News: Matematiska vetenskaper related to Chalmers University of TechnologyFri, 19 Aug 2022 19:29:39 +0200 projects from Chalmers on IVA’s 100 list 2022 <p><b>The 100-list highlights up-to-date research with business potential from Swedish universities. The theme for this year is technology in the service of humanity. Thirteen projects from Chalmers have been selected. </b></p>​The researchers have contributed with research projects that offer great value and potential for utilisation for society, through avenues such as industrial commercialisation, business development, or other types of impact. ​<div>“It is gratifying that we are so well represented on the 100 list. Chalmers has a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship” says Mats Lundqvist, Vice President of Utilisation at Chalmers University of Technology.</div> <div><br /><div><div><strong style="background-color:initial">The selected projects from Chalmers 2022:</strong><br /></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"></strong><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Architecture and Civil Engineering Project: </span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial"></span><strong style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">Real time optimization of drinking water treatment</strong></div></div> <div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The innovation of Kathleen Murphy and fellow colleagues measure the quality and reactivity of freshwater resources in real time, and predict the success of drinking water treatment. Their solution will be used to optimize operational conditions at drinking water treatment plants, reducing the need for chemicals and infrastructure and reducing emissions and waste. The patent pending solution, including the teams unique algorithms, will make drinking water treatment cheaper and more sustainable.</span></div> <div>Researcher: <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/murphyk.aspx">Kathleen Murphy</a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Real-time-optimized-drinking-water-treatment-on-IVA100-list.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Real time optimized drinking water treatment</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div> ​<span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px">Biology and Biological Engineering</span></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Fungi for the production of protein of the future</strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Alternative protein sources such as fungi (mycoprotein) can lead to 95 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than beef. The vision is that the protein of the future is produced by fungi, which convert bio-based residual streams from industry. The fungi are grown in closed bioreactors with little impact on the external environment. </span> ​</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researchers: </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/nygardy.aspx">Yvonne Nygård </a><span style="background-color:initial">and </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/eric-oste.aspx">Eric Öste </a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Stabilizing seafood side-streams allowing full use for food production </strong><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">The demand for fish is steadily increasing in response to dietary recommendations, population growth and wishes to consume more climate-friendly protein sources. We therefore need to convert more of each landed fish into food, as today mainly the fillet is used, i.e., only 40-50 per cent of the weight. <br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researchers: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Ingrid-Undeland.aspx">Ingrid Undeland</a><span style="background-color:initial">, </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/haizhou.aspx">Haizhou Wu,​</a><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/khozaghi.aspx"> Mehdi Abdollahi</a><span style="background-color:initial"> and </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/bita-forghani.aspx">Bita Forghani</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Projects-on-sustainable-food-on-IVA’s-100-list.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Projects on sustainable food on IVA’s 100 list</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Chemistry and Chemical Engineering  </span><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Recycling and remanufacturing of indium based semiconductor materials. </strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>You are probably reading this text looking through a transparent conductive material called indium tin oxide (ITO). It is the backbone of all electronic screen​s (LCD, LED, and touch screens), and some solar cell technologies. During the manufacturing of these devices, 30 - 70% of the material becomes production waste. Almost 75% of indium is used for ITO manufacturing and it is accepted as a critical raw material due to its importance in the electronic industry. It is a minor element of the earth’s crust and is unevenly distributed. It's recycling from industrial waste is challenging and requires several stages. In our technology, indium recovery is simplified instead of complicated processing stages and integrated into the ITO powder production to reproduce ITO material.​</span><strong><br /></strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Burcak-Ebin.aspx">Burcak Ebin</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Burcak-Ebin.aspx"></a>Project: <strong>High-Quality Graphene and Highly Thermal Conductive Graphene Films Produced in Eco-friendly ways</strong><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong></strong><span style="background-color:initial">The heat generated from ubiquitous miniaturized electronic devices needs to be dissipated by materials that are highly thermally conductive, lightweight, flexible, mechanically robust and, most importantly, manufactured in a sustainable way. Our idea includes two interconnected steps: 1) Eco-friendly production of high-quality graphene in a large-scale; and 2) Production of highly thermal-conductive graphene films with low environmental impact and low cost. The graphene films are expected to replace the current metal films and other thermally conductive films produced in the high cost of environment, and therefore contribute to the transition to a green industry.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/ergang.aspx">Ergang Wang</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <span></span><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Project: <span style="font-weight:700">Adsorbi - cellulose-based foams for air pollutants capture  </span></span><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">After finishing her doctoral studies at the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Kinga Grenda founded the start-up company Adsorbi together with Romain Bordes, researcher at the department. She was recently named one of ten entrepreneurs to keep an eye on by Swedish Incubators and Science Parks.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Researcher: <span style="background-color:initial">Kinga Grenda  </span><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />More about the research and start-up company Adsorbi </a></span><span style="background-color:initial"><font color="#1166aa"><span style="font-weight:700">(external link)</span></font></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/ergang.aspx"></a><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Chemistry-research-on-IVA-100-list-.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Chemistry research on IVA 100 list | Chalmers​ </a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Computer Science and Engineering ​</span><br /></p> <div>Project: <strong>EmbeDL </strong><br /></div> <div>AI has achieved remarkable successes but at a price – neural network models are very large and need a lot of resources to train and deploy, thus leaving a very large energy footprint. Our research is about how to reduce the size of the neural networks, without sacrificing much in accuracy, and making the best use of diverse hardware so that AI can be deployed in an efficient and less energy consuming way to solve a specific problem. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Project:<strong>Repli5 </strong><br /></div> <div>The research is about creating digital twins and synthetic data. A digital twin is a replica of the real world in silico, which can be used to test and verify systems very efficiently and cheaply instead of tests in the real world which are costly, slow and error prone. Digital twins can be used to generate synthetic data to train AI systems efficiently without the need to collect real world data and annotating them manually which is costly, slow, noisy and error prone. <br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/dubhashi.aspx">Devdatt Dubhashi </a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Project: </span><strong style="background-color:initial">Dpella</strong><br /></div> <div>The world is collecting a massive amount of individuals data with the intention of building a human-centered future based on data insights. The huge challenge is how to achieve these insights that will shape the future, respecting privacy of individuals and complying with GDPR. We solve this by developing a technology for creating privacy-preserving analytics based on the mathematical framework of Differential Privacy – a new gold standard for data privacy. With our patented IP research, we provide a Privacy-as-a-service solution will enable data flows, creating the inter-organization value required to achieve a digital human-centred future.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/russo.aspx">Alejandro Russo</a></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/russo.aspx"></a></span><span style="background-color:initial">Project: <strong>ZeroPoint Technologies </strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">The dramatic increase of computers' processing power places high demands on efficient memory storage. A few players today have control over processor development by owning and controlling processor architectures. Chalmers with the spin-off company ZeroPoint Technologies develops technologies for computers' internal memory that are faster and less energy-intensive and are developed to fit into an open processor architecture. This provides basic conditions for smart industry. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span></span><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/per-stenstrom.aspx">Per Stenström​</a></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Industrial and Materials Science</span><br /></div> <div> <div>Project: <strong>Design for energy resilience in the everyday</strong><br /></div> <div>Our increasing dependence on electrical and connected products is unsustainable from a resource point of view. It also makes us vulnerable in a future energy system where more renewable sources and climate change increase the probability of power shortages and power outages. To be able to handle disruptions in electricity deliveries, and at the same time live a good and meaningful everyday life, knowledge, new design guidelines for product development and energy-independent alternatives are required.<br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/helena-stromberg.aspx">Helena Strömberg</a><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/ims/news/Pages/Design-for-energyresilience-in-the-everyday.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Design for energy resilience in the everyday</a> </div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P" style="font-size:20px">Physics</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Nanofluidic Scattering Microscopy </strong></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">We have developed the next generation of nanotechnology to study and analyse individual biomolecules and at the same time generate important information about them. We do this with an optical instrument combined with nanofluidic chips and software with machine learning/AI. By offering researchers this new tool, they can answer their questions in a completely new way, thereby accelerating their research in order to make ground-breaking discoveries.<br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Christoph-Langhammer.aspx">Christoph Langhammer </a><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">P</span><span style="background-color:initial">roject:</span><strong style="background-color:initial">2D semiconductor with perfect edges </strong><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">We at Smena have developed a new game-changing material, which is useful for numerous applications. The starting point of our material is an abundant mineral called molybdenite, whose price is only 5 dollar per kilogram. Using a scalable, patented, and environmentally friendly process, we managed to produce a large number of edges in flakes of natural molybdenite. <br /></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><span></span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Timur-Shegai.aspx">Timur Shegai ​</a><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Two-research-projects-from-Physics-on-IVA-100-List.aspx">Two research projects from Physics on IVA 100 List 2022</a></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Two-research-projects-from-Physics-on-IVA-100-List.aspx">​</a><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Mathematical Sciences </span></div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">​Project: <strong>PressCise</strong></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong></strong>​We work with clinical partners to identify problems with today's products, and to test and verify our own inventions. We use mathematical theories to solve real problems and we realize our solutions in genuine smart textile products. </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Researchers: <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/torbjorn-lundh.aspx">Torbjörn Lundh</a><span style="background-color:initial">, in collaboration with Josefin Damm and Andreas Nilsson. </span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />PressCise AB</a></p> <div> </div> <p></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><em>I</em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>VA's 100 List presents selected research projects believde to have </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>the potientalto be developed into ninnovations, to promote buisness  </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>development or to provide other benefits. The list reflects a diverse range of research </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>projects and researcher experise from Sweden's universities in a given field. </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>​</em></span><br /></p> <em> </em><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><font color="#1166aa"><em> </em></font></span><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"><em>The complete list can be found on </em><a href=""><em></em></a></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="display:inline !important"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"></span> </p> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P" style="display:inline !important"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"><br /></span></p></div> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P" style="display:inline !important"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"><br /></span></p></div> <a href="/en/news/presidents-perspective/Pages/IVAs-100-list-Chalmers-technology-in-the-service-of-humanity.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />The Presidents perspective on Chalmers' contribution to technology in the service of humanity</a><p></p></div> <div><br /></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Chemistry-research-on-IVA-100-list-.aspx"></a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Projects-on-sustainable-food-on-IVA’s-100-list.aspx"></a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/eric-oste.aspx"></a></p></div></div> ​</div>Tue, 10 May 2022 16:00:00 +0200 from Mathematical Sciences 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;. A spinoff company from the Department of Mathematical Sciences is on the list.​​​​​</b></p><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">​PressCise <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MV/Nyheter/TorbjornLundh_210830.gif" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Torbjörn Lundh" style="margin:5px" /></h2> Lundatex® medical (and the company <a href="">PressCise</a>) is the result of collaboration between a mathematician, a surgeon and a textile developer. The surgeon, Dr. Erney Mattsson, saw an unsolved problem with the bandage he used in his practice; the mathematician, professor Torbjörn Lundh, together with PhD student Jonatan Vasilis, solved the problem with a mathematical formula. The mathematical formula was handed over to Josefin Damm, the textile developer, who interpreted it into a textile. <div><br /></div> <div> The knitted textile construction that makes Lundatex® medical bandage has very specific properties. Further, visual guides on the bandage control the overlap and the force used during application. This results in a bandage with a mathematical formula built into a textile material. With this, we can guarantee that a precise pressure is given to the leg, independent of applier, size and shape of the leg, and if the leg is in resting position or active. It is truly a smart bandage!