News: Transport related to Chalmers University of TechnologyTue, 17 Mar 2020 13:38:22 +0100 to the sustainability goals with new web tool<p><b>​How does your research relate to the UN sustainable development goals? Is your impact positive, neutral – or even negative? The new assessment web tool helps you reflect on, and improve, your project’s sustainability impact.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Connecting education and research to the UN sustainable development goals is becoming increasingly important for Chalmers, as well as for other universities. An increasing number of research funders are also demanding information about a project’s link to the goals in their calls, and collaboration partners place more and more emphasis on sustainability.<br /><br /></span><div>But it is not always easy to map out how, and in what way, one’s work relates to the 17 goals. Therefore, Gothenburg’s Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV, has now developed a tool called SDG Impact Assessment Tool.</div> <div>“The it tool guides you to reflect on how to connect to the goals. It is open for use by everyone, and you can use it on your own,” says Maria Djupström, Chalmers’ Sustainability Strategist, who has been involved in developing the tool.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Transport/_bilder-utan-fast-format/Maria%20Djupström_300.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /></div> <div>SDG Impact Assessment Tool bases the mapping on the aspects of your individual project – whether it’s a research or an educational one – and helps you to identify needs and potentials. Which goals do your project strengthen? Does your project counteract some of the goals?</div> <div>“You also get an insight into today’s society, current legislation for example, and can see what you need to improve. Furthermore, the results can give ideas to possible future research – where do we need to strengthen our research in order to meet the sustainability goals?” says Maria Djupström.</div> <div>“The tool is self-instructing, but you can also get help from GMV, for example. One of the intentions is to be able to better complement research applications with information on links to global goals.”<br /><br /></div> <div><em>Transport Area of Advance was planning a lunch seminar with Maria Djupström and Innovation Advisor Pip Dragonetti on March 17. During the seminar, the tool was to be presented, both for content and practical use, and participants given the opportunity to ask their own questions and discuss issues. This seminar was cancelled due to the Corona outbreak. A new date will be set further ahead!</em><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Note: GMV is a centre for collaboration between Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg.<br /><br /></div> <div>Text: Mia Malmstedt</div> <div>Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist</div> Mon, 24 Feb 2020 16:00:00 +0100 Swedish-Indian collaboration on traffic safety<p><b>​Every year, more than 150,000 fatal traffic accidents occur in India. Chalmers University of Technology is now entering into a new collaboration between companies and institutes in Sweden and India, as the sole Swedish academic party. The collaboration will improve traffic safety and provide the basis for new innovations and knowledge exchange.​</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">On Thursday, 20 February, a collaboration agreement was signed to mark the start of Sitis, the Sweden-India Transport Innovation and Safety Partnership. This agreement brings together leading Swedish and Indian companies and institutes in a long-term and global cooperation.<br /><br /></span><div>“The aim of this collaboration is to become a prominent platform for applied research and innovation in the area of safe and sustainable transport,” says Chalmers President Stefan Bengtsson, and continues:</div> <div>“Traffic safety is an urgent and immediate concern in all parts of the world and is also critical in driving a nation’s prosperity. We are now very happy to enter into a bilateral partnership that will address key traffic safety challenges in India and Sweden.”<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Transport/_bilder-utan-fast-format/rickshaw_300.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></div> <div><div><div>The collaboration's outlines have been worked out over the past year, with Chalmers involved from day one. Both overall content and potential individual projects have been discussed. For Chalmers, the Sitis partnership is similar to an agreement with China, the China-Sweden Research Centre for Traffic Safety, which was signed in 2012.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Different strengths</h2></div></div> <div>Through Safer – the Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers – which brings together 35 parties from academia, industry and society, Chalmers has extensive experience of collaborations in the field of traffic safety. Magnus Granström, Director at Safer, points out that both Sweden and India have high capacity to develop technology, concepts and solutions. But the competence lies partly in different areas. Sweden is globally renowned for work on traffic safety, while India has a strong IT and computer science sector.<br /><br /></div> <div>“Chalmers can contribute with, for example, knowledge on intelligent transport systems, artificial intelligence and cyber security, road safety research and knowledge of how to establish test beds. These are strong areas for us,” says Magnus Granström.</div> <div><div>“We see a clear advantage to having a platform for cooperation with Swedish companies and institutes around challenges in India. Chalmers already collaborates with several of the parties involved through the Safer competence centre, and with Sitis in place we can now further develop these collaborations. The agreement also allows us to find new Indian parties to work together with.”</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">A new set of challenges</h2></div> <div>India is a huge and fast-growing country, with considerable gaps between the high and low educated, and major challenges in the transport sector. The Sitis partnership will build a deeper understanding of road safety in the country. This also provides insights into the core challenges of other fast-growing economies with similar problems, and potential solutions can be developed.</div> <div>“We will be able to benefit from learning the needs in a country so different from ours, in terms of both culture and infrastructure. How is a transport system developed in such a country? How do they serve the population with freight and passenger transport? These questions need to be answered in order to build a sustainable and prosperous society,” says Magnus Granström.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Transport/_bilder-utan-fast-format/SITIS_Sinisa_300.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /></div> <div><strong>FACTS: Sitis, </strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Sweden</strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>-</strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>India Transport Innovation and Safety</strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong> </strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Partnership</strong></span></div> <div>Sitis was launched in Stockholm on the third global conference on road safety within the UN. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Transport &amp; Highways in India, and Tomas Eneroth, Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, were present, as well as CEOs and senior management representatives of various Swedish and Indian companies, academia and research institutes. Sinisa Krajnovic, Director of Chalmers Transport Area of Advance, signed for Chalmers.<br /><br /></div> <div>The members of Sitis are all leading in the traffic safety area. Members are:</div> <div>• The Volvo Group (initiator of Sitis)</div> <div>• Autoliv</div> <div>• Ericsson</div> <div>• Manipal Hospital</div> <div>• Altair</div> <div>• Saab</div> <div>• Tech Mahindra</div> <div>• India Institute of Science (IISc)</div> <div>• Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Program</div> <div>• Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (TRIPP, IITD)</div> <div>• Chalmers University of Technology</div> <div>• Rise</div> <div>• ARAI</div> <div>• Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)<br /><br /></div> <div>The partnership will also collaborate with the Vision Zero Academy at the Swedish Transport Administration and Niti Aayog, National Institution of Transforming India.<br /><br /></div> <div>Text: Mia Malmstedt</div> <div>​Ph<span style="background-color:initial">oto: Magnus Granström, </span><span style="background-color:initial">Rana Prathap, </span><span style="background-color:initial">Pixabay</span></div> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:00:00 +0100 Fatal road accidents halved by year 2030<p><b>​Over 1.3 million people die in traffic accidents every year. Consequently, traffic accidents are the most common cause of death in certain age groups. The world&#39;s experts are now gathering in Stockholm to discuss new UN goals for road safety, developed under the leadership of Chalmers professor Claes Tingvall.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Transports and traffic are fundamental parts of life for most of us. From our homes, we step into a traffic system that takes us to work, school, business, health care or to our loved ones.