News: Global related to Chalmers University of TechnologyThu, 21 Mar 2019 14:51:54 +0100's-Chalmers-Fence-measure-the-horse's-speed.aspx's-Chalmers-Fence-measure-the-horse's-speed.aspxThis year&#39;s Chalmers Fence measures the horse&#39;s speed<p><b>​Gothenburg Horse Show and Chalmers University of Technology collaborate for the fourth year in a row to increase knowledge about how horses cross a barrier. This year, the smart fence measures the horse&#39;s speed – something that has never been done before.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">This year, the group of Chalmers students use state-of-the-art radar equipment, originally developed for self-driving vehicles which now comes in handy to measure the horse's speed towards, over and after the fence.</span><div>“It is a good example of how we re-use our research and are able apply it in many different areas”, says Magnus Karlsteen, responsible for Chalmers horse sports venture.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>The riders come to the exhibition stand</strong></div> <div>Just like in previous years, the audience will be able to see the results on the jumbotron in the arena. But a novelty this year is that the riders are invited to the Chalmers exhibition stand, which this year is located right outside the arena. There they can go through their horse's unique results together with an expert from the fence team.</div> <div>“One great thing about having the exhibition stand in the Scandinavium lobby is that the riders get a golden opportunity to immerse in how their horse moves and thus how they can improve their training. And it also gives the audience a chance to meet their heroes”, says Magnus Karlsteen.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Combining studies with their hobby</strong></div> <div>The project Chalmers Fence is run by Chalmers students who use their knowledge to build world-unique measurement systems with a focus on the horse's well-being, health and comfort. Many of the students are intrigued by the possibility to combine their passion for horses with their studies.</div> <div>“That is an opportunity you get when you study at Chalmers, that you can combine your hobby with your studies”, says Magnus Karlsteen.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Gothenburg Horse Show self-signed partner</strong></div> <div>The information from this year's fence measurements is combined with the results from previous years. And the goal is that the analyzes of the horses’ movement patterns will result in a more sustainable training, competition and breeding environment in the horse industry.</div> <div>“The collaboration with Chalmers is part of Gothenburg Horse Show's work to support development! The equestrian sport has been given new scientific facts which supports our work on horse training and competition”, says Tomas Torgersen, race director for the Gothenburg Horse Show.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Helena Österling af Wåhlberg</div> <div>Photo/video: Johan Bodell and students for the fence group 2019</div> <div><br /></div> Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:00:00 +0100 towards a tsunami of light<p><b>​​Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have proposed a way to create a completely new source of radiation. Ultra-intense light pulses consist of the motion of a single wave and can be described as a tsunami of light. The strong wave can be used to study interactions between matter and light in a unique way. Their research is now published in the scientific journal Physical Review Letters. ​​​​​</b></p><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/IlliaThiele_190312_01_beskuren_webb.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:224px" /><span style="background-color:initial"><div>“This source of radiation lets us look at reality through a new angle – it is like twisting a mirror and discovering something completely different,” says Illia Thiele, a theoretical physicist at Chalmers University of Technology. <br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Together with Dr Evangelos Siminos at the University of Gothenburg, and Tünde Fülöp, Professor of Physics at Chalmers, Illia Thiele now presents a theoretical method for creating the fastest possible single wave motion. This kind of radiation has never yet been observed in the universe or even the lab.<br /></div> <div> </div> <div>The radiation source is interesting for understanding the properties of different materials. Since it offers an ultra-fast switching of light matter interactions, it can be useful in material science, or sensor related research, for example. Moreover, it can be used as a driver for other types of radiation, and to push the limits of how short a light pulse could be. <br /></div> <div> </div> <div>“An ultra-intense pulse is like a great tsunami of light. ​The wave can pull an electron out of an atom, accelerating it to almost the speed of light, creating exotic quantum states. This is the fastest and strongest switch possible, and it paves the way for advances in fundamental research,” says Dr Illia Thiele. <br /></div> <div> </div> <div><span><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/en/departments/physics/news/Documents/siminos_large.jpg_webb_300x450.jpg" alt="siminos_large.jpg_webb_300x450.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:225px" /></span></span>The new pulses can be used to probe and control matter in unique ways. While other light pulses, with multiple wave periods, impose changes in the material properties gradually, pulses with a single strong wave period cause sudden and unexpected reactions. <br /><br />&quot;The uniqueness of our method lies in the fact that an indestructible medium <span><span style="background-color:initial">–<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span> an electron beam <span><span style="background-color:initial">–<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span> is used as an amplifier, allowing more intense pulses to be created,&quot; says Evangelos Siminos, Assistant Professor at the University of Gothenburg.<br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span> </div> </span><span style="background-color:initial"><div>Researchers worldwide have tried to create this source of radiation, since it is of high interest for the scientific communities within physics and material science.  <br /></div> <div> </div> <div><span><span style="background-color:initial"><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/TundeFulop_180829_270x.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:223px" /><span style="background-color:initial"></span></span></span>“Now, we hope to be able to bring our theoretical setup to the lab. Our method could help close the existing gaps in the scientific landscape of light sources,” says Tünde Fülöp, Professor of Physics at Chalmers. <br /> </div> <div>Read the scientific paper <a href="">Electron beam driven generation of frequency-tunable isolated relativistic sub-cycle pulses ​</a>in Physical Review Letters. ​<br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren, <a href=""></a></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Photo of Tünde Fülöp: </span><span style="background-color:initial">Johan Bodell</span><br /></div> <div>Photo of Illia Thiele: Mia Halleröd Palmgren ​<span style="background-color:initial">​</span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Photo of Evangelos Siminos: Adam Stahl</span></div> <div><br /> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">The new method to create ultra-intense light pulses</h4> <div>The researchers propose a method for the generation of ultra-intense light pulses containing less than a single oscillation of the electromagnetic field. These so-called sub-cycle pulses can be used to probe and control matter in unique ways. Conventional methods can only produce sub-cycle pulses of limited field strength: above a certain threshold the amplifying medium would be ionized by the intense fields. The researchers propose to use an electron beam in a plasma, which is not subject to a damage threshold, as an amplifying medium for a seed electromagnetic pulse. To ensure that energy is transferred from the electron beam to the pulse in such a way that a sub-cycle pulse is produced, the beam needs to be introduced at an appropriate phase of the oscillation of the electromagnetic field. This can be achieved by using a mirror to reflect the seed pulse while the electron beam is being injected. This scenario leads to significant amplification of the seed pulse and the formation of an intense, isolated, sub-cycle pulse. Readily available terahertz seed pulses and electron bunches from laser-plasma accelerators could generate mid-infrared sub-cycle pulses with millijoule-level energies, which are highly desirable as probes of matter but not possible to produce with conventional sources.</div> <div><br /> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">For more information: </h4> <div><a href="">Illia Thiele</a>, Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, +46 76 607 82 79,<a href=""></a><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Tünde-Fülöp.aspx">Tünde Fülöp,​</a> Professor, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, +46 72 986 74 40, </span><a href=""></a></div> <div><br /><a href=";disableRedirect=true&amp;returnUrl=;userId=xsimev">Evangelos Siminos</a>, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg</div></span><div><span style="background-color:initial">+46 31 786 9161, <a href=""></a></span></div>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 07:00:00 +0100 giants: Alma witnesses the birth of a massive binary star<p><b>​A team of astronomers, among them Jonathan Tan (Chalmers) have made new observations with Alma of a molecular cloud that is collapsing to form two massive protostars that will eventually become a binary star system.