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="">See the complete list from IVA here</a>. (In Swedish) </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Photo: Setta Aspström</div> ​​Tue, 10 May 2022 12:00:00 +0200 to understand cell ageing<p><b>​Mathematics has been applied to biological problems of cellular ageing in Barbara Schnitzer’s PhD thesis. In this way, a more comprehensive view of how cells accumulate damages and age has emerged</b></p><p>​As the world population gets increasingly older, we need to understand how to avoid age-related diseases. One important part of this is to understand ageing on a cellular level. Research on cells is usually done through experiments in a laboratory, and in that way a lot of isolated processes in the cells have been analysed. But the cell ageing is also characterised by the interactions of these processes, and the interactive and multi-scale dimensions are not always possible to study in a laboratory environment. To get a broader insight on how cells age, this project has been using mathematics in the form of different models for different cellular processes closely connected to ageing.</p> <h2>Mathematical models to describe cellular processes</h2> <p>The three chosen processes are the signalling system, which is able to sense changes in the cellular environment; the metabolism, which converts food into energy; and damage accumulation, which defines ageing in Barbara’s project. Depending on the available details of the biology, these networks have been translated into Boolean models, optimisation models (so-called flux balance analysis), and ordinary differential equations.</p> <p><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MV/Nyheter/BarbaraSchnitzer250x300.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" />– All models have been combined to get an understanding of how the processes interact, since this interaction is important when the cell loses its function. The results are different predictions and suggestions on how these interactions work. The next step would be for the biologists to take, through verification experiments in the laboratory. The results can also be further built upon through adding more cellular processes and defining the connections between them.</p> <h2>Erasmus exchange led to Gothenburg</h2> <p>Barbara’s Bachelor degree, which she took in Germany, was neither in mathematics nor biology but in physics. She went to the University of Gothenburg in a six-month Erasmus exchange and there found the Master programme Complex Adaptive Systems which appealed to her. The programme included courses in computational biology, and when doing her Master’s thesis the PhD position that Barbara has had turned up. For the last two years she has worked closely to PhD Linnea Österberg, an experimentalist and biologist working in the same project group who defended her thesis on April 29. From the beginning they had separate projects, but the cooperation evolved naturally and they have had the benefit of going through the PhD work together.</p> <p>– A highlight during these years was when we gave a popular science talk called “A mathematician and a biologist walk into a bar” (<a href="">En matematiker och en biolog går in i en bar</a>, on UR Play) during the International Science Festival Gothenburg. Since it was in the year of 2021 it was digital, sent live from a studio, which was an interesting experience even if I was nervous. I think it is important for scientists to be able to explain what we do.</p> <p>Barbara has liked living in Gothenburg and finds the PhD conditions in Sweden good, since it is like a normal job with a secure employment and fixed salary. In the beginning she lived with a Swedish girl and chose to speak Swedish all the time, which together with some courses gave her a good knowledge of the language. The research language is however always English, so it is easier to talk about work in English. Barbara has also taught courses, mostly basic mathematics courses but also a master’s course. She found it hard in the beginning but kind of grew into it, and now sees it as a nice experience. Now, she will start looking for a job in industry.</p> <p><em>Barbara Schnitzer will defend her PhD thesis “</em><a href=""><em>Mathematical Modelling of Cellular Ageing: A Multi-Scale Perspective</em></a><em>” on May 13 at 10.15 in lecture hall Pascal, Hörsalsvägen 1, and via Zoom. Supervisor is Marija Cvijovic, assistant supervisor Niek Welkenhuysen</em><br /><br /><strong>Text</strong>: Setta Aspström<br /><strong>Photo</strong>: Linnea Österberg</p> <p> </p>Tue, 03 May 2022 08:55:00 +0200 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="">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="">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="">here</a>.<br />Mon, 04 Apr 2022 00:00:00 +0200 for ICT seed projects 2023<p><b> Call for proposals within ICT strategic areas and involving interdisciplinary approaches.​</b></p><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3" style="color:rgb(153, 51, 0)"><br /></h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Important dates:</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li><b>NEW! Submission date: </b><span>9 May, at 09.00</span>, 2022</li> <li><b>Notification:</b> mid-June, 2022</li> <li><b>Expected start of the project:</b> January 2023</li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Background</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b>The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Area of Advance</b> (AoA) provides financial support for SEED projects, i.e., projects involving innovative ideas that can be a starting point for further collaborative research and joint funding applications. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>We will prioritize research projects that <strong>involve researchers from different research communities</strong> (for example across ICT departments or between ICT and other Areas of Advances) and who have not worked together before (i.e., have no joint projects/publications). </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Research projects involving a <strong>gender-balanced team and younger researchers</strong>, e.g., assistant professors, will be prioritized. Additionally, proposals related to <strong>sustainability</strong> and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are encouraged.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b><em>Note: </em></b><em>Only researchers employed at Chalmers can apply and can be funded. PhD students cannot be supported by this call.  Applicants and co-applicants of research proposals funded in the 2021 and 2022 ICT SEED calls cannot apply. </em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b>The total budget of the call is 1 MSEK.</b> We expect to fund 3-5 projects</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Details of the call</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li>The project should include at least two researchers from different divisions at Chalmers (preferably two different departments) who should have complementary expertise, and no joint projects/publications.</li> <li>Proposals involving teams with good gender balance and involving assistant professors will be prioritized.</li> <li>The project should contribute to sustainable development. </li> <li>The budget must be between 100 kSEK and 300 kSEK, including indirect costs (OH). The budget is mainly to cover personnel costs for Chalmers employees (but not PhD students). The budget cannot cover costs for equipment or travel costs to conferences/research visits. </li> <li>The project must start in early 2023 and should last 3-6 months. </li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">What must the application contain?</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The application should be at most 3 pages long, font Times–Roman, size 11. In addition, max 1 page can be used for references. Finally, an additional one-page CV of each one of the applicants must be included (max 4 CVs). Proposals that do not comply with this format will be desk rejected (no review process).</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The proposal should include:</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>a)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>project title </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>b)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>name, e-mail, and affiliation (department, division) of the applicants</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>c)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the research challenges addressed and the objective of the project; interdisciplinary aspects should be highlighted; also the applicant should discuss how the project contributes to sustainable development, preferably in relation to the <a href="" title="link to UN webpage">UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)</a>. Try to be specific and list the targets within each Goal that are addressed by your project.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>d)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project description </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>e)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the expected outcome (including dissemination plan) and the plan for further research and funding acquisition</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>f)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project participants and the planned efforts</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>g)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project budget and activity timeline
