Artificial intelligence at Bildningsbaren on September 26

Artificiell Intelligens – Den sista uppfinningen? (the last invention) is the title of the upcoming event at Bildningsbaren, Malmö University’s after work lecture series at Grand. On September 26, Faculty Dean Andreas Jacobsson will be one three guests invited to share their thoughts and insights on the hot topic of AI. The discussion will be held in Swedish.

When and where:
Wednesday September 26 at 17.15 at Grand Mat & Öl, Monbijougatan 17, Malmö. (Doors open at 16.30)  

What is AI and how does it work? What will the consequences be when we share our intellectual abilities with machines? Who controls AI-development? What are the opportunities and the challenges with AI? Could AI lead to the end of humankind? These are some of the questions to be discussed.

Panel participants:
Maria Kareliusson, entrepreneur and life hacker
Christian Balkenius, professor of Cognitive Science at Lund University
Andreas Jacobsson, Faculty Dean
Cecilia Nebel, moderator and journalist

The conversation is followed by a mingle. As usual, the event will be broadcasted live on Bildningsbaren’s Facebook page.

Read more (in Swedish) about the topic for the upcoming Bildningsbaren.

Docent lecture with Martin Fisk

Martin Fisk, senior lecturer at the Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics, will hold his docent lecture in Swedish this Friday. The lecture title is The effects of heat treatments on microstructures and mechanical properties in metallic materials. 

When & where:

Friday, September 21 at 13.15-14.15
In NI:B0E15, Niagara building, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1

See calendar page for more information. 

Welcome to open BIM lecture on September 26

All are welcome to attend an open lecture with Pierre Gullander from Symetri. The lecture (in Swedish) titled Effektiv datahantering i BIM-processdrivna byggprojekt is part of the recently launched CAD verification course at the Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics.

Offered to a group of recently arrived architects, building engineers and civil engineers, the 8-week course offering is a collaboration between the Department, Ingenjörer utan gränser and Symetri, and is financed by Region Skåne.

When and where:

Wednesday, September 26 at 15.15-17:00
Room OR:D222, Orkanen

For more information about the lecture and the CAD verification course, please contact Rafid Khazal.

Kristian Stålne to talk at the Akademisk kvart series

On Wednesday September 19 at 12.30, Kristian Stålne, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, will lecture at the Malmö City Library as part of the University’s Akademisk kvart series.

The title of Kristian’s talk is Utvecklingsstadier genom det vuxna livet (which approximately translates to Developmental stages throughout the adult life). Read more about the topic in a previous blog post about Kristian’s 2018 book release.

See the lecture series Fall 2018 program

Save-the-date Sept 26: Faculty mingle for staff and students

On September 26, it’s time again for the annual Faculty mingle TS-fika. 

The purpose of TS-fika, which is organized every September, is to welcome new students and staff to the Faculty. We also want to create a meeting place for conversations, inspiration and collaborations between students, staff and invited companies. 

TS-fika will be on Wednesday September 26 at 13.00-15.00 on the 5th floor of Niagara. 

As usual, the Faculty provides coffee/tea and cookies. About 40 student ambassadors will work during the event to represent the Faculty’s programs with displays and demos.

Representatives from a number of local employers have been invited to mingle and meet future employees. We will post a list of the participating companies on the TS blog. 

Lounge music will be provided by student DJ Viktor Ohlson. There will also be a contest organised in collaboration with Drivhuset.

See you at the TS-fika!

Join a national election debate about research politics

Swedish public radio SR’s science show Vetenskapsradion is arranging a national political debate about research politics. It will be broadcasted live tomorrow Friday (August 31) at 14.03 from Kulturhuset in Stockholm. The debate editors have invited you as researchers pose questions for the panel participants. You can either ask your question by sitting in the audience or by emailing in advance to publik.vet@sverigesradio.se.

The debate will be in Swedish. You can of course pose any questions, but here are some basic question areas that the editors have in mind: 

  • Är satsningar på jättelika projekt för forskningsinfrastruktur, som ESS och SciLife Lab, rätt väg att gå för Sverige eller riskerar det att låsa resurserna för mycket och leda till att svenska forskare missar viktiga möjligheter?
  • Ska politikerna ägna sig åt tydlig styrning av forskningen eller ge forskarna och lärosätena fria tyglar att själva hitta vägen till genombrotten?
  • Hur ska forskningen möta akuta samhällsutmaningar som klimatförändringarna och antibiotikaresistensen?
  • Hur beskriver politikerna själva sina visioner för forskningen?

