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Chalmers strategy of excellence within Areas of Advance is to visualize and focus research, education and innovation as a powerful entrepreneurial

university with a potential to improve sustainability. The Areas of Advance are driven by sustainability, innovation and education with basic and applied sciences as a fundament for the vision of Excellency.

The vision for the Areas of Advance is to match our scientific excellence against global challenges where we can make a difference.

Areas of Advance
Five of our Areas of Advance have received substantial governmental funds to take on a national responsibility: Energy Materials Science Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Production Transport. The other three areas are considered equally important with a potential to meet the grand challenges through scientific excellence: Life Science Information and Communication Technology Built Environment

Our mission is to create a unique integration of the knowledge triangle; research, innovation and education by including a new dimension to the existing organization. Through this strategic instrument we will concentrate, visualize and advance our scientific excellence by bridging gaps and accelerating the interplay between academia, industry and society, as well as within our own environment at Chalmers. This new dimension creates a virtual matrix organization and enables a powerful way to work with an operational bottom-up process combined with a strategic top-down process. The Areas of Advance can thereby provide powerful meeting places over boundaries and a basis for new interdisciplinary research.

They are positioned in the international forefront of research. Anne-Marie Hermansson. clusters of research groups and international networks. Integrated education Academies will be developed in conjunction with the areas of research. industry and society. The Areas of Advance offer platforms for interdisciplinary research and networks that adds to the basic research performed within departments. They include excellence centers. which will give PhD students and master students important insights in areas of strategic significance for Chalmers. This provides a unique possibility to bring research results into use in society and industry in an effective way. sustainability is a key factor. Excellence profiles are areas where we take a national responsibility with the potential to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. Chalmers for a sustainable future This is Chalmers overall vision and all Areas of Advance have a strong driving force in this direction. health and sustainability by involving the right mix of disciplines necessary to meet the demands. . research institutes. The research is very often carried out at several departments in joint effort where both applied and basic sciences are vital parts Outstanding research The research in most of the Areas of Advance is recognized as excellent and the aim is to position a major part of the research in the category outstanding. The research organized in excellence profiles makes it possible to address urgent issues within areas such as energy. The Areas of Advance will play an important role for the reorganization of the education for master students.Design of Areas of Advance Each area is built on excellence profiles and active fields. Chalmers can ensure that at all times. coupled with education and innovation activities in collaboration with research institutes. Through international evaluations we are able to continuously develop our Areas of Advance and be one of the leading Universities in the respective Areas. industry and society. Active fields on the next level describe research areas within or between excellence profiles. and a specific school for researchers within Areas of Advance is under development. The Areas of Advance is directed by Vice President Prof. By providing synchronized platforms of eight Areas of Advance. research programs. education and innovation with a mission to meet the long-term needs from society and industry. industry and society. Innovation and impact on society The innovation system will meet all dimensions of the Areas of Advance from scientists to competence centers and more long-term collaborations with actors from academia.

Smartgeometry and Health Impact transdisciplinary research is carried out spanning from civil engineering and architecture.Built Environment at Chalmers has a comprehensive research community engaged in advanced research in the human and built environment. Design Built Environment at Chalmers is initially clustered in five thematic excellence profiles. much of which also involves national and international partners from both academia and practice. as well as Applied Information Technology at Chalmers. which span across department borders and have strong community and industrial significance. furthermore at the department of Technology Management & Economics. architecture and urban planning. and Energy & Environment. In doing so the Chalmers Area of Advance Built Environment will play an important role in shaping the area towards a sustainable future. Architecture. to behavioural and social science in collaboration with the University of Gothenburg Vision Our vision is to be a catalyst for positive change in these profiles together with strong academic. industrial and public partners. Together we can tackle the pressing resource and quality issues by combining technical knowledge with design expertise in environment and climate. FRIST: . energy. Excellence in research and relevance to society The research is primarily carried out at the departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Energy in Buildings and Strategic Planning and Processes. infrastructure and knowledge of design and development processes and management across the Built Environment field. Foremost centres are the Centre for Management of the Built Environment. In the profiles: Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future. There are a number of excellence centres in the Built Environment area. incorporating high quality living and a built environment that is highly valued by society. Konstruktionscentrum.