</span><div>But at the same time, 1.3 million people are killed in road accidents and 50 million people are injured – every year. Most accidents, as much as 93 per cent, occur in low- and middle-income countries, where the resources and technical solutions for road safety are lacking to a larger extent.<br /><br /></div> <div>“The problem of road accidents has not diminished the way we hoped. The recommendations proposed by our expert group are effective actions – it is now a matter if it gets done or not”, says Claes Tingvall, adjunct professor at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences at Chalmers and chair of the academic expert group that has developed new UN targets for world road safety.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Transport/_bilder-utan-fast-format/Claes%20Tingvall_300.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">he overall goal is to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries as a result of traffic accidents by fifty per cent over the next ten years. To achieve this goal by the year 2030, Claes Tingvall is certain about the way forward:</span><br /></div> <div>“We must constantly point to science as the solution to societal problems. Then stick to it and act accordingly!”<br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">A public health issue</h2> <div><span style="background-color:initial">On February 19–20, 2020, the world's leading road safety experts will convene together with decision-makers and ministers in Stockholm for the third global conference on road safety within the UN. There, the expert group's opinion will be indicative for the global cooperation for safer traffic.</span></div> <div>The academic expert group, chaired by Claes Tingvall, is composed of 13 experts from around the world and has been tasked with developing complementary methods, processes and tools for the new decade's global traffic safety. The fundament has been the global goals for sustainable development and Agenda 2030.<br /><br /></div> <div>“The lack of road safety is a public health issue. More than 100,000 children die each year in traffic accidents, making it the most common cause of death for in certain age groups. But it is possible to solve the problem, provided that scientifically developed methods are used”, says Claes Tingvall.<br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Collaboration is the key</h2> <div><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">oday broad research is being conducted in vehicle and road safety at Chalmers. The focus is, among other things, on understanding why accidents occur and how they can be prevented, as well as minimizing injuries to the human body when it is exposed to the extreme stresses that often occur in traffic accidents. Historically, vehicle and traffic safety has been a strong research area at Chalmers and the development of modern seat belts, child safety seats and airbags originated at the university.<br /><br /></span></div> <div>Research within road safety will be even more significant in the future as the volume of traffic is constantly increasing. According to the UN, the world's cities will grow by over 50 per cent in the next 30 years. It is important to have knowledge of how to develop roads and infrastructures in the best possible way as it is being built, while scientific solutions are applied and developed in already existing traffic systems.<br /><br /></div> <div>Magnus Granström is the director of the Safer competence centre at Chalmers, where multidisciplinary research is conducted in road safety. At Safer, various research areas – such as systems for accident prevention, road user behaviour, human body protection and safety performance evaluations – connect. Magnus Granström believes that there are many sub-areas to focus on in road safety, and unprotected road users will be a special challenge as we see an increasing number of cyclists, electric scooters and pedestrians.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Transport/_puffbilder/Magnus_Granstrom_350_cropped.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">“</span><span style="background-color:initial">Universities need to continue to invest in a breadth of research, as there is no single answer to the question of how traffic should continue to become safer. Above all, understanding the complexity of future traffic systems with different types of road users will be necessary”, says Magnus Granström.<br /></span><br /></div> <div>To reach the goal of cutting the number of deaths and injuries by half, Magnus Granström believes that the research community needs to gain further insight into existing obstacles. For example, he points to an over-reliance in automated vehicles and their contribution to increased safety, as well as a lack of system thinking among researchers and financiers, who instead focus too much on individual areas and personas.</div> <div>“The main key to achieving this goal is collaboration between the various players – industry, academia and politics”, says Magnus Granström.<br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Recommendations with a clear vision</h2> <div><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">he academic group of experts has presented a total of nine scientifically based recommendations. If the recommendations are followed, the expert group believes that the goal of reducing the number of deaths by half is likely to be achieved by 2030. The recommendations are interconnected and will guide the work on road safety as part of the Global Sustainable Development Goals. And for the first time, road safety is now included in international objectives through agenda 2030.</span></div> <div>“With the global goals, which point out who should do what, we have access to both the private and the public sector, and thus can benefit from the synergies that exist between climate, health and justice. For example, speed connects to clean air, climate and security”, says Claes Tingvall.<br /><br /></div> <div>At the same time, he emphasizes the fact that the most powerful tools will also make the greatest impact. Those tools are mainly about sustainability reporting and public procurement. If the work on road safety is integrated with these tools, large effects can be achieved. The report that the expert group recently released highlights collaborations between politics, academia, business and other organizations on a global scale.</div> <div>“To solve the problems in low-income countries, where the problems are greatest, you need to apply the simple and cheap solutions that already exist. In high-income countries, all known methods must be applied – it's as simple as that”, says Claes Tingvall.<br /><br /></div> <div>Text: Anders Ryttarson Törneholm and Mia Malmstedt<br />Photos: Rune Borgström, Emmy Jonsson and Pixabay</div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">FACTS: The Sustainable Development Goals</h3> <div>The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.<br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Road safety is directly connected to two of the 17 global goals:</div> <div> </div> <div>Goal 3: Good health and well-being</div> <div> </div> <div>Target 3.6:  Halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.</div> <div> </div> <div>Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities</div> <div> </div> <div>Target 11.2: Provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.<br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Road safety also affects many of the other global goals indirectly.</div></div> <div><div><a href="">​Read more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals here!</a></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">FACTS: Nine recommendations for safer traffic</h3> <div>The expert group's recommendations is divided into:<br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>1. Modal Shift</div> <div> </div> <div>2. Sustainable Practices and Reporting</div> <div> </div> <div>3. Safe Vehicles across the Globe</div> <div> </div> <div>4. Childrens Health</div> <div> </div> <div>5. Public Procurement</div> <div> </div> <div>6. Speed limit of 30 kph</div> <div> </div> <div>7. Upgrade Infrastructure</div> <div> </div> <div>8. Zero Speeding</div> <div> </div> <div>9. Technology</div></div> <div><div> </div> <div> </div> <div><a href="">Watch film clips with Claes Tingvall explaining each recommendation!</a></div> <div> </div> <div><a href="">Read the full report from the expert group here.</a></div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">FACTS: Safer</h3> <div> </div> <div>Safer is a centre of excellence for vehicle and traffic safety which conducts collaborative, interdisciplinary research and knowledge transfer to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries in traffic. Chalmers is the host for the center, which has in total 35 partners from academia, industry and society.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><a href="">Read more about Safer.</a></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">FACTS: A pre-event on the night before the UN conference arranged by Safer</h3> <div> </div> <div><span></span> <span style="background-color:initial">On the evening of February 18, the day before the UN conference, Safer organizes a pre-event in Stockholm. The focus will be, among other things, on collaborations and new research. Participants include Fredrik Hörstedt, Chalmers Vice President of Utilisation, and speakers from the European Commission and Volvo. About 200 guests are expected, including EU commissioners, decision-makers and Swedish parliament politicians. Most of the guests come from countries with many fatal road accidents, including Uganda, Liberia, India and Nigeria.