Proposals for Rudolf W. Palm grant by 8 April

The Rudolf W. Palm Foundation was one of the funds transferred from Lund University to Malmö University in conjunction with the new university status. The criteria for receiving Rudolf W Palm Foundation funding are strongly aligned with education at the Faculty of Technology and Society and any purposes that are prioritised by the faculty management. The Faculty Dean would like to see proposals to be submitted to the grant committee for consideration. The grant total is SEK 100 000 for 2019.

Employees at the Faculty of Science and Technology are welcome to send proposals to their Heads of Departments. The proposal should include the aim of the proposed project and how it will be of importance to the faculty, the main-applicant and co-applicants, as well as an overview of how any funds will be spent.

Please send your proposals to Mats Persson or Bo Peterson no later than Monday, 8 April 2019.

Weekly video – Quality Assurance Framework

This week, Jörgen Ivarsson, TS quality coordinator, explains the MAU Quality Assurance Framework for education at bachelor and master level. The video is in Swedish and below is a summary in English.

The university has established a Quality Assurance Framework for Bachelor’s and Master’s Education. In this document, seven components of quality assurance work are pointed out.

1 The first component and probably most important is the work done by the teaching staff, the course coordinator and program coordinator within the course and program, the work together with student representatives in the Program Council, the continuous development, the reviewing and revision of syllabi.

2 The second component is closely related to the first one, it is the course evaluation system with student questionnaires and compiling, writing and publishing a course reports for each course.

3 As component three we have the dialogue structure. Every year each program coordinator meets with the vice dean and head of department in a quality dialogue (also called program dialogue). One important purpose is to discuss and follow up the quality assurance work in the program. A few month after this, there are quality dialogues between the department and the faculty, and after this, there are quality dialogues between the faculty (dean) and the university (vice chancellor). With this dialogue structure, quality issues can be discussed and followed up on different levels in the organization. The quality dialogues at faculty and university level also include doctoral education and research. These dialogues of course gives important input to the departments work with budget, operational plan, recruitment plan, and risk analysis.

4 Component four. The Quality Forum is an MAU conference held at least once a year for everyone with interests in quality issues,

to share good examples and information with colleagues from other faculties.

5 Component five is the process for establishing new programs and new main fields of studies. A new program and a new main field of studies has to be approved and established by the vice-chancellor. The faculty board can apply for this through a step 1- and a step 2-application.

6 Component six. The university regularly conduct student- and alumni surveys as a basis and support for development, review and revisory work.

7 The seventh quality assurance component is external review. Each program is reviewed externally every six years by a assessment panel. The basis for the external review is a self-assessment written by the program together with eight randomly selected degree projects.

 

Weekly video update from the Dean

This week, the Dean informs about the decision not to admit any students for the application development degree programme this fall as well as the pilot project to implement digital written examinations at Malmö university. See more about the digitalization initiative in English here https://digi.mau.se/wiki/The_Digitalization_Initiative and in Swedish and listen to the podd  https://www.mah.se/medarbetare/Ledning-och-organisation/Projekt/Verksamhetsutveckling/Digitalisering/.

Also, the Dean warns that due to building glass walls, both DVMT and MTM office spaces will be rather messy in the coming months. Finally, suggest your candidate for an honorary doctorate by 25 March, to be celebrated in October, and nominate for the alumni of the year by 1 April, to be celebrated on the TS graduation ceremony on 28th May

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Weekly video update from the Dean

In this week’s update, the Dean informs about a meeting held with teachers of local high schools to discuss the transition from being a high school pupil to becoming a university student. Also, he reports that TS reached the goal for the assigned educational target securing the same level of government funding in the coming years. TS has sent in total five applications to the Crafoord foundation, Mats Persson should be credited along with the researchers mentioned in the vlog. On Monday, the post graduate school on data driven systems, DDS, kicked off, and next Friday, Helena Holmström Olsson will hold her installation lecture as full professor (see blog post below). Last, and perhaps least, there is lego in NIB0501.

International Women’s Day – celebrate 100 years of universal suffrage

Genusvetenskapliga kollegiet invites you to celebrate the International Women’s Day with an open lecture about the 100 year celebration of universal suffrage in Sweden based on an antology
”Rösträttens Århundrande” (Century of Suffrage). Three of the authors will present their contributions, Ulrika Holgersson, Ulla Manns och Emma Severinsson.

