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!


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.

Friday: Bio-inspired cognitive architecture and “Julskyltning”

AI-research and a Yule time research exhibition, here are a couple of interesting events happening on Campus this Friday afternoon.

Seminar on bio-inspired cognitive architecture

Magnus Johnsson, Senior Lecturer in computer science at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, is holding a seminar to talk about his ongoing research.

When and where:
Friday November 30 at 13:30-14:14 in Niagara room NIC0626

Seminar abstract:
Magnus Johnsson will give an introduction to himself and his wide research interests with a particular focus on the development of more general artificial cognitive architectures. Magnus’ approach is partly inspired by nature, which means that he seeks to model cognition/brains or parts of brains at a system level. His ultimate goal by doing this is to get as close as possible to realise AGI (Artificial General Intelligence), while along the way come up with new applicable algorithms/methods and simultaneously understand more about biological brains and natural cognition. More on Magnus Johnsson’s research.

Research presentations at Storm’s “Julskyltning”

From 14:00-17:00, the innovation hub Storm is having a festive holiday theme showcase of Malmö University research. All are welcome to celebrate the end of our first year as Malmö University with some glögg and pepparkakor while listening to presentations by recent PhD graduates and other surprises.

One of the research presenters is TS’ own Aleksander Fabijan. He will join us via link from Seattle, where he now works at Microsoft. Also on the program:

  • Best of Social Innovation Summit
  • Liv Kroona, PhD in odontology: On oral contact allergy to mint flavour in toothpaste
  • Student innovation: How Malmö University should work to become more sustainable
  • Nosewise Lab: Exercise your sense of smell and learn how to identify 54 types of wine aroma with scent researchers
  • Showcase of all the 2018 doctoral graduates in our display window
  • Gingerbread house-building

When and where:
Friday November 30 at 14:00-17:00 in Storm, Gäddan 

Link to Facebook event page

Time to nominate candidates to the new Faculty Board

The mandate for the current Faculty Board is coming to an end and a new one will be elected. This coincides with Malmö University’s new university regulation (arbetsordning), which means that the Faculty Board will have a changed and expanded mandate. The new Faculty Board will be appointed for the term 2019-04-01 through 2022-03-31. All TS faculty staff may nominate members to the new board before December 11.

The Nomination Committee, charged with collecting nominations, is comprised of Sara Leckner (chair), Carl-Johan Orre and Henrik Hartman.

Staff nominations of candidates

The Nomination Committee currently accept proposals for both internal and external members to the Faculty Board. The proposed members can be another person as well as oneself.

The nomination deadline is December 11, 2018. Suggestions, including name and a short description should be submitted through this online form or by paper through Sara Leckner’s internal mailbox. Nominations of several candidates can be made by submitting the form several times. As the total number of nominations for a candidate will guide and facilitate the work of appointing the new Faculty Board, the Nomination Committee asks that as many staff members as possible nominate their candidate(s).

Faculty Board composition

The TS Faculty Board should consist of 13 members, according to the following distribution:  

  • 6 teachers from TS of which one is an adjunct
  • 1 teacher from another faculty at Malmö University
  • 3 external members
  • 2 student representatives
  • Dean

TS Faculty members will elect the first 3 categories, and the student board elects the student representatives.

Task of the Faculty Board

The new board will strengthened mandate, including:

  • The Faculty’s internal organization and possible common priorities
  • Institutions’ business plans (annual)
  • The Faculty’s principles for allocating state funding (education / research)
  • The Faculty’s budget (in the form of budgeted income statement)
  • Basic education and advanced level incl. proposal to the Vice-Chancellor to set up and complete programs and main area at the basic and master level
  • PhD Education, as well as proposals for the Vice-Chancellor to set up and discontinue research topics
  • Training plans and syllabi for all levels of education

Requirements for Faculty Board members

The nominated internal members should:

  • be permanent members of the Faculty of Technology and Society staff (at least 50% or for a certain period of time not shorter than two years from the beginning of the term of office);
  • have a broad knowledge about and foundation in the Faculty;
  • be able to focus on the common interests and activities of the Faculty;
  • and have good knowledge about the education and research at the Faculty.

The Committee will also consider external members who are representatives from industry, the public sector and civil society, the armed forces as well as from other universities. A nominated member from another Malmö University faculty should be permanently employed (see above) as a teacher at that faculty and also have broad knowledge of TS’ interests and activities. Nomination of external members can be based on the candidate’s experience of leading strategic development work, which can be translated into the conditions that the work in TS’ faculty board implies. 

