News: Data- och informationsteknikhttp://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterNews related to Chalmers University of TechnologyMon, 04 Jul 2022 16:27:30 +0200http://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/They-are-the-future-research-leaders.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/They-are-the-future-research-leaders.aspxThey 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="chalmers.se">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="https://strategiska.se/en/they-are-the-research-leaders-of-the-future-framtidens-forskningsledare/" title="SSF" target="_blank">SSF web.</a><br /></div></div>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/New-professor-aims-for-safer-self-driving-vehicles.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/New-professor-aims-for-safer-self-driving-vehicles.aspxNew professor aims for safer self-driving vehicles<p><b>​Christian Berger got promoted to professor at the department of Computer Science and Engineering during spring 2022. This is how his curiosity and interest for safe self-driving vehicles led him to his present role.​</b></p><strong>​</strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>What does your research address and what do you want to achieve by it?</strong></span><div><br /></div> <div>”Our team is working towards developing methods to make better software - especially for designing systems that require the collaboration between various disciplines. This allows us both to incorporate ideas that may not necessarily originate from the software engineering discipline, as well as to contribute to other research disciplines that realized the importance of the role that software plays for them but that are missing adequate methods to realize the right software solution.”</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Competition for self-driving vehicles was the starting point</h2> <div>During his PhD education at TU Braunschweig and RWTH Aachen University in Germany, Christian got the unique opportunity to be part of and coordinate a team of PhD and Master students to design and develop a self-driving vehicle for the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge - the world's first large-scale competition for robotic vehicles that were supposed to interact with each other and to operate in urban-like environments. The contestant vehicles needed to &quot;see&quot; what was happening around them and &quot;understand and obey&quot; the traffic rules to avoid collisions.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The team did well and made it all the way to the final event, with only ten other research groups from initially 89 participants in that competition.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>However, it was very clear that none of the finalist vehicles would have been able to act safely on public roads anywhere else in the world - the robotic vehicles were primarily designed specifically for that competition held in a confined area. Nonetheless, the event raised the attention of numerous research groups and companies all over the world to realise the dream of making a vehicle that can drive safely and comfortably without the help of humans. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“My own research was linked over the past 15 years to the area of designing and developing safe software components for realising self-driving vehicles. There are still very many open questions to address before we can safely remove the steering wheels from our today's vehicles.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Was your plan to become a professor in the field, or did things just develop in that direction naturally?</strong></div> <div> </div> <div>”I am a very diligent person to begin with, who is curiousity-driven about software-enabled systems and computer technology to make our society's life better. The robotic competition in 2007 was clearly a disruptive event confirming and even further inspiring my curiosity-driven interest to continuously work in this field.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Christian started a career in the automotive industry to work on driver assistance systems and in that way help making the vision of self-driving vehicles come true. However, after a short while, he realised that his curiosity-driven personality appreciated the academic context much more. This was the time when he was offered the opportunity to join the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>”I saw the great chance to further pursue my research and work on my ideas at the university. Hence, I decided to leave industry and return to academia. Retrospectively, this was a very right decision and after ten years of intensive and exciting research, I am glad to have been acknowledged from many peers in my field for my work and having been promoted to professor at University of Gothenburg”, says Christian.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What challenges are there in your field?</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div>”We have seen many exciting and impressive demonstrations from self-driving vehicular technology both, from research groups as well as from companies who try to commercialize this technology during the past decade. The software in such vehicles is getting better every day - yet, we cannot claim that the vehicles are safe for a day-to-day use for anyone.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>According to a standardized classification scheme for self-driving vehicles, it is envisioned that the steering wheel can be removed at the highest level, as the vehicle must be capable of handling any situation safely.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>”At the moment, we are not even half-way there yet”, says Christian.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Why is computer science important and what possibilities does it provide for society and people?</strong></div> <div> </div> <div>”Software as an artifact per se is usually invisible - yet it is affecting tremendously our daily lives. When such software is not working, we notice clearly its importance and our dependency on working software. Computer science is an important research field whose research results brought human mankind safely to the moon and back.