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

Helena Holmström Olsson at Malmö University’s AW-lecture series

On October 4, Helena Holmström Olsson will take the stage at the University’s after work lecture series I huvudet på en professor. Helena’s talk, which will be held in Swedish, is titled Mjukvara –  tjänsteinnovation för en bättre värld? (Software – service innovation for a better world?)

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

Watch a short teaser film about the lecture and read a synopsis here

I huvudet på en professor is a series of after work-lectures held in Swedish. Helena’s talk will be about 30 minutes, followed by a panel discussion with a PhD-student Lars Holmberg, 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.

Software Technology Exchange Workshop at Malmö University

On October 17 and 18, Swedsoft organizes the Software Technology Exchange Workshop (STEW) at Malmö University. Helena Holmström Olsson at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology is one of the keynote speakers. Her talk is titled Delivering Value: Using the Right Technique for the Right Purpose.

The themes for the 2018 STEW conference are Open source and Artificial intelligence/Machine learning in software development. Other keynote speakers include Charlotta Falvin, Nithya A. Ruff and Staffan Truvé.

Registration closes on October 4.

See the Malmö University calendar for more information about the conference  

Detailed program for STEW 2018 is available here

Link to STEW conference registration page


Claudio Nigro to talk at the Akademisk kvart series

On Wednesday October 3 at 12.30, Claudio Nigro, PhD-student at the Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics, will talk at the Malmö City Library as part of the University’s Akademisk kvart series.

The title of Claudio’s talk, which will be held in English, is Hydrogen versus metals in aerospace and nuclear power plants.

Hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, is a major concern for nuclear and space industries. Although it was significantly used in the past, e.g. in airships, and is still seen as an environment-friendly energy source, it has been shown to be responsible not only for numerous dramatic explosions but also the degradation of the mechanical properties of metals leading to drastic failures in hydrogen-rich environment. Hydrogen embrittlement is a hydrogen-related damage potentially occurring in metals in different forms.

Malmö City Library (from the entrance go left and to the 2nd floor), Kung Oscars väg 11

See the lecture series Fall 2018 program

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

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.

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.

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.