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.
- LäsIT - the department's internal news forum can be found here.
- Press clippings about our research are also presented here.
- Open positions are advertised 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.
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 University of Technology, 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.
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.
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.
Inaugural Lectures 2017
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.
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.
IT-Professorer får prestigefylld utmärkelse
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.
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.
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).
Interview with Carolina Wählby, Professor in Quantitative Microscopy
Carolina Wählby, Professor in Quantitative Microscopy at the Department of Information Technology, is interviewed in the latest issue of Perspectives in conjunction with being awarded awarded 29 million kronor from the Foundation for Strategic Research in the area of "Big Data and Computational Science":
The project is called “Hierarchical Analysis of Temporal and Spatial Image Data,” what is it about?
"Today there are many different imaging systems able to collect large amounts of data, and by using digital image processing and analysis, we can automatically detect and quantify different patterns and processes. But these kinds of analyses are resource-demanding, and the scientifically valuable information is sparse across both time and space. That’s why we want to develop computationally efficient measurements for data description and confidence-driven machine learning that can approximate scientific relevance, and a framework for intelligent information hierarchies that can distribute the data to computing resources and storage options based on its relevance."
- Read the complete interview here.
Interview with David Black-Schaffer, Senior Lecturer at the Division for Computer Systems
David Black-Schaffer, Senior Lecturer with the Division for Computer Systems at the Department of Information Technology, is interviewed in the TEKNAT News Letter for March 2017 in conjunction with being awarded an ERC Starting Grant:
How can we make our computers faster? The answer, according to David Black Schaffer’s new ERC Starting Grant project, lies in being cleverer about how we move and track data.
"The key is to share information between the hardware and the software such that we only move data when it is needed and to the places where it will be used. If we can do that, we will save time and energy."
- Read the complete interview here.
Tage Erlanders prize to Thomas Schön
Congratulations to Thomas Schön, who has been honoured with the 2017 Tage Erlander prize for Science and Technology by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Professor Thomas Schön is awarded 200 000 SEK for research and 75 000 SEK for a symposium/workshop "for significant contributions to nonlinear identification and particle filters."
The prize will be awarded at the Academy's regular meeting November 8, 2017.
Interview with Peter Stoica, Professor of Systems Modelling
Peter Stoica, Professor of Systems Modelling at the Department of Information Technology, is interviewed in the TEKNAT News Letter for February 2017, as he has been ranked number 1 in Sweden and number 74 worldwide in Google's H-index in the area of Computer Science and Electronics:
Do you have any advice for young students and researchers on how to chart a successful research career?
"I think they should work on research questions and problems that they like and that are also important, at least in their opinion. The latter qualifier is important: with the exception of solving long standing and famous research problems, nobody knows exactly the impact a solution to a certain problem will have in the future."
- Read the complete interview here.
Carolina Wählby awarded 29 million SEK by the Foundation for Strategic Research
Congratulations to Carolina Wählby , who has been awarded 29 million SEK by the Foundation for Strategic Research in the area of "Big Data and Computational Science ".
Carolina's project "Hierarchical Analysis of Temporal and Spatial Image Data" includes our own Andreas Hellander and co-applicant Ola Spjuth from the Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, as well as partners Astra Zeneca, Vironova and Stockholm University.
Peter Stoica is Sweden’s most cited in Computer Sciences
who has been ranked #1 Sweden and # 74 worldwide in Google's H-index in the area of Computer Science and Electronics!
The h-index is an author-level metric that measures both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications.
- Read more about the H-index and view the listings here
- Petre Stoica’s own Google Scholar profile can be found here
Lars Oestreicher named an "Excellent Teacher" who has been named an "excellent teacher" for having "achieved a higher level of teaching skills".
- Read more about our "Excellent Teacher" here
Peter Stoica awarded the Uppsala University Rudbeck Medal
Congratulations to Peter Stoica, who has been honoured with the Uppsala University Rudbeck Medal ”for extraordinarily prominent achievements in science."
- Press Release
New professors at the Department of Information Technology
On November 18, 2016, some 40 new professors will be installed at Uppsala University, two of which represent the IT department; Maya Neytcheva and Di Yuan.
- Read more about the installation ceremony
Mats Daniels honoured with the 2017 "SIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service"
Congratulations to Mats Daniels, who has been honoured with the 2017 SIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service to the Computer Science Education Community.
- Read more about the SIGCSE Awards
David Black-Schaffer awarded an ERC Starting Grant
Congratulations to David Black-Schaffer, one of three researcher at Uppsala University who has been awarded the new Starting Grants from the European Research Council (ERC). The am of the grant is to attract new talent to Europe, retain skills within the Union and to create job opportunities for researchers.
- Press Release
Matteo Magnani named an "Excellent Teacher"
Congratulations to Matteo Magnani, who has been named an "excellent teacher" for having "achieved a higher level of teaching skills".
- Read more about our "Excellent Teacher" here
Stefan Engblom new member at Sweden's Young Academy
Congratulations to Stefan Engblom for having been invited as a new member of Sveriges Unga Akademi (Sweden's Young Academy), an independent, interdisciplinary forum for some of the most outstanding young researchers in Sweden across all subject areas.
- Read more about Stefan and Sweden's Young Academy
David Black-Schaffer awarded the 2016 Independent Pedagogical Award
Congratulations to David Black-Schaffer who has been awarded the 2016 Independent Pedagogical Award on the theme "Integration of digital resources in teaching and learning."
- Press Release
Ginevra Castellano awarded 32 million SEK by the Foundation for Strategic Research
Congratulations to Ginevra Castellano, who together with her colleagues at The Royal Academy of Technology has been granted 32 million SEK by the Foundation for Strategic Research for their project "Co-adaptive human-robot interactive systems" (COIN).
Thomas Schön and David Black-Schaffer awarded 29 million SEK by the Foundation for Strategic Research
Congratulations to Thomas Schön (the main applicant) and David Black-Schaffer, who together with her colleagues at The Royal Academy of Technology has been granted 29 million SEK by the Foundation for Strategic Research for their project "Automating System SpEcific Model-Based LEarning - ASSEMBLE".
Thomas Schön awarded the Arnbergska Prize
Congratulations to Thomas Schön, who has been honoured with the Arnbergska Prize ”for significant contributions to nonlinear identification and particle filters."
- Press Release
Peter Stoica selected as "Foreign Member" at the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
Congratulations to Professor Peter Stoica, who has been elected Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
- Read more about the US National Academy of Engineering
Peter Stoica honoured with the Athanasios Papoulis Award
Congratulations to Professor Peter Stoica, who has been selected by EURASIP (European Association for Signal Processing) as the 2016 recipient of the Athanasios Papoulis Award.
- Read more about the Athanasios Papoulis Award
New Professor at the Department of Information Technology
Congratulations to Maya Neytcheva who has been promoted to Professor of High Performance Computing.