</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“We hope to spread the message about our way of collaborating to the international actors participating it our event, and at the same time create even better communication between both partners and research areas”, says Magnus Granström, Director at Safer.<br /><br /><a href="">Read more about the pre-event!</a><br /><br />Previous news article about Claes Tingvall: <a href="/en/departments/m2/news/Pages/Will-develop-new-global-goals-for-road-safety-in-the-UN.aspx">Will develop new global goals for road safety​</a></div></div> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 19:00:00 +0100 as a service tested on Campus Johanneberg<p><b>​This spring, employees at Chalmers University of Technology and other companies established on the Johanneberg campus in Gothenburg will get to test a new mobility concept. The EC2B service, allowing booking of public transport journeys as well as shared electric bicycles and cars, will now be further developed to also cover short work-related travels.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Finding ways to use vehicles collectively with the aim of reducing climate impact and better utilize centrally located property, currently used as parking spaces, is a growing trend that urban planners throughout Europe are working to develop. In Gothenburg the concept EC2B has been successfully implemented in the newly built <a href="">Housing Association Brf Viva</a>, as part of the <a href="">EU-project IRIS Smart Cities</a>. In the project MoJo the service will be developed further. </span><div><br /></div> <div>“The experiences from Brf Viva show satisfied users, a greatly reduced number of private cars and a large use of the common vehicles. We hope that our concept will be appreciated by employees as a way to avoid using their private fossil-fueled cars during working hours. We also plan to incorporate administrative functions that handle, for example, travel bills directly in the app,” says Björn Wendle, CEO of EC2B Mobility.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>&quot;Mobility hubs&quot; at campus</strong></div> <div>The goal is to demonstrate the concept in close cooperation with service providers, property owners and employers for a year and a half. In a first phase, between 300-500 users will have access to the service, which will include physical resources such as electric bikes and cars (including the already existing electric car-pool Move About) at a number of hubs located on campus, as well as access to public transport. The project will also prepare for a possible commercial procurement of a joint mobility service in the area when the project ends.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Through the IRIS project and the implementation in Brf Viva near campus Johanneberg, we have gained valuable experiences and a well-established stakeholder network that will be useful in the MoJo project as well. This will enable us to utilize the relatively short project time in an efficient way,” says Per Sunnergren, project manager at Johanneberg Science Park.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Test pilots needed</strong></div> <div>Even though digitalisation makes it relatively easy to combine different mobility services in one app, there are many other challenges related to establishing new concepts in the sector known as Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Therefore, there is a need for pilots, tests and demonstrations in order to be able to develop sustainable business models and customer-close offers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The challenge is to establish functioning business models and close collaborations between stakeholders who are used to competing for travelers. In this project we also have clients coming from a variety of organisations, such as the University, property owners and companies operating in the area. They need to be coordinated to enable a future solution that benefits everyone,” says Hasse Alfredson, Vice President of Chalmers’ Operations Support.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Facts/Mojo</strong></div> <div>The project MoJo is a collaboration between <a href="">EC2B</a>, <a href="/en/Pages/default.aspx">Chalmers University of Technology</a>, <a href="">Chalmersfastigheter</a>, <a href="">Akademiska Hus</a>, <a href="">HSB</a>, <a href="">Johanneberg Science Park</a> and <a href="">Smart Resenär i Sverige</a>. It is coordinated by EC2B and goes on between November 2019 and June 2021. <a href="">The Swedish Energy Agency</a> is contributing with just over SEK 1.6 million. More information about planned schedule and implementation of the tests will be available in February 2020.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text:</strong> Karin Weijdegård<span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:00:00 +0100 aviation<p><b>​​Aviation accounts for 2 per cent of global CO2 emissions, and the proportion is expected to increase to 15–27 per cent by 2050. So, there is a need for alternative sustainable solutions. Elise (Electric Aviation in Sweden) is a research project that has investigated how to plan and utilize electric aircraft in Sweden.</b></p>The development of electric aviation is yet in its infancy, but there are already prototypes of electric airplanes flying today. Even though it will take a lot of development before long distance flights can be replaced, this might be a technology that will re-draw the map for transportation. A third of all domestic flights in Sweden are shorter than 400 km. Short-haul flights have been identified as an area where electric airplanes can, not only replace conventional airplanes but also, enable new flight routes to more communities in rural areas. The expansion of new routes can also be a way to sustainably replace transportation on the ground. <br /><div><br /></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Spin-off aviation company</h2></div> <div>Heart Aerospace is a new small aviation company that is direct spin-off from the research project Elise. Anders Forslund, researcher at Elise, decided to start up the company after receiving funding from the Silicon Valley based Y Combinator. Heart Aerospace are now located in Gothenburg and aims to have a 19-passenger electric airliner certified for commercial flight by 2025 with an operating range of 400 km. </div> <div><br /></div> <br /><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/IMS/Produktutveckling/AndersForslund.jpg" alt="Anders Forslund" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px 30px;width:164px;height:184px" /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>– Sweden has a strong history of research and development in aviation. I think that electric aviation has the potential to be a new big market that can benefit both the climate and Sweden as a country. Norway, where over half of the flights are considered short distance, have decided to electrify all domestic flight before 2040, says Anders Forslund.</div> <br /><br /><br /><br /><div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">About Elise</h2></div> <div>Elise is a collaboration between Chalmers University of Technology, RISE Viktoria, QRTECH and the Civil Aviation Administration, with a reference group including SAAB, GKN Aerospace, Volvo Cars and Gothenburg City. </div> <br /><div>Funded by the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova.</div>Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0100 of the future at Universeum<p><b>​On December 4, it is time for Future Day at Universeum. Nearly 400 school students visit Universeum for the final of the Future Transport project, and take part in an exhibition where Chalmers, among others, contributes.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Future Transport is a recurring school project, and a competition, where school students from grades 7 and 8 create sustainable solutions for the transport of people and goods. This autumn, the project started in September and ends with a fair on the Future Day on Wednesday, December 4. Each class is assigned a booth where they present their solution. A jury consisting of representatives from participating partners will visit the booths and assess the competition entries. The winning class is awarded SEK 10.000.<br /><br /></span><div>During the Future Day, the school students will meet researchers, business leaders, experts, politicians and officials at the fair. Chalmers Transport Area of Advance, represented by Chalmers Formula Student, will be at site to display the formula car built, and driven in competitions, by the students this last year.<br /><br /></div> <div>“We want to inspire future engineers by showing that electric racing cars are faster and just as impressive as petrol driven ones. The motto for Chalmers Formula Student is “We Deliver the Engineers of Tomorrow”, so it’s a good fit for the Future Day, says Adam Olsson, one of five students from the team who staff the booth during the day.