Link to nomination form

Helena Holmström Olsson to talk at Akademisk kvart

Tomorrow at 12:30, Professor Helena Holmström Olsson at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology will hold a short lecture at the Malmö City Library as part of the University’s Akademisk kvart series.

The title of Helena’s talk, which she will do in Swedish, is Organisationer utan chefer — Alternativa organisationsformer och datadrivet ledarskap (in English: Organisations without managers—Alternative organisational forms and data-driven leadership).

When and where:

Wednesday November 28 at 12:30-13:00
Malmö City Library (from the entrance go left and to the 2nd floor), Kung Oscars väg 11.

Helena’s lecture will be published afterwards on the Malmö University Youtube-channel

Workshop on the use of tablets in teaching and research

All staff at TS are welcome to attend an inspirational workshop to learn more about how to make the best use of iPad or Samsung tablets in teaching and research. The workshop, organized by Carl Johan Orre, Niclas Andersson and Anton Tibblin, is especially for those of you who recently received a work tablet.


Wednesday, December 5, 8:30-10:00
Storm, Gäddan, Citadellsvägen 7

To attend, please sign up and answer the questions to assist the organizers with their preparations. A breakfast sandwich with tea/coffee will be served. Don’t forget to bring your own tablet.

Signup here

Watch a first video update from Andreas Jacobsson

As promised, here’s the first in a series of filmed brief updates from our Dean Andreas Jacobsson. Filmed “on the fly” with a smart phone, this Dean’s update includes goings-on at the Faculty, a status update on the step 1 applications for new MSc programmes and a couple of other good news.

Please feel free to comment below. Thank you for watching and for considering this an experimental work-in-progress in terms of production value.

“Omtag Niagara” status update

Readers of Malmö University’s intranet news might already have seen the recent status update on the rebuilding efforts in Niagara. The text, published yesterday in Swedish, outlines plans for the ground level and reception area, the 5th, 6th and 7th floors, student spaces and the 5th floor help desk, and the 11th floor. 

Read the text (in Swedish) about Omtag Niagara

Read a Google-translated version of the news text

A brief thank you note

In building our university faculty, many things are of course important. One such example is the ambition to create complete academic environments (see more on this in a previous post here). Another example is to work strategically with the target groups of our academic environment. As the University Law in Sweden prescribes, we as a university have two main  tasks, i.e., (1.) education, and (2.) research. Thus, I think that it is fair to say the students is our main target group. Actually, and if I may elaborate a bit, future students, as well as, existing students form our main focal group of attention. It is especially the work on attracting future students at TS that I want to highlight in this post.

For the first time in the history of TS, Teknikdagen — a seminar day for our future university faculty students — was arranged yesterday here in the Niagara building. Teknikdagen included high school students (gymnasielever), as well as, their teachers from education programs in technology and natural sciences from all across Skåne. Teknikdagen offered inspiring talks from former TS students, as well as, live examples from our degree programs presented by our existing students, and seminars given by members of the staff here at TS. Also, two students, Nilo from the byggingenjörs-program and Sara from the app dev program, served as excellent hosts. In my humble opinion, this first version of Teknikdagen was a great success, and something we need to build on for the second version of it, which I sincerely hope will take place next fall.

Having said all this, I would like to particularly thank the following persons for their dedicated work on arranging the first Teknikdagen:

Daniel Harju, Communications Officer, TS and MAU

Filippa Törnwall, Communications Officer, MAU

Maria Crona, Communications Officer, MAU

Christian Andersson, Lecturer, MTM

Carl Johan Gribel, Ass. Professor, DVMT

Ylva Mellbin, Post Doc Fellow, MTM

Kristian Stålne, Ass. Profesor, MTM

Yujing Li, Ass. Professor, MTM

Kristina Allder, Lecturer, DVMT

Bo Peterson, Head, DVMT

Henrik Hartman, Deputy Head, MTM

All the students that helped with all things, great and small

So, and obviously not so briefly: thanks!



A tricky thing

One thing that I find surprisingly difficult is the topic of internal communication. How do we ensure that every staff member (regardless of whether academic or administrative staff) gets to know what’s cooking at the faculty? In the TS management group, we have had several discussions about this over last year. I have also had such discussions with the communications department, as well as, with various staff members working in or for TS. I have gained a lot of insights, but still; I have a difficult time finding a crisp general strategy.

