fostering interaction with Sweden’s leading technology companies. The program addresses research on autonomous systems acting in collaboration with humans, adapting to their environment through sensors, information and knowledge, and forming intelligent systems-of-systems. WASP’s key value is research excellence in autonomous systems and software for the benefit of Swedish industry.<br /><br />The graduate school within WASP is dedicated to provide the skills needed to analyze, develop, and contribute to the interdisciplinary area of autonomous systems and software. Through an ambitious program with research visits, partner universities, and visiting lecturers, the graduate school actively supports forming a strong multi-disciplinary and international professional network between PhD-students, researchers and industry.<br /><br />The graduate school provides added value on top of the existing PhD programs at the partner universities, providing unique opportunities for students who are dedicated to achieving international research excellence with industrial relevance. Further <a target="_blank" href="http://wasp-sweden.org/graduate-school/">information about WASP Graduate School can be found here</a>. <br /><br /><strong>Open positions</strong><br />We are now (2017 January 24) offering up to 17 industrial doctoral student positions at the five partner universities Chalmers, KTH, Linköping university, Lund University and Umeå University. Contact persons for respective university can be found at <a href="http://www.wasp-sweden.se/contact/">WASP-Sweden.se/contact</a>. <br /><br />Contact at Chalmers: David Sands, Phone: +46 31 772 1059, E-mail: <a href="mailto:dave@chalmers.se">dave@chalmers.se</a><br /><br /><br /><strong>Guidelines for WASP Industrial doctoral student positions</strong><br />There are a set of guidelines for WASP Industrial PhD students that are important to consider during the application process. <a target="_blank" href="http://wasp-sweden.org/custom/uploads/2017/01/Riktlinjer-industridoktorander-inom-WASP.pdf">The guidelines (in Swedish) can be found here.</a> <br /><br /><strong>Application process</strong><br />The application should be written in a dedicated application form and submitted jointly by the industry and university. <a target="_blank" href="http://wasp-sweden.org/custom/uploads/2017/01/WASP-formul%c3%a4r-industridoktorander-2017.pdf">The form is available </a><span>here.</span>The form together with requested CVs and a course transcript for the industrial doctoral student, as stated in the form, should be sent to <a href="mailto:position@WASP-Sweden.se">position@WASP-Sweden.se</a> <strong>no later than 2017-03-31.</strong><br /><br />Timetable<br />2017-03-31   Application deadline<br />2017-06-08  Decision<br />2017-08-01  Earliest startWed, 25 Jan 2017 10:00:00 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chaseon/news/Pages/ChaseOn-offer-unique-collaboration.aspxhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chaseon/news/Pages/ChaseOn-offer-unique-collaboration.aspxChaseOn offers unique collaboration<p><b>​Imagine a collaboration in which two organisations move between each other’s activities over a period of 10 years. It creates trust, and a sense of belonging. Mikael Coldrey, Giuseppe Durisi and Jingya Li all agree: what ChaseOn offers is unique.</b></p><p> </p> <p>It’s of course extremely important for your motivation to receive confirmation from a company that the research you are conducting is interesting and relevant. That is something I didn’t have back in the days when I was a PhD student at Chalmers. You wholeheartedly devoted thousands of hours to something you weren’t sure was useful,” says Coldrey.<br /><br /><img src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/News/MikaelColdrey_200px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />He is a master researcher at Ericsson, and through Chase he has worked with several Chalmers researchers right from the start 10 years ago. One of them is Giuseppe Durisi, Associate Professor in Information Theory. They have worked together for three years in the Chase project called Multi-Antenna Technologies for Wireless Access and Backhaul (MATWAB), of which Durisi is the project leader. <br /><br />In this project, they are researching two of the most talked-about technologies for wireless communication: heterogeneous networks, which are designed to provide better coverage at high data speeds while also being more energy efficient than today’s mobile networks, and MIMO (multiple input-multiple output), which is designed to improve transfer speed in radio links by connecting several antennas together. <br /><br />Chase has involved several doctoral students within the framework of the project. One of them is Jingya Li, who defended her doctoral thesis in 2015 and is now employed at Ericsson.<br /><br />On a Thursday in October, Li is sitting around a table with Coldrey and Durisi in Ericsson’s premises at Lindholmen to talk about the Chase collaboration. And she is quick to agree with what Coldrey says.