<br /><br /></div> <div>The school project Future Transport was first started in 2012, to create interest in transport, transport systems and technology development. The aim is to motivate and inspire students' interest in technology and sustainable development, as well as to show the multitude of professional roles in the transport sector. The project also aim to open up dialogue between young people and adults, while highlighting the interaction between man, nature and technology.<br /><br /></div> <div>Note: <a href="">Read more about Chalmers Formula Student here</a>.<br /><br /></div> <div>Text: Mia Malmstedt</div> <div>Photo: Universeum</div> <div><br /></div>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0100 the Fulbright inaugural lecture with Professor David Blekhman<p><b>We are standing in the doorway of a transportation revolution with the advent of electrified and autonomous vehicles&quot;. How can hydrogen be the fuel of the future? Professor David Blekhman is an expert in the field of hydrogen infrastructure and has been selected as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Alternative Energy Technology. On the Sustainability Day, November 8, he gave his inaugural lecture.</b></p>​<img src="/sv/styrkeomraden/energi/nyheter/PublishingImages/Blekhman21.jpg" alt="David Blekhman" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" />Watch the seminar:<br /><a href=";"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Fulbright inaugural lecture with Professor David Blekhman </a><div><br /></div> <div>Interview with David Blekhman:<br /><span style="font-size:14px"><span></span><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/Pages/Fulbright-inaugural-lecture---How-can-hydrogen-be-the-fuel-of-the-future.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />How can hydrogen be the fuel of the future?</a></span><br /><br /><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Cal State LA technology professor named a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Alternative Energy Technology</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>​<a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />UB alum David Blekhman inspires students to develop a passion for clean energy</a></div>Mon, 18 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0100 can hydrogen be the fuel of the future?<p><b>We are standing in the doorway of a transportation revolution with the advent of electrified and autonomous vehicles. This is speaking from the point of view of a Los Angeles resident where both air quality and congestion are major factors”. Professor David Blekhman is an expert in the field of hydrogen infrastructure and has been selected as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Alternative Energy Technology. On the Sustainability Day, November 8, he gives his inaugural lecture.​</b></p><p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Production/David%20Blekhman.jpeg" alt="David Blekhman" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">“Like Greta, my older son is 16 years old. At this age, our kids are already old enough to tell us that we are not leaving them the world in a pristine condition. Rapid climate change, multiple sites of human operation, and rampant exploitation of the Earth’s resources are the drivers for finding solutions that are more humane. Hydrogen is one of the pathways we are exploring to address these challenges. Hydrogen has its positive properties as well as challenges. But it certainly is and will be the technology of interest,” says David Blekhman, ​<span style="font-size:14px"></span></span><span></span><span style="background-color:initial;font-size:14px">professor at California State University Los Angeles and Technical Director of  Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, He</span><span style="background-color:initial"> will conduct research an</span><span style="background-color:initial">d teach at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences at Chalmers for one year.</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span><span style="background-color:initial">“It means a lot for Chalmers to have David here for one year, participating in education, research collaboration and outreach activities,” says Maria Grahn, associate professor, Director of Energy Area of Advance, and host for David Blekhman.</span><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p>His research fits well into what many researchers already do at Chalmers. Maria Grahn especially highlights his broad network within academia, industry and other actors and appreciates David Blekhman´s natural ability to explain in a pedagogical way:</p> <p>“He is a true inspiration for me and for the researchers he has met. I encourage everyone to register and join the inaugural lecture and take the opportunity to meet David”.</p> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Fulbright Distinguished chair</h3> <p>Professor David Blekhman has been selected as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Alternative Energy Technology. He has expectations to establish new collaborations and research projects that he could continue in the future.<br /></p> <p>“Chalmers is a premier European institution with leading researchers in their field. My hope is that my contributions will expand projects already under development here at Chalmers. The university currently is the resource for contacts and my home base from which I am to travel to various hydrogen sites in Scandinavia. I look forward to hosting my colleagues at Chalmers back home at my institution in Los Angeles when visiting California”, says David Blekhman. </p> <p>He looks for projects that result in physical realization and real-world testing in the area of alternative fuels, advanced transportation and variety of topics in renewable energy. </p> <p>David Blekhman´s major focus area for the past ten years has been the construction and operation of the Cal State LA Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility. </p> <p>“Due to the inherent complexity and being a new technical undertaking, hydrogen infrastructure still has a number of lessons to learn and challenges to overcome. In addition to hydrogen, I have worked in the area of fuel cell and hybrid vehicle development,” says David Blekhman. </p> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Hydrogen – part of a sustainable future</h3> <p>Several years ago, Los Angeles hosted a small conference on the Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway. Ever since David Blekhman wanted to see it for himself. </p> <p>“As a part of my project at Chalmers, I plan to visit and asses the performance of hydrogen stations in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and wherever else that highway leads. I also look forward to forging collaborations with local researchers and industry”.</p> <p>The evolution of hydrogen as a fuel is a complex question with uncertain answers. <br /><span style="background-color:initial">“My general view and the hope for my work is that hydrogen and electricity will co-exist in powering our vehicles very similar to what is happening with gasoline and diesel. I also think that some applications will be better suited for hydrogen and some for electric,” says David Blekhman. </span></p> <p>Recently, energy storage has been adding another dimension to hydrogen as energy storage in intermittent renewable energy generation. David Blekhman thinks that this could be a part of building a circular and sustainable society.<br /></p> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Many applications for hydrogen</h3> <p>Twenty years ago, hydrogen was mainly targeting the light duty transportation, but the electric vehicles are now offering strong competition for short and medium transport. In response, hydrogen is evolving with heavier duty applications where additional range is associated with lighter than battery energy storage on board. Applications are currently developed in marine and heavy duty transport. </p> <p>“The large-scale of hydrogen operations is around the corner. Following the California leadership of the past twenty years, Japan, Korea, Germany and others have been rapidly developing their hydrogen infrastructure. Several stations also operate in Denmark and Norway. I am hoping that there will be several more in Sweden in a short time”.</p> <p>The technology for producing hydrogen on a large scale from natural gas has been well established due to space exploration and other broad technologies. This will be a transitional pathway for some time allowing for the development of the hydrogen infrastructure. As renewable energy resources become more prevalent, electrolysis will be the source of hydrogen.</p> <p>“Another scenario we are not talking about enough is the controlled nuclear fusion leading to a completely new world. That would also be based on hydrogen,” says David Blekhman.</p> <p>David Blekhman will conduct research and teach at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences during the 2019/2020 semesters. David Blekhman gives a special mention to his host Dr. Maria Grahn and says that her professional network is amazingly broad and she has generously shared her contacts with him, and also to professor Sonia Yeh who a few years ago was a Fulbright chair at Chalmers.</p> <p></p> <p>“My experience at Chalmers is nothing short of amazing. People are warm and genuinely interested in my work and share interesting opportunities that I could engage in”, he concludes.