The participating politicians (and party affiliations) are : 

  • Erik Bengtzboe (M)
  • Fredrik Christensson (C)
  • Helene Hellmark Knutsson (S), research minister
  • Niclas Malmberg (MP)
  • Aron Modig (KD)
  • Christer Nylander (L)
  • Linda Snecker (V)
  • Robert Stenkvist (SD)

IOTAP lecture: Integrating ‘Things’ into Pervasive Computing: Research Challenges and Issues

On September 4, Dr. Mohan Kumar, professor in computer science at Rochester Institute of Technology, will give a lecture titled Integrating ‘Things’ into Pervasive Computing: Research Challenges and Issues.

WHEN & WHERE:
Tuesday, September 4 at 15:15 to 17:00, in Niagara room NI:A0513.

Kumar’s research interests are in pervasive and mobile computing and parallel and distributed computing. This lecture is part of the research center Internet of Things and People’s lecture series, IOTAP Keynote.

More information about Mohan Kumar’s research is available on his RIT webpage

Malmö students researched computational sensing at Rochester Institute of Technology

Kristoffer Linderman (left), Gustaf Bohlin (centre) and a group of students from across the United States were enrolled in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site in Computational Sensing.

For 10 weeks during the summer, Kristoffer Linderman and Gustaf Bohlin, undergraduate students in the Computer Science and Application Development programme at Malmö University, participated in a computational sensing research programme at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in upstate New York.

The Malmö students’ participation in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programme is a recent expansion of a longstanding partnership between Malmö University and RIT and aims to give undergraduate students a chance to try their hand at research.

While there have been regular semester-long staff exchanges and research collaborations between Malmö University and RIT for several years, Linderman’s and Bohlin’s participation this summer marks the first time that students from Malmö University have participated in research at RIT.

Gustaf Bohlin (left) and Kristoffer Linderman (centre) with RIT associate professor Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm (right), from the College of Liberal Arts. Photo: RIT University News.

In their research project, Linderman and Bohlin worked on developing a recommendation system that uses cameras and machine learning to analyse how viewers of online video react physically to the content. The project was conducted under the guidance of RIT associate professors Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm, from the College of Liberal Arts, and Reynold Bailey, from the Department of Computer Science. Bo Peterson, Thomas Pederson and Dipak Surie from Malmö University participated as external evaluators during the final presentation of the project.

Read more about the student research exchange on the RIT University News website

Joseph Bugeja’s licentiate seminar on September 3

Welcome to Joseph Bugeja‘s licentiate seminar on Monday, September 3, at 15:15 in Storm, Gäddan. In his research, Joseph focuses on connected home ecosystems and security and privacy aspects of data collected by home devices. Joseph’s licentiate thesis is titled Smart connected homes: concepts, risks, and challenges. Seminar opponent will be Mohan Kumar of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

Joseph joined Malmö University and the Faculty of Technology and Society in 2015 to research security and privacy aspects of IoTaP. He received his B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Malta in 2005 and his M.Sc. degree in Information Security from Royal Holloway University of London in 2011. He has more than 10 years of work experience in the software industry.

Link to the licentiate seminar in the University calendar

Thesis abstract:
The growth and presence of heterogeneous connected devices inside the home have the potential to provide increased efficiency and quality of life to the residents. Simultaneously, these devices tend to be Internet-connected and continuously monitor, collect, and transmit data about the residents and their daily lifestyle activities. Such data can be of a sensitive nature, such as camera feeds, voice commands, physiological data, and more. This data allows for the implementation of services, personalization support, and benefits offered by smart home technologies. Alas, there has been a rift of security and privacy attacks on connected home devices that compromise the security, safety, and privacy of the occupants. 

In this thesis, we provide a comprehensive description of the smart connected home ecosystem in terms of its assets, architecture, functionality, and capabilities. Especially, we focus on the data being collected by smart home devices. Such description and organization are necessary as a precursor to perform a rigorous security and privacy analysis of the smart home. Additionally, we seek to identify threat agents, risks, challenges, and propose some mitigation approaches suitable for home environments. Identifying these is core to characterize what is at stake, and to gain insights into what is required to build more robust, resilient, secure, and privacy-preserving smart home systems. 

