News: Centre ChaseOn related to Chalmers University of TechnologyThu, 24 Jun 2021 21:49:19 +0200 for projects: AI in energy and climate research<p><b>​CHAIR, Chalmers Energy and ICT Areas of Advance are jointly investing in Data Science and AI in the Energy and Climate area. Important dates: Submission deadline: June 6, 2021. Notification: June 2021. Expected project start: Aug/Sep 2021</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Dat</strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>a driven research</strong> is becoming increasingly important for many research activities at Chalmers. A large </span><span style="background-color:initial">need also exists for research connected to energy transitions to meet climate targets. As new sources of data become available connected to energy and climate research there is potential for innovative research, but this does not come without related challenges. To extract valuable patterns from large data sets and handle the challenges, the Energy Area of Advance, CHAIR (Chalmers AI Research Centre), and ICT Area of Advance, issue this call to provide funding and expertise for research projects, together with the Data Science Research Engineers (DSRE) initiative funded by Chalmers e-Commons. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>All projects have to include</strong> an emphasis on methods from data science and machine learning to use and extract patterns from data in the domains of energy and climate research. The funding applied for has to be used during an expected project duration of approximately 6 months, and 1-2 data science research engineers will provide support (outside the budget applied for) to implement and evaluate methods for data handling and analysis in the projects.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>We welcome proposals </strong>in a relatively wide span: Ranging from the relevant and basic natural sciences, to the design, prototyping, and analysis of energy and climate-related technologies, on to energy and climate systems analysis. Examples related to energy technologies include electricity grids, process industries, energy end-use, energy conversion technologies, technology innovation systems, and energy in transport. One of the aims is to create new collaborations between the research areas Energy, Climate, and ICT, by supporting specific research projects in need of extracting patterns and using novel methods to analyse data.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Requirements:</strong></div> <div><ul><li>The data science research engineers will provide collaboration and support in new, or existing projects, by application of data science and AI methods to extract patterns out of one or a few specific data sources to answer the research questions at hand.</li> <li>The level of involvement of the data science research engineers should be not less than 30% of full time equivalent, and not larger than 50% full time equivalent during a period of 6 months.</li> <li>The projects should preferably start in August/September 2021. Exact date can be discussed.</li> <li>The budget applied for should not exceed 200 kSEK including indirect costs (OH). The budget can cover personnel costs, the purchase of equipment and data, or to cover time for researchers working on the related research project. The budget should not cover the involvement of the data science research engineers which is provided as part of the project.</li> <li>The proposal for the support and collaboration should have a connection to energy and/or climate research with clear potential and/or clear challenges to analyse the data. It is useful to highlight what data is already available, or what data collection from what data source (natural, technological, or social) that needs to be performed during the scope of the project.<br /><br /></li></ul></div> <div><strong>The proposal form:</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">he application is supposed to be simple and straightforward without extensive overhead: It should be maximum 3 pages long (preferrably 1-2 pages to describe the background and the main research idea). Please use font 11pt Times–roman. A one-page CV of the main applicant and main project participants should be added. Maximum four such CVs can be added on.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>The proposal should include:</strong></div> <div>a) Project title.</div> <div>b) The main applicants: Name and e-mail and department.</div> <div>c) The preferred starting date and ending date for the project.</div> <div>d) A short overview of the project, with its research challenges and objectives and what novel possibilities you see in using data science or AI in your domain/research area.</div> <div>e) A description of the type, size and availability of the data to be used in the projects including current availability and any restrictions in of use from intellectual property restrictions or so.</div> <div>f) A concrete description of how you would start to work together with the data science research engineers to extract patterns from data.</div> <div>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, see below.</div> <div>h) The expected outcome (including dissemination/publication plan) and its potential for further research/activities.</div> <div>i) The project overall time-line and budget (expenses on your side); in the budget, please clarify planned spending during 2021 and 2022 as the project is expected to run into 2022.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Important dates:</strong></div> <div>Submission deadline: June 6, 2021</div> <div>Notification: June 2021</div> <div>Expected project start: Aug/Sep 2021</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Evaluation Criteria:</strong></div> <div><ul><li>​How innovative is the project in your research domain?</li> <li>How central is the use of data sources in the project?</li> <li>How high is the potential impact of the project for its research field?</li> <li>Cross-disciplinarity: Does the project mix ideas or re<span style="background-color:initial">searchers from more than one discipline?</span></li> <li>Are there methods from data science and machine learning to extract patterns from data?</li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The unit of data science research engineers is available to provide brief feedback about the proposals during the weeks leading up to the submission deadline, drawing on <a href="">experience from previous projects</a>. This will ensure writing a proposal that clarifies available data and proposes relevant methods. They can be contacted through the mailing list to seek feedback in the formulation of the proposal.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Submission:</strong></div> <div>The application should be submitted as one PDF document to</div> <div><a href=""></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The proposals will be evaluated by the AoA Energy management group and a selected group of senior researchers across different areas and departments at Chalmers, and will be decided by the directors of the AoA Energy management group, director of CHAIR, and the unit manager of the data science research engineers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>General questions about the call can be addressed to:</strong><br />Anders Ådahl <a href=""></a><br />Vilhelm Verendel <a href=""></a><br />Ivica Crnkovic <a href="">​​</a><br /><br />General information about the research within the Energy Area of Advance, CHAIR, and ICT Area of Advance can be found at <a href="/"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /></a><br /><br /><strong>More info:</strong><br /><a href="/en/centres/chair/Pages/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Chalmers AI Research Centre</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> Tue, 11 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 of Advance Award for wireless centre collaboration<p><b>​Collaboration is the key to success. Jan Grahn and Erik Ström, who have merged two Chalmers competence centres, GigaHertz and ChaseOn, to form a consortium with 26 parties, know this for sure. Now they receive the Areas of Advance Award 2020 for their efforts.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">A competence centre is a platform for knowledge exchange and joint projects. Here, academia and external parties gather to create new knowledge and innovation. The projects are driven by need, and can be initiated from industry – who have a problem to solve – or from the research community, as new research results have generated solutions that may be applied in industry.