</div> <div><div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Evaluation criteria</h3> <div><ul><li>Team composition</li> <li>Interdisciplinarity</li> <li>Novelty</li> <li>Relevance to AoA ICT and Chalmers research strategy as well as to SDG</li> <li>Dissemination plan</li> <li>Potential for further research and joint funding applications</li> <li>Budget and project feasibility​</li></ul></div></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">Submission</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The application should be submitted as <b>one PDF document</b>.<span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="link to submission"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Submit​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The proposals will be evaluated by the AoA ICT management group and selected Chalmers researchers.

</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b><br /></b></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Questions</b> can be addressed to <a href="">Erik Ström</a></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">General information about the ICT Area of Advance can be found at <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/Pages/default.aspx"> ​</a></span><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/About%20us/IKT_logo_600px.jpg" alt="" /><span style="background-color:initial">​​<br /></span></div>Wed, 30 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0200 numbers and the shape of the universe in new mathematical projects<p><b>​​​Michael Björklund, professor, and Mingchen Xia, doctoral student, at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, receive grants from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation program for mathematics. Michael Björklund receives funding to hire a postdoctoral fellow from abroad, and Mingchen Xia receives funding for a postdoctoral position in France.</b></p>​​The program for mathematics started in 2014 and is of great significance for mathematics in Sweden. It has given the best young Swedish mathematicians international experience by providing them with opportunities to take up postdoctoral positions abroad, while both young and more experienced mathematicians are recruited to Sweden from abroad, which contributes to creating strong research environments at Swedish universities. <div><span style="background-color:initial">“When we started, the aim of the program for mathematics was that Sweden would regain an internationally leading position in the field. I think we have progressed well. Swedish mathematics has had a very positive development, with several world-leading research environments, and it has become attractive for leading international researchers to come here,” says Peter Wallenberg Jr, chair of Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.</span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">The randomness of fractions</h2> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MV/Nyheter/KAW%202021/Michael-Bjorklund-KAW.gif" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Michael Björklund" style="margin:5px;width:230px;height:207px" /><a href="/en/staff/Pages/micbjo.aspx">Michael Björklund, professor</a> in the Division for Analysis and Probability Theory, Department of Mathematical Sciences, receives funding to hire a postdoctoral fellow from abroad.<div><br /></div> <div>The entire numerical line consists of real numbers, of which some comprise rational numbers, ones which can be written as a fraction of two integers. However, most real numbers cannot be expressed in this manner – they are irrational. The best-known irrational numbers include π and the square root of two, √2. How these irrational numbers should be best approximated using rational numbers has, in its simplest form, been well understood for more than a century. The field of diophantine approximation, which this project is about, examines how well an approximation can be performed using rational numbers for a given real number.<br /><br /> One way of approaching the question is to calculate the number of rational numbers that provide good approximations to a given real number and which have denominators below a specified high limit. It has been known since the 1960s that, for almost all real numbers, their quantity grows towards infinity at an almost exactly logarithmic rate with the given limit for the denominator. Deviations from this rate fulfil a specific form of the central limit theorem, i.e. a normal distribution, as recently proven by Michael Björklund and Alexander Gorodnik. <br /><br /> The purpose of the project is, in the next step, to move beyond the normal distribution. The basis for understanding deviations from the normal distribution is the already well-known analysis of the sums of independent random variables and the central limit theorem. In the case being studied, the random variables are only partially independent, but the analogy may bear fruit and lead to better estimations that those now known. <br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">The shape of the universe</h2> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MV/Nyheter/KAW%202021/Mingchen-Xia-Chalmers.gif" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Mingchen Xiao" style="margin:5px;width:225px;height:192px" /> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/xiam.aspx">Mingchen Xia, PhD student</a> in the Division for Algebra and Geometry, Department of Mathematical Sciences, receives funding for a postdoctoral position with Professor Sébastien Boucksom at the École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Time and space shape our universe. The theory of how they are connected was developed in the eighteenth century by Isaac Newton. However, in his Principia Matematica, time and three-dimensional space are independent. They were first linked in a shared spacetime almost 200 years later, when James Clerk Maxwell realised that the speed of light in a vacuum was constant, regardless of who measured it. This was only possible if space and time were regarded as a unity – a spacetime. </div> <div><br /></div> <div> Spacetime received its precise mathematical description in Albert Einstein’s masterpiece – the general theory of relativity, which was published just over a century ago. The theory describes the shape of the universe as a four-dimensional surface. Its shape is determined by the matter content of space – the more matter, the more curved the surface. But what is the shape of the universe if all matter is removed, how can a vacuum be described? If there is nothing at all, is the universe then entirely flat? The answer was astounding – it turns out that the theory of relativity actually permits many non-flat vacua. </div> <div><br /></div> <div> In the theory of relativity, the exact relationship between matter and the shape of the cosmos is given a set of differential equations, Einstein’s field equations. These are notoriously difficult to solve and several different approaches have been developed over the past century to obtain direct solutions for spacetime. One of the most recent is pluripotential theory, an area within complex mathematical analysis. The plan is to use these methods to help explore the intricate geometry of the vacuum. </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">About the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation program for mathematics</h2> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Over the years 2014–2029, the program will provide SEK 650 million to allow Swedish researchers to receive international postdoctoral positions, as well as the international recruitment of visiting professors and of foreign researchers to postdoctoral positions at Swedish universities. The program also includes funding worth SEK 73 million for the Academy of Sciences’ Institut Mittag-Leffler, one of the world’s ten leading mathematics institutions.