among several other. Furthermore. contributing to a high quality of life for everyone (including the increasing ageing society). A prime example is the profile Energy in Built Buildings which is shared with the Area of Advance . Mistra Urban Futures will act as a special hub in the Built Environment Area of Advance. strive for achieving holistic research in the design and construction of our built environment. Integrated education Chalmers Academy of Built Environment is a joint venture between Chalmers and industrial partners with interests in the built environment. encouraging significant energy savings and increased use of renewable energy. properly managed. . Another objective is to increase the quality and flexibility of the master´s programmes. For a sustainable future Taking an integrated approach to a sustainable built environment. the new Research Centre for Healthcare Architecture and the Centre of Visualization Göteborg.Forum for Risk Investigation and Soil Treatment. planning and governance and the engagement of all relevant actors – people. Infrastructure. ensuring secure supply of provisioning food and water is a prerequisite for human well-being. It serves as a platform for contacts and a forum for exchange of knowledge. Structures/Building Performance. the establishment of Johanneberg Science Park – a company founded by Chalmers and Gothenburg city – will deeper strengthen and develop the economy of the region through collaboration between industry. Nina Ryd. Moreover. field trips. Activities will involve the areas of Built Environment. Consequently sustainable urban futures will achieve breakthroughs in technology. Built Environment at Chalmers is directed by assistant Prof. and Transport. All together. and governments. hence opportunities to achieve sustainability.Energy. Another example is the initiative of Future Urban Transport taken by the Area of Advance -Transport. and keep them in line with the continuously developing needs by supporting interaction between practitioners and academics. can be transformative arenas in which natural resources are used more efficiently and economically. academia and the community. Links to other Areas of Advance Built Environment has links to several of the other Areas of Advance. The development of technologies and processes within water and wastewater systems are also considered through a holistic approach within the Built Environment Arena of Advance. Production. Energy and Materials with an initial focus on the Built Environment. One aim is to support students and teachers contacts for practice for projects. It is also a hub where the community and industry will have easy access to those of Chalmers master´s programmes that are most relevant to the design and construction sector. in particular Energy. internships etc. The ongoing rapid demographic change and urban growth are other great challenges. industries. cities. At present the master’s programmes at Chalmers Academy of Built Environment are sorted in four areas: Architecture/Design. Chalmers Area of Advance gives opportunities for developing strategies as well as new technologies required for the transition of the current society into a low carbon society. Moreover. However. Mistra Urban Futures. Management. ideas and visions to mutual benefit. master´s thesis.

We are standing on the threshold of radical changes in European and global energy systems. Vision The vision is to be among the internationally leading universities with regards to the future sustainable energy system. In addition. Conducting world class energy technology and system research is fundamental within the Area of Advance Energy. High Temperature Corrosion (HTC). To achieve this. Swedish . Chalmers’ energy-related research is at the heart of both the challenges and the opportunities presented to industry and society by these changes. we contribute significantly to other crucial aspects of energy systems transformation by developing internationally acclaimed energy system models. Chemical and Biological Engineering. with high relevance to industry and society. energy technology and system research as well as connections to economy and social sciences. Signals and Systems and Applied Physics and with links to Basic Science research in Applied mechanics and Mathematics Outstanding research The Area of Advance Energy is closely related to four competence centres at Chalmers: Combustion Engine Research Centre (CERC). Research areas that define the Area of Advance Energy at Chalmers are shown in the picture below: The Area of Advance Energy covers all the important elements of basic science. leading to close cooperation between different energy technology and system areas. and the structure of the area is wide and collaborates with several of the other Areas of Advance. The research is mainly carried out at the departments of Energy and Environment. Design The Area of Advance Energy is the largest single Area of Advance at Chalmers. we are building on our flexible organization.

Hybrid Vehicle Centre(SHC) and Competence Centre for Catalysis (KCK). are guiding the activities within the Area of Advance Energy. food). vehicle manufacturing. Transport. together with a network of key contacts within our main partner companies in the energy sector. The challenge of sustainability is the beacon in all our profiles. represented by all industrial branches mentioned above. That is one important reason why Energy is the largest Area of Advance at Chalmers. petrochemical/chemical. Swedish Wind Energy Technology Centre and Swedish Centre for Indirect Gasification. process industry (pulp and paper. utilization of the research results is also defined as knowledge build-up and transfer. ideas and visions.e. i. An important feature in our education is the interaction between technology and system aspects in the energy area. . as well as energy systems. Integrated education The foundation for our Areas of Advance is the basic sciences. However. Interdisciplinary research between Energy and other Areas of Advance Energy is an important element in all Areas of Advance. For a true sustainable development of the global energy system basic knowledge from all these areas is a prerequisite. efficient energy use. equipment manufacturers and SME industry. Chalmers Energy Academy provides a forum for mutually beneficial exchange of information. The mission of the established Chalmers Energy Academy is to provide an interface between research and MSc level education at Chalmers and the energy sector. In particular. Energy education is conducted in all the departments at Chalmers. The Area of Advance Energy has also strong cooperation with several Swedish institutes such as SP and Innventia as well as major actors in the Swedish industry. construction. Thore Berntsson and Co-director Mats Rydehell. consulting organisations and public agencies and authorities. open innovation activities such as advice on policy issues to industry and society etc. basic sciences. efficient energy conversion technologies. Innovation and impact on society Chalmers driving forces. innovation and entrepreneurship. We have profiles in direct cooperation with the Materials Science. prospective students have easy access to an overview of education programmes and activities within the energy area. A sustainable future In principle all energy research and development activities aim at creating a more sustainable global energy system. We have a well established industrial collaboration network with all important industry areas such as utility. knowledge. It will also be closely connected to three centres that are under construction: Swedish Knowledge Centre for Renewable Fuels (in cooperation with several other universities and institutes as well as industry). Industrial collaboration is a key activity to make sure that research results are industrialized. sustainable transport and distribution. as well as subcontractors. academia-industry collaboration. Nanoscience and Built Environment Areas of Advance. The Area of Advance Energy is lead by Director Prof.

