News: Arkitektur, Bygg- och miljöteknik, Architecture and Civil Engineering related to Chalmers University of TechnologyMon, 08 Aug 2022 02:41:39 +0200 lessons to be learnt from unique housing program<p><b>​Slightly more expensive, a little faster but with maintained quality and civic influence. But the most important goal was not reached in BoStad2021, the six-year long project to build more homes in Gothenburg. These are some of the conclusions in Chalmers' follow-up research of the unique venture. </b></p>​When 7,000 extra homes were to be built within the City of Gothenburg's program BoStad2021, the city planned for an unconventional construction process with a special organization and new working methods to build more homes in a shorter time. In 2015, Chalmers was commissioned to observe and research the initiative. The final report, which is now ready, answers both the question of how successful the venture has been, while at the same time pointing out important lessons to be learned in the future.     <br /><br /> – A gathered project organization with a clear mandate is necessary to improve progress and create a holistic view. The city's new organization for urban development seem to take this into account, but creates a risk of a glitch in the process between planning and implementation, says Anders Svensson, Chalmers' project manager for the overall research project.     <br /><br />Of the 7,000 planned homes, only 4,000 were completed by 2021, but the goal will be achieved in 2023. The fact that the goal was not reached within the time frame has several reasons, including that the conditions for many of the projects were more difficult than assumed. But just as important as the number of homes is the quality of what is being built, says Anders Svensson. <br /><br />Comparisons show that the quality of the projects within BoStad2021 was not worse than in compared projects in the ordinary production - but that it is a long way to go to the mixed-use city that the municipality and developers present as the ideal.     <br /><br /> – The quality did not deteriorate because the detailed planning phase went faster. But we can see that the gap between the ambition of a mixed-use city and the built reality is annoyingly large in the projects within the BoStad2021 program as well as outside. An important lesson for both the municipality and the developers should be to avoid plots that have neither the conditions to achieve housing quality nor a mixed-use city, says Anders Svensson.     <br /><br /><div>The report contains both overall conclusions about goal fulfillment and lessons learned that can contribute to a more efficient urban planning process.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Reports (available in Swedish):</h3></div> <div>Final report from the project: <a href="">Planera och bygga bostäder snabbare<br /></a></div> <div>All publications from the project: <a href=""><br /></a></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Participating researchers:</h3> <div>Jan Bröchner, Department of Technology Management and Economics<br />Joanna Gregorowicz-Kipszak, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering<br />Mathias Petter Gustafsson, <span>Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> <br />Anders Hagson, <span>Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering</span><br /><span><span>Anders Svensson, <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span><span><span>Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><br /></div>Tue, 28 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200 are the Future Research Leaders<p><b>​No less than six Chalmers researchers were accepted when the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF, appointed Future Research Leaders. </b></p><div>​The goal of the program is to give newly established researchers with the highest scientific and pedagogical competence the opportunity to develop as research leaders. Ahmed Ali-Eldin Hassan, <span>Johan Bengtsson-Palme, <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>Raphaël Frank J Van Laer, <span>Anton Frisk Kockum, <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><span>Alexander Hollberg<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> and Julia Wiktor are the six Chalmers researchers who qualified among the 16 young researchers who now receive 15 million each for independent research. SSF's assessment is that they are expected to be able to lead even larger research groups in the future, and they will therefore participate in a comprehensive leadership program.  <br /></div> <div><div> </div> <div><strong><a href="/en/staff/Pages/ahmh.aspx">Ahmed Ali-Eldin Hassan</a></strong>, Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, receives funding for the research project Edge Optimization: Operating Systems &amp; Software on the Edge. The project focuses on building a new operating system for latency critical next generation applications such as autonomous vehicles to make use of edge, cloud and local compute resources with performance guarantees.<span style="display:inline-block"></span></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/johan-bengtsson-palme.aspx" target="_blank" title="">Johan Bengtsson-Palme</a></strong>, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering since May 2022, receives funding for the research project Predicting future pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance. The aim of the project is finding out what mechanisms cause bacterial pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance. The researchers want to use this knowledge to understand which genes may pose a threat to human health in the future.    <span><strong><a href="/en/staff/Pages/raphael-van-laer.aspx"><br /><br />Raphaël Frank J Van Laer</a></strong>, Assistant Professor at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, receives funding for the research project Attojoule-per-bit acousto-optics. The long-term goal of the project is to help extend Moore's law with light and sound by reducing the energy footprint of chip-scale photonics and quantum technology.   </span><strong></strong><br /></p> <strong></strong><p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Anton-Frisk-Kockum.aspx"><br />Anton Frisk Kockum</a></strong>, Researcher at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, receives funding for the research project Quantum simulation and communication with giant atoms. The main goal of the project is to construct efficient and useful simulations of quantum systems (e.g., molecules) that interact with a surrounding environment.<strong><br /><br /><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Alexander-Hollberg,-Arkitektur-och-samhallsbyggnadsteknik-.aspx">Alexander Hollberg</a></strong>, Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, receives funding for the research project Digital material inventories for sustainable urban mining. The main goal of this project is to develop a method for creating urban construction material inventories based on digital twins and machine learning, to support stakeholder to reuse and recycle materials. <strong><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Julia-Wiktor.aspx"><br /><br />Julia Wiktor</a></strong>, Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics, receives funding for the research project Ab Initio Description of Complete Semiconductor Devices. The project’s aim is to couple accurate but computationally expensive quantum mechanical modelling methods with emerging artificial neural network models to be able to efficiently model materials and interfaces that constitute semiconductor micro- and nanodevices.  </p> <div><br /></div> <div>More information about the call and what the appointment entails can be found on the <a href="" title="SSF" target="_blank">SSF web.</a><br /></div></div>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:00:00 +0200 review Gothenburgs climate agenda<p><b>​Housing, transportation and public meals are all focus areas that are important for the City of Gothenburg to invest in to be able to meet its new ambitious climate goals. These are advice from three Chalmers researchers and members of the newly formed climate council who will follow and review the City of Gothenburg's work towards reducing the climate footprint by 2030.</b></p><div>The decision to establish at climate council in Gothenburg was made by the city's climate and environment committee, on May 24, 2022. The council will analyze how the climate goals in the city's environmental and climate program can be achieved in a cost-effective way, by proposing and evaluating various measures. The council has seven members, three of them from Chalmers. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> ​One of Gothenburg's major challenges is housing, and <strong>Holger Wallbaum</strong>, Professor in Sustainable Building at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, thinks that the City of Gothenburg needs to focus both on speeding up planning and construction processes to meet the demand for new housing for the growing population, and on a climate-friendly and economically sustainable renovation of the existing building stock. The latter is closely linked to his research group's work to find solutions to the housing challenges by providing data, tools, methods and innovations for a more sustainable built environment.    <br /><br />The building materials used have an environmental impact throughout their full life cycle, and Holger Wallbaum therefore believes that we must plan, build, operate and maintain our buildings differently to achieve the very ambitious goals of being fossil-free and carbon neutral in the near future.    <br /><br /><div>– Extra efforts need to be made to reduce the climate impact from the building methods used and from load-bearing structures and building materials. If we are to achieve the goals, efforts will be required from all actors involved, from academia to authorities and companies and also at the individual level. The challenges are great, but they come with many opportunities if we pursue the necessary transformation of the built environment in a holistic way, says Holger Wallbaum.   <br /><br /><strong>Frances Sprei</strong> is an Associate Professor at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Physical Resource Theory. Her research assesses different personal mobility options, such as alternative fueled vehicles and electric vehicles, as well as innovative mobility forms such as car sharing and ride sharing. She thinks that that there are many possibilities to decrease emissions from the transport sector.     <br /><br />– The transport sector accounts for a large part of emissions. This is also a sector where the city of Gothenburg has some control over both when it comes to promoting electrification and reducing car dependence, says Frances Sprei. <br /><br /><strong>Fredrik Hedenus</strong>, Professor, also at the Physical Resource Theory at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment, researches strategies to reduce the climate impact of energy and food production. The research focuses on both policy instruments and the effects of various technical and behavioral measures. Within his areas of research he identifies public meals as an important factor to focus on in Gothenburg:<br /><br />– Public meals are an important part of reducing the climate footprint, and there are also important and interesting goal conflicts regarding public meals, says Fredrik Hedenus.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div><span class="VIiyi" lang="en"><span class="JLqJ4b ChMk0b"><span class="Q4iAWc">In their respective research areas, the trio studies issues that are central to both the city and the people of Gothenburg.</span></span> <span class="JLqJ4b ChMk0b"><span class="Q4iAWc">This makes Chalmers researchers well suited to review as well as contribute their expertise to the city's climate work.<br /></span></span></span></div>  <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Delegates in the Municipality of Gothenburg Climate Council<br /></h2> <div> </div> <div><span class="VIiyi" lang="en"><span class="JLqJ4b ChMk0b"><span class="Q4iAWc"></span></span></span></div></div> <div><strong>Frances Sprei</strong>, Associate Professor, Department of Space, Earth and Environment   <br />+46 31 772 21 46  <br /><a href=""></a>  <br /><em>Frances has just finished a project together with IVL Swedish Environmental Institute, which has studied how parking can be used as a policy measure for more sustainable mobility, and is finishing another project that look into how limited parking and access to mobility services affect residents. She also leads a current project on electric scooters to yield insights into the role of micromobility in cities. Frances is also involved in projects concerning electrification of both passenger transport and freight transport. </em>      <br /><br /><strong>Fredrik Hedenus</strong>, Professor, Department of Space, Earth and Environment  <br />+46 31 772 34 53   <br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a>  <br /><em>Fredrik is currently researching what a renewable electricity system could look like. This connects in several ways to municipalities like the city of Gothenburg, from the location of wind turbines to coordination with electrification of the transport sector. </em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Holger Wallbaum</strong>, Professor, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering<br />+46 31 772 19 94  <br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br /></div> <div><em>An ongoing project together with Göteborg Energi with the development of a digital twin of all residential and non-residential buildings in the city. The model will help to understand the changing and geographically localized energy needs for today's buildings as well as the buildings to be built in the coming decades. Two newly started projects are dedicated to exploring the environmental and business potential of a circular economy in the built environment.</em><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Other delegates in the climate council:</h3> <ul><li>Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Gothenburg </li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Petra Svensson, Senior Lecturer in political science, Halmstad University</span> </li> <li>Andreas Nilsson, Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg </li> <li>Ebba Brink, Researcher at Center for Sustainability Studies, <span>Lund University<span style="display:inline-block"> </span></span></li></ul></div> </div> <div><br /></div>Tue, 24 May 2022 17:00:00 +0200 mistakes and improved production planning with award-winning VR technique<p><b>​​Small mistakes and miscalculations made in the design stage of a construction project can develop into large and costly problems for the project. But with VR technology connected to building information modeling (BIM), you can find and fix any design errors already at the drawing stage – before they reach the construction site.</b></p>​<span>Mikael Johansson and Mattias Roupé of the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering have developed a user-friendly VR interface that can be connected to digital building information models, so-called BIM models. With a VR headset on, it allows the user to virtually step inside and walk around inside of the model of a construction project, alone or with fellow users. In this way, the various professions within the production staff, who hold the accumulated knowledge from the design stage, can review and refine their work themselves before moving on to the next step. The method has been tested by professionals, planners, and staff from the site management of six different organisations and projects where design and production have taken place in parallel.    <br /><br />   – The evaluation have shown that the method is very effective when it comes to identifying opportunities for improvement and increase quality and construction safety. The participants found pure design mistakes, and were also able to identify opportunities to streamline the rules of procedure between disciplines and find alternative solutions to benefit progress, says <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/jomi.aspx">Mikael Johansson</a>, Research Engineer at the Division of Construction Management.    <br /><br />The participants especially highlight the fact that the model is experienced in scale 1:1 as a great advantage, as it gives a completely different understanding and sense of real proportions, spaces and details compared to looking at the model on their regular computer screen. The ability to collaborate and discuss solutions in so-called multi-user mode was another factor that the users felt increased understanding and improved communications.    <br /><br />   – The experience gained during the pandemic has made us accustomed to working from different geographical locations, and the multi-user mode enables participants from design and production to connect and collaborate inside of the model, both in their different professional roles and areas of responsibility – and from different locations, says <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/roupe.aspx" target="_blank" title="">Mattias Roupé</a>, Associate Professor at the Division of Construction Management.    <br /><br /></span><div><span>Aside from downloading the software, the user need a gaming computer and a set of VR goggles, which makes the technique fairly easily accessible. The study has shown that VR technique combined with BIM not only provide great value for the industry but that the method is mature enough to come to use in sharp projects – a fact that recently rewarded the researchers and the project with the innovation of the year award from SBUF, The Development Fund of the Swedish Construction Industry.  <span></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></div> <div><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2022/SBUF_VR_bild.gif" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><em><br />The final report of the project is available in Swedish: &quot;</em><a href=""><em>Kan VR förbättra kunskapsåterföring från produktionen under projektering?</em></a><em>”</em><br /><br /><em>The project was funded by SBUF and and carried out in collaboration with: GK Ventilation, NCC Building Sweden, Peab Sweden (Göteborg), Skanska and WSP Sweden.</em><br /></div> <div><br /><br /><br /><em>About SBUF</em><br /><em>SBUF </em><span><em>(The Development Fund of the Swedish Construction Industry) </em><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><em>is the Swedish construction industry's organisation for research and development with approximately 3,000 affiliated companies in Sweden. SBUF's aim is to promote development in the building process in order to create more favourable conditions for constructions contractors by enabling them to benefit from research and conduct development work. “Innovation of the year” is an annual award given by SBUF to a SBUF-funded project reported as per previous year. Read more (in Swedish): </em><a href="" target="_blank" title="SBUF"><em><br /></em></a></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="SBUF"><em><br /></em></a><em>Text: Catharina Björk<br /></em><a href="" target="_blank" title="SBUF"><em></em></a></div>Thu, 19 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="/en/Staff/Pages/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="/en/staff/Pages/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="/en/staff/Pages/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="/en/staff/Pages/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 time optimized drinking water treatment on the IVA100 list<p><b>​Kathleen Murphy and colleagues at SLU and Danish DTU, have developed a new way to monitor water in treatment plants. The innovation, which has granted them a place on the IVA 100 list 2022, will make it easier to determine how the water should be treated. It also improves oversight of water quality in the plant, and provides a new pathway to reduce chemicals, infrastructure and waste. </b></p><div>​The efficiency and cost of water treatment depends on the quantity and quality of natural organic matter (NOM) – small particles from decomposing animal and plants, in the incoming water. Lakes and rivers are major drinking water sources in many countries, and in these waters NOM sources can change rapidly for example during storms, and there are general trends towards deteriorating water quality due to climate change. During water treatment, the content of organic material influences many of the processes in the plant, including thow many chemicals are needed to flocculate and disinfect the water, and the performance and lifetimes of filters and membranes.</div> <div> </div> <div>Whereas some aspects of NOM can be measured online today, there are no rapid or efficient systems for measuring changes in NOM quality. Instead, existing systems are difficult or expensive to implement or only available offline. </div> <div> </div> <div>   – Existing online systems to predict the behaviour of NOM tend to make poor predictions when composition changes – which it often does especially in surface waters like rivers and lakes. Our solution helps to overcome this challenge, says Kathleen Murphy, docent at the WET division and in the DRICKS framework.    <br /> <br /></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Real time data crucial</h2> <div>The research-based innovation tracks  the reactivity of organic matter in real time. Applications include early warning systems to detect changed raw water quality, and improved oversight and control of water treatment systems. This basically means that the water treatment plant should be able to manage treatment more effectively and potentially cut down on chemicals and waste.</div> <div> </div> <div>   – Making drinking water treatment cheaper and more sustainable requires sensitively detecting those changes in water quality that affect treatment effectiveness. Without real-time information we can’t implement a timely response if conditions change, says Kathleen Murphy.    </div> <div><div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Short path towards an applied product</h2></div> <div> </div> <div>The team behind the innovation consists of Kathleen with colleagues Stephan Köhler of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Urban Wünsch of the University of Technology Denmark (DTU), who have numerous applied projects and direct connections to water industry. They have a collaboration with incubator Chalmers Ventures which strengthens the possibility for having a product ready in the near future.   </div> <div> </div> <div>   – We are currently focusing on applications in drinking water treatment plants and environmental monitoring. With support for professional business development and seed funding we believe we could have an impact already in 2023, says Kathleen.  </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>The researchers now continue their work developing specific applications for their innovation toexpand the infrastructure that makes our drinking water safer and more sustainable.     </div> <div> </div> <div><br /><a href="" target="_blank" title="IVA">Check out the listed projects on the IVA web</a><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><em>About IVA 100</em></h3> <div><em>IVA is short for &quot;The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences&quot;. </em><em>IVA’s 100 List presents selected research projects believed to have the potential to be developed into innovations, to promote business development or to provide other benefits. The list reflects a diverse range of research projects and researcher expertise from Sweden’s universities in a given field.  IVA’s 100 List highlights research projects of interest that could be a basis for various types of collaboration or could be developed in partnership with a commercial actor, and that inspire the creation of new relationships, meetings and networks. All participating researchers/research teams are eager to increase their contacts with the business community and continue to develop their projects.  IVA’s 100 List was launched in connection with IVA’s 100th anniversary in 2019 – which is where the initiative got its name.</em></div></div>Mon, 09 May 2022 17:00:00 +0200 in Bergsjön's parkour park<p><b>​Between pine trees and blocks of flats at Merkuriusgatan in Bergsjön, a new type of landscape has evolved. On a bed of wood chips, with distinct shapes and clear colors on robust wooden structures, Parkourius Park stands out. Since the summer of 2021 this is a popular play and training area for both residents and visitors – built by Chalmers students.</b></p><div>​When spring temperature rises and the rays of sun lingers, the Gothenburgers come outside again, a fact obvious to those who visit Bergsjön's parkour park, built by Chalmers students with the help of young summer working residents in the summer of 2021. A project with many aspects to keep track of: The structures in the park needs to be sturdy and the parts support each other, the surface needs to be soft to prevent fall injuries, and the materials used must be robust and durable to withstand stress from play and from the weather.    <br /></div> <div> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2022/Ester_Schreiber2.jpg" alt="Portrait image of Ester Schreiber" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /><br /></div> – We learned a lot on site from experts in different areas and at the same time we also taught and encouraged the summer workers – who initially had zero insight into the project. I believe that all of us who participated left the project feeling proud of what we built, and with some new confidence that will be very useful in future jobs and projects, says Ester Schreiber, master's student in the architecture program.    <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Building value in different aspects    </h2> <div>Dare to Build is a summer course for architecture and civil engineering students that aims to offer a common and experimental learning platform, and at the same time contribute to a positive local development in poor suburban areas. <a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/brandao.aspx" target="_blank" title="">Emilio Da Cruz Brandao</a>, teacher in the course, is an Artistic lecturer at the department of Architecture and Civil Engineering and behind much of Chalmers' work in the city’s northeastern districts.    </div> <div> </div> <div>   – For the students who participate, i think the biggest benefit is that they are challenged to think outside of their usual ways and working methods. The architects and engineers are pushed to think and work together. They also get a direct connection to something that is built and becomes permanent, and the lessons are connected to a complicated and reality grounded decision-making process, says Emilio.    </div> <div> </div> <div>He believes that it is important for the long-term nature of the project to have a party that takes responsibility for managing what is built so that the value for users remains over time. Other values are created by the mere presence of Chalmers, giving the local community a perhaps somewhat difference image of what Chalmers is about, and not least by challenging the participating students.    </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Co-creation from idea to completed structure    </h2> <div>The work with the parkour park began in the autumn of 2020, when the master's students in the studio &quot;Design and planning for social inclusion&quot; started with surveys and design workshops to develop concepts for play and movement. Their plan was realized during the summer course Dare to Build. The final design of the parts of the park has been created with the support of a parkour expert, a landscape architect, designer and teachers at Chalmers. Collaboration to a very high extent as it is not just about collaboration between architecture and engineering students, but with professional experts, local residents, the public sector at the same time as learning outcomes are met and benefits for society are created.    </div> <div> </div>    – It was fun, interesting and challenging to be part of a project with so many people of different backgrounds and skills, and an exercise in both collaboration and communication. In addition, we had to develop our ability to make quick but well-founded decisions, as the short time slot of the project accelerated many of the processes, says Ester.      <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">More than a park    </h2> <div>However, the need to build a park for a sport that generally is based on using existing areas in the urban environment was not entirely obvious at the beginning.    </div> <div> </div> <div>   – We asked ourselves the question of the benefits of the park initially, but what we developed and built is a training area with specific tools to be able to train actions and movements in a safer and more controlled environment, to then be able to use the skills in the urban environment, explains Emilio.    </div> <div> </div> <div>From a socio-economic perspective, parkour has certain advantages over other sports as it can be practiced outdoors, all year round, alone as well as in groups and without loose gear or special equipment. Parkour practitioners can also be seen as a resource for the local area, as they populate places that might otherwise be deserted. Aspects that rhyme well with Design and Planning for Social Inclusion and its purpose: to provide knowledge about challenges, and opportunities for development in the 60’s and 70’s suburban areas, with social aspects of sustainable development and civic participation as specific focus areas.   </div> <div><span><em>Text: Catharina Björk</em><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Architecture-and-Planning-Beyond-Sustainability.aspx">Read more about the education<br /></a></div>Tue, 12 Apr 2022 16:00:00 +0200 for ICT seed projects 2023<p><b> Call for proposals within ICT strategic areas and involving interdisciplinary approaches.