Department of Information Technology

News from the Department of Information Technology

Below we present news, activities and other information from the divisions and researchers at the Department of Information Technology.

Google 2018 Faculty Research Award
Congratulations to Thiemo Voigt, who has been honoured by Google for his work in "Visible Light Communication and Backscatter-based Sensing for Implicit Interaction with loT." As part of Google’s growing efforts to support excellent research in academia, Tiemo will receive just over 30 000 dollars as part of this "2018 Faculty Research Award."
- Read more about Google's Faculty Research Award here.

Equal Opportunities Award to Michael Thuné
Congratulations to Michael Thuné, wha has been awarded the 2017 Equal Opportunities Award. The motivation reads:

"Michael Thuné [has] consistently, purposefully and continually worked for equal opportunities and equality in teaching and research, and in his management and trust assignments at the Department of information Technology as well as at the faculty and university levels. The Council for Equal Opportunities wishes to highlight Michael Thuné's time as prefect during which he created conditions and opportunities for active gender equality and equal opportunities work at his department."

The prize was awarded in connection to the Equal Opportunities Day on the 13th of March, 2018.

- It feels delightful and very good to get this price, says Michael Thuné. I have been working with equality issues in different roles since 1990 and believe it is one of our most important issues.
- Read more in Medarbetarportalen (in Swedish only).

Michael Thuné recieves the Gustav Adolf Gold Medal
Michael Thuné has been awarded Gustaf Adolf's Gold Medal for his work as prefect at the Department of Information Technology. The motivation reads:

"Michael Thuné has served as the Head of the Information Technology Department for many years, with collegial leadership characterized by transparency in his positioning and the decision-making process, and available and open information channels that make employees feel safe and listened to. Michael Thuné has been engaged in gender equality for many years, as a member and chairman of the faculty's equality committee and as a council for the rector. With his unobtrusive calm and friendly and generous attitude, he is a role model for many."

The Gustaf Adolf Medal can be offered to a person who has served as a Dean for a very long time, to a prefect who initiated and maintained particularly important activities or to persons who have carried out very significant investigations or the like of large import.
- Read more about the Gustaf Adolf Medals here

Podcast Interview with Thomas Schön
Thomas Schön, Professor of Automatic Control at the Department of Information Technology, has been interviewed by the Swedish publication Dagens Media in their podcast "AI-Podden," where he discusses concepts sch as AI, machine learning and deep learning. Thomas tells us why AI is so hot today and draws parallels to the American space program Apollo, led by NASA to go to the moon.
- Listen to the interview here (in Swedish only).

Researchers Secure Large SSF Funding for Projects on Cybersecurity
Congratulations to our researchers, who successfully secured SSF (The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research) funding for their work in cyber- and information security! Out of the ten projects granted financing by the foundation, three directly or indirectly involve researchers from the Department of Information Technology.

Bengt Jonsson, together with Kostis Sagonas, Luca Mottola and partners at RISE/SICS, have secured 32 mSek for the project "aSSIsT: Secure Software for the Internet of Things."

Thiemo Voigt, together with Christian Rohner, Robin Augustine, Anders Ahlén, Subhrakanti Dey and partners at Akademiska Sjukhuset, have secured 27 mSek for the project "LifeSec: Don't Hack my Body!"

Also, Philipp Rümmer is a partner in the project "WebSec: Securing Web-driven Systems," led by Andrei Sabelfeld at Chalmers and which secured 30 mSek in the same call from the SSF.

"Our focus on cyber security research is very important," says Lars Hultman, CEO of SSF. It's about removing vulnerability in many connected components and large networks. Data breaches and poorly designed IoT devices can cause catastrophic damages to individuals, businesses, and society. To get the most out of our increasingly connected, automated and machine learning world, we need methods and platforms that are safe and reliable, and with built-in capabilities to handle errors.

The ten projects that will now share 300 mSek will analyze security features in software, develop platforms with new and enhanced methods that can handle both expected and unexpected errors, and make sure that security protocols are properly implemented. The projects also deal with operational reliability, self-monitoring, self-care and self-configuration analysis, and scalable and customized security solutions that are adapted to an open environment, where nodes, services, and users change over time,
- Read the complete press release here (in Swedish only).

Alexander Medvedev new Chair of IEEE Technical Committee on Healthcare and Medical Systems
Congratulations to Alexander Medvedev, who has been appointed Chair of IEEE Technical Committee on Healthcare and Medical Systems, for a two-year term in office, beginning January 1, 2018.
- Read more about the IEEE Technical Committee on Healthcare and Medical Systems here.

Stefan Engblom and Björn Victor are Excellent Teachers!
Congratulations to Stefan Engblom and Björn Victor, who were appointed Excellent Teachers on the 15th of december, 2017, by the university commission for Excellent Teachers.
- Read more about our excellent teachers here.

Carolina Wählby invited to join the IVA
Congratulations to Carolina Wählby, who was appointed member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) at the latest Academic meeting. Carolina Wählby will operate within the section of "Technology foundations and boundaries."

- It's a great honor to be made a member of IVA, and I look forward to learning a lot and making new contacts, within both academia and industry, says Carolina. I also hope to be able to contribute with my experience and knowledge for many years to come.

