News: Informations- och kommunikationsteknik related to Chalmers University of TechnologyFri, 25 May 2018 17:21:50 +0200 build self-driving race car<p><b>​As the first and only Swedish team, Chalmers has qualified for the prestigious Formula Student Driverless competition in Germany. With a unique software in their car, the team hopes to wipe the floor with their competitors.</b></p><div>Already available was a whole lab dedicated to the development of self-driving vehicles, a proprietary software platform, and a ready-made electric racing car from last year's Formula Student competition.</div> <div><br />&quot;From there, it was quite a small step, to start a student team to rebuild the car for self-driving and compete in the race class for driverless cars,&quot; says the initiator and supervisor Ola Benderius, assistant professor at the Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems Division.<br /><br /></div> <div>Since last autumn, twelve students from five different master programs have worked to make the car self-driving as part of their master’s thesis.</div> <div><br />&quot;It's extremely fun and educational. It's a brand-new project and we have had a lot of freedom to achieve our goals,&quot; says team manager Emil Rylén, who studies Automotive Engineering.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">A dedicated and multifaceted team</h3> <div>The team is divided into three groups, who work with each of the three main elements of self-driving: to perceive and interpret the surroundings, driving planning and control, and mechanical and electronic hardware to execute the control signals. Two of the team members were also in the team that built the car last year.</div> <div><br />&quot;We couldn’t have done it without them. They know and understand how the car works,&quot; says Rylén.</div> <div>He describes the team as a very mixed group, both in terms of nationality, education and skills.</div> <div><br />&quot;Everyone is really dedicated. You definitely do not have to be a racing fan, but rather a technology fan and someone interested in cutting-edge technology.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Equipment for half a million SEK</h3> <div>To make the car self-driving, they have equipped the car with sensors like GPS, laser radar, dual-lens camera for deep vision, computers, and extra electronics and mechanisms to actuate the brakes, wheel, and accelerator. In total, the equipment cost about half a million SEK, but much of it will be reusable in coming years.</div> <div><br />Financing is already ready for another three years. Interest among the students is very high, as is the industry's interest in recruiting those who participated in the team. Ola Benderius and his two supervisor colleagues – Christian Berger and Björnborg Nguyen – are already gathering next year's team.</div> <div><br />It is also advantageous for the Chalmers lab for self-driving vehicles, <a href="/en/researchinfrastructure/revere/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Revere</a>, to have a team in Formula Student Driverless.</div> <div><br />&quot;We get a chance to showcase Reveres’ abilities and skills, and the team attracts really good students. Hopefully, some of them hope to stay on as PhD students. In addition, the team is developing stuff that we can use in research,&quot; says Benderius.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Tests and competition in sight</h3> <div>In addition to the team being able to use Reveres’ premises, vehicles and skills, they also get time on the test track Astazero. At the moment, they can drive the racing car using a handheld remote control, but there is still a few weeks work before they can go over to self-driving tests.</div> <div><br />&quot;It will be very fun to test and go to the competition. Then we can reap the benefits of all the work we put down during the year,&quot; says Rylén.</div> <div><br />While the other teams qualifying for the competition all chose the same well-established but somewhat obsolete software, the Chalmers team uses Chalmers’ proprietary software platform for driverless vehicles, OpenDLV.</div> <div><br />“It makes us unique. A stable software is really important to succeed in the competition, and with experience from research, we know how to design it,&quot; says Benderius.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">About the Formula Student Driverless competition</h3> <div>The competition will take place 6–12 August in Hockenheim, Germany, and includes a number of different challenges: braking, acceleration, skidpad testing and a track drive. The team will also have to present and explain their software and hardware design, as well as a business model. Read more about the competition at <a href="" target="_blank">Formula Student Germany</a>.</div> <div><strong><br />Read more:</strong></div> <div>Chalmers also has student teams that build and compete with driver-controlled electric race cars and sailboats. Read more on the <a href="" target="_blank">Chalmers Formula Student website</a> and in the article <a href="/en/news/Pages/Organic-boat-building.aspx">Organic boat building in a nutshell</a>.</div> <div><br />Text: Ingela Roos</div> <div>Photo: Johan Bodell</div> Fri, 25 May 2018 17:00:00 +0200 researchers in Software Engineering gathers in Gothenburg<p><b>​The International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE, is the largest scientific conference in software engineering. This year the conference is held for the first time in Scandinavia when ICSE opens its gates at the Swedish Exhibition Fair in Gothenburg on 27 May.</b></p><div>​ <br /></div> <div>Ivica Crnkovic, Professor of Software Engineering at Chalmers, is general chair of the organising committee of this year's ICSE. He describes it as an honor to join and organise such a well-known and important conference.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/People/IvicaCrnkovic_100px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />“ICSE is a conference with a strong link to industry and aims to gather all those interested in Software Engineering. We will both have prominent researchers from around the world, who will present new research findings, and also large and small companies from industry. To me it is extremely honorable to have a leading role in this conference, not many people get the chance&quot;, says Ivica Crnkovic.