Book talk with Steve Dahlskog

On Wednesday May 9 at 4 pm, Steve Dahlskog, program coordinator for the game development program and computer science lecturer, will talk about his favorite books. Steve’s talk (held in Swedish) is part of the University Library’s series Bokstafetten (in English: the book relay race).  

In Bokstafetten, selected Malmö University staff members talk about books that have been especially important to them. The speaker are asked to present a number of books, both works of fiction and non-fiction, that have been life-changing in one way or another.

WHEN AND WHERE:
Wednesday, May 9 at 16:00 in the University Library, Orkanen, Malmö University.

Read about the Malmö University staff members featured in the series and the books they have chosen to talk about.

May 11 breakfast meeting on diversity in STEM education

Welcome to an informal breakfast meeting with Lisette Titre-Montgomery. 

Ms. Titre-Montgomery is an Art Director with over 17 years of industry experience. She specializes in creating studio cultures where artists and creatives thrive. Her passion is being a diversity advocate for the game industry. She speaks publicly about how game based curriculums are key in efforts to engage today’s youth in STEM-education and careers. She has been a keynote speaker at N.A.S.A., Intel, Black Girls Code, and Girls Who Code, to name a few. She has also worked on initiatives to improve diversity in tech-hiring at the White House under the Obama Administration.

When and where:
May 11 at t 9.00 in the coffee area, on Niagara’s floor 7. May 11, the day after Ascension day, is a day off for most of the staff, but if you happen to be at work that day you are more than welcome to attend the breakfast. Please let Bo (bo.peterson@mau.se) know by Tuesday afternoon (May 8) at the latest if you want to participate or not.  

More information about Lisette Titre-Montgomery can be found here:
http://www.lisettetitre.com
https://twitter.com/doublefine/status/971853387666018309?s=21 
https://youtu.be/kq3UxNioKbw

DVMT hosts student project exhibition May 24

Students, teachers are welcome to the 2018 Department of Computer Science and Media Technology student project exhibition.

Time and place:
Thursday, May 24 at 10 am-2 pm in Niagara (Lobby, 4th floor and 5th floor)

Around 250 students in 60-65 groups are expected to participate. Participating groups come from the programs Information Architect, System Development, Application Development, Game Development and the Bachelor of Science program Data Technology and Mobile IT. 

Here’s a film (in Swedish) about the 2017 exhibition:

May 4 Docent Lecture by Daniel Spikol

On Friday, May 4, Daniel Spikol will hold his docent lecture titled The value of play and learning in the digital age. Lecture will be held in Niagara lecture hall B1 (first floor) between 13:30 and (approximately) 14:15. It is followed by a reception in the Niagara 7th floor café area.

Daniel Spikol has worked at Malmö University since 2011. Prior to that, he was at Linnæus University and RISE’s Interactive Institute. Spikol’s passion is to design and develop digital experiences to provoke people’s curiosity to explore the physical and digital world around them. He combines a background in design, digital art, and computer science to investigate how people learn and play, and has over 60 scientific publications and digital art installations. He has worked for various companies, founded several companies, and actively works to integrate design, science, industry, and culture. 

More information about Daniel Spikol’s work at:
IOTAP – http://iotap.mah.se/
PELARS project  – http://pelars.eu/
Publications – https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=q_61LpYAAAAJ&hl=en

Tuesday: Lunch seminar with Christian Stråhlman

Welcome to the lunch seminar on Tuesday April 24 at 12:15-13:00 in Niagara building room C626. Christian Stråhlman will talk about Negative-Ion/Positive-Ion Coincidence Spectroscopy Applied to X-ray Excited Water Molecules.

Christian will talk about how the negative-ion/positive-ion coincidence technique (NIPICO) has allowed researchers to find and characterize previously hidden excited states in the water molecule. He will also discuss how this synchrotron based technique can be used for future experiments at MAX IV.

We are looking for an interesting speaker for the TS Teknikdag

On November 15 at 1-4pm we will arrange the first TS-specific student recruitment day. It is an inspiration day for secondary school (gymnasium) students in Skåne. The main purpose is to attract girls to our education programs and to raise awareness about what we offer here at TS.

Contacts at local schools
By the end of April we will send out a Save-the-date notice to teachers and vice-chancellors at schools in Skåne. We are sending this out broadly, so it would be great to have any and all of the contacts at schools that you might have. Please send us any contacts (daniel.harju@mau.se or filippa.tornwall@mau.se). If you prefer to send the Save-the-date yourself, we can also provide you the Save-the-date invitation.

