News: Signaler och system, Electrical Engineeringhttp://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterNews related to Chalmers University of TechnologyTue, 30 Nov 2021 04:58:53 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Call-for-hosting-a-WASP-distinguished-guest-professor-.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Call-for-hosting-a-WASP-distinguished-guest-professor-.aspx​Call for a proposal – hosting a WASP distinguished guest professor <p><b>​WASP is announcing funding for guest professors for a period of two years, expecting to stay at the host university approximately six months per year. The areas are: autonomous systems, software, AI/MLX and AI/math.​</b></p><div><b style="background-color:initial"><br /></b></div> <div><b style="background-color:initial">Deadline: Dec 20, 2021</b><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>In total, <b>two positions will be founded</b>, and the WASP university partners can apply. The funding is valid for <b>all WASP areas</b> (autonomous systems, software, AI/MLX and AI/math).</div> <div>The main ranking criterium is the applicant's excellence, the probability of the realization, and finally, the program/aim of the visit. WASP also welcomes a combination with other initiatives or/and involvement of Swedish industry. </div> <div>Financial conditions are flexible and will match the levels of top-level researchers.  </div> <div>WASP is expecting to get the proposals during Q4 2021. Internal Chalmers deadline is Dec 20. A university can propose several candidates. </div> <div>During Q1 or Q2 2022, WASP will approve in total two proposals. A strict policy of gender balance (50/50) will be followed. </div> <div><b>The expected start of the visit</b> is Q3/Q4 2022, or Q1 2023. </div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Proposal Submission</h3> <div>Send a proposal to <b>Chalmers WASP</b> <b>representative</b> to <a href="mailto:ivica.crnkovic@chalmers.se">Ivica Crnkovic</a>, <b>l</b><b>atest Dec 20, 2021</b>.</div> <div>The proposal should include:</div> <div><ul><li>Name and affiliation of the distinguished guest professor, with a short motivation, overall preliminary schedule and activity plan for the visit.</li> <li>The hosting department and division/research group.</li> <li>If possible, a letter of interest from the potential distinguished guest professor or a statement that the professor has been contacted ad has expressed interest in the visit.</li> <li>CV of the proposed guest professor</li> <li>The head of the department must sign the application</li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The applications will be analyzed by Chalmers internal committee (to be defined) before sending to WASP.  Note that Chalmers will follow the recommendations from WASP and try to provide a balanced list of the candidates. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>For more information, contact please, <a href="mailto:ivica.crnkovic@chalmers.se">Ivica Crnkovic</a></div> <div><a href="mailto:ivica.crnkovic@chalmers.se"></a><br /></div> ​Thu, 25 Nov 2021 13:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Prestigious-funding-to-researchers-at-Chalmers.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Prestigious-funding-to-researchers-at-Chalmers.aspxPrestigious funding to researchers at Chalmers<p><b>​The Swedish Research Council distributes 2.3 billion in natural and engineering sciences (2021 – 2025) and medicine and health (2021 –​ 2026).Of these project grants, a total of SEK 123 million go to 33 researchers at Chalmers.​</b></p>​These<span style="background-color:initial"> researchers at Chalmers receive grants – sorted by department:</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Biology and Biological Engineering</h2> <div>Alexandra Stubelius, <span style="background-color:initial">Florian David and </span><span style="background-color:initial">​Verena Siewers</span><span style="background-color:initial"> about their projects: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/BIO-researchers-receive-prestigious-VR-grants.aspx">BIO researchers receive prestigious VR-grants​</a></span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Computer Science and Engineering</h2> <div>Ivica Crnkovic </div> <div>Mary Sheeran </div> <div>Marina Papatriantafilou </div> <div>Magnus Myreen </div> <div>Philippas Tsigas<span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Electrical Engineering</h2> <div>Erik Agrell </div> <div>Hana Dobsicek Trefna</div> <div>Giuseppe Durisi</div> <div>Mikael Persson</div> <div>Rui Lin<span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Physics</h2> <div>Christian Forssén , <span style="background-color:initial">Mats Halvarsson, </span><span style="background-color:initial">I</span><span style="background-color:initial">stvan Pusztai och </span><span style="background-color:initial">Mattias Thuvander</span><span style="background-color:initial"> tells about the projects they have received grants for: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Physics-researchers-receive-16-million-in-grants-from-the-Swedish-Research-Council.aspx">Physics researchers receive 16 million in grants from the Swedish Research Council​</a></span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Industrial and Materials Science</h2> <div>Ragnar Larsson <span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering</h2> <div>Joakim Andréasson</div> <div>Maths Karlsson</div> <div>Andreas Dahlin </div> <div>Louise Olsson</div> <div>Marcus Wilhelmsson<span style="background-color:initial"> <br />The Head of the Department comments on the news and the researchers tells about their projects: <br /><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Chemistry-researchers-receive-prestigious-funding-.aspx" title="Link to newarticle ">Chemistry researchers recieve prime funding </a></span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Mathematical Sciences</h2> <div>Dennis Eriksson</div> <div>Anders Södergren<span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences</h2> <div>Henrik Ström, who studies <span style="background-color:initial">systems where small reactive particles move in complex geometries. These can be sensors, for example, where you want to be able to detect as quickly as possible whether a certain type of particle is present in a liquid. Read more about his project </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/m2/news/Pages/Henrik-Ström-receives-prestigious-funding-from-the-Swedish-Research-Council.aspx">&quot;Migration, mixing and modulation in reactive Brownian systems of arbitrary geometric complexity.&quot;​</a></span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience</h2> <div>Saroj Prasad Dash </div> <div>Göran Johansson </div> <div>Samuel Lara Avila </div> <div>Simone Gasparinetti </div> <div>Shumin Wang</div> <div>Jochen Schröder</div> <a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/MC2-researchers-receive-millions-in-grants-from-the-Swedish-Research-Council.aspx"><div>Read more about some of the research projects</div></a><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Space, Earth and Environment</h2> <div>Giuliana Cosentino, who is researching how and why stars form in the coldest and densest parts of the galaxies. Read more about her <a href="/en/departments/see/news/Pages/VR-grant-to-star-formation-project.aspx">Shock Compressions in the Interstellar Medium, as triggers of Star Formation</a><span style="background-color:initial">. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="https://www.vr.se/english/applying-for-funding/decisions/2021-08-25-natural-and-engineering-sciences.html" target="_blank" title="Link to teh Swedish research council"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the projects within natural and engineering sciences at the Swedish Research Council</a></div> <div><a href="https://www.vr.se/english/applying-for-funding/decisions/2021-08-25-natural-and-engineering-sciences.html" target="_blank" title="Link to teh Swedish research council"></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/news/Pages/Read%20more%20about%20the%20projects%20within%20natural%20and%20engineering%20sciences%20at%20the%20Swedish%20Research%20Council" target="_blank" title="Link to teh Swedish research council" style="outline:currentcolor none 0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about the projects within medicin and health at the Swedish Research Council</a>  </div> ​Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/next-Vice-Director.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/next-Vice-Director.aspxICT AoA is looking for the next Vice-Director<p><b>Do you like to communicate, build relationships, and have a long-term vision and a desire to change the status quo? Do you also have an interest in leadership​ – take a look at this opportunity! ​We are looking for the next Vice-Director of Information and Communication Technology Area of Advance.