</span><br /></div> ​​​Wed, 23 Mar 2022 12:00:00 +0100 discovery could shed light on secrets of the Universe<p><b>How can Einstein's theory of gravity be unified with quantum mechanics?  This challenge could give us deep insights into phenomena such as black holes and the birth of the universe. Now, a new article in Nature Communications, written by researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and MIT, USA, presents results that cast new light on important challenges in understanding quantum gravity.</b></p>A grand challenge in modern theoretical physics is to find a ‘unified theory’ that can describe all the laws of nature within a single framework – connecting Einstein's general theory of relativity, which describes the universe on a large scale, and quantum mechanics, which describes our world at the atomic level. Such a theory of ‘quantum gravity’ would include both a macroscopic and microscopic description of nature.<div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MV/Nyheter/Nature%202022/Daniel-Persson.gif" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Daniel Persson" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:300px" /> “We strive to understand the laws of nature and the language in which these are written is mathematics. When we seek answers to questions in physics, we are often led to new discoveries in mathematics too. This interaction is particularly prominent in the search for quantum gravity – where it is extremely difficult to perform experiments,” explains Daniel Persson, Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Chalmers university of technology.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> An example of a phenomenon that requires this type of unified description is black holes. A black hole forms when a sufficiently heavy star expands and collapses under its own gravitational force, so that all its mass is concentrated in an extremely small volume. The quantum mechanical description of black holes is still in its infancy but involves spectacular advanced mathematics.</div> <div><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> A simplified model for quantum gravity</h2> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MV/Nyheter/Nature%202022/Robert-Berman.gif" alt="Robert Berman" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:265px" />“The challenge is to describe how gravity arises as an ‘emergent’ phenomenon. Just as everyday phenomena – such as the flow of a liquid – emerge from the chaotic movements of individual droplets, we want to describe how gravity emerges from quantum mechanical system at the microscopic level,” says Robert Berman, Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Chalmers University of Technology.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> In an article recently published in the journal Nature Communications, Daniel Persson and Robert Berman, together with Tristan Collins of MIT in the USA, showed how gravity emerges from a special quantum mechanical system, in a simplified model for quantum gravity called the ‘holographic principle’.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Using techniques from the mathematics that I have researched before, we managed to formulate an explanation for how gravity emerges by the holographic principle, in a more precise way than has previously been done,” explains Robert Berman.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> Ripples of dark energy</h2> <div> The new article may also offer new insight into mysterious dark energy. In Einstein's general theory of relativity, gravity is described as a geometric phenomenon. Just as a newly made bed curves under a person's weight, heavy objects can bend the geometric shape of the universe. But according to Einstein's theory, even the empty space – the ‘vacuum state’ of the universe – has a rich geometric structure. If you could zoom in and look at this vacuum on a microscopic level, you would see quantum mechanical fluctuations or ripples, known as dark energy. It is this mysterious form of energy that, from a larger perspective, is responsible for the accelerated expansion of the universe.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>This new work may lead to new insights into how and why these microscopic quantum mechanical ripples arise, as well as the relationship between Einstein's theory of gravity and quantum mechanics, something that has eluded scientists for decades.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“These results open up the possibility to test other aspects of the holographic principle such as the microscopic description of black holes. We also hope to be able to use these new connections in the future to break new ground in mathematics,” says Daniel Persson.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> The scientific article, <a href="">Emergent Sasaki-Einstein geometry and AdS/CFT</a>, is published in Nature Communications and is written by Robert Berman, Tristan Collins and Daniel Persson at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">For more information, contact:</h3> <div> Daniel Persson, Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Chalmers university of Technology and University of Gothenburg <br /><a href=""></a> <br />+46 31 772 3174</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Robert Berman, Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Chalmers university of Technology and University of Gothenburg</div> <div><a href=""></a> </div> <div>+46 31 772 3553   </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Joshua Worth</div> <div>Photo: Anna Wallin (Daniel Persson) and Rakel Berman (Robert Berman)</div> ​​​Mon, 07 Mar 2022 14:00:00 +0100öran Gustafsson Prize to David Witt Nyström<p><b>​David Witt Nyström, Associate Professor at the University of Gothenburg, receives the mathematics prize “for his deep and innovative work in complex analysis with important applications in complex and algebraic geometry”.</b></p>​<p><img width="250" height="297" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="David Witt Nyström" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MV/Nyheter/DavidWittNystrom_Foto_Privat250.jpg" style="margin:5px" />In algebraic geometry, the study objects are curves, surfaces and object of higher dimensions (so-called manifolds) that have in common that they are defined with the help of polynomials. One example is the circle, which can be described as the points in the plane where the polynomial x^2+y^2-1 is zero. Although the circle is easy to understand, manifolds of this kind can be extremely intricate, especially in higher dimensions.</p> <p>The specific research area for David Witt Nyström, Kähler geometry, focuses on how a manifold’s small-scale form, its curvature, is related to its large-scale form, its topology. In addition to algebraic methods this demands advanced tools from complex analysis.</p> <p>David Witt Nyström has, among other things, proved a conjecture (proposition) well-known in the area. It describes how, in a specific context, global topological data are determined by local curvature properties.</p> <p>Another major track in his research is the Hele-Shaw flow, which describes how a viscous liquid moves in a thin layer. There, an unexpected connection to Kähler geometry led to a much discussed counterexample to a well-known conjecture.</p> <p>– I am incredibly happy and honoured to have been awarded the Göran Gustafsson Prize, and it will clearly be of great importance for my further research, he says.</p> <p><strong>Text and photo</strong>: from the page of the <a href="">Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, read more about the prize and the prize winners in other subjects (in Swedish) &gt;&gt;</a></p>Fri, 04 Mar 2022 15:30:00 +0100​Time to inaugurate all-wise computer resource<p><b>​Alvis is an old Nordic name meaning &quot;all-wise&quot;. An appropriate name, one might think, for a computer resource dedicated to research in artificial intelligence and machine learning. The first phase of Alvis has been used at Chalmers and by Swedish researchers for a year and a half, but now the computer system is fully developed and ready to solve more and larger research tasks.