The lecture will be held 8 March 13:15-15:00 in D222, Orkanen. Sign up by email to Despina.tzimoula@mau.se

After the lecture, there will be a reception with snacks and bubbles.

For more information see poster here and the MAU calendar event.

Other events by the Genusvetenskapliga kollegiet during spring 2019:

12 februari: Workshop: ”Genusflum, ovetenskapligt, feminazis – hatet har många namn”, kl. 13.15-16.00, Niagara A0307.

9 april, kl 12:15-14:00 OR: C232. Contesting borders through queer transnational solidarity: the case of Barents Pride

Vi bjuder på lunchmacka! Anmälan till erika.svedberg@mau.se  senast måndag 29 mars.

7 maj kl 12:15-14:00, sal: OR: B230a  Sara Kalm: Om akademiskt hushållsarbete och dess fördelning. (Artikel cirkuleras vid anmälning)

 Vi bjuder på lunchmacka! Anmälan till erika.svedberg@mau.se

21/5 Möte genusvetenskapliga kollegiet. Tina Askanius talar om #metoo-debatten i Sverige och i Danmark. Kl. 8.30 Frukostmacka, 9.00 – 10.00 Möte. Sal: OR:F409. Anmälan görs till despina.tzimoula@mau.se

Weekly video update from Team TS at Georgia Tech

This week’s vlog features Team TS visiting Georgia Tech in Atlanta where head of DVMT Bo Peterson and head of MTM Mats Persson along with academic international coordinator Zahra Ghaffari and administrative international coordinator Martin Andersson as well as teachers Maria Engberg, Steve Dahlskog and Johan Holmgren have been to discuss student exchange opportunities and VIP (vertically integrated projects).

More information about Georgia Tech here https://www.gatech.edu and about the VIP here http://www.vip.gatech.edu/teams

You can also look at the travel report here https://mau.box.com/s/pejj14j3bogm2autoci2dzpybvjqt9xz

Inaugural lecture by Professor Holmström Olsson

All are welcome to attend the February 15 inaugural lecture by Professor Helena Holmström Olsson of the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology. The lecture, titled Digitalization Disrupts: Software, Data and AI, will be followed by a reception on Niagara’s 7th floor.

When and where:
Friday, February 15, at 13:15-14:00 in Niagara lecture hall B1. The lecture is followed by a reception at 14:00-15:00 on Niagara’s 7th floor. 

Abstract:
Digitalization is rapidly transforming not only software-intensive companies but all companies and society at large. Typically, digitalization is understood as using software and data to offer significantly improved products, pure software products as well as digital and data-driven services with the intent to create new revenue opportunities and replace traditional business models with new business models. However, despite the many opportunities, most companies fail in building new core capabilities and they struggle with transitioning towards new digital ways-of-working. This talk explores the opportunities and challenges associated with digitalization. It also provides guidance on how to avoid disruption and instead reap the benefits of a transformation that we have only seen the beginning of.

Bio:
Helena Holmström Olsson is a Professor of Computer Science at Malmö University, Sweden. She got her PhD from University of Gothenburg in 2004. Her research is conducted in close collaboration with industry and as a senior researcher and project leader at Software Center. Her research interests include business and software ecosystems, data driven development, autonomous systems and software engineering for AI systems. She publishes her research in leading journals within the field of software engineering.

Read a staff news feature story (in Swedish) about Helena 

Link to the event’s calendar page

List of Helena’s publications

Helena’s page on the University website

 

Weekly video update from the Dean

In this week’s update, Andreas uses Lego to explain how the TS management meeting structure is being changed to prepare for the new Malmö University Arbetsordning (Rules of Procedure), with a TS LG min meeting every two weeks focusing on operations, planning, evaluations and employer responsibilities, and a TS LG max meeting every two months having a more strategic perspective. Also, it is important to mention that student and IOTAP representation will be ensured in the TS LG max, although they were not represented in the vlog.
The Dean also mentions that today a TS delegation is heading to Georgia Tech for a contract trip to tighten our collaboration with them.

A video update from the Dean

In this week’s update, Andreas talks about the upcoming election to the TS Faculty Board, results of the completed Regulation on Internal Governance and Control (FISK) assessment and the number of applicants to the material science professorship. Information about the risk assessment, conducted as part of the FISK assessment, is listed below.

