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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. 

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.

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


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

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