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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.

Congratulations to the new professors at Dept. of IT
The pandemic put a temporary halt to the inaugural lectures for our new professors. But last week it was finally their turn to officially get to hold their lectures and we think it's a good time to celebrate their achievements once again.

Nataša Sladoje
Professor in Computerized Image Analysis

Elisabeth Larsson
Professor of Scientific Computing

Ginevra Castellano
Professor in Intelligent Interactive Systems

Big congratulations!

We want to make it easier to visualize scientific data
Ingela Nyström, professor in Visualization is the Uppsala University coordinator at the national research infrastructure programme called InfraVis.
InfraVis was recently started after receiving 160 million SEK from the Swedish Research Council to create a research infrastructure of national interest.

She explains what InfraVis is and what its contributions will be in an interview with Anneli Björkman.

You can read the interview with Ingela Nyström and more at the Teknat website

Two IT startups are among the 33 best Swedish tech startups in 2021
The two IT startups, Scaleout Systems and Stream Analyze Sweden, were recently included in the NyTeknik list on the 33 best tech startups in 2021. The startups that get included in this list typically has a combination of solid technical innovation and market potential.

Scaleout Systems: Decentralised ai
What they do: Frameworks and platforms for decentralised ai.

Founders: Daniel Zakrisson, Jens Frid, Morgan Ekmefjord, Andreas Hellander, Ola Spjuth and Salman Toor.

Stream Analyze Sweden
What they do: Stream Analyze has an infrastructure platform that makes it possible to create, distribute and run arbitrary ai models on any hardware without detailed programming.

Founders: Jan Nilsson, Tore Risch and Erik Zeitler.

Read the full article on the NyTeknik website for more information about these two startups and the 31 others (Swedish only).

Process control experiment by IT master students in the Testa Center
Professor Bengt Carlsson and his master students recently visited the Testa Center to perform a lab experiment on process control.

The laboratory experiment is part of the new course Process Regulation, the goal was to automatically control the oxygen levels in a Testa bioreactor.

Read more about the visit to Testa Center here

Humör och hunger styr våra beslut oftare än vi tror
The latest episode of the SR P1 program Filosofiska rummet is about Daniel Kahnemans book Brus and the IT department's Anders Arweström Jansson discusses the book together with Annika Wallin (associate professor of cognitive science) and Gustav Almqvist (PhD in business studies).
Both book and discussion members should make this a very interesting episode! Unfortunately, this show is only available in Swedish.

Listen to the episode: Humör och hunger styr våra beslut oftare än vi tror.

Partnership signed with NCC
In 2016, Uppsala University and NCC decided to investigate the possibilities for expanded collaboration, and since then several rewarding projects have taken place. Now an agreement for continued and developed broad cooperation between the parties has been signed.

- Our previous collaboration has been very positive and now we are taking it to the next level. The intention is to create a broad collaboration with the main focus on sustainability, digitization and innovation, says Johan Tysk, vice-rector in technology and science and partnership owner for Uppsala University.

Read more about the new partnership here (Swedish only)

Learning How to Separate Fake From Real News
Fake News has been a recurring issue in online media for many years now and recently the EU started a project to combat misinformation.

Learning how to differentiate Fake from Real News is one of the most important issues of our time. So this article by Mona Guath, Thomas Nygren and Carl-Anton Werner Axelsson comes at just the right time and has some very interesting findings on how their own intervention tool can help younger students identify Fake News.

Read their article in its entirety here.

Increased focus on lifelong learning
Since 1 July 2021, lifelong learning has become an area prescribed by law in Sweden’s Higher Education Act. But work on this national task has been in progress for a long time at the Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University. Andreas Rietz, a senior engineer of mechanical integrity at Scania, is a person who has taken advantage of the Faculty’s new course offering.

Of course, working professionals and job-seekers have long been able to continue their professional development and deepen their knowledge at Sweden’s higher education institutions. But in 2020, the Swedish Government launched a new strategic innovation partnership programme on the theme Skills supply and lifelong learning. Its aim is to find innovative solutions to society’s biggest challenges and contribute to Sweden’s competitiveness. Universities and other higher education institutions were tasked with developing courses intended for both working professionals and those in need of continuing professional development or retraining.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in March 2020 the Government also decided to make it possible for more students to study summer courses or to start a longer study programme. Uppsala University received SEK 22 million for lifelong learning courses, and in June 2020 the first new courses could be held.

