They take the chance to be guest researchers in industry

​The Chalmers researchers Giuseppe Durisi and Tomas Bryllert receive the 2017 Strategic Mobility contribution from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. The aim is to increase the mobility between business and academia and thus enriching both environments.
​In total, 15 million SEK is distributed among 14 applicants. The Strategic Mobility contribution covers the costs corresponding to one year’s full-time work for a person who wishes to do research at a different workplace than his or her regular.

Research on connectivity solutions for the internet-of-things
Link to news article.Information theory is the area of research in which Giuseppe Durisi, Professor at the department of Electrical Engineering, is active. It is a mathematical discipline that deals with optimal methods for representing, communicating, and storing digital information. His mobility grant project “Low-Latency Wireless Random Access for IoT connectivity” will be carried out at the company Qamcom in Gothenburg.
“One of the most critical research challenges in my field right now is how to provide secure, reliable, and low-latency wireless connectivity to a massive number of devices that want to exchange data”, says Giuseppe Durisi. “Such devices may be traffic and energy monitors, thermostats, smart watches, or other Internet of Things (IoT) sensors.”

“I want to identify and test novel promising connectivity solutions”, Giuseppe Durisi continues. ”At Qamcom, we plan to identify the most relevant use-case scenarios together with selected Swedish municipalities. They are the natural stakeholders of my project, because municipalities may benefit significantly from the deployment of IoT solutions in terms of increased efficiency and cost reductions for the society.”

Sweden has the ambition of becoming world-leading in using the opportunities brought by digitalisation. Exploiting IoT connectivity is one of the crucial first steps.
“Qamcom is a prominent player in the Swedish IoT landscape, and thus a natural partner to team up with, especially given their long history of successful collaboration with Chalmers. I appreciate their holistic system-level view, which complements my academic orientation”, he concludes.

Giuseppe Durisi will be working part time for the project for 18 months, starting in June 2018.

Radar systems at very high frequencies
Link to news article.Tomas Bryllert is a researcher at the Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience – MC2. He works very broad with anything from device- and circuit technology all the way up to operating systems.
"The last few years I have worked a lot with radar systems at very high frequencies (220 GHz, 340 GHz). These radar systems are then used to take high resolution 3D images and to do spectroscopy. We are interested in several applications of these radar systems – including process control in industrial reactors, security and atmospheric science," says Tomas Bryllert.

He gets a one year’s full-time salary to be a guest researcher at the defence and security company Saab, and is looking forward to this opportunity:
"I’m very glad and excited about taking on a new research area and a new workplace, at the same time I’m a bit worried about if I will have enough time for my commitments at Chalmers and for life outside of work."

Combine Chalmers knowledge with Saab’s expertise in radars
At Saab, Tomas Bryllert will investigate the possibilities with MIMO radar, that is, radar systems that consist of several transmit- and receive elements with individual control of each element. This is a continuation of the development of radars from systems based on mechanically scanned reflector antennas to electronically steered arrays.
"There are many similarities with the next generation base stations for mobile networks that will also include electronically steered antennas. We hope to combine Chalmers knowledge in experimental radar systems and communications research with SAAB’s expertise in radars to demonstrate, and better understand MIMO radar," says Tomas Bryllert.

Text: Yvonne Jonsson and Michael Nystås
Photo: Oscar Mattsson and Anna-Lena Lundqvist

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Published: Fri 22 Dec 2017. Modified: Fri 22 Dec 2017