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">While it is known that most massive stars possess orbiting stellar companions it has been unclear how this comes about. Are the stars born together from a common, spiralling gas disk at the center of a collapsing cloud, or do they pair up later by chance encounters in a crowded star cluster?</span><div><br /></div> <div>Understanding the dynamics of forming binaries has been difficult because the protostars in these systems are still enveloped in a thick cloud of gas and dust that prevents most light from escaping. Fortunately, it is possible to see them using radio waves, as long as they can be imaged with sufficiently high spatial resolution.</div> <div>         <span style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>In the current research, published in Nature Astronomy, the researchers led by Yichen Zhang (<a href="">RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research​</a>, Japan) and Jonathan Tan (Chalmers and University of Virginia), used the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (Alma) telescope array in northern Chile to observe, at high spatial resolution, a star-forming region known as IRAS07299-1651, which is located about 5,500 light years (<span style="background-color:initial">1.68 kiloparsecs</span><span style="background-color:initial">) away in the constellation Puppis.</span></div> <span></span><div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/SEE/Nyheter/spiralling_giants_figure1_2_72dpi_340x340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The observations showed that already at this early stage, the cloud contains two objects, a massive “primary” central star and another “secondary” forming star, also of high mass. For the first time, the research team were able to use these observations to deduce the dynamics of the system. The observations showed that the two forming stars are <span style="background-color:initial">quite far apart, </span><span style="background-color:initial">separated by a distance of about 180 astronomical units (180 times the distance </span><span style="background-color:initial">from </span><span style="background-color:initial">the E</span><span style="background-color:initial">arth to the S</span><span style="background-color:initial">un)</span><span style="background-color:initial">.</span><span style="background-color:initial"> They are cur</span><span style="background-color:initial">rently orbiting each other with a period of at most 600 years, and have a total mass at least 18 times that of our Sun.</span></div> <div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“This is an exciting finding because we have long been perplexed by the question of whether stars form into binaries during the initial collapse of the star-forming cloud or whether they are created during later stages. Our observations clearly show that the division into binary stars takes place early on, while they are still in their infancy,” says Yichen Zhang.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Another finding of the study was that the binary stars are being nurtured from a common disk fed by the collapsing cloud and favoring a scenario in which the secondary star of the binary formed as a result of fragmentation of the disk originally around the primary. This allows the initially smaller secondary protostar to “steal” infalling matter from its sibling. Eventually they should emerge as quite similar &quot;twins”.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“This is an important result for understanding the birth of massive stars. Such stars are important throughout the universe, not least for producing, at the ends of their lives, the heavy elements that make up our Earth and are in our bodies”, says Jonathan Tan.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“What is important now is to look at other examples to see whether this is a unique situation or something that is common for the birth of all massive stars”, concludes Yichen Zhang.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>See also: <a href="">press release at NRAO</a>, <a href="">press release at University of Virginia</a>. </div> <div> </div> <div><div><span style="font-weight:700">Contacts</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Robert Cumming, communicator, Onsala Space Observatory, Chalmers University of Technology, +46 31-772 5500, +46 70-493 31 14,</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Jonathan Tan, professor of astrophysics, Chalmers University of Technology, +46 31 772 6516,</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><em>Image and film clip</em></strong></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Image A (top and above right): Alma’s view of the IRAS-07299 star-forming region and the massive binary system at its center. </em><em style="background-color:initial"><div style="display:inline !important">The background image shows dense, dusty streams of gas (shown in green) that appear to be flowing toward the center of the system. Gas that is moving toward us -- as traced by the methanol molecule -- is shown in blue; motions away from us in red. The inset image shows a zoom-in view of the massive forming binary, with the brighter, primary protostar moving toward us shown in blue and the fainter, secondary protostar moving away from us shown in red. The blue and red dotted lines show an example of orbits of the primary and secondary spiraling around their center of mass (marked by the cross). <a href="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/SEE/Nyheter/spiralling_giants_figure1_2_300dpi_full.jpg">Link to full-resolution image​</a></div></em></div> <div><em><div><br /></div></em></div> <div><em>Image credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/Y. Zhang et al</em></div> <div><em> </em></div> <div><em>Film clip:</em></div> <div><a href=""><em><span>See film clip on YouTube at address</span> </em>​</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><em></em></span><i><span style="background-color:initial">A movie composed of images taken by Alma showing the gas streams, as traced by the methanol molecule, with different line-of-sight color-coded velocities, around the massive binary protostar system. The grey background image shows the overall distribution, from all velocities, of dust emission from the dense gas streams.</span><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></i></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>More about the research and about Alma</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The research findings are reported in Nature Astronomy in the article </span><span style="background-color:initial">Dynamics of a massive binary at birth by </span><span style="background-color:initial">Yichen Zhang, Jonathan C. Tan, Kei E. I. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Tanaka, James M. De Buizer, Mengyao Liu, Maria T. Beltrán, Kaitlin Kratter, Diego Mardones and Guido Garay, </span><span style="background-color:initial"> doi: 10.1038/s41550-019-0718-y</span></div> <div>Link to paper: <a href="">​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><span style="background-color:initial">The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international astronomy facility, is a partnership of the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) of Japan in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA is funded by ESO on behalf of its Member States, by NSF in cooperation with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and by NINS in cooperation with the Academia Sinica (AS) in Taiwan and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI). ALMA construction and operations are led by ESO on behalf of its Member States; by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), managed by Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), on behalf of North America; and by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) on behalf of East Asia. The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) provides the unified leadership and management of the construction, commissioning and operation of ALMA.</span><br /></div> <div> </div></div>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:00:00 +0100 standard counts the cost of environmental damage<p><b>Environmental damage costs society enormous amounts of money – and often leaves future generations to foot the bill. Now, a new ISO standard will help companies valuate and manage the impact of their environmental damage, by providing a clear figure for the cost of their goods and services to the environment.</b></p><p></p> <div>We know what goods and services cost us, but what does the environment pay? For many years now, this question has been the focus of several global companies and researchers at the Swedish Life Cycle Center, a competence centre hosted by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. For as long as 30 years, they have been using the so-called <a href="">EPS tool</a> to place a monetary value on environmental damage.</div> <div> </div> <div>Over the past three years, Bengt Steen, Professor Emeritus at Chalmers, has led the development of a new ISO standard for monetary valuation. The work has been in collaboration with AB Volvo, Essity, Nouryon (formerly Akzo Nobel Specialty Chemicals) and the IVL Swedish Environmental Institute. The initiative was taken by Swedish Life Cycle Center.</div> <div> </div> <div>“One reason why sustainable development does not move fast enough is that it is not linked to the economy,” says Bengt Steen. “Experts speak one language, and business leaders another. The negative environmental effects often remain just figures on paper. But by translating environmental issues into a monetary value, it becomes much easier to present the whole picture to an organisation and influence their strategic decisions.”