Female external inspiration speaker
One of the main points on the November 15 program will be a short inspiration talk by a female technologist, engineer, mathematician, entrepreneur or someone else who can inspire the students. If you know of any external speaker you think would be a good fit for this, please let us know before April 26.

Other ideas or suggestions are of course also welcome. We will give you more information about this in the months to come. Thank you in advance.

Sincerely,

Filippa and Daniel

Wednesday: Lunch seminar on atomic simulation environment

Jakob Blomqvist

Don’t miss the lunch seminar with Jakob Blomqvist this Wednesday, April 17 at 12:15-13:00 in Niagara room C:626. The title of Jakob’s talk is The atomic simulation environment – a Python library for working with atoms.

Next lunch seminar will be on April 24 at 12:15-13:00 in C:626. Christian Stråhlman will then talk about MAX –Lab (title to be announced).

The Hebocon robot competition is this Friday evening

All are welcome to Hebocon, the robotics competition for the technically ungifted. The event is organized at Malmö University by the Institute of Interactive Objects and IOTAP

WHEN: Friday April 20 from 18:00 – 21:00. Robot show at 18:00, competition starts at 19:00.

WHERE: Orkanen Design Lab (the workshop), Nordenskiöldsgatan 10, Malmö University

Feel free to invite students and friends, create a team and sign up to compete. Rules and more information here: https://ioio.mah.se/hebocon/

Pre-Hebocon building work on Wednesday
Participants can attend a pre-Hebocon workshop on Wednesday April 18. Drop in at the Orkanen Design Lab, Room B129, between 10:00-18:00. More information about about the workshop can be found at the Facebook event page.

Hebocon is a robot sumo-wrestling competition. All those without technical capabilities are invited to make robots and compete with them in odd battles. Come and display your skills and imagination. This is an opportunity to get to know people with an interest in prototyping and design.

For more information, contact Johannes Nilsson.

 

Foundation funds new research school for data-driven systems

The Knowledge Foundation recently announced that Malmö University receives about SEK 11 million in funding for a new research school. Datadrivna system is a research partnership between Malmö University and the private sector. The new program’s aim is to increase participants’ research competence and competitiveness, and to strengthen academia and private sector-partnerships. 

“This program is about co-production rather than traditional project-based research. We will develop findings and new knowledge in collaboration with the participating companies,” says Paul Davidsson in a news article published Friday on the University website.

Seven out of 10 licenciate positions have already been filled. The first group comes from Sony Mobile, Apptus Technologies, Sigma and Ubisoft (formerly Massive Entertainment). The program is expected to start in May. 

Read more about the program (in Swedish):
Ny forskarskola stärker samarbetet mellan näringslivet och Malmö universitet

Per Jönsson up next in University’s new after work-lecture series

On Thursday, April 19 at 5 pm, Per Jönsson will speak at I huvudet på en professor (In the mind of a professor), the University’s new after work- series.  The subject of Per’s talk is Atomen: vår guide till galaxen (The atom: our guide to the galaxy). Beer, wine, coffee, tea, snacks etc. can be purchased at the event.

When and where:
Thursday, April 19, 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 new series of after work-lectures held in Swedish (except the April 25 event). The lectures are about 30 minutes, followed by a panel discussion with a master and a PhD-student and opportunities for audience members to ask questions.

No reservations are necessary for this free event, but you can reserve a ticket via the serie’s Eventbrite ticket site.

The series was launched as part of Malmö University’s 20th anniversary. The series consists of 20 free popular science lectures on a range of current topics.

See the entire series program here

See a short teaser film featuring Per Jönsson

Helena Holmström Olsson elected to University Board

The results of the recent election of a teacher representative on the Malmö University Board are in. Helena Holmström Olsson, who is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the Faculty for Technology and Society, was elected to serve as one of the Board’s three teacher representatives. She will serve from April 9, 2018 until April 30, 2020.

Malmö University staff voted in the online election, which was held between March 21 and April 2. The results were presented at the Vice-Chancellor’s decision meeting on April 9.

“I feel very excited and honored to serve in this role. The university-status offers a range of possibilities for us to further develop our profile on both the education and research side. I will work to strengthen our relationships with external partners and with industry and to find flexible teaching models and opportunities that promote life-long learning for our different types of students,” says Helena Holmström Olsson.