</b></p>Chalmers' areas of advance are thematic platforms for strategy and long-term collaboration that aim to address specific challenges relevant to industry and society. They also offer common access to cutting-edge research infrastructures as well as to several targeted research centers. The aim is to generate new knowledge and solutions by breaking the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines and collaborating with various societal actors. <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Information and Communication Technology Area of Advance  (ICT AoA)</h3> <div>The vision of ICT <span style="background-color:initial">AoA</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">is to be a significant contributor t</span><span style="background-color:initial">o Chalmers and society in their digital transformations. In particular, the ICT AoA promotes the development of sustainable ICT tools and enablers for a sustainable transformation of society. To achieve this goal, the ICT AoA works with the departments, the education organization, and Chalmers strategic industrial partners to promote and support excellent research and education initiatives, especially those that do not naturally fall within the domain of a single department. </span></div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>The role of vice-director</span></h3> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">As a vic</span><span style="background-color:initial">e-director, you have overall responsibility for the ICT AoA, together with the director, Prof. Erik Ström, and the ICT AoA management team. This means that you are expected to design activities and initiatives that help Chalmers address selected societal challenges within ICT. This involves engaging both Chalmers' faculty and relevant actors in society. </span></div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Who are we looking for?</span></h3> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>Y</span><span></span><span>ou are a </span><span>docent or professor</span><span> at Chalmers in an area that is relevant for ICT </span><span>AoA</span><span>. You like to communicate, build relationships, and have a long-term vision and a desire to change the status quo. You are well organized and have an interest in leadership, interdisciplinary research, and collaboration with industry and relevant actors in society. Understanding Swedish is advantageous for this role. The role is time-limited to 3 years with the possibility of a prolongment of additional 3 years (6 years in total). The required commitment, which is 15%-25% of full time, is negotiated individually, in a dialogue with the vice-rector for research, with the ICT AoA director, and the department.</span></p> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Application procedure</span></h3> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vsolict21" title="link to application form" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Please upload to EasyChair​</a><span> </span>containing the following information:</span></div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">CV</span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Personal letter of maximum 2 pages</span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Additional material if needed</span></li></ul></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Application deadline: </b>7 December, 2021</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">If you have questions, please get in touch with the following persons:</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b><a href="mailto:erik.strom@chalmers.se">Erik Ström</a></b>, Director, ICT AoA</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b><a href="mailto:durisi@chalmers.se">Giuseppe Durisi</a></b>, Vice-Director, ICT </span><span style="background-color:initial">AoA</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <div> </div> <div></div></div> ​Mon, 01 Nov 2021 07:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/production/news/Pages/New-center-will-accelerate-industrial-use-of-additive-manufacturing.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/production/news/Pages/New-center-will-accelerate-industrial-use-of-additive-manufacturing.aspxNew center will accelerate industrial use of additive manufacturing<p><b>​Rise is opening up the Application Center for Additive Manufacturing with industrial and academic partners, among them Chalmers. &quot;This will strengthen and improve the infrastructure in additive manufacturing,&quot; says Professor Lars Nyborg, Chalmers.</b></p><span style="background-color:transparent"><div>Combining additive manufacturing or 3D printing with new sustainable materials allows for more flexible and resource-efficient production. But for companies to fully utilize the strength of the technology, support is needed in every step along the supply chain ranging from the development of new business models to product design and testing in a real production environment. Therefore, Rise is opening up the<b> Application Center for Additive Manufacturing</b> together with industrial and academic partners.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Additive manufacturing enables a paradigm shift for the industry and is relevant for many sectors such as aerospace, space, automotive, telecom, maritime, and consumer goods, to name a few. Some advantages are the mass customization enabling unique tailor-made components produced with minimal material waste and optimized for their weight. As a result, the global market for additive manufacturing is expected to continue to grow, and for metallic materials, the market will probably increase by a factor of two by 2025. Therefore, Sweden must continue to invest in additive manufacturing to strengthen its position in this rapidly growing market.</div> <div>&quot;By gathering end users, suppliers of services, technology, and materials with our researchers and experts at Rise, we enable for us to form a robust national ecosystem for additive manufacturing in Sweden,&quot; says <b>Seyed Hosseini</b>, Director of Application Center for Additive Manufacturing.</div> <div><br /></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Strengthened and improved infrastructure</strong></p> <div><span></span><span style="background-color:transparent">Via Production Area of Advance, Chalmers hosts the <b><a href="/en/centres/cam2/Pages/default.aspx">Competence Centre for Additive Manufacture</a></b><b> – Metal (CAM2)</b>, focusing on powder, materials, and process development in metal additive manufacturing (AM). In addition, Chalmers co-operates closely with Rise in several projects in the area of AM.</span><br /><span style="background-color:transparent">&quot;The start of this new application center means that we will further enhance the ecosystem in additive manufacturing,&quot; says <b>Lars Nyborg</b>, Director for the <b>Chalmers Production Area of Advance</b>, and continues:</span><br /><span style="background-color:transparent">&quot;The cooperation will bring solutions along the whole technology readiness scale – from research and innovation to implementation and demonstration of solutions – as both centers work with several core industrial partners in the area of AM.&quot;</span><br /><span></span><span style="background-color:transparent">Lars Nyborg points out that the new center will also mean a s</span>trengthened<span style="background-color:initial"> and improved infrastructure in AM</span><span style="background-color:transparent">, concerning metals and polymers and new technologies with</span><span style="background-color:initial"> shared capabilities for </span><span style="background-color:transparent">researchers at Chalmers.</span></div></span><span style="background-color:transparent"><div><span style="background-color:transparent"></span></div></span><span style="background-color:transparent"> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Cooperation – a key to success</b></div> <div>In the center, the industrial partners will have access to the latest research carried out by the research partners, test and demonstrate different additive manufacturing technologies including their pre-, and post-operations, as well as access expertise and competence along the supply chain. To be successful in such an environment, collaboration, and cooperation between all partners in the Center is vital as each partner has unique competence and experience. The center creates an independent and open environment for such collaboration to take place in Sweden. </div> <div>&quot;The center is a good example of how we gather expertise along the entire value chain and create a way to accelerate digital development in the Swedish industry. Additive manufacturing has great potential and now RISE can boost this transformation in taking important steps forward,&quot; says <b>Pia Sandvik</b>, CEO at <b>Rise</b>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Strong support from industrial partners</b></div> <div>15 partners are onboard from the start. The target group for the center is manufacturing companies, both large and small and medium-sized, but also suppliers of materials, software, and equipment for additive manufacturing. The partnership provides the opportunity to take full advantage of the skills and infrastructure that exist and as a partner, you also contribute to the center. With the help of the center, the threshold to test and evaluate the technology can be reduced.</div> <div>&quot;To be successful in additive manufacturing, you have to take care of the entire process, from equipment, printing process, finishing processes to quality assurance of the components. These are issues that need to be addressed, and we cannot do it ourselves. Still, cooperation between several parties is required,&quot; says <b>Vladimir Navrotsky</b>, Vice President Technology and Innovation, <b>Siemens Energy</b>.