The ICT Area of Advance can highlight several success stories where research conducted during many years at Chalmers now are being implemented in industry. space. with the purpose of driving long-term societal and industrial system development. security. and antennas (measurements on wireless devices). Some examples are fiberoptic communication (ultrafast optical sampling). transport and vehicles. from components to systems. and component and software industry. THz components (space science). In addition to fundamental scientific curiosity. We have also agreed on long-term research centres with industrial partners in the profiles microwave technologies and antenna systems. microwave circuits (mm-wave communication). our main stakeholders are found in telecommunication.The Area of Advance Information and Communication Technology ( ICT) at Chalmers is carrying out the research called for by the future information society. About 170 senior researchers (50 Professors) at Chalmers are active in scientific fields within ICT. This is proven by a strong ability to attract external funding in national as well as international competition. From waves to bits The Area of Advance ICT at Chalmers is represented by six research excellence profiles. . Each profile is represented by several internationally leading professors and their groups. photonics (surface-emitting lasers). Our profiles are driven by the needs for the individual. Vision Our vision is to advance novel hardware and software technologies for more efficient communication and sensing. Outstanding research and innovation The Area of Advance ICT at Chalmers encompasses some of the strongest international groups. software quality (efficient testing methods). the society as well as the industry. Hence we therefore constantly look how to initiate research across discipline borders from hardware to software.

130 Ph. In total. Our research improves energy-efficiency in materials. we offer an advanced two-year Master level for international students closely connected to ICT research laboratories composed of eight programs in various ICT subjects. Interdisciplinary research between ICT and other Areas of Advance The Area of Advance ICT has several interdisciplinary links to other Areas of Advance: Sensors and networks for telecommunication are now being tested for intelligent vehicle systems for increased safety in traffic. Jan Grahn and Co-director Prof.Successful innovation in the Area of Advance ICT at Chalmers is also shown by a proven track record in spinning off businesses from our research. Information and Communication Technology at Chalmers is lead by Director Prof. For a sustainable future The Area of Advance ICT helps to attain Chalmers’ vision for a sustainable future.Sc. around 2000 undergraduates are found at Chalmers ICT programs. Apart from the traditional ICT undergraduate M. Integrated education Chalmers offers a unique teaching curriculum in ICT.D. currently employing more than 700 people at 17 companies. Advances in novel materials and nanoscience such as graphene may give us new component technologies for faster integrated microwave circuits. Computer Science and Information Technology. . In the research education. students are active at 15 laboratories within the Area of Advance ICT. We develop control and sensor concepts for reduced CO2 emissions in transportation. We also prove how software systems can be engineered with higher security and efficiency at reduced cost. programs in Electrical Engineering. Antennas are used in diagnosing cancer and brain malfunctions. Chalmers’ examines on average 18 PhD students per year within ICT. An ICT Academy is linking the programs together and helps students to network with industry and researchers. David Sands. components and systems for the wireless society.

systems medicine and diagnostic. We are bridging between food production and nutrition. All the different research activities cover one of the three major application areas of life science. 2) food and nutrition. Design The Life Science Area of Advance is organized into five research profiles each consisting of several active fields. Particularly strong research activities in the Life Science Area of Advance are: Food & Nutrition. Outstanding research and excellence A large number of research groups from several different departments are involved in the Life Science Area of Advance.We are providing engineering solutions that can advance the change towards a bio-based economy. and 3) industrial production. . but the majority of the activities are at the Life Science Division under Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. An overview of the research profiles and fields is given below. Our vision is further to become a European leader in human nutrition. chemicals and materials. disease diagnosis and systems medicine such that the society can move from disease treatment to disease prevention. where biotechnology is used for sustainable production of fuels. and several of the research fields involves activities in 2 or 3 of these different application areas. synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. Our researchers are also actively involved in advancing nutrition. Vision Our vision is that Chalmers will expand and maintain its world leading position in the field of industrial biotechnology. with the objective to design novel foods that ensure disease prevention and disease progression. with focus on metabