News: Samhällsbyggnad related to Chalmers University of TechnologySat, 03 Dec 2022 23:05:03 +0100 Thesis Fair – New ideas, skills and valuable real-world experience<p><b>​On October 10 it´s time for the first Energy Master Thesis Fair at Chalmers University of Technology. ”We always want to make our research more relevant for the industry and society. Our main mission at Chalmers is to produce future talents that help the industry becomes more competitive and sustainable. Our young students bring new ideas and skillsets and in return they get valuable real-world experience”, says Sonia Yeh, Professor in Transport and Energy systems, and Vice Director of Chalmers Energy Area of Advance.</b></p><strong>​<img src="" alt="Sonia Yeh. Photo: Johan Bodell" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;width:275px;height:275px" /></strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>“We have a total of 25 companies</strong> ranging from multi-national energy company’s like Hitachi Energy, Ericsson, Fortum, Volvo Penta, and DNV – Maritime, local regional companies specializing in power cells, hydropower, and renewable energy, and our research partners like IVL and RISE”, says Sonia Yeh.<br /></span><div><br /></div> <div><div>“We are very pleased to see such high interest from companies wanting to work with our students. We will also encourage our community of energy researchers to participate in supervision that will translate practical problems into high quality theses”.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>There are more than 300 students signed up already from almost every Master Thesis Program at Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What can we expect from the day?</strong></div> <div>Some companies are open to ideas suggested by students, and some already come with concrete projects. It´s a great opportunity for students to meet company representatives to learn more about the companies and discuss these ideas. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Is it still possible for the students to sign up to the fair?</strong></div> <div>“Yes, they can still sign up online. We hope this initiative will help build a strong energy research and education community around the Master theses”, says Sonia Yeh.</div></div> <div></div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><strong>More info:<br /></strong></span><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/energy/calendar/Pages/Master-Thesis-Fair-Energy--.aspx" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="" alt="" />Register for the fair​</a><br /><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="" alt="" />Read more about the event</a><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><br /></strong></span>Mon, 03 Oct 2022 12:00:00 +0200 dream of the future playground<p><b>​Denser cities and fewer green areas. What is left for the children when the cityscape changes? That is an important element in the architecture educations at Chalmers, but also the theme for this year's Technology Competition, where school students have designed the playground of the future.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">In Gothenburg and other major cities, large densification projects are planned in the coming years. But how can we adapt the city for the children when the areas become denser, and the green areas become fewer? Students at Chalmers think daily about such questions in various projects, often in close collaboration with the city.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Several student projects have been conducted with a focus on the child perspective, for example in the course Design and planning for social inclusion where master students from Chalmers have designed and shaped a number of child-friendly places in the city, such as a parkour park, a space-themed playground and an outdoor classroom, that was named ”The story of Gärdsås bog&quot;.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;It is very important to raise the children's perspective, otherwise it is a group that is easily forgotten, because they do not have a voice in society as adults do. Therefore, it is important that architects train to listen, engage and involve the children in each project, regardless of whether the project itself focuses on the children or not,&quot; says Emilio Da Cruz Brandao who teaches architecture at Chalmers and manages degree projects in the master's program Architecture and planning beyond sustainability.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The students in the Reality studio course work globally with the children's perspective and have, among other things, been involved in projects such as building playgrounds and schools in Kenya.</div> <div>&quot;When the students return, they will present their process to the children here in Gothenburg, to show how important the children's perspective is all over the world. It will be a very important learning process for everyone,&quot; says Emilio Da Cruz Brandao.</div> <div> </div> <div>One student who has worked to raise the <span style="background-color:initial">perspective</span><span style="background-color:initial"> of </span><span style="background-color:initial">children </span><span style="background-color:initial">and was involved in the project to build the outdoor classroom is Victoria McCrea. In her degree project, she designed a preschool and a language school together in the same building in Kortedala, Gothenburg. This project was based on her experience of being both an SFI (Swedish for immigrants) student and a preschool substitute in Gothenburg and was created in close collaboration with SFI teachers.</span></div> <div></div> <div>&quot;I think it is important as an architect to gather opinions from those who will use the places we create,&quot; she says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Today, Victoria McCrea works with drawing schools in an architect's office in Lund, Sweden.</div> <div>&quot;It is still early in my career, but I hope I will get to use all my experiences in future projects. Life after school is a completely different sea to navigate. You rarely get to work with customers who are willing to pay to get the woodpecker, frog dance and children's opinions into a project, but that does not mean that it is impossible to create space for them!&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">The Technology Competition continues this theme</span></div> <div>This year's Technology Competition, which is aimed at fifth and sixth graders, is also linked to the theme of the children's perspective in the cityscape. The students have been given the task of building their visions of what a playground will look like in 100 years, by building a creative model that will encourage them to play outdoors together. They have had to work as real engineers, from idea to finished prototypes. Then they have filmed their projects where they talk about what they want the playgrounds of the future to look like.</div> <div>Nearly 130 contributions have been received from all over Sweden. Of these, six grants have excelled the most and they are allowed to share SEK 25,000 in scholarships.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Dorotea Blank at Chalmers works to inspire and engage children and young people and has been a driving force in the Technology Competition.</div> <div>&quot;Engaging in future generations' <span style="background-color:initial">development</span><span style="background-color:initial"> of </span><span style="background-color:initial">knowledge </span><span></span><span style="background-color:initial">is one of the best investments that Chalmers can make </span><span style="background-color:initial">for the future</span><span style="background-color:initial">. I am convinced that the students' desire for technology and creative problem solving has been aroused through this year's challenge. A big compliment to all teachers who drive, inspire, and push the students. It is noticeable that the children have had great fun,&quot; she says.</span></div> <div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>This is confirmed by students from Bergsgårdsskolan in Angered, Gothenburg, who say that the most fun thing about participating in the Technology Competition was building and thinking about what the future will look like. And teacher Michaela Oskarsson agrees.</div> <div>&quot;We see that it is inspiring and developing for the children to be involved and that they have got a good idea of the technology subject and what an engineer can work with,&quot; she says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The students' contribution to the Playground of the Future in 2121 is now on display at various libraries in Gothenburg. </div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="link to the digital exhibition"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />You can also see the contributions digitally here</a> (in Swedish).</div> <div><a href="/sv/samverkan/skolsamverkan/Grundskolan/Sidor/Finalister-i-Tekniktavlingen-.aspx" target="_blank" title="read more about the finalists"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Here you can read about the finalists in the competition</a> (in Swedish)</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong></strong><span style="background-color:initial">Text: Vedrana Sivac and Johanna Fasth</span><br /></div> <div><a href="/sv/samverkan/skolsamverkan/Grundskolan/Sidor/Finalister-i-Tekniktavlingen-.aspx" target="_blank" title="read more about the finalists">​​</a></div> Thu, 17 Feb 2022 00:00:00 +0100 Sustainability Day: Minimised waste and maximum use<p><b>The 8th of November, it's time for this year'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'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 of Advance Award for exploring the structure of proteins<p><b>​This year's Areas of Advance Award is given for the development of a unique method of analysing the structure and chemical composition of proteins. Increasing our knowledge of proteins could yield many advances, including the development of new and more effective drugs.</b></p>​The Areas of Advance Award this year goes to Martin Andersson, Pernilla Wittung Stafshede and Fredrik Höök, who combined materials analysis with biology using a clear multidisciplinary approach.<br /><br />“It is very encouraging to have our work highlighted in this way,” says Martin Andersson, who first initiated the research project.<br /><br />He contacted Pernilla Wittung Stafshede and Fredrik Höök to combine research expertise from the three departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Biology and Biological Engineering and Physics. The aim of the project is to develop a unique method for studying proteins, and thereby open up new knowledge and greater understanding of their functions.<br /><br /><strong>High resolution analysis</strong><br />An important group of proteins, especially when it comes to development of pharmaceuticals, are those found in the membrane of cells. About 60 percent of all pharmaceuticals target membrane-bound proteins, directly or indirectly, which shows their great importance. <br /><br />However, due to these proteins’ need for the cell membrane environment, it is difficult to analyse their structure with established methods, such as X-ray crystallography, magnetic resonance imaging or cryo-electron microscopy.<br /><br />The current project makes use of Atom Probe Tomography instead, with which both the structure and chemical composition of proteins can be observed. The technology offers enormous precision. At present the researchers have shown that it is possible to determine the structure of individual proteins with approximately 1 nanometre resolution. However, the challenge lies in designing a sample preparation method that makes the process faster, and allows to focus on individual proteins, which is the focus of the collaboration.<br /><br />“We still have a lot to learn about proteins, such as those that contribute to ‘misfolding’ diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. The proteins involved here are very flexible and begin to clump together during illness, but we do not know why and how because they are difficult to study with other methods,” says Pernilla Wittung Stafshede.<br /><br /><strong>New use of an established method</strong><br />Atom Probe Tomography is a well-established technology, but it has mainly been used previously to characterise metals and other hard materials. Applying the method to biological materials, especially proteins, shows an innovative approach. The researchers have continued work to develop and adapt the sample preparation process.<br /><br />“Our project can be described as high-risk – we do not yet know if it will be successful. But if we do succeed, it could potentially be of huge benefit. Getting the Areas of Advance Award is a strong encouragement to continue,” says Fredrik Höök, Professor of Physics.<br /><br />The current project has been financed by the Materials Science Area of Advance.<br />“It is very valuable that Chalmers' Areas of Advance can offer support for early testing of our idea. We need to be able to show preliminary results in order to successfully seek funds from external donors,” says Martin Andersson.<br /><br />Now, the first scientific article has been accepted, and the three researchers hope to expand the project going forward. A first application was made a couple of years ago but was rejected.<br /><br />“But now we have shown that the method works! Sometimes one has to ignore some of the accepted expertise and go on intuition. And then you have to have the opportunity to experiment,” says Martin Andersson.<br /><br /><div><br /> </div> <div><em>Text: Malin Ulfvarson</em></div> <div><em>Photo: Johan Bodell</em></div> <div><br /> </div> <strong>The Areas of Advance Award</strong><br />With the Areas of Advance Award, Chalmers looks to reward those who have made outstanding contributions to cross-border collaborations and who, in the spirit of the Areas of Advance, integrate research, education and utilisation. The award will be given out during the Chalmers doctoral conferment ceremony on 18 May, 2019. <br /><br /><strong>Recipients</strong><br />The project is led by Martin Andersson, Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, in collaboration with Professor Pernilla Wittung Stafshede, Biology and Biological Engineering and Professor Fredrik Höök, Physics.<br /><br /><strong>Note</strong><br />Chalmers were international pioneers in the development of Atom Probe Tomography for hard materials, a technology initiated by Professor Hans-Olof Andrén during the 70s. The application of Atom Probe Tomography to study proteins began a few years ago at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, by a project group consisting of Dr. Gustav Sundell, Dr. Mats Hulander and doctoral student Astrid Pihl, under the leadership of Professor Martin Andersson.<br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>Previously published news articles about the three prize winners:</strong><br /><br />Martin Andersson: <a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Skeletal-imitation.aspx">Skeletal imitation reveals how bones grow atom-by-atom</a> (Nov 2018)<br /><br />Pernilla Wittung Stafshede: <a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Eating-fish-could-prevent-Parkinsons-disease.aspx">Eating fish could prevent Parkinson's disease</a> (May 2018)<br /><br />Fredrik Höök: <a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/75-MSEK-for-developing-target-seeking-biological-pharmaceuticals.aspx">75 MSEK for developing target seeking biological pharmaceuticals</a> (Feb 2017) <br />Tue, 30 Apr 2019 11:00:00 +0200 the real city world in a digital twin<p><b>​Creating a digital city simulation tool has been on project founder and manager Anders Logg’s mind for a long time. Now the virtual city project is a reality and is gathering an increasingly large project team of highly skilled members from different areas of competence, as well as a growing external interest in the project.</b></p><p>- I have always wanted to work with a project like VirtualCity@Chalmers,<em> </em><strong>Anders Logg</strong>, Professor of computational mathematics at Chalmers and Director of <span>Building Futures<span style="display:inline-block">  </span></span>Area of Advance, explains. <br />- My research area focuses on mathematical modelling and simulation, and a project like this is a great opportunity for testing, developing and implementing advanced methods for multiphysics simulation.</p> <br /> <p>VirtualCity@Chalmers is a project that aims to develop a 3D virtual city simulation platform, in which city planners, architects, builders, researchers and other interested parties will be able to simulate and visualize different conditions of urban areas, conditions like wind patterns, air and sound pollution, placement of trees and bushes, bridge constructions, etc. The simulation tool is intended to give the opportunity to test different approaches and to make informed decisions in urban planning before the plans are finalized and construction started. The possibility of simulating in advance will not only be of help in the planning process but also improve cost and time efficiency, and aid in designing the best quality living conditions in the planned areas. </p> <br /> <p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Built%20environment/News/streamlines_both-1_440x200px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:4px 10px;width:370px;height:172px" /> Cities are some of the most complex human creations, which is mirrored into the production of virtual twins. The need for different and highly specialized skills in the production is apparent, and the production team is rapidly growing in both numbers and competence variation.</p> <p><br /></p> <br /> <p><strong>Vasilis Naserentin</strong>, Research engineer at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Division of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, and currently finishing his PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics, was one of the first members to join the team. <br />- Within the project VirtualCity@Chalmers I play the awkward role of Lead developer and I manage the software architecture. I am part of the production, but I’m also the hands-on-guy, who makes sure that all decisions we make find their right places within the project. I am the guy who is trying to fit all the pieces into their right places within this giant jig saw-puzzle. <br /><br /> The team consists of a multitude of digital competences, of which Unreal Engine production and implementation is a major component. <strong>Gavin Milroy</strong>, independent Unreal Engine technical artist, instructor and training content creator, residing in the United Kingdom, describes his role in the project:<br />- My role is to support the team on implementing anything inside Unreal Engine 4 (UE4), be it experimentations, gameplay, user interface or other development areas. I always want to work with teams that are pushing the boundaries of development within UE4, and VirtualCity@Chalmers is at the cutting edge of what is possible with a powerful real-time engine. How could I not be interested in such a project? Count me in!<br /><br /> The project also involves other competences. <strong>Fabio Latino</strong>, Design lead of the project, has his degree in architecture: <br />- My background is in architecture, with a special interest in sustainable urban development. I find my skills both very useful and highly gratified in this project. My role in the project is very varied, one day I’m building 3D assets and the next I am discussing user experiences of new features, producing motion graphics or building and developing the identity of the project. I saw VirtualCity@Chalmers as an exciting opportunity, for its multidisciplinary identity and great potential in urban planning and research and, so far, the project has lived up to every expectation.<br /><br /> VirtualCity@Chalmers is a collaboration between Chalmers, Fraunhofer Chalmers Centre and the City of Gothenburg, and has already, after less than a year of production, received an increasing amount of attention, from both industry and academia, and lately also from national media when Anders Logg appeared in an interview at the TV4 National Evening News broadcast. <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/buildingfutures/news/Pages/Anders-Logg-talks-wind-simulation-on-TV4-News.aspx" title="Auido description: Link to article. Anders Logg talks wind simulation on TV4 News Broadcast">Anders Logg on the TV4 evening News »</a> <br /><br /> The project has experienced a rapid growth and progress, but where do the project team members think VirtualCity@Chalmers will be in five years from now?<br /><br /> - At this point in time we have laid the foundation of the core systems and we are constantly improving day by day, <strong>Orfeas Eleftheriou</strong>, Game engine developer, explains. <br />– Over the course of five years I’m confident that our project will scale up in a way that is going to affect the lives of thousands of people.<br /><br /> - I believe VirtualCity@Chalmers has an enormous potential to grow and to move in several different directions, says Level designer and software developer <strong>Luis Almeida</strong>, in place in Portugal. He continues: <br />- My hope is that we can push things far enough to make it a solid platform with a lot of interconnected systems, basically a fully functional virtual ecosystem for everyone to use and to explore its features.