<br /><br /><img src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/News/JingyaLi_200px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Jingya Li" style="margin:5px" />“I find it more inspiring to work on problems that other people are also interested in. And the feedback I received from Ericsson during my doctoral student days was incredibly valuable,” she says.<br /><br />“Within research you constantly come across situations in which you have to choose a path. That’s why it’s valuable to get guidance so that you can feel secure in your choices,” adds Coldrey, and continues:<br /><br />“And for Ericsson it’s important to gain ideas from young, sharp brains that see things in new ways,” he explains. “The ideas are not always immediately usable for us, but through collaboration they may be realised in future products.”<br /><br />Mikael Coldrey is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Chalmers and is currently supervising three doctoral students in Chase. Similarly, Giuseppe Durisi has an office at Ericsson.<br /><br />“We meet at least once a week,” says Coldrey. “Either at Chalmers or at Ericsson. It’s an advantage that Giuseppe can also sit with us; it means that he doesn’t just meet me, but also my colleagues who work within the same field.”<br /><br />“Yes, that’s an important aspect,” says Durisi. “The fact that we have access to each other’s workplaces makes our collaboration much broader than initially intended. There’s a lot going on in close connection to the project that is interesting to us in Chase.”<br /><br />The coffee breaks are important – all three agree on that.<br />“It’s important to meet, talk to people and get to know them. In that way, Chase has opened doors,” explains Durisi.<br /><br /><br />After 10 years with Chase, it is evident that the concept of a research centre fosters successful collaboration, by mutual agreements on confidentiality, IPR and clear frameworks. But how close is the collaboration? Has the “mine-yours” perspective disappeared?<br /><br />“I am involved in many different collaborative projects, but when it comes to Chase I definitely feel that we’re in the same boat,” says Coldrey.<br /><br /><img src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/News/GiuseppeDurisi_200px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Giuseppe Durisi" style="margin:5px" />“There is obviously a difference between what Chalmers and Ericsson want to gain from the projects, but the differences are precisely what make us good together. We complement each other,” says Durisi.<br /><br />Is friendship important when people work together?<br />“It’s a strong word, but trust is important. And it takes time to build up.”<br /><br />“That’s what makes Chase unique,” says Coldrey. “In other projects you meet for a few hours three, four times a year, and then you go home and do your own work. Here, we meet continually and know who’s doing what and who to turn to with a specific question. It spreads ripples on the water and naturally paves the way for new collaborations.”<br /><br />In ChaseOn, the MANTUA project will focus on the challenges associated with antenna systems that are compatible with 5G and high frequencies. Although without Jingya Li. However, she will not be far away, as she will participate in another ChaseOn project, which is focused on vehicular communication.<br /><br />“I’m continuing to work together with people at Chalmers who I have known well since my doctoral student days. Which makes it so much easier; I know their way of thinking and how they work,” concludes Li.<br /><br /><br />Text: Lars Nicklason<br />Photo: Henrik Sandsjö<br /><br /></p>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Many-examples-of-utilisation-during-Centre-Day.aspxhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Many-examples-of-utilisation-during-Centre-Day.aspxMany examples of utilisation during Centre Day<p><b>​About 150 participants from the academic and business worlds got together to celebrate Chalmers Chase excellence centre and GigaHertz Centre in the Palmstedt Hall on 30 November. And there’s more to come – the two centres will work even more closely in the future.</b></p><div>Centre Day featured a wealth of interesting speakers, who presented many examples of fruitful collaborations between the business community and Chalmers over the past decade. It was a day for celebrating the past and looking to the future, with many personal reflections on the benefits of collaboration.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330a.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">A glimpse of history</h5> <div>Jan Grahn (above, to the left), professor of microwave technology at MC2 and head of the GigaHertz Centre, and Staffan Sjödin (above, to the right), head of Chase, summarised the histories of the two centres.</div> <div>“We’ve been fortunate enough to work in a variety of excellence centres in 20 years at Chalmers,” Grahn said. “This has truly been a joint venture, in which we’ve invested in and carried out research together. We’re grateful to Vinnova for making this all possible.”