<br /><br />By: Ann-Christine Nordin and Anders Ryttarson Törneholm, ​<br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p><a href="/en/about-chalmers/Chalmers-for-a-sustainable-future/sustainability-day2019/Pages/default.aspx" style="outline:0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />The lecture is a part of Chalmers Sustainable day</a><br /><a title="link to registration" href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" style="background-attachment:scroll;background-origin:border-box;background-clip:border-box" />REGISTRATION (Masterclasses, workshops and Fulbright inaugural lecture) ​​</a><br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p><strong>The program for the Inaugural lecture of the 2019-2020 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Alternative Energy Technology:</strong></p> <p><br /></p> <p><strong>​14:30-14:45</strong> Opening, moderator Maria Grahn, Director of Energy Area of Advance<br /></p> <p>Welcome speech, Stefan Bengtsson, president and CEO</p> <p><strong>14:45-15:00</strong> Sonia Yeh to speak about the Fulbright Distinguished Chair program and value it has had in her case, her research at Chalmers</p> <p><strong>15:00-16:00</strong> David Blekhman, Inaugural Lecture, “If you build it, he will come” – Hydrogen Infrastructure</p> <p><strong>16:00-16:30</strong> Bill Elrick, Director of California Fuel Cell Partnership to speak remotely on Hydrogen Developments in California perspective</p> <p></p> <p><strong>16:30</strong> Reception​​</p>Thu, 31 Oct 2019 09:15:00 +0100 researchers awarded for societal impact<p><b>​Their research has facilitated for freight transports through Europe, and also made it easier to plan maintenance. For this, the research group now receives Chalmers Impact Award.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">“Exiting and surprising”, says Anders Ekberg, Professor at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Science and director of Charmec.</span><p>The competence centre Charmec is a national centre that gathers important railway actors – the Swedish Transport Administration, SJ and Bombardier just to mention a few. The researchers at Charmec are now acknowledged for contributing to new European rules that simplify for trains travelling across borders, and also for new ways to predict cracking in rails and wheels.</p> <p>“It’s not always easy to operate in the field between research and industry. When we address industry representatives, some of them believe research to be too theorizing. On the other hand, when we speak to the academy, some view us as consultants. Therefore, it is highly important that someone else now states that what we do is absolutely right”, says Anders Ekberg.</p> <p>“If you find the right balance between industry and academia, that’s when the big impact can occur. This award is a confirmation of that fact.”</p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Facilitates freight transports on rail</h2> <p>The research impact, for which the group is now awarded, has clearly benefited both train operators and infrastructure. The previous European lack of coordinated alarm limits for wheel loads made it difficult to transport goods through Europe; even to the extent that trains have had to cancel the journey and return to the home country. The new harmonising rules, which are based on the research group’s calculations, facilitate the expansion of freight transports on rail and thereby benefit the climate.</p> <p>The same can be said for the crack formation predictions. With new calculation models, it is easier to predict when a wheel or rail need maintenance, making it possible to schedule maintenance instead of waiting for unexpected stops when something is broken.</p> <p>“One of the challenges for coming decades is to increase the punctuality of train traffic, while at the same time we will have an increasing amount of trains operating the railways. This requires better precision in both train and rail maintenance”, says Anders Ekberg.</p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Charmec a prerequisite for success</h2> <p>The breadth and weight of the collaborations within Charmec are a prerequisite for the impact of science in society, says Research Professor Elena Kabo.</p> <p>“It creates a long-term perspective – our impact is based on decades of research – and a synergy between industry and academia, which enables us to solve relevant problems while having a strong scientific base. Charmec also provides better opportunities for collaborations between different research disciplines, which make it possible to come a long way”, she says, adding:</p> <p>“I believe the fact that we now receive this award can broaden the view on the benefits of applied research, and the understanding that it is based on more basic research. Both basic and applied research are important. But it is often with the combination of both that a major societal breakthrough can occur.”</p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Diploma, flowers and speeches at ceremony</h2> <p>Chalmers Impact Award was presented by Fredrik Hörstedt, Vice President of Utilisation, at a ceremony at Veras Gräsmatta.</p> <p>“We build knowledge that finds its way out in society. Most often we do this through our students who enter the society with new skills. But we also work with many other approaches to utilise our knowledge – for example as advisors, close to industrial partners or together with research institutes”, Fredrik Hörstedt said, and continued:</p> <p>“This award puts the spotlight on those who have succeeded in creating great values for society. The researchers at Charmec have really shown the potential; how we at Chalmers can help solve societal challenges and at the same time build a strong industry.”</p> <div><br /></div> <p><strong>Text:</strong> Mia Malmstedt<br /><strong style="background-color:initial">Photo:</strong><span style="background-color:initial"> Charlotte Emlind Vahul</span></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">FACTS Chalmers Impact Award</h3> <p>Chalmers Impact Award is 2019 given for the second time. This year’s award motivation reads:</p> <p><em>This year’s receivers of Chalmers Impact Award consist of researchers who, with the help of a purposeful, active and broad working method, have accomplished great social values. Based on a solid, scientifically substantiated knowledge in railway mechanics, the researchers have contributed to new methods as well as harmonised European rules for permitted wheel forces in train traffic. By collaborating with several parties from many countries, they have made an impact in both practice and governance and thus also laid the foundation for an impact that is deemed to contribute to transport of goods by rail being seen as something better in comparison with road transport.</em></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial">Two research teams, from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Technology Managemen</span><span style="background-color:initial">t and Economics, were also nominated for this year’s award.</span><br /></p> <p>Last year, the awardees were Johan Mellqvist and his research group at Space, Earth and Environment. Read more here (in Swedish): <a href="/sv/institutioner/see/nyheter/Sidor/arets-basta-genomslag-2018.aspx">Nyinstiftat pris till mätmetod för fartygsutsläpp​</a></p> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">FACTS The researchers and the research</h3> <p>Several Chalmers researchers have contributed to the work that is now acknowledged by Chalmers Impact Award. Beside Anders Ekberg and Elena Kabo, Hans Andersson, Jens Nielsen, Björn Paulsson, Bengt Åkesson, Roger Lundén, Johan Ahlström and Björn Pålsson are also mentioned.</p> <p>Read more about the harmonising European limits for wheel loads: <a href="/en/departments/m2/news/Pages/European-railway-harmony-better-for-the-climate.aspx">European railway harmony is better for the climate​​</a></p> <p>Read more about the prediction of cracking: <span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/m2/news/Pages/Prediction-of-cracking-increases-the-railway%27s-reliability.aspx">Prediction of cracking increases the railway's reliability​​</a></span></p>Mon, 28 Oct 2019 10:00:00 +0100 agreement between Volvo and Chalmers<p><b>Chalmers and Volvo Group have renewed their partner agreement until the end of 2021. The partnership entails cooperation both in research and education. “An extremely important partnership,” says Stefan Bengtsson, President at Chalmers.​</b></p><div><div>The renewed agreement, which states that Volvo Group will continue to be one of Chalmers’ so-called strategic partners, was celebrated with a ceremony on October 9. This marks the continuation of a long-term cooperation that was started back in 2009.</div> <div>Significant for a strategic partnership is – among other things – an extensive collaboration in research, expanded job opportunities for recently graduated Chalmers alumni, a diversity in collaboration over Chalmers different research disciplines, as well as focus on highlighted topics of interest.</div> <div>“For us, the partnership with Volvo Group is extremely important. Chalmers strives for highest possible quality in both education and research, but that is not enough – we must also collaborate with both industry and society as a whole. Collaborations make us better and give us relevance”, says Stefan Bengtsson.</div> <div>“Volvo is a very important partner, perhaps the most important one. We have extensive cooperations of great significance.”</div> <br /><strong>Long-term collaboration</strong></div> <div><div>In 2009, Volvo Group started the programme VG APP, Volvo Group Academic Partner Program. Within this framework, the company currently has nine partner universities around the world.