​</b></p><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3" style="color:rgb(153, 51, 0)"><br /></h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Important dates:</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li><b>NEW! Submission date: </b><span>9 May, at 09.00</span>, 2022</li> <li><b>Notification:</b> mid-June, 2022</li> <li><b>Expected start of the project:</b> January 2023</li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Background</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b>The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Area of Advance</b> (AoA) provides financial support for SEED projects, i.e., projects involving innovative ideas that can be a starting point for further collaborative research and joint funding applications. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>We will prioritize research projects that <strong>involve researchers from different research communities</strong> (for example across ICT departments or between ICT and other Areas of Advances) and who have not worked together before (i.e., have no joint projects/publications). </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Research projects involving a <strong>gender-balanced team and younger researchers</strong>, e.g., assistant professors, will be prioritized. Additionally, proposals related to <strong>sustainability</strong> and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are encouraged.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b><em>Note: </em></b><em>Only researchers employed at Chalmers can apply and can be funded. PhD students cannot be supported by this call.  Applicants and co-applicants of research proposals funded in the 2021 and 2022 ICT SEED calls cannot apply. </em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b>The total budget of the call is 1 MSEK.</b> We expect to fund 3-5 projects</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Details of the call</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li>The project should include at least two researchers from different divisions at Chalmers (preferably two different departments) who should have complementary expertise, and no joint projects/publications.</li> <li>Proposals involving teams with good gender balance and involving assistant professors will be prioritized.</li> <li>The project should contribute to sustainable development. </li> <li>The budget must be between 100 kSEK and 300 kSEK, including indirect costs (OH). The budget is mainly to cover personnel costs for Chalmers employees (but not PhD students). The budget cannot cover costs for equipment or travel costs to conferences/research visits. </li> <li>The project must start in early 2023 and should last 3-6 months. </li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">What must the application contain?</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The application should be at most 3 pages long, font Times–Roman, size 11. In addition, max 1 page can be used for references. Finally, an additional one-page CV of each one of the applicants must be included (max 4 CVs). Proposals that do not comply with this format will be desk rejected (no review process).</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The proposal should include:</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>a)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>project title </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>b)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>name, e-mail, and affiliation (department, division) of the applicants</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>c)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the research challenges addressed and the objective of the project; interdisciplinary aspects should be highlighted; also the applicant should discuss how the project contributes to sustainable development, preferably in relation to the <a href="" title="link to UN webpage">UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)</a>. Try to be specific and list the targets within each Goal that are addressed by your project.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>d)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project description </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>e)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the expected outcome (including dissemination plan) and the plan for further research and funding acquisition</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>f)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project participants and the planned efforts</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>g)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project budget and activity timeline
</div> <div><div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Evaluation criteria</h3> <div><ul><li>Team composition</li> <li>Interdisciplinarity</li> <li>Novelty</li> <li>Relevance to AoA ICT and Chalmers research strategy as well as to SDG</li> <li>Dissemination plan</li> <li>Potential for further research and joint funding applications</li> <li>Budget and project feasibility​</li></ul></div></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">Submission</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The application should be submitted as <b>one PDF document</b>.<span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="link to submission"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Submit​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The proposals will be evaluated by the AoA ICT management group and selected Chalmers researchers.

</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b><br /></b></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Questions</b> can be addressed to <a href="">Erik Ström</a></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">General information about the ICT Area of Advance can be found at <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/Pages/default.aspx"> ​</a></span><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/About%20us/IKT_logo_600px.jpg" alt="" /><span style="background-color:initial">​​<br /></span></div>Wed, 30 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0200 – a resource that affect our everyday life<p><b>​The theme of world water day 2022 is groundwater and its great importance to humanity , with the aim to emphasize the importance of a sustainable management of this critical resource. And as groundwater makes the main source of liquid freshwater globally, and about half of all drinking water in Sweden – an important step towards a sustainable approach is by using water system services to prioritize between water protection measures.</b></p><div>​   – Water System Services (WSS), are the qualities provided by drinking water sources that contribute to human wellbeing. When identifying and visualising those services – we also make it possible to determine the best way to protect them and prioritize between them when necessary.     </div> <div> </div> <div>These are the words of <a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/NadineGartner.aspx" target="_blank" title="">Nadine Gärtner</a>, PhD student at the Department of Architecture and Civil <img src="/en/departments/ace/news/PublishingImages/Nadine%20Gärtner.png" alt="Portrait image of Nadine Gärtner" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />Engineering, division of Geology and Geotechnics and DRICKS centre. Nadine is involved in the project platform Waterplan, coordinated by Associate Professor Andreas Lindhe. The Waterplan project aims at improving the protection of drinking water sources. One of the steps towards providing a holistic method is WSS combined with hazard assessment in a risk matrix, that water practitioners working in different regulating authorities can use as decision support. A matrix that Nadine developed.    </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">A hidden treasure that enriches our lives    </h3> <div> </div> <div>Groundwater is formed by the share of precipitation that doesn’t get lost by evaporation or is taken up by vegetation and is slowly filtered through the layers of soil into the ground and bedrock. Groundwater provides a vast range of services to humans, the most known being drinking water and irrigation, and is often of very good quality which means little or no need for purification. As groundwater feeds our rivers and lakes, it provides possibilities for leisure and indirectly supports transportation, and it also contributes to our built environment with heating, energy production, and the prevention of subsidence.     </div> <div> </div> <div>   – Competing interests when implementing water protection measures pose a real challenge for decision makers. Additional services, like cultural or biological services provided by a clean drinking water source are typically disregarded, and the benefits of protection efforts are therefore often underestimated. We need to extend the scope of our assessments andillustrate how water protection measures affect all services, says Nadine Gärtner.     </div> <div> </div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Holistic view important yo mitigate hazards</h3> <div> </div></div> <div>The threats or hazards to groundwater differ geographically and between different sites. Climate change with changes in precipitation and/or temperature is often connected with declining groundwater levels, whereas human activities like agriculture, infrastructure and contamination by industrial activities are generally associated with aspects of quality.    </div> <div> </div> <div>   – With the risk matrix, we can select which hazards should be mitigated from two different points; based on the services which are selected to be especially protected or to choose the hazards that are the biggest contributor to the overall risk. Having a clear and transparent representation of services, hazards, and risk mitigation consequences improves decision support, says Nadine.    </div> <div> </div> <div>The risk matrix illustrates the risks a hazard source poses towards a variety of services, not only to the service of drinking water. In all, the method offers transparency for well-founded decision making which is needed to protect our groundwater.            <br /><br /><em>About:</em><br /><em>World Water Day is on 22 March every year. It is an annual United Nations Observance, started in 1993, that celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people currently living without access to safe water. A core focus of World Water Day is to inspire action towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.</em></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Links:  </h3> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="WWD2022">World Water Day 2022</a>   </div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="research">About the WaterPlan project in</a> </div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">WaterPlan Project external website  <br /></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Catharina Björk<br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a></div>Tue, 22 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0100 medalists for 2022 named<p><b>​This year's Chalmers Medals are awarded to Ulla Antonsson and Göran Bengtsson.</b></p><div>​<span style="background-color:initial">The Chalmers Medal was first handed out in 1948, in memory of William Chalmers' birth 200 years earlier. The medal is given to someone who has promoted the university's activities through interest and valuable effort – thus doing something out of the ordinary for Chalmers.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">In 2022, the recipients are Ulla Antonsson and Göran Bengtsson.</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Ulla Antonsson</h2> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div> </div> <div>Ulla Antonsson received her architecture degree at Chalmers in 1981. Since 1979 she has worked at White Arkitekter, since 1990 as a partner. Among her completed assignments are high-profile and award-winning renovations, renovations, extensions and new buildings, several with great value and significance for Gothenburg, such as the redevelopment and extension of Konserthuset and the restoration and redevelopment of Hagabadet. At Chalmers campus, she has, among other things, been responsible for the major redevelopment of the current Civil Engineering Building.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>From 2002 to 2011, she was an adjunct professor of Architecture with a focus on Form and Technology at Chalmers’ Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering where she helped to develop not least the education, through her way of bringing in perspectives from the contemporary architectural profession as well as her view of the transformation of existing buildings, the importance of history in contemporary architectural practice and timeless architectural values in modern contexts.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Göran Bengtsson</h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div>Göran Bengtsson, chairman of the Adlerbert Foundations, the Hasselblad Foundation, Universeum's owner, the Korsvägen Foundation, and several other prominent foundations in Gothenburg.  For many decades, the foundations have made financial contributions to students and researchers at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg in many different areas. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Göran Bengtsson has a great commitment to sustainability issues and knowledge dissemination, which is fully in line with Chalmers' vision. Through his general education and social ability, Göran Bengtsson has contributed to creating good collaborations between higher education institutions, the city, the business community, and other actors.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><em> </em></div> <div><em> </em></div> <div><em> </em></div> <div><em>The Chalmers Medal will be awarded at the Doctoral conferment ceremony on 11 June 2022.</em></div> <div> </div> <div> ​</div>Mon, 28 Feb 2022 00:00:00 +0100 dream of the future playground<p><b>​Denser cities and fewer green areas. What is left for the children when the cityscape changes? That is an important element in the architecture educations at Chalmers, but also the theme for this year's Technology Competition, where school students have designed the playground of the future.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">In Gothenburg and other major cities, large densification projects are planned in the coming years. But how can we adapt the city for the children when the areas become denser, and the green areas become fewer? Students at Chalmers think daily about such questions in various projects, often in close collaboration with the city.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Several student projects have been conducted with a focus on the child perspective, for example in the course Design and planning for social inclusion where master students from Chalmers have designed and shaped a number of child-friendly places in the city, such as a parkour park, a space-themed playground and an outdoor classroom, that was named ”The story of Gärdsås bog&quot;.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;It is very important to raise the children's perspective, otherwise it is a group that is easily forgotten, because they do not have a voice in society as adults do. Therefore, it is important that architects train to listen, engage and involve the children in each project, regardless of whether the project itself focuses on the children or not,&quot; says Emilio Da Cruz Brandao who teaches architecture at Chalmers and manages degree projects in the master's program Architecture and planning beyond sustainability.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The students in the Reality studio course work globally with the children's perspective and have, among other things, been involved in projects such as building playgrounds and schools in Kenya.</div> <div>&quot;When the students return, they will present their process to the children here in Gothenburg, to show how important the children's perspective is all over the world. It will be a very important learning process for everyone,&quot; says Emilio Da Cruz Brandao.</div> <div> </div> <div>One student who has worked to raise the <span style="background-color:initial">perspective</span><span style="background-color:initial"> of </span><span style="background-color:initial">children </span><span style="background-color:initial">and was involved in the project to build the outdoor classroom is Victoria McCrea. In her degree project, she designed a preschool and a language school together in the same building in Kortedala, Gothenburg. This project was based on her experience of being both an SFI (Swedish for immigrants) student and a preschool substitute in Gothenburg and was created in close collaboration with SFI teachers.</span></div> <div></div> <div>&quot;I think it is important as an architect to gather opinions from those who will use the places we create,&quot; she says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Today, Victoria McCrea works with drawing schools in an architect's office in Lund, Sweden.</div> <div>&quot;It is still early in my career, but I hope I will get to use all my experiences in future projects. Life after school is a completely different sea to navigate. You rarely get to work with customers who are willing to pay to get the woodpecker, frog dance and children's opinions into a project, but that does not mean that it is impossible to create space for them!&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">The Technology Competition continues this theme</span></div> <div>This year's Technology Competition, which is aimed at fifth and sixth graders, is also linked to the theme of the children's perspective in the cityscape. The students have been given the task of building their visions of what a playground will look like in 100 years, by building a creative model that will encourage them to play outdoors together. They have had to work as real engineers, from idea to finished prototypes. Then they have filmed their projects where they talk about what they want the playgrounds of the future to look like.</div> <div>Nearly 130 contributions have been received from all over Sweden. Of these, six grants have excelled the most and they are allowed to share SEK 25,000 in scholarships.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Dorotea Blank at Chalmers works to inspire and engage children and young people and has been a driving force in the Technology Competition.</div> <div>&quot;Engaging in future generations' <span style="background-color:initial">development</span><span style="background-color:initial"> of </span><span style="background-color:initial">knowledge </span><span></span><span style="background-color:initial">is one of the best investments that Chalmers can make </span><span style="background-color:initial">for the future</span><span style="background-color:initial">. I am convinced that the students' desire for technology and creative problem solving has been aroused through this year's challenge. A big compliment to all teachers who drive, inspire, and push the students. It is noticeable that the children have had great fun,&quot; she says.</span></div> <div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>This is confirmed by students from Bergsgårdsskolan in Angered, Gothenburg, who say that the most fun thing about participating in the Technology Competition was building and thinking about what the future will look like. And teacher Michaela Oskarsson agrees.</div> <div>&quot;We see that it is inspiring and developing for the children to be involved and that they have got a good idea of the technology subject and what an engineer can work with,&quot; she says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The students' contribution to the Playground of the Future in 2121 is now on display at various libraries in Gothenburg. </div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="link to the digital exhibition"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />You can also see the contributions digitally here</a> (in Swedish).