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Christian ensures, there are still many unanswered research questions to tackle on Earth and even his own field is still expanding. As examples we have artificial intelligence and machine learning, who are currently permeating many disciplines outside computer science, or quantum computing that, according to Christian, will shake up the way we thought so far about algorithms and the way software is made.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What is important for you outside of work?</strong></div> <div> </div> <div>”My own family is very important to me. Seeing and supporting our two small children doing their own &quot;research&quot; about our world is fascinating and I am enjoying being part of their sheer endless curiosity-driven perseverance on learning how things work. I am also open to new culinary experiments in the kitchen and I am trying to surprise the family - sometimes, I succeed.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Agnes Ekstrand</div>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/materials/news/Pages/2022-tandem-seminar.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/materials/news/Pages/2022-tandem-seminar.aspx2022 year's Tandem Webinars<p><b>​Here you will find 2022 all Tandem Webinars. All the webinars can be watched afterwards via Chalmers Play. </b></p><div></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Upcoming webinars:</b><br /><div>8 September, <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/Pages/Tandem-WebinarNew-Insulation-Materials-for-High-Voltage-Power-Cables.aspx">New Insulation Materials for High Voltage Power Cables</a></div> <div>5 October, <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/Pages/Tandem-Webinar-Metallic-nanoalloys-for-next-generation-optical-hydrogen-sensors.aspx">Metallic nanoalloys for next generation optical hydrogen sensors</a><br />November, TBA</div> <br /><b>Wat</b></span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">ch 2022 year´s seminars on Chalmers Play</span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">:<br /><br /></span><div><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">11 April</span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">: </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">– </span><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Perspectives on cellulose nanocrystals<br /></b></span><span style="font-size:16px">In this tandem webinar</span><span style="font-size:16px;background-color:initial"> </span><span style="font-size:16px">we have two hot topics dedicated to Cellulose nanocrystals: Cellulose nanocrystals in simple and not so simple flows &amp; Using liquid crystal phase separation to fractionate cellulose nanocrystals.</span><br /></div> <div><a href="https://play.chalmers.se/media/Tandem%20Webinar%20%E2%80%93%20Perspectives%20on%20cellulose%20nanocrystals/0_lqpv4rvq" style="outline:0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Watch the webinar on Chalmers Play</a><div><br /></div> <div><div><span style="font-weight:700">Program:</span></div> <div><ul><li>Moderator: Leif Asp, Co-Director Chalmers Area of Advance Materials Science</li> <li>C<span style="background-color:initial">ellulose nanocrystals in simple and not so simple flows, <a href="/en/staff/Pages/roland-kadar.aspx">Roland Kádár</a>, Associate Professor, Chalmers University of Technology.</span></li> <li>U<span style="background-color:initial">sing liquid crystal phase separation to fractionate cellulose nanocrystals.<a href="https://wwwen.uni.lu/recherche/fstm/dphyms/people/jan_lagerwall"> Jan Lagerwall</a>, Professor at the Physics &amp; Materials Science Research Unit in the University of Luxembourg.</span> </li></ul></div></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">30 May: </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">– </span><b><span></span>Lipid nanoparticles for mRNA delivery</b><br /><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="https://play.chalmers.se/media/Watch%20the%20webinar%20%E2%80%93%20Lipid%20nanoparticles%20for%20mRNA%20delivery/0_4y0mw1ss"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Watch the webinar on Chalmers Play</a><br />Organizer: Chalmers Area of Advance Mater</span><span style="background-color:initial">ials Science.<br /></span>The role of supramolecular lipid self assembly and protein corona formation for functional mRNA delivery to cells. Two hot topics will be covered by Elin Esbjörner and Fredrik Höök​.<br /><div><br /></div> <div><ul><li>Moderator: Maria Abrahamsson, Director of Materials Science Area of Advance </li> <li><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Fredrik-Höök.aspx">Fredrik Höök</a>, <em>Professor, Nano and Biophysics, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology</em>.</li> <li><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Elin-Esbjörner-Winters.aspx">Elin Esbjörner</a>, </span><i>Associate Professor, Biology and Biological Engineering, Chemical Biology, Chalmers University of Technology.</i></li></ul></div></div> <div> <div><strong>Read more:</strong></div></div></div> <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/news/Pages/2021-tandem-seminars.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />2021 year's Tandem Webinars</a>​.​Wed, 15 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/AI-for-climate-policy-.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/AI-for-climate-policy-.aspxAI for climate policy<p><b>EU’s Horizon Europe programme, with its focus on societal impact, is a fast-track to get your research out to society. Adel Daoud is one of the Chalmers researchers that Chalmers AI Research Centre supports to engage in the programme.​</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">What can be seen from above can tell us much about our behaviour. By looking at satellite images from years back and compare with today can show how political decisions and financial policy impacts society in the long run. For <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/daoud.aspx">Adel Daoud</a>, Affiliate Docent, <a href="/en/departments/cse/research/dsai/Pages/default.aspx">Data Science and AI</a> division at the <a href="/en/departments/cse/Pages/default.aspx">Department of Computer Science and Engineering</a>, the impact aspect of his science is important. Working in a mix between social science and technology, makes his research quite unique.