News: Informations- och kommunikationsteknik related to Chalmers University of TechnologyTue, 31 Jan 2023 20:10:48 +0100 Swedish quantum computer to be made available to industry<p><b>A Swedish quantum computer is to become more widely available. A copy of the quantum computer at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden will be built using additional funding from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The new computer, accompanied by a quantum helpdesk, will allow Swedish companies and researchers to solve problems using quantum technology.</b></p><div>​Under the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WACQT) initiative, since 2018 a large project to develop and build a Swedish quantum computer has been running at Chalmers University of Technology. The Chalmers quantum computer now has 25 quantum bits, or qubits. The target is 100 qubits by 2029 but, even with 25 bits, running quantum algorithms on the computer is interesting. The problem is that the machine is rarely available, as researchers are constantly working to develop it.</div> <div> </div> <div>“We’re therefore going to build a copy of our quantum computer and make it available as a test bed for companies and researchers to run algorithms. Its purpose is to raise Sweden’s competence level in quantum technology and lower the threshold for using quantum computers,” says Per Delsing, a professor at Chalmers and director of WACQT.</div> <div> </div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Funding of SEK 102 million</h2></div> <div> As a first stage, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has granted funding of SEK 102 million for the test bed. Alongside the quantum computer, the test bed will have a support function, a quantum helpdesk, to guide users and help them boil down their problems to executable quantum algorithms. The test bed will also provide test equipment for companies that are developing quantum technology components.</div> <div> </div> <div>“The idea is that users shouldn’t need much prior knowledge. It should be enough for a company to have a problem which they’ve heard might be solved by a quantum computer. The Quantum Helpdesk will help them from there,” says Delsing.</div> <div> </div> <div>There are already several commercial actors abroad who have made quantum computers available via the cloud. However, WACQT’s test bed will be significantly cheaper for Swedish users.</div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Optimise the algorithms for the hardware</h2></div> <div> </div> <div>“Another big difference is that we’re transparent with what’s under the hood of our quantum computers. That allows you to optimise the algorithms for the hardware, thus increasing the chance of successful computations,” explains Delsing. </div> <div> </div> <div>In 2024, the test bed will open its equipment for testing components and the Quantum Helpdesk, while the quantum computer will open for running algorithms in 2025. Initially, the quantum computer will have 25 qubits, but will be upgraded to 40 qubits within a couple of years.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">For more information, please contact:</h2> <div><strong>Per Delsing</strong></div> <div><img src="/sv/institutioner/mc2/nyheter/PublishingImages/Per_Delsing_fotoChalmers_Johan_Bodell.jpg.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:201px" />Director of Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WACQT)</div> <div>Professor at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.</div> <div><a href=""></a>, +46 31 772 33 17</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">About Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology</h2> <div>The Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology is a twelve-year, SEK 1 billion research effort aimed at taking Sweden to the forefront of the very rapidly expanding quantum technology field.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Through an extensive research programme, the Centre aims to develop and secure Swedish expertise within the main areas of quantum technology: quantum computing and simulation, quantum communications and quantum sensing.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>WACQT’s main project is to develop a quantum computer that can solve problems that lie far beyond the reach of the best conventional supercomputers.</div> <div> </div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology</a></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Previous press releases on the Swedish quantum computer project:</h2> <div><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Swedens-quantum-computer-project-shifts-up-a-gear.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Sweden’s quantum computer project shifts up a gear </a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Tiny-quantum-computer-solves-real-optimisation-problem.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Tiny quantum computer solves real optimisation problem </a></div> <div><a href="/en/news/Pages/Engineering-of-a-Swedish-quantum-computer-set-to-start.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Engineering of a Swedish quantum computer set to start</a></div> Mon, 23 Jan 2023 07:00:00 +0100 and 2023 year's Tandem Webinars<p><b>​Here you will find 2022 all Tandem Webinars, and 2023 upcoming webinars. All can be watched afterwards via Chalmers Play. ​​</b></p><div></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Upcoming webinars 2023:</b></span></div> <div><b><br /></b><span style="background-color:initial"><b></b><div><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">2 February, 2023. TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial">:</span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700"> </span><b>Material recycling –  possibilities, shortcomings and policy instruments<br /></b><strong>Focus: </strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Metal recycling.</strong></span></div> <span></span><div>Welcome to a webinar with Christer Forsgren, Consultant in Industrial Recycling and Christian Ekberg, Prof. Energy and Material, Industrial Materials Recycling and Nuclear Chemistry. <br /><strong>Moderator:</strong> Leif Asp.<br /><strong>Time:</strong> 12:00-13:00<br /><strong>Place:</strong> Online, platform Zoom.<br /><a href="" style="outline:0px;font-size:16px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /></a><a href="" style="font-size:16px"><div style="display:inline !important">Register to the webinar</div></a><br /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">3 April, 2023. TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial">:</span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700"> </span><span style="background-color:initial"><b>3D-woven composite materials: Opportunities and challenges</b></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><span></span><div>Welcome to a Tandem Webinar with Martin Fagerström, Consultant in Industrial Recycling and Dr Bassam Elsaied, University of Bristol </div> <div>Time: 3 April, 12:00-13:00.</div> <div>Place: Online, platform Zoom. </div> <div><a href="" style="outline:0px;font-size:16px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Register to the webinar​</a><br /></div> <div style="font-weight:bold"><br /></div></span></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Moderator:</span> Leif Asp.<br /><span style="font-weight:700">Time:</span> 12:00-13:00<br /><span style="font-weight:700">Place:</span> Online, platform Zoom.<br /></div></div> <br /><b>Wat</b></span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">ch 2022 year´s seminars on Chalmers Play</span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">:<br /></span>5 October: <span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">– </span><a href=""><span style="background-color:initial">M</span><span style="background-color:initial">etallic nanoalloys for next generation optical hydrogen sensors</span></a></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Welcome to Professor Christoph Langhammer and Lars Bannenberg´s Tandem webinar. Hydrogen: clean &amp; renewable energy carrier, with water as the only emission. But it is highly flammable when mixed with air. Very efficient and effective sensors are needed.​ <br /><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Watch the webinar on Chalmers Play</a></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">8 September: </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">– </span><span style="background-color:initial"><b>New Insulation Materials for High Voltage Power Cables<br /></b>In this webinar two hot topics are covered by Christian Müller, Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, and Per-Ola Hagstrand,  Expert at Borealis Innovation Centre. Adjunct Professor at Applied Chemistry, Chalmers University of Technology.<br /><span></span><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Watch the webinar on Chalmers Play​</a>​<br /><br /><br /></span><div><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">11 April</span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">: </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">– </span><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Perspectives on cellulose nanocrystals<br /></b></span><span style="font-size:16px">In this tandem webinar</span><span style="font-size:16px;background-color:initial"> </span><span style="font-size:16px">we have two hot topics dedicated to Cellulose nanocrystals: Cellulose nanocrystals in simple and not so simple flows &amp; Using liquid crystal phase separation to fractionate cellulose nanocrystals.</span><br /></div> <div><a href="" style="outline:0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Watch the webinar on Chalmers Play</a><div><br /></div> <div><div><span style="font-weight:700">Program:</span></div> <div><ul><li>Moderator: Leif Asp, Co-Director Chalmers Area of Advance Materials Science</li> <li>C<span style="background-color:initial">ellulose nanocrystals in simple and not so simple flows, <a href="/en/staff/Pages/roland-kadar.aspx">Roland Kádár</a>, Associate Professor, Chalmers University of Technology.</span></li> <li>U<span style="background-color:initial">sing liquid crystal phase separation to fractionate cellulose nanocrystals.<a href=""> Jan Lagerwall</a>, Professor at the Physics &amp; Materials Science Research Unit in the University of Luxembourg.