</div> <div>“VG APP is a strategic and long-term Volvo Group initiative, and consists of three modules: Research, Talent and Learning. We see the word partner as significant. A partnership entails building a long-term relationship that benefit both, and where we can both grow together”, says Lars Stenqvist, Executive Vice President Volvo Group Trucks Technology, and continues:</div> <div>“Chalmers has an exclusive position within Volvo Group, as it is one of only two universities with which we work within all three modules of the VG APP.”<br /><br /></div> <div>The collaboration between Chalmers and Volvo Group has, over the years, led to a large number of national as well as international research projects, which in turn have resulted in a multitude of scientific publications. The partnership has also entailed joint doctoral students, guest lectures, development of competence and projects for students; including both thesis projects and international student projects. In the new agreement, three areas of cooperation have been identified: Traffic Safety and Vehicle Automation, Future Energy Efficiency, and Materials and Manufacturing.</div></div> <div><br /><strong>With Gothenburg as a joint base</strong></div> <div><div>Lars Stenqvist points out recruitment and continued education are prioritised areas for Volvo Group.</div> <div>“Simply put: for us, the partnership with Chalmers means closer access to researchers, while at the same time being able to actively participate in the design of education to ensure the supply of competence in the form of both new recruitments and further education.”<br /><br /></div> <div>The fact that Chalmers is located in Gothenburg, just like Volvo Group’s head office, gives the collaboration even more weight.</div> <div>“Gothenburg is the “mother ship” within Volvo Group and thus Chalmers is our most important partner”, Lars Stenqvist concludes.</div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Mia Malmstedt</div> <div>Photo: Johan Bodell</div> Fri, 11 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0200 Initiative seminar for AoA Transport<p><b>​Area of Advance Transport’s Initiative seminar Transportation in the Age of Digitalisation attracted many satisfied participants. Among the topics were self-driving vehicles, block-chain and adaptations to a new market.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Approximately 300 representatives from industry and academia had gathered when Sinisa Krajnovic, Head of the Transport Area of Advance, entered the stage to welcome all.</span><div>“We always try to choose a theme of current interest for our Initiative seminars. Right now, we are discussing automation and mobility, but also shared economy”, he said.</div> <div>New technology makes it possible to label goods, in order to keep track not only on its location, but also the surrounding’s temperature and humidity. Trucks are also able to transfer data, which shows the vehicles current status. So:</div> <div>“The entire traffic system is becoming more and more automated. Transport is no longer just about having enough buses in the city network, but about what apps we use.”<br /><br /><strong>Impossible to foresee the future</strong></div> <div>Robin Teigland, Professor in Management of Digitalisation, gave the Key note lecture and talked about how society and economy is changing. She quoted Bill Gates:</div> <div>“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. So how will we be able to work, when we don’t even know what we don’t know?”</div> <div>One way to view market demands, is to think about what we need and answer the question with a verb instead of a noun, Robin Teigland said. To illustrate, she showed a picture of a woman waving at a taxi.</div> <div>“Think about what she wants to do, instead of what she wants to have! Where does she want to go? And why? View technology as a means, not as an answer.”<br /><br /><strong>Topics varied throughout the day</strong></div> <div>Henrik Sahlin, from Ericsson, talked about autonomous cars, the technology needed and challenges to solve. The car must be able to “talk” to other cars, with infrastructure, pedestrians and networks. What happens if the car loose internet connection? Do we need to wait for 5G in order for this to work?</div> <div>Chalmers Professor Maria Ljunggren Söderman gave an insight into necessary metals for the automotive industry – 25 different ones – which are not currently being recycled. MariAnne Karlsson, also a Professor from Chalmers, talked about MaaS; Mobility as a Service.</div> <div>“We see a paradigm shift coming. In the future, actors will present their offers together. And this can make people change their behavior, for example make them not buy a car”, she said, and was replaced on stage by Hans Arby, whose company Ubigo offers exactly this kind of service.</div> <div>During the afternoon, Érika Martin's Silva Ramos from Gothenburg University spoke about user preferences, Klas Hedvall from Volvo GTT talked about vehicle maintenance in the connected future, and Jonas Flodén from Gothenburg University about block-chain.</div> <div>Last on stage, before the closing panel discussion, was Ikea’s Stefan Holmberg, who presented the company’s challenges in a new market.</div> <div>“We started at a time when people had more time than money. Today it’s the other way around; people have money, but not time. Our department stores provide inspiration, but most visitors immediately start looking for the shortcuts. They do not have the time and desire to walk around the store for several hours.”<br /><br /><strong>Important to ensure future competences</strong></div> <div>The panel discussed how to ensure the competence needs in the future. Industry needs are difficult to foresee, which means that competences of the students who are currently being educated is already in demand. This is just one of several factors that will make closer cooperation between academia and industry increasingly important in the future.</div> <div>Head of Area of Advance Sinisa Krajnovic ended the day with a story about his friend, retired truck driver Peter. Peter worked alone and was often away on long tours. He had a difficult time finding a replacement if he fell ill, and sometimes he had to wait several days for spare parts on site in Europe. Over the years, he lost a lot of time that could have been spent with his family. But future truck drivers will work differently, Krajnovic said:</div> <div>“The trucks will be in a plutoon, and the driver in the first truck will be the only one actually driving. The others can spend the time on other things, like skype calls to the family. Or they can even sit at home and drive their trucks remotely.”</div> <div>The participants seemed content as they left Chalmers’ conference hall Runan. Next year, it is time again for an Initiative seminar. Welcome back!<br /><br /></div> <div>Text and photos: Mia Malmstedt</div> <div><br /></div>Fri, 27 Sep 2019 15:00:00 +0200 Sustainability Day: Minimised waste and maximum use<p><b>The 8th of November, it&#39;s time for this year&#39;s edition of Chalmers Sustainability Day. The theme Circular Economy is a common word within sustainability but what does it really mean? We asked Anton Grammatikas and Lars Nyborg, responsible for this year&#39;s event, to brief us.</b></p><strong>​</strong><a href="/en/about-chalmers/Chalmers-for-a-sustainable-future/sustainability-day2019/Pages/masterclasses.aspx" target="_blank" style="font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-size:16px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />​Find the program here​​</a><div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Hello Anton Grammatikas, project manager for Chalmers Sustainability Day. Tell us a bit about the arrangement!</strong></span><div>&quot;We will start the day with a master class session, where some of Chalmers' own researchers, leading in their respective fields, give lectures about their research linked to the theme of circular economics. We want to give a broad perspective on the concept, ranging from business models, materials, product development to future civil society. The first talk of the day will be held by an invited speaker who can give a broad understanding and background to the theme.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Circular economy - how would you describe it?</strong></div> <div>&quot;Oh, there are many descriptions of it. To me it is about being able to dare to change from linear to circular business models. To achieve true sustainability, we not only need to change our technical conditions, but also the ways we consume. Everything has to be linked, from business value for those who produce and deliver products and services, to the actual customer benefit.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What do you hope Chalmers Sustainability Day will bring?</strong></div> <div>&quot;I want more people to be inspired and take circular economics into account in their research, in a wider sense than today. Chalmers vision to make the future more sustainable is reinforced by paying attention to all research internally. I hope this will create awareness of ongoing activities, so that synergies are found in various research areas.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Is it still time to propose something for the programme?