​</b></p><br /><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/300x454_Alvis_infrastructure_1.png" alt="A computer rack" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:10px;width:270px;height:406px" />Alvis is a national computer resource within the <strong><a href="">Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing, SN​IC,</a></strong> and started on a small scale in the autumn of 2020, when the first version began being used by Swedish researchers. Since then, a lot has happened behind the scenes, both in terms of use and expansion, and now it's time for Chalmers to give Swedish research in AI and machine learning access to the full-scale expanded resource. The digital inauguration will take place on <span style="font-weight:normal"><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx">February 25, 202</a>2.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>What can Alvis contribute to, then? </b>The purpose is twofold. On the one hand, one addresses the target group who research and develop methods in machine learning, and on the other hand, the target group who use machine learning to solve research problems in basically any field. Anyone who needs to improve their mathematical calculations and models can take advantage of Alvis' services through SNIC's application system – regardless of the research field.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;Simply put, Alvis works with pattern recognition, according to the same principle that your mobile uses to recognize your face. What you do, is present very large amounts of data to Alvis and let the system work. The task for the machines is to react to patterns - long before a human eye can do so,&quot; says <b>Mikael Öhman</b>, system manager at Chalmers e-commons.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">How can Alvis help Swedish research?</h3> <div><b>Thomas Svedberg</b> is project manager for the construction of Alvis:</div> <div>&quot;I would say that there are two parts to that answer. We have researchers who are already doing machine learning, and they get a powerful resource that helps them analyse large complex problems.</div> <div>But we also have those who are curious about machine learning and who want to know more about how they can work with it within their field. It is perhaps for them that we can make the biggest difference when we now can offer quick access to a system that allows them to learn more and build up their knowledge.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The official inauguration of Alvis takes place on February 25. It will be done digitally, and you will find all <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx">information about the event here.</a></div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Facts</h3> <div>Alvis, which is part of the national e-infrastructure SNIC, is located at Chalmers. <a href="/en/researchinfrastructure/e-commons/Pages/default.aspx">Chalmers e-commons</a> manages the resource, and applications to use Alvis are handled by the <a href="">Swedish National Allocations Committee, SNAC</a>. Alvis is financed by the <b><a href="">Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation</a></b> with SEK 70 million, and the operation is financed by SNIC. The computer system is supplied by <a href="" target="_blank">Lenovo​</a>. Within Chalmers e-commons, there is also a group of research engineers with a focus on AI, machine learning and data management. Among other things, they have the task of providing support to Chalmers’ researchers in the use of Alvis.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Voices about Alvis:</h3> <div><b>Lars Nordström</b>, director of SNIC: &quot;Alvis will be a key resource for Swedish AI-based research and is a valuable complement to SNIC's other resources.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Sa</strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>ra Mazur</strong>, Director of Strategic Research, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation: &quot;</span>A high-performing national computation and storage resource for AI and machine learning is a prerequisite for researchers at Swedish universities to be able to be successful in international competition in the field. It is an area that is developing extremely quickly and which will have a major impact on societal development, therefore it is important that Sweden both has the required infrastructure and researchers who can develop this field of research. It also enables a transfer of knowledge to Swedish industry.&quot;<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Philipp Schlatter</b>, Professor, Chairman of SNIC's allocation committee Swedish National Allocations Committee, SNAC: &quot;Calculation time for Alvis phase 2 is now available for all Swedish researchers, also for the large projects that we distribute via SNAC. We were all hesitant when GPU-accelerated systems were introduced a couple of years ago, but we as researchers have learned to relate to this development, not least through special libraries for machine learning, such as Tensorflow, which runs super fast on such systems. Therefore, we are especially happy to now have Alvis in SNIC's computer landscape so that we can also cover this increasing need for GPU-based computer time.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Scott Tease</strong>, Vice President and General Manager of Lenovo’s High Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) business: <span style="background-color:initial">“Lenovo </span><span style="background-color:initial">is grateful to be selected by Chalmers University of Technology for the Alvis project.  Alvis will power cutting-edge research across diverse areas from Material Science to Energy, from Health care to Nano and beyond. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Alvis is truly unique, built on the premise of different architectures for different workloads.</span></div> <div>Alvis leverages Lenovo’s NeptuneTM liquid cooling technologies to deliver unparalleled compute efficiency.  Chalmers has chosen to implement multiple, different Lenovo ThinkSystem servers to deliver the right NVIDIA GPU to their users, but in a way that prioritizes energy savings and workload balance, instead of just throwing more underutilized GPUs into the mix. Using our ThinkSystem SD650-N V2 to deliver the power of NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs with highly efficient direct water cooling, and our ThinkSystem SR670 V2 for NVIDIA A40 and T4 GPUs, combined with a high-speed storage infrastructure,  Chalmers users have over 260,000 processing cores and over 800 TFLOPS of compute power to drive a faster time to answer in their research.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" /></a><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx">SEE INAUGURATION PROGRAMME​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Text: Jenny Palm</em></div> <em> </em><div><em>Photo: Henrik Sandsjö</em></div> <div><em>​<br /></em></div> <div><em><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/750x422_Alvis_infrastructure_3_220210.png" alt="Overview computor" style="margin:5px;width:690px;height:386px" /><br /><br /><br /></em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> ​Sun, 13 Feb 2022 00:00:00 +0100 models for treatment of tumours<p><b>With a mobility grant from the Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF, Tobias Gebäck, senior researcher at Mathematical Sciences, will work part-time for two years at AstraZeneca. If the project goes as planned, it will have a major impact on the development of new nanoparticle-based formulations, mainly for the treatment of tumours.</b></p><div>Nanosized particles containing drug molecules can be administered intravenously to increase the drug load of injectable formulations when the drug solubility is limiting, or to alter the distribution and drug release to avoid toxicity or improve the duration of pharmacological actions. As such, these novel complex formulations are mainly used in the field of oncology.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>To facilitate the design and development of such nanoparticle formulations, physiologically based biopharmaceutics models (PBBM) could be used to simulate the drug performance in vivo. While such models have been used for other formulations, a PBBM including nanoparticle transport would be a novel development. Furthermore, basing the model on first principles would enable validation of parts of the model in vitro and make the model translatable between species.