</div> <div><a href="/sv/samverkan/skolsamverkan/Grundskolan/Sidor/Finalister-i-Tekniktavlingen-.aspx" target="_blank" title="read more about the finalists"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Here you can read about the finalists in the competition</a> (in Swedish)</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong></strong><span style="background-color:initial">Text: Vedrana Sivac and Johanna Fasth</span><br /></div> <div><a href="/sv/samverkan/skolsamverkan/Grundskolan/Sidor/Finalister-i-Tekniktavlingen-.aspx" target="_blank" title="read more about the finalists">​​</a></div> Thu, 17 Feb 2022 00:00:00 +0100​Time to inaugurate all-wise computer resource<p><b>​Alvis is an old Nordic name meaning &quot;all-wise&quot;. An appropriate name, one might think, for a computer resource dedicated to research in artificial intelligence and machine learning. The first phase of Alvis has been used at Chalmers and by Swedish researchers for a year and a half, but now the computer system is fully developed and ready to solve more and larger research tasks.​</b></p><br /><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/300x454_Alvis_infrastructure_1.png" alt="A computer rack" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:10px;width:270px;height:406px" />Alvis is a national computer resource within the <strong><a href="">Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing, SN​IC,</a></strong> and started on a small scale in the autumn of 2020, when the first version began being used by Swedish researchers. Since then, a lot has happened behind the scenes, both in terms of use and expansion, and now it's time for Chalmers to give Swedish research in AI and machine learning access to the full-scale expanded resource. The digital inauguration will take place on <span style="font-weight:normal"><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx">February 25, 202</a>2.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>What can Alvis contribute to, then? </b>The purpose is twofold. On the one hand, one addresses the target group who research and develop methods in machine learning, and on the other hand, the target group who use machine learning to solve research problems in basically any field. Anyone who needs to improve their mathematical calculations and models can take advantage of Alvis' services through SNIC's application system – regardless of the research field.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;Simply put, Alvis works with pattern recognition, according to the same principle that your mobile uses to recognize your face. What you do, is present very large amounts of data to Alvis and let the system work. The task for the machines is to react to patterns - long before a human eye can do so,&quot; says <b>Mikael Öhman</b>, system manager at Chalmers e-commons.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">How can Alvis help Swedish research?</h3> <div><b>Thomas Svedberg</b> is project manager for the construction of Alvis:</div> <div>&quot;I would say that there are two parts to that answer. We have researchers who are already doing machine learning, and they get a powerful resource that helps them analyse large complex problems.</div> <div>But we also have those who are curious about machine learning and who want to know more about how they can work with it within their field. It is perhaps for them that we can make the biggest difference when we now can offer quick access to a system that allows them to learn more and build up their knowledge.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The official inauguration of Alvis takes place on February 25. It will be done digitally, and you will find all <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx">information about the event here.</a></div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Facts</h3> <div>Alvis, which is part of the national e-infrastructure SNIC, is located at Chalmers. <a href="/en/researchinfrastructure/e-commons/Pages/default.aspx">Chalmers e-commons</a> manages the resource, and applications to use Alvis are handled by the <a href="">Swedish National Allocations Committee, SNAC</a>. Alvis is financed by the <b><a href="">Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation</a></b> with SEK 70 million, and the operation is financed by SNIC. The computer system is supplied by <a href="" target="_blank">Lenovo​</a>. Within Chalmers e-commons, there is also a group of research engineers with a focus on AI, machine learning and data management. Among other things, they have the task of providing support to Chalmers’ researchers in the use of Alvis.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Voices about Alvis:</h3> <div><b>Lars Nordström</b>, director of SNIC: &quot;Alvis will be a key resource for Swedish AI-based research and is a valuable complement to SNIC's other resources.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Sa</strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>ra Mazur</strong>, Director of Strategic Research, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation: &quot;</span>A high-performing national computation and storage resource for AI and machine learning is a prerequisite for researchers at Swedish universities to be able to be successful in international competition in the field. It is an area that is developing extremely quickly and which will have a major impact on societal development, therefore it is important that Sweden both has the required infrastructure and researchers who can develop this field of research. It also enables a transfer of knowledge to Swedish industry.&quot;<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Philipp Schlatter</b>, Professor, Chairman of SNIC's allocation committee Swedish National Allocations Committee, SNAC: &quot;Calculation time for Alvis phase 2 is now available for all Swedish researchers, also for the large projects that we distribute via SNAC. We were all hesitant when GPU-accelerated systems were introduced a couple of years ago, but we as researchers have learned to relate to this development, not least through special libraries for machine learning, such as Tensorflow, which runs super fast on such systems. Therefore, we are especially happy to now have Alvis in SNIC's computer landscape so that we can also cover this increasing need for GPU-based computer time.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Scott Tease</strong>, Vice President and General Manager of Lenovo’s High Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) business: <span style="background-color:initial">“Lenovo </span><span style="background-color:initial">is grateful to be selected by Chalmers University of Technology for the Alvis project.  Alvis will power cutting-edge research across diverse areas from Material Science to Energy, from Health care to Nano and beyond. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Alvis is truly unique, built on the premise of different architectures for different workloads.</span></div> <div>Alvis leverages Lenovo’s NeptuneTM liquid cooling technologies to deliver unparalleled compute efficiency.  Chalmers has chosen to implement multiple, different Lenovo ThinkSystem servers to deliver the right NVIDIA GPU to their users, but in a way that prioritizes energy savings and workload balance, instead of just throwing more underutilized GPUs into the mix. Using our ThinkSystem SD650-N V2 to deliver the power of NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs with highly efficient direct water cooling, and our ThinkSystem SR670 V2 for NVIDIA A40 and T4 GPUs, combined with a high-speed storage infrastructure,  Chalmers users have over 260,000 processing cores and over 800 TFLOPS of compute power to drive a faster time to answer in their research.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" /></a><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx">SEE INAUGURATION PROGRAMME​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Text: Jenny Palm</em></div> <em> </em><div><em>Photo: Henrik Sandsjö</em></div> <div><em>​<br /></em></div> <div><em><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/750x422_Alvis_infrastructure_3_220210.png" alt="Overview computor" style="margin:5px;width:690px;height:386px" /><br /><br /><br /></em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> ​Sun, 13 Feb 2022 00:00:00 +0100 praised for their pedagogy<p><b>Chalmers annually celebrates teachers who improve and develop students learning process, in line with the overall Chalmers goal &quot;world-class education&quot;. The Pedagogical prize of 2021 goes to five teachers, four of them from ACE, who despite different subject areas and different pedagogy, have a common denominator in the strong belief in the students' inherent capacity and ability to develop through independent thinking.</b></p><div>​The teaching team consisting of Oskar Modin, Kathleen Murphy and Frank Persson at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering are praised for their long-term work with the course &quot;Physics and Chemistry for Civil Engineers&quot;, one of the first courses new students encountered by the Master of Science programme and the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.  </div> <div> </div> <div>   – When our students start at Chalmers to become civil engineers they probably don't think, &quot;Oh wow, now I get to study basic chemistry again – how fun!&quot;. I think many of them feel  they are back in high school again, which is a challenge. So, it is very much about making the subject exciting and relevant,&quot; says Frank Persson, Associate Professor in the division of Water Environment Technology. </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">&quot;You can teach almost anything in a fun way&quot;  </h2> <div> </div> <div>He also believes that part of the fact that the course is still well received, after some initial hesitation among the students, is that they have managed to find a long-term concept to break the idea that these are difficult topics. Kathleen Murphy is on the same page:  </div> <div> </div> <div>   – I've learned that teaching students in subjects they don't think they'll like in advance can actually work out really well. You can teach almost anything in a fun way! We have also discussed a lot how we should explain principles that can be difficult to understand. In many cases, the students come directly from high school and some of them are not fully equipped with knowledge in these subjects. Our long-term work with constructive alignment has helped to create clarity, and we have developed good support for students over time,&quot; says Kathleen Murphy, Associate professor and Director of PhD studies in the Division of Water Environment Technology.  </div> <div><div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Elements to support independent thinking<br /><br /></h2></div> <div>The team all agree that clarity and a solid framework, where students feel safe to try themselves, are success factors, especially for courses that come early in their tertiary education. And course elements that require independent thinking and independent work also need to be introduced early.  </div> <div> </div> <div>   – It’s partly about having a well-planned course with a good structure to create good conditions, and partly about creating teaching situations where the students can work and learn independently, but  still can receive rapid feedback about what they need to put some more work into,&quot; explains Oskar Modin, Professor in the Division of Water Environment Technology.  </div> <div> </div> <div>Oskar continue to talk about their focus on exercise and practice sessions and Frank Persson exemplifies by telling about recurring course elements with scheduled exercises where students give feedback to each other under the supervision of the teachers, supplemented by scheduled Q&amp;A sessions.  </div> <div> </div> <div>   – What we aim for is for the students to discover things for themselves, feel the satisfaction of being able to grasp a concept by themselves, and thus feel comfortable when similar things appear in the future. That really builds self-confidence and a feeling of &quot;I can do this!&quot;, says Frank Persson. </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Guidance focused on personal development  </h2> <div> </div> <div>Emilio Da  Cruz Brandao, Artistic Teacher in the Division of Urban Design and Planning,  is awarded the prize for his work on the master's course &quot;Design and planning for social inclusion&quot; from the Architecture program. He agrees on the importance of students receiving good support, even if the students he teaches are at the end of their education, and on the verge of working life.  </div> <div> </div> <div>   – The students in the course end up in a relatively vulnerable position as they are active in real-life projects that are in direct contact with society. It can be very challenging for them, and therefore we need to support and show understanding for their personal process. Much of the guidance we provide focuses on personal development. </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Students involved  </h2> <div> </div> <div>In his courses, the students are involved in the layout of teaching and construction of the course, a form of transformative learning where the students push him to try new things. The interaction with the large network of external actors Emilio Da Cruz Brandao have built is also a factor that leads to constant rethinking and thinking outside the box.  </div> <div> </div> <div>   – It is therefore a question of designing a teaching context that has a direct connection to practice, to the profession. My students are very much in the profession. One course feedback we recently received was that during the course it was the first time the students were actually treated as professionals and not as students, by involved partners,&quot; he explains.  </div> <div> </div> <div>The course uses participatory methods and co-creation processes where students are involved and directly influence the development of urban spaces. Previous courses have resulted in, among other things, an outdoor classroom adjacent to Gärdsmosseskolan och a parkour park in Bergsjön.  </div> <div> </div> <div>   – We talk a lot about collaborative pedagogy, not only for the students, but also for society. Every time we create collaborations, everyone involved is aware that they are part of the development of society, which is very exciting but also difficult.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Important to credit teachers deeds<br /><br /></h2> <div>So what does the Chalmers Pedagogical Award actually mean, and will the four change anything following the prize?</div> <div> </div> <div><div>   – When you do research – publish articles, get new grants and so on, there are clear milestones to celebrate. But when you teach, it's more constant day-to-day activity and there aren’t so many chances to notice or celebrate successes. So this is very motivating! We should celebrate our successes in education as well,&quot; says Oskar Modin.  </div> <div> </div> <div>Emilio Da Cruz Brandao agrees, and continues:  </div> <div>   – If we want to develop Chalmers into a first-tier university, we need to be recognized for courses we create and develop through experimental thinking and risk-taking. This type of prize and appreciation provides important recognition that what we are doing is good, and that we are on the right track.  </div> <div> </div> <div>The group agrees that the prize has to some extent strengthened them in their belief that it is good to dare to try new things, dare to back down  and rethink, because in the end you always learn something.  </div> <div> </div> <div>   – It feels great to win a prize, and it's needed. Hopefully this can generate conversations and discussions with colleagues, like &quot;how can we use these experiences&quot;. I think you become more inclined to dare to change, to dare to try new things to a greater extent,&quot; says Frank Persson. </div> <div> </div> <div>   – We may start off with too low expectations in some courses. This award provides confirmation of how far we have actually come, it feels very nice”, says Kathleen Murphy.​</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">The jury's motivations </h3> <div> </div> <div><em>“<strong>FrankPersson, Kathleen Murphy, and Oskar Modin</strong> at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering are recognized for their long-term work in developing the course ’Physics and Chemistry for Community Builders’  which is given as a joint course in both the Master of Science programme and the Bachelor of Science programme in Civil Engineering. The teaching team has, with good cooperation, for several years and with good results, developed the course using student-centered teaching methods and accepted design principles such as constructive linking”.​</em></div> <div><em> </em></div> <div><em>“<strong>Emilio Da Cruz Brandao</strong> at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering has during his time at Chalmers and in collaboration with a broad and international network of external actors developed working methods, learning environments, courses and programs where architecture students are challenged in sharp projects. During the course ’Design and planning for social inclusion’, the students, together with actors in the so called million programmes, get to take on concrete projects, which has resulted in both outdoor classrooms and a parkour park. The students are given both good preparation for working life and an opportunity for transformative learning and to create concrete improvements together with the local residents. Emilio successfully collaborates with colleagues on course development and also shares through educational publication”. </em> </div> <div> </div> <div>The fifth laureate of the 2021 prize is Jan-Philipp Steghöfer of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Catharina Björk</div></div></div> ​Fri, 11 Feb 2022 09:00:00 +0100 and alumni from Chalmers elected into IVA<p><b>​The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) is strengthening and broadening its pool of expertise with the addition of 41 new Fellows. Professor Lars Marcus and Professor Kasper Moth-Poulsen are two researchers from Chalmers newly elected.</b></p><div>​Also Chalmers alumni Lars Stenqvist, <span>Chief Technology Officer, Volvo Group.</span> and Mikael Dahlgren, Head of Corporate Research, ABB Sweden are among the elected.</div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2" style="box-sizing:border-box;font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-weight:400;line-height:28px;margin-top:20px;margin-bottom:10px;font-size:20px;font-style:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px"><span style="box-sizing:border-box">Lars Marcus, </span><span>Architect and Professor in Urban Design</span></h2> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20210701-20211231/Lars%20Marcus_320.jpg" alt="Professor Lars Marcus" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />Lars Marcus is an architect and professor in Urban Design and leads the research group Spatial Morphology Group (SMoG). His research con​cerns how spatial form, as defined by architecture and urban design, supports, structures and sets limits to people’s everyday life. In extension, spatial form conditions vital social, economic and ecological urban processes. Hence, spatial morphology constitutes a form of technology creating spatial structure for other urban systems. He is also founder and partner of the consultancy firm Spacescape, performing spatial analysis, design support and policy development in architectural and urban projects for architects, municipalities and real estate.</div> <div><br />Lars Marcus is a frequent  debater with a great interest in raising issues in community development linked to architecture and urban planning.<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/lars-marcus.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Personal page for Lars Marcus</a><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span></span><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2" style="font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif">Kasper Moth-Poulsen, Professor in nano-chemistry</h2></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2" style="box-sizing:border-box;font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-weight:400;line-height:28px;margin-top:20px;margin-bottom:10px;font-size:20px;font-style:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/ERC%20Andreas%20kasper/Kasper_Moth_Poulsen_320x320.jpg" alt="Kasper Moth-Poulsen" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /></h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Kasper Moth-Poulsen<span> </span>and his research group have designed a molecule that<span> </span>can store solar energy in a special liquid for up to 18 years. When the solar heat is to be used, the liquid is pumped through a catalyst, which produces a reaction such that the heat rises by no less than 63°C. The energy system is completely emission-free, and researchers have named it MOST (molecular solar thermal energy storage).