IVA is an independent academic organisation with around 1,300 Swedish and foreign members. Its members are decision makers, specialists and researchers from business, academy and management. The King of Sweden is IVA's highest protector and actively participates in the organization. The around 1,000 Swedish members are divided into twelve section in different industries and areas.
- Learn more about the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences here.

Christian Rohner's Inaugural Lecture
Christian Rohner was promoted to professor on November 16 this year and now his well received inaugural lecture is available online. See the full lecture here or in the video player below (in Swedish only).

Honourable Award to UppSense
UppSense - Uppsala university's SensUs-team - received the Swedish Emedded Award at the Annual Scandivania Embedded Systems Conference. Two of our students in the Embedded Systems Master Program - Maximilian Stiefel och Elmar van Rijnswou - are part of the team. The award is 25000 kr.

The conference attracted some 2,000 participants last year and also now in 2017. It is considered the largest embedded conference in Europe and attracts a lot of interests from Swedish industries and acadmics every year.
- Read more about UppSense here.

The Royal Society of Science rewards Fredrik Lindsten
Congratulations to Fredrik Lindsten, who on August 30 was conferred the Benzelius award by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences at a ceremony held in the Gustavian Museum. The motivation is as follows:

“Dr. Fredrik Lindsten receives the Benzelius award for his fundamental achievements in the intersection between signal processing, machine learning and computational statistics.”

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Uppsala was founded in 1710 and is Sweden's oldest scientific academy. It is a very active and committed academy, that, among other things, supports Swedish research of the highest quality by awarding prizes and awards to deserving researchers.

The Benzelius award was established in the early 1980s in order to accentuate and reward the achievements of young deserving researchers using the Society's own resources.
- Read more about the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences here.

IT-Professorer receive the 2017 "CAV award"
Congratulations to Parosh Abdulla and Bengt Jonsson at the department of informationsteknologi, Uppsala universitet, who have, together with two French research colleagues, received the prestigious 2017 "CAV award." The award is in recognition of their research on verification of correctness for parallel programs and computer systems.

The precise motivation reads: "Parosh Aziz Abdulla, Alain Finkel, Bengt Jonsson, and Philippe Schnoebelen receive the 2017 CAV Award for the development of general mathematical structures leading to general decidability results for the verification of infinite state transition systems."

The "CAV Award" is given once per year at the annual conference on Computer-Aided Verification, which is the most prominent international conference for research on computer aided verification. The purpose of the award is to recognize influential and prominent research in the area. Parosh Abdulla och Bengt Jonsson received the award dollar together with Alain Finkel and Philippe Schnoebelen, Paris, at this year's conference in Heidelberg.
- Read more about the "CAV award" here.

The Swedish Research Council Funds New Research Project at the Department
Congratulations to Thomas Schön, Petre Stoica, Fredrik Lindsten and Dave Zachariah, who, together with researchers at KTH, have been awarded 24 million SKR from the Swedish Research Council for a new research project.

The funds will go to the project "NewLEADS - New Directions in Learning Dynamical Systems," dealing with machine learning in relation to dynamic systems.
- Read more at the Swedish Research Council website (in Swedish only).

Fredrik Lindsten is awarded the prestigious Ingvar Carlsson Award
Congratulations to Fredrik Lindsten, who has been awarded the prestigious Ingvar Carlsson Award by the Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) for his project "Probabilistic models and methods of machine learning."

The Ingvar Carlsson Award is a program instituted in 2004 and is named from SSF's former president, Swedish prime minister Ingvar Carlsson. The main aim of the program is to support young homecoming postdocs whose intent is to start independent and innovative research in Sweden. This is the seventh round of fellows appointed.
- Learn more about the Ingvar Carlsson Award at the SSF website.

Interview with Mats Daniels
Mats Daniels, senior lecturer at the Department of Information Technology, is is interviewed in the latest issue of the SIGCSE bulletin in conjunction with him earning the SIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service to the Computer Science Education Community:

Although we’re talking about the service award, you’ve also been a highly successful CS Education Researcher. What do you think are our biggest challenges in CS Education Research today? What is your vision for CS Education Research 10 or 20 years from now?
"To me it was important that our work towards creating an environment where CS education research was accepted and considered to fit within the technical and natural science faculty. I consider it important to be anchored in the subject to understand the value of the research, an aspect that is coined “The Uppsala Model” for doing subject didactic research at Uppsala University. To me the “home” of CS education research is one of the most challenging aspects of this type of research. That said, I also think there is a danger in expecting such research to be measured with respect to how it influences the current practices and content of CS education. Challenges stemming from uncertainty where the discipline belong and how success and value should be measured are obstacles when it comes to finding (or creating) funding bodies and people able to evaluate quality of such research. I think we have come far in the slightly over two decades I’ve been in the area, but there is still much to be done. It is my hope that CS education researchers will have a clear home for their engagement ten years from now and I envision that Universities (and society) have recognised the value of such research and that there will be substantial funding to bid from."
- Read the complete interview here (pages 11-14).

Updated  2018-02-27 15:13:51 by Peter Waites.