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Automotive active safety rewarded with Volvo scholarship

​Jonas Sjöberg, Professor of Mechatronics at Chalmers, is the recipient of The Håkan Frisinger Scholarship of SEK 250 000, for his research on electromobility, active safety and autonomous vehicles.
​In recent years, there has been major progress in the field of transportation research – not least when it comes to autonomous, self-driving, vehicles. The interest in cooperation within the field has increased, both in the automotive industry and from other universities, in the Gothenburg region as well as internationally.

"It is great that our research is gaining recognition," says Jonas Sjöberg. “I have been able to form a research group with young researchers, who have taken on new research challenges in a new and growing field.”

Jonas SjöbergIn the justification for the scholarship, it is emphasized that Jonas Sjöberg successfully has developed the field of electromobility and autonomous driving. Together with his research group, and often in cooperation with other researchers at the Department of Electrical Engineering, he has worked with system aspects, dimensioning, modeling and control of hybrid drive lines. The results have enabled more exact calculations of the "best" design for challenges in electromobility and how to control the energy management in the vehicle, which previously relied on rough estimates.

One of the industrial PhD student projects that Jonas has been engaged in, within the Intelligent Vehicle Safety System Program, has resulted in a patent, which subsequently has been applied in newer Volvo cars where a system of emergency braking helps avoiding accidents in left-hand turns.

His research in recent years has been focused on issues concerning autonomous driving.

"What appeals the most to me within this research area is that we constantly are faced with so multifaceted and complex problems, that for every new progress there is always more to understand," says Jonas Sjöberg. “It is also important to constantly have the interaction between human beings and technology in focus.”

Prize ceremony and seminar
On 29 May, the prize ceremony will be held where Jonas Sjöberg is awarded the 2017 Håkan Frisinger scholarship. In connection with this, he will give a lecture in Swedish entitled ”Historien bakom avancerad forskning: från neuronnät till självkörande bilar”.

"I´m honored to receive the scholarship," he says. “During the lecture I intend to talk about how my research has evolved up to today and how coincidences sometimes can play a role.”

Besides Jonas Sjöberg, you also have the opportunity to listen to Bo Wahlberg, Professor in automatic control at KTH, Nikolce Murgovski, Assistant Professor in mechatronics at Chalmers, and Erik Coelingh, technology advisor at Zenuity AB and Adjunct Professor at Chalmers. Se details in the program linked below.
More information about the seminar and registration (in Swedish)

Jonas Sjöberg, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers

The Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research
Håkan Frisinger was CEO of Volvo between 1983 and 1987, and Chairman of the Board between 1997 and 1999. The purpose of the foundation is to promote scientific research and development in the field of transportation by granting scholarships. Since 2001 the foundation annually awards a scholarship of SEK 250,000, to a researcher at a Swedish university. The scholarship promotes research and development in the field of transportation, and primarily rewards already achieved accomplishments.
Read more about The Håkan Frisinger Scholarship here

Published: Thu 26 Apr 2018. Modified: Thu 26 Apr 2018