Overall, we propose new concepts, models, and methods serving as a foundation for conducting deeper research work in particular linked to smart connected homes. In particular, we propose a taxonomy of devices; classification of data collected by smart connected homes; threat agent model for the smart connected home; and identify challenges, risks, and propose some mitigation approaches.

Join the Malmö hackathon for Baltic museums

On September 25, Malmö University co-organizes a hackathon to inspire and generate IT-enabled solutions for Baltic museums and tourist attractions. Baltathon is a part of the project BalticMuseums: LoveIT, a collaboration between museums, tourist attractions, IT specialists and research institutions from Baltic countries.

Programmers, designers and specialists are invited to join the Baltathon event. The hackathon is held between 10.00 and 16.00 in the Storm lab in the Gäddan building on Citadellvägen 11 in Malmö. The event is free. Lunch and fika will be provided. RSVP is necessary to participate. Sign up here no later than September 1.

Inspirational warm-up tours of Malmö Museums
In the weeks before the Baltathon event, participants are also invited to warm-up tours of Malmö Museums on September 11 and 16 at 10.00. During the tours, museum pedagogues will guide participants through attractions such as the U3 submarine, the Malmöhus Castle and the Aquarium

Read more about Baltathon events on the project website

More information on the Malmö Baltathon event is available on the Facebook page

Strategic Media Development master thesis presentations

On Thursday August 30, all are welcome to attend the master thesis presentations by students in the Strategic Media Development master’s program. The presentations will be held Niagara room NI:A0502.

Program:
09:15 — Introduction by Maria Engberg

09:30-10:30 — Presenter: Johanna Dreyer. A Case Study of Small AI Companies: Business Model Innovation in the Era of Artificial Intelligence. Opponent: Carla Macotela. Faculty questions: Maria Engberg.

10:45-11:45 — Presenter: Linnea Åkerberg. Privacy management in a digital age: A study of alternative conceptualizations of privacy in digital contexts. Opponent: Johanna Dreyer. Faculty examiner: Daniel Spikol

12:00-13:00 — LUNCH

13:00-14:00 — Presenter: Carla Macotela. Digital features for the social integration of immigrants of Sweden: A participatory design study. Opponent: Linnea Åkerberg. Faculty examiner: Sven Packmohr.

DVMT holds trial lectures for Senior Lecturer positions

On Monday and Tuesday, August 20 and 21 from 8:00-12:00, the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology invites you to attend a series of trial lectures for Senior Lecturer positions in Data Science and Autonomous Systems. All are welcome to attend the lectures, which will be held in Niagara room A0510.

Times for the Monday trial lectures for Senior Lecturer in Data Science are as follows:

  • 8.00-8.45: Kobra Etminani (Skype)
  • 9.00-9.45: Reza Malekian
  • 10.00-10.45: Onur Dikmen
  • 11.00-11.45: Panagiota Chatzipetrou (ev Skype

Times for the Tuesday trial lectures for Senior Lecturer in Autonomous Systems are as follows:

  • 8.00-8.45: Blerim Emruli
  • 9.00-9.45: Magnus Johnsson
  • 10.00-10.45: Anas Fattouh
  • 11.00-11.45: Huseyin Kusetogullari

Thumbs up for the licenciate and doctoral program in Computer Science

The Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) recently announced that the Faculty’s licentiate and doctoral program in computer science receives a high quality grade. Malmö University’s computer science program is one of eight programs nationwide to receive a passing grade from UKÄ.

Read more (in Swedish) about the UKÄ announcement on the University website.

Read UKÄ’s detailed account (in Swedish) of Malmö University’s favorable verdict.

See a list of grades for all the 14 computer science programs reviewed. 

Majority opposed to commercial data collection, Malmö researcher shows

Sara Leckner, researcher and senior lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, is the co-author of a research anthology to be published by the SOM Institute

In her chapter Vem är positiv till insamling av användargenererad data på internet? (Who favors collection of user-generated Internet data?), Sara investigates Swedes’ attitudes toward the collection of user-generated personal data for commercial purposes. Read (in Swedish) about her results in a SOM Institute news release.

The research results are presented in a chapter of Sprickor i fasaden, a research anthology to be published June 26 by the SOM Instutute.

On Monday: keynote speaker explores fairness in automated decision-making

All are welcome to attend the opening keynote lecture of the Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT) conference, held at Malmö University on June 18-20. Sorelle Friedler, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and an Affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute will hold a lecture titled Optimizing Society? Ensuring Fairness in Automated Decision-Making.