</span> </li></ul></div></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">30 May: </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">– </span><b><span></span>Lipid nanoparticles for mRNA delivery</b><br /><span style="background-color:initial"><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Watch the webinar on Chalmers Play</a><br />Organizer: Chalmers Area of Advance Mater</span><span style="background-color:initial">ials Science.<br /></span>The role of supramolecular lipid self assembly and protein corona formation for functional mRNA delivery to cells. Two hot topics will be covered by Elin Esbjörner and Fredrik Höök​.<br /><div><br /></div> <div><ul><li>Moderator: Maria Abrahamsson, Director of Materials Science Area of Advance </li> <li><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Fredrik-Höök.aspx">Fredrik Höök</a>, <em>Professor, Nano and Biophysics, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology</em>.</li> <li><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Elin-Esbjörner-Winters.aspx">Elin Esbjörner</a>, </span><i>Associate Professor, Biology and Biological Engineering, Chemical Biology, Chalmers University of Technology.</i></li></ul></div></div> <div> <div><strong>Read more:</strong></div></div></div> <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/news/Pages/2021-tandem-seminars.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />2021 year's Tandem Webinars</a>​.​Fri, 16 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 at the NeurIPS conference<p><b>​ NeurIPS, Neural Information Processing Systems, is the main annual international conference for AI and Machine learning. This year it was held in New Orleans by the end of November. Chalmers was represented by three researchers. s p, , {margin:0cm;font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;} {page:WordSection1;} </b></p><div><strong>​Fredrik Johansson</strong><br /></div> <div>Fredrik Johansson, Assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was one of the Chalmers researchers that contributed to the conference.<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Centrum/CHAIR/news/NeurIPS/FredrikJohansson.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:310px;height:214px" /><br /></div> <br />“This event attracts many leading figures in most fields of AI and machine learning. It is a great opportunity to meet your community and widen your network”, says Fredrik Johansson.<br /><br />Fredrik Johansson presented a conference contribution in one of the poster sessions.<br /> <br />“The article is about more efficient machine learning, where we with efficiency mean getting correct results with less examples to learn from. In our article, my student and I have studied how to use data that has been gathered from patients from different stages of treatment at a hospital, and how all that data can be used to build an algorithm that can better make assessments of a patient in the beginning of the treatment”, says Fredrik Johansson. <br /><br />The NeurIPS conference has had a break due to the pandemic since 2019 and it was obvious that many had been looking forward to meeting up again.<br /><br />“It was really crowded this time. You could tell that this is something many had been waiting for”, says Fredrik Johansson.<br /><br />Read Fredrik Johansson's publication at NeurIPS.<br /><div><a href="">Efficient learning of nonlinear prediction models with time-series privileged information</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Fredrik Hellström</strong><br /></div> Another Chalmers researcher participating is Fredrik Hellström, who is on his last year as a PhD student at Electrical Engineering. This was the first time for him to present his results in person at a conference, due to the pandemic.<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Centrum/CHAIR/news/NeurIPS/Fredrik%20Hellstrom.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:245px;height:298px" /><br /><br />“It was really big, approximately 10 000 participants. But even though it was a large conference, it wasn’t too large. I still bumped into familiar faces and people that I have only seen as authors on articles”, says Fredrik Hellström. <br /> <br />Fredrik Hellström had two articles published at the conference.  <br /><br />&quot;I’m studying how to theoretically guarantee that your algorithm works on new data, specifically through information-theoretic methods. One of the articles is focused on neural networks and one on meta-learning” says Fredrik Hellström. <br /> <br />One of the large mysteries with current advanced machine learning algorithms is that they deliver impressive results, but we don’t really understand how it works. To be able to rely on these impressive results in situations where they really need to work, Fredrik Hellström’s articles show how to theoretically guarantee that the algorithms work on new data.<br /><br /><div>Read Fredrik Hellström's publications at NeurIPS<br /></div> <div><a href="">New Family of Generalization Bounds Using Samplewise Evaluated CMI</a></div> <a href="">Evaluated CMI Bounds for Meta Learning: Tightness and Expressiveness</a><br /><br /><strong>Vincent Szolnoky</strong><br />Vincent Szolnoky, PhD student at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, presented his article on regularisation for neural networks.<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Centrum/CHAIR/news/NeurIPS/Vincent%20Szolnoky.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:210px" /><br /><br />“There are many ways to regularise neural networks, so that they for instance don’t memorise data, and instead generalise on data. I investigated why there are so many methods that end in the same results, and I found a mutual mechanism they all utilize to regularise the network. I have also built a new improved regularisation method that is based on my results. That is what I presented at the NeurIPS”, says Vincent Szolnoky.<br /><br />This was the first publication for Vincent Szolnoky, and to do it on one of the main conferences of the AI-community was exciting, he says. <br /><br />“When I presented my poster I got to meet people in my own field, which was very rewarding. I got many good comments and some thought it was the best poster in the whole conference, which of course was nice to hear. I made a lot of effort to make my poster easy to understand, with a nice design in combination with interesting results, so it was good to see that it was appreciated”, says Vincent Szolnoky. <br /><div><br /></div> <div>Read Vincent Szolnoky's publication at NeurIPS. <br /></div> <a href="">On the Interpretability of Regularisation for Neural Networks Through Model Gradient Similarity</a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Thu, 15 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100’-initiative-in-East-Africa-through-SWEAFUN-.aspx of Chalmers’ initiative in East Africa through SWEAFUN <p><b>​To strengthen partnerships and contribute to sustainable development in strategically chosen areas were on the agenda when university leaders and leading researchers from 11 universities and 7 countries came together for a strategic and scientific workshop in Kigali 14–17 November.</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"></span><span style="background-color:initial">The high-level meeting generated strong engagement among participants when the SWEAFUN (Sweden-East Africa University Network) workshop was held at the Kigali Conference and Exhibition Centre by co-hosts Chalmers University of Technology and University of Rwanda, upon initiative by Chalmers’ President and CEO. Already in the planning phase the initiative received a lot of interest. From Chalmers alone the delegation consisted of 14 people including the President and CEO, Stefan Bengtsson. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal">“I am happy that we are now connecting closer to some of the most excellent universities in East Africa, universities that we already have extensive collaboration with. East Africa is a region in rapid development, a region that is trained in taking new knowledge into societal use. I think we are all looking forward to the mutual learning that will come out of this collaboration” Stefan explains.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"> “Combining scientific excellence with collaborative spirit and close relations to society is something we often refer to as the DNA of Chalmers, this workshop is perfectly in line with that spirit. A way of ensuring that the scientific knowledge we create makes a difference in practical terms” he continues. <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20220701-20221231/SWEFUNrektor_320x340px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal">Participating universities were Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique), Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology and University of Nairobi (Kenya), Makerere University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Uganda), Sokoine University of Agriculture and The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (Tanzania), and University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Participants contributed proactively to the joint exploration of collaboration in six thematic areas: Air Quality, Data Driven ICT, Food and Nutritional Health, Sustainable Energy Innovations, Fresh Water Quality, and Sustainable Transport.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal">The discussions resulted in action plans for each area developed by leading researchers as well as a strategic roadmap developed jointly by the university leaders. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><span style="background-color:initial">“What makes this initiative unique are the bottom-up efforts at the core which in turn need to be anchored in top-down strategies, for achieving truly sustainable collaboration and partnerships” says Project Manager Daniela Michael, who has driven and developed this project from the start in 2019 (back when it was only an idea).</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><span style="background-color:initial"> “The trans-thematic considerations and innovative approaches to utilisation, as well as real world applications and solutions, mean a great potential for the collaboration to actually contribute towards Agenda 2030” Daniela continues.