</span><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Stronger as one unit</h2> <div>The competence centre GigaHertz focuses on electronics for high frequencies, while ChaseOn focuses on antenna systems and signal processing. They overlap in microwave technology research, which is relevant for communication and health care, as well as defense and space industry. And even if some areas differ between the two centres, numerous points of contact have been developed over the years. The two directors – Jan Grahn, Professor at Microtechnology and Nanoscience, and Erik Ström, Professor at Electrical Engineering – saw that close collaboration would result in obvious advantages. In 2017, the two centres therefore formed a joint consortium, bringing together a large number of national and international companies.</div> <div>“Formally, we are still two centres, but we have a joint agreement that makes it easy to work together”, says Erik Ström.</div> <div>“For Chalmers, it is a great strength that we are now able to see the whole picture, beyond departmental boundaries and research groups, and create a broad collaboration with the companies. This is an excellent example of how Chalmers can gather strength as one unit”, says Jan Grahn.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Multiplicity of applications</h2> <div>Technology for heat treatment of cancer, detection of foreign objects in baby food, antenna systems for increased traffic safety, components to improve Google’s quantum computer, 5G technology and amplifiers for the world’s largest radio telescope… The list of things that have sprung from the two competence centres is long. The technical development has, of course, been extreme; in 2007, as GigaHertz and ChaseOn were launched in their current forms, the Iphone hit the market for the very first time. Technology that today is seen as a natural part of everyday life – such as mobile broadband, now almost a necessity alongside electricity and water for most of us – was difficult to access or, at least, not to be taken for granted.</div> <div>The companies have also changed, which is noticeable in the flora of partners, not least for GigaHertz.</div> <div>“In the early 2000s, when our predecessor CHACH centre existed, the collaboration with Ericsson was dominant. Today, we collaborate with a much greater diversity of companies. We have seen an entrepreneurial revolution with many small companies, and even though the technology is basically the same, we are now dealing with a multiplicity of applications”, says Jan Grahn.</div> <div>As technology and applications developed and changed, the points of contact between the two centres grew, and this is also what initiated the merger:</div> <div>“When we started, in 2007, we were competing centres. The centres developed completely independently of each other, but have now grown into one. The technical convergence could not be ignored, we simply needed to start talking to each other across competence boundaries – which in the beginning was not so easy, even though today we view this as the obvious way forward”, says Erik Ström.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Research to benefit society</h2> <div>The knowledge centres are open organisations, where new partners join and collaborations may also come to an end. Several companies are sometimes involved together in one project. Trust and confidence are important components and take time to build. One ground-rule for activities is the focus on making research useful in society in the not too distant future.</div> <div>Chalmers Information and Communication Technology Area of Advance can take some of the credit for the successful collaboration between GigaHertz and ChaseOn, according to the awardees.</div> <div>“Contacts between centres were initiated when I was Director of the Area of Advance”, says Jan Grahn.</div> <div>“The Areas of Advance show that we can collaborate across departmental boundaries, they point to opportunities that exist when you work together.”</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">They believe in a bright future</h2> <div>The competence centres are partly financed by Vinnova, who has been nothing but positive about the merger of the two. Coordination means more research for the money; partly through synergy effects and partly by saving on costs in management and administration.</div> <div>The financed period for both GigaHertz and ChaseOn expires next year. But the two professors are positive, and above all point to the strong support from industry.</div> <div>“Then, of course, we need a governmental financier, or else we must revise the way we work. I hope that Vinnova gives us the opportunity to continue”, says Erik Ström.</div> <div>“The industry definitely wants a continuation. But they cannot, and should not, pay for everything. If they were to do so, we would get a completely different type of collaboration. The strength lies in sharing risks in the research activities by everyone contributing funds and, first and foremost, competence”, says Jan Grahn.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">“Incredibly fun”</h2> <div>Through their way of working, Erik Ström and Jan Grahn have succeeded in renewing and developing collaborations both within and outside Chalmers, attracting new companies and strengthening the position of Gothenburg as an international node for microwave technology. And it is in recognition of their dynamic and holistic leadership, that they now receive the Areas of Advance Award.</div> <div>“This is incredibly fun, and a credit for the entire centre operation, not just for us”, says Erik Ström.</div> <div>“Being a centre director is not always a bed of roses. Getting this award is a fantastic recognition, and we feel great hope for the future”, concludes Jan Grahn.<br /><br /><div><em>Text: Mia Malmstedt</em></div> <div><em>Photo: Yen Strandqvist</em></div> <br /></div> <div><strong>The Areas of Advance Award</strong></div> <div>With the Areas of Advance Award, Chalmers looks to reward employees who have made outstanding contributions in cross-border collaborations, and who, in the spirit of the Areas of Advance, integrate research, education and utilisation. The collaborations aim to strengthen Chalmers’ ability to meet the major global challenges for a sustainable development.<br /><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/centres/ghz/Pages/default.aspx">Read more about GigaHertz centre</a></div> <div><a href="/en/centres/chaseon/Pages/default.aspx">Read more about ChaseOn centre​</a></div> <div>​<br />Areas of Advance Award 2019: <a href="/en/news/Pages/Areas-of-Advance-Award-given-to-research-exploring-the-structure-of-proteins.aspx">Areas of Advance Award for exploring the structure of proteins​</a></div> Thu, 10 Sep 2020 08:00:00 +0200 participants on the fourth Centre Day<p><b>​With around 130 participants, the fourth joint day of the GigaHertz Centre and ChaseOn also became a success. &quot;We gather Sweden's industry and academia in wireless research, probably the best in Sweden,&quot; says Jan Grahn, director of the GigaHertz Centre.</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centreday_191106_IMG_8116_665x330.jpg" alt="Picture from Centre Day 2019." style="margin:5px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">It was a huge agenda in Palmstedtsalen in the student union building on 6 November. And Gustav Adolf's baking was of course a mandatory element in honor of the day. One new feature for this year was a &quot;poster flash presentation&quot; where all the poster exhibitors held an elevator presentation of about a minute about their respective posters.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>A number of speakers from Chalmers, the business community, other educational institutions and organisations replaced each other on the stage. Particularly invited keynote speaker was Dr Thomas Merkle from Fraunhofer IAF in Freiburg, Germany. </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centreday_191106_IMG_8155_isab_toppbild_750x340.jpg" alt="Picture from Centre Day 2019." style="margin:5px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">For the first time, all members of the International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) were also gathered, from left to right Christoph ​Mecklenbräuker, TU Vienna, Riana Geschke, Fraunhofer FHR, Christophe Gaquière, Univ. de Lille, IEMN, and Wolfgang Heinrich, FBH, Berlin.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centreday_191106_wolfgang_IMG_7924_350x305.jpg" alt="Picture from Centre Day 2019." class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />Professor Heinrich also gave a speech explaining why wireless is an ever-present area:</div> <div>&quot;Microwaves are everywhere, even in space. If you want to communicate between galaxies, you can only use microwaves. If you are looking for extraterrestrial life - either human or not - you can only use... that's right! ... microwaves&quot;, he said among other things.</div> <div>He predicted a bright future:</div> <div>&quot;Our biggest challenge is to make millimeter waves 5g-compatible.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The Centre Day was organized by the departments Microtechnology and Nanoscience - MC2, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering. This year the GigaHertz Centre hosted the event.</div> <div>&quot;What is unique about these events is the high industrial participation with Chalmers researchers and students&quot;, says Jan Grahn.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text and photo: Michael Nystås</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/centres/ghz">Read more about the GigaHertz Centre​</a><span style="background-color:initial"> &gt;&gt;&gt;</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/centres/chaseon">Read more about ChaseOn</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centreday_191106_IMG_8009_665x330.jpg" alt="Picture from Centre Day 2019." style="margin:5px" /><br /></span><em style="background-color:initial">Jan Grahn, head of the GigaHertz Centre, and Erik Ström, head of ChaseOn, were pleased with the Centre Day 2019.</em><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div>Tue, 19 Nov 2019 10:00:00 +0100 interest for solid centre day<p><b>​Intense networking and the latest research updates were on the agenda on the joint day for Chalmers excellence centres ChaseOn and GigaHertz Centre in Palmstedtsalen on 14 November. The day gathered around 140 participants from the academic and business worlds.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centreday_strom_grahn_IMG_5724_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The centre directors </span><span style="background-color:initial">Erik Ström, Professor of Communications Systems at the Department of Electrical Engineering – E2, and </span><span style="background-color:initial">Jan Grahn, Professor of Microwave Technology at MC2 (to the left)</span><span style="background-color:initial">, invited to a full and intense day, together with their vice directors Christian Fager, Professor at MC2, and Marianna Ivashina, Professor of Electromagnetic Design of Antenna Systems at E2.</span></div> <div>&quot;With Chalmers and industry together in a consortium, doing this type of joint arrangement is unique in this perspective&quot;, Jan Grahn said in his and Erik Ström's joint welcome address.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>On the agenda there were technical presentations of ongoing research collaborations between Chalmers and the business community in microwave technology and antenna systems, currently nine projects, and plenty of opportunities to network and connect with new contacts. A new feature for this year was a poster exhibition with around ten participants. It drew much attention within the coffee breaks.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centreday_sheemstra_IMG_5810_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Specially invited key note speaker was Sonia Heemstra, Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands (to the right). <span style="background-color:initial">Two members of the International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) were also on site: Wolfgang Heinrich, Professor at The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut in Berlin, and Christoph Mecklenbräuker, Professor at TU Vienna.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>GigaHertz Centre and ChaseOn together gather 25 partners within academy and industry. That's a considerable share of the expertise in microwave electronics and antenna systems. Nine different projects are ongoing right now in the Vinnova funded effort, which also involves three departments at Chalmers.</div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centreday_poster_b_IMG_5816_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Jan Grahn emphasized that there are strong technical reasons to unite the areas with a joint board and a joint scientific advisory board:</div> <div>&quot;We think that this have been highly beneficial by all standards and even internationally. As directors we feel that this joint consortium has worked extremely well, and we see that we get many new grants and new partners.&quot; </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Ström and Grahn also looked beyond the lifetime of the current setup:</div> <div>&quot;We are already discussing what will happen after this projects end in 2021&quot;, they said.</div> <div>A strategic group has been formed, with 15 members from Chalmers and eight partner companies. Ström and Grahn didn't reveal any details, but said that there is a large consensus to continue and develop the collaboration in the future.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Among the participants at the Centre Day were people from companies such as Volvo Cars, Saab AB and Ericsson. It all ended with a gala dinner at the restaurant Wijkanders.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text and photo: Michael Nystås</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Read more about GigaHertz Centre &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong></div> <div><a href=""></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Read more about ChaseOn &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong></div> <div><a href=""></a></div>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 09:00:00 +0100 participants at intense centre day<p><b>​Around 120 participants from the academic and business worlds got together on the joint day for Chalmers excellence centres ChaseOn and GigaHertz Centre in Palmstedtsalen on 14 November. Specially invited key note speaker was Bram Nauta, Professor at the University of Twente.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_171114_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Center chairs Jan Grahn, Professor of Microwave Technology at MC2, and Erik Ström, Professor of Communications Systems at the Department of Electrical Engineering – E2, for the day replaced by <br />vice chair Marianna Ivashina, professor of Electromagnetic Design of Antenna Systems, invited to a full and intense day. <br />&quot;We are two centers with quite different orientations, yet benefiting from each other in this consortium. It is interesting to see and hear about each other's research, and to gather it on a common day&quot;, says Jan Grahn.<br /><br />On the agenda there were presentations of ongoing research collaborations between Chalmers and the business community in microwave technology and antenna systems, currently nine projects, and plenty of opportunities to network and connect with new contacts. The centres' joint international advisory council and steering board were also be present during the day. <br />The day ended with a gala dinner at the restaurant Hyllan in the student union building.<br /><br />Text and photo: Michael Nystås<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_171114_665x330e.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>The International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB), from left to right: Prof. Riana Geschke, Univ. of Cape Town, Prof. Wolfgang Heinrich, FBH, Berlin, and Prof. Christoph Mecklenbräuker, TU Vienna. Missing in picture: Prof. Danielle George, Univ. Manchester.</em><br /> <br /><strong>Read more about GigaHertz Centre &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong><br /><a href="/ghz"></a><br /><br /><strong>Read more about ChaseOn &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong><br /><a href="/chaseon"></a><br /><br /><a href="/chaseon"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_171114_665x330d.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_171114_665x330c.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_171114_665x330b.