Read more about lifelong learning on the Uppsala University website

Smarter data handling is a game changer for computer performance
Wallenberg Academy Fellow Professor David Black-Schaffer wants to shift the focus of computer system performance from raw computations to more intelligently handling data.

Since the late 1960s Moore’s law has predicted that the number of transistors on a chip will double about every two years. Over time this law has led to an exponential growth in computing power as we took advantage of more transistors to do more computations.

Yet our ability to rapidly access the data needed for these computations has not kept pace. This mismatch has been compounded by the enormous growth of the datasets we process for everything from biology to social networks and machine learning. Dr. Black-Schaffer sees a need to switch our focus from increasing computational performance to being more clever about how we move data.
Read the full interview with David Black-Schaffer at the KAW website

University Library Program Autumn 2021
The University Library offers a wide range of open workshops, lectures and other events in the autumn semester. Teknat present the autumn program on the link below.
Follow the link to see dates, times, whether the event is on campus or online, and how to register. Welcome!
See the scheduled events and more at

UppTalk Weekly - A popular science seminar
UppTalk Weekly is a popular science seminar series via Zoom where you get to enjoy interesting conversations and interdisciplinary panel discussions with researchers from Uppsala University every Tuesday at lunch.
The conversations revolve around socially relevant topics and where you as an audience have the opportunity to ask questions to our researchers.
UppTalk Weekly is a part of the Faculty for Science and Technology’s online continuing education initiative for alumni and society.
Find more information about the seminars at the Upptech website

Oscar award for real-time calculations
Every year, Uppsala University awards the Oscar prize to young researchers at Uppsala University, who "through scientific writing have made themselves most deserving and give the best hopes for continued scientific writing at the university". The prize consists of the return of Oscar II's jubilee donation from 1877 and can be shared between two equally deserving researchers.
The recipients are appointed by the university's board, the consistory, on the proposal of a committee consisting of the faculty deans. This year, the prize will be awarded to Ashish KC and Pontus Ekberg, who will share the prize money of SEK 140,000.
PhD Pontus Ekberg, Department of Information Technology. Pontus Ekberg is rewarded for his contributions to the understanding of basic problems linked to real-time calculations. Real-time systems can be defined as systems that control an environment by receiving data, processing it and returning results quickly enough to affect the environment within a given time span, for example in control systems that require immediate and correct response. Through his research, Pontus Ekberg has highlighted the complexity of this type of system, and contributed with solutions to problems that have been unresolved for over 30 years. He has also influenced the analysis and design of today's firmware.

New national competence centre (ENCCS)
Lilit Axner, researcher at the IT department has been appointed director for the new national competence centre ENCCS. The goal of the centre is to provide solutions for large-scale data processing.
"We enable users to make optimal use of their software on European supercomputers," says Lilit Axner, researcher and Director of EuroCC National Competence Centre Sweden (ENCCS). Read the full interview with Lilit Axner at

The department of IT invests in research in sustainability and security
Professor Carolina Wählby at the Department of Information Technology was interviewed by our faculty in relation to our focus on sustainability and security in IT research. Read the intervew at (only in Swedish at the moment)

New service provides access to supercomputer
A new service launched by University IT Services (UIT) makes infrastructure for processing large amounts of data available to users throughout the University’s educational organisation.
“This service was previously only available via contacts but we are now proud and delighted to be able to offer these resources to a broader base of teachers and users within Uppsala University,” says UIT’s head of administration Christer Rindebratt.
The new service makes it possible for teachers to offer courses that require students to have access to supercomputers – i.e. extensive cloud services and powerful computer clusters with sufficient processing power, RAM and storage space – at the University’s Uppsala Multidisciplinary Centre for Advanced Computational Science (UPPMAX).
“Through the collaboration between UIT and UPPMAX, departments receive instructions and assistance to get their projects started, with access to computing capacity and storage space that teachers and students can utilise during the course,” explains Lisbet Holmberg Stark, director of UIT.
Orders for new courses and support cases are handled by the IT Service Desk, while UPPMAX helps users to install software and anything else needed to get started in their environment in the system.
Read more at Medarbetarportalen

Updated  2019-01-29 09:07:38 by Kajsa Örjavik.