<br /><br /><strong>Double anniversary</strong><br />This year's edition is also special, as two anniversaries will be celebrated. It’s the 40th edition of ICSE, and Software Engineering as a discipline celebrates 50 years. The discipline was introduced at the famous NATO Software Engineering Conference 1968 in Garmisch, Germany. For the anniversary, several high-profile keynote speakers have been booked and one of them is Margaret Hamilton – a legend in Software Engineering who developed the software that governed and controlled the Apollo program’s spacecraft.<br /><br />&quot;It's very exciting that Margaret Hamilton is coming! She was the first in the world to develop the software required for a rocket to navigate and land on the moon, so she's really a pioneer. She was very enthusiastic when we contacted her, and with her experience she will contribute with truly interesting insights and knowledge”, says Ivica Crnkovic.<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Record breaking number of participants</strong><br />This year, the conference is the largest in its 40-year history. More than 1700 participants from all over the world have registered. International researchers are attracted to Sweden, partly thanks to our strong cooperation between industry and academia which makes us a model in many countries.<br /><br />&quot;The ICSE is a unique conference within its field and now that it is held for the first time in Scandinavia, it is a great opportunity for Scandinavian and Swedish industry to showcase and establish contacts. The ICSE can be resembled as the Olympics of our discipline, so it's a very big event!”, says Ivica Crnkovic.<br /><br />The conference is held between 27 May and 2 June and offers 30 workshops, six co-located events, and three days of the main conference with several prominent speakers and more than 500 presentations.<br /><br /><br />Do not miss the chance to be part of ICSE 2018!<br /><br />Conference website: <a href=""></a>.<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Register for this year's event in Software Engineering here &gt;</a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Software engineering is about developing software systems, or program intensive systems. There are few modern products that do not contain software, and it is software that primarily contributes to product development today – self-driving cars, manufacturing, healthcare, the energy sector are just a few areas where software development plays a central role.<br /><br /><em><strong>The Organisation Committee members welcome you to ICSE 2018:</strong></em><br /></div>Thu, 24 May 2018 17:00:00 +0200 DigiLab at Shanghai Science Festival<p><b>​Chalmers DigiLab - the makerspace for children was invited to the Shanghai Science Festival. Four of our students went there to demonstrate and guide the chinese visitors of the festival.</b></p>​ <div>Chalmers DigiLab was invited as part of a Swedish delegation. The International science festival in Gothenburg received the invitation from Shanghai and brought us along. Thank you for this exciting opportunity!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/News%20events/DigiLab/IMG_7894_ed.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:480px;height:360px" /><br />Chalmers student Thundluck Sereevoravitgul demonstrating the robot surgery station.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/News%20events/DigiLab/IMG_7899_ed.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Måns Östman with the automatically watering green house.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/News%20events/DigiLab/IMG_7906_ed.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:480px;height:360px" /><br />Wasamas Mimmi Leakpech guiding visitors at the Energy station.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/News%20events/DigiLab/IMG_7945_ed.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Gunnar Bolmvall demonstrating the sensor controlled bridge opening.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Photos: Madeleine Koncilja, Vetenskapsfestivalen.</div>Tue, 22 May 2018 09:00:00 +0200 Data improves materials analysis<p><b>​By examining the structure of a metal or ceramic material at the atomic level, it is easier to understand and influence the properties of different materials. But what should you look for and where? In a new project, Professor Uta Klement combines analyses of Big Data with her expertise area of material characterization. Instead of looking for a needle in a haystack, the data is analysed to find the deviations which needs to be investigated in detail.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/uta-klement.aspx" target="_blank">Professor Uta Klement</a> leads a research group called <a href="/en/departments/ims/research/mm/ytmikro/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Surface and Microstructure Engineering</a>. She examines the properties of metals and different ceramic materials. These include nano materials, different types of coating, advanced steel or superalloys. By understanding the structure and construction of the materials, it is possible to achieve more sustainable production processes and products. Manufacturers can use less material and also use the material more efficiently and longer.</span><div><br /></div> <div><strong>One example is</strong> new thermal barrier coatings that allow for higher combustion temperatures in gas turbines such as in airplane engines, which would improve efficiency and result in lower emissions.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/IMS/Profilbilder/Uta%20Klement_170x220.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Uta Klement" style="margin:5px" />In a new project, which deals with improving the grindability of recycled steel, Uta Klement collaborates with a group of researchers and combines analyses of big data with material characterization. This is the first time they try this method. She tells us what benefits it brings.