At the same time, I am of the opinion that both decisions, as well as, communication should be handled at the closest level as to where the staff is. This also corresponds to my more general aim to further empower the departments. TS has a long tradition of being managed as one big department instead of two autonomous departments like in the case of, for instance, our sister faculty (KS), where the department level is really strong. One could of course debate wether this is a good role model for TS or not, but a conclusion that I have drawn so far is that internal communication should be taken care of at the level where it makes the most use for the people that need it, and to me; this is clearly the departments. Thus, TS departments should be generally more empowered, and specifically when it comes to internal communication. This, we already see several good examples of. We have the weekly newsletters by the section heads at DVMT and we have the Yammer group for all staff at MTM.

To complete this picture, it is also fair to say that we have a number of live meetings that could also be mentioned on this topic. There are, for instance, the APTs, all the (formal) board meetings, and we also have the TS administrative meetings, where all the persons occupying managerial positions at TS meet with all the key persons in the administrative departments working for TS to update each other with all the hot issues that we find in our daily work. At these meetings, I also try to convey an outlook from the Dean’s point of view. Much like I will henceforth do in this blog.

Speaking of which, I will at least every week try to update this blog with some personal and rather informal reflections from my point of view. My ambition is to share information and to share my interpretation of the direction in which things are moving – both at the TS level, the university level and in the world around us. I will of course do my best to do this in English, and in the future, I will also try to explore different approaches. For instance, right now, I discuss with our TS communications officer (Daniel Harju) how posts in text (such as this one) can be completed with short updates in a film-based manner. More info on this latter thought to come…

Finally, when speaking of internal communication, I would like to share one last thought. Every Monday at 10 AM, we have the TS decision meetings. On these occasions, all documents that require a signature by the Dean are handled. Typically, such documents can be employment contracts, admittance to PhD studies, research applications, distribution of funds, etc. On this URL, all the agendas and decisions can be tracked. In other words, that particular web page is a useful way to keep oneself updated about initiatives that are taken and stuff that’s going on. (N.B., we are working on a translation, but this is a typical case of the exercise of public authority and thus at least needs to be in Swedish.)

Anyways: that’s all for now. Thanks for a really good week. Have a good weekend!


Save these dates

The Faculty’s annual holiday party will be on December 17. Formal invitations with information about when and where will soon be sent out by email. Also note that the Faculty’s end of spring semester celebration will be held on May 28 from 17.00-21.00 in Orkanen.

Jay David Bolter to talk about augmented and virtual reality

On November 14, guest professor Jay David Bolter will hold a talk at the University’s after work lecture series I huvudet på en professor. His talk Augmented and Virtual Reality-enhancing our understanding of cultural heritage will be held in English.

Jay David Bolter is the Wesley Chair of New Media at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is currently a guest professor at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology.

When and where:
Wednesday, November 14, from 5-6 pm
(doors open at 4:30pm)
The Niagara 2nd floor café, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University

I huvudet på en professor is a series of after work-lectures held in Swedish. Jay’s talk will be about 30 minutes, followed by a panel discussion with a PhD-student and ending with an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

Beer, wine, alcohol-free drinks, coffee, tea and snacks can be purchased at the event.

More information about his lecture

An important step

One of our main missions is to build a full research university (ett universitet). To TS, this means that we must strive to become a university faculty. Building a university faculty in Malmö means a number of things, but a concise interpretation might be borrowed from Malmö University’s strategy, and is that follows:

Long-term, nationally and internationally outstanding research which, together with doctoral education, constitutes one third of the university’s activities.
Education grounded in research, in terms of teaching methods as well as subject matter, which provides the conditions for inclusive and student-active life-long learning.
Strong, coherent and boundary-crossing international academic environments in which education, research and collaboration are integrated.

In this post, I would like to say some things about the third goal. Strong academic environments are typically characterised by education in all cycles, i.e., from BSc through MSc to PhD, and a mutually beneficial relationship between strong teaching and strong research. In many cases, especially those that concern technology and natural sciences, these environments are also marked by collaboration with actors in the society (e.g., companies) and international engagement (e.g., cooperation with researchers at unis across the world). Moreover, it is not unusual that these sorts of environments also include some kind of preparatory course (e.g., a “basår”) in order to increase the possibilities for strong student recruitment to bachelor level programs.

At TS, we are dedicated to build strong academic environments, in fact; this could just as well be said to be the overarching goal of everything that we do. To some extent, we have already come a long way in building strong academic environments. Take, for instance, DVMT, where we have educational programmes in all three cycles. In the other main academic environment at TS (MTM), we are on the move. As of the fall of 2019, we are launching a new MSc educational programme in Computational Materials Science, and the Faculty Board of TS has given us the assignment to investigate the preconditions for submitting an application for a PhD programme in an area relevant for that environment (MTM) to the Vice Chancellor. This very morning, we initiated this process.