</div> <div>Grahn also commented on an editorial in Dagens Nyheter on 29 November about the Swedish government’s research proposal, which emphasises collaboration and utilisation. In the article, three researchers in business economics and sociology write that “collaboration is no guarantee for knowledge development or innovative ability.”</div> <div>“Today we’re going to see many examples to the contrary,” Grahn announced.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Praised Per-Simon Kildal</h5> <div>Staffan Sjödin summarised ten years with Chase, declaring that the excellence centre has generated 24 projects and preliminary studies, 693 conference papers, 280 journal articles and 22 doctoral theses so far.</div> <div>“Chase has had an intense impact on R&amp;D at companies,” Sjödin said.</div> <div>He also praised the late Chalmers professor Per-Simon Kildal, who was a key person at Chase. Kildal passed away unexpectedly last spring, and his name came up several times during the course of the day. It was clear how much he meant to the institution.</div> <div>Sjödin also wished the centre good luck with ChaseOn, the continuation of the Chase Centre for the next five years.</div> <div>“But it’s not too early to think about what will happen after 2021,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll be self-sufficient by then in one way or another.”</div> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330c.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Eyes to the future </h5></div> <div>Next it was time for Erik Ström (above), professor of communications systems at the Department for Signals and Systems – S2 – to take the stage. He is the head of ChaseOn.</div> <div>“ChaseOn is the future and continuation of Chase. Both ChaseOn and the GigaHertz Centre applied for support from Vinnova. And both got it,” Ström announced, not without some pride.</div> <div>He and Grahn turned their eyes to the future, commenting that their two centres together collaborate with a total of 23 companies. Both the GigaHertz Centre and ChaseOn also work closely with the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (which will merge in 2017 with Swedish ICT and Innventia under the name RISE). ChaseOn is also partnered with the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the Västra Götaland region.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Establishing tighter bonds</h5> <div>The GigaHertz Centre and ChaseOn are now establishing even tighter bonds for the coming five-year period. They will remain separate centres, but will make up a consortium with a common steering committee and a joint international advisory council.</div> <div>“This creates many advantages in terms of technology and research,” Grahn says. “We have a golden opportunity here that will create endless possibilities for the future. It’s truly humbling to bring together such a vast array of skills.”</div> <div>Ström and Grahn saw many advantages to the centres working more closely together. The collective skills of the 23 partner companies create completely new opportunities for collaboration in new projects and teams. More results will become available to everyone, the strategic impact will be greater and the centres will become even more attractive to new partners. All this will enhance synergies within Chalmers in terms of coordination and outreach.</div> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330d.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Personal and humorous </h5></div> <div>Rik Jos (above) from the company Ampleon was an adjunct professor of microelectronics at MC2 for 12 years, until 2016. He gave a personal, sometimes humorous story about his collaboration with the GigaHertz Centre and Chalmers over the past decade.</div> <div>“When I was asked to speak here today, I was struck by two things: 1. It was an honour to be asked. 2. Looking back, I realise that I’ve also aged!” he joked.</div> <div>Jos listed several good reasons why he chose to work with Chalmers in the framework of the GigaHertz Centre:</div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li>An enthusiastic and highly skilled team</li> <li>Complete coverage of the chain – from semiconductor processes to linearisation</li> <li>Project teams reach critical mass</li> <li>Research fields are jointly decided by all partners</li></ul></div> <div>He also had several recommendations for the future, and felt that the international advisors have an important role: </div> <div>“They provide calibration with centres in other countries and a connection that shows us what direction to grow in.”<br /><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Chase is a strength </h5> <div>Christian Fager, associate professor in the microwave electronics division at MC2, talked about his experimentation with the MOOC concept (online courses). He ended with the observation: </div> <div>“We’ve got very interesting times ahead.”</div> <div>Mats Andersson was the CEO of Bluetest in 2006–2011. Bluetest was founded by Per-Simon Kildal and currently employs 35 people.</div> <div>“Chase has been a strength for us,” he said, “and a key element of our ability to move from research into industry.”</div> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330l.