</div> <div> </div> <div>Unlike many other tools, EPS weighs different types of environmental impacts, not just the effect on climate. For example, a given course of action may be beneficial for the climate but damaging for biodiversity or public health. With this approach, an overall picture is reached of what impact a product or service has on the environment, throughout its entire life cycle. A large variety of aspects are covered. Until now, this has been complex work, requiring a lot of manual input and expert knowledge.</div> <div> </div> <div>“With this standard, we can remove several of the obstacles to increased usage of monetary valuation. In a few years, when users can routinely assess the total environmental damage cost for a given investment, supplier, product design and so on, environmental issues can occupy a more central place in the boardroom. Costs to the environment can be presented side by side with profits for the company,” says Bengt Steen.</div> <div> </div> <div>Emma Ringström, Sustainability Manager at Nouryon, says that monetary valuation has given the company much valuable insight.</div> <div> </div> <div>“We have made monetary valuation of a number of our value chains and included the results of this ​​in our annual report. The analyses include financial, social, human and environmental capital, where environmental capital is partly calculated with life cycle assessment and with EPS as a valuation method. The tool has also used to see which activities in the value chain have a large total environmental damage cost compared to profit, and therefore need to be prioritised to become more sustainable.”</div> <div> </div> <div>Although tools such as EPS have existed for 30 years, and many companies like Nouryon use them to calculate their costs to the environment, Bengt Steen believes their development moves too slowly. There is no standardised framework, and few databases exist that enable their use in a uniform manner.</div> <div> </div> <div>Therefore, in 2015, the idea of a new ISO standard was born within Swedish Life Cycle Center. Together with SIS – the Swedish Standards Institute – a proposal was written that now after just over three years of work, together with many internationally recognised experts, is launched.</div> <div> </div> <div>“Few things yield such an impact as these type of heavyweight, international standards,” explains Bengt Steen. “When companies in the future can see where there are clear environmental benefits, investments are stimulated for a sustainable business.”</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="">The ISO standard</a> contains a guide for how monetary valuation should be made, defines terms and sets requirements for documentation. By extension, the standard is expected to lead to increased collaboration between experts of various kinds, as well as helping to create credible databases and software.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>How to calculate a monetary valuation of environmental impacts </strong></div> <div>With monetary valuation of environmental impacts, many different aspects are taken into consideration. These can include energy consumption, climate impact, material use and emissions into water, air and soil. During a product’s lifetime, the amount of emissions generated, and amount of resources expended can also be measured. These lead to many demonstrable environmental effects, such as reduced crop yields, lower fish stocks and shortened human life spans, due to floods and heat waves.</div> <div> </div> <div>Finally, using generally accepted sources, such as the OECD's estimate of people's productivity value, and market prices for cereals, fish and meat, the cost of the impact can be ascertained. The end result is a concrete figure, calculated in Euros.</div> <div>In some cases, the figure represents a real incurred cost for the company, in the form of taxation or fees. In other cases, the figure signals possible future economic liabilities, or is simply a sign that the product results in environmental damage that the company wants to avoid.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>A simple example of environmental impact valuation</strong></div> <div>Imagine a wooden chair, which is worn out and needs to be disposed of. The chair weighs 12 kg. There are two options:</div> <div> </div> <div>1. Throw the chair into a nearby rubbish bin, after which it ends up in landfill.</div> <div>2. Drive the chair to a heating plant 10 km away, where it will be burned, and used for local heating instead of fossil fuels.</div> <div> </div> <div>In the first case, the cost of transport and the landfill is low – 0.40 Euros, and the emissions from the transport are largely negligible. But, the degradation of the wood in the landfill takes place under oxygen-poor conditions, resulting in 4 kg of methane being formed. This leaks into the atmosphere and contributes to the greenhouse effect. The environmental cost of methane emissions has been calculated at EUR 3.80/kg using the EPS methodology. In total, therefore, there is a conventional cost of 0.40 Euros, and an environmental damage cost of 4 X 3.80 = <strong>15.20 Euros.</strong></div> <div> </div> <div>In the second case, the transport costs 5 Euros. The transport gives an emission of 3.8 kg carbon dioxide, but the thermal energy derived from the chair means that 6 kg of coal does not have to be burned for the heating plant to produce the heat needed. This results in a saving of about 20 kg of carbon dioxide emissions, and 6 kg of the finite natural resource, coal. With EPS, the environmental damage cost for carbon dioxide has been calculated at EUR 0.135/kg and the natural resource value of coal at EUR 0.161/kg. Therefore, this method of disposal results in a total conventional cost of 5 Euro, but a saving of environmental damage costs, an actual environmental gain, of 0.135 X (20 - 3.80) + 0.161 X 6 = <strong>3.153 Euros.</strong></div> <div> </div> <div><span><span><strong>Text: Ulrika Georgsson<span style="display:inline-block"></span></strong></span></span><br /></div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">More about: ISO</h4> <div>ISO is an international standardisation body, consisting of national standardisation organisations. ISO has been operating since 1947, and works with industrial and commercial standardisation.</div> <div> </div> <div>While ISO defines itself as a non-governmental organisation, their ability to set standards is much more powerful than other non-governmental agencies, and in practice, they act as a consortium with strong ties to national governments. The members are national standardisation bodies from each country, as well as larger companies. Sweden is represented by SIS – the Swedish Standards Institute.</div> <div> </div> <div>The ISO standards have quickly been accepted internationally and are used by almost all countries. The country's size, level of development and geography have no significance in this context, as these standards are universal and are used in a similar way around the world.</div> <div> </div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4"> More about: The standard for environmental damage costs</h4> <ul><li>Full name: ISO 14008 - Monetary valuation of environmental impacts and related environmental aspects<br /><br /></li> <li>Content: A framework, processes, terms and documentation for monetary valuation of environmental damage costs <br /><br /></li> <li>Developed by: Working group WG7 within ISO TC207/SC1.<br /><br /></li> <li>Initiative taken by/participants/financiers: Swedish Life Cycle Center hosted by Chalmers University of Technology, Nouryon, Essity, Volvo Group, Vattenfall, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Nordic Investment Bank, Swedish Energy Agency, VINNOVA Sweden's innovation agency<br /><br /></li></ul> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">For more information, please contact</h4> <ul><li>Bengt Steen, Professor Emeritus in Environmental Science at Chalmers University of Technology and project manager, Sweden, +46 70 816 29 31, <a href=""></a><br /><br /> </li> <li>Sara Palander, Director of the Swedish Life Cycle Center, +46 72 352 61 25, <a href=""><br /></a><br /> </li> <li>Jimmy Yoler, Project manager SIS, Swedish Standards Insitute, +46 85 555 20 16, <a href=""></a></li></ul></div> <p></p>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:00:00 +0100 were celebrated in the spring ceremony<p><b>​During the spring graduation ceremony that was held 9 March, about 120 newly graduated students stepped out into the future with their diplomas.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">To the notes of the Chalmers hymn by Jerker Johansson, the solemn ceremony started in Runan under the leadership of the alumni Hedvig Aspenberg and Philip Wramsby. </span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">In his welcome speech, Chalmers president Stefan Bengtsson said that Chalmers' vision for a sustainable future is an important basis for the student's future research and working life. </span><div>–​We are now faced with major challenges that will require new and innovative solutions. At the same time, the possibilities are probably greater than ever. Those of you who have graduated from Chalmers will have the knowledge to be able to contribute to a more sustainable future. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Chalmers vice-president Maria Knutsson Wedel was the host for the diploma ceremony for the approximately 120 students who were met by applause and greetings from friends and family. The vice-president herself also got thanked with a diploma for many years of service as she shortly will leave Chalmers to go on as the new president of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Alumni speaker Anna Tidstam, head of strategic projects at BMW in Münich, Germany, spoke about her own graduation ceremony from Chalmers ten years ago. In her speech, she took up the importance of networking when getting ready to switch career paths and also the importance of finding stimulating work.