In spite of this positive development at TS, one significant problem remains. And that is to gain a better balance between students enrolled in first cycle education and students enrolled in second cycle education. From around 4% in MSc courses as is the case today to at least 10% over the next couple of years (but in the long run, not even 10% is of course enough). To enable this transformation, we of course need more MSc programs, and as of October 15 this year, TS handed over three applications to the Vice Chancellor. Thus, the main authors of these applications deserve our heartfelt appreciation. So, while I am grateful to all the people that were involved in this work (and to all the people that will be involved in the work that comes), in this post;I would especially like to say thank you to the following three main authors:

Sara Leckner for the work on “Media Technology: Strategic Media Development”

Radu Mihailescu for the work on “Computer Science: Master in Data Science and Scientific Computing”

Patrik Berander for the work on “Digital Business and Innovation”

Let’s hope that the Programme Committee (who reviews these kinds of applications) likes the suggestions and that we can look forward to the launch of these programs in the coming years. And let’s also hope that we will hand in more applications about other types of degree programs in years to come. Building a university faculty not only requires education in all cycles, but also sensible balance between the students and the levels that they studying, as well as, an array of relevant, attractive and strategically sound educational programmes. So there are more movements that need to be done in order become a university faculty at a full research university. But for now, let’s all be very happy about the three MSc program applications. I know I am!



Sara Leckner to talk about attitudes towards commercial use of personal data

On Wednesday November 7 at 13:15, Sara Leckner will hold a talk in Swedish at the Faculty of Odontology titled Digitala fotspår – svenskarnas attityd till kommersiell användning av beteendedata.

All are welcome to attend the talk, which will be held in the Aula at Tandläkarhögskolan, Carl Gustafs väg 34, Malmö  

Here is an abstract of the lecture (in Swedish):
I kölvattnet av Cambridge Analytica-skandalen och införandet av nya dataskyddsförordningen (GDPR) under våren 2018 är företagens registrering och hantering av användargenererad internetdata ett aktuellt ämne. Den här föreläsningen presenterar studier som undersökt svenskarnas inställning till insamling av personliga data och diskuterar orsakerna till och konsekvenserna av, de digitala fotspår vi lämnar på nätet.

Conversation about open access research publishing

On October 25, Malmö University Vice-Chancellor Kerstin Tham and the University Library will organize an afternoon conversation, held in Swedish, about how the University can facilitate the transition to open access publishing. 

When and where:
Thursday October 25 at 13:00-16:00 in Niagara lecture hall B1

The program includes:

  • a presentation by Mikael Laakso from Hanken School of Economics in Finland, who is a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on the Future of Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Communication. He will talk about the economics of open access publishing, options for researchers and possible strategies for Malmö University; 
  • a presentation by Beate Eellend, who is Open Access Coordinator at the Swedish Royal Library and who will describe the national strategy for open access to research publications;
  • a panel discussion with Rebecka Lettevall, Dean of the Faculty of Culture and Society, Per Jönsson, Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics, Beate Eellend, Mikael Laakso and Sara Kjellberg, Malmö University Library Director. The panel will discuss current issues around open access publishing with a focus on the situation for Malmö University researchers today and going forward;
  • and a fika pause.

Read more (in Swedish) about the event

RSVP to the event here

David Cuartielles hosts exhibition at Storm on Oct. 18-19

In connection with his October 18 doctoral thesis defense, David Cuartielles, IOTAP researcher and co-founder of the open-source electronics platform Arduino, hosts an exhibition at Storm. The exhibition is open on Thursday October 18 from 9:00-16:30 and on Friday October 19 from 9:00-16:00.

The Platform-things Exhibition outlines the Arduino platform‘s history and gives many examples of how it has been transformed into interactive technology all around the world.

See the Storm event page for a full program

Read more about the exhibition in the Malmö University event calendar

Honorary doctors lecture

This year’s two honorary doctors at the Faculty are tech-investor and entrepreneur Hampus Jakobsson and Professor Michel Godefroid from Universite Libre de Bruxelles. Both will hold their honorary doctorate lectures during the week of the Conferment and Inauguration Ceremony. More information below. 

More information about Hampus Jakobsson’s lecture

More information (in Swedish) about Michel Godefroid’s lecture