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>– Our material analyses are often based on an assumption, not on a theory. However, in industry a lot of data is collected in material processing. By analysing these data we can get hints on what to look for in the microstructure. Our material science knowledge helps to interpret the data, and then we can perform accurate investigations instead of looking for the &quot;needle in the haystack&quot;.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Knowing what you are looking for</strong> is particularly important in research that zooms in on a small piece of material using electron microscopy and other complementary techniques. Taking advantage of data can be a breakthrough and become a generic approach, says Uta Klement.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>– New and improved characterization technology and the ability to interpret the results enable us to increase our knowledge and produce new and better products with better features and better utilization of the resources. Indirectly this is important to all of us.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>FACTS</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Uta Klement is a professor of materials science with a focus on electron microscopy. She is Head of <a href="/en/departments/ims/research/mm/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Division of Materials and Manufacture</a> at Chalmers <a href="/en/departments/ims/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Department of Industrial and Materials Science</a>, and also heads the research group <a href="/en/departments/ims/research/mm/ytmikro/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Surface and Microstructure Engineering</a>. She is also in the board of <a href="" target="_blank">Chalmers Ventures</a>.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about the project &quot;<a href="">Grindability of recycled steel: automotive crankshafts</a>&quot; in Chalmers research database [<em>in Swedish</em>]. The project is led by <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Peter-Krajnik.aspx" target="_blank">P​eter Krajnik</a>, professor of manufacturing technology and also includes <a href="/en/staff/Pages/Philipp-Hoier-.aspx" target="_blank">Philipp Hoier</a> and <a href="/en/staff/Pages/amir-malakizadi.aspx" target="_blank">Amir Malakizadi</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Text and photo: Nina Silow</em></div> <div><br /></div> Fri, 18 May 2018 17:00:00 +0200 positions within WASP AI this spring<p><b>​WASP, Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program, has announced several open positions this spring! Here we sum up the calls with links to more information.</b></p><div>​ </div> <div><span style="text-decoration:underline">Current calls in WASP:</span><br /><br /><div><strong>WASP expedition projects</strong></div> <div>Deadline short proposal: 10th August 2018</div> <div><a href="">More information &gt;<span style="display:inline-block"></span></a> </div> </div> <div><br /><span style="text-decoration:underline">Open positions in WASP AI: </span><br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Wallenberg Distinguished Chairs in AI</strong> are professorships at the highest level. Up to five positions are open for continuous applications. <a href="" target="_blank">More information and contact details &gt;</a> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>WASP Professorships</strong> are positions primarily at the Assistant Professor level. They could also be on the level of Associate Professor or Professor. Each position comes with an attractive start package. </div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">Information about the prioritized areas &gt;</a> </div> <div>Interested candidates should register their interest no later than 31st July, 2018 <br /><a href="" target="_blank">More information and contact details &gt;</a> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Fifteen WASP industrial PhD student</strong> positions <a href="" target="_blank">open for application &gt;</a> <br />Deadline for application is 11th May 2018.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>WASP projects for universities in AI/machine learning</strong>.</div> <div>First round: Deadline 3rd June, 2018</div> <div>Second round: September/October, 2018</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">More information &gt;</a> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>WASP AI 18 PhD Positions in AI-Math</strong> - university PhD positions at seven university sites, with focus on mathematics behind AI. <a href="" target="_blank">More information &gt;</a> Please note: different final dates for applications!</div> <div><br />Chalmers has 6 of the total 18 positions - <a href="/sv/institutioner/math/nyheter/Sidor/Doktorander-till-matematik-for-artificiell-intelligens.aspx">announcement here &gt;</a> </div> <div>Deadline 13th May 2018.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Upcoming calls</h3> <div><strong>WASP Guest Research Program</strong> offers the opportunity to invite guest researchers to Sweden. The first announcement for Guest Researcher will be in June. <a href="" target="_blank">More information &gt; </a></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Five WASP Professorships</strong> within basic mathematics for AI will open during 2018.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">About WASP</h3> <div>Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is Sweden’s largest ever individual research program, a major national initiative for basic research, education and faculty recruitment. The total budget for the program is more than 3.5 billion SEK, and major goals are more than 50 new professors and more than 300 new PhDs within AI, Autonomous Systems and Software.</div> <div> </div> <div>The ambition is to advance Sweden into an internationally recognized and leading position in these areas, and WASP is now taking a step by launching a first broad investment in Artificial Intelligence. The offering includes several different positions to build and strengthen AI in Sweden.