Helena Holmström Olsson has previous similar experience from serving on the Gothenburg University Board for several years. She also has previous experience from developing education programmes at Malmö University and several other academic institutions in Sweden and abroad.

“I feel strongly for the need to create an environment where industry and academia can meet. This will result in impactful research as well as excellent opportunities for our students to apply, and practice the skills they have learned. I intend to use my mandate on the University Board and my professional experience to strengthen our partnerships with both private and public sector actors and to make sure that our students have the sought-after skills needed for the job market, both today and in the future, says Helena Holmström Olsson.

Helena Holmström Olsson conducts her research within the Software Center, which is a research collaboration between 11 software-intensive companies in the embedded systems domain and five Swedish universities. Her research focuses on data-driven development, agile development practices, software- and business ecosystems and autonomous systems. She is currently active in a number of collaborations in which she works closely with companies in relation her research. 

The position that Helena Holmström Olsson now assumes was vacated when Magnus Nilsson, one of the University Board’s three teacher representatives, left his post due to a new position as Vice Dean at the Faculty of Culture and Society. In the election, she won against Lena Andersson, lecturer at the Faculty of Teaching and Society, and Ewa Carin Ekberg, professor at the Faculty of Odontology.

Read more about Helena Holmström Olsson’s research

Read more about the University Board election

Internet of Things Conference at Malmö Live

This year’s version of the Internet of Things Conference be held at Malmö Live on April 26 and 27. Themes for this year are Blockchain, Smart Cities and Industry 4.0. 

The program includes workshops, sessions and talks by eight internationally known influencers. See Conference schedule and list of speakers

Ticket prices range from SEK500 for students to SEK2950 for late birds. See registration and ticket prices.

Read about the conference in a recent press release (in Swedish).

More information on the Internet of Things Conference website.

On April 14, join Science Marches On in Lund

About a year ago, an estimated 1.07 million people in cities across the globe participated in the very first March for Science. This year, Skåne will have its very own March for Science, organized by the association Allmänhet och Vetenskap as part of a larger campaign for science called #HurVetDuDet.

On April 14 in Lund, participants will walk between MAX IV and ESS, passing by the site for Science Village. This symbolises Skåne’s dedication and commitment to science in society and politics.

When and where:

Assembly at 13:00 on April 14 at MAX IV (Fotongatan 2 in Lund). From there the march will pass ESS before returning to MAX IV, finishing no later than 15:00.

#HurVetDuDet

The theme of this year’s march is Hur vet du det? (In English: How do you know that?) The idea behind the campaign is to infuse this important scientific question into political debates where statements of fact often go misused and unchallenged.

2018 March for Science official statement:

The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.

More:

Read about Science Marches On in Lund: https://www.marchforscience.se/lund/
Read about the #HurVetDuDet campaign: https://hurvetdudet.nu/

Visit Science Marches on:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scimarchlund
Twitter @SciMarchLund
Instagram @SciMarchLund
SnapChat @SciMarchLund

Cancelled: April 10 lunch talk about sexual harassment

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

All students and staff at TS are welcome to attend the first event in Malmö University’s lunch meeting series on gender equality and equal opportunity. The 60-minute meeting will be held in Swedish and includes a research presentation by Caroline Mellgren, followed by discussions. Free lunch bag with RSVP.

When and where:

Tuesday April 10 at noon to 1 pm in the Orkanen library, Room C528.
RSVP by April 1 to kompetensutveckling@mah.se

More information about the event:

https://www.mah.se/nyheter/kalender/studenters-utsatthet-och-upplevelser-av-sexuella-trakasserier/

Proposals for Rudolf W Palm Foundation funding by April 9

The Rudolf W Palm Foundation was one of the foundations 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. The Faculty Dean would like to see proposals to be submitted to the foundation committee for consideration. The grant total is SEK 50 000 per year.

Employees at the Faculty of Science and Technology are welcome to send proposals to their Heads of Departments. Please send your suggestion to Mats or Bo no later than Monday, April 9.

Don’t miss this week:

Submissions to IoT-ASAP 2018

Due to several requests, the deadline for research paper submission to the IoT-ASAP 2018 has been extended to March 14. Romina Spalazzese reminds us that they welcome both short (4 pages) and long papers (8 pages). More information at https://iotasap.github.io/IoTASAP2018/

Open house on Wednesday March 15 from 13:00-17:00

Malmö University is hosting its annual Öppet hus for prospective students on Wednesday March 15. As usual, the TS programs will be represented by our student ambassadors on the Fifth floor of the Niagara building.   