</strong></div> <div>&quot;We have closed the agenda for the master class session but there are still a few slots open in the afternoon progamme. If you have a suggestion – talk to us! We hope for a greater participation of researchers and teachers this year. A possibility that not so many have reacted to is the poster exhibition. We would like to see more proposals here!&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>The collaboration with the Student Sustainability Week Act! Sustainable is new this year! How will they contribute? </strong></div> <div>&quot;Above all, they can contribute with their perspective. The students have high demands on Chalmers as a university to work more with sustainability internally, but they also push to steer their education towards the circular perspective. We hope many students will show up and be able to take part in research and be inspired to make their own circular choices in the future.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><b><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Production/750x340_Lars-Nyborg_SDG12.jpg" alt="Picture of Lars Nyborg, director of Production Area of Advance" style="margin:5px;width:680px;height:312px" /></b><br /><br /><span></span><em>This year's theme is broad and embraces much of the research within the Areas of Advance, says Lars Nyborg, Director for Production Area of Advance and the organizer 2019 for Sustainability Day. Photo: Carina Schultz​</em><br /><br /><b>Hello Lars Nyborg, Director for the Production Area of Advance and responsible for this year's sustainability day at Chalmers. Why the choice of circular economy as a theme?</b></div> <div></div> <div>- We chose to focus on circular economics, as it is a theme that unites many of Chalmers Areas of Advance. The solutions of the future lie in how we implement circularity in society and here we have an opportunity to discuss it thoroughly. The theme can work both for big issues and in the small perspective as an individual citizen. We believe the theme can inspire and provide new knowledge for everyone - students, researchers and other staff at Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong> What does circular economy mean to you?</strong></div> <div>- It's a quite difficult concept and theme. There is not only one answer, but many. I would like to compare the concept of circular economy to an umbrella, under which several different contexts and definitions can be gathered.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What do you hope visitors will bring home from the event? </strong></div> <div>- I hope for increased commitment and an understanding of what circular economics is. I also wish for a broadened understanding that a sustainable future is a matter of creating solutions. I would also be interesting if the discussions include a questioning attitude regarding suggested solutions. A sharper dialogue and debate are important for showing a sustainable way forward. Here, Chalmers can really contribute.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Production/SDG-9-11-12.jpg" alt="Picture of the logos of sustainable goals 9, 11 and 12" style="margin:5px;width:690px;height:345px" /><br /><br /><br /></div> <div><strong>FACTS:</strong></div> <div>Chalmers Sustainability Day takes place on 8 November at the Chalmers Conference center. Campus Johanneberg. The event is primarily for Chalmers employees and students.</div> <div>This year's theme is circular economy and Production Area of Advance organizes this year's event.</div> <div>The Sustainability Day is being commissioned by Chalmers management through Anna Dubois, Vice President of Chalmers Areas of Advance.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>This year, we cooperate with the Gothenburg students' sustainability week, <a href="">Act! Sustainable</a>, which runs from November 4-9, where Friday, November 8, is the Chalmers students Day.</div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><a href="/en/about-chalmers/Chalmers-for-a-sustainable-future/sustainability-day2019/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" title="link to program"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />SEE PROGRAM​</a></h3> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>CONTACT:</strong></div> <div><a href="">Carina Schultz​</a>, Communications Officer</div> <div>mob 0733-68 99 96</div> <div><a href="" title="link to email">Anton Grammatikas</a>, Project manager</div> <div>mob 0708-88 26 20</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="link to proposal form"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Link to proposal form</a></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="link to more info"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more on how to participate</a></div> <div><a href="/sv/styrkeomraden/produktion/kalendarium/Sidor/Chalmers-hållbarhetsdag.aspx" target="_blank" title="link to calender post"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Calender post</a></div></div> ​​Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0200 orientation built up by smart imaging<p><b>​Where am I? The question is relevant not only to humans but also to self-driving cars that must be confident about their own position. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology are developing smart algorithms for so-called visual localisation based on machine learning of large amounts of data collected from photos.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/E2/Nyheter/Smart%20bildteknik%20bygger%20artificiellt%20lokalsinne/FredrikKahl_250x300px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Fredrik Kahl" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">“Visual localisation means that a robot or car should be able to determine its current position using camera images that are compared to a map of the surroundings”, says Fredrik Kahl, professor of computer vision and image analysis at the department of Electrical Engineering at Chalmers. &quot;It is about identifying distinct features and comparing them to already known characteristics in the surroundings, which are positioned on a three-dimensional map.&quot;</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>Of the methods currently available to determine your position, camera is the most promising in this context.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>”Camera technology is comparatively cheap and provides access to a lot of information”, Fredrik Kahl continues. “There are several possible applications for the technology, where self-driving cars and unmanned vehicles probably are the most prevalent. Research is also underway in areas such as smart camera technology used in mobile phone navigation apps, in industrial production processes and in flexible systems for inspection of various environments.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>One example, where the technology is now being demonstrated in a supermarket setting for later transfer to other applications, is the research project ‘Semantic Mapping and Visual Navigation for Smart Robots’, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. The project is headed by Fredrik Kahl and involves researchers from Chalmers and Lund University among others.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>”Semantic mapping means training the system to be able to recognise named physical objects in pictures and link them to a geographical position”, Fredrik Kahl says. “In the supermarket setting, the system first gets to learn how selected products look like and what they are called, and then it should be able to register where these products are located on the shelves in the store. To fulfill the task, various subsystems in machine learning, computer vision and robotics need to work together.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>This technology will be tested in a supermarket in Stockholm, where a drone will fly along the shelves to identify which and how many products of each kind that are in stock. One challenge is that the products on the shelves can block each other.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>There are significantly more difficulties to overcome when transferring this technology outdoors and incorporating it into a self-driving car. Then, factors such as weather, daylight and time of the year also need to be considered.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/E2/Nyheter/Smart%20bildteknik%20bygger%20artificiellt%20lokalsinne/kamerabilder_750px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="camera images" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“A picture taken on a beautiful summer day differs quite a lot from a picture taken at the same place on a wintry evening in January”, says Fredrik Kahl. “Without leaves on bushes and trees, the view can be completely changed, and other objects appear in the picture instead. Fog, snow and rain, in turn, are blurring the recognition marks.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Therefore, in order to build the visual localisation system, you need to have access to many photos taken under different exterior circumstances from the same geographical location.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The researchers are putting labels, annotations, for various types of phenomena on the images that they want the system to recognise, such as ‘road’, ‘pavement’, ‘building’ etc. Often, subdivisions are needed for the annotations to be useful, for example ‘vegetation’ becomes a too comprehensive label. Annotations are needed, but the work is time-consuming, and it is therefore important to find a balanced level for the number of classifications. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Machine learning in artificial neural networks is used to train the system, bit by bit improving the ability of the self-driving car or robot to recognise the surroundings and to orient itself.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>”As our algorithms become more accurate and the three-dimensional map is being built up, fewer images will be needed for the system to be able to locate itself”, Fredrik Kahl says. “A lot of tricky problems still remain to be solved, but that is what makes this field so exciting and fun to work with.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Website to test the accuracy of the localisation</strong></div> <div>The Chalmers researchers have launched a website, that up till now contains more than 100 000 collected images. On the website, like-minded research teams can compare and test the accuracy of their algorithms by downloading images, performing calculations and then uploading their results to get them corrected and ranked on a top list.</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />To the website Long-term Visual Localisation ​</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div>Text: Yvonne Jonsson</div> <div>Photo of Fredrik Kahl: Malin Ulfvarson​</div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>More about the research and researchers</strong></div> <div>The research team behind the research and the film &quot;Localization using semantics&quot;: Måns Larsson, Lars Hammarstrand, Erik Stenborg, Carl Toft, Torsten Sattler and Fredrik Kahl</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The research team behind the project <a href="">Semantic Mapping and Visual Navigation for Smart Robots</a>, and the film from the supermarket: Patrik Persson, Marcus Greiff, Sebastian Hanér, Olof Enqvist and Fredrik Kahl</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>For more information contact</strong></div> <div><a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/fredrik-kahl.aspx">Fredrik Kahl</a>, professor of computer vision and image analysis at the department of Electrical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology</div> <div><a href=""> </a></div> <div><br /></div> </div>Tue, 24 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0200 cars increase safety but require trust<p><b>​In just ten years, self-driving cars could make traffic both safer and more environmentally friendly. But lack of legislation and trust can put this development at a halt, says Professor Erik Ström at Chalmers.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Heavy traffic of autonomous vehicles driving at a very close range. It might be hard to grasp that this future scenario – which is actually not very distant – equals enhanced traffic safety and lower emissions. But it does, says Erik Ström, professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, who is attending Chalmers’ seminar on future transport next week.</span><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Transport/_bilder-utan-fast-format/Erik-Strom_profile-picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px 10px;width:200px;height:264px" /><div><br /></div> <div>“When we share data, certain types of accidents are reduced; in the long run there should be no accidents at all. The efficient driving also reduces fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. In addition, we can make better use of the roads, driving closer together and in narrower lanes. This is a huge benefit as construction of new roads is expensive and has a major environmental impact.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The technology of self-driving cars has come a long way. Erik Ström describes autonomous driving as a step-by-step process, where step one is manual driving and step five is completely self-driving cars. Many cars already have, for example, cruise control, warning signals if the car departs from the lane, or automatic braking if you come to close to the car in front of you. But the implementation of the technology depends on other factors, such as commercial interests and legislation.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“If an accident were to occur: Who is responsible? Are you responsible, sitting in your car even though you are not driving? Or is it the car manufacturer, or the provider of data sharing technology?” says Erik Ström.<br /></div> <div>“Trust is also an issue. Car manufacturers have to rely on each other in order to share data. And the public need to trust the technology.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For example: In order for us to trust the autonomous cars, communication between cars and pedestrians is necessary. Today, a person crossing the street makes eye contact with the driver, and a nod or gesture indicates that it’s safe to pass. But what will happen in the future? Most likely, the cars need to be able to “wink” or “smile” to show that the pedestrian is registered.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Also, there is the question of privacy. How will the large amounts of data be handled, without compromising personal privacy? And how do you protect the system from being hacked?</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“There is always a risk of hacking, but we can make it difficult enough to not be worth the trouble. We have to balance benefits and risks. It’s like the Internet; being online always entail the risk of hacking, but to most of us it’s worth the risk,” says Erik Ström, adding that it’s still unclear who should pick up the bill of data security.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The self-driving cars will probably run slower than cars today. But it doesn’t matter. We will still arrive faster, as cars can interact better on the roads. And:</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“You don't have to spend time parking. You will be able to step out of the car at your destination, and the car will park itself,” says Erik Ström.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Note: <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/calendar/initiative-seminar-2019/Pages/default.aspx">Chalmers Area of Advance Transport organises the Initiative seminar Transportation in the Age of Digitalisation on September 26. Read more here.</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Mia Malmstedt</div> <div>Photo: Oscar Mattsson/iStock</div> </div>Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:00:00 +0200öm-new-profile-leader.aspx Granström new profile leader<p><b>​Transport Area of Advance has got a new profile leader. Magnus Granström, Director at SAFER, share the post with Mats Svensson for a while, and then takes over as leader of the profile Traffic Safety.</b></p><strong>​</strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Hello Magnus! Could you tell us about your job at SAFER?</strong></span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Transport/_bilder-utan-fast-format/Magnus%20Granström_280.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /></span><span style="background-color:initial">“</span><span style="background-color:initial">SAFER, or the Vehicle and Traffic Safety Center at Chalmers which is the full name, is a competence center for traffic safety. As a director, my daily work is about creating the best possible platform for our partners. Today we have 35 partners – including, for example, Autoliv, AB Volvo, Volvo Cars, RISE, VTI and the Swedish Transport Administration – and the platform gives us possibilities to conduct joint research projects, build competence and disseminate knowledge.”</span><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What will you bring to the AoA Transport?</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“I bring my broad experience from both academia and industry; among other things, I have worked for 15 years at AB Volvo. In addition, I can contribute with an international network, especially when it comes to EU activities.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Why did you take the role as profile leader, what attracted you?</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Being a profile leader at AoA Transport has a big overlap with my role as director at SAFER, so for me it felt logical to say yes. It is also very informatory to work together with other profile areas because traffic safety is so intimately linked to other aspects, such as transport efficiency.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>You now share the position with Mats Svensson. For how long and how does it work?</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Yes, Mats and I work together during 2019. It fits us well, as he has entered a new role at his department during the past spring. We try to share the work tasks appropriately, also based on which of us is available in different contexts.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What do you look forward to working with the Area of Advance?</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“I feel that I have a good knowledge of the area already, through both Mats Svensson and Area of Advance Director Sinisa Krajnovic. I now look forward to being able to work even more with common roadmaps, calls, EU activities and more!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Mia Malmstedt</div> <div>Photo: Henrik Sandsjö</div> <div><br /></div>Thu, 29 Aug 2019 15:00:00 +0200