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></a><br />Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0100 Centre Day for ChaseOn and GigaHertz Centre<p><b>​On 14 November, Chalmers excellence centres ChaseOn and GigaHertz Centre will arrange their joint day in Palmstedtsalen. Specially invited key note speaker is Bram Nauta, Professor at the University of Twente.</b></p>Centre directors Jan Grahn, Professor of Microwave Technology at MC2, and Erik Ström, Professor of Communications Systems at the Department of Electrical Engineering – E2, invite you to a full and intense day. On the agenda there are presentations of ongoing research collaborations between Chalmers and the business community in microwave technology and antenna systems, currently nine projects, and plenty of opportunities to network and connect with new contacts. The day ends with a gala dinner at the restaurant Hyllan in the student union building.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/bram_nauta_400px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" width="239" height="294" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The key note speaker Bram Nauta (picture to the right) has been active at the University of Twente for many years. There he leads the research group Integrated Circuit Design. On the centre day he will give a lecture entitled &quot;Towards Flexible Channel Filtering in low-GHz Receivers&quot;.<br />Jan Grahn describes Nauta's speech as a very timely subject with a clear link to ongoing research within 5G at both centres.<br />A wide range of speakers from Chalmers and the cooperating business community participate.<br />&quot;As a whole, it will be an exciting and technically very interesting event, with contributions from Chalmers and companies within communications and sensors for many different applications: telecom, space, defence, medicine and vehicles. Don’t miss the opportunity to get updated on what is happening at the research forefront of these important technical areas within wireless&quot;, says Jan Grahn.<br /><br />The centres' joint <a href="/en/centres/ghz/international-advisory-board/Pages/default.aspx">international advisory council</a> and <a href="/en/centres/ghz/GHz%20Centre%20ChaseOn/Pages/Steering%20Board.aspx">steering board</a> will also be present during the day. In connection with the Centre Day, the ChaseON and GHz Centre General Assembly Meeting will be held for the 23 members.<br /><br />Text and photo: Michael Nystås<br /><br /><strong>Centre Day 2017</strong><br />Date and time: 14 November, 2017, 10: 00-19: 00<br />Location: Palmstedtsalen, Chalmers Student Union Building, Campus Johanneberg<br /><br /><br /><a href="">Read more about Bram Nauta</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br /><br /><strong>Read more about GigaHertz Centre &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong><br /><a href="/ghz"></a><br /><br /><strong>Read more about ChaseOn &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong><br /><a href="/chaseon"></a><br />Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +0200 centres together meet the entire need<p><b>​Today’s wireless communications systems have practically reached their maximum capacity. The next step, towards a terabit level, requires new technology. At Chalmers, a unique Massive MIMO testing environment is being built, a project in which Ericsson are pleased to be involved.</b></p>​In simple terms, future wireless communication requires two improvements: higher frequency spectrum and new antenna systems. Chalmers has the skills to achieve both – organised through two research centres, Chase and GigaHertz Centre, both funded by Vinnova. Through collaboration in the project MATE, they are jointly developing a test bed for Massive MIMO antenna technology.<br /><br />Björn Johannisson, research manager at Ericsson, is impressed with how the project has succeeded.<br />“It’s not always easy to create collaborative projects of this kind. The researchers need to get along, the partners have to find mutual interests, and the practical parts needs to be addressed. I’m impressed with how it has succeeded, and we see a great value in our collaboration with Chalmers,” he says.<br /><br /><img src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/News/BjornJohannisson-quote_350px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />MIMO, or “multiple input-multiple output”, is a technology that improves transfer capacity by adding a large number of antennas in both transmitters and receivers, making it possible to transmit multiple data streams simultaneously. Future systems may involve hundreds, or even thousands, of antennas.<br />“It means that you transmit several streams of information that mix in the air and must then be separated at the receiving end. We are currently developing technology to handle this effectively, but in the MATE project we also want to enable higher frequencies, which adds to our challenge. This requires collaboration because the signal processing must be adapted to the properties of the hardware.”<br /><br />Chalmers and MATE are at the forefront of the research, Johannisson claims.<br />“There are a number of test beds developed at companies, but this is one of the first being created for high frequencies in an academic environment. Which is important to us since the academic research is more transparent, and we want the technology to become globally acknowledged.”<br /><br />To Ericsson, the technology is interesting for the next generation of mobile systems, 5G. Massive MIMO will, however, have a significantly wider area of use than simply mobile phones – everything from connected cars and production environments in factories to small gadgets with communication features. Within the MATE project, a rough draft of how it will work has been drawn up, but many issues remain to be resolved regarding the precise design of the technology.<br /><br />“The test bed that is soon completed will be an important platform for further work. When Chase continues in ChaseOn, we will collect measurement data in order to test algorithms and to provide insights into how high-performance antenna systems can be designed,” concludes Johannisson.<br /><br />Text: Lars Nicklason<br />Photo: Henrik Sandsjö<br /><br /><br /><img src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/News/MATE_350px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:225px" /><br /><br />More about the MATE project:<br /><a href="/en/projects/Pages/Massive-MIMO-test-bed.aspx">Massive MIMO test bed, project start</a><br /><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/test-bed-for-multi-antenna-systems.aspx">Short interview with Thomas Eriksson at the start of the MATE project</a> (Feb 2015)<br /><br />Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:00:00 +0100 the best car antenna<p><b>​The global car fleet is rapidly becoming increasingly connected – which puts high demands on stable, robust communication. This will mainly be ensured by the antennas of tomorrow.</b></p>​ <br />If you are at home watching a film and the TV picture suddenly freezes, it’s probably not a disaster. But in the future, if you are driving towards a junction, in which a cloud-based automated driving application optimally guides you and other vehicles through the junction at full speed – well, in that situation communication must always work,” says Mikael Nilsson at Volvo Cars.<br /><br />Of course, it will be a while before this becomes a reality, but other new communication applications are already being developed that demand a very high level of reliability.<br /><br />Volvo’s Road Friction Information is one example. The idea is that cars ahead share information about road conditions to nearby vehicles through the cloud, for example about icy or slippery conditions, which is intended to make the surrounding cars to take precautions in time. In such circumstances, a stable link can mean the difference between life and death. The same applies to E-call, the service for automatic electronic emergency calls from cars to emergency call centres that will become standard in all new cars in Europe by 2018.<br /><br /><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/News/ChaseOn-Volvo-citat2_270px.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" />What happens if a car flips over and the antenna on the roof breaks?<br />“Within Chase we have examined various concepts for how to best position antennas on cars,” says Nilsson.<br /><br />The aim has also been to develop the antennas of tomorrow.<br />“You can build better receivers, switch to better cables between the antenna and the receiver, but that is much more expensive than building better antennas. They will be the most crucial element that affects the performance of the communications system.”