NEWSLETTER IDT December 09
IDT:s management team will continue in January to work with the input gener-
ated from the group discussions at the school meeting in November. Work will
also be done in clarifying for example the different rolls in research at IDT.
Karl Schultz who works as the vice head of department of information design
will be on parental leave during the spring. In the meantime Lasse Frank will
take on the role as vice head.
Mona Tjernberg (Eskilstuna) will be away from the assignment for three the
months (exchange a hip joint).
Conny Collander who has had the role as coordinator for external relations at
IDT will as of next year focus more on the work at Netcenter. Thank you Conny
for all the fantastic work you have done during your task as coordinator at IDT!
The roll as coordinator for external relations is vacant! The task as coordinator
> to be the contact person for external organizations who wish to come in
contact with relevant persons at our school.
> increasing the collaboration with schools that prepare young people for
studies at our university
> to be part of IDT:s management team
> to be part of a team of all coordinators at MDH, for mutual collaborations
within the field of external work.
The work as a coordinator is estimated to take 25% of a full time job.
If you would like to take the challenge and become the new coordinator at IDT,
please send an email to Åsa no later than the 15th of January 2010.
2009 has been a fantastic year for IDT. We have started several new interesting
projects, recruited a lot of new students and managed to get funding for our re-
search. We have also increased our co-production activities and I think we proud-
ly can say that IDT has made it possible to move the university’s position forward
as the co-producing university in Sweden.
These successes are because of all of you, working at IDT. I want to thank you all
for your hard work and your big engagement for IDT and wish you a very well
earned Christmas and New Year break.
At the moments we are working on a number of major transformations in the
education system. The current system with levels defined as Basic 100-300 and
Advanced is part of the history. This means that we have a new system, which
has to be fine tuned with the help of everybody involved in courses. This process
is very democratic, thus nobody is left out! At the same time we have specified
“Subject area” for the courses. These two major changes should be seen as meas-
ures for guaranteeing and even increasing the quality of the education.
The year is soon over, and it is time for a short summary. We have worked active-
ly to increase the number of exchange students and provide external funds for
student- and teacher exchange, and the result is better than we expected! Over
the past two year we created more than 20 new agreements with strong partners
that resulted in a significant increase of exchange students. Already in 2008 we
did a good result, 110 exchange students and 54 international master students,
but this year we managed to double the numbers: 235 exchange students and 94
The year ended in a very pleasant way, with the International Days at MDH. Some
40 participants from partner universities from all around the world visited MDH
for networking and presentation of their universities to our students and teach-
ers. Shortly speaking, a very productive year, thank you all for making it possible!
TV4 likes IDT
The gala for the toy design course was a success! Three interesting toys were pre-
sented which resluted in great media exposure. Yvonne Eriksson and three of her
students from the IPR toy design course visited TV4 to show the result of their
work. The project has focused on childrens gender issues and produced gender
Earlier in December Baran Cürüklü and the speaking robot Lara appeared in the
TV4 news “Tvärsnytt”.
1,3 MSEK for Lean Automation
A new three year IPR project with the name Lean Automation has been awarded
1,3 miljoner SEK from Robotdalen for 2010. The project aims at enabling auto-
mation in new areas to increase the competitiveness of swedish companies. The
project includes several research areas and automation in different areas like
health care, handling of nuclear fuel as well as traditional manufacturing. Con-
gratulations to Anna Granlund and the Lean team!
ITEA2 has evaluated the TIMMO-2-USE project with excellent results and awarded
the project with a so called ITEA Label. Also Vinnova are positive and guarantees
funding. Congratulations to Björn Lisper!
Hi5 carried out its half time evaluation in the beginning of December and re-
ceived positive feedback from Vinnova. This gives the project another 5 MSEK for
the period 2009-2011. Congratulations to Ivica & Co!
Hunting for more funding from the EU
An IDT delegation visited the Artemis brokerage event (Advanced Research and
Technology for EMbedded Intelligence and Systems) in Amsterdam to find new
projects within the EU. Now it is time to form new consortia and specify the
project for the call in early 2010.
Dec 14: Markus Bohlin, PhD: “A study of combinatorial optimization problems in
industrial computer systems”
Dec 11: Andreas Hjertström, Lic: “Information Centric Development of Compo-
nent-Based Embedded Real-Time Systems”
Dec 4: Pengpeng Ni, Lic: “Towards Optimal Quality of Experience via Scalable
You are more than welcome to attend the IDT defences since your participation
helps improve the research environment at the department.
Anders Fundin, adjunct professor
Damir Isovic, assistant professor
Peter Funk, professor
New at MRTC:
Jan-Eric Degerblad is new in the research coordination group, working primarily
with national funding
Jan-Eric is replacing Maria Ehn who is trying out a new job at EER (external rela-
Industrial seminars at MRTC
February 24 is the next industrial seminar, which will be arranged in cooperation
with CC Systems and KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology. The seminar “Func-
tional safety - emerging, changing and integrating standards and applications”
will be held at CC Systems in Västerås.
ON December 8th there was a meeting to inform our industry partners about
how they can engage in research projects and what demands that makes on the
companies. This meeting was arranged as a preparation for the Artemis broker-
age event and is planned to be a recurring event.
Award to Johan Fredriksson
IET, Sweden (The Institution of Engineering and Technology) has rewarded Dr.
Johan Fredriksson from IDT with an award for his outstanding Ph.D thesis and
publications. The award was given during an IET-MDH meeting in November.
Best Paper Award to PhD student at IPR
The article Spatial Design and Communication for Improved Production Perform-
ance received “Best paper award” at SPS ’09, Swedish Production Symposium, in
Gothenburg. The award was given to Jennie Andersson, PhD student at IPR. Co-
author was Monica Bellgran.
For the third time we got the trusting to implement commissioned education for
ALMI Företagspartner AB under 2010. The education is for the innovation advi-
sors at ALMI. One of the reasons that ALMI is using our commissioned education
it´s because our high quality to educate innovation advisors.
Our website is now updated:
Åsa Lundkvist, Annika Havbrandt, Baran Cürüklü,
Damir Isovic, Malin Rosgvist, Conny Collander
och Mona Tjernberg.
Editor: Caroline Runius