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.

Michael Thuné excellent teacher
Michael Thuné has been titled excellent teacher! An excellent teacher is a teacher who has achieved a higher level of teaching skills. Other excellent teachers at the department of information technology

Pedagogical prize to Tobias Wrigstad
Senior Lecturer Tobias Wrigstad at the Department of Information Technology has been awarded the 2019 educational award in the field of mathematics, science and technology. Motivation: Tobias Wrigstad is passionate about his teaching. With pedagogical ability and subject knowledge, he inspires his students. He continuously develops his pedagogy with the goal that students should take their own responsibility for their learning. With innovative teaching and examination forms, enthusiasm and responsiveness, Tobias promotes student learning and interest in the subject. Tobias also generously shares his educational experiences with colleagues.


New professorship in AI
Uppsala University is setting up a chair in artificial intelligence (AI) at the Department of Informationstechnology. It will be funded with SEK 15 million, over five years, by the Kjell and Märta Beijer Foundation. The focus of the professorship will be on AI as a research tool. Read full article att UU webpage: Beijer Foundation to fund new AI professorship

International Celebration May 14
Welcome to a day of celebrating cultural diversity! The International Celebration 2019 by the Equal Opportunities Group at the Department of IT is a full-day event on May 14 focused on international students and staff. We believe in the importance of diversity in many aspects. This year our theme for the day is the richness that different cultures bring to the table: “Many cultures, a world of possibilities”. Everyone, whether you are in the Department of IT or not, is welcome to attend!

Read more and register

Wang Yi awarded the IEEE TCRTS
Wang Yi has been named the awardee for the IEEE TCRTS Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award. IEEE TCRTS Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award is given to recognize individuals for their outstanding technical achievement and leadership. This is an annual award presented to the recipient at the IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium. The selection was made by the committee composed of past awardees (led by Professor Tarek Abdelzaher this year).

ERC Advanced Grants to Wang Yi
Congratulations to Wang Yi, who was awarded with ERC Advanced Grants 2018!

STS-prize to Joachim Parrow
Joachim Parrow has received the STS prize in 2018. The motivation is that he as a programming teacher on the STS program, for several years put his soul into what has become one of STS's most appreciated courses.

Inslag om institutionens jämställdhetsarbete i SVT Uppland
SVT Uppland 2019-02-27 Åsa Cajander och Michael Thuné om jämställdhetsarbetet på instiutionen: Titta på inslaget

Om digitalisering och arbetsmiljö i P4 Uppland
Åsa Cajander intervjuades i P4 Uppland (2019-02-15) om digitalisering och arbetsmiljö. Intervjun är 2h och 45 min in i programmet: Lyssna på intervjun

Emma Tysk: Uppsala Student of 2018

This year’s Uppsala Student of the Year, Emma Tysk, is studying on the Master Programme in Computer and Information Engineering, and also runs her own graphic-design company. She is a fervent advocate of gender equality in the IT sector.

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Mats Daniels named Distiguished Member by ACM!
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named 49 Distinguished Members for outstanding contributions to the field. The 2018 Distinguished Members are exemplars for their peers, and represent ACM’s worldwide geographic reach, as well as the exciting range of subdisciplines that constitute today’s technology landscape. Mats Daniels was namned Distiguished Member "For Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Computing".

- It's honoring to get this award! says Mats Daniels, who is currently also being installed as a professor at Uppsala University.
- Perhaps not least because it is "For Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Computing" and not "For Outstanding Educational Contributions to Computing" because I consider it a recognition that research on computer science didactics is counted as computer science.
The research group Mats belongs to, Uppsala Computer Education Research Group - UpCERG, has three of 45 professors (Åsa Cajander, Mats Daniels and Arnold Pears), who will be installed at Uppsala University on November 16th.
- 2018 has been a good year for UpCERG, says Mats Daniels. The EU projects COMnPLAY started this summer and we were also awarded EASTEM (Euro-Asia collaboration for enhancing STEM Education)!

More information on the ACM award

The Swedish Research Council approved eight applications at IT!

The Swedish Research Council has decided on eight approved applications from researchers at the Department of Informationtechnology. Congratulations to:

  • Pontus Ekberg
  • Stefanos Kaxiras
  • Gunilla Kreiss
  • Justin Pearson
  • Christian Rohner
  • Philipp Rümmer
  • Di Yuan
  • Dave Zachariah
  • More information about the Swedish Research Councils decisions

    UPMARC Day: Past, Present and Future of Parallel Programming

    Polhemssalen, Uppsala, Nov. 13, 2018

    The Linnaeus Centre UPMARC (Uppsala Programming for Multicore Architectures Research Center), which has been supported by VR (The Swedish Science Council) since 10 years, organizes this one-day workshop on the Past, Present and Future of Parallel Programming. The workshop features presentations of selected efforts, achievements, and challenges addressed by the UPMARC centre. Presentations will focus on key issues, which are complemented by posters on particular projects. The workshop is open to anyone with an interest in parallel programming, and there will be time for questions and discussions. The event will take place at Campus Polacksbacken in the conference room Polhemsalen.

    The one day workshop is sponsored by the UPMARC research programme of Uppsala University (see In particular, attendance of the workshop is free.

    Registration also covers free lunch (as a sign of progress in the field :-)

    The workshop offers talks given by leading researchers in the area, including:

    • Mohamed Faouzi Atig, Uppsala University, Sweden
    • Stefan Engblom, Uppsala University, Sweden
    • Erik Hagersten, Uppsala University, Sweden
    • Mark D. Hill, University of Wisconsin, USA
    • Stefanos Kaxiras, Uppsala University, Sweden
    • Elisabeth Larsson, Uppsala University, Sweden
    • Kostis Sagonas, Uppsala University, Sweden
    • Tobias Wrigstad, Uppsala University, Sweden
    • Wang Yi, Uppsala University, Sweden

    In addition, the school will include a poster session where also participants will be given the opportunity to present their own research.

    For information about the workshop and registration, please see:

    We strongly encourage people interested in participating to register as soon as possible.

    Deadline for registration is October 31st!
    Registration to the UPMARC Day: Past, Present and Future of Parallel Programming


    Jan Kudlicka awarded UTNs Pedagogical Prise
    Jan Kudlicka, PhD student at the Department of Information Technology, Division of Computing Science, has been awarded the UTN Educational Prize for 2017. The motivation reads:

    "All students at Teknat have been invited to nominate their teachers, and the students chose to highlight Jans commitment, flexibility, responsiveness, and his development of the course "Database Technology I," where he worked with a web forum for questions, online quizzes and reality-based tasks."

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