</div> <div> –​ I think it is important not to rest in that you have found a job but also understand how you want to develop and which direction you want to move in. The key to it is to talk to many different people and get a lot of recommendations. If you talk about being open to a change, new doors can suddenly open up for you, she said during her speech. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The student union president Gustav Eriksson also spoke during the ceremony and DaMöbius Band, Chalmers song choir and Veragycklarna entertained the audience. <span style="background-color:initial">After the graduation ceremony, the festivities continued with portrait photography of the students and a graduation dinner in Kårhuset.</span></div> <div><strong><br />Text: </strong>Vedrana Sivac</div> </div> ​​Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0100 students awarded for a promising foetal monitoring method<p><b>​Two master&#39;s students at Chalmers have developed a method for distinguishing a foetus&#39;s heartbeat from the mother’s. It is based on analysing electrical signals that are present naturally in the skin of the mother. These are picked up by electrodes. The method is potentially more reliable and easier to use than current foetal monitoring using a CTG device. The students have been awarded the Bert-Inge Hogsved Prize for Best Entrepreneurship by the Forum for Engineering Physicists at Chalmers. ​</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial;display:none"></span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/350x305/hogsvedspris_albinodavid_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="background-color:initial" /><span style="background-color:initial">“Cardiotocography, or CTG, is a well-established monitoring method in maternity care. However, it is not always reliable. There is a risk that signals are picked up from the mother's heart rather than the foetus’s, which can have serious consequences. Our way of measuring is potentially more precise, thanks to the advanced electrodes that are now available. We can measure and, using our specially developed analysis, distinguish the foetus’s heartbeat, which can be hundreds of times weaker than the mother’s at the end of pregnancy,” says Albin Annér, one of the prizewinners.        </span></div> <div> </div> <div>The electrodes measure electrical fields in the skin. Unlike with a CTG device, however, they need not be fixed directly onto the skin. The mother does not have to be closely connected to a device, giving her greater freedom of movement. The method is also completely harmless because no current flows between the mother and the electrodes. </div> <div> </div> <div>“Their method is very promising. It could reduce the uncertainties around foetal monitoring and make maternity care safer and simpler in Sweden and internationally,” says Peter Apell, Professor of Living State Physics at Chalmers and the students' co-supervisor with Senior Lecturer Lars Hellberg. </div> <div> </div> <div>The two students are developing the concept as part of the Master's programme in Applied Physics at Chalmers. They are now working on developing a solution suitable for use in a clinical study.</div> <div> </div> <div>“The goal is for our method to replace CTG devices in the long term. The equipment will be lighter, considerably cheaper and smaller, which means it will be more widely available and easily portable. It will be able to be used not only in hospitals but also out in the field, for example in countries with poor access to established healthcare services,” says David Kastö, fellow prizewinner and student with Albin Annér.</div> <div> </div> <div>The prize was established in 2011 by Bert-Inge Hogsved, founder and CEO of the Hogia Group and himself an engineering physicist. Students in engineering physics, engineering mathematics or chemical engineering with physics at Chalmers are eligible for the annual prize. It aims to recognise entrepreneurial initiative among students.</div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read the press release from Hogiagruppen.​​</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/750x340/hogsvedpris_alla_hogupplost750x340.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">Bert-Inge Hogsved, founder of the prize, together with the awarded physics </span><span style="background-color:initial">master's students </span><span style="background-color:initial">David Kastö and</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">Albin Annér. The </span><span style="background-color:initial">Head of the Department of Physics at Chalmers, </span><span style="background-color:initial">Thomas Nilsson,</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">attended </span><span style="background-color:initial">th</span><span style="background-color:initial">e prize ceremony. </span></div> <span></span><div></div> <div></div> <div>Foto: Marie Vassiliadis ​</div> <div><br /></div>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0100 aero engines are praised by the EU<p><b>​Three years ago, the EU invested over EUR 3 million in innovative research on aero-engine technologies. The project abbreviated &quot;Ultimate&quot;, which was coordinated by Chalmers, is now being praised by the EU.</b></p>The project &quot;Ultra Low emission Technology Innovations for Mid-century Aircraft Turbine Engines&quot;, abbreviated &quot;Ultimate&quot; has been running for three years targeted radical concepts for new aero engines, in line with the EU’s long-term emissions reduction target for 2050.  The EU is highlighting the project as a success.  <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Could save 3 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions over the first 20 years after 2050 </h5> <div>To address this challenge, the ULTIMATE project has developed radical new propulsion concepts that should help the aviation industry meet the targets. The partners have studied how different technologies could be combined to work together in synergy to improve efficiency and reduce emissions. If fully implemented, the engine concepts proposed by the ULTIMATE project could save 3 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions over the first 20 years after 2050. <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/M2/Nyheter/tgartikel.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Tomas Grönstedt" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:300px" /><br /><br /></div> <div>“The technologies combined in our new engine systems benefit one another. This is the first time that the synergies between different radical engine technologies have been explored systematically to create low-emission propulsion engines.” says project lead Tomas Grönstedt of the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences at Chalmers University of Technology. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>From a long list of possible aero-engine technologies, the ULTIMATE team has focused on those that will work most effectively together. Next, the project team made system models and based on efficiency estimates for each component, they were able to accurately predict how new and existing engine system components would interact and optimise the engine performance cycles. These new jet engines could dramatically improve aircraft efficiency and reduce emissions. They may also be used in novel aircraft designs, with new fuels such as biofuels, hydrogen or methane, and together with turboelectric systems. </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Radical engine concepts work </h5> <div>Grönstedt emphasises the importance of the project outcomes: “Radical improvements to aviation will only happen if the engineering community believes they are possible. Engineers don’t like to introduce unnecessary technical risk and they need to know that improvements can be made economically. The ULTIMATE project has indicated that such engines are feasible, which will help to increase confidence in these radical concepts.” </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Read more </h5> <div><a href="">EU Research Success Story - Synergistic jet engines for cleaner aviation  </a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/m2/news/Pages/The-EU-commits-to-research-into-ultra-efficient-aero-engines.aspx">The EU commits to research into ultra-efficient aero engines </a></div>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 11:00:00 +0100 director for Swedish Electromobility Centre<p><b>​Linda Olofsson has been appointed new director of Swedish Electromobility Centre, the national Centre of Excellence for electric and hybrid vehicles and infrastructure.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">“Electromobility is an important part of the transition to a fossil-free society. I look forward to contributing to the development of sustainable transport solutions through coordination of work between industry and academia&quot;, says Linda Olofsson, who will take up her new position on 29 April, initially focusing on the preparations for the centre'​s fourth phase.</span><div><br /></div> <div>“I am very pleased that we have succeeded in recruiting Linda Olofsson as director of Swedish Electromobility Center”, says Anders Karlström, Head of the Department Electrical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, where the national center has its organizational base. “With a solid foundation in engineering, her expertise will be valuable in the ongoing development of the centre. The fact that the open position attracted so many qualified applicants is also satisfying.