<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Centrum/CHAIR/news/AI%20for%20climate%20policy/Adel-Daoud-3.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:237px;height:237px" /><br /><br /></span><div><br /></div> <div>“Getting engaged in EU-project is both a way for further funding, but also to reach commercialisation and social entrepreneurship and impact for my research”, says Adel Daoud. <span></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Chalmers AI Research Centre offers support for AI researchers at Chalmers to find and apply to <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/research-and-innovation/funding/funding-opportunities/funding-programmes-and-open-calls/horizon-europe_en">Horizon Europe</a> calls. The EU is investing more than ever in climate mitigation and adaptation and the centre wants to see more Chalmers researchers getting engaged in the programme. </div> <div>AI is essential in many of Horizon Europe’s calls, and Adel Daoud combines it with utilizing the European satellite programme <a href="https://www.copernicus.eu/en">Copernicus</a>. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“My combination of research fields combined with the so many specific calls within the EU makes it hard to find the perfect matching call. Getting support from CHAIR and their team of experts in the beginning of my EU-journey has really been key for me”, says Adel Daoud.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The work led to an application to the call that the centre’s experts had detected. Adel Daoud is now engaged in an international consortium, led by a Finnish university.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“My ambition now is to get experience to later coordinate coming European projects”, says Adel Daoud.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>If the project is granted, Adel Daoud will explore the effect political decisions have had on climate, using AI-algorithms and image recognition on satellite images in Europe and Africa. He will concretise what effect policy has on the balance between industrial development vs the energy transition. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>EU-support funding through Chalmers AI Research Centre did a first round in 2021/2022. It resulted in applications to Horizon Europe for three research teams. The centre will now take the next step in EU-support and include it in new centre activities that will start in the autumn of 2022. ​<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about Adel Daoud's research <a href="/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/Measuring-poverty-through-satellite-images.aspx">here</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text:</strong> Mats Tiborn<br /></div>Tue, 31 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Chalmers-researchers-join-Young-Academy-of-Sweden.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Chalmers-researchers-join-Young-Academy-of-Sweden.aspxChalmers researchers join Young Academy of Sweden <p><b>Two researchers at Chalmers University of Technology are amongst the six new members of the Young Academy of Sweden presented today. Jessica Jewell, whose research focuses on the transition to a fossil free energy system, and Adel Daoud, who uses AI to study measures to end poverty in African communities.  </b></p><div><div>The Young Academy of Sweden The Academy was founded in 2011 at the initiative of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Each member elected for a period of five years. Those who wish to apply should have taken their PhD degree no more than ten years ago. </div></div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Jessica Jewell</h3> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/SEE/Nyheter/Jessica-Jewell-200.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><div>Jessica Jewell is Associate professor in energy transformation at the division of Physical Resource Theory, the Department of Space, Earth and Environment at Chalmers University of Technology:</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;Scientists have figured out how to save the climate in mathematical models but can we do it in the real world? My research group investigates this question by examining change and continuity in energy systems. I use energy system models, technological innovation and diffusion theories, and analysis from political science and history. We zoom in on cases where change has been rapid and profound such as the response to the 1970s oil crises and the growth of solar and wind power in recent years to understand what enabled such rapid change and how they can be scaled up and replicated in different countries. By identifying historical precedents of rapid transitions and comparing these to the scale and speed of changes society needs to meet climate targets, we are able to identify the areas where change is most feasible. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">I applied to the Young Academy of Sweden because I want to develop Sweden's system for attracting research talent and developing science by identifying the areas where we are already world leaders, as well as those where we can learn from other countries. I am particularly interested in strengthening international mobility and transparency in funding to ensure that Swedish institutions constitute strong growth environments for young researchers&quot;</span><span style="background-color:initial">.  </span></div></div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Adel Daoud</h3> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/SEE/Nyheter/AdelDaoud-200.