</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank"></a></div>Mon, 07 May 2018 20:00:00 +0200 our IT programmes and attracting more women to IT education<p><b>​To meet the high demand for IT skills, Chalmers will increase the number of seats to the computer/software engineering programmes in the autumn of 2018. At the same time, Chalmers introduce new activities to promote more female applicants to the IT programmes.</b></p>​ <br /><span>Also in June, decisions will be taken to launch two new master programs with the preliminary names Data Science and High Performance Computer Systems.<span style="display:inline-block"> </span></span><br /><br />Jörgen Blennow is Dean of education for the educational area EDIT-I (<span><span>electrical engineering, computer science and engineering, software engineering, and, industrial engineering and management<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span>). He is highly involved in introducing new activities for targeted recruitment of women to Chalmers IT programmes.<br /><br />“Different perspectives are important in the development of IT. The digitalisation will permeate throughout society in the future, that's something that concerns all of us. Ultimately, I see this as a questions of democracy. Tools to be used by everyone in society should also be developed by all&quot;, says Jörgen Blennow.<br /><br />He was recently interviewed by Computer Sweden, where he pointed out that not only students from the IT programmes are demanded by companies.<br /><br />&quot;Those who start with, for example, technical mathematics can choose to do their master in data / IT, and the same for students who come from physics. So we are not only focusing on the IT programmes, there are  other students that are well prepared to contribute to digitalisation&quot;, he told Computer Sweden.<br /><br /><span>Read the article in Computer Sweden<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> (in Swedish) &gt;&gt;<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Sverige skriker efter it-kompetens – så varför utbildar vi inte fler?</a><br /> <br />Mon, 07 May 2018 06:00:00 +0200 Kläppevik and Johan Bremer awarded for best master&#39;s theses<p><b>​Ida Kläppevik and Johan Bremer have been awarded with the Microwave Road Scholarship for best master&#39;s thesis 2017, in the area of antenna and microwave engineering.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">Ida Kläppevik gets the award of 10 000 SEK and a diploma for her thesis “Analysis, construction and evaluation of radial power divider/combiner”. Johan Bremer is awarded for his thesis “Compensation of thermal effects by dynamic bias in low noise amplifiers”. The winners got their scholarships at the Microwave Road seminar on Space and Satellite on 25 April, handed over to them by Johan Carlert, chairman of Microwave Road.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Microwave Road is a national cluster focusing on international technology and market development uniting industry, universities, research institutes and regional and national public authorities.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><div>Read Ida Kläppevik's thesis &gt;&gt;&gt;</div> <div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read Johan Bremer's thesis &gt;&gt;&gt;</div> <div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about the scholarship &gt;&gt;&gt;</div> <div></div></div>Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:00:00 +0200 for BIG DATA research projects<p><b>​Call for seed-project proposals (budget not exceeding 300 kSEK) that address BIG DATA related research.</b></p>​ <br />Data driven research is becoming increasingly important for many research activities at Chalmers. To extract valuable patterns from big data and meet the related challenges, Chalmers and the ICT Area of Advance have created a group of data science research engineers with the purpose of contributing expertise for a few BIG DATA projects, i.e., projects with a strong emphasis on methods of data analysis that are needed in research projects.<br /><br />We are prioritizing applied research involving new collaborations between researchers from different research communities, for example across different Areas of Advance, to support research groups in need of extracting and analysing large sources of data using machine learning. The group has previously participated to several successful research projects ranging across different fields of Chalmers.<br /><br />The Area of Advance ICT has four research profiles that summarize some of the challenges and opportunities of the modern society in which ICT can contribute. One of them is Big Data (e.g. data collection and storage, data visualization, and data analytics through machine learning and high-dimensional statistics). This call is a part of the BIGDATA@Chalmers initiative.<br /><br />The BIGDATA@Chalmers data science research engineers are available for consultations on the proposals during the weeks leading up to the submission deadline. They can be contacted through the mailing list <a href=""></a>. It is recommended to involve them in the formulation of the proposal.<br /><br /><strong>Requirements:</strong><br />• The data science research engineers will provide collaboration and support in new, or existing projects, in an area of big data, such as machine learning/data analytics, data storage, and data visualization.<br />  <br />• The level of involvement should be not less than 30% of full time equivalent, and not larger than 50% full time equivalent during a period of 6 months.<br /><br />• The projects should start in the period between 1st of September and 1st of October 2018. The exact date and extent can be discussed.<br /><br />• The budget should not exceed 300 kSEK including indirect costs (OH). It can cover personnel costs, for example hiring masters students, or involvement of domain related researchers and engineers.<br /><br />• The proposal for the support and collaboration should have a clear relation to Big Data and research. The proposal should be focused on utilization of data in different application areas in relation to Chalmers research activities.<br /><br /><strong>The proposal form:</strong><br />The application should be maximum 3 pages long, font 11pt Times–roman. A one-page CV of the main applicant and main project participants should be added. Maximum four projects participants should include their CVs.<br /><br />The proposal should include:<br />a) The project title and the project abbreviation<br />b) The main applicants - name and e-mail and department<br />c) The preferred starting date and ending date for the project<br />d) A short overview of the project, with its research challenges and objectives and its relation to big data<br />e) A description of the type, size and availability of the data to be used in the projects including current availability and any restriction of use from intellectual property restrictions or other embargos.<br />f) A concrete description of the support requested from the data science research engineers.<br />g) The required expertise from BIGDATA@Chalmers (what type of expertise, and the expected involvement). Note: interaction with the team during the writing of the proposal is recommended, please see above.<br />h) The expected outcome and its potential for further research/activities.<br />i) The project overall budget and time-line.<br />j) The planned effort for the data science research engineers<br />k) The plan for dissemination including scientific publications<br /><br /><strong>Important dates:</strong><br />Submission: <span style="text-decoration:line-through">20 May, 2018</span> <strong>Prolonged to 30th May, 2018</strong><br />Notification: 20 June, 2018<br />Expected project start: Between 1 September - 1 October 2018 (can be negotiated)<br /><br /><strong>Evaluation Criteria:</strong><br />• How innovative is the project?<br />• How central is the use of big data methods in the project?<br />• How high is the potential impact of the project for its research field?<br /><br /><strong>Submission:</strong><br />The application should be submitted as one PDF document to<br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /><br />The proposals will be evaluated by the AoA ICT management group and decided by the AoA ICT Director and the unit manager of the data science research engineers.<br /><br />General Questions can be addressed to Ivica Crnkovic, <a href=""></a> and Vilhelm Verendel  <a href=""></a>. General information on the research within the Area of Advance ICT can be found <a href=""></a>.<br /><br />The data science research engineers and the project management team can be reached at <a href=""></a>Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0200 of Digitalisation: Speed, Services and Software<p><b>​A new Software Center initiative gathered senior leaders from member companies to discuss implications of digitalisation, and in particular how business models are affected by digitalisation.</b></p>​ <br />“Digitalisation not just affects products and services. It requires a fundamental reinvention of the organisation. We are moving towards a new business operating system focused on speed, data, ecosystems and empowerment”, says Software Center Director Jan Bosch. <br /><br />Participants of the workshop presented their companies ́ approach to addressing the digitalisation challenge and shared best practice. The workshop took place in Gothenburg and was hosted by Jeppesen. During the workshop some participants were interviewed and the short video above summarises the event.<br /><br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a>Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:00:00 +0100 Digitalisation seminar on video<p><b>​Take part of the latest in security, privacy and machine intelligence research. The presentations are available on video.</b></p>​<span><br /><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/events/Digitalisation2018/Pages/default.aspx">The videos are available from this page &gt;</a><br /><br /><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><br /><br />More than 300 participants have already registered for Chalmers initiative seminar on Digitalisation. Those who are unable to attend can watch the presentations through the live stream.<br /><br />The Initiative Seminar is a follow-up of last year's event, this time with a more in-depth programme. The first half day is devoted to security and privacy issues. The program includes speakers from both Chalmers and other universities, and presentations include the challenge of being anonymous on the Internet, securing the web of things, and the questions of trust in cloud services. The half-day ends with a panel discussion about AI and its risks.<br /><br />After lunch, an equally extensive program of machine intelligence starts, bringing together experts in various disciplines, as well as industry – Ericsson and Google Deepmind. The speakers present research findings in areas such as urban structure, telecom, computer vision and language. Devdatt Dubhashi from Chalmers rounds off the program with a presentation about AI and future.<br /><br /><br /><br />Follow hashtag: #digichalmers<br /><br /><strong>Hackathon: Machine learning hack for sustainability</strong><br /><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/events/Digitalisation2018/PublishingImages/AIY-voice-kit_400px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:158px" />In parallel with the Initiative Seminar in Chalmers Kårhus, we will hold a hackathon in cooperation with IT-gymnasiet. About 30 high school students will develop and present their ideas during the seminar. The name of our hackathon is &quot;Machine Learning Hack for Sustainability&quot;. With ready to use machine learning libraries, and a <a href="" target="_blank">Google AIY voice kit</a>, the students are commissioned to propose an application that would promote sustainable development. The winning team presents their idea on stage in Runan at the end of the day.<br /><br /><br />Contact: Malin Ulfvarson, Communications Officer, Chalmers Area of Advance ICT, <a href=""></a>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +0100 Industrial PhD student positions in AI<p><b>​Call open for Industrial PhD students in artificial intelligence. Application deadline 11 May 2018.</b></p>​ <br />Wallenberg Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is Sweden’s largest ever individual research program, a major national initiative for strategically motivated basic research, education and faculty recruitment. The program addresses research on artificial intelligence and autonomous systems acting in collaboration with humans, adapting to their environment through sensors, information and knowledge, and forming intelligent systems-of-systems. The vision of WASP is Excellent research and competence in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software for the benefit of Swedish industry. <br /><br />One part of the initiative in Artificial Intelligence has a strong focus on machine learning and more specifically deep learning but includes also other areas of AI. The second part deals with increasing our understanding of the mathematical principles behind AI. <br /><br />The graduate school within WASP is dedicated to provide the skills needed to analyze, develop, and contribute to the interdisciplinary area of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software. Through an ambitious program with research visits, partner universities, and visiting lecturers, the graduate school actively supports forming a strong multi-disciplinary and international professional network between PhD-students, researchers and industry. The graduate school provides added value on top of the existing PhD programs at the partner universities, providing unique opportunities for students who are dedicated to achieving international research excellence with industrial relevance. Further information about WASP Graduate School can be found here. <br /><br /><strong>Open positions within Artificial Intelligence</strong> <br />We are now (2018 March 2) offering up to 15 industrial doctoral student positions within AI at the five partner universities Chalmers, KTH, Linköping University, Lund University and Umeå University. In addition to the partner universities, applications for this call can include Örebro University. <br /><br /><strong>Guidelines for WASP Industrial doctoral student positions </strong><br />There are a set of guidelines for WASP Industrial PhD students that are important to consider during the application process. The guidelines (in Swedish) can be found <a href="">here</a>. <br /><br /><strong>Application process </strong><br />The application should be written in a dedicated application form and submitted jointly by the industry and university. The form is available <a href="">here</a>. The form together with requested CVs and a course transcript for the industrial doctoral student, as stated in the form, should be sent to <a href=""></a> <strong>no later than 2018-05-11</strong> <br /><br /><strong>Information and guidance </strong><br />There will an information meeting for industry in connection with the <a href="">AI4X meeting</a> in Stockholm 2018-04-11. In addition to general information there will be a possibility to ask questions and to get suggestions for academic contacts. For further information and contact with Chalmers, please contact: <br /><span>David Sands, Chalmers (<a href=""></a>) <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><br /><br />For further information and contact with the other partner universities, please contact:<br />Danica Kragic, KTH (<a href=""></a>) Amy Loutfi, ÖrU (<a href=""></a>) <br />Fredrik Heintz, LiU (<a href=""></a>) Thomas Schön, UU (<a href=""></a>) <br />Helena Lindgren, UmU (<a href=""></a>) Karl-Erik Årzén, LU (<a href=""></a>) <br /><br /><strong>Timetable </strong><br />2018-04-11 Information &amp; Q/A Stockholm <br />2018-05-11 Application deadline <br />2018-06-11 Decision <br />2018-08-01 Earliest start <br />2019-01-01 Latest startMon, 05 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +0100 we trust a self-learning machine?<p><b>​Security and trust is needed before self-driving cars can finally be launched. With the help of machine learning and deep learning, key technologies are being developed that will take us there – the self-learning system.</b></p><div>​ </div> <div>A car approaches a crossing where a pedestrian stands next to the road, turning her head. Is she about to cross the street or not?</div> <div>“People react quickly, almost without thinking, but it has been difficult to get a self-driving car with traditional computer vision technology to extract such information. With deep learning, it becomes possible”, says Erik Rosén, technical specialist at Zenuity.</div> <div> </div> <div>The company Zenuity, co-owned by Volvo Cars and Autoliv, will develop software to ensure the safety of self-driving cars. It's about getting the car, or as Erik Rosén says, &quot;the four-wheel computer&quot;, to find patterns and relations in large amounts of traffic data, and thereby gaining the ability to drive safely in traffic.</div> <div>“Deep learning, which is machine learning using deep neural networks, has become hot in recent years. The technology is invaluable to us, especially when we develop what we call the perception layer.”</div> <div> </div> <div>In order to gain excellence, Zenuity works closely with Chalmers. In the division of Computing Science they have several industrial PhD students, and Nasser Mohammadiha, technical specialist in machine learning at Zenuity, is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Chalmers.</div> <div>&quot;In my dual role, I also give researchers insight into the challenges facing Zenuity, which gives rise to new research questions. Chalmers is an important part of this development.”</div> <div> </div> <div>Several research projects have started in collaboration, including verification of software.</div> <div>&quot;We want to understand why the system makes a certain decision. How does it happen? To do that we have to go back to the origin of the source. We make tests with both good and bad decisions. A safe system must be able to anticipate all possible scenarios, such as how other cars are expected to drive. It's very complex”, says Nasser Mohammadiha.</div> <div> </div> <div>The development is extremely rapid and companies are competing to get a self-driving system on the market. Are they in too much of a hurry? Erik Rosén is afraid so.</div> <div>&quot;Some technology companies are very keen on performing cool demonstrations. They show off a powerful super sensor, which is great at capturing information. But what happens if it stops working, if it’s not able to connect to the map or anything breaks?”