</span><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20220701-20221231/SWEFUN320x340px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></span><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><span style="background-color:initial">All in all, 85 participants attended the workshop. The Rwandan Minister of Education emphasised scientific knowledge to address complex challenges facing the whole world and the Vice Chancellor of University of Rwanda stated that &quot;No university can make it alone&quot; (<a href="">Government to assist varsity students turn research ideas into solutions - The New Times​</a>). SWEAFUN received recognition also by other distinguished guests in attendance, for instance from the African Development Bank, Inter-University Council for East Africa, SDG Center for Africa, SDSN Great Lakes, the Swedish Ambassador to Rwanda, and STINT (The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education). The high-level event prompted a press conference following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding and finalisation of a strategic roadmap for coming years.</span><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><span style="background-color:initial">SWEAFUN is coordinated since 2020 within Global Sustainable Futures (GSF) at the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development.</span><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal">“It was great to see the researchers' clear engagement in the thematic working groups and we now look forward to promoting more educational components of the network so we can bring the next generation to collaborate on sustainable development” says Magdalena Eriksson, Director of GSF.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><br /></p> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More information and background: </h3> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal">Although the workshop was postponed in 2020, due to the Covid pandemic, an application was submitted and granted 2021 through the STINT Strategic Grants for Internationalisation programme thanks to the interest and efforts that had already been established among the universities (at leadership- and researcher level). The 3-year STINT project started shortly after and with ambitions beyond 2024.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><span style="background-color:initial"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal">If you are interested in SWEAFUN and collaborating with East African universities, please contact Daniela Michael, Project Manager ( and visit: <a href=""></a></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:normal"><span lang="EN-GB"> </span></p>Fri, 02 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 WISE PhD and Postdoc projects approved <p><b>​193 applications were submitted in the first PhD and postdoc project call from which 90 projects have been granted funding.14 of these are from Chalmers. The projects are awarded in total 260 million Swedish Crowns by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) for a period of up to four years. </b></p>​<img src="" alt="First WISE project " class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px;width:398px;height:279px" /><span style="background-color:initial">Awarded projects are distributed broadly across seven universities, Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, Luleå Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, and Uppsala University, as well as selected groups at Umeå University and Karlstad University.  </span><div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:initial">– </span>The granted projects are of very high quality and relevance for sustainability and are carried out by prominent researchers in each project's research area, says Magnus Berggren, WISE Program Director. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The research projects are distributed across the entire spectrum of WISE's research and thematic areas. The gender distribution of funded applicants was 31 percent for women and 69 percent for men, while the distribution for success rates for granted applicants is 54 percent for women and 44 percent for men. Furthermore, 61 percent of the researchers granted funding have an academic age of less than 20 years, i.e., received PhD degree more recent than 20 years ago. </div> <div> </div> <div><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:initial">– </span>The high success rate of female applicants stands out in comparison to other funding organizations and shows high competence of Sweden’s female researchers in this important and exciting field, says Olle Eriksson, vice Director of the WISE Program. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:initial">– </span>Further, the regrowth of young investigators in the area is exceptional, which is crucial for reaching a sustainable society, says Magnus Berggren.<br /><br /></div> <div><div><a href="">Here you will find the entire list of projects that receive funds </a></div> <div><a href="">More information about KAW​</a> </div></div> <div><br /></div> Thu, 01 Dec 2022 07:00:00 +0100 tailors DNA for future drug development<p><b>​With the help of an AI, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have succeeded in designing synthetic DNA that controls the cells' protein production.  The technology can contribute to the development and production of vaccines, drugs for severe diseases, as well as alternative food proteins much faster and at significantly lower costs than today. ​</b></p><div>​<span style="background-color:initial">How our genes are expressed is a process that is fundamental to the functionality of cells in all living organisms. Simply put, the genetic code in DNA is transcribed to the molecule messenger RNA (mRNA), which tells the cell's factory which protein to produce and in which quantities.</span></div> <div>Researchers have put a lot of effort into trying to control gene expression because it can, among other things, contribute to the development of protein-based drugs. A recent example is the mRNA vaccine against Covid-19, which instructed the body's cells to produce the same protein found on the surface of the coronavirus. The body's immune system could then learn to form antibodies against the virus. Likewise, it is possible to teach the body's immune system to defeat cancer cells or other complex diseases if one understands the genetic code behind the production of specific proteins. </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">&quot;The DNA controls the quantity of a specific protein&quot;</h2> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/Bio/SysBio/Aleksej%20Zelezniak.jpg" alt="Aleksej Zelezniak" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px 15px" />Most of today's new drugs are protein-based, but the techniques for producing them are both expensive and slow, because it is difficult to control how the DNA is expressed.  Last year, a research group at Chalmers, led by <strong>Aleksej Zelezniak,</strong> Associate Professor of Systems Biology, took an important step in understanding and controlling how much of a protein is made from a certain DNA sequence.</div> <div> </div> <div>&quot;First it was about being able to fully ‘read’ the DNA molecule's instructions. Now we have succeeded in designing our own DNA that contains the exact instructions to control the quantity of a specific protein&quot;, says Aleksej Zelezniak about the research group's latest important breakthrough. </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">DNA molecules made-to-order</h2> <div> </div> <div>The principle behind the new method is similar to when an AI generates faces that look like real people. By learning what a large selection of faces looks like, the AI can then create completely new but natural-looking faces. It is then easy to modify a face by, for example, saying that it should look older, or have a different hairstyle. On the other hand, programming a believable face from scratch, without the use of AI, would have been much more difficult and time-consuming. Similarly, the researchers' AI has been taught the structure and regulatory code of DNA. The AI then designs synthetic DNA, where it is easy to modify its regulatory information in the desired direction of gene expression. </div> <div> </div> <div>Simply put, the AI is told how much of a gene is desired and then  ‘prints’ the appropriate DNA sequence. </div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/Bio/SysBio/Jan%20Zrimec_200%20px.jpg" alt="Jan Zrimec" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px 15px" />“DNA is an incredibly long and complex molecule. It is thus experimentally extremely challenging to make changes to it by iteratively reading and changing it, then reading and changing it again. This way it takes years of research to find something that works. Instead, it is much more effective to let an AI learn the principles of navigating DNA. What otherwise takes years is now shortened to weeks or days”, says first author <strong>Jan Zrimec</strong>, a research associate at the National Institute of Biology in Slovenia and past postdoc in Aleksej Zelezniak’s group.</div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"></h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Efficiant development of proteins<span></span></h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P">The researchers have developed their method in the yeast <em>Saccharomyces cerevisiae</em><span>, whose cells resemble mammalian cells. The next step is to use human cells. The researchers have hopes that their progress will have an impact on the development of new as well as existing drugs.</span></p> <div> </div> <div>&quot;Protein-based drugs for complex diseases or alternative sustainable food proteins can take many years and can be extremely expensive to develop. Some are so expensive that it is impossible to obtain a return on investment, making them economically nonviable. With our technology, it is possible to develop and manufacture proteins much more efficiently so that they can be marketed&quot;, says Aleksej Zelezniak.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Text: </strong>Karin Wik<br /><strong>Illustration: </strong>Unsplash &amp; Pixabay</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Read the study:</strong> <span style="background-color:initial"><a href="">Controlling gene expression with deep generative design of regulatory DNA</a></span></div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">he authors of the study are Jan Zrimec, Xiaozhi Fu, Azam Sheikh Muhammad, Christos Skrekas, Vykintas </span><span style="background-color:initial">Ja</span><span style="background-color:initial">uniskis</span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">, N</span><span style="background-color:initial">ora K. Speicher, Christoph S. Börlin, Vilhelm Verendel, Morteza Haghir Chehreghani, Devdatt Dubhashi, Verena Siewers, Florian David, Jens Nielsen and Aleksej Zelezniak.