</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">The molecule can also be used in<span> </span>a window film to catch the sun’s heat during the day and release it at night.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">In the autumn of 2020, an<span> </span>EU project<span> </span>led by Chalmers started on MOST. The researches will develop prototypes of the new technology for larger scale applications, such as heating systems in residential houses. The project has been granted 4.3 million Euros from the EU.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>Kasper Moth-Poulsen </span>has received several grants and awards, including an ERC starting grant, SSF future research leaders grant, Wallenberg Academy Fellow Grant, Arnbergska prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Science 2019. Thieme Chemistry Journal Award 2014. He has also received the prestigious stipend from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf's foundation for science, technology and the environment for his work on molecular solar thermal systems.<br /></p> <div> </div> <div style="box-sizing:border-box;font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:300;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px"><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div style="box-sizing:border-box;font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:300;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px">Read more:</div> <div> </div> <div style="box-sizing:border-box;font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:300;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px"><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Groundbreaking-research.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Emissions-free energy system saves heat from the summer sun for winter <br /></a></div> <div> </div> <div style="box-sizing:border-box;font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:300;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px"><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Groundbreaking-research.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Groundbreaking research into solar energy in EU-project<br /></a></div> <div> </div> <div style="box-sizing:border-box;font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:300;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px"><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Groundbreaking-research.aspx"><span></span></a><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/kasper-moth-poulsen.aspx" style="box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent;text-decoration:none;font-weight:600"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Personal page for Kasper Moth-Poulsen</a><br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div style="box-sizing:border-box;font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:300;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px"><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> News from IVA:<br /><div> </div> <div style="box-sizing:border-box;font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:300;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px"><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />New top names elected into IVA<br /></a><br /></div> <div> </div></div> <div><strong><em>Text:</em></strong><em> Johanna Ödman</em></div> <em> </em><div><span style="font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:300;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important"><strong><em>Photo:</em></strong><em> Kasper Moth-Poulsen: Oscar Mattson/ Chalmers</em></span><br /></div>Wed, 22 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0100 grant 46 millions to research in built environment<p><b>In Formas' recently announced decisions for calls in the built environemnt area, ACE's share of granted projects is worth close to SEK 46.5 million, a number which is even higher taking earlier announced calls into account. The projects that have been granted span several different research areas, divisions and research groups, which highlights the versatility and breadth within the department.</b></p><div>​The approved applications, which aim to understand and meet the need for sustainable and resilient structures and systems in society, was composed despite the spring semester being characterized by a pandemic and work from home, and after the overall austerity measures came into force.    </div> <br /><div>   – It's fantastic seeing these successfull applications! Our joint efforts in recent years are coming into effect and it is becoming increasingly clear that society's challenges need our broad knowledge and competence. This shows the strength of ACE as a department and not least the strength of our researchers, says Fredrik Nilsson, head of the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">New research projects receives funding</h2></div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">In the Formas annual open call:   </h3> <div> </div> <div>Towards net-zero infrastructure: fixing clay with clay </div> <div><span>Jelke Dijkstra, Geology and Geotechnics      </span></div></div> <div><div><span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>3 000 000    </div> <div> </div> <div><span>Oxidation Demand and Rate (ODaR) as a sensitive proxy of biostability in drinking water<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></div> <div>Kathleen Murphy, <span><span>Water Environemnt Technology<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span>   </div> <div>3 000 000    </div> <div> </div> <div>Life Cycle Assessment and Circular Economy in building design practice – Two sides of the same coin? </div> <div><span><span><span></span></span>Holger Wallbaum, Building Technology<br /></span></div> <div><span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>3 000 000     </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">In the Formas annual open call for early-career researchers:</h3> <div> </div> <div>Shedding light on internal damage: fibre optic-driven condition assessment of corroded concrete structures </div> <div><span>Ignasi Fernandez, Structural Engineering </span></div></div> <div><span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>4 000 000   <br /><br />Managing risks and improving soil functions by Gentle Remediation Options (GRO)<br /><span>Yevheniya Volchko, Geology and Geotechnics    <span style="display:inline-block"><br /></span></span></div> <div><div><span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>3 999 000    </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">In the Climate gains through resource efficiency call:</h3> <div> </div> <div>Design for Adaption for resource efficient timber structures    </div> <div><span>Yutaka Goto, Building Technology    </span></div></div> <div><span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>7 980 000    <br /><br />Improving Resource-Efficiency in the Circular Value Chain of Plastic in Construction <br /><span>Holger Wallbaum, Building Technology<br /></span></div> <div><div><span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>7 228 000   </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">In the Climate change adaption of the built environment call:</h3> <div> </div> <div>Quantification of the impact of climate change on the built environment at regional scale     </div> <div><span>Minna Karstunen, Geology and Geotechnics </span></div></div> <div><div><span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>7 997 000    </div> <div> </div> <div>Resilient stormwater management in a changing climate - optimizing gully pots </div> <div><span>Mia Bondelind, Water Environment Technology<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></div> <div>7 996 762   </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">In the International network grant for the SDGs  call:</h3> <div>Roadmap towards adaptability of timber buildings     </div> <div><span>Robert  Jockwer, Structural Engineering<br /></span></div></div> <div><span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>200 000</div> <div><br /></div> <div><div> </div></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Decided calls from some previous Formas rounds HT2021</h2> <div>With the decided calls announced in October 2021 included, the total value of grants is about 68 millions. In the previous round of decided grants the following projects were decided:<br /><br /></div></div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">In the From research to to implementation for a sustainable society call: </h3> <div>Framtagande av ett digitalt verktyg som möjliggör en integrerad analys av sociala, ekonomiska, ekologiska och kulturhistoriska intressen vid planering av transportinfrastruktur i stadsmiljöer<br /><span>Meta Berghauser Pont, Urban Design and planning<br />3 920 000 </span><br /> </div> <div> </div> <div>Det cirkulära köket från prototyp till tillämpning<br /></div> <div><span>Paula Femenias, Building Design</span><br />4 000 000<br /> </div> <div> </div> <div>Sustainable Utilisation and Treatment of Dredged Marine Sediments</div> <div><span>Ann-Margret Strömvall, WET</span></div> <div><span>3 870 000 </span></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">In the Rural areas and regional development call: </h3></div> <div>Att underlätta en ny landsbygd bortom BNP genom ett gemenskapsoperativsystem (COS)<br /><span>Marco Adelfio , Urban Design and Planning<br />8 000 000 </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Catharina Björk<br /></div>Fri, 26 Nov 2021 10:00:00 +0100