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The project <strong><em>Mechanistic modelling of nanoparticle formulations</em></strong> provides funding for senior researcher Tobias Gebäck, Mathematical sciences, to spend two years, half time, at AstraZeneca developing and implementing such models. The project would have a major impact on the development of novel nanosized formulations, in particular for tumour treatment. It would reduce the extent of animal testing required and enable exploratory research of innovative solutions that cannot be studied in vivo.<br />The main deliverable is a PBBM of the body, including mechanistic models of nanoparticle transport, drug release from nanoparticles and a solid tumour model, together with suitable numerical tools.<br /></div> <div><br /> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MV/Profilbilder/tobiasgeback.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Tobias Gebäck" style="margin:5px" />– The opportunity to work on site at AstraZeneca will give me a deeper insight into the use of mathematical modeling in the pharmaceutical industry today, and what challenges they face. I also hope to be able to contribute very concretely with developing models that can be used directly in the development of new drug formulations that provide new treatment options for serious diseases, says Tobias Gebäck.​</div> <br /><div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Contact</h2> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/tobias-geback.aspx">Tobias Gebäck</a>, senior researcher, division for Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Mathematical Sciences.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Funding</h2> <div>The project <strong><em>Mechanistic modelling of nanoparticle formulations</em></strong> is funded by the <a href="">Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research</a>, with a total of SEK 1 060 000 during two years.</div> <div><br /></div> Fri, 21 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0100 Active – collaboration for the health of the future<p><b>​​Chalmers University of Technology, the University of Gothenburg and former ice hockey star Henrik Lundqvist are some of the parties behind the new investment in sports research and the future of health – GoCo Active.</b></p><div>The investment is made with GoCo Health Innovation City at AstraZeneca in Mölndal as a base. A life science cluster in growth where business and academia are already working closely together. GoCo Active establishes a collaboration platform that will contribute with research-based knowledge, both to strengthen the health of the public and to give elite athletes the best possible conditions.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Health/Puffbilder/Stefan%20Bengtsson_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;GoCo Active will create an </span><span style="background-color:initial">arena for collaboration and interaction between researchers, students, athletes and the general public”, says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology.  </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“As a National Sports University, and with research at the intersection between health and technology, Chalmers’ profile is ideally suited to the aims of the project. Contributing to improving health and development in this area feels like an important and exciting prospect.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>GoCo Active will serve as a meeting place in a new building directly adjacent to GoCo's other venture in Mölndal. A digital platform will also be created.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Health/Puffbilder/Martin_Fagerstrom_Henrik_Lundqvist_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></div> <div>&quot;We need to meet the health issues in society with new technologies, innovative solutions and new knowledge,&quot; says Martin Fagerström, assistant professor and active in Chalmers' Area of Advance Health Engineering. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;Tomorrow's health care is developing right now and it is happening at the intersection of researchers, practitioners in healthcare, business and individuals in need of care. This research is an important part of Chalmers' contribution to this collaboration.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>In addition to Chalmers, the University of Gothenburg and Henrik Lundqvist, Next step group, Vectura Fastigheter, Balder and AstraZeneca are behind the initiative. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><em>Captions:</em></div> <em> </em><div><br /></div> <em> </em><div><em>In the upper picture: Stefan Bengtsson, principal and CEO of Chalmers. Photo: </em><span style="background-color:initial"><i>Anna-Lena Lundqvist.</i></span></div> <em> </em><div><br /></div> <em> </em><div><em>In the bottom picture: Martin Fagerström, assistant professor and </em><em>Co-director of Area of Advance Health Engineering, and Henrik Lundqvist. </em><span style="background-color:initial"><em>Photo: GoCo Health Innovation City</em></span></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div>Wed, 22 Dec 2021 18:00:00 +0100 contribute to classifying mathematical objects<p><b>Just as biologists classify plants and animals, mathematicians need to be able to classify and organize mathematical objects. Wallenberg Academy Fellow Hannes Thiel will contribute to the understanding of the structure of C*-algebras using methods he has developed in order theory. </b></p>When researchers classify objects, they create an order that may contributes to new knowledge. For example, when chemists organized the elements into the periodic table, they improved the understanding of the elements’ properties. Biologists classify flora and fauna to understand how they are related. <br /><div> Researchers in mathematics also work on classifying objects to better understand them.</div> <br /><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MV/Nyheter/KAW%202021/Thielx220.gif" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Portrait of Hannes Thiel" style="margin:5px" />Professor Hannes Thiel at the University of Kiel, Germany, works on analysing and classifying operator algebras – more specifically, C*-algebras. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;I learned about C*-algebras in 2005, when I studied in Berkely for a year during my undergraduate education. I found the topic so fascinating that I decided to specialize in it&quot; says Hannes Thiel.</div> <div><br /> </div> <div>C*-algebras were introduced in mathematics in the 1930s, partly motivated by advances in quantum mechanics. Since then, they have been much-studied. After a series of breakthroughs, researchers have succeeded in classifying a specific family of these algebras. Hannes Thiel will use methods in order theory that he helped develop and investigate how they can be used to determine when a specific C*-algebra belongs to the classified family. </div> <div><span><span><div><br /> </div> <div>Hannes Thiel's research is focused on the mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics and quantum information, which are important for high-energy physics, such as nuclear fusion, but also in the field of quantum computers. As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, he will be active at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and will have the opportunity to focus entirely on his ambitious research plan in C * algebra. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;I will use this opportunity to address one of the most prominent open problems in the field, the solution of which will significantly improve our understanding of the fine structure of C * algebra&quot;, he says. </div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Four Wallenberg Academy Fellows to Chalmers 2021 </h2></div> <div>The research funding from the Wallenberg Academy Fellowship amounts to between SEK 5 and 15 million per researcher over five years, depending on the subject area. After the end of the first period, researchers have the opportunity to apply for another five years of funding. Read about the other appointments:</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Kristina-Davis-becomes-new-Wallenberg-Academy-Fellow-.aspx">Kristina Davis, Microtechnology and Nanoscience</a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Exploring-exotic-materials-for-the-computers-and-energy-technologies-of-the-future.aspx">Yasmine Sassa, Physics</a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/new-method-for-software-verification.aspx">Niki Vazou, Computer Science and Engineering</a> </div></span></span></div> Thu, 02 Dec 2021 10:00:00 +0100 on polluting chemicals falling behind<p><b>​Only a fraction of all the chemicals used by society have been thoroughly studied by researchers. An analysis covering 20 years of scientific publications related to chemical pollution show that the majority of studies have focused on as few as 65 individual chemicals. Meanwhile, the number of chemicals used by society is rapidly increasing. </b></p><div>A team of researchers has analysed 130,000 scientific articles published within the field of environmental pollution research during the last two decades. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We found that the scientific literature was dominated by a surprisingly small group of chemicals while there is very little knowledge about the many of the other chemicals used by society. It is apparent that the research community needs to catch up with current chemical uses and innovations”, says Erik Kristiansson, professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the main author of the study. <br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Lack of information </h2> <div>The analysis of the scientific literature showed that, in the last 20 years, studies have generally focused on a fraction of the total number of chemicals used by society. Of the approximately 20,000 chemicals included in the study, as few as 65 were mentioned regularly. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Scientific knowledge is an important component in environmental regulation. Today, there is a lack of information on many of the chemicals used by society, including their toxicity and their abundance in the environment. This negatively impacts our ability to assess risks and to take informed regulatory decisions. Both decision-makers and researchers, but also research funding organizations, need to be aware of this problem”, says Kristiansson. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Despite new chemicals being developed at a rapid pace, there is a lack of information for many of them. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Since chemicals are used in everything from medicines and pesticides to everyday consumer items such as food, clothing and toys, we have to know that they are not toxic to us humans, or to the environment,” says Thomas Backhaus, director of FRAM and professor in environmental sciences. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Furthermore, exposure to chemicals has been linked to a range of health problems, such as cancer, obesity and infertility and also to environmental damages in aquatic ecosystems and on land”, continues Backhaus. </div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Change of research focus </h2></div> <div>The scientific knowledge for some chemicals consists mainly of research performed by companies which is then published in scientific journals. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The research focus has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. For instance, we see that interest in pharmaceuticals has increased while interest in biocides has diminished,” says Jessica Coria, researcher in environmental economics at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg and the second author of the study. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Our conclusion is that the focus of our combined research efforts needs to be reconsidered. A more targeted research approach will be needed to catch up with the constantly growing diversity of chemicals used in society,” says Erik Kristiansson. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>The researchers behind the study, which was published in Environmental Science &amp; Policy, are associated with the University of Gothenburg’s Centre for Future Chemical Risk Assessment and Management (FRAM). </em><br /></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Contact </h2></div> <div><strong>Erik Kristiansson</strong>, professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences,<br />Phone: +46 (0)31-772 35 21, email: <a href=""></a> <br /></div> <div><strong>Jessica Coria</strong>, associate professor at the Department of Economics, <br />Phone: +46 (0)31-786 48 67, email: <a href=""></a></div> <div><strong>Thomas Backhaus</strong>, professor at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, <br />Phone: +46 (0)31-786 27 34, email: <a href=""><br /></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>About the research </strong><br /></p></div> <div>In addition to Erik Kristiansson and Mikael Gustavsson at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers, the research team includes economics researcher Jessica Coria at the University of Gothenburg and Lina Gunnarsson, an associated researcher from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Article in Environmental Science &amp; Policy: </strong></div> <div><strong>Title:</strong> Does the scientific knowledge reflect the chemical diversity of environmental pollution? – A twenty-year perspective <br /><strong>Online publication:</strong> <a href=""></a> </div> ​Thu, 02 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Equality Award to Mathematician<p><b>​Julie Rowlett, Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, has received the newly established award after nomination from her students. The award is a recognition of excellence in promoting gender equality and diversity at Chalmers.</b></p><p>​<img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Julie Rowlett" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MV/Nyheter/JulieRowlettNyhet.jpg" style="margin:5px" /><a href="/en/departments/e2/network/wise/Pages/default.aspx">Wise, Workforce for Inclusive SciencE</a>, celebrates their 10-year anniversary by instituting the Wise Equality Award to reward good efforts. Wise is a supportive network aiming to promote a gender inclusive academia with the vision to foster equal opportunities for any gender to qualify for positions and to make a career in academia. They arrange among other things seminars, workshops and a mentorship programme. The network was initiated by persons at the Department of Electrical Engineering, which is host for the network, and open to both women and men.</p> <p>The nominees for the award should be either students or employees at Chalmers or joint departments at University of Gothenburg. The criteria were among other things that the nominee should be a promoter of inclusiveness and gender equality at the workplace and a role model, demonstrate commitment to an improved and inclusive environment for gender equity on campus, and show commitment to women’s and gender equity issues.</p> <p>Julie Rowlett receives the award for her daily work and to highlight that even small things in everyday life can be very important. The nomination from the students reads in its entirety:</p> <p><em>Julie has inspired many students with her teaching style by being funny, kind and motivational, while transferring knowledge effectively. She broke stereotypes always dressed in pink and talking about her cats, showing that women in maths can be however they want. As director of the engineering mathematics programme, she showed true engagement in her role by demonstrating that she genuinely cares about the students. Through her engagement with the women association for engineering physics and engineering mathematics students Julie has kept on the agenda the importance of considering the students’ situation and of supporting female and nonbinary students. She understands the importance of inspiring through good role models, and she is active in organising events with this aim. For example, she once invited a great female mathematician to speak about the role of women in mathematics. In her research, Julie tries to publish with other female mathematicians as much as possible. </em></p> <p><em>All in all, Julie has already inspired so many students in engineering physics and engineering mathematics and she is always bringing new ideas on how to improve things to the table. Julie deserves this award since she is a role model, shows commitment to gender equity issues and has organised several activities as well as mentored and promoted women.</em></p> <br /><strong>Photo</strong>: Setta AspströmFri, 26 Nov 2021 11:35:00 +0100 from the Swedish Research Council 2021<p><b>​The following employees at Mathematical sciences have received grants from the Swedish Research Council's call within Natural and Engineering Sciences 2021.</b></p><p>​Dennis Eriksson – Spegelsymmetri i genus ett</p> <p>Eusebio Gardella – Medelbarhet i praktiken</p> <p>Tatiana Shulman – Stabilitet för C*-algebror och grupper</p> <p>Anders Södergren – L-funktioner, zetafunktioner och gitter i hög dimension</p> <p><br /></p> <p><a href="/en/news/Pages/Prestigious-funding-to-researchers-at-Chalmers.aspx">List of funded projects at Chalmers</a></p> <p><br /></p> <p><a href="">List of funded projects at University of Gothenburg (in Swedish)​</a></p> <p> </p> <a href=""><p>The complete list of grants (in Swedish) and statistics about them</p></a>Fri, 05 Nov 2021 10:20:00 +0100