Risk analysis
For 2019,  the departments have done a risk analysis and the risks identified as the biggest and that we are working on, among smaller risks, are:
  • risk for deficiencies in the psychosocial work environment and high work load – action plans are prepared at the departments;
  • risk that the physical work environment does not support the needs by research, education and the students – here we are working with Omtag Niagara and also more longterm plans;
  • risk that our surroundings and potential collaborators do not know enough about us – here we are working with increase collaboration and increasing publications;
  • risk that research does not grows as quickly as the research funding and grants are growing – here we are working on recruiting;
  • risk that the teachers are doing too much administration and have little time for actual research – here we are working on improved resource efficiency and work planning;
  • risk that the communication between the academics and the support and administration is weak – here we are working on tighter connections with the TS administration office and also with other key persons in the various administrative and support units, the establishment of the dean’s office on floor 5 is a result of this work;
  • risk with deficiencies in handling examinations – here we are working with the exam unit to find solutions and a smooth and secure process;
  • risk that IT-structures are not supporting our activities – here we are working with the IT-department.

On Thursday: Tangible and Embodied Interaction exhibition in Niagara

How might we interact with technology in the future? What might novel teaching methods for children look like? Welcome to find out at Tangible and Embodied Interaction, an annual exhibition by students in the Interaction Design bachelor’s program.

When and where:
Thursday January 17 between 11:00 and 14:00
Niagara 5th Floor, C-Section, Malmö University

For more information, please contact David Cuartielles

Media technology students present their theses

From techno stress and #MeToo to memory aids and targeted advertisement. The subjects vary widely as bachelor students from the Faculty’s two media technology programs (Produktionsledare: media and Medieproduktion och processdesign) present their theses on January 16 and 17. All are welcome to attend.

When and where:
Wednesday January 16, starting at 9:15 in NI:A0502, Niagara building
Thursday January 17 from 9:15 in NI:A0513, Niagara building

Link to presentation program (pdf)

For more information, please contact Maria Engberg

Innovation projects presented at Storm Product Launch event

On Friday, December 14, between 9:00 and 13:00, students in the course Innovationsprojekt will present at the Storm Product Launch. The projects on display are related to the UN Sustainability Development Goals and based on real world challenges faced by different organizations. All are welcome to see the presentations and to listen to a panel discussion starting at 10:30. The entire event will be held in Swedish.

Mikaela Färnqvist from the startup house company Minc will moderate the panel, which includes David Lindén, head of the business and labour department at Region Skåne, Cecilia Christersson, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Malmö University, and Lisen Axelsson, former student and currently Account Manager at Ehrenstråhle. The panel will talk about how students can be best equipped for a dynamic job market and its rapidly changing skill demands.

Students in the course come from three different faculties and nine different programs. The course projects to be presented are based on challenges presented by Connectitude, City of Malmö, Länsförsäkringar, Tourism in Skåne, Megasocial and Malmö universitet.

When and where:
Friday, December 14, 9:00-13:00, panel discussion at 10:30-10:55
Storm, Gäddan, Citadellvägen 7, Malmö

More information is available on the Product Launch event Facebook page

Weekly update from Atlanta, Georgia

This week’s vlog update revolves around collaboration opportunities with Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, as I’m currently here with a company of researchers from IoTaP at Malmö Uni. There are three items on the agenda, and those are:

  1. The VIP program
  2. The Institute of Technology and People
  3. The heartfelt greetings from the Georgia Tech people

N.B. This week’s update is done completely by myself, i.e., without the support of our communications officer Daniel Harju. So, apologies for the comparatively low quality in everything from content to form and sound.

I wish you a happy weekend!

Andreas

Lars Holmberg to talk about AI-guided health technology

On December 11, Lars Holmberg, researcher at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology and IOTAP, will present in Swedish at a short lecture event titled Akademisk dubbelkvart. The other presenter at the Storm event is Anders Kottorp, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Society.   

Carl Johan Orre will moderate the event, which focuses on the intersection between health, everyday technologies and artificial intelligence. The two 15-minute presentations will be followed by a discussion about possibilities to combine health technologies and artificial intelligence.

When and where:
Tuesday December 11 at 13:00, at Storm, Gäddan, Citadellsvägen 7, Malmö

See Storm’s event page for more information

Video update from Andreas

Watch the latest Dean’s update where Andreas Jacobsson talks about the ongoing nomination process to the new Faculty Board, provides some details on the current external research assessment ERA 19 and gives us a few tips about goings-on at the Faculty. Relevant links provided below.