</div> <div> </div> <div>At Zenuity, they work with the motto &quot;make it real&quot;. A self-driving system might be really smart in traffic, but as long as it cannot be guaranteed that it will always work – it's not safe. And the software architecture is not yet there.</div> <div>&quot;There is a need for redundancy in the software architecture as well as in the hardware. That is the biggest challenge. If a computer stops working in the car, another must be switched on, if the sun is low and blinds a camera, a radar or other sensor must take over.”</div> <div> </div> <div>It sounds almost like Nasa technology?</div> <div>&quot;Yes, actually,&quot; says Erik Rosén, laughing. Certainly, if you want to take the control of the car from the driver, you cross a line that is very challenging. Anyone who wants to put a product on the market must work with redundancy&quot;, says Erik Rosén.</div> <div> </div> <div>He says that Sweden is at the forefront of the development of self-driving systems, and already in 2021 he hopes that Zenuity has one in the market.</div> <div>“Which means that the driver can hand over the control to the car but only under certain circumstances. I cannot say exactly which today, but weather conditions, lighting conditions and traffic environments are what matters&quot;, says Erik Rosén.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <ul><li>Machine learning is simply put, algorithms that are trained to solve tasks based on recognizing statistical patterns in large amounts of data.<br /></li> <li>Deep learning is machine learning that uses so-called neural networks (see below) as a model for learning.</li> <li>Artificial neural networks are self-learning algorithms that imitate the model of biological neural networks (such as the brain). Artificial neural networks can often handle problems that are difficult to solve with conventional task-specific programming. A neural network must be trained with examples before it can fulfill its intended function.</li></ul> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Welcome to our Initiative seminar on Digitalisation: </h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Security &amp; Privacy | Machine Intelligence</h2> <div>On 15 March 2018, Chalmers organise a second Initiative seminar on Digitalisation. This time we present a more in-depth programme – with half a day on Security and Privacy and the other half-day on Machine Intelligence.  </div> <div><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/events/Digitalisation2018/Pages/default.aspx">See the programme and register for the seminar &gt;</a><br /></div>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0100 granted ICT SEED proposals 2018<p><b>​Six projects has been granted the ICT SEED funding by the Area of Advance ICT.</b></p>​ <br />A total of 1,2 MSEK have been granted to the 6 approved proposals. The criteria for the selection were those specified in the call.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Marcela Davila, Francisco Gomes de Oliveira Neto, Jennifer Horkoff and Alexander Schliep</strong><br />Optimized Bioinformatics, Workflows from Requirement Engineering of Solution Specifications (OBIRES)<br /><br /><strong>Mattias Thorsell and Rob Maaskant </strong>   <br />Integrated Antenna on GaN (InGaN)<br /><br /><strong>Hana Dobsicek Trefna, Koen Buisman, Thomas Eriksson and Christian Fager </strong>   <br />An UWB hyperthermia: from theory to practice <br /><br /><strong>Martin Engqvist and Marina Axelson-Fisk</strong>    <br />Active learning of enzyme function annotation<br /><br /><strong>Gul Calikli, Richard Johansson and Cetin Mericli</strong><br />SEFIS: Software Engineering for Intelligent Systems<br /><br /><strong>Morten Fjeld and Anders Logg</strong><br />Virtual Cities: Interaction and Usability Aspect (VC-UI)<br /><br />-----<br />Here was the call (the deadline has passed)<br /><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Call-for-ICT-Seed-projects-2018.aspx">Call for ICT Seed projects 2018 &gt;</a><br /><br />Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:00:00 +0100 project video presentations<p><b>​On 7th February we held a workshop to present all the 2017 Big Data and ICT SEED projects. The instruction was to make a short video to present the respective activities, and below you will find the results. Enjoy!</b></p>​ <br />The videos are 3-5 min each.<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">ULTRA-OPTICS: Ultra-fast fiber-optical communication through frequency combs</a> <br />Henk Wymeersch, Victor Torres-Company<br /><br /><a href="">Goal-Oriented Requirements Engineering for Game Development </a><br />Jennifer Horkoff, Staffan Björk<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">Joint Transmission in Radio Frequency and Free Space Optical Links </a><br />Behrooz Makki, Koen Buisman<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">THz Radar Tomography of Energy Reactors (Trator) </a><br />Tomas Bryllert, Martin Seemann<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">Application and dissemination of Spatio-Temporal MetOcean models for marine energy applications </a><br />Presented by: Igor Rychlik, Oscar Ivarsson, David Bolin, Wengang Mao, Leif Eriksson<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">Big Data for Airborne Wind Energy Systems Optimization </a><br />Sebastien Gros, Vilhelm Verendel, Elena Malz<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">Omics-Driven Analysis of the Cancer Secretory Program </a><br />Jonathan Robinson, Muhammad Azam Sheikh, Pramod Bangalore, and Jens Nielsen<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">Bayesian Optimization in Nuclear Physics (BONP) </a><br />Andreas Ekström, Hans Salomonsson, Muhammad Azam Sheikh, Christian Forssén, Håkan T. Johansson, Andreas Johansson<br /><br />Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:00:00 +0100 a solid ground for cybersecurity<p><b>Substantial tools and methods to counter the most common vulnerabilities on the web. Efforts to develop a secure internet of things for industrial use. Two new, extensive cybersecurity projects are about to start at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.