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><div><span style="background-color:initial">Adel Daoud Associate professor in analytical sociology at Linköping University, and, Affiliated associate professor in data science and AI at Chalmers University of Technology:</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;About 300 million people in Africa live in extreme poverty. Given that living in impoverished communities can trap people in cycles of deprivation (‘poverty traps’), major development actors such as China and the World Bank have deployed a stream of projects to break these cycles (‘poverty targeting’). However, as scholars are held back by a data challenge, research has up until now been unable to answer fundamental questions such as whether poverty traps exist, and to evaluate what extent interventions can release communities from such traps </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I am leading the <a href="https://liu.se/en/research/global-lab-ai">AI and Global Development Lab​</a> to identify to what extent African communities are trapped in poverty and examine how competing development programs can alter these communities’ prospects to free themselves from deprivation. Our Lab has the following objectives: (i) train image recognition algorithms—a form of AI—to identify local poverty from satellite images, 1984-2020; (ii) use these data to analyze how development actors affect African communities; (iii) use mixed methods to develop theories of the varieties of poverty traps; (iv), develop an R package, PovertyMachine, that will produce poverty estimates from new satellite images—ensuring that our innovations will benefit poverty research. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>I want to be a part of the Young Academy of Sweden <span style="background-color:initial">Because the academy offers a unique opportunity to change, improve, and refine Swedish universities and their position globally”</span><span style="background-color:initial">. </span></div></div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">About the Young Academy of Sweden  </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div>The Young Academy of Sweden is a multidisciplinary academy, comprising a selection of the best young researchers in Sweden – an independent platform that gives young researchers a strong voice in the research policy debate and is working on raising the profile of research for young people. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Young academies exist in over 30 countries and Sweden's Young Academy works with the other young academies at Nordic, European and global levels. </span><span style="background-color:initial">. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><div><a href="https://www.sverigesungaakademi.se/en-GB/1.html">Read more about the Young Academy of Sweden and its new members</a>. </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><font color="#1166aa"><b><a href="/en/research/our-scientists/Pages/The-Young-Academy-of-Sweden.aspx">Find all Chalmers researchers who are or have been members of the Young Academy of Sweden</a></b></font></span>.</div></span></div>Tue, 24 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/An-intelligent-and-social-drone.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/An-intelligent-and-social-drone.aspxAn intelligent and social drone<p><b>​Have you ever met a polite drone? In the project &quot;AI + Social Drones: Towards Autonomous and Adaptive Social Drones&quot; Associate Professor Mohammad Obaid and colleagues will investigate how flying drones can interact with humans using AI.</b></p>​Drones are becoming more and more useful as tools in areas like transportation and health. <br />In the project <em>AI + Social Drones: Towards Autonomous and Adaptive Social Drones</em>, funded by Chalmers AI Research Centre, CHAIR, the research team will look into social drones and their role in society. Starting this summer, the project will investigate how drones can operate in a human environment in an acceptable way. <br /><br />“If we have an AI entity in our environment, in this case a flying robot, how do we interact with it as humans? We want to teach it to understand us and to pick up our social cues while flying next to us. Also, how should we as humans interact with it and behave?” says Associate Professor <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/mobaid.aspx">Mohammad Obaid</a>, project leader.<br /><br /><strong>What is a social drone?</strong><br />A drone is a flying robot that can be controlled remotely, and when we throw in the word social next to a drone, two things happen. One is that they can exhibit social cues to us. They can tell us how they are behaving and their intentions. Secondly, is to make it learn how to pick up our behavior, our social cues. <br /><br />“The idea is that if we, in this project, learn how to make this work, we will have a better understanding of how to accept and trust them in different application areas and contexts, which will make them more usable”, says Mohammad Obaid.  <br /><br />To make this happen, AI is needed. Data from interaction activities are collected and used to train the robot to develop social cues. An intelligent drone may be able to read from the user’s face if it is welcoming or anxious and then choose a suitable distance to the person.<br /><br />Drones are already used in delivery services and civil services, like healthcare and well-being. <br /><br />“Health is something we are looking in to as well. With AI applied in the drone, we believe that drones could do much good, for instance in emergency situations in remote areas. <br /><br /><strong>Communicating with a robot</strong><br /><div>We are used to see robots in sci-fi where they have faces and can communicate what they think and their intentions, and many scientists get inspired by it. Mohammad Obaid is one of them.</div> <br /><div>“In earlier research we have tested to add eyes to a drone. The eyes let the drone gaze to the direction it intends to go and thereby communicate its intentions”, he says. </div> <br /><div>Many tests are being done with ground robots, which cannot fly. Applying the research on a drone is similar but the ability to fly gives the robot a new dimension.</div> <div><br /></div> “A drone can give you a new perspective from above for example, and it will be much more mobile than ground robots, not getting stuck on obstacles”, says Mohammad Obaid.<br /><br /><strong>A drone companion</strong><br /><div>It may seem tempting to imagine that the social drone will be as common as the smartphone in a near future. But there are many issues to resolve before this becomes reality, Mohammad Obaid thinks.