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Fruitful collaboration </h5></div> <div>Lars-Inge Sjökvist (above), CEO of Gapwaves, brought down the house when he announced that the company was listed on the Nasdaq exchange on 18 November.</div> <div>“We’ve had a fruitful collaboration with Chase over the years,” he commented.</div> <div>Gapwaves also demonstrated a gap antenna in the special exhibition of applications that MC2’s industrial relations coordinator Cristina Andersson set up for Centre Day.</div> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330f.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">International expertise </h5></div> <div>Each of the centres has had its own international advisory council. The plan was that each of those councils would have a representative on site, but due to an airline strike, the GigaHertz Centre’s expert, Fadhel Ghannouchi from the University of Calgary in Canada, couldn’t make it to Gothenburg. Christoph Mecklenbräuker from the University of Vienna in Austria had better luck and was able to provide us his thoughts on Chase.</div> <div>Erik Ström asked him to reply honestly to the question of whether he thought it was a good idea to establish closer bonds between the two centres. “Yes,” Mecklenbräuker said – after asking jokingly if he could phone a friend as in the popular television game show.</div> <div>But a key requirement for success, Mecklenbräuker pointed out, is that the researchers learn to speak and understand each other’s languages. </div> <div>“Chase had examples of extremely interdisciplinary projects that had a very slow learning curve,” he said by way of example. </div> <div>“We in the advisory council wondered if the situation would ever sort itself out – but in the end the projects were hugely successful. But you have to listen to each other; people think in different terms. The GigaHertz people will think in S-parameters, the ChaseOn people will think in bits per second. But your efforts will be rewarded!” </div> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330m.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Chalmers an ideal environment </h5></div> <div>Paul Häyhänen, chairman of Chase, and Peter Olanders (above), chairman of the GigaHertz Centre, thanked the organising committee for a well-planned day.</div> <div>“Today we’ve seen a shining example of how this type of centre can contribute to the community,” Häyhänen said, “and also how we can create new start-ups and help big companies to grow even bigger. It’s been a fantastic day.”</div> <div>Olanders described Chalmers as an ideal environment for centres such as these, which is not least confirmed by the fact that Vinnova itself chose to place two of its excellence centres at the university. </div> <div>“Chalmers is definitely a dominant factor for success, but it’s also located in a region with exceptionally strong industry,” he said.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Industry gives extra shine</h5> <div>Vinnova was represented on site by its coordinators Jessica Svennebring and Tommy Schönberg.</div> <div>“My experience of the day is that both centres presented very interesting results from the past 10 years, and while that is certainly good, what gives it a bit of extra shine is the great interest on the part of industry to continue the collaboration,” Schönberg says. </div> <div>“This really confirms that this collaborative form is valuable to all involved parties: academia has the opportunity to publish excellent research results in relevant fields of the future, while industry gains key cutting-edge expertise in its technical field as well as a vital influx of skills in the form of knowledgeable future recruits.”</div> <div>ChaseOn and the GigaHertz Centre have now been granted SEK 70 million in funding from Vinnova for the 2017–2021 period.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Magnificent banquet</h5> <div>Centre Day ended with a magnificent banquet at Wijkanders Restaurang. The organising committee consisted of Cristina Andersson, Agneta Kinnander, Jeanette Träff, Erik Ström, Christian Fager, Jan Grahn and Staffan Sjödin.</div> <div>Chase and ChaseOn also took the opportunity to present a very elegant informational brochure entitled “Celebrating 10 years with Chase and the future with ChaseOn”.</div> <div> </div> <div>Text and photo: Michael Nystås</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Read earlier news:</h5> <div><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Centre-Day-summarizes-ten-years-of-successful-research.aspx">Centre Day summarizes ten years of successful research</a></div> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Strong-recognition-for-Chalmers-industry-collaboration-within-wireless.aspx">Strong recognition for Chalmers industry collaboration within wireless</a><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330b.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330e.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330g.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330h.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330i.