</p> <p><br /><span><span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Built%20environment/Virtual%20City/VC-puffbild_SOBF_340px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px 10px;width:220px;height:186px" /></span></span>Developing a simulation tool like VirtualCity@Chalmers requires extended resources of high-level skills, time and financial assets, especially with the designated <span><span>purpose of creating a tool to aid in evolving real cities into very well functioning and liveable areas. Project founder <strong>Anders Logg</strong> is confident:<br />- In five years, I want us to be recognized as a major open platform for city modelling, simulation, visualization and planning, in both academia and industry. And I think we have a unique opportunity, in the necessary assets of our team members and collaborators as well as the drive, to make it happen. </span></span></p> <br /> <p>Read more about VirtualCity@Chalmers on the project website: <a href=""> »</a></p>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0100 end of 2018 also sees the end of Building Futures Area of Advance <p><b>​By the end of the year 2018, the activities within the Building Futures Area of Advance will end, and instead preparations for a possible new area of advance will be intensified. Director Anders Logg retires from the leading position of the AoA and hands over the relay baton to project manager Liane Thuvander.</b></p><div>​By the end of 2018, the activities within the Building Futures Area of Advance (AoA BF) will end, and I will step down from the position as Director of the AoA. The ongoing projects managed within the of AoA BF structure will continue during 2019, but not as part of the AoA BF. Given the opportunity for a new area of advance to be started in 2020, the groundwork and preparations for such an area will be intensified in 2019, managed by Liane Thuvander, presently Vice-director of AoA BF and Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Below I summarize some important milestones of our work within the AoA BF during 2018, but I would also like to take the opportunity to extend my thank you for all the good co-operations and project work performed within the Building Futures AoA, and, of course, wish you all a very </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div style="color:rgb(204, 0, 0);font-size:24px"><span style="color:rgb(204, 0, 0)"><strong><span><em>Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! </em></span></strong></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> <strong> </strong></div> <div><strong> </strong></div> <div> <strong> </strong></div> <div><strong>Anders Logg</strong></div> <div> <em> </em></div> <div><em> </em></div> <div> <em> </em></div> <div><em>Director of Building Futures Area of Advance</em></div> <div> </div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"> WSBE Beyond 2020: </h5> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>In 2017, based on an initiative started by Chalmers Areas of Advance Building Futures and Energy, Chalmers together with RISE, and supported by Johanneberg Science Park and the City of Gothenburg, was awarded the opportunity to host the World Sustainable Built Environment (WSBE) conference. The WSBE conference is the final event of a series of Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) conferences on a regional level that is taking place in more than 14 countries all around the world in 2018‐2019. The conference series is owned by ISBEE, CIB, FIDIC and UN Environment, and the main goal of the WSBE conference BEYOND 2020 is to facilitate a high level and multidisciplinary discussion on how to operationalise the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the Built Environment. With approximately 2000 participants the BEYOND 2020 conference will be one of the largest conferences that Chalmers has ever hosted.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"> </h5> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Profile Resilient infrastructure:</h5> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The profile Resilient infrastructure focused on developing the national network. Close collaborations have been initiated with the Swedish road administration and VTI. Furthermore, first steps for collaboration with KTH and LTH concerning pavement research and education were taken.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">VirtualCity@Chalmers:</h5> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>VirtualCity@Chalmers is a project aiming to develop an interactive 3D-demonstrator of Chalmers campus sites in Lindholmen and Johanneberg, that allows students and researchers to visualize and interact with different datasets and models. Only started in the beginning of 2018, the project has already seen the following achievements: </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <ul><li>Initiative seminar Virtual Cities – Opportunities and Challenges, 18 April 2018 . </li> <li>Development of an accurate, updated and meshed 3D-reprensentation of the campus sites, which is already used by other research groups. </li> <li>Visualization and interaction in Unreal Engine (immersive and appealing 3D world). </li> <li>Development of a hosting and communication framework that allows different researchers to couple their data and models. </li> <li>Establishment of concrete collaboration with a number of different research groups and organizations at Chalmers:</li> <ul><li>DemoVirPen on noise modelling at Gibraltarvallen. </li> <li>Solar radiation /shading modelling with Zack Norwood and GU. </li> <li>SMoG on Space Syntax analyses. </li> <li>Fraunhofer Chalmers Centre on computational fluid dynamics simulations on the urban scale (wind flow, fluid structures interaction, radiation). </li> <li>Five Star Campus on Virtual Campus. </li> <li>Air quality project with Beate Stahre Wästberg. </li> <li>Extensive communication and outreach activities with different stakeholders (including City of Gothenburg).</li></ul></ul> <div><br /><p></p> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Vinnova KC 2020:</h5> <p></p></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Another main activity has been the coordination of the Vinnova KC 2020 Digital Twin Cities application – a process that includes representatives from the entire ACE department and 25 external stakeholders.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0100 for a new AoA will be intensified in the new year<p><b>​Starting in the new year, the preparation work for a new area of advance after Building Futures will be intensified. The working title for the project is Liveable cities, and it already involves several different departments and divisions.</b></p>From the beginning of January 2019 the preparation work for a new Area of Advance (AoA) with the working title Liveable Cities will be intensified. A working group of engaged researchers from, so far, the Departments Architecture and Civil Engineering, Technology Management and Economics, Space, Earth and Environment, and Mathematical Sciences will be involved in monthly workshops, to shape the content and activities for the proposed AoA. The members of the working group will also function as ambassadors. The work will be guided by two reference groups, one with internal and one with external stakeholders.