</span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial"></span>The researc<span style="background-color:initial">her are active at Chalmers University of Technology,  National Institute of Biology, Slovenia; Biomatter Designs, Lithuania; Institute of Biotechnology, Lithuania; BioInnovation Institute, Denmark; King’s College London, UK.</span></li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>For more information, please contact:</strong> </div> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/alezel.aspx">Aleksej Zelezniak</a>, Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, +46 31 772 81 71,</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div></div> <div> </div> <div>​<br /></div> <div> </div> ​Thu, 24 Nov 2022 07:00:00 +0100 and security in focus for the new Assistant Professor<p><b>&quot;I am attracted by the open discussion climate and look forward to forming a new team in cryptography,&quot; says Elena Pagnin, one of Chalmers's 15 new research talents.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">For the fifth time, Chalmers has made a major investment in attracting sharp research talents from all corners of the world. The campaign was very successful; nearly 2,000 eligible people applied for the 15 positions as Assistant Professors.</span><div><div><br /></div> <div>&quot;It is extremely gratifying to see the large interest in Chalmers internationally and that so many research talents want to come to Chalmers to build their future career,&quot; says <b>Anders Palmqvist</b>, Vice President of Research.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Security a significant challenge</h3> <div>One of the 15 is <b>Elena Pagnin</b>, Assistant Professor with a focus on <a href="" title="link to wikipedia">cryptography</a>. Her position is linked to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Area of Advance, and director <b>Erik Ström</b> welcomes her warmly:</div> <div>“Security, in a broad sense, is one of the major societal challenges of our time. With the recruitment of Elena, Chalmers' competence in cyber security, specifically in cryptography, is strengthened. I expect Elena to advance the research front in crypto as well as drive cross-disciplinary research on effective cryptographic solutions for security problems in e.g., transport, health and technology, production, and energy.”</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Loving the science</span></h3> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Elena Pagnin will work at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), a familiar place since her time as a PhD student at Chalmers. After a few years as a postdoctoral researcher in Aarhus, Denmark, and Associate Senior Lecturer in Lund, she is looking forward to her new job:</span><br /></div> <div>&quot;I love cryptography and provable security. My primary focus will be on the design of digital signature schemes with advanced properties such as homomorphic signatures, extendable ring signatures, and signatures with flexible verification. I will also work on efficient and privacy-preserving protocols for concrete use cases including location proximity testing, server-aided data sharing, and secure data deduplication.&quot;</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">​A rising star</h3> <div>The Head of Department <span style="background-color:initial">of Computer Science and Engineering</span><span style="background-color:initial">, </span><b style="background-color:initial">Richard Torkar</b><span style="background-color:initial">, is thrilled that Elena accepted the offer to come back to Chalmers and create her own research group:</span></div> <span></span><div></div> <div>&quot;Dr Pagnin complements our cybersecurity environment well, and given her credentials, we expect her to succeed greatly in the years to come. I am personally convinced that one day she will become one of our brightest stars. I look forward to following her career in the years to come.&quot;</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Open climate and visibility</h3> <div>Elena says that she was drawn back by the vibrant and lively environment at Chalmers and that there is an open climate for discussions about interdisciplinary research:</div> <div>&quot;People are positive and I appreciate the honest advice I get from the network. In addition, Chalmers' visibility, not only in Sweden but also internationally, is a bonus.&quot;</div> <div>&quot;And now, I look forward to establishing a new team of cryptographers in Sweden. We can do that, mainly because of the good cooperation within Chalmers and with our close contacts in the industrial sector,&quot; concludes Elena Pagnin.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="link to Elenas personal webpage"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more </a></div> <div><br /></div> ​<br /></div> ​Wed, 19 Oct 2022 03:00:00 +0200​This is how the next generation of self-driving cars will be equipped<p><b>​At the tech company Asymptotic AI, a research project is currently underway to create safer systems for self-driving cars and assistance systems. The project uses a car with six different cameras and a laser scanner that measures distances to objects. The car drives around Gothenburg and collects data for machine learning.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">Yinan Yu is assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and one of the co-founders of Asymptotic AI, which has a close connection to the Chalmers research center.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>”It is important to use several systems that complement each other for data collection and analysis, because the systems have different purposes and characteristics” says Yinan Yu.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>”Perception, i.e. the brain's handling and interpretation of information, is the basis of the entire system. Because if you can't see, there's no chance you can make the right decision. For the perception part, you need two things: you need to see and you need to understand what you see”  she says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Are the recorded videos saved afterwards, or are they only used while the car is being driven?</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The usual thing when you have self-driving vehicles that film the surroundings is that you save the recordings to use them for development purposes. The analysis of data is crucial for quality and very important for security. But larger volumes of data collection and further AI development are needed before self-driving vehicles can be used” says Yinan Yu.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“There are many scenarios that can become very critical in the automotive industry, where you have no room to allow yourself to fail. That's why self-driving vehicles haven't been put on the roads yet, we don't really have control over them” she says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What are the risks of this type of project?</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“GDPR is something that must be taken into account, for example. Filming and recording people on the street is clearly an invasion of privacy, but since we drive around with cameras on the car, filming people cannot be avoided. One solution could be to have clear information on the car that people are being recorded” says Yu.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We have also constructed an anonymization software that blurs both people's faces and the number plates caught on film. But sometimes it's not enough to just blur people's faces, you can still recognize them based on their body shape, clothes and other things”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>There are several anonymization programs that Asymptotic AI uses in its research and product development. The programs can for example erase an entire body, and according to Professor Yu, the development of new versions of these programs is a necessary step.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>One-sided information and legislation create challenges</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Something that is still not mapped out is what the consequences could be of collecting, analyzing and saving recordings of people out on the streets. The legislation surrounding this type of recording is not fully developed, leaving room for uncertainty.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Another challenge Yun sees is that AI easily builds bias into the data used.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“In addition to it being a question of having a representation that should correspond to reality, there are also security aspects linked to bias in the data. Problems can arise if the needs of all groups in society are not included when building a safe city and vehicle assistance system” she says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What is the most interesting part of AI in the automotive industry?</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial">“I think it's fantastic that technology develops so quickly. There are so many people nowadays working on the combination of AI and vehicles and it is really progressing” says  Yu.</span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>Written by Agnes Ekstrand and Camilla Jara</div>Tue, 18 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0200 Sweden's climate goals in line with the Paris Agreement?<p><b>This issue has been debated lately in Sweden. The results depend on how the global emission budget is scaled down and distributed among countries. The choice of method comes down to ethical questions and is ultimately a political decision. Three researchers from Chalmers - Johannes Morfeldt, Christian Azar and Daniel Johansson - come to the following conclusions in a recent report: </b></p><ul><li>​​<span style="background-color:initial">Sweden's (territorial) emission target is compatible with the 1.5 degree target given that the global carbon dioxide emission space is distributed evenly per person and year.</span></li> <li>Sweden's (territorial) emissions target is compatible with the 1.5-degree target, even if we also take historical responsibility for our carbon dioxide emissions from sometime in the 1990s.</li> <li>If Sweden takes responsibility for emissions further back in time, we would need more ambitious goals (than the current ones).