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> “It could well be that people will have a drone companion, but we need to think about ethics first. As with cell phones, we need to know what will happen with society when adding social drones, as with all human interaction with AI systems. I think more important is if the drone can be of use in health and well-being, like if they can be used to help people for instance in remote areas or as lifeguards on the beach”, he says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span><strong>Text: </strong>Mats Tiborn<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><br /></div>Mon, 23 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/IVA-100-list-2022.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/IVA-100-list-2022.aspxMost 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="https://adsorbi.com/" 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="https://www.presscise.com/" 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="https://www.iva.se/en/"><em>www.iva.se</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 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/CSE-research-on-IVA-100-list.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/CSE-research-on-IVA-100-list.aspxCSE research on IVA's 100 list <p><b>IVA has published this year' list of 100 &quot;current research projects with the potential to create benefits, through commercialization, business and method development or societal impact&quot;. Four spinoff companies from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering are on the list.​</b></p><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Dpella <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/DoIT/News/alejandro%20russo_170x170.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Alejandro Russo" /></h2> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Using and sharing data analytics based on personal data can create competitive advantages and lead to new business opportunities for companies and organizations. However, the possibilities are limited due to rules regulating the processing of personal data, such as the GDPR.​ </span><a href="https://www.dpella.io/">Dpella</a> has a business concept based on results from the <a href="https://research.chalmers.se/en/project/?id=8495">SSF-funded project Octopi​</a>, and was on the 100-list also last year. </div> <div>&quot;During the past year, with the support of <a href="https://www.mobilityxlab.com/en">MobilityXlab</a> and <a href="https://www.guventures.com/">GU Ventures</a>, we have, among other things, started an innovation project together with Ericsson to explore privacy-preserving analyzes&quot; says  <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/russo.aspx">Alejandro Russo</a>, professor in the  Computing Science division. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">EmbeDL <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/DoIT/News/AI%20PLOS%20ONE/DevdattAI.gif" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Devdatt Dubhashi" /></h2> <div><a href="https://embedl.ai/">EmbeDL</a> is based on research performed in the EU-projects <a href="https://legato-project.eu/">LeGaTO</a> and <a href="https://vedliot.eu/">VEDLIoT</a>, as well as the Vinnova-funded project <a href="https://www.vinnova.se/en/p/sharpen---scalable-highly-automated-vehicles-with-robust-perceptionn/">Sharpen​</a>. </div> <div>&quot;Our solution is an optimization engine that automatically tailors a state of the art neural network model to be deployed on a specific hardware so that it meets the customer’s requirements and specifications. We will bring the power of AI into the hands of people who would not have been able to even conceive of deploying the vast resources that the BigTech companies command&quot; says <a href="/en/staff/Pages/dubhashi.aspx">Devdatt Dubhashi​</a>, professor in the  Computing Science division. </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Repli5</h2> <div><a href="https://repli5.com/">Repli5​</a> <span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">works with the generation of digital twins and synthetic data. A digital twin is a digital replica of objects and environments in reality which can be used to very effectively test and verify AI systems without having to costly, slow and error-prone processes in the real world</span><span style="background-color:initial">. Vinnova has funded development of the technique through the projects <a href="https://www.vinnova.se/en/p/sharpen---scalable-highly-automated-vehicles-with-robust-perceptionn/">Sharpen</a> and Realsim. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;The potential is to replace most of the need for real-world data with synthetic data generated from digital twins. In this way, companies can make a big leap in efficiency, cost reduction and quality of solutions&quot; says Devdatt Dubhashi.</span><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">ZeroPoint Technologies <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/DoIT/News/PerSx200.gif" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Per Stenström" style="margin:5px;width:170px;height:170px" /></h2> <a href="https://wp.zptcorp.com/">ZeroPoint Technologies​</a> is a commercialization project linked to the <a href="https://www.european-processor-initiative.eu/">European processorinitiative</a>. </div> <div>Since 1995 professor <a href="/en/staff/Pages/per-stenstrom.aspx">Per Stenström</a> and his colleagues in the Computer and Network Systems division <span style="background-color:initial">have been working to develop new principles for how computers can work faster despite limitations in computer memory. One of the most striking principles is about memory compression, and will provide faster, cheaper and more climate-adapted IT systems in the future. It is this achievement that is further developed in the company ZeroPoint Technologies.​​​​​​​​​​</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="https://www.iva.se/projekt/research2business/ivas-100-lista-2022/">A link to the complete list on IVA's website (in Swedish)​</a></span></div> <div><br /></div> ​Tue, 10 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/how_can_artificial_intelligence_make_running_safer.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/how_can_artificial_intelligence_make_running_safer.aspxHow can artificial intelligence make running safer?