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Linda Olofsson has previously been working at RISE, where she has held a position as group manager in the areas of product and production development, bid data, digital transformation and innovation management. Linda holds a PhD in engineering physics from Chalmers University of Technology 2003. She has a background from both start-up companies and several engagements within the RISE group, where she has held leading positions in research and development.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“From my career within RISE, I have extensive experience in managing research and development activities”, says Linda Olofsson. “It has been a major part of my work to coordinate industrial partners and researchers to find mutual solutions to complex engineering challenges. As a person I have a positive attitude combined with a strong drive for making progress and an easiness to engage my surroundings. I believe that my professional experiences, together with my personal qualities, imply that I can contribute in a very constructive way to the development of Swedish Electromobility Center, and bring forth conditions for the necessary development of sustainable transports of the future.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Swedish Electromobility Centre unites Swedish e-mobility expertise and is a node for interaction between academia, industry and society. The centre is approaching the end of its third phase and is currently in the process of applying to the Swedish Energy Agency to enter a fourth phase in the summer of 2019.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The interest in electromobility and the demand for knowledge in this field is growing, as well in industry as in academia and in the society as a whole“, notes Anders Karlström. “The centre is well positioned to create synergies for its partners and to manage an increasing number of research projects.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“I would also like to thank Elna Holmberg, who has been the director of the centre since 2012”, says Anders Karlström. “She has in a very successful way promoted the development of Swedish Electromobility Centre. I wish Elna the best of luck in her new challenges.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><a href="" target="_blank">More about Swedish Electromobility Centre</a></div> <div>Swedish Electromobility Centre was founded by the Swedish Energy Agency 2007 in partnership with Swedish automotive industry and academia. Partners are AB Volvo, Autoliv Development AB, BorgWarner Sweden AB, CEVT, Chalmers University of Technology, Swedish Energy Agency, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, Mariestads kommun, RISE, Scania CV AB, Uppsala University, Vattenfall and Volvo Car Corporation.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Yvonne Jonsson<br />Photo: private</div></div>Thu, 07 Mar 2019 10:00:00 +0100 for large European test bed project in additive manufacturing<p><b>​Chalmers University of Technology has been entrusted with the project management of the largest EU investment so far in additive manufacturing. The 155 MSEK project is called Manuela (Additive Manufacturing Using Metal Pilot Line) and will lead to a new European test bed for researchers and companies to test product value chain in additive manufacturing, from start to end.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">In October last year Lars Nyborg, coordinator, officially kicked-off the new project Manuela in Brussels. It is one of the biggest projects in additive manufacturing in Europe with a budget of € 15.5 million of which a large part of the funding ends up in Gothenburg.</span><div>“To be selected to coordinate a project of this size, it’s a real success,” says Lars Nyborg. “Thanks to our joined forces in the consortium, strong and competent organization at Chalmers, e.g. the Grants Office and CIT, and state-of the art research such as the Area of Advance Production and the Vinnova competence Centre for Additive Manufacturing – Metal, CAM2, we got this opportunity,” he concludes.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>The ambition is</strong> to provide European industry with world class, reliable pilot line manufacturing service leveraging metal additive manufacturing products. </div> <div>This will be achieved by having the hardware solutions cost efficiently connected to the best possible competences and capacities across Europe to cover the full range of powder bed fusion technologies from medium to large scale laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) as well as electron-beam melting (EBM). Since, no single machine solutions can fit all necessary end user demands, this concept is expected to best possible solution from cost and agility point of view. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>There are a lot of advantages</strong> of metal additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. It enables fabrication of advanced prototypes and functional components with increased design flexibility and reduced lead times. Some of the expected impact are:</div> <div><ul><li>Production time saving up to 60% over the full production chain</li> <li>Production speed will be increased by &gt; 30%</li> <li>Robustness of metal AM-based processes will be increased by more than 40%</li> <li>Time to market will be reduced by at least 30%</li></ul></div> <div>“The strength of the Manuela pilot line lays in the cooperation between the RTD partners enabling industrial partners and end users to request most advanced demonstrators by selecting from the various manufacturing routes and functionalities provided. This ensures that the end-users can expect optimum output with respect to costs, reliability and performance,” says professor Lars Nyborg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>The Manuela project</strong> will be in focus at the upcoming fair <a href="">Advanced Engineering 2019</a>, 27-28 March, Åbymässan, Gothenburg where Lars Nyborg, Chalmers, Department of Industrial and Materials Science, and Karl Lundahl, project leader, Chalmers Industriteknik will talk about the project.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>ABOUT MANUELA</strong></div> <div>In the period of 4 years, MANUELA aims at deploying an open-access pilot line facility, covering the whole production sequence, to show full potential of metal AM for industrial AM production.</div> <div>Manuela consists of a consortium of industrial end user’s, suppliers, (material/powder, AM hardware, quality monitoring system, software, automation and post-AM treatment) as well as top research institutes in powderbed metal-AM, covering full range of AM technology chain for pilot line deployment. </div> <div>The deployed pilot line will be validated with use cases, covering wide span of applications including automotive, aerospace, energy and medical.</div> <div><div><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more​</a>​</div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Coordinator</strong></div> <div>Chalmers University of Technology</div> <div><a href="">Lars Nyborg​</a>, Professor in Surface Engineering, Director of Chalmers Production Area of Advance, Division of Materials and Manufacture, Department of Industrial and Materials Science<span style="background-color:initial">         </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Project time</strong></div> <div>4 years (Oct 2018-Sep 2022)</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Partners</strong></div> <div>Chalmers University of Technology, CSEM, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, RISE IVF, Cardiff University, Politecnico di Torino, Höganäs AB, Electro Optical Systems Finland Oy, ABB AB, OSAI Automation Systems, METAS, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB, QIOPTIQ, O.E.B. SRL, RUAG Slip Rings SA, AMIRES SRO, Stiftelsen Chalmers Industriteknik, ENEL PRODUZIONE SPA, BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING S.R.O</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Funding</strong></div> <div><a href="">Horizon 2020, H2020-NMBP-FOF-2018</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div>Thu, 07 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0100 for international student projects<p><b>​Jason Moore, Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), is currently performing a five-month sabbatical at Chalmers University to enhance Penn State’s collaborative teaching efforts with Chalmers University. ​</b></p><div>​<span style="background-color:initial">It all started with the joint capstone/bachelor thesis projects between Chalmers and Penn State four years ago. The vision was to enhance student’s global awareness focusing on the benefits and challenges of working internationally.  </span><br /></div> <div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>&quot;Including the present fifth round of joint capstones, we have had 18 joint teams with in total 53 Chalmers students and 57 Penn State students&quot;, says Mikael Enelund. </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Mikael is Dean of Education - School of MATS (Mechanical engineering, mechatronics and automation, design, shipping and marine engineering) and started this joint programme together with Professor Martin Trethewey and Jason Moore of Penn State in the fall semester of 2014 and managed to have the first projects running in the spring semester of 2015. <br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/IMS/Övriga/PennState_190228_02_lowres.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>Video conference between students at Chalmers and Penn State.