When and where:
Monday June 18 at 9:00-10:00 in NI:C0E11, Niagara building ground level, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö. The keynote lecture is open to the public. No reservation necessary.

More information about the SWAT conference, including program and registration information.

Link to Sorelle Friedler’s webpage

Lecture abstract:
Algorithms are increasingly used to make high-stakes decisions about people; who goes to jail, what neighborhoods police deploy to, and who should be hired for a job. But if we want these decisions to be fair, this means we must take societal notions of fairness and express them using the language of math. What is a fair decision and how can it be guaranteed?

In this talk, we’ll discuss recent work from the new and growing field of Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency. We will examine technical definitions of fairness and non-discrimination that have been proposed and their societal counterparts. We’ll also discuss methods for ensuring that algorithms are making decisions as desired, from methods to audit black-box algorithms to white-box interpretability techniques. This important field necessitates societally informed and mathematically rigorous work; we’ll discuss open problems in this light.

On Tuesday: health datafication research seminar

How can processes and devices for health datafication be designed and developed to empower individuals, communities and societies? That is a central question for Johan Salo, who started his PhD studies at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology in March this year. On Tuesday he will present his research project in a startup seminar.

When and where:
Tuesday 19 June at 13.15-14.00 in room NIA0602, Niagara building 6th floor

Johan Salo’s research interests are self-tracking, self-measuring, interaction design, health and wellbeing. The thesis engages with the tension between technological possibilities and social as well as cultural factors. The research project focuses on how to support the development of reliable, efficient, ethical and sustainable technologies within this area. The aim of the PhD project is to contribute to new research methods and design methods for analysing or implementing datafication of health. It will present a design framework for developing an eHealth infrastructure.

All are welcome to attend the startup seminar. The presentation will be followed by time for questions and discussion in the 7th floor coffee/tea area. 

More information about Johan Salo’s research is available on his webpage.

Defending his doctoral thesis Data-Driven Software Development at Large Scale

On Friday June 15, Aleksander Fabijan, doctoral student at the Department of Data Science and Media Technology, will defend his PhD thesis Data-Driven Software Development at Large Scale. His research explores how software companies can evolve from data collectors with ad-hoc benefits, to trustworthy data-driven decision makers at scale.

When and where:
Friday June 15 at 13.00-15.30 in Room B0E07, Niagara building, Malmö University.

Opponent: Associate Professor Michael Felderer, University of Innsbruck.

An abstract of Aleksander Fabijan’s thesis is available on the calendar page.

The thesis defense will be preceded by a research seminar and panel discussion entitled Continuous Data, Innovation and Experimentation.

Read more about Aleksander Fabijan’s research in a press release on the University website.

On Friday: Seminar about research challenges in the area of Continuous Data, Innovation and Experimentation

On Friday June 15, prior to Aleksander Fabijan’s thesis defense, the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology organizes Continuous Data, Innovation and Experimentation, a seminar and panel discussion with Michael Felderer, Brian Fitzgerald and Kurt Schneider.

When and where:
Friday June 15 at 10.00-12.00 in Room NI:A0607, Niagara building 6th floor, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University.

Michael Felderer is an Associate professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria as well as a guest professor at the Department of Software Engineering at the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.The seminar will be opened by Helena Holmström Olsson and Jan Bosch (of Chalmers University of Technology). After the introduction, each guest speakers will give a short presentation focusing on state-of-the-art research and research challenges in the area of ‘Continuous Data, Innovation and Experimentation’. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion between the presenters and audience questions. 

Brian Fitzgerald is a Professor and Director of Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, where he previously held the role of Chief Scientist.

Kurt Schneider is a Professor of Software Engineering at Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany.

More information about the seminar and the researchers can be found on the Malmö University calendar page.

Defending doctoral thesis and predictive model for urban transportation planning

On Thursday June 14, doctoral student Banafsheh Hajinasab will defend her PhD thesis: A Dynamic Approach to Multi Agent Based Simulation in Urban Transportation Planning. Her research concerns modelling that can accurately predict our daily commuting and travel habits.

When and where:
Thursday June 14 at 13:00 in Hall B2, Niagara building, Malmö University

Read more about Banafsheh Hajinasab’s research on the English web or in a press release (in Swedish) published on the mau.se.