<br /><br />Within ChaseOn, Volvo aims at developing an antenna concept that supports new 5G technology. It requires higher frequencies, which in turn demands more of the antenna’s performance and position.<br /><br />“We also plan to develop antennas that are compatible with cars made of materials such as carbon fibre and plastic, which lack a ground plane.”<br /><br />For Volvo Cars, the Chase collaboration has also had what Mikael Nilsson describes as “softer values”.<br />“It is important for us to be part of research hubs, to be visible in these contexts, for instance at conferences around the world at which Chalmers’ researchers participate. It gives us a good reputation and spark enquiries about new projects and collaborations. This exchange between Volvo and universities is perhaps the most important of all.”<br /><br /><img src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/News/Chaseon-Volvo-MikaelNilsson_750px.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>Mikael Nilsson, Technical Expert Wireless Communication at Volvo Cars</em><br /><br /><br />Text: Lars Nicklason<br />Photo: Henrik Sandsjö<br /><br /><br /><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/ChaseOn_Logo_220x120px.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><strong>Antenna systems research centre ChaseOn</strong><br />ChaseOn is a continuation of the very successful Chase centre. The success is mainly due to the Chase’s ability to adapt to new needs and corresponding research challenges and opportunities, while at the same time maintaining a durable vision and long-term strategies.<br /><a href="/chaseon"></a><br />Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +0100 offers unique collaboration<p><b>​Imagine a collaboration in which two organisations move between each other’s activities over a period of 10 years. It creates trust, and a sense of belonging. Mikael Coldrey, Giuseppe Durisi and Jingya Li all agree: what ChaseOn offers is unique.</b></p><p> </p> <p>It’s of course extremely important for your motivation to receive confirmation from a company that the research you are conducting is interesting and relevant. That is something I didn’t have back in the days when I was a PhD student at Chalmers. You wholeheartedly devoted thousands of hours to something you weren’t sure was useful,” says Coldrey.<br /><br /><img src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/News/MikaelColdrey_200px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />He is a master researcher at Ericsson, and through Chase he has worked with several Chalmers researchers right from the start 10 years ago. One of them is Giuseppe Durisi, Associate Professor in Information Theory. They have worked together for three years in the Chase project called Multi-Antenna Technologies for Wireless Access and Backhaul (MATWAB), of which Durisi is the project leader. <br /><br />In this project, they are researching two of the most talked-about technologies for wireless communication: heterogeneous networks, which are designed to provide better coverage at high data speeds while also being more energy efficient than today’s mobile networks, and MIMO (multiple input-multiple output), which is designed to improve transfer speed in radio links by connecting several antennas together. <br /><br />Chase has involved several doctoral students within the framework of the project. One of them is Jingya Li, who defended her doctoral thesis in 2015 and is now employed at Ericsson.<br /><br />On a Thursday in October, Li is sitting around a table with Coldrey and Durisi in Ericsson’s premises at Lindholmen to talk about the Chase collaboration. And she is quick to agree with what Coldrey says.<br /><br /><img src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/News/JingyaLi_200px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Jingya Li" style="margin:5px" />“I find it more inspiring to work on problems that other people are also interested in. And the feedback I received from Ericsson during my doctoral student days was incredibly valuable,” she says.<br /><br />“Within research you constantly come across situations in which you have to choose a path. That’s why it’s valuable to get guidance so that you can feel secure in your choices,” adds Coldrey, and continues:<br /><br />“And for Ericsson it’s important to gain ideas from young, sharp brains that see things in new ways,” he explains. “The ideas are not always immediately usable for us, but through collaboration they may be realised in future products.”<br /><br />Mikael Coldrey is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Chalmers and is currently supervising three doctoral students in Chase. Similarly, Giuseppe Durisi has an office at Ericsson.<br /><br />“We meet at least once a week,” says Coldrey. “Either at Chalmers or at Ericsson. It’s an advantage that Giuseppe can also sit with us; it means that he doesn’t just meet me, but also my colleagues who work within the same field.”<br /><br />“Yes, that’s an important aspect,” says Durisi. “The fact that we have access to each other’s workplaces makes our collaboration much broader than initially intended. There’s a lot going on in close connection to the project that is interesting to us in Chase.”<br /><br />The coffee breaks are important – all three agree on that.<br />“It’s important to meet, talk to people and get to know them. In that way, Chase has opened doors,” explains Durisi.<br /><br /><br />After 10 years with Chase, it is evident that the concept of a research centre fosters successful collaboration, by mutual agreements on confidentiality, IPR and clear frameworks. But how close is the collaboration? Has the “mine-yours” perspective disappeared?<br /><br />“I am involved in many different collaborative projects, but when it comes to Chase I definitely feel that we’re in the same boat,” says Coldrey.<br /><br /><img src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/News/GiuseppeDurisi_200px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Giuseppe Durisi" style="margin:5px" />“There is obviously a difference between what Chalmers and Ericsson want to gain from the projects, but the differences are precisely what make us good together. We complement each other,” says Durisi.<br /><br />Is friendship important when people work together?<br />“It’s a strong word, but trust is important. And it takes time to build up.”<br /><br />“That’s what makes Chase unique,” says Coldrey. “In other projects you meet for a few hours three, four times a year, and then you go home and do your own work. Here, we meet continually and know who’s doing what and who to turn to with a specific question. It spreads ripples on the water and naturally paves the way for new collaborations.”<br /><br />In ChaseOn, the MANTUA project will focus on the challenges associated with antenna systems that are compatible with 5G and high frequencies. Although without Jingya Li. However, she will not be far away, as she will participate in another ChaseOn project, which is focused on vehicular communication.<br /><br />“I’m continuing to work together with people at Chalmers who I have known well since my doctoral student days. Which makes it so much easier; I know their way of thinking and how they work,” concludes Li.<br /><br /><br />Text: Lars Nicklason<br />Photo: Henrik Sandsjö<br /><br /></p>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0100 examples of utilisation during Centre Day<p><b>​About 150 participants from the academic and business worlds got together to celebrate Chalmers Chase excellence centre and GigaHertz Centre in the Palmstedt Hall on 30 November. And there’s more to come – the two centres will work even more closely in the future.</b></p><div>Centre Day featured a wealth of interesting speakers, who presented many examples of fruitful collaborations between the business community and Chalmers over the past decade. It was a day for celebrating the past and looking to the future, with many personal reflections on the benefits of collaboration.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330a.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">A glimpse of history</h5> <div>Jan Grahn (above, to the left), professor of microwave technology at MC2 and head of the GigaHertz Centre, and Staffan Sjödin (above, to the right), head of Chase, summarised the histories of the two centres.