Licenciate seminar for Dimitris Paraschakis

Dimitris Paraschakis is defending his thesis Algorithmic and Ethical Aspects of Recommender Systems in e-Commerce. Discussant: PhD Alan Said, Högskolan i Skövde.
Time: Friday March 16 at 13:15-15:00 in Lecture Hall B1(B0E15), Niagara. Calendar event: https://www.mah.se/nyheter/kalender/licentiatseminarium-dimitris-paraschakis/

April 1 submission deadline for presenting at STEW conference

Swedsoft’s seventh annual software conference Software Technology Exchange Workshop (STEW), will be held on October 17-18 at Malmö University. Deadline to submit your presentation proposal is April 1.

Swedsoft invites you to present and showcase results based on experience in industry or the public sector, or from research projects. STEW 2018 presentations will be related the following themes: 

  • Let the machine do the job – AI and ML in software development
  • Let us do it together – Open source in software development

Detailed information about STEW’s call for presentations: http://swedsoft.se/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2018/01/Call-for-presentations-2018.pdf

More information about the conference: http://swedsoft.se/event/stew-2018/

The Faculty hosted poster exhibition and semifinal for young researchers

Bild på deltagare i Unga Forskare

At Malmö University on Thursday, March 1, a group of secondary school (gymnasium) students from Malmö presented 25 research projects in a poster exhibition and semifinal for the Unga Forskare (in English: Young Researchers) national research competition.  

Mohammed Al-Khushali

Mohammed Al-Khushali from Malmö Borgarskola was one of the finalists. In his project, Mohammed looked at the potential to produce biodiesel from vegetable oil.

A jury comprised of Rickard du Rietz and Henrik Hartman at the Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics selected five finalists to represent the region in Stockholm March 20-23.

Can you describe the Faculty’s partnership with Unga Forskare?

Henrik Hartman

Henrik: The organization Unga Forskare arranges an annual national exhibition and competition where gymnasium students present their research projects. Malmö University is since many years involved in the exhibition as jury. We also provide feedback and encourage further studies. It is a great opportunity to interact with potential students, including the ones participating in the competition and others coming to see the exhibition.

Was it difficult to pick out the finalists and how did the jury evaluate the projects?

Rickard: We appreciated the high quality level of the projects and the high scientific standard. There was a good mix between basic research and high relevance for societal challenges. Overall, it is always a delicate matter to select only a few projects out of many and this year was no exception. The final decision was based on the students’ presentations in conjunction with their written reports and thorough discussions within the jury.

What is the best part about speaking to young people about research and education within the fields of technology and natural science?

Henrik: The fact that the students are so engaged with their projects and eager to learn.

Was there a project that you specifically liked?

Rickard du Rietz

Rickard: We specifically like the good mix between basic research projects and the ones targeting specific challenges. All the participants share a dedication and willingness to learn more: We were also impressed with the high quality of the research methods they used.

Do you have any tips or suggestions to people at Malmö University who want to engage with prospective students?

Henrik: Events such as this one are great opportunities to bring good potential students to the university campus and meet with existing students. Not only do the faculties have the opportunity to advertise their programs and courses, but also provide valuable feedback to the exhibitors by asking questions about their specific project and maybe even learn a thing or two.

For more information about Unga Forskare, visit the website: https://ungaforskare.se/utstallningen/

Last day to nominate for the 2018 Honorary Doctorate

Wednesday February 28 is the last day to send in nominations for the 2018 Honorary Doctorate, an expression of the faculty’s appreciation of outstanding efforts within any of the faculty’s areas. Send your proposal to TS_dekan@mah.se.

Proposal should include full contact details for the proposed person and a popular scientific reasoning of 100-150 words that can form the basis for the final statement of motivation in the press release and printed program.

The Faculty for Technology and Society 2018 graduation ceremony, May 24

Staff and all programme students at the Faculty who are registered in a thesis examination course for the 2017/2018 academic year are invited to the annual academic graduation ceremony.

When and where:
Thursday, May 24 at 5 pm in D138, Building Orkanen, Nordenskiöldsgatan 10, Malmö.

Formal invitation:
A formal invitation with information about the ceremony programme, food, dress code and RSVP will be sent to all invited students. All staff will also receive an invitation by email.