<p><b>​A machine learning model to optimize your performance and get you across the finish line with health intact. That’s what Moa Johansson, Associate Professor at the Computing Science division, is aiming for. Together with two master's students, she is involved in a project at the Department of Computing Science and Engineering.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">This May, many people are looking forward to the return of Göteborgsvarvet, after two years of break due to the corona pandemic. Every year, approximately 40,000 runners struggle along with what the coordinators mean is the world’s biggest half marathon, and many have collapsed in exhaustion on both sides of the finish line.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Most often, they are on their feet after some rest and refill of fluid, but every year, a few people need medical assistance.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Moa Johansson, Associate Professor at the Department of Computing Science and Engineering, is together with the master students with amanuenses’ employments, Johan Lamm and Johan Attefors, collecting insights with the purpose to give athletes prerequisites to challenge themselves in the best possible way during a physical performance and at the same time minimize the risk of overworking to a point where they jeopardize their health. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;I am very interested in sport, so for me, it’s really fun to see how the techniques my own research is addressing, can contribute within sport&quot;, says Moa.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The study is performed in cooperation with Göteborgsvarvet, by analyzing data that has been collected for ten years and is accessible in Göteborgsvarvet’s database. In the database, values for end results and the participant's age and gender are registered. In addition, Moa, Johan and Johan have taken data about the weather conditions into account, to be able to see if there is something to learn from the connection between for example high temperatures and the number of people who &quot;hit the wall&quot;.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">A virtual AI-coach</h3> <div>As part of the project, they are working on a machine learning model. The purpose is, with its help, to be able to estimate the finishing time of a runner, and anticipate which runners risk overworking themselves, by drawing conclusions from the collected data.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>In the future, Moa is visualizing the model being used in a more advanced product in line with the runner’s watches available on the market today, where more parameters like personal conditions, previous performance, and outdoor temperature can be combined with monitoring of the body’s functions, to help the runner to adjust the pace to what is individually suitable. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;Kind of like a virtual AI-coach that tells you when it’s time to slow down or increase speed or take a break to drink water one extra time&quot;, says Moa. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">So, what are we doing wrong when the race ends with us &quot;running into the wall&quot;?</h3> <div>Often we seem to strain ourselves too much early on. Moa thinks that it partly comes down to a matter of prestige.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;People want to beat their own personal record, she says. And some people are keeping themselves on the border to what they can handle, even though they are not quite in the shape they were earlier in life.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>There is a tendency in the middle-aged group to miscalculate their capacity. That is something not equally prominent in the older group and among the elite runners, who tend to run according to a different pattern.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">About the project</h2> <div>The project is organized within the Health Engineering Area of Advance and is performed at the Department of Computing Science and Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The project is a result of discussions between the GoCoActive cooperation, where Chalmers, University of Gothenburg, RF-SISU, GoCo Health Innovation City, and Göteborgs Friidrottsförbund have been participating actively. <span style="background-color:initial">In</span><span style="background-color:initial"> spring 2022, a scientific paper is being written about the project.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>By: Agnes Ekstrand</div> <div><br /></div>Mon, 09 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/Professor-at-Computer-Science-and-Engineering-gets-prestigious-grant-for-the-second-time.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/Professor-at-Computer-Science-and-Engineering-gets-prestigious-grant-for-the-second-time.aspxHe gets prestigious grant for the second time<p><b>​Professor Thierry Coquand has been given this year’s European Research Counsil (ERC) Advanced Grant. Getting research funded through the grant is prestigious alone. What is remarkable in Thierry Coquand's case, is that it is not the first time he receives one.​</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Getting more than one ERC Advanced Grant in a lifetime is something that extremely few have accomplished. </span><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">hierry Coquand, Professor at the Computing Science Division, Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Chalmers and University of Gothenburg, got his first ERC Advanced Grant for his work in 2009.</span><div><br /></div> <div>He describes his view on his research and receiving the grant as following:</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The topic of my research is about representation of mathematical proofs on a computer. This is used to design so called &quot;proof assistants” that help a mathematician and/or a computer scientist to build a mathematical proof, in particular, ensuring that the proof is correct.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>There has been a growing use of such system for checking and documenting complex software systems, but also mathematical proofs. One aspect of this research that I find particularly interesting is that trying to represent mathematics on a computer forces us to think about the nature of mathematical objects.