</div> <div>“We’ve been fortunate enough to work in a variety of excellence centres in 20 years at Chalmers,” Grahn said. “This has truly been a joint venture, in which we’ve invested in and carried out research together. We’re grateful to Vinnova for making this all possible.”</div> <div>Grahn also commented on an editorial in Dagens Nyheter on 29 November about the Swedish government’s research proposal, which emphasises collaboration and utilisation. In the article, three researchers in business economics and sociology write that “collaboration is no guarantee for knowledge development or innovative ability.”</div> <div>“Today we’re going to see many examples to the contrary,” Grahn announced.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Praised Per-Simon Kildal</h5> <div>Staffan Sjödin summarised ten years with Chase, declaring that the excellence centre has generated 24 projects and preliminary studies, 693 conference papers, 280 journal articles and 22 doctoral theses so far.</div> <div>“Chase has had an intense impact on R&amp;D at companies,” Sjödin said.</div> <div>He also praised the late Chalmers professor Per-Simon Kildal, who was a key person at Chase. Kildal passed away unexpectedly last spring, and his name came up several times during the course of the day. It was clear how much he meant to the institution.</div> <div>Sjödin also wished the centre good luck with ChaseOn, the continuation of the Chase Centre for the next five years.</div> <div>“But it’s not too early to think about what will happen after 2021,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll be self-sufficient by then in one way or another.”</div> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330c.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Eyes to the future </h5></div> <div>Next it was time for Erik Ström (above), professor of communications systems at the Department for Signals and Systems – S2 – to take the stage. He is the head of ChaseOn.</div> <div>“ChaseOn is the future and continuation of Chase. Both ChaseOn and the GigaHertz Centre applied for support from Vinnova. And both got it,” Ström announced, not without some pride.</div> <div>He and Grahn turned their eyes to the future, commenting that their two centres together collaborate with a total of 23 companies. Both the GigaHertz Centre and ChaseOn also work closely with the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (which will merge in 2017 with Swedish ICT and Innventia under the name RISE). ChaseOn is also partnered with the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the Västra Götaland region.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Establishing tighter bonds</h5> <div>The GigaHertz Centre and ChaseOn are now establishing even tighter bonds for the coming five-year period. They will remain separate centres, but will make up a consortium with a common steering committee and a joint international advisory council.</div> <div>“This creates many advantages in terms of technology and research,” Grahn says. “We have a golden opportunity here that will create endless possibilities for the future. It’s truly humbling to bring together such a vast array of skills.”</div> <div>Ström and Grahn saw many advantages to the centres working more closely together. The collective skills of the 23 partner companies create completely new opportunities for collaboration in new projects and teams. More results will become available to everyone, the strategic impact will be greater and the centres will become even more attractive to new partners. All this will enhance synergies within Chalmers in terms of coordination and outreach.</div> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330d.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Personal and humorous </h5></div> <div>Rik Jos (above) from the company Ampleon was an adjunct professor of microelectronics at MC2 for 12 years, until 2016. He gave a personal, sometimes humorous story about his collaboration with the GigaHertz Centre and Chalmers over the past decade.</div> <div>“When I was asked to speak here today, I was struck by two things: 1. It was an honour to be asked. 2. Looking back, I realise that I’ve also aged!” he joked.</div> <div>Jos listed several good reasons why he chose to work with Chalmers in the framework of the GigaHertz Centre:</div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li>An enthusiastic and highly skilled team</li> <li>Complete coverage of the chain – from semiconductor processes to linearisation</li> <li>Project teams reach critical mass</li> <li>Research fields are jointly decided by all partners</li></ul></div> <div>He also had several recommendations for the future, and felt that the international advisors have an important role: </div> <div>“They provide calibration with centres in other countries and a connection that shows us what direction to grow in.”<br /><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Chase is a strength </h5> <div>Christian Fager, associate professor in the microwave electronics division at MC2, talked about his experimentation with the MOOC concept (online courses). He ended with the observation: </div> <div>“We’ve got very interesting times ahead.”</div> <div>Mats Andersson was the CEO of Bluetest in 2006–2011. Bluetest was founded by Per-Simon Kildal and currently employs 35 people.</div> <div>“Chase has been a strength for us,” he said, “and a key element of our ability to move from research into industry.”</div> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330l.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Fruitful collaboration </h5></div> <div>Lars-Inge Sjökvist (above), CEO of Gapwaves, brought down the house when he announced that the company was listed on the Nasdaq exchange on 18 November.</div> <div>“We’ve had a fruitful collaboration with Chase over the years,” he commented.</div> <div>Gapwaves also demonstrated a gap antenna in the special exhibition of applications that MC2’s industrial relations coordinator Cristina Andersson set up for Centre Day.</div> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330f.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">International expertise </h5></div> <div>Each of the centres has had its own international advisory council. The plan was that each of those councils would have a representative on site, but due to an airline strike, the GigaHertz Centre’s expert, Fadhel Ghannouchi from the University of Calgary in Canada, couldn’t make it to Gothenburg. Christoph Mecklenbräuker from the University of Vienna in Austria had better luck and was able to provide us his thoughts on Chase.</div> <div>Erik Ström asked him to reply honestly to the question of whether he thought it was a good idea to establish closer bonds between the two centres. “Yes,” Mecklenbräuker said – after asking jokingly if he could phone a friend as in the popular television game show.</div> <div>But a key requirement for success, Mecklenbräuker pointed out, is that the researchers learn to speak and understand each other’s languages. </div> <div>“Chase had examples of extremely interdisciplinary projects that had a very slow learning curve,” he said by way of example. </div> <div>“We in the advisory council wondered if the situation would ever sort itself out – but in the end the projects were hugely successful. But you have to listen to each other; people think in different terms. The GigaHertz people will think in S-parameters, the ChaseOn people will think in bits per second. But your efforts will be rewarded!” </div> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330m.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Chalmers an ideal environment </h5></div> <div>Paul Häyhänen, chairman of Chase, and Peter Olanders (above), chairman of the GigaHertz Centre, thanked the organising committee for a well-planned day.</div> <div>“Today we’ve seen a shining example of how this type of centre can contribute to the community,” Häyhänen said, “and also how we can create new start-ups and help big companies to grow even bigger. It’s been a fantastic day.”</div> <div>Olanders described Chalmers as an ideal environment for centres such as these, which is not least confirmed by the fact that Vinnova itself chose to place two of its excellence centres at the university. </div> <div>“Chalmers is definitely a dominant factor for success, but it’s also located in a region with exceptionally strong industry,” he said.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Industry gives extra shine</h5> <div>Vinnova was represented on site by its coordinators Jessica Svennebring and Tommy Schönberg.