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330j.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330k.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /></div>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:00:00 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Nominate-candidates-for-the-Microwave-Road-Scholarship.aspxhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Nominate-candidates-for-the-Microwave-Road-Scholarship.aspxNominate candidates for the Microwave Road Scholarship<p><b>​It is time to nominate master’s theses for the Microwave Road Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to one female and one male student who during 2016 each performed an excellent master’s thesis in antenna or microwave technology.</b></p>​The Microwave Road Scholarship is awarded to the best master thesis within antenna and microwave technology each year. Microwave Road is a national cluster focusing on international technology and market development uniting industry, universities, research institutes and regional and national public authorities.<br /><br />Send your nominations to Hans Hjelmgren, <a href="mailto:hans.hjelmgren@chalmers.se">hans.hjelmgren@chalmers.se</a>, at MC2 no later than 10 February 2017, preferably with a short motivation. Both the supervisor and examiner should support the nomination.<br /><br /><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Documents/mwave_road_stip_2016_170116.pdf">Download pdf with more information about the scholarship</a> (in Swedish) &gt;&gt;&gt;<br /><br /><strong>Read more about Microwave Road &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong><br /><a href="http://www.microwaveroad.se/"><span>www.microwaveroad.se<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></a><br />Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chaseon/news/Pages/The-Chase-is-on.aspxhttp://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chaseon/news/Pages/The-Chase-is-on.aspxThe Chase is on<p><b>​New challenges have emerged that require urgent advances in antenna systems for communications, sensing and medical applications, says Professor Erik Ström.</b></p>​ <br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/s2/profilbilder/Erik_Ström_web.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Chase has achieved great progress during the past 10 years. However, we are not done. New challenges have emerged that require urgent advances in antenna systems for communications, sensing and medical applications. The societal challenges are well known: health, food, energy, environment, social inequalities and security. Promising solutions to address these challenges include systems based on advanced wireless technologies, i.e., technologies that require antenna systems. Unfortunately, today’s antenna systems do not always provide sufficiently high performance or are too costly or otherwise unsustainable from an energy or resource perspective. <br /><br />The core of Chase, together with a number of new partners, will therefore continue to collaborate in the new Vinnova Competence Centre called ChaseOn. The research programme will tackle challenges in communications, sensor systems, and health care. Cooperation over project boundaries will enable cross-fertilisation of ideas from different application areas and reuse of basic technologies and knowhow. <br /><br />ChaseOn is designed to complement and profit from other research and innovation initiatives. In particular, we are delighted that our sister centre, GHz Centre, was also awarded funding by Vinnova for another 5 years. We will intensify our collaboration with GHz Centre to facilitate joint work on microwave electronics (GHz Centre) and antenna systems (ChaseOn). <br /><br />Efficient use of higher frequency bands is crucial, as lower frequency bands are rapidly becoming congested. This is an area of dramatically growing importance. ChaseOn and GHz Centre are uniquely positioned to jointly form the future for wireless technologies. We intend to harness this advantage. <br /><br />ChaseOn is built on collaboration. Together we – universities, industry and the public sector – will build expertise and enhance our competitiveness to survive and thrive in an extremely competitive globalised market. Ten years of Chase have given us an excellent starting position. We are very happy and eager to embark on a new five-year journey to explore and expand the frontiers of antenna systems.  <br /><br />Erik Ström <br />Main Applicant ChaseOn  <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/s2/profilbilder/Staffan_Sjödin_web.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:100px;height:129px" />Read more: <a href="/en/centres/chaseon/news/Pages/10-years-of-achievements-with-Chase.aspx">10 years of achievements with Chase</a> <br /><span>Chase centre director Staffan Sjödin hands over the torch <span>to Professor Erik Ström, to take the operations forward for another five years within ChaseOn<span style="display:inline-block">. <span style="display:inline-block"> </span></span></span></span><br />Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:10:00 +0100