</div> <div>&quot;I hope that the results of the evaluations we do within the center will lead us to be mature in making our own decisions about which processes we will roll out in different operations and that we get a good decision basis for our strategy going forward,&quot; says <b>Johan Svenningstorp</b>, Director Research and Technology Development Truck Operations, <b>Volvo Group</b>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Facts</strong></div> <div>The Application center for additive manufacturing is run by Rise together with the centre's 15 partners: AddUp, Alfa Laval, Chalmers, Digital Metal, DNA.am, Ericsson, Höganäs, Materialise, Modul-System HH, Nikon Metrology Europe, RENA Technologies Austria, Ringhals (Vattenfall), Siemens Energy, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group and through support from the Västra Götaland region, Vinnova and European Regional Development Fond. It is physically located at Rise in Mölndal but uses the entire research institute's expertise and knowledge. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>More about the center and contact: ri.se/am-center.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Contacts:</strong></div> <div><strong> </strong></div> <div><strong>Chalmers</strong></div> <div><a href="mailto:lars.nyborg@chalmers.se">Lars Nyborg</a>, Director, Chalmers Production Area of Advance, +46 31 772 12 57</div> <div><a href="mailto:eduard.hryha@chalmers.se">Eduard Hryha</a>, Director, Competence Centre for Additive Manufacture – Metal (CAM2)<span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700"></span></div></span><span style="background-color:transparent"> <div><b><br /></b></div> <div><b>Rise</b></div> <div><a href="mailto:seyed.hosseini@ri.se">Seyed Hosseini</a>, Director of Application Center for Additive Manufacturing, Rise, <span style="background-color:transparent">+46 70 780 61 69</span></div> <div><span></span><a href="https://www.ri.se/sv/am-center" target="_blank" title="Link Rise web">More about the center </a><br /></div></span><div> </div> ​​Fri, 22 Oct 2021 11:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/Measuring-poverty-through-satellite-images.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/Measuring-poverty-through-satellite-images.aspxMeasuring poverty through satellite images<p><b>Algorithms are trained to detect levels of poverty by looking at sattelite images in this collaboration between computer scientists at Chalmers and poverty researchers at the University of Gothenburg.  </b></p>​Poverty <span lang="EN-US">research of today is dependent on survey data from interviews with people living under the conditions that are studied. Gathering statistics from rural areas of Africa for instance is both costly and a slow way of learning about the situation, leading to a lack of data far from being sufficient to get a good overview of the living conditions in Africa.<br /></span><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color:initial"><br />– Better</span><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color:initial"> knowledge about the living conditions would mean better tools in fighting poverty, says Adel Daoud, poverty researcher and project leader of two projects funded by the Swedish Research Council and Formas with the ambition to create an algorithm that can look at satellite images and tell us the status of both health and economic condition of the population in the area. Adel is also an affiliated researcher at Chalmers Data Science and AI division.<br /></span><span style="background-color:initial"><br />The project is a collaboration between social scientists at the University of Gothenburg and computer scientists at Chalmers. Also, researchers from the Department of Statistics at Harvard and from the Institute for Analytical Sociology, </span><span style="background-color:initial">Linköping</span><span style="background-color:initial"> University will participate in the project. In the project data from surveys and satellite images are linked together to teach the AI-system how to detect different aspects of poverty. The algorithm compares images from 1984 up to 2020.</span><div> <div><p><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color:initial"><br />– The</span><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color:initial"> algorithm learns what is characteristic for places with high poverty when viewed from above. It predicts what type of fuel that is common, if cell phones are common, are there hospitals and access to education? What are the most common means of transportation and do people in general have bank accounts in the area?</span><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color:initial">, says Fredrik Johansson, Assistant Professor at the Data Science and AI division, Chalmers. <br /></span><span style="background-color:initial"><br />A</span><span style="background-color:initial"> later part of the project deals with using the data to study so called poverty traps, where societies seem to be in a loop of poverty despite initiatives to rise from it. The AI system will provide data that may be used to evaluate factors that have impact on poverty and living conditions, like political decisions, infrastructural initiatives and more.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color:initial">– Why</span><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color:initial"> are some governments better than others in fighting poverty? Are there political strategies that are more successful than others? Is there a railroad between villages that has improved living standards or has the government in the country gone from an authoritarian regime to democracy? says Adel Daoud.</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span></p></div> <div><p><span style="background-color:initial">The prospects look good. Already the algorithms have proven to be very efficient in supplying predictions of living standards.<br /></span></p></div> <div> <p><span lang="EN-US">– Our first </span><span lang="EN-US">results are very promising. In particular, we are excited to see that our models are able to predict poverty levels at different points in time than they were trained on. This takes us closer to the goal of identifying poverty traps&quot;, says Fredrik Johansson.<br /></span><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color:initial"><i><br />Adel Daoud and Fredrik Johansson, Computer Science and Engineering.<br /></i></span></p></div></div>Mon, 18 Oct 2021 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Can-automated-fact-checkers-clean-up-the-mess.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Can-automated-fact-checkers-clean-up-the-mess.aspxCan automated fact-checkers clean up the mess?<p><b>​The dream of free dissemination of knowledge seems to be stranded in a swamp of tangled truth. Fake news proliferates. Digital echo chambers confirm biases. Even basic facts seem hard to be agreed upon. So is there hope in the battle to clean up this mess?  </b></p>​Yes! Many efforts are made within the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research area to find software solutions. Learn more about it at our <span style="background-color:initial">morning session, focusing on automated fact-checking, both in research and practice.</span><div><div><div><br /></div> <div><b>DATE: </b>18 November 2021</div> <div><b>TIME: </b>09:45–12:00 CET</div> <div><b style="background-color:initial">LOCATION:</b><span style="background-color:initial"> Online or at Lingsalen, Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17 </span><span style="background-color:initial">​(Registration link below</span><span style="background-color:initial">). </span><br /></div> <div><em>Note! The physical seminar is only for students and staff at Chalmers and University of Gothenburg.</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><a href="https://youtu.be/jWL9vHJeXW8" style="outline:0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />TECHNICAL PROBLEMS! No livestream today! We will record it and send afterwards. Check here for link later.​</a></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">You can send in questions by mail to <a href="mailto:ict@chalmers.se">ict@chalmers.se</a></span></div> <span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">AGENDA​</h3> <div><div></div> <div><div><b>09:45 Introduction </b></div> <div><b>Erik Ström</b>, Director, Information and Communications Technology Area of Advance</div> <div><b>10:00 Looking for the truth in the post-truth era</b></div> <div><b>Ivan Koychev,</b> University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He gives a brief overview of automatically finding the claims and facts in texts along with confirmation or refutation.</div> <div><b>10:30 Computational Fact-Checking for Textual Claims</b></div> <div><b>Paolo Papotti,</b> Associate Professor, EURECOM, France. He will cover the opportunities and limitations of computational fact-checking and its role in fighting misinformation. He will also give examples from the &quot;infodemic&quot; associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.</div> <div><b>11:00 Pause</b></div> <div><b>11:10 Panel discussion. </b></div> <div><b>In the panel:</b></div> <div>Moderator <b>Graham Kemp</b>, professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers. </div> <div><b>Sheila Galt</b>, retired professor of Applied Electromagnetics, Chalmers. Engaged researcher in the Swedish Skeptics Association (Vetenskap och Folkbildning, VoF) for many years.</div> <div><b>Bengt Johansson</b>, professor in Journalism, University of Gothenburg. He has a strong focus on the field of media, power, and democracy. </div> <div><b>Jenny Wiik</b>, researcher and project leader for Media &amp; Democracy. Her research is looking into, e.g., automation of journalism. </div> <div>The keynotes, <b>Ivan Koychev</b> and <b>Paolo Papotti </b>are also part of the discussion.