</li></ul> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/SEE/Nyheter/JohannesM-ChristianA-DanielJ-170x510.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />IP</strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>CC has estimated</strong> the amount of carbon the world can emit in order to meet the 1,5 degree target (a carbon budget). In order to determine how much each country can emit within this global budget, i.e., to scale down the emission budget to a national level, various principles of equity may be applied. The choice of principle may have a significant impact on the results. </span><br /></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">Finally,</strong><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><strong style="background-color:initial">the researchers address</strong><span style="background-color:initial"> the role of science in this debate. Science is central to calculating what global emission space is left to reach a certain temperature target. But science cannot determine which distribution principle is right. How the remaining emission space is to be distributed between countries is basically an ethical and political issue and not an issue that science can decide.</span><br /></div> <div><br /><strong>Dowload the report</strong> (Swedish): <a href="">Nationella utsläppsmål utifrån Parisavtalet och internationella rättviseprinciper – analys av Sveriges territoriella klimatmål</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href=""></a><div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/morfeldt.aspx">Johannes Morfeldt</a>, Researcher, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, <span style="background-color:initial">, Chalmers University of Technology</span><span style="background-color:initial">.</span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/christian-azar.aspx">Christian Azar</a>, Professor of Energy and environment, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology.<br /><a href="/en/staff/Pages/daniel-johansson.aspx">Daniel Johansson​</a>, Associate Professor, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology.​</div> <br /><strong>Read More:<br /></strong><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/Pages/Must-some-countries-do-more-than-others.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Must some countries do more than others?</a><br /><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/Pages/We-must-take-action-instead-of-arguing-how-costly-it-might-be.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />We must take action instead of arguing how costly it might be</a><br /><a href="/en/departments/see/news/Pages/History-fossil-dependence.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Can history teach us how to reduce fossil reliance?</a></div> <div><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/Pages/production-gap.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />&quot;Do something constructive of the report's message&quot;​</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div>Thu, 16 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0200 for climate policy<p><b>EU’s Horizon Europe programme, with its focus on societal impact, is a fast-track to get your research out to society. Adel Daoud is one of the Chalmers researchers that recieved EU-funding after support from Chalmers AI Research Centre.</b></p><div>​<span style="background-color:initial">What can be seen from above can tell us much about our behaviour. By looking at satellite images from years back and compare with today can show how political decisions and financial policy impacts society in the long run. For <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/daoud.aspx">Adel Daoud</a>, Affiliate Docent, <a href="/en/departments/cse/research/dsai/Pages/default.aspx">Data Science and AI</a> division at the <a href="/en/departments/cse/Pages/default.aspx">Department of Computer Science and Engineering</a>, the impact aspect of his science is important. Working in a mix between social science and technology, makes his research quite unique.<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Centrum/CHAIR/news/AI%20for%20climate%20policy/Adel-Daoud-3.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:237px;height:237px" /> He now recievs funding from EU-sprogram Horizon Europe to participate in a project.<br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span><div><br /></div> <div>“Getting engaged in an EU-project is both a way for further funding, but also to reach commercialisation and social entrepreneurship and impact for my research”, says Adel Daoud. <span></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Chalmers AI Research Centre offers support for AI researchers at Chalmers to find and apply to <a href="">Horizon Europe</a> calls and it was with this support Adel Daould found the right call and also found the right consoritum which led to an approved application. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div> The EU is investing more than ever in climate mitigation and adaptation and the centre wants to see more Chalmers researchers getting engaged in the programme. </div> <div>AI is essential in many of Horizon Europe’s calls, and Adel Daoud combines it with utilizing the European satellite programme <a href="">Copernicus</a>. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“My combination of research fields combined with the so many specific calls within the EU makes it hard to find the perfect matching call. Getting support from CHAIR and their team of experts in the beginning of my EU-journey has really been key for me”, says Adel Daoud.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The work led to an application to the call that the centre’s experts had detected. The consortium that Adel Daoud is now engaged in, led by a Finnish university, will start the work this autumn.<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“My ambition now is to get experience to later coordinate coming European projects”, says Adel Daoud.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>In the project Adel Daoud will explore the effect political decisions have had on climate, using AI-algorithms and image recognition on satellite images in Europe and Africa. He will concretise what effect policy has on the balance between industrial development vs the energy transition. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>EU-support funding through Chalmers AI Research Centre did a first round in 2021/2022. It resulted in applications to Horizon Europe for three research teams. The centre will now take the next step in EU-support and include it in new centre activities that will start in the autumn of 2022. ​<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about Adel Daoud's research <a href="/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/Measuring-poverty-through-satellite-images.aspx">here</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text:</strong> Mats Tiborn<br /></div>Tue, 31 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200 intelligent and social drone<p><b>​Have you ever met a polite drone? In the project &quot;AI + Social Drones: Towards Autonomous and Adaptive Social Drones&quot; Associate Professor Mohammad Obaid and colleagues will investigate how flying drones can interact with humans using AI.</b></p>​Drones are becoming more and more useful as tools in areas like transportation and health. <br />In the project <em>AI + Social Drones: Towards Autonomous and Adaptive Social Drones</em>, funded by Chalmers AI Research Centre, CHAIR, the research team will look into social drones and their role in society. Starting this summer, the project will investigate how drones can operate in a human environment in an acceptable way. <br /><br />“If we have an AI entity in our environment, in this case a flying robot, how do we interact with it as humans? We want to teach it to understand us and to pick up our social cues while flying next to us. Also, how should we as humans interact with it and behave?” says Associate Professor <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/mobaid.aspx">Mohammad Obaid</a>, project leader.<br /><br /><strong>What is a social drone?</strong><br />A drone is a flying robot that can be controlled remotely, and when we throw in the word social next to a drone, two things happen. One is that they can exhibit social cues to us. They can tell us how they are behaving and their intentions. Secondly, is to make it learn how to pick up our behavior, our social cues. <br /><br />“The idea is that if we, in this project, learn how to make this work, we will have a better understanding of how to accept and trust them in different application areas and contexts, which will make them more usable”, says Mohammad Obaid.  <br /><br />To make this happen, AI is needed. Data from interaction activities are collected and used to train the robot to develop social cues. An intelligent drone may be able to read from the user’s face if it is welcoming or anxious and then choose a suitable distance to the person.<br /><br />Drones are already used in delivery services and civil services, like healthcare and well-being. <br /><br />“Health is something we are looking in to as well. With AI applied in the drone, we believe that drones could do much good, for instance in emergency situations in remote areas. <br /><br /><strong>Communicating with a robot</strong><br /><div>We are used to see robots in sci-fi where they have faces and can communicate what they think and their intentions, and many scientists get inspired by it. Mohammad Obaid is one of them.</div> <br /><div>“In earlier research we have tested to add eyes to a drone. The eyes let the drone gaze to the direction it intends to go and thereby communicate its intentions”, he says. </div> <br /><div>Many tests are being done with ground robots, which cannot fly. Applying the research on a drone is similar but the ability to fly gives the robot a new dimension.</div> <div><br /></div> “A drone can give you a new perspective from above for example, and it will be much more mobile than ground robots, not getting stuck on obstacles”, says Mohammad Obaid.<br /><br /><strong>A drone companion</strong><br /><div>It may seem tempting to imagine that the social drone will be as common as the smartphone in a near future. But there are many issues to resolve before this becomes reality, Mohammad Obaid thinks.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> “It could well be that people will have a drone companion, but we need to think about ethics first. As with cell phones, we need to know what will happen with society when adding social drones, as with all human interaction with AI systems. I think more important is if the drone can be of use in health and well-being, like if they can be used to help people for instance in remote areas or as lifeguards on the beach”, he says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span><strong>Text: </strong>Mats Tiborn<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><br /></div>Mon, 23 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200 in-person masters thesis project fair in health and technology<p><b>​For the first time, the master’s thesis project fair for health and technology students was held on site at Medicinareberget. A concept that left both students and supervisors eager for future fairs.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">A lively murmur in several languages fills the lecture hall at the Wallenberg Conference Center. It falls silent only when the vice dean at the Faculty of Science takes the stage.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Hello, everyone and welcome,” says Pelle Åberg, extending a greeting together with Faculty Program Director Marie Strandevall, who also hosts this spring’s master thesis project fair.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Collaboration to create interdisciplinary projects</strong></div> <div>This is the fourth time the fair has taken place, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced it online on the previous occasions. The University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, and Chalmers University of Technology host the fair.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The aim is to bring about interdisciplinary projects and collaboration between health and technology,” says Marie Strandevall.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“This is a good way to create interfaces,” adds Pelle Åberg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Nearly 30 researchers presented projects that provide one or two master’s students an opportunity to write their degree project. Some of the potential supervisors have several projects in the works. Even though researchers had only a few minutes to present a project and the preferred qualifications of the students applying for it, it went very well.<br /><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Health/Udda%20format/Exjobbmassa_Ann-Sofie_Cans.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" /></div> <div><br /><em>Ann-Sofie Cans​, Associate professor in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Director of Health Engineering Area of Advance at Chalmers, would be happy to supervise master’s students with knowledge of the natural sciences.</em><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">Chance to mingle</strong><br /></div> <div>When all the presentations had been completed, the students had been informed of everything from how to develop methods for measuring air-polluting particles to analysis of walking patterns in older subjects using radar.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>At least as important and eagerly awaited, after all the online meetings and remote learning of the pandemic years, was the change to mingle afterwards. This was the students’ opportunity to ask the researchers questions. Julius Juodakis, from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, stood at the screen with the text “Using machine learning to find gene interactions causing preterm birth” and answered questions from Setareh Jafargholizadeh, who studies biotechnology at Chalmers University of Technology.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We are looking for a student who has good knowledge of genetics and is prepared to learn about machine learning or a student who knows machine learning and wants to learn genetics,” says Juodakis.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>That could be something for Jafargholizadeh. Another person who finds Juodakis’s project interesting is Obed Nahimiyimana, who studies mathematical statistics at the University of Gothenburg.</div> <div>“Statistics can be applied in a lot of areas,” he says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Biomedicine offers good opportunities for students with different backgrounds and specializations, such as biotechnology and statistics,” says Juodakis.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Includes students from different subject areas</strong></div> <div>Six students at one table are enrolled in the Master’s Program in Global Health.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“It was very interesting, but hard to find something that suited us. It’s a little too specialized. We are interested in larger issues, such as public health, pandemics, and antibiotic resistance,” says Alexandra Ingman.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Perhaps they should talk to Åsa Torinsson Naluai, who gave a more general presentation about the interdisciplinary SciLifeLab in Gothenburg. She concluded with the words: “If you want to know more, come and talk to me afterwards.” Sheila Sgozi, a public health sciences student due to write a master’s thesis in a year, has done that.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“I want to learn about the options that already exist, and Åsa explains so well what can suit my specialization.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“If we are to advance research, we need to include students from many different subjects,” says Naluai, who has both a molecular biology and medical background herself.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Planning a new fair this autumn</strong></div> <div>After the students have gone on their way, several of the researchers and supervisors linger.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“This was also a good opportunity for the supervisors to mingle. Besides looking for talented students, they enjoy meeting each other,” says Marie Strandevall.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“It has worked very well to have the first three master’s thesis project fairs online, and it will be exciting to see the evaluations when we could finally have an in-person fair,” says Ann-Sofie Cans, associate professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers and one of the initiators behind the fair. “I hope we can arrange an in-person fair in the autumn, too, when Chalmers is the host.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Anna Rehnberg</div> <div><br /></div>Fri, 13 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200 projects from Chalmers on IVA’s 100 list 2022 <p><b>The 100-list highlights up-to-date research with business potential from Swedish universities. The theme for this year is technology in the service of humanity. Thirteen projects from Chalmers have been selected. </b></p>​The researchers have contributed with research projects that offer great value and potential for utilisation for society, through avenues such as industrial commercialisation, business development, or other types of impact. ​<div>“It is gratifying that we are so well represented on the 100 list. Chalmers has a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship” says Mats Lundqvist, Vice President of Utilisation at Chalmers University of Technology.</div> <div><br /><div><div><strong style="background-color:initial">The selected projects from Chalmers 2022:</strong><br /></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"></strong><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Architecture and Civil Engineering Project: </span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial"></span><strong style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">Real time optimization of drinking water treatment</strong></div></div> <div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The innovation of Kathleen Murphy and fellow colleagues measure the quality and reactivity of freshwater resources in real time, and predict the success of drinking water treatment. Their solution will be used to optimize operational conditions at drinking water treatment plants, reducing the need for chemicals and infrastructure and reducing emissions and waste. The patent pending solution, including the teams unique algorithms, will make drinking water treatment cheaper and more sustainable.</span></div> <div>Researcher: <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/murphyk.aspx">Kathleen Murphy</a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Real-time-optimized-drinking-water-treatment-on-IVA100-list.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Real time optimized drinking water treatment</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div> ​<span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px">Biology and Biological Engineering</span></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Fungi for the production of protein of the future</strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Alternative protein sources such as fungi (mycoprotein) can lead to 95 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than beef. The vision is that the protein of the future is produced by fungi, which convert bio-based residual streams from industry. The fungi are grown in closed bioreactors with little impact on the external environment. </span> ​</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researchers: </span><a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/nygardy.aspx">Yvonne Nygård </a><span style="background-color:initial">and </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/eric-oste.aspx">Eric Öste </a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Stabilizing seafood side-streams allowing full use for food production </strong><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">The demand for fish is steadily increasing in response to dietary recommendations, population growth and wishes to consume more climate-friendly protein sources. We therefore need to convert more of each landed fish into food, as today mainly the fillet is used, i.e., only 40-50 per cent of the weight. <br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researchers: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Ingrid-Undeland.aspx">Ingrid Undeland</a><span style="background-color:initial">, </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/haizhou.aspx">Haizhou Wu,​</a><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/khozaghi.aspx"> Mehdi Abdollahi</a><span style="background-color:initial"> and </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/bita-forghani.aspx">Bita Forghani</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Projects-on-sustainable-food-on-IVA’s-100-list.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Projects on sustainable food on IVA’s 100 list</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Chemistry and Chemical Engineering  </span><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Recycling and remanufacturing of indium based semiconductor materials. </strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>You are probably reading this text looking through a transparent conductive material called indium tin oxide (ITO). It is the backbone of all electronic screen​s (LCD, LED, and touch screens), and some solar cell technologies. During the manufacturing of these devices, 30 - 70% of the material becomes production waste. Almost 75% of indium is used for ITO manufacturing and it is accepted as a critical raw material due to its importance in the electronic industry. It is a minor element of the earth’s crust and is unevenly distributed. It's recycling from industrial waste is challenging and requires several stages. In our technology, indium recovery is simplified instead of complicated processing stages and integrated into the ITO powder production to reproduce ITO material.​</span><strong><br /></strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Burcak-Ebin.aspx">Burcak Ebin</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Burcak-Ebin.aspx"></a>Project: <strong>High-Quality Graphene and Highly Thermal Conductive Graphene Films Produced in Eco-friendly ways</strong><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong></strong><span style="background-color:initial">The heat generated from ubiquitous miniaturized electronic devices needs to be dissipated by materials that are highly thermally conductive, lightweight, flexible, mechanically robust and, most importantly, manufactured in a sustainable way. Our idea includes two interconnected steps: 1) Eco-friendly production of high-quality graphene in a large-scale; and 2) Production of highly thermal-conductive graphene films with low environmental impact and low cost. The graphene films are expected to replace the current metal films and other thermally conductive films produced in the high cost of environment, and therefore contribute to the transition to a green industry.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/ergang.aspx">Ergang Wang</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <span></span><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Project: <span style="font-weight:700">Adsorbi - cellulose-based foams for air pollutants capture  </span></span><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">After finishing her doctoral studies at the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Kinga Grenda founded the start-up company Adsorbi together with Romain Bordes, researcher at the department. She was recently named one of ten entrepreneurs to keep an eye on by Swedish Incubators and Science Parks.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Researcher: <span style="background-color:initial">Kinga Grenda  </span><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />More about the research and start-up company Adsorbi </a></span><span style="background-color:initial"><font color="#1166aa"><span style="font-weight:700">(external link)</span></font></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/ergang.aspx"></a><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Chemistry-research-on-IVA-100-list-.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Chemistry research on IVA 100 list | Chalmers​ </a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Computer Science and Engineering ​</span><br /></p> <div>Project: <strong>EmbeDL </strong><br /></div> <div>AI has achieved remarkable successes but at a price – neural network models are very large and need a lot of resources to train and deploy, thus leaving a very large energy footprint. Our research is about how to reduce the size of the neural networks, without sacrificing much in accuracy, and making the best use of diverse hardware so that AI can be deployed in an efficient and less energy consuming way to solve a specific problem. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Project:<strong>Repli5 </strong><br /></div> <div>The research is about creating digital twins and synthetic data. A digital twin is a replica of the real world in silico, which can be used to test and verify systems very efficiently and cheaply instead of tests in the real world which are costly, slow and error prone. Digital twins can be used to generate synthetic data to train AI systems efficiently without the need to collect real world data and annotating them manually which is costly, slow, noisy and error prone. <br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/dubhashi.aspx">Devdatt Dubhashi </a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Project: </span><strong style="background-color:initial">Dpella</strong><br /></div> <div>The world is collecting a massive amount of individuals data with the intention of building a human-centered future based on data insights. The huge challenge is how to achieve these insights that will shape the future, respecting privacy of individuals and complying with GDPR. We solve this by developing a technology for creating privacy-preserving analytics based on the mathematical framework of Differential Privacy – a new gold standard for data privacy. With our patented IP research, we provide a Privacy-as-a-service solution will enable data flows, creating the inter-organization value required to achieve a digital human-centred future.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/russo.aspx">Alejandro Russo</a></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/russo.aspx"></a></span><span style="background-color:initial">Project: <strong>ZeroPoint Technologies </strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">The dramatic increase of computers' processing power places high demands on efficient memory storage. A few players today have control over processor development by owning and controlling processor architectures. Chalmers with the spin-off company ZeroPoint Technologies develops technologies for computers' internal memory that are faster and less energy-intensive and are developed to fit into an open processor architecture. This provides basic conditions for smart industry. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span></span><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/per-stenstrom.aspx">Per Stenström​</a></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Industrial and Materials Science</span><br /></div> <div> <div>Project: <strong>Design for energy resilience in the everyday</strong><br /></div> <div>Our increasing dependence on electrical and connected products is unsustainable from a resource point of view. It also makes us vulnerable in a future energy system where more renewable sources and climate change increase the probability of power shortages and power outages. To be able to handle disruptions in electricity deliveries, and at the same time live a good and meaningful everyday life, knowledge, new design guidelines for product development and energy-independent alternatives are required.<br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/helena-stromberg.aspx">Helena Strömberg</a><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/ims/news/Pages/Design-for-energyresilience-in-the-everyday.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Design for energy resilience in the everyday</a> </div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P" style="font-size:20px">Physics</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Nanofluidic Scattering Microscopy </strong></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">We have developed the next generation of nanotechnology to study and analyse individual biomolecules and at the same time generate important information about them. We do this with an optical instrument combined with nanofluidic chips and software with machine learning/AI. By offering researchers this new tool, they can answer their questions in a completely new way, thereby accelerating their research in order to make ground-breaking discoveries.<br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Christoph-Langhammer.aspx">Christoph Langhammer </a><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">P</span><span style="background-color:initial">roject:</span><strong style="background-color:initial">2D semiconductor with perfect edges </strong><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">We at Smena have developed a new game-changing material, which is useful for numerous applications. The starting point of our material is an abundant mineral called molybdenite, whose price is only 5 dollar per kilogram. Using a scalable, patented, and environmentally friendly process, we managed to produce a large number of edges in flakes of natural molybdenite. <br /></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><span></span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Timur-Shegai.aspx">Timur Shegai ​</a><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Two-research-projects-from-Physics-on-IVA-100-List.aspx">Two research projects from Physics on IVA 100 List 2022</a></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Two-research-projects-from-Physics-on-IVA-100-List.aspx">​</a><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Mathematical Sciences </span></div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">​Project: <strong>PressCise</strong></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong></strong>​We work with clinical partners to identify problems with today's products, and to test and verify our own inventions. We use mathematical theories to solve real problems and we realize our solutions in genuine smart textile products. </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Researchers: <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/torbjorn-lundh.aspx">Torbjörn Lundh</a><span style="background-color:initial">, in collaboration with Josefin Damm and Andreas Nilsson. </span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />PressCise AB</a></p> <div> </div> <p></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><em>I</em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>VA's 100 List presents selected research projects believde to have </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>the potientalto be developed into ninnovations, to promote buisness  </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>development or to provide other benefits. The list reflects a diverse range of research </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>projects and researcher experise from Sweden's universities in a given field. </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>​</em></span><br /></p> <em> </em><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><font color="#1166aa"><em> </em></font></span><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"><em>The complete list can be found on </em><a href=""><em></em></a></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="display:inline !important"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"></span> </p> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P" style="display:inline !important"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"><br /></span></p></div> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P" style="display:inline !important"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"><br /></span></p></div> <a href="/en/news/presidents-perspective/Pages/IVAs-100-list-Chalmers-technology-in-the-service-of-humanity.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />The Presidents perspective on Chalmers' contribution to technology in the service of humanity</a><p></p></div> <div><br /></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Chemistry-research-on-IVA-100-list-.aspx"></a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Projects-on-sustainable-food-on-IVA’s-100-list.aspx"></a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/eric-oste.aspx"></a></p></div></div> ​</div>Tue, 10 May 2022 16:00:00 +0200 can artificial intelligence make running safer?<p><b>​A machine learning model to optimize your performance and get you across the finish line with health intact. That’s what Moa Johansson, Associate Professor at the Computing Science division, is aiming for. Together with two master's students, she is involved in a project at the Department of Computing Science and Engineering.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">This May, many people are looking forward to the return of Göteborgsvarvet, after two years of break due to the corona pandemic. Every year, approximately 40,000 runners struggle along with what the coordinators mean is the world’s biggest half marathon, and many have collapsed in exhaustion on both sides of the finish line.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Most often, they are on their feet after some rest and refill of fluid, but every year, a few people need medical assistance.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Moa Johansson, Associate Professor at the Department of Computing Science and Engineering, is together with the master students with amanuenses’ employments, Johan Lamm and Johan Attefors, collecting insights with the purpose to give athletes prerequisites to challenge themselves in the best possible way during a physical performance and at the same time minimize the risk of overworking to a point where they jeopardize their health. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;I am very interested in sport, so for me, it’s really fun to see how the techniques my own research is addressing, can contribute within sport&quot;, says Moa.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The study is performed in cooperation with Göteborgsvarvet, by analyzing data that has been collected for ten years and is accessible in Göteborgsvarvet’s database. In the database, values for end results and the participant's age and gender are registered. In addition, Moa, Johan and Johan have taken data about the weather conditions into account, to be able to see if there is something to learn from the connection between for example high temperatures and the number of people who &quot;hit the wall&quot;.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">A virtual AI-coach</h3> <div>As part of the project, they are working on a machine learning model. The purpose is, with its help, to be able to estimate the finishing time of a runner, and anticipate which runners risk overworking themselves, by drawing conclusions from the collected data.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>In the future, Moa is visualizing the model being used in a more advanced product in line with the runner’s watches available on the market today, where more parameters like personal conditions, previous performance, and outdoor temperature can be combined with monitoring of the body’s functions, to help the runner to adjust the pace to what is individually suitable. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;Kind of like a virtual AI-coach that tells you when it’s time to slow down or increase speed or take a break to drink water one extra time&quot;, says Moa. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">So, what are we doing wrong when the race ends with us &quot;running into the wall&quot;?</h3> <div>Often we seem to strain ourselves too much early on. Moa thinks that it partly comes down to a matter of prestige.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;People want to beat their own personal record, she says. And some people are keeping themselves on the border to what they can handle, even though they are not quite in the shape they were earlier in life.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>There is a tendency in the middle-aged group to miscalculate their capacity. That is something not equally prominent in the older group and among the elite runners, who tend to run according to a different pattern.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">About the project</h2> <div>The project is organized within the Health Engineering Area of Advance and is performed at the Department of Computing Science and Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The project is a result of discussions between the GoCoActive cooperation, where Chalmers, University of Gothenburg, RF-SISU, GoCo Health Innovation City, and Göteborgs Friidrottsförbund have been participating actively. <span style="background-color:initial">In</span><span style="background-color:initial"> spring 2022, a scientific paper is being written about the project.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>By: Agnes Ekstrand</div> <div><br /></div>Mon, 09 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200 gets prestigious grant for the second time<p><b>​Professor Thierry Coquand has been given this year’s European Research Counsil (ERC) Advanced Grant. Getting research funded through the grant is prestigious alone. What is remarkable in Thierry Coquand's case, is that it is not the first time he receives one.​</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Getting more than one ERC Advanced Grant in a lifetime is something that extremely few have accomplished. </span><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">hierry Coquand, Professor at the Computing Science Division, Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Chalmers and University of Gothenburg, got his first ERC Advanced Grant for his work in 2009.</span><div><br /></div> <div>He describes his view on his research and receiving the grant as following:</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The topic of my research is about representation of mathematical proofs on a computer. This is used to design so called &quot;proof assistants” that help a mathematician and/or a computer scientist to build a mathematical proof, in particular, ensuring that the proof is correct.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>There has been a growing use of such system for checking and documenting complex software systems, but also mathematical proofs. One aspect of this research that I find particularly interesting is that trying to represent mathematics on a computer forces us to think about the nature of mathematical objects.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>While I was working on my previous ERC project, it was realised by a great mathematician, the late Vladimir Voevodsky, that the language we were using for the represention of proofs on a computer was actually well adapted to express recent abstract  concepts in mathematics, connected to the notion of homotopy, which is a general study of the notion of “shapes”. This was both surprising and exciting, and the present project should explore further these connections.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I believe that this field of research is important both for society, given that the issues of software correctness and security are crucial,  and because of its intrinsic logical interest. If successful, this project will create proof assistants that can help in the development of sophisticated mathematics and highly modular pieces of software. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>This work is really a team work (both local and internationally). It is really nice, and not so common,  to be part of a team which have strong competence both in theory and in the actual implementation of proof assistants. I also want to thank people at the Grants Office, in particular Maria Enge, for all their help.”</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More on Thierry Coquand's research​​</h3> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/type-theory-for-mathematics-and-computer-science.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Research on interactive proof systems receives funding from KAW</a> <br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/sv/styrkeomraden/energi/nyheter/Sidor/Watch-the-webinar-Hydrogen-A-Silver-Bullet-in-the-Energy-System.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Watch the webinar: Hydrogen – A silver bullet in the energy system?​</a></span></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">ERC grants</h3> <div>The research grants from the European Research Council, ERC, are aimed at tackling major questions across all scientific disciplines.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The Advanced Grant is given to active researchers who have shown significant research achievements in the last ten years and stand out in terms of originality and significance of their research contribution.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about the latest ERC Advanced Grants in <a href="">ERC’s press release​</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Article written by Agnes Ekstrand</div> ​Wed, 27 Apr 2022 08:40:00 +0200