<br /><div><br /></div> <div>Planned activities are, among others, an open workshop during spring and an initiative seminar in the autumn. There will also be links to the VirtualCity@Chalmers project, the WSBE2020 conference, and the Master courses Dare2Built and Reality Studio.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For more information, please contact:</div> Liane Thuvander,<a href=""></a>, project leader.<br />Bernd Ketzler, <a href=""></a>, project coordinator.<br />Thu, 20 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0100 Logg on TV4 News: simulating wind conditions using VirtualCity@Chalmers<p><b>​Building Futures' Area of advance director Anders Logg was interviewed on the TV4 News on 14th November 2018, describing how buildings and other elements in city environments affect wind conditions, and also how simulation tools like VirtualCity@Chalmers can be used in the planning and building of good environments.</b></p><div>​Always tailwind? That would be appreciated by most of us, but is rarely experienced by anyone. Though, it has been acknowledged that wind conditions in city environments are affected by the placing and shaping of buildings and other elements, like trees and bushes, and bridges, etc. And since the wind conditions are affected by those elements, it is also possible to affect the wind conditions by designing the city environments, the constructing and placings, in such a way that the conditions become the best possible. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>By using the simulation tool VirtualCity@Chalmers, different alternatives can be simulated and evaluated in advance, helping city planners, architects, construction companies, and others involved, to shape good and liveable city environments. And not only regarding wind conditions, but also aspects like air quality, noise, flooding, traffic, and energy systems, etc. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Watch the clip from TV4 News, in which Anders Logg describes the influence on wind conditions of constructions and placings in city environments, and how using a simulation tool like VirtualCity@Chalmers can improve the conditions. <em>(In Swedish.)</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div>More information on our project VirtualCity@Chalmers can also be found on the project-website: <a href=""> »</a><br /></div> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:45:00 +0100–-guiding-the-building-sector-on-the-UN-2030-agenda.aspx 2020 – guiding the building sector on the UN 2030 agenda<p><b>​ Gothenburg, Sweden, will be hosting BEYOND 2020, the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference, in June 2020. The mission of this large event is to engage the global building sector and set up a roadmap of actions as a guide on how to best contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The dialogue has already started on the web.</b></p><div>​The World Sustainable Built Environment Conference is held every three years and is considered to be one of the world’s most important conferences and forums in the field of sustainable built environment. The next conference will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 2020, hosted by Chalmers University of Technology and <a href="">RISE Research Institutes of Sweden</a> in collaboration with <a href="">Johanneberg Science Park</a> and City of Gothenburg. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The mission of the conference is to link the global building sector to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to define its role towards the achievement of 2030 objectives, by setting up a roadmap of actions that will guide the whole sector during the years between 2020 and 2030, and thus ‘beyond’ 2020. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>- The conference is a unique opportunity for us to present Chalmers, Gothenburg and all of Sweden, and specifically our way of addressing issues related to sustainable built environment through projects taking shape here and now&quot;, says Holger Wallbaum, Professor in Sustainable building and conference owner.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Kristina Mjörnell, VP Sustainable Cities and Communities at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, who will chair the conference organization committee for the conference together with Holger Wallbaum, adds:  </div> <div>- This world conference will give us the opportunity to show how RISE contributes to a sustainable built environment, with a multi-disciplinary perspective as research and innovation partner for industry, academia, SME and the public sector.&quot; </div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">The BEYOND 2020 conference website is now launched</h5> <div>
Chalmers University of Technology and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden are proud to announce the launch of the <a href="">BEYOND 2020 conference website</a>. Let the discussion on the web and in social media begin!<br />The website gives an overview of the conference, from many different perspectives and with a strong focus on its core theme, Sustainable Development Goals – most importantly SDG #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. This website is the starting point of a journey towards quality discussions and knowledge sharing during an extremely rich range of session formats that will be offered at the actual the conference.</div> <div><br />Together with the related social media channels, this website also aims at being an exchange platform and a communication channel for those interested. BEYOND 2020 can be found and followed on:</div> <div><br /><span>LinkedIn:<span> </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a><br /><span>Twitter:</span><a href="" target="_blank"><span><span> </span></span></a><br /><span>Facebook:<span> </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a><br /><span>Youtube:<span> </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a><br /><span>Newsletter:<span> </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a><br /><br /><strong>For more information, please contact:
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Annika Hallman, Gothenburg Convention Bureau, Göteborg &amp; Co, <a href=""><span></span></a><br /><br /></div> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 09:00:00 +0200 design forces are emerging at the AAG2018<p><b>​​The biennial International Conference AAG - Advances in Architectural Geometry - is held in different European countries. This year it is held in Gothenburg, Sweden, September 22-25, hosted by Chalmers University of Technology. Swedish and international architects, engineers and mathematicians will attend the conference to discuss how powerful design tools can solve complex problems in architecture and construction technology.</b></p><div>Architecture meets mathematics and engineering and the digital. The conference includes 15 workshops led by researchers and practitioners from around the world.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Among the speakers are Caroline Bos, one of the founders of UN Studio, Philippe Block, Professor at ETH Zurich and Leader of the Block Research Group and Julie Dorsey, Professor of Computer Science at Yale.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Examples of questions to be examined during the conference include:</div> <div><ul><li>What role can an industrial robot have in the design process and for the production of architecture?<br /></li> <li>How do we use artificial intelligence and machine learning for analysis and design?<br /></li> <li>What new design opportunities are given by automated production tools?<br /></li> <li>In what ways can we optimize designs using digital technology?<br /></li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The concept of computational design is central in this context, which means that the computational power of the computer is fully utilized in the design process, while the architect or engineer can directly adapt the methodology to different tasks. Here geometry, mathematics and digitalization meet in the solution of complex geometric problems, the simulation of construction, light or wind, or the rational production of advanced forms. At Chalmers, these methods are studied in the research groups Architecture &amp; Engineering and Architecture &amp; Computation.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/JonasRunberger_170.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="picture of Jonas Runberger" style="margin:5px" />– Computational design helps us investigate and try alternative concepts in the early stages of design, in order to make intelligent and informed design and production choices. Here, Swedish construction industry can be cross-fertilized by the international context. The conference gives us a glimpse of where international architecture and engineering is today, concludes Karl-Gunnar Olsson, Professor of Architecture and Technology, and Jonas Runberger, Artistic Professor of Digital Design, both at Chalmers Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, ACE.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="text-align:right">Jonas Runberger</div> <div><br /></div> <div>September 22-23: workshops. </div> <div>September 24-25: seminars</div> <div>Location: Chalmers, campus Johanneberg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Registration is open. Welcome!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about the conference and register at the AAG2018 home page: </div> <div><a>​</a></div> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:00:00 +0200 status on project VirtualCity@Chalmers<p><b>​The work with the digital urban planning simulation tool VirtualCity@Chalmers is moving forward. Lead developer Vasilis Naserentin is giving an update on the current status of the project. </b></p><div>The project VirtualCity@Chalmers is a joint cooperation between Chalmers Area of Advance Building Futures, Fraunhofer-Chalmers Research Centre for Industrial Mathematics and the City of Gothenburg. The project, aiming at creating a simulation platform that can be used as a tool in urban development and building, only started in the beginning of 2018, but is now getting closer to releasing the first level tool, virtual twins of the Chalmers campuses Johanneberg and Lindholmen. <br /></div> <div><span><span><span><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Audio description: Vasilis Naserentin" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Built%20environment/News/14_4_VasilisNaserentin_webpage.jpg" style="height:234px;width:195px;margin:25px 10px" /></span></span></span> </div> <div>Vasilis Naserentin, of the Chalmers department of Mathematics and lead developer of VirtualCity@Chalmers, is giving an update on the current status of the project.</div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Vasilis, where in the process of creating the Virtual City@Chalmers platform are you right now?</h5> <div>- I  came to realize that creating a digital twin of a live and breathing organism as a city cannot be streamlined. Thus, there are a lot of things in the development process happening in parallel, to cut down the wait time between different sub-teams of our group. As an overview I would say that we are deep into early development for the VirtualCity@Chalmers platform.  We have already acquired and cleaned up a lot of 3D-data from various sources, integrated IPS IBOFlow and FEniCS as live multiphysics simulation tools in the software, but there is a long way to go still. Our main focus now is to release a working platform for the two campuses and at the same time form a solid development team for the next phases.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Any exciting new development lately?</h5> <div>- Glad you asked, since we have quite a few things stirring up! As cities are (should be) all about the citizens, VirtualCity@Chalmers is all about the research and developers behind it. Since we are just starting out (6 months into the development progress is considered very early for such a project) we are trying to create a solid team of members who are in it for the long run. Currently, we are hoping to recruit some more senior talent to our Unreal Engine development team. There is something in the making, something we hopefully can share soon. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>In the meantime, we are always polishing our 3D data assets and graphics, as they are the vital building blocks of the VirtualCity@Chalmers, so hopefully we can showcase a much crispier and better looking version of both campuses Johanneberg and Lindholmen. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Another exciting mini-project we started working on is some detailed simulations of how wind will affect Linbanan, thanks to the integration of IPS IBOFlow in VirtualCity@Chalmers and the City of Gothenburg’s help with the 3D assets of the cable car model. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Moreover, we started working with <a href="/en/about-chalmers/campus-and-premises/five-star-campus/Pages/fivestarcampus.aspx" target="_blank">Five Star Campus</a> on how to visualize some of their current activities on campus Johanneberg, so rather sooner than later you will see more about the integration of that project into VirtualCity@Chalmers.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">It sounds very exiting. When do you expect to be ready to let VirtualCity@Chalmers go live?</h5> <div>- Software development (especially in an academic environment) is a very laborsome process and we are faced with many, both technological and social, challenges. Regarding the first, most of our issues arise  from  the  quality  of  the  3D  data,  that  need  to  be  polished  and  cleaned  up,  especially  to  be simulation-ready for the end-product. As for the latter, we want to collaborate with many researchers from diverse fields. That ambition comes with the burden of having to communicate between many groups with different scientific backgrounds, datasets as well as software and hardware requirements for our platform. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Nonetheless, by the end of the year we plan to release a demonstrator of VirtualCity@Chalmers that includes  the  two  campus  sites  of  Chalmers  University  of  Technology,  and  including  visualization  of multiple datasets and simulations from Chalmers researchers. </div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Built%20environment/Virtual%20City/VC-puffbild_SOBF_210px.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px 15px" />VirtualCity@Chalmers teaser video on Youtube</h5> <div>A couple of weeks ago a <span>VirtualCity@Chalmers  <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>teaser <span>video </span>was released – <a href=";t=43s" target="_blank">click here</a> check out the video on Youtube.</div> <div> </div> <div>And if you are interested in reading more about the urban planning simulation platform project VirtualCity@Chalmers, welcome to visit our project website – <a href="" target="_blank"><br /></a></div> <div><br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br />Text: Agneta Olsson and Vasilis Naserentin</div> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0200 teaser on Youtube<p><b>​The work with our urban planning simulation tool VirtualCity@Chalmers is moving forward. Welcome to a sneak peak of the project progress in our brand new teaser video (Youtube).</b></p><div>​The ongoing collaboration project between Chalmers Area of Advance Building Futures (profile Virtual cities), Fraunhofer-Chalmers-Centre and the City of Gothenburg, VirtualCity@Chalmers, is making progress: With the plan for stage one, a simulation tool of the two Chalmers campuses Johanneberg and Lindholmen, to go live in late 2018 still intact, we would right now like to invite you to take a sneak peak of the project progress. Check out our brand new teaser published on Youtube - <a title="Video link: VirtualCity@Chalmers teaser" href="" target="_blank">VirtualCity@Chalmers teaser »</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Once the simulation tool of Chalmers Johanneberg and Lindholmen is live, the project will continue on with the next step: an urban planning simulation tool extended to cover the whole city of Gothenburg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For more information on the project, check out or project website <a title="Audio description: link to website" href="" target="_blank"> »</a><br /></div>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:30:00 +0200 advancements towards a simulation tool for road construction<p><b>The research project &quot;Simulation and visualization of road construction&quot; started in 2016 with the purpose of developing a simulation and visualization tool that will facilitate identification of construction engineering issues in today's road production, thus eliciting the basis for a quality and cost-efficiency increase in both construction of new roads as well as for maintenance of existing ones. The project has developed with great progress and in the autumn of 2017 an initiative was made towards a larger, full-scale project by submitting an application for new research funds. At the end of April 2018, Vinnova approved the application and through the new funds from InfraSweden2030, the project, now known as DigiRoad, can continue to at least 2021.</b></p><div>​– Our goal is to develop a simulation method for loading, spreading and compaction of unbound aggregate materials in road construction, a method that is ultimately intended to contribute to improving the Swedish road network, with increased service life and reduced maintenance, higher cost efficiency and improved environmental aspects. The results from the initial part of the project are so interesting that we have developed a wider application for funding for the continuation and expansion of the project. And fortunately, Vinnova / InfraSweden 2030 has approved our application for a continuation until 2021, so step two is now running. </div>      This is how Johannes Quist, responsible researcher at Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre, currently summarizes the project DigiRoad.<br /><div>     The initial project, called &quot;Simulation and Visualization of Road Construction&quot;, was a collaboration between the Chalmers Area of Advance Building Futures, Fraunhofer Chalmers Centre for Industrial Mathematics (FCC) and the company NCC AB. With the new research application, the project has been renamed &quot;DigiRoad&quot;, and additional partners have been added to form a consortium, in addition to the previous partners, Volvo CE and Dynapac as well as the research group Chalmers Rock Processing Systems are now also a part of the project team.</div> <div>     In road construction, the road body is usually built up of several, bound and unbound layers of rock material. Depending on how these layers are constructed and on the nature of the rock material, the characteristics of the road, such as bearing capacity, functionality and life expectancy, can vary and be varied. The processes are studied systematically, and areas that are investigated include the thickness of the different layers, the size distribution and segregation effects, and the material to be used and how the compaction of the material should be carried out. Today, planning takes place on a more general level. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><h6 class="chalmersElement-H6">A tool making it possible to evaluate in advance by simulation</h6></div> <div>     The aim of the project is a tool that enables simulation in advance of sub-processes in the road construction process, in order to enable concrete measures to be made that can streamline Swedish road production, both in terms of quality and cost.</div>      – To evaluate segregation and packing behaviour experimentally has always been difficult,&quot; Johannes continues. The evaluations are today limited to what is physically measurable in the field. The purpose of the ongoing research project is to develop a tool that allows for advance simulation of the process, and with a very high resolution - down on the level of individual particles.<div>     The simulation method used is Discrete Element Method (DEM), or &quot;Particle Simulation&quot; as Johannes calls it in everyday language. </div> <div>      – We hope to be able to develop road construction technology on a number of different levels within the consortium. The capability is not limited to simulating for optimization of the unbound aggregate layers, we also look at possibilities for optimizing machine geometry, both in terms of quantity and quality, for example in the handling and transport of the rock material. </div> <div>     In the first phase of the project, we worked mainly in digital environments, but in stage two of the project, the idea is to proceed with full scale testing, using full-scale machinery and validating the method through experiments in the field. <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Syntolkning: Johannes Qvist, foto." src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Built%20environment/Johannes-Quist_foto.jpg" style="height:146px;width:133px;margin:10px" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>We who work with the project see the great potential and usability of the method, and we are all very much looking forward to the continuation of the project<span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span> and the tough challenges that await.