</em><br /></div> <div><br /> </div> <div>The department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State has a history of similar partnerships with universities in other countries, to offer students an international experience without the cost and time-commitment of travel. For the department of Industrial and Materials Science at Chalmers this is the first industry induced bachelor thesis projects where students collaborate with students at a foreign university. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;Our students have a tradition of working with real problems from the industry, which has been a very successful concept. The collaboration with Penn State adds another dimension, the global one, and makes them ready to work in an international context&quot;, says Rikard Söderberg, head of department at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science.​<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The students benefit from learning how to work in a global environment where communication and organization are critical to success. In addition, the students learn how to solve a technically challenging industry sponsored project, which mirrors the type of work performed in industry.</div> <div><br />&quot;Indeed, students that choose these projects will have a more challenging time doing their bachelor thesis project but they will learn for life!&quot; says Lars Almefelt, Vice Head of Department with responsibility for education at undergraduate and masters level at the department of Industrial and Materials Science.</div> <div> </div> <div><div style="text-align:left;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent">After developing this curriculum along with Mikael Enelund, Jason had the opportunity to performa sabbatical at Chalmers to further enhance this collaboration. Specifically, Jason is working to further refine the curriculum and teaching materials to maximize the learning objectives of the global collaborative course. In addition, Jason is working as a supervisor in Product Development Project class, with the goal of learning from and adding to Chalmers’ product design education curriculum.</div> <span style="text-align:left;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;display:inline !important"> </span><div style="text-align:left;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent"> <br style="box-sizing:border-box" /></div> <span style="text-align:left;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;display:inline !important"> </span><div style="text-align:left;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent">Ola Isaksson, Professor at the division of Product Development IMS, adds:</div> <span style="text-align:left;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;display:inline !important"> </span><div style="text-align:left;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:transparent">&quot;Exchanging experiences through real collaboration in project give a better understanding of also your own ways of working. The opportunity to exchange experiences is equally inspiring for students, supervisors and examiners. Jason’s visit give us all an excellent opportunity to develop the initiative further.&quot; <br /></div></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/IMS/Övriga/Jason_lowres.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><span><em>Jason Moore, Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University</em><span style="display:inline-block"><em>.</em></span></span><br /><br /> </div> <div><strong>Jason, you have also been involved in other collaborations, your students have been doing projects with other peer schools – what are the benefits from that?  </strong></div> <div>&quot;With the rise of communication technology companies all around the world we have started to rely more and more on global collaboration.  This provides numerous benefits for enhancing the outcome of a project; however, it comes with notable challenges.  This course teaches the students how to overcome these challenges.  Specifically, skills of high-level organization and communication are learned to overcome the challenges of working with partners on a global scale.  In addition, students learn how to appropriately interact with students of diverse backgrounds.  This work helps to prepare students for the global workforce.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>The projects have been supplied mainly by manufacturing companies such as Volvo Group - do you plan to collaborate with MedTech companies regarding the “Global Student Engineering Team concept” to incorporate your research?  </strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;We are always eager and grateful to find industry sponsors.  The industry partners make this class a success by providing real world technical challenges to the students and sponsor oversight of the student teams.  This allows the course to strongly reflect the type of work and challenges students will face in industry, says Jason.&quot;</span><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Being so involved in different teaching activities – you must have given the concept of teaching a lot of thoughts? What is your vision Jason?  </strong></div> <div>&quot;The vision is to continue to enhance the collaboration between Penn State and Chalmers University and work to increase both the number of projects and the number of global partner universities.  Thereby increasing the impact these projects have specifically at Penn State and Chalmers.  In addition, through publications and conference presentations we will work to spread knowledge about this global collaborative model’s success to other Universities around the world.  Thereby broadly impacting engineering education and helping numerous students.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Chalmers strives to deliver world-class education. The student should gain valuable and sought-after skills with the potential to work nationally and internationally. How does Chalmers education compare? </strong> </div> <div>&quot;Chalmers has an exceptional strong focus on providing students with a high quality education: providing students with the design skills that they need through engaging real world product design problems, says Jason.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>What about your research Jason?</strong></div> <div>&quot;I direct the Precision Medical Instrument Design (PMID) Laboratory at Penn State University.  This laboratory focuses on two key areas; understanding medical device to body interaction and effectively applying robotics to improve medicine.</div> <div> </div> <div>The PMID laboratory explores the interaction between medical devices and soft tissue and bone inside the body.  By enhancing the understanding about medical device interaction improved medical devices and procedure techniques can be created.  For example, this work has examined the interaction forces between medical devices and the body including needles, scalpels, endoscopes, catheters and bone drills [1].</div> <div>The PMID laboratory also explores how robotics can be used to enhance medical procedures and medical training.  For example, work has focused on how robotic technology can be applied to enhance physical therapy by providing physicians with greater detail about patient exercise performance [2].  In addition, much work has focused on how robotics can be applied to enhance medical training: effectively teaching the dexterous skills needed to safely perform specific medical procedures [3].&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Finally, Jason, sustainability is the current buzzword, “Chalmers for a sustainable future”, what does the word sustainability mean to you?</strong></div> <div>&quot;Through my teaching sustainability plays a major role in material design selection and in creating devices that can be very energy efficient.  Specifically, we have goals to teach students to critically think about sustainability and the broad impact of the devices they are designing.</div> <div>Through my research I see sustainability as having a major impact on medical products and medical education.  Learning how to have medical products be cost effective to minimize impact to the health care system. Learning how to sustainably translate medical knowledge to new doctors without putting patients at risk.&quot;</div> <div><br /> </div> <div><div><strong>More about </strong></div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Jason Moore</a></div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/mikael-enelund.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Mikael Enelund</a></div></div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Penn State University​</a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/ims/Pages/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Industrial and Materials Science​</a></div> <div><a href="/en/education/Pages/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Chalmers Education</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /> </div> <div><div><strong>Links to a few of the PennState capstone projects: </strong></div> <div><a href=";doSearch=true&amp;query=Penn+State&amp;submit01=S%C3%B6k"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Link 1</a> <span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div><a href=";doSearch=true&amp;query=Pennsylvania+&amp;submit01=S%C3%B6k"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Link 2​</a><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><br /></div> <div><br /> </div> <div>​<br /></div></div> <div><div>-<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>[1] Barnett AC, Lee YS, Moore JZ. Fracture mechanics model of needle cutting tissue. J Manuf Sci Eng Trans ASME. 2016;138:011005-1 to 011005-8.</div> <div>-<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>[2] Homich AJ, Doerzbacher MA, Tschantz EL, Piazza SJ, Hills EC, Moore JZ. Minimizing human tracking error for robotic rehabilitation device. J Med Devices. 