</div> <div>“My experience of the day is that both centres presented very interesting results from the past 10 years, and while that is certainly good, what gives it a bit of extra shine is the great interest on the part of industry to continue the collaboration,” Schönberg says. </div> <div>“This really confirms that this collaborative form is valuable to all involved parties: academia has the opportunity to publish excellent research results in relevant fields of the future, while industry gains key cutting-edge expertise in its technical field as well as a vital influx of skills in the form of knowledgeable future recruits.”</div> <div>ChaseOn and the GigaHertz Centre have now been granted SEK 70 million in funding from Vinnova for the 2017–2021 period.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Magnificent banquet</h5> <div>Centre Day ended with a magnificent banquet at Wijkanders Restaurang. The organising committee consisted of Cristina Andersson, Agneta Kinnander, Jeanette Träff, Erik Ström, Christian Fager, Jan Grahn and Staffan Sjödin.</div> <div>Chase and ChaseOn also took the opportunity to present a very elegant informational brochure entitled “Celebrating 10 years with Chase and the future with ChaseOn”.</div> <div> </div> <div>Text and photo: Michael Nystås</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Read earlier news:</h5> <div><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Centre-Day-summarizes-ten-years-of-successful-research.aspx">Centre Day summarizes ten years of successful research</a></div> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Strong-recognition-for-Chalmers-industry-collaboration-within-wireless.aspx">Strong recognition for Chalmers industry collaboration within wireless</a><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330b.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330e.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330g.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330h.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330i.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330j.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/centre_day_665x330k.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /></div>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:00:00 +0100 Chase is on<p><b>​New challenges have emerged that require urgent advances in antenna systems for communications, sensing and medical applications, says Professor Erik Ström.</b></p>​ <br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/s2/profilbilder/Erik_Ström_web.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Chase has achieved great progress during the past 10 years. However, we are not done. New challenges have emerged that require urgent advances in antenna systems for communications, sensing and medical applications. The societal challenges are well known: health, food, energy, environment, social inequalities and security. Promising solutions to address these challenges include systems based on advanced wireless technologies, i.e., technologies that require antenna systems. Unfortunately, today’s antenna systems do not always provide sufficiently high performance or are too costly or otherwise unsustainable from an energy or resource perspective. <br /><br />The core of Chase, together with a number of new partners, will therefore continue to collaborate in the new Vinnova Competence Centre called ChaseOn. The research programme will tackle challenges in communications, sensor systems, and health care. Cooperation over project boundaries will enable cross-fertilisation of ideas from different application areas and reuse of basic technologies and knowhow. <br /><br />ChaseOn is designed to complement and profit from other research and innovation initiatives. In particular, we are delighted that our sister centre, GHz Centre, was also awarded funding by Vinnova for another 5 years. We will intensify our collaboration with GHz Centre to facilitate joint work on microwave electronics (GHz Centre) and antenna systems (ChaseOn). <br /><br />Efficient use of higher frequency bands is crucial, as lower frequency bands are rapidly becoming congested. This is an area of dramatically growing importance. ChaseOn and GHz Centre are uniquely positioned to jointly form the future for wireless technologies. We intend to harness this advantage. <br /><br />ChaseOn is built on collaboration. Together we – universities, industry and the public sector – will build expertise and enhance our competitiveness to survive and thrive in an extremely competitive globalised market. Ten years of Chase have given us an excellent starting position. We are very happy and eager to embark on a new five-year journey to explore and expand the frontiers of antenna systems.  <br /><br />Erik Ström <br />Main Applicant ChaseOn  <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/s2/profilbilder/Staffan_Sjödin_web.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:100px;height:129px" />Read more: <a href="/en/centres/chaseon/news/Pages/10-years-of-achievements-with-Chase.aspx">10 years of achievements with Chase</a> <br /><span>Chase centre director Staffan Sjödin hands over the torch <span>to Professor Erik Ström, to take the operations forward for another five years within ChaseOn<span style="display:inline-block">. <span style="display:inline-block"> </span></span></span></span><br />Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:10:00 +0100 years of achievements with Chase<p><b>​Chase centre director Staffan Sjödin hands over the torch to Professor Erik Ström, to take the operations forward for another five years within ChaseOn.</b></p>​<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/s2/profilbilder/Staffan_Sjödin_web.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Staffan Sjödin, Director of Chase" style="margin:5px" />The use of antennas and antenna system technologies is increasing considerably in both traditional industries such as space and telecommunications, and in other areas such as the automotive industry, biomedical engineering and sensors for countless different applications. <br /><br />The launch of Chase was thus very timely. Chase stands for “Chalmers Antenna Systems VINN Excellence Centre” and is a research centre that is funded by Vinnova and focuses on antennas and antenna systems in the microwave range. <br /><br />For the past 10 years Chalmers’ researchers have collaborated with approximately 25 industrial partners, SP, KTH and the public authority Västra Götalandsregionen with the objective to offer world-leading antenna technologies and thereby strengthening the industry’s competitiveness and contribution to a sustainable society. The research projects have been defined on the basis of the long-term needs of the partners, and the centre’s structure and organisation have proved to be very successful in fostering an open collaboration culture with frequent interaction between the Chase partners. <br /><br />Close collaboration and knowledge exchange have been key factors in the success of Chase. Our industry partners have direct contact with scientific excellence and can therefore operate at the forefront of technology with new and outstanding products. Meanwhile, the researchers gain important insight into and understanding of the driving forces in industry, which is valuable when defining new research projects. Our experience during these 10 years also clearly shows that our organisational structure strongly promotes development of the centre and enables inclusion of new member companies and new research projects. <br /><br />Chase has been periodically evaluated over the years, also by international scientific experts. The reviews have been consistently very positive. The aspects highlighted include the researchers’ international contacts, which are crucial to ensure a high international standard and also benefit the member companies. Microwave antenna system technologies advance at an extremely high rate, and it is necessary for industry to keep in close contact with leading research and maintain good awareness of how the market evolves, especially in wireless communications. <br /><br />As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Chase, it is with pride that I note that both Vinnova and the partner companies want to see a continuation of this collaboration. I would like to take this opportunity to honour and acknowledge Professor Per-Simon Kildal, who was the main driver of the application for Chase and an important contributor to its success. Now, it is with confidence that I hand over the torch to Professor Erik Ström, to take the operations forward for another five years within ChaseOn. <br /><br />Staffan Sjödin <br />Director of Chase <br /> <br /><br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/s2/profilbilder/Erik_Ström_web.