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>While I was working on my previous ERC project, it was realised by a great mathematician, the late Vladimir Voevodsky, that the language we were using for the represention of proofs on a computer was actually well adapted to express recent abstract  concepts in mathematics, connected to the notion of homotopy, which is a general study of the notion of “shapes”. This was both surprising and exciting, and the present project should explore further these connections.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>I believe that this field of research is important both for society, given that the issues of software correctness and security are crucial,  and because of its intrinsic logical interest. If successful, this project will create proof assistants that can help in the development of sophisticated mathematics and highly modular pieces of software. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>This work is really a team work (both local and internationally). It is really nice, and not so common,  to be part of a team which have strong competence both in theory and in the actual implementation of proof assistants. I also want to thank people at the Grants Office, in particular Maria Enge, for all their help.”</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More on Thierry Coquand's research​​</h3> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/type-theory-for-mathematics-and-computer-science.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Research on interactive proof systems receives funding from KAW</a> <br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/sv/styrkeomraden/energi/nyheter/Sidor/Watch-the-webinar-Hydrogen-A-Silver-Bullet-in-the-Energy-System.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Watch the webinar: Hydrogen – A silver bullet in the energy system?​</a></span></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">ERC grants</h3> <div>The research grants from the European Research Council, ERC, are aimed at tackling major questions across all scientific disciplines.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The Advanced Grant is given to active researchers who have shown significant research achievements in the last ten years and stand out in terms of originality and significance of their research contribution.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about the latest ERC Advanced Grants in <a href="https://erc.europa.eu/news/erc-2021-advanced-grants-results">ERC’s press release​</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Article written by Agnes Ekstrand</div> ​Wed, 27 Apr 2022 08:40:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/Access-the-Data-Factory-and-the-Edge-Learning-Lab.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/Access-the-Data-Factory-and-the-Edge-Learning-Lab.aspxAccess the Data Factory and the Edge Learning Lab<p><b>​Chalmers researchers can get free access to AI Sweden’s platforms Data Factory and Edge Learning Lab. Researchers can learn more about this opportunity in a workshop arranged by Chalmers and AI Sweden.</b></p>​The <a href="https://www.ai.se/en/data-factory">Data Factory</a> is a collaboration platform where partners can bring their own challenges as well as participating in others’ projects and experiments in a testbed environment. The <a href="https://www.ai.se/en/data-factory/edge-lab">Edge Learning Lab</a> is a testbed closely connected to the Data Factory where researchers, developers, students, data scientists, and other users can collaborate and explore edge learning. <br />Chalmers and AI Sweden host a workshop April 21st to give Chalmers researchers insight into the possibilities that exists. The workshop is held at AI Sweden at Lindholmen. Assistant professor <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/ahmh.aspx">Ahmed Ali-Eldin Hassan</a>, Computer and Network Systems division, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, will share his experience from the platforms.<br />Read more about the workshop and register <a href="https://en-gb.invajo.com/events/welcome/id/3c878710-9ac5-11ec-abdd-9f413ae42d74">here</a>.<br />Mon, 04 Apr 2022 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Call-for-ICT-seed-projects-2022.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Call-for-ICT-seed-projects-2022.aspxCall 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="https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/" 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="https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aoaictseed2023" 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="mailto:erik.strom@chalmers.se">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">www.chalmers.se/ict ​</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 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/In-memory-of-Ivica-Crnkovic.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/In-memory-of-Ivica-Crnkovic.aspxIn memory of Ivica Crnkovic<p><b>​​Ivica Crnkovic, Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, passed away 2 February 2022. Ivica has been employed at Chalmers since 2014 and has been much appreciated as a teacher, researcher, manager, and academic leader. </b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">I</span><span style="background-color:initial">vi</span><span style="background-color:initial">ca</span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"> was very much involved in software engineering research at the Computer Science and Engineering department, most recently at the unit for cyber-physical systems, where he was also Head of Unit. Ivica also had several other positions at Chalmers over the years, not least his work in Chalmers AI Research Centre and Chalmers Area of Advance - Information and Communication Technology, where he held leading roles. </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>We remember Ivica as a person who always had a kind word to say, and who always helped students and colleagues.