2015;9:041003-1 to 041003-8.</div> <div>-<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>[3] Pepley DF, Gordon AB, Yovanoff MA, Mirkin KA, Miller SR, Han DC, Moore JZ. Training surgical residents with a haptic robotic central venous catheterization simulator. J Surg Educ. 2017;74(6):1066-1073.</div></div></div> <div><br />Text: Kate Larsson</div> <div>Photo: Marcus Folino</div> <div><br /> </div> ​​​​​Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0100 professor new member of royal academy<p><b>​Susanne Aalto, Professor of Radio Astronomy at Chalmers University of Technology, has been appointed member in the Class of Astronomy and space science in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. &quot;The Academy consists of outstanding researchers who are strongly committed to science, who are driving it forward, renewing and conducting the current scientific conversations in society. To get the chance to work with such high-level researchers is a great honour,” says Susanne Aalto.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences describe their new member in the following terms: </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;At the General Meeting on 20 February this year, Susanne Aalto, Chalmers University of Technology, was elected as new Swedish member in the Class of Astronomy and space science at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Susanne Aalto is Professor in Radio Astronomy at the department for Space, Earth and Environment at Chalmers. Her main research fields are star formation, supermassive black holes, and powerful winds in galaxies both near and far. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>She is particularly interested in starburst galaxies. These are extremely bright galaxies where new stars are formed at a much faster rate than in our own Galaxy. Through the use of long radio waves, she studies the cold gas clouds where stars are born, and which also help black holes to grow​. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>In recent years, Susanne Aalto has been actively involved in the ALMA telescope in Chile, which contributes to huge scientific advances in this area. At high altitude, and located in one of the world’s driest places in the Atacama Desert, the telescope has particularly good conditions to observe the known universe.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/see/news/Pages/Hidden-galaxy-evolution.aspx">Read more on Susanne and her research</a></div> <div><a href="">Read more on the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences</a> </div> <div><br /></div>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 01:00:00 +0100,-drinking-water,-and-marine-technology-–-2019s-honorary-doctorates.aspx,-drinking-water,-and-marine-technology-%E2%80%93-2019s-honorary-doctorates.aspxPlants, drinking water, and marine technology – 2019&#39;s honorary doctorates<p><b>​Three researchers have been awarded honorary doctorates at Chalmers for 2019. Atilla Incecik is honoured for his pioneering efforts in maritime environmental research. Tomoko M Nakanishi is recognised for her interdisciplinary research on plant physiology, and developing pioneering new imaging methods, and Olof Bergstedt is awarded for his research work as an expert in safe drinking water, contributing to an overall safer supply of drinkable water.</b></p><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">​​<span>Atilla Incecik</span></h4> <div>Atilla Incecik is a professor at the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He is a leading researcher in marine technology and was formerly at Newcastle University as the holder of the Lloyd's Register Chair of Offshore Engineering. He has been a member of the Lighthouse Scientific Advisory Board for several years and has contributed constructively to the development of sustainable shipping research.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Atilla Incecik is awarded an honorary doctorate for his pioneering efforts together with Chalmers researchers in maritime environmental science.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>He has much research experience in traditional shipbuilding and offshore construction. The shipping world first began to pay attention to environmental issues in 2005, after reports of tens of thousands of early deaths caused by emissions from ships. Around the same time, public awareness of the need to reduce CO2 emissions was increasing, and so the focus of his research area expanded to emissions reduction and energy efficiency. Meanwhile at Chalmers, the research group maritime environmental science was being established. The cooperation between the groups provided access to supplementary networks, insight into national research projects, contacts through exchange of doctoral students, participation in seminars and workshops, and several research applications.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Tomoko M. Nakanishi</h4> <div> </div> <div>Tomoko M. Nakanishi is a professor at the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Laboratory of Radio-Plant Physiology, The University of Tokyo, Japan. She is also Vice President of The Engineering Academy of Japan and President of The Japan Society of Nuclear and Radiochemical Sciences. Professor Nakanishi's research group is world leading in radioisotope-based imaging methods for the uptake and utilisation of water and nutrition materials in plants. Her research opens new possibilities for resource-efficient and sustainable cultivation of crops, as well as increases our understanding of the interaction of plants with radioactive substances.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Tomoko M. Nakanishi is awarded an honorary doctorate at Chalmers for her outstanding interdisciplinary research on plant physiology, the development of ground-breaking new imaging methods for this purpose, as well as for surveying the agricultural and environmental consequences of the Fukushima accident and planning remediation work in the affected areas.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Tomoko M. Nakanishi has an active and extensive contact list and collaborates with researchers at Chalmers and Gothenburg University. She has visited Chalmers several times and has also been hosting Chalmers researchers in Japan. She was elected as a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2015 and the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg in 2017.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Olof Bergstedt</h4> <div> </div> <div>Olof Bergstedt holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Chalmers and is an adjunct professor at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. He is also a drinking water specialist at Sustainable Waste and Water, City of Gothenburg. His research has focused on developing and improving drinking water preparations in waterworks, and consequently public health. He has also assisted the national water disaster group VAKA with water crises in Sweden. Olof Bergstedt has received several awards from industry and societal organisations. In particular, he was the recipient of <em>the Pumphandle Award in 2008</em>, from the John Snow Society Scandinavia, where he was praised for his research contributing to safer ​drinking water.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Olof Bergstedt is awarded an honorary doctorate for his significant research work in the field of applied drinking water technology. His expertise has proven central in strengthening the collaboration between drinking water researchers at Chalmers, and water producers in Sweden and the Nordics.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Olof Bergstedt completed his Master of Science degree in 1987 and has remained in contact with Chalmers ever since. He has contributed to many national and international research projects, mainly through his involvement in the research centre DRICKS at Chalmers.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>The trio will receive their awards during the Chalmers doctoral degree ceremony in Gothenburg Concert Hall in Gothenburg on May 18, 2019.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> ​</div> <div> </div>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 07:30:00 +0100’-AI-initiative.aspx start for Chalmers’ AI initiative<p><b>​Chalmers is starting up an extensive initiative in the field of artificial intelligence to enhance and coordinate the current AI research. A kick-off event will be held on 4 March for the new Chalmers AI Research Centre (CHAIR), with a two-day seminar on AI.