</div> <div><b>12:00 The end​</b></div></div> <div><b><br /></b></div> <div></div></div> <div><em>Chalmers ICT Area of Advance arranges this event as part of the Act Sustainable week.</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="https://www.actsustainable.se/thursday21" target="_blank" title="link to the Act Sustainable website"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more and register</a> (at theAct Sustainable website)</div> <div><a href="https://www.actsustainable.se/thursday21" target="_blank" title="link to the Act Sustainable website"></a><a href="https://www.actsustainable.se/" target="_blank" title="Link to start page Act Sustainable website"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about the Act Sustainable week​</a>​<br /></div></div></div> <div><br /></div></div></div></div></div> ​Fri, 01 Oct 2021 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Daniel-Gillblad-new-Director-of-Chalmers-AI-Research-Center.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Daniel-Gillblad-new-Director-of-Chalmers-AI-Research-Center.aspxChalmers AI Research Center gets a new director<p><b>​On 1 October, Daniel Gillblad will begin his role as the new Director of Chalmers AI Research Center (CHAIR). He will take on the responsibility of leading the continued development of Chalmers’ cutting-edge capabilities within artificial intelligence, with the goal of driving world-leading research for the benefit of Swedish industry and the public sector. ​</b></p>​<span></span><span style="background-color:initial">Daniel Gillblad currently works as Co-Director Scientific Vision at Sweden’s national AI centre, AI Sweden. He has previously worked as a researcher, research leader and laboratory head at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, SICS, as well as Head of AI research at </span>Research Institutes of Sweden,<span style="background-color:initial"> Rise. </span><div><br /></div> <div>”Daniel’s comprehensive expertise and experience will be a huge advantage for the continued work of integrating Chalmers’ AI research within national and international research initiatives, supporting our educational assignment in AI as well as encouraging innovation and commercialisation and developing our collaborations with industrial partners in AI,” says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology.  </div> <div>Daniel Gillblad will begin his role as the new Director of CHAIR on </div> <div>1 October, while also continuing his work as Co-Director at Sweden’s national AI center, AI Sweden.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“I am extremely glad to be given this opportunity as Director of CHAIR to work together with Chalmers researchers to develop future AI methods and applications. I am also greatly looking forward to further strengthening the connections between academia, industry and the public sector through my continued work with AI Sweden,” says Daniel Gillblad. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Text: Ingrid Claesson</em></div> ​Wed, 29 Sep 2021 14:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/Theme-Semesters.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/Theme-Semesters.aspxTheme Semesters<p><b>​In the call CHAIR Theme Semesters, Chalmers AI Research Centre wants to promote cross-discipline collaboration and opens for funding of a visiting research leader or a group of visiting researchers of the field for a duration of 1 to 3 months. ​</b></p><strong>​</strong><span lang="EN-US"><span><strong>Moritz Schauer, associate senior lecturer at Mathematical Sciences, is part of the working group that developed the call.</strong></span></span><span><strong> </strong></span><div><br /><span></span><div><span lang="EN-US"><span><em>What kind of collaboration and science is it that CHAIR hopes </em></span><span><em>come</em></span><span><em> out of the call?</em></span></span><span><em> </em></span><span><br /></span></div> <div><span><em><br /></em></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span>The vision is to seed cross-disciplinary research cooperation that is sustaining itself beyond the call, that requires creating interest and support the respective communities by opening new </span><span>perspectives,</span><span> but it doesn’t prescribe how that scientific cooperation should look like.</span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span><br /></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><em>Is the call for those developing AI as their main discipline or can AI be one of the tools for the research?</em></span></span><span><em> </em></span><span><br /></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span><em><br /></em></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span>The call is not restricted to researchers that only have AI as their field of interest</span><span>. O</span><span>n the contrary</span><span>,</span><span> we ask for projects of cross</span><span>-d</span><span>isciplinary nature with AI bringing the different parts together.</span></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><br /></span></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><em>How will the visiting research groups contribute to strengthening the AI research at Chalmers in general?</em></span></span><span><em> </em></span><span><br /></span></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><em><br /></em></span></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span>The visiting researcher or visiting research group will lead this effort together with the local hosts/applicants.</span></span><span> </span><span><em><br /></em></span></span></span></div></div>Wed, 29 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/X-AI.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/X-AI.aspxX+AI<p><b>​With the new Chalmers initiative, CHAIR aims to establish an instrument that allows Chalmers-based researcher in any field (X) with a strong international standing to develop an environment that leverages AI to reach global excellence. ​​</b></p><strong>​</strong><span lang="EN-US"><span><strong>Karinne</strong></span><span><strong> Ramirez-Amaro, Assistant Professor at Electrical Engineering, is part of the working group that developed the call. <br /><br /></strong></span></span><div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><em>What kind of collaboration and science is it that CHAIR hopes come out of the call?</em></span></span><span><em> <br /></em></span><span><strong><br /></strong></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span>This call aims to find one or more research topics (X) that can be combined with AI in a way that unifies and excites excellent research groups at Chalmers. We encourage a multi-disciplinary collaboration to find synergistic connections of different research topics (X) that can benefit from AI methods by assembling teams with internal, national, international, or industrial partners.</span></span><span> </span><span><em><br /></em></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><em><br />Is the call for those developing AI as their main discipline or can AI be one of the tools for the research?</em></span></span><span><em> <br /></em></span><span><br /></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span>Both cases are encouraged to apply. One of the main goals of this new call is to support the creation or development of consortia that can potentially lead to novel project applications.</span></span><span> </span><span><em><br /></em></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span><br /></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><em>How great is the potential for Chalmers researchers to develop unique collaborations between AI-researchers and non-AI researchers? What do you hope it will lead to?</em></span></span><span><em> <br /></em></span><span><br /></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span>We expect that this new grant can he​lp researchers to create new networks or to participate in existing ones focusing on areas/problems that can greatly benefit from developing and applying AI methods. </span></span><span><em><br /></em></span></span></div>Tue, 28 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/WASP-PhD-Student-Positions.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/WASP-PhD-Student-Positions.aspxCall for WASP affiliated PhD Student Positions<p><b>15 open positions within WASP Graduate School</b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P"><b>​Application deadline: </b>October 31, 2021 <span>(opens October 1)</span></p> <p><font color="#212121"><br /></font></p> <p><font color="#212121">The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program hereby announces a <b>call for 15 affiliated WASP PhD student positions </b>at the five partner universities Chalmers, KTH, Linköping University, Lund University and Umeå University as well as the research groups at Örebro University and Uppsala University that are members of WASP. The purpose of the call is to provide the opportunity for PhD students not funded by WASP to be part of the WASP Graduate School.