</div> <div>                             </div> <div>Today, March 9, Ivica’s funeral will be held, and our thoughts go to his family. On 16 March at 14:00-15:00 at Lindholmen, the department will have an open memorial service. For more information, please contact the department’s Head of Administration <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/anna-engkvist.aspx">Anna Engkvist</a>.</div> ​​Tue, 08 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/the-allwise-alvis.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/the-allwise-alvis.aspx​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="https://www.snic.se/">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="https://www.snic.se/allocations/snac/">Swedish National Allocations Committee, SNAC</a>. Alvis is financed by the <b><a href="https://kaw.wallenberg.org/">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="https://www.lenovo.com/se/sv/" 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 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/Password-change-day.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/Password-change-day.aspxPassword change day – how to act<p><b>​Hello there Andrei Sabelfeld, Professor at the division of Information Security at Chalmers. January 20, is the annual Password Change Day set to remind us to review and change login to our Internet accounts. We often hear reports of leaked login information, hijacked accounts and are urged to choose a safe password. So how can we keep our accounts secure online?</b></p><strong>​</strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>What constitutes a good password?</strong></span><div>A good password is both difficult to guess for someone else and difficult to detect with a password cracker but it’s at the same time easy for the user to remember. Tools for cracking passwords usually test typical patterns using common words in different languages, common passwords and passwords that have leaked before, so those are important factors to consider when choosing a new password.</div> <div>There are various password meters for evaluating passwords, but one should be careful not to share sensitive password information for evaluation by a third party online.</div> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/News%20events/CM/AndreiSabelfeld_170x220px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin-right:10px" /><div><br /></div> <div><strong>Why change my password?</strong></div> <div>Unfortunately, password information is often breached. The list is long on companies and authorities, including Sony and Sega, where users' passwords have been leaked and circulated online. Therefore, it is important to change passwords sometimes.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>How often should I change it?</strong></div> <div>It is good to change passwords every now and then, but at the same time you should not change them too often. It is not uncommon that guidelines tell us to change passwords, say every 90 days, but that can be quite confusing for the user. A rule of thumb is to change at least one, but preferably a few times a year and really consider your choice of password so that you can easily remember it, even after changing.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>The security firm Splashdata has listed people's worst passwords, based on millions of leaked and scattered data. The 2019 list is topped by: &quot;123456&quot;, &quot;123456789&quot; and &quot;qwerty&quot;. In fourth place comes “Password”. What do you say about such passwords?</strong></div> <div>Unfortunately, it proves that users sometimes don't care about making stronger passwords. In addition, this shows that it is not always a good idea to rely on password-based authentication mechanisms.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Many people use the same password for multiple accounts. What is your word on that?</strong></div> <div>The problem with using the same password for multiple accounts is that leaked information about one account is enough to access other accounts with the same password. Different accounts may have different security requirements. Here, your email account is especially important. Because if the attacker manages to access an e-mail account, it is enough to reset the passwords of all accounts linked to that e-mail address. Therefore, one should take passwords for email account especially seriously.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What do you think about using a password manager?</strong></div> <div>One advantage is that password managers are good at generating strong passwords that the user does not need to remember. At the same time, some of the password managers have been susceptible to attacks. Therefore, one should be careful when choosing a password manager and make sure it is secure. There are both built-in password managers in most browsers and separate password managers that work on different devices.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>To summarize, please give me your three best tips for my new passwords today?</strong></div> <div><ol><li>Try to avoid password-based authentication when possible. Use multifactor authentication, where instead of relying only on a single password, you present different proofs (factors) of your identity to log in. Such factors can be about something you know (for example, a password) combined with something you have (for example, a credit card) or something you are (for example, your fingerprint). Multifactor authentication is already widely used by, for example, the banks, which for their Internet services require either a bank card reader with a PIN code or a registered smartphone with software (Mobile Bank ID), which also requires a PIN code.</li> <li>If you do need a password, make sure to use a secure password manager.</li> <li>If you must come up with your own password, there are techniques to improve security. You often get the advice to use capital letters and special symbols, but such a password can be difficult to remember. One trick is to make up your own rule based on a phrase that is easy to remember. For example, you can pick the first letters of the words from a line in a song that is special to you and combine them with a few special symbols.</li></ol></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Helena Österling af Wåhlberg<br />Photo: Pixabay/Anneli Andersson</div>Thu, 20 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0100