</b></p><div>Cybersecurity research at Chalmers has been successful for a long time, and now two framework grants from SSF will further strengthen the area. Two applications, WebSec and Octopi, received funding in last year's major call for cybersecurity. WebSec will be conducted largely within the division for Information Security, while Octopi has extensive collaboration with the division for Functional Programming. Both projects aim at introducing the security aspect early in development, rather than searching for, and attempting to correct errors when the systems are already taken in production. <br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Trying to prevent as much as possible </h3> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/DoIT/News/Andrei-Sabelfeld-small.gif" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Photo of Andrei Sabelfeld" style="margin:5px;width:351px;height:329px" />&quot;The goal of security research is to ensure that security is not getting in the way of other development, that there are tools and automated methods that make it hard to make mistakes&quot; says Andrei Sabelfeld, Professor in the Information Security division and project leader for the new SSF-funded project WebSec. </div> <div> </div> <div>One of the most serious threats to web security is cross-site scripting, which means that the attacker is able to inject malicious code in the victim's web browser. Companies pay big money every year to detect and block security holes in the systems they use. <br /><br /></div> <div>&quot;Web systems are heterogeneous, they are implemented in different programming languages ​​and designed at different levels, so when you connect them, there will be holes. In a typical cross-site scripting attack, the attacker injects code instead of data. With new programming languages ​​and security enhancing mechanisms, such attacks can be prevented. In the project, we will develop new concepts for analyzing web applications for detection, mitigation, and prevention of cross-site scripting attacks&quot;, says Andrei Sabelfeld. </div> <div> </div> <div>For JavaScript, the most common programming language on the web, the project will deliver a platform for analysis that will aid programmers in producing code that is already protected when it goes in to production. <br /><br /></div> <div>&quot;We will also work with system-wide security. We return to the problem that different components are designed in different programming languages, and often we succeed in securing one of the components, perhaps the browser or database, but when they're connected, new errors occur that we didn't think of&quot;, says Andrei Sabelfeld. <br /><br />Here, the researchers will build mechanisms to track the information throughout the system, and ensure that no information is destroyed or leaked. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Internet of things moving towards the industry </h3> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/DoIT/Profile%20pictures/ST/Alejandro-Russo.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Photo of Alejandro Russo" style="margin:5px" />&quot;The Internet of Things refers to a wide variety of connected devices - big things like cars, smaller things as a robot vacuum cleaner, your wrist watch, or anything that has some computational power and is connected to the internet. The idea is that all these devices should be interconnected to simplify and improve your life, but this trend brings major problems when it comes to security&quot;, says Alejandro Russo, professor in the division for Information Security, and project leader for Octopi.</div> <br />Industry is showing increased interest in harnessing the benefits of the internet of things, for example user data sampling and data from sensor measurements can be used to improve the next generation of products. But the overall security level is too low, and an unsafe internet of things is open for attack. There are frightening examples of how smart refrigerators have been hacked to access password data, and connected cars have been taken over and remotely controlled.</div> <br />In most programming languages used to program devices for the internet of things today, security is not a factor. Octopi will make the development of embedded systems comfortable while help placing security at a central point in the deveoper's mind.<br />&quot;The project is unique in the way it will apply the advantages of programming in very high level languages; correctness, security, reasoning about software, for developing software for the internet of things. But this vision requires solutions to some tough problems in order to become a reality&quot;, says Alejandro Russo. <br /></div> <br /> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Project information</h4> <div><strong>WebSec, Säkerhetsdrivna webbsystem </strong><br />Project leader: <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/andrei.aspx">Andrei Sabelfeld</a>, Chalmers University of Technology. <br />Project members: <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/russo.aspx">Alejandro Russo</a> och <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/dave.aspx">David Sands</a>, Chalmers University of Technology, and <a href="">Philipp Rümmer</a>, Uppsala University. <br />The project is funded by <a href="">Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research</a> with 30 million SEK. <br /><br /><strong>Octopi, säker programmering för sakernas internet</strong><br /> Project leader: <span><a href="/sv/personal/redigera/Sidor/russo.aspx">Alejandro Russo</a>, Chalmers University of Technology. </span></div> Project members: <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/mary-sheeran.aspx">Mary Sheeran</a>, <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/rjmh.aspx">John Hughes</a>, <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/koen.aspx">Koen Lindström Claessen</a> and <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/secarl.aspx">Carl Seger</a>, division for Functional Programming, Chalmers University of Technology. <br />Industrial Partners: Pelagicore AB, LumenRadio AB och Ericsson. <br />The project is funded by <a href="">Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research</a> with 31 million SEK. <br />Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100