</div> <br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span> <span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><em style="font-size:10px">Johannes Quist, Fraunhofer Chalmers Centre.<br /></em><br /><br />Video: Fraunhofer Chalmers Centre<br />Text: Agneta Olsson<br />Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:30:00 +0200 energy tested in winter road maintenance<p><b>​Test bed in Östersund, Sweden: Solar and geo energy stored during the summer tested as an alternative to salt and sand in ice removal from winter roads.</b></p><div>In the Nordic countries an estimate of 600 000 tonnes of road salt is used annually to keep our roads non-slippery and free of ice. The salt makes a difference but it also damages the environment where it is spread. Researchers from Chalmers are part of a project in which solar and geo energy is tested as alternatives, a project which also includes the building of a test bed in Östersund, Sweden, where different alternatives to salt and sand will be tested. In the project, the solar energy is stored in the ground during the summer, then to be used in the winter for heating of the road in the test bed. <br /></div> <div><br />The main contributors to the project are Trafikverket and the Norwegian Statens Vegvesen and it is also supported by Geotec (Svenska Borrentreprenörers Branschorganisation). <br /><br />Read more about the project in the article published by the Chalmers department of Architecture and Civil Enginering, in which Josef Johnsson, PhD student at Building Technology, is describing the project, (in Swedish): <a title="Solenergi ersätter salt på vintervägar" href="" target="_blank">Solenergi ersätter salt på vintervägar</a><br /><br />The project is also described in a publication by Trafikverket and in several other articles, links below.</div> <div>Trafikverket: <a title="Framtidens halkbekämpning med sol- och geoenergi" href="" target="_blank">Framtidens halkbekämpning med sol- och geoenergi</a><br />Ny Teknik: <a title="Article: Jämtländsk solenergi håller vägen isfri" href="" target="_blank">Jämtländsk solenergi håller vägen isfri</a><br />Tidningen Proffs: <a title="Article (link): Glöm saltet, nu ska vägar halkbekämpas med solenergi" href="" target="_blank">Glöm saltet, nu ska vägar halkbekämpas med solenergi</a><br />Entreprenad: <a title="Article (link): Lagrad solenergi framtidens halkbekämpning" href="" target="_blank">Lagrad solenergi framtidens halkbekämpning</a><br />Jämtlands gymnasium: <a title="Article: Framtidens halkbekämpning testas i Östersund" href="" target="_blank">Framtidens halkbekämpning testas i Östersund</a><br /></div>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:00:00 +0200 to design for future scenarios<p><b>​Autonomous cars and smart homes will, in the near future, most likely will be a part of our daily lives. But how can we design these systems in a human centred way when they haven’t yet been fully implemented in the society? This was the topic when over 60 practitioners, within the User Experience community GotUX, showed up at the Virtual Development Laboratory at Chalmers.</b></p><div>To have a good understanding of user-centric design in future systems is important for many reasons. One is to avoid technological lock-ins that may not even be desired from a human perspective. These lock-ins can then be very hard to change at a later stage. Feelings of unsafety and mistrust can lead to distress, misuse and avoidance. Including everyday people in the making of big technological systems, influencing our daily lives, can also be argued to be a democratic issue.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Trust in future autonomous vehicles</h3> <div>Imagine yourself sitting in an autonomous car that breaks harshly every time it stops. Even though this doesn’t mean that the car is unsafe the behavior can still make us feel discomfort and mistrust. PhD students, Fredrik Ekman and Mikael Johansson, have done experimental studies about how people perceive different behaviours of autonomous cars, and concluded that defensive and predictable driving felt safer. This knowledge is important because the autonomous cars can then be designed not only to be safe, but also make us feel safe. One could think that as long as a system is safe our feelings of comfort and trust are irrelevant, but if we don’t trust a system we might not use it the way it’s intended, and the risks for accidents or failure increases. Should we distrust the system entirely we would most likely not adopt it at all. </div> <div><div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Using generative techniques in designing Smart Energy Systems</h3> <div><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Bild på Sara Renström" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/IMS/Design%20and%20Human%20Factors/Sara%20Renström%20350pxl.jpg" style="height:307px;width:346px;margin:5px 15px" />Surveys and interviews are familiar techniques when trying to understand human thoughts. However the knowledge retrieved is sometimes just too shallow.  Sara Renström, PhD student specialized in user-centred sustainable design, has been using crafting of collages and drawing as a way of reaching more tacit and latent feelings and thoughts. This in the effort of trying to understand what roles people want to play in smart energy systems, and what products, services and systems that could support these roles. Sara explains how she invited residents from the HSB living lab for a workshop including pizza, candy and crafting. <br /><br />Afterwards the collages were presented to the rest of the group members revealing interesting experiences, and was followed by thoughtful discussions, helping contextualizing smart energy technologies in participants’ lives.</div> <div> </div> <div>The discussions on design and user experience continued after the presentations when the host, Graduate school Human Technology and Design, offered everyone snacks, drinks and mingle.</div> <div> </div></div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Facts</h4> <div>GOTUX is local chapter of the Interaction Design Association, IXDA, a member-supported organization dedicated to the discipline of interaction design. <a href=""></a></div> <div><br /><a href="">The graduate school Human Technology and Design</a> is common in the two departments Industrial and Materials Science and Computer Science and Engineering. The school develops the knowledge about the relationship between humans, technology, and design in broad terms, and how this relationship can be shaped with regard to the needs of individuals as well as of the environment and society.</div> <div><br /><strong>PhD students</strong><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/johamik.aspx">Mikael Johansson</a></div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/ekmanfr.aspx">Fredrick Ekman</a> </div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/sara-renstrom.aspx">Sara Renström</a></div> <div> </div> <div>   </div>Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200