</b></p>​“The aim of the centre is to enhance Chalmers’s AI expertise in research, education and innovation,” says Stefan Bengtsson, CEO and President at Chalmers. “We already have a hundred researchers working with AI in various ways, but now we’re focusing our efforts to a new level, by recruiting prominent researchers and building up close collaboration with industry.” <p><br />The Chalmers initiative will cost about SEK 370 million over ten years. It is the biggest investment in AI research from a single university in Sweden. The majority of the centre’s funding, SEK 317 million, comes from the Chalmers University Foundation. The plan is that investments from the centre’s partners in industry and the community will double the total funding. The goal is a world-class AI centre of expertise. <br /></p> <p>“We’re building up unique expertise in AI in combination with Chalmers’s existing excellence in application fields like transportation, automation, systems and software,” says Ivica Crnkovic, director of the centre. </p> <p>One key aspect of the centre will be collaboration with industry and the public sector. Chalmers is making ties to key strategic partners who will have influence over the centre’s development, participate in research projects and utilise research results and the centre’s broad network of expertise. Chalmers is also one of the co-founders of the national <em><a href="/sv/styrkeomraden/ikt/nyheter/Sidor/Chalmers-partner-i-AI-Innovation-of-Sweden.aspx">AI Innovation of Sweden</a></em> initative. </p> <p>Chalmers AI Research Centre will be enhancing its partnerships with Wallenberg Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous System and Software Program (WASP) and especially with WASP-AI. WASP is Sweden’s single biggest research programme through the ages, and WASP-AI is the biggest investment in AI research in the country. </p> <p>“CHAIR is an impressive initiative,” says Sara Mazur, vice-chair of WASP and a member of the centre’s advisory board, “and it’s a very positive step that Chalmers is assembling expertise in the field. This will improve the university’s collaboration with WASP.” </p> <p>In connection with Chalmers’s annual <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/events/initiative-seminar-AI2019/Pages/default.aspx">initiative seminar in ICT </a>on 4–5 March at the Lindholmen Conference Centre, there will be a kick-off event for the centre. The programme features prominent speakers from academia and industry.  Participants will include the centre’s advisory board, including Sara Mazur, vice-chair of WASP; Anna Nilsson-Ehle, chair of Vinnova; Mark Girolami, programme director at the Alan Turing Institute; Staffan Truvé, co-founder of Recorded Future; and Daniel Langkilde, co-founder of Annotell. </p> <p></p> <p><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/events/initiative-seminar-AI2019/Pages/Video-webcast.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />You can watch the initiative seminar on live stream (starting at 09.00 CET, Monday 4 March).</a><br /></p>Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0100 acknowledgement: Chalmers creates value<p><b>​After an extensive evaluation process, Chalmers has been accredited as an &quot;Engaged University&quot; by the international agency ACEEU. The review is an acknowledgment of the high quality of Chalmers&#39; methodological work to create value for the surrounding society.</b></p><div>​Chalmers is the fourth university in the world, and the first in Europe, to receive this official recognition, after careful consideration from <a href="" target="_blank">ACEEU</a>, the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span>“<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>On behalf of the entire Council I congratulate Chalmers University of Technology for having achieved ACEEU accreditation. ACEEU accreditation is awarded to those institutions that understand and implement engagement as a key aspect of their university. In Chalmers we found such an engaged university and a great example of how a university can contribute to a more sustainable future by fostering engagement with external stakeholders<span>“<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>, says Professor Thorsten Kliewe, Chair of the Council.<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The Award will be officially presented to Chalmers University of Technology during the 2019 <a href="" target="_blank">University-Industry Interaction Conference</a> in Helsinki, Finland, attended by 500+ academics and practitioners from more than 50 countries.<br /><br />“I am delighted and proud that we have received this recognition for the way in which we try to achieve an impact, as one of the first ‘engaged universities’ in the world. Chalmers has a long tradition of engagement with industry and society at large, which is well established and well-known in Sweden, and we have high ambitions to develop this ability even further,” says Fredrik Hörstedt, Vice President of Utilisation at Chalmers University of Technology.</div> <div><br />The highest grade &quot;Excellent&quot; was awarded for Chalmers external involvement in research, and its collaboration with, and influence on, the surrounding region and the city. According to ACEEU, this is achieved through, among other things, a rich range of engaging services and activities. This is also reflected in the financial management of Chalmers. The culture at Chalmers and the internal support functions also received the highest rating.</div> <div><br />“The importance of making an impact is well understood among our researchers. Academic incentives are in place, and this is part of Chalmers’ culture today, I would say. Our students arrive with the right attitude and are given many opportunities to contribute. But also, the way we are structured is very important. Our Areas of Advance help to focus challenge-driven research across discipline-boundaries, in close cooperation with industry and the public sector. This approach has been very fruitful,” says Angela Hillemyr, Head of the Mechanics and Maritime Sciences Department.</div> <div><br />A number of institutional criteria received the lower grade &quot;Satisfactory&quot; from ACEEU, for example, the extent to which clear goals for engagement are established and understood throughout the organisation internally. ACEEU also believes that there is potential to increase the number of projects linked to local and regional challenges.</div> <div><br />“We appreciate the feedback we have received, and we know now that we can communicate what we do – and how we do it – more effectively to the outside world. We also want to engage even more in the development of the city and region in a concerted effort, to foster genuine knowledge exchange and co-creation with external actors, for both education and research offerings,” says Karolina Partheen, Head of Chalmers Innovation Office.</div> <div><strong></strong><br /></div> <div>Read more about the accreditation in the pressrelease from ACEEU:<br /><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />The First European Engaged University - Chalmers University of Technology is awarded ACEEU Accreditation</a><br /></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>Text:</strong> Christian Borg</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about ACEEU at the <a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />ACEEU website</a><br /></div>Mon, 25 Feb 2019 09:00:00 +0100 collaboration on sustainable urban development research<p><b>​Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg have decided to continue to develop the research area sustainable urban development together. The joint centre Mistra Urban Futures is now getting a changed organisational form. Both Mistra Urban Futures’ Gothenburg platform and the international secretariat will be organized within the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Mistra Urban Futures is an international research centre that since 2010 conducts research on sustainable urban development in close cooperation between researchers and practitioners. Chalmers has since the start been the host of the centre which now engages about 40 partners across the globe. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>A future commission has investigated possible scenarios for the continued operations and, based on the Commission's report, the President and CEO of Chalmers and Vice-Chancellor of University of Gothenburg, have decided to continue investing in Mistra Urban Futures. The centre will continue to be a transdisciplinary research environment that addresses urban challenges in collaboration between researchers and practitioners.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The continued operations will be organised within the joint organisation of University of Gothenburg and Chalmers: the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV, which has extensive experience of conducting interdisciplinary projects, networks and activities.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;It is very welcome that Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg continues to invest jointly in sustainable urban development and that the work is now being organised within the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development,&quot; says director Jan Pettersson. We work to promote collaboration between the two universities and we see many synergies with other projects within sustainable development that we run.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Mistra Urban Futures is organised through a international secretariat and platforms in Gothenburg,  Sheffield-Manchester, Kisumu, Cape Town, Skåne and a node in Stockholm. The decision about the continued organisation means that both Mistra Urban Futures international secretariat and the platform in Gothenburg from 15th of February 2019 will be two separate, but closely collaborating, entities within GMV. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We are very grateful for the hard work and dedication that has gone into the report from the Future Commision that has enable this decision from Chalmers. We also look forward to the new possibilities of having both Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg committed as co-hosts for Mistra Urban Futures”, says David Simon, Director of Mistra Urban Futures. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Read more: </strong></div> <div>Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV</div> <div><a href=""></a></div> <div>Mistra Urban Futures</div> <div><a href=""></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>For more information, contact: </strong></div> <div>David Simon, Director, Mistra Urban Futures</div> <div>e-mail: <a href=""></a></div> <div>phone: + 46 708 64 27 80</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Jan Pettersson, Director, Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV</div> <div>e-mail: <a href=""></a></div> <div>phone: +46 31 772 4930</div> </div>Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0100