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:100px;height:129px" />Read more: <a href="/en/centres/chaseon/news/Pages/The-Chase-is-on.aspx">The Chase is on</a><br />New challenges have emerged that require urgent advances in antenna systems for communications, sensing and medical applications , says Professor Erik Ström. <br /><br />Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:00:00 +0100 do the international evaluators say?<p><b>​The research projects within Antenna research centre Chase, are rated asbeing of a high international standard, and two of them as being world leading in their field, by the International Scientific Advisory Board.</b></p>​ <br /><span>A unique combination of academic excellence and close collaborations with industry, grouped under the same roof at Chalmers, with the addition of research that is not just important to partner companies but to society as a whole.<span style="display:inline-block"> </span></span> <br /><br />That is a summary issued by the Chase International Scientific Advisory Board when the activities were evaluated in November 2015. The overall evaluation statement was:<br /><br /><em>Chalmers’ laboratories and Swedish industry – both very active in RF research and engineering – are in an excellent position to retain and reinforce their long-term strong position in antenna design, RF components and system engineering, as well as in related application areas in communications and sensor systems.</em><br /><br />The successes are the result of the unique cooperation between university-based and industry-based researchers that fosters the mobility of ideas and generates innovation. This is the opinion of Werner Wiesbeck, Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany and one of the four prominent members of the Chase International Scientific Advisory Board.<br /><br />“The cooperation works well seeing as everyone – doctoral students, professors, universities and industry – significantly benefit from it. The research topics for the doctoral students are of great interest and are closely related to employment opportunities. The professors increase their reputation, and industry gains access to science, products and engineers,” says Werner Wiesbeck.<br /><br /><img src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/quote1_300px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />A further key to the successes of Chase is that the research projects affect society as a whole.<br />“The research has established collaborations between organisations throughout the country. That is one of Chase’s foremost strengths.”<br /><br />The Scientific Advisory Board rates all Chase projects as being of a high international standard and rates two of them as being world leading in their field. The council also states that the level of productivity has been high. Publications include numerous articles in scientific journals and international referee-reviewed conference contributions. In addition, 22 doctoral theses and 31 licentiate theses have been written and 122 master theses have been presented.<br /><br />Furthermore, international recognition has not been slow in coming. For example, researchers at Chase have been granted an advanced ERC (European Research Council) grant – European multi-year financing of research talent with leadership potential – and have received several invitations to make keynote presentations at conferences.<br /><br />“Chase has had a very good level of international visibility through the researchers’ collaborations, participation in conferences and inclusion in scientific journals. The visibility is very positive when the presented results are of international scientific standard,” says Werner Wiesbeck.<br /><br />Text: Lars Nicklason<br /><br /><img src="/en/centres/chaseon/PublishingImages/Chase-10years_710px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +0100 joint Chase/GHz Centre Day<p><b>​On 30 November 2016, the joint Centre Day was co-organized by the two VINN Excellence centres, Chase and GigaHertz Centre.</b></p>​ <br />We summarised one decade of microwave and antenna systems research between Chalmers and 30+ companies from all over the world, and demonstrated how our research has strengthened Swedish science and industry in telecom, space, security, automotive, and medtech.<br /><br />Read more<br /><br /><a href="/sv/institutioner/mc2/nyheter/Sidor/Manga-exempel-pa-nyttiggorande-under-centrumdagen.aspx">Många exempel på nyttiggörande under centrumdagen</a><br />Omkring 150 deltagare från akademi och näringsliv mötte upp för att fira Chalmers excellenscentrum Chase och GigaHertz Centrum i Palmstedtsalen den 30 november. Men fortsättning följer. Och nu knyter de båda centrumen ännu tätare band.<br /><br /><a href="">Elektronik i Norden published an extensive report from our CentreDay</a> (In Swedish), 7 Dec 2016 <br />Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Day summarizes ten years of successful research<p><b>​On 30 November, the Centre Day is arranged at Chalmers. At the head of the planning is Jan Grahn, professor of microwave technology, at MC2. We got the chance to ask a few questions prior to the event. </b></p><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">​What's the Centre Day?</h5> <div>– At the Centre Day, we summarize ten years of successful research between Chalmers and 30 companies in our competence centers GigaHertz Center and Chase. These two centers are focusing on research in wireless, particularly microwave technology and antenna systems, and how we take this into industrial use, says Jan Grahn.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Who is the target group for this day?</h5> <div>– All are welcome who are interested in either advanced research and development in wireless technology, or of how the university and industry can effectively collaborate.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">How many participants are expected?</h5> <div>– Currently we have nearly 110 people notified.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Where are the participants from?</h5> <div>– In addition to 60 Chalmers participants, we have representatives from between 15 and 20 companies, our government funder, Vinnova, Business Region Göteborg, as well as our international scientific advisors from Canada, Austria and Germany.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">What will happen during the day?</h5> <div>– We have selected speakers who will give a personal view of how wireless technology today is in the borderland of academy/company in five different branches: telecommunications, aerospace, transportation, life sciences and defense &amp; security. For example, several speakers from the industry will testify how the Chalmers research has been useful in products that now, ten years later, create competitiveness and jobs.</div> <div>– We will also have an exhibition of posters and demonstrators from researchers and companies that demonstrate successful examples from our common journey.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">What should not be missed?</h5> <div>– I always find it interesting to listen to industry speakers as they describe how the Chalmers research now come to affect their development in very different types of businesses: spin-offs, component manufacturers and systems, says Jan Grahn.</div> <div>He continues:</div> <div>– We have, for example, semiconductor research which started as a small projects at Chalmers 10-20 years ago, and now can be found in sensor and communication systems worldwide.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Will we be hearing some exciting research?</h5> <div>– Of course we have academic presentations from several renowned professors at Chalmers. See the agenda for examples. A portion of this research will certainly be of use in the industry in ten years. The Centre Day therefore provides both a historical perspective and a look into the future! concludes Jan Grahn.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Text:</strong> Michael Nystås</div> <div><strong>Photo:</strong> Jan-Olof Yxell</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/CentreDay2016.aspx">Read more about the Centre Day and see full agenda</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</div>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0100