</font></p> <p><font color="#212121"><br /></font></p> <p><font color="#212121"><em><b>Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP)</b> is Sweden’s largest ever individual research program, a major national initiative for strategically motivated basic research, education, and faculty recruitment. The program addresses research on artificial intelligence and autonomous systems acting in collaboration with humans, adapting to their environment through sensors, information, and knowledge, and forming intelligent systems-of-systems. </em><br /></font></p> <p><font color="#212121"><br /></font></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(33, 33, 33)"></span></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(33, 33, 33)"><a href="https://wasp-sweden.org/calls/call-for-affiliated-wasp-phd-student-positions/" target="_blank" title="link to WASP call website"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read the full information on the WASP website</a></span><br /></p> <p><br /></p> <div> </div> <div> </div>Thu, 23 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/Call-CHAIR-Theme-Semesters.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/Call-CHAIR-Theme-Semesters.aspxCall CHAIR Theme Semesters<p><b>​CHAIR Theme Semesters is a programme designed to bring together Chalmers researchers from different disciplines under a common theme to jointly advance fundamental problems in AI/machine learning: led by a visiting researcher leader or a group of visiting researchers of the field for a duration of 1 to 3 months.</b></p>​<span>We are looking for</span><span> </span><span>applications by </span><span>a</span><span>n interdisciplinary</span><span> consortium of</span><span> three</span><span> to </span><span>five</span><span> researchers </span><span>at Chalmers (and common GU </span><span>d</span><span>epartments)</span><span> with common focal interest in AI/machine learning </span><span>to </span><span>work for</span><span> </span><span>for the duration </span><span>together on a jointly agreed research programme. </span><span>A dedicated physical working space </span><span>is</span><span> available in collaboration with AI Innovation of Sweden</span><span>.</span><span> </span><span>The </span><span>researchers would be expected to interact together intensively on a daily basis.<br /><br /></span><div></div> <div><div><span>The consortium nominates and invites an</span><span> internationally recognized research leader in AI/machine learning or a group of internationally recognized rising stars</span><span> to be funded and hosted at Chalmers and to </span><span>scientifically</span><span> lead the theme semester </span><span>together with the local consortium of Chalmers researchers. The international researcher(s) would spend this period hosted by Chalmers. During the theme semester,</span><span> </span><span>10-15 </span><span>external researchers will be hosted </span><span>at Chalmers to participate in seminars, workshops and open events (</span><span>we encourage people to stay for at least one week</span><span>)</span><span>. The thematic programs are envisioned to attract a broad range of scientists, from different fields, with AI as a focal point and to be arranged such that there are close interactions between the involved scientists.</span><span> We expect that the local consortium will continue the initiated collaboration after the theme semester and build long term research efforts.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span>It is also expected that</span><span> outreach activities</span><span> such as a day of talks aimed at the general public</span><span> are</span><span> arranged during the period that the theme semester runs. </span><span>CHAIR's Ethical Policy (</span><span><a href="/en/centres/chair/research/Pages/Ethical-policy.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer nofollow">https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/research/Pages/Ethical-policy.aspx</a></span><span>)</span><span> shall be regarded during the semester</span><span>. <br /><br /></span></div> <div><div><span>Each project will be supported by a budget of </span><span>up to</span><span> 600 k SEK</span><span>. It will be left up to the team of coordinating researchers at Chalmers to spend the budget as they see fit. </span><span>The budget</span><span> may be used for supporting travel, local accommodation of visitors </span><span>and</span><span> also to pay a salary </span><span>component or honorarium </span><span>to the international theme leader</span><span>(s). However, no more than 10% of the budget can be used for salary for the local researchers at Chalmers.  There may be a light check on how the budget is proposed to be used and minor adjustments may be suggested by the CHAIR management.</span></div> <div><span><br /></span></div> <div><div><span><strong>Call for Proposals and Nomination of a Distinguished Research Leader</strong></span></div> <div><div><span>We invite proposals from a consortium of researchers at Chalmers and GU for AI Theme Semesters.  This proposal should include a nomination of an internationally distinguished research leader in</span><span> </span><span>AI/machine learning or a group of rising stars.  </span><span>We are looking for nominees with an outstanding scientific track record. There is no particular age bracket to be considered. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span>The nomination should contain:</span></div> <ul><li><span>A cover letter (of at most 3 pages)  outlining the research programme for theme semester</span><span> </span></li> <li><span>A</span><span> two-page CV of the international researcher</span><span>(s) </span><span> together with list of publications (and preferably a researcher ID such as ORCID).</span></li> <li><span>P</span><span>ropose, and shortly justify, a budge</span><span>t</span><span> total </span><span>up to 600 k SEK</span><span> (maximum 1/2 of a page). </span></li> <li><span>A</span><span> letter of intent from the nominee</span><span>(s) </span><span> stating the time period </span><span>they </span><span>will be present in Gothenburg. </span><span>(Note: only one letter of intent from the </span><span>main visiting researche</span><span>r </span><span>(rather than all participants) is required)</span></li> <li><span>Ethical aspects of the programme, in keeping with CHAIR's Ethical Policy, should also be addressed in the application. </span></li></ul> <div><span>The proposals will be evaluated and selected by the Management </span><span>Group</span><span> of CHAIR. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span>There is the possibility to get CHAIR core partners </span><span>(</span><span><a href="/en/centres/chair/consortium/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer nofollow">https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/consortium/Pages/default.aspx</a></span><span>)</span><span> involved in the project, giving the visiting researcher and the group a chance to work on problems together with partners, and also benefit from data, while the partners benefit from the research, and can contribute to the project.  </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span>Complementary funding and activities could also be arranged together with GENIE if the theme is led by female researcher(s).</span></div> <div><span><br /></span></div> <div><div><span><strong>Mandatory Requirements:</strong></span><span><strong> </strong></span></div> <ul><li><span>AI should be the focal point of the proposal.</span></li> <li><span>T</span><span>he consortium submitting the proposal shou</span><span>l</span><span>d consist of at least three PIs </span><span>from Chalmers</span><span> from at least </span><span>three</span><span> different local departments.</span><span> We also encourage additional external PIs</span><span> </span><span>from e.g. GU, industry partners or the  CHAIR consortium.</span></li></ul> <div><span><strong><br />Ev</strong></span><span><strong>aluation criteria: </strong></span></div> <ul><li><span>AI as the focal point</span><span> of the proposal</span><span>.</span></li> <li><span>Novelty and originality</span><span>.</span></li> <li><span>Scientific quality of the proposed research</span><span>.</span></li> <li><span>Merits of the nominee</span><span>s.</span></li> <li><span>Feasibility - prior experience of coordinating larger projects or networks is thus an advantage</span><span>.</span></li> <li><span>Cross-disciplinary </span><span>nature</span><span> of the project. </span></li> <li><span>Added value for the extended research community at Chalmers</span><span>.</span></li> <li><span>Ability to continue with the cooperation after the project completion</span><span>.</span></li></ul> <div><br /></div> <div><span><strong>Important dates</strong></span><span><strong> and submission:</strong></span></div> <ul><li><span>Submission due : 15 November, 2021</span></li> <li><span>N</span><span>otification: </span><span>December 20, 2021</span></li> <li><span>Project start: </span><span>2022</span></li> <li><span>Project end: </span><span>December 31, 2022</span></li></ul> <div><br /></div> <div><span> Informal enquiries can be sent to Rebecka Jörnsten (</span><span><a href="mailto:jornsten@chalmers.se">jornsten@chalmers.se​</a></span><span>). </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span>The proposals should be submitted as one PDF file consisting of the above-mentioned parts.  The proposal should be submitted via this channel </span><span><a href="https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=chaits2021" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer nofollow">Submit your PDF proposal to Easychair​</a>.</span></div> <div></div> <span></span></div> <div></div> <span><strong></strong></span></div> <div></div> <span></span></div> <div></div> <span></span></div> <span></span></div> ​​Tue, 14 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/Call-for-projects-CHAIR-X---AI-Project-Plan.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/Call-for-projects-CHAIR-X---AI-Project-Plan.aspxCall for projects: CHAIR X + AI<p><b>With the new X+AI initiative, CHAIR aims to establish an instrument that allows Chalmers-based researchers in any field (X) with a strong international standing to develop an environment that leverages AI to reach global excellence. The goal of this new CHAIR X+AI grant is to support the development of consortia that can potentially lead to new project applications, create new networks or participate in existing ones.</b></p><strong>​</strong><span><strong>We invite team leaders</strong> to apply for the new CHAIR X+AI grants and submit their strong applications which should fulfill the following criteria:</span><ol type="1"><li><span lang="EN-US">The main PI should be an employee from Chalmers. External partners are allowed to participate but cannot be direct beneficiaries of this grant.</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Establishes synergistic and unusual connections of X to AI with internal, national, international, or industrial partners.</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Explores promising synergies between X and AI, to achieve goals that can only be possible by working together.</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Enable concrete discussions between X and AI, and build a collaborative environment.</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Identifies and aligns resources and needs to facilitate effective connection of X and AI.</span></li></ol> <p><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p> <p><strong>Budget and instrument details:<br /></strong></p> <ol type="1"><li><span lang="EN-US">We aim to fund 2-3 projects with budgets between 300 kSEK to 750 kSEK. The total budget for this call is 1.5 MSEK. Budgets can be used freely for salaries, travel, consumables, etc. However, larger budget allocations (&gt;50 kSEK) should be clearly justified in the application text.</span></li> <li><span>​​​Outcome: A final project report should be delivered and presented (could also include a video, presentation, etc.) describing the outcome and a plan for upscaling, e.g. grant applications, partner in consortiums, coordination of consortiums etc. </span><span>The scope of the final report is 5 pages.</span></li></ol> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>Deadline for call: Nov 15th, 2021</strong></div> <div><p><span lang="EN-US">The application should be maximum 3 pages long, font Times–roman, size 11. In addition, max 1 page can be used for references. Also, two- page CV of the main applicants should be included (max 4 CVs).</span></p> <p><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p> <p><span><strong>The proposal should include:</strong></span></p> <strong> </strong><ol type="1"><li><span lang="EN-US">T</span><span lang="EN-US">he project acronym and the project title (does not count towards 3 page limit)</span></li> <ol type="a"><li><span lang="EN-US">name, e-mail, of the project applicants (PIs)</span></li></ol> <li><span lang="EN-US">Current status and expected outcome from this newly developed connection.</span><span lang="EN-US"></span></li> <ol type="a"><li><span lang="EN-US">Why should research area X be combined with AI? - why is this connection/synergy important to advance the state-of-the-art?</span><span lang="EN-US"></span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Explain the scope of the new and potential synergies of the proposed network.            </span></li></ol> <li><span lang="EN-US">Implementation plan for synergy of</span><span lang="EN-US"> X + AI at Chalmers </span><span lang="EN-US">(workshops, visits, proposals, consortia, and networks)</span><span lang="EN-US"></span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">E</span><span lang="EN-US">thical aspects </span><span lang="EN-US">and Diversity and inclusion strategy </span><span lang="EN-US">of the project (e.g. </span><span lang="EN-US">age, gender, seniority level, etc.</span><span lang="EN-US">)</span></li> <li><span>B</span><span>enefits for Chalmers</span></li> <li><span>Project partners</span><span></span></li> <li><span>Project budget</span><span></span></li></ol> <div><br /></div> <div><p><strong>Main evaluation criteria:</strong></p> <ol type="1"><li><span lang="EN-US">Establish the connections between X and AI (during grant application: internal, national, international, or industry)</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Explore potential synergies between X and AI (more details, planning for grant applications, conceptualizing concrete ideas)</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Enable Discussions between X and AI (ensure commitment or time)</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Innovative explorations -- unusual partners -- and their potentials</span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US">Identifying and Aligning the resources to expertises to connect X and AI?</span></li></ol> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>Submission:</strong></div></div></div> <div><div>The application should be submitted as one PDF document to:<br /><a href="https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=caix2021" target="_blank">https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=caix2021</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">General questions about the call can be addressed to:</span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Fredrik Kahl, <a href="mailto:fredrik.kahl@chalmers.se">fredrik.kahl@chalmers.se​</a>, CHAIR management group</span><a href="mailto:ivica.crnkovic@chamers.se%E2%80%8B">​</a></div></div>Sun, 12 Sep 2021 10:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/New insulation material improves electricity transport.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/New%20insulation%20material%20improves%20electricity%20transport.aspxNew material improves electricity transport<p><b>High-voltage direct current cables which can efficiently transport electricity over long distances play a vital role in our electricity supply. Optimising their performance is therefore an important challenge. With that aim in mind, scientists from Chalmers University of Technology present a new insulation material up to three times less conductive, offering significant improvements to the properties and performance of such cables.</b></p>​If we are to transition to a world powered by renewable energy, efficient long-distance transport of electricity is essential, since the supply – renewable energy sources such as wind and solar farms, as well as hydroelectric dams – is often located far from cities, where most of the demand exists. High voltage direct current cables, or HVDC cables, are the most efficient means of transporting electricity over long distances. <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/Cellulosatråd/portratt_christian_muller_320x305px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Porträttbild Christian Müller " style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">HVDC cables with an insulation layer can be buried underground or laid on the seabed, allowing for considerable expansion of networks, and many projects are currently underway to connect different parts of the world. In Europe, for instance, the NordLink project will connect southern Norway and Germany, and HVDC cable projects form a significant part of the energiewende, Germany's overarching plan to move to a more environmentally sustainable energy supply. </span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“For us to handle the rapidly increasing global demand for electricity, efficient and safe HVDC cables are an essential component. The supply of renewable energy can fluctuate, so being able to transport electricity through long distance networks is a necessity for ensuring a steady and reliable distribution,&quot; says Christian Müller, leader of the research and Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology.&quot;<br /><br /><div><span></span>During transport, as little energy as possible should be lost. One way to reduce transmission losse such as this is by increasing the direct current voltage level. </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/isoleringsmaterial%20i%20högspänningskablar/Xiangdong-Xu%20320x305.jpg" alt="porträttbild Xiangdong Xu" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /><br /><p style="margin-bottom:8.25pt"><span lang="EN-GB">&quot;However, an increase in the transmission voltage adversely affects the insulation of an HVDC cable,&quot; explains Xiangdong Xu, research specialist at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology.&quot; </span></p></div> <div>The researchers now present a novel way to reduce the conductivity of an insulation material. </div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">A material that gives the cables three times lower conductivity</h2></div> <div>The basis of the new material is polyethylene, which is already used for insulation in existing HVDC cables. Now, by adding very small amounts – 5 parts per million – of the conjugated polymer known as poly(3-hexylthiophene), the researchers were able to lower the electrical conductivity by up to three times<br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The additive, also known as P3HT, is a widely studied material, and given the tiny amounts required, opens up new possibilities for manufacturers. Other possible substances that have previously been used to reduce the conductivity are nanoparticles of various metal oxides and other polyolefins, but these require significantly higher quantities.<br /><br /></span></div> <div>“In materials science, we strive to use additives in as small quantities as possible, in order to increase the potential for them to be used in industry and for better recycling potential. The fact that only a very small amount of this additive is required to achieve the effect is a big advantage,” says Christian Müller.<br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">A discovery that could lead to a new research field</h2></div> <div><span></span>Conjugated polymers, such as P3HT, have been used in the past to design flexible and printed electronics. However, this is the first time they have been used and tested as an additive to modify the properties of a commodity plastic. The researchers therefore believe that their discovery could lead to numerous new applications and directions for research.<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Our hope is that this study can really open up a new field of research, inspiring other researchers to look into designing and optimising plastics with advanced electrical properties for energy transport and storage applications,&quot; says Christian Müller.<br /></div> <div></div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">For more information, contact:</h3></div> <div><span></span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Christian-Müller.aspx" title="Link to personal profile page ">Christian Müller</a>, Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology​<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about the research</h3> <div><ul><li>The research study is part of a project funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and was led by Christian Müller and his research group at Chalmers and was carried out in collaboration with colleagues active in both Sweden and internationally. </li></ul></div> <div><ul><li>​The scientific article <a href="https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202100714" title="Link to scientific article ">Repurposing Poly (3-hexylthiophene) as a Conductivity-Reducing Additive for Polyethylene-Based High-Voltage Insulation</a> has been published in the journal Advanced Materials and is written by Amir Masoud Pourrahimi, Sarath Kumara, Fabrizio Palmieri, Liyang Yu, Anja Lund, Thomas Hammarström, Per-Ola Hagstrand, Ivan G. Scheblykin, Davide Fabiani, Xiangdong Xu, and Christian Müller. The researchers are active at Chalmers University of Technology, University of Bologna, Lund University and Borealis AB.​​</li></ul> <span></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>​<br /></div> <div><br /></div></div> ​Thu, 26 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/health/news/Pages/Moving-healthcare-home.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/health/news/Pages/Moving-healthcare-home.aspxMoving healthcare home<p><b>​In the future, more health care will be provided at home, instead of in the hospital. Together with several partners, Chalmers is now starting the initiative Hospitals at home, which brings together research and pilot projects under one umbrella.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Healthcare is changing, and increasingly moved to the patient’s home. There are several reasons for this development. An aging population, often with chronic and sometimes complicated diseases, is putting pressure on healthcare and makes it necessary to change the way it is organized. At the same time, new technical solutions enable a more flexible healthcare, wherever and whenever we want. Some examples are digital consultations, mobile healthcare services, self-monitoring in the home, and the development of both medical technology and digital health.<br /><br /></span><div>A shift from hospital care to healthcare at home thus means that resources can be used better, for the benefit of more people – a more sustainable healthcare system is created – while giving the individual greater opportunity to influence their own illness, care and health. But change also requires both technical and organizational development.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Requires a broad collaboration</h2> <div>The initiative Hospitals at home brings together initiators from three of Chalmers’ departments, and thus weaves together expertise in medical technology, architecture, and management. Based on their specialties and research areas, the initiators contribute with different, but all very important, aspects. In collaboration with, among others, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Närhälsan, the City of Gothenburg and relevant parties from the business community, a platform for collaboration and knowledge development is now formed.<br /><br /></div> <div>And a collective grip is required. That is the opinion of Andreas Hellström, Senior lecturer and head of Chalmers’ centre CHI, Center for Healthcare Improvement.<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Health/Udda%20format/Andreas-Hellström_220.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:273px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">“The technology is seldom the problem. But to achieve full benefits, technology must be put in an organizational and societal context – we need to envision the whole system. The transition to future healthcare is exactly this; system innovation covering the whole ecosystem. Everything from digital healthcare services to purely spatial solutions, healthcare service models and technology for new solutions”, he says.</span><br /></div> <div>“The common goal here is to organize healthcare based on the needs of the public and patients. Healthcare must move closer to the individual. Actually, we are all talking about the same thing, but with different starting points and dialects.”<br /><br /></div> <div>The pandemic has accelerated the development of future healthcare, with digital meetings and mobile care services.</div> <div>“This has exploded! We do not want individuals, such as the fragile elderly or others in risk groups, to leave their home unnecessarily. New solutions have then been accelerated.”</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Making the patient an active participant</h2> <div>With a new way of looking at healthcare, the patient also becomes an active participant in their own care – as Andreas Hellström has long advocated. A person who manages his or her own monitoring, and controls the illness, also learn to understand it in a completely new way.</div> <div>“This knowledge strengthens the patient, and at the same time relieves the healthcare system. The relationship becomes more balanced. A fundamentally important aspect in which there is great transformative power”, he says.<br /><br /></div> <div>A number of projects are included in the new initiative (see below). The initiators view it as absolutely necessary to gather partners from all arenas; hospitals, primary care, municipal health and care, research, industry, and last but not least patients and citizens – to bring about effective collaboration for a coherent healthcare ecosystem.</div> <div>“Within our initiative, we will work to find solutions to concrete problems, and develop knowledge about these. To do this, we want to have all parties at the table. And we are happy that say that the initiative has been met with great interest from all sides”, says Andreas Hellström.<br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Voices about Hospitals at home:</h2> <div><strong>Maria Taranger, Chief physician and Area Manager, Sahlgrenska University Hospital<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Health/Udda%20format/Maria-Taranger_220.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:273px" /><br /></strong><span style="background-color:initial">“This is really one of the most important issues, for people to have continued confidence in the public sector and a well-functioning society. People want to, and can, take much greater responsibility for the healthcare they need, but they also need support in this from us. People should only come to a physical hospital when necessary.</span><strong><br /></strong></div> <div>For example, we now have a project with a small portable X-ray machine. By X-raying suspected fractures in the home, those who do not have a fracture avoid entering the hospital. And those who turn out to have a fracture can get pain relief and help with surgical preparations, outside the hospital, and enter only when an operating room is prepared.</div> <div>We need to do research on both technology and how we work. A major mental adjustment is required for hospital care staff to dare to relinquish control of some measures to the sick individuals, or to staff employed in other organizations.”<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Ann Ekberg-Jansson, Medical strategist, Närhälsan<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Health/Udda%20format/Ann-Ekberg-Jansson_220.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:273px" /><br /></strong><span style="background-color:initial">“Närhälsan is in an extensive development phase, where the transition to so-called Close healthcare is central. Thus, working to develop the concept Hospitals at home together with other central parties is completely in line with this. Gathering different stakeholders at the same table generates added value, as you reflect on important issues from different perspectives to reach the end goal: the best situation from the perspective of the patient, or resident. We will learn from each other, but also get an opportunity to achieve a collective process with all parties present.”<br /></span><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>Carin Bringestedt, Head of division at Health and healthcare, City of Gothenburg</strong></div> <div>“The municipal healthcare still has a long way to go before we arrive at a user-friendly e-health and digital services. The initiative Hospitals at home will entail more collaboration, with<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Health/Udda%20format/Carin-Bringestedt_220.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:273px" /><br />healthcare even more based on the individual’s needs, participation, and co-determination in managing their health and care.</div> <div>Permanent collaboration forums at the organizational level will play less of a role, and variable forms – close and in collaboration with the individual – must be developed. This applies not only to collaboration between health- and medical care facilities, but also to collaboration with, for example, home care services, care and nursing homes, and other municipal activities.</div> <div>We have a shortage of licensed employees. Demand exceeds the supply of nurses, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists in municipal healthcare. We must therefore work smarter, with maintained or higher quality. Collaboration between inpatient care, primary care, and municipal healthcare, will become increasingly crucial for good care as hospitals move home.”</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Facts about the initiative Hospitals at home:</h2> <div>The initiative Hospitals at home will partly be based on ongoing projects but will also be linked to new initiatives identified by the collaboration group. Examples of projects already in progress are:<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>• ASAP/Autumn Leaves</strong>, a recently started project focusing on healthcare at home, including home monitoring, support from specialist healthcare and caregivers, in collaboration between municipality, region, industry etc. Autumn Leaves is run by the Digital Health group at the Department of Electrical Engineering.</div> <div><strong>• ViSMoT (video support for mobile teams)</strong>: Solutions to facilitate patient assessments in collaboration with higher medical competence, thereby increasing precision, quality and safety of the assessments. The project is led by the Digital Health group at the Department of Electrical Engineering.</div> <div><strong>• Digi physical service offerings to patients with long-term needs</strong>, a project conducted in collaboration between Närhälsan in Region Västra Götaland and the Centre for Healthcare Improvement at the Department of Technology Management and Economics.</div> <div><strong>• Healthcare centers of the future</strong>, a concept program/project led by the Centre for Healthcare Architecture at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. The project is a mapping of the primary care’s organization, location and use of premises, and will provide a basis for concepts for future solutions.</div> <div><strong>• Out Fit</strong>, a doctoral student project (where doctoral students can receive a double degree from Sahlgrenska Academy and Chalmers), with focus on health-promoting qualities in a physical outdoor environment in support of health and rehabilitation in special accommodations. Intends to develop evidence-based guidelines and methods for physical outdoor environments. The project is ongoing in collaboration with Sahlgrenska Academy and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.</div> <div><strong>• The Patient Innovators</strong> is a research project based on the fact that patients’ own experience of living with chronic or long-term illnesses can be the basis for innovation and development. The project is led by the Centre for Healthcare Improvement at the Department of Technology Management and Economics.<br /><br /></div> <div>The initiative Hospitals at home have received initiative funding from Chalmers Health Engineering Area of Advance.<br /><strong>Initiators are:</strong></div> <div>Andreas Hellström, Senior lecturer at Technology Management and Economics, is coordinator of the initiative. Andreas Hellström can be reached on email address <a href="mailto:andreas.hellstrom@chalmers.se">andreas.hellstrom@chalmers.se​</a>.</div> <div>Bengt Arne Sjöqvist, Professor of Practice Emeritus, Digital Health, Electrical Engineering, <a href="mailto:bengt.arne.sjoqvist@chalmers.se">bengt.arne.sjoqvist@chalmers.se</a>.</div> <div>Göran Lindahl, Professor, Building Design/Architecture and Civil Engineering, <a href="mailto:goran.lindahl@chalmers.se">goran.lindahl@chalmers.se</a>.</div> <div>Johanna Eriksson, Artistic Senior lecturer, Building Design/Architecture and Civil Engineering, <a href="mailto:johanna.eriksson@chalmers.se">johanna.eriksson@chalmers.se</a>.</div> <div>Sara Riggare, patient representative/patient researcher, <a href="mailto:sara@riggare.se">sara@riggare.se​</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Mia Malmstedt</div> <div>Photo of healthcareprovider and patient: Shutterstock</div> <div>Photo Andreas Hellström: Carolina Pires Bertuol</div> <div>Photo Ann Ekberg-Jansson: Angereds Närsjukhus</div> <div>Photo Carin Bringestedt: Göteborgs Stad, Hanna Björnheden</div> <div>Photo Maria Taranger: Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset, Johanna Ewald St Michaels</div>Thu, 24 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/Industry-4-0-people-and-robots-work-together-on-equal-terms.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/Industry-4-0-people-and-robots-work-together-on-equal-terms.aspxIndustry 4.0 people and robots work together on equal terms<p><b>​A larger variety of future truck models means new challenges for the truck industry. Chalmers automation researchers and Volvo Trucks collaborate in the Industry 4.0 (a.k.a. Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) project ViMCoR to develop technology that will allow a significant higher degree of truck variations on the same assembly line using AI.​</b></p>​N<span lang="EN-US"><span>ew demands on renewable energy in transportation and the development of autonomous vehicles have made vehicle companies predict that their future number of variants will increase. Until now truck manufacturing has needed few assembly lines to produce all the </span><span>companyís</span><span> models. When hybrid, fully electric, fuel cell-based powertrains and different grades of autonomous vehicles get introduced, the lines will become crowded, and the different parts will be hard to fit next to the production. The </span><span>ViMCoR</span><span> project focuses on developing </span><span>ATRs</span><span> (Autonomous Transport Robots), that will support the line with parts from remote places and order new material when the AI system detects that more is needed. It is also building an AI system that will improve collaborative </span><span>robotsí</span><span> abilities to work side by side with humans at the assembly line.  </span></span><span> </span><div><p><span lang="EN-US"><span><br /></span></span></p> <p><span lang="EN-US"><span>– We</span><span> are dealing with future flexible manufacturing where people and robots work together in a unified environment on equal terms. </span><span>Todayí</span><span> standards have many barriers regarding efficiency and business case when it comes to safety and </span><span>arenít</span><span> following the development of technology and acceptance of these new technologies in </span><span>sociaty</span><span>.  We intend to use the human flexibility as a resource in the safety loop. We have demands on both humans and robots. </span><span>ViMCoR</span><span> is about utilizing this </span><span>flexibility</span><span>, says Per-Lage </span><span>Götwall</span><span>, </span><span>Volvo's</span><span> representative in the project.</span></span></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial">By training the collaborative robots in working side by side with human workers the work process will become smoother. When people build trucks, they have a certain movement pattern. The AI system will learn to predict what the human is going to do next and reacts accordingly. If the project manages to develop a safe and useful algorithm this will eventually provide a business case and decrease the need of building new assembly lines for every new model.</span></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial">Als</span><span style="background-color:initial">o, the ATRs are trained to predict human movement and being able to reroute its way when obstacles appear. With multiple cameras equipped with computer vision placed in the factory ceiling an AI system will be able to monitor the whole environment and predict dangers or obstacles for the ATRs to find other ways around.</span></p></div> <div><p><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color:initial">– We are trying to find a good balance between what people are good in doing and use robots to what they do the best. In our vision we see a need for perhaps a thousand ATRs that deliver material inside a factory and it is important to reduce the cost for every ATR, says Knut Åkesson project leader at Chalmers.</span></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="background-color:initial">The project went in 2020 from constructing methods to set the </span><span style="background-color:initial">scene, and</span><span style="background-color:initial"> will continue with eight master students building the AI system.</span></p></div>Tue, 22 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200