Call for Data Science and Machine learning research projects 2020

​Call for project proposals (budget not exceeding 300 kSEK) that address using data science and machine learning in research projects.
Important dates:
Submission: Nov 22, 2019
Notification: Nov-Dec 2019
Expected project start: Dec 2019-Jan 2020 (can be discussed)

Data driven research is becoming increasingly important for many research activities at Chalmers. To extract valuable patterns from large data sets 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 research projects, i.e., projects with a strong emphasis on methods of data analysis that are needed in research projects.

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 in several successful research projects ranging across different fields of Chalmers. For examples of previous projects, see this visualization.
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). Moreover, AoA ICT is currently building up the Chalmers AI Research Centre (CHAIR) and would like to encourage projects that include applications of machine learning that could lead to further AI-related projects at Chalmers.
The unit of data science research engineers is available to provide feedback about the proposals during the weeks leading up to the submission deadline. This will ensure writing a proposal and matching project proposals with relevant knowledge and methods. They can be contacted through the mailing list and it is recommended to seek feedback in the formulation of the proposal.


  • The data science research engineers will provide collaboration and support in new, or existing projects, by application of machine learning and data science to extract patterns out of one or a few specific data sources, possibly also including AI-related techniques.
  • 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.
  • The projects should preferrably start in the period between 1st of December 2019 and 15th of Jan 2020. The exact date and extent can be discussed.
  • The budget should not exceed 300 kSEK including indirect costs (OH). It can cover personnel costs, equipment, data, or involvement of domain related researchers and engineers on your side. The budget should not cover the involvement of the data science research engineers which is provided as part of the project.
  • The proposal for the support and collaboration should have a clear relation to Data Science/Machine learning and research. The proposal should be focused on utilization of data in different application areas in relation to Chalmers research activities.

The proposal form:

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.

The proposal should include:

a) Project title and the project abbreviation.
b) The main applicants: Name and e-mail and department
c) The preferred starting date and ending date for the project
d) A short overview of the project, with its research challenges and objectives and what novel possibilities you see in using machine learning or data science in your domain/research area
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 so
f) A concrete description of the how you would start to work together with the data science research engineers to extract patterns from data
g) The different types of expertise in the project (what type of expertise, and the expected involvement). Note: interaction with the DSRE team about this during writing of the proposal is recommended
h) The expected outcome (including disemination/publication plan) and its potential for further research/activities
i) The project overall time-line and budget (expenses on your side)

Evaluation Criteria:

• How innovative is the project in your research domain?
• How central is the use of large data sources in the project?
• How high is the potential impact of the project for its research field?


The application should be submitted as one PDF document to
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. A review process will include a reference group across different areas of Chalmers.
General Questions can be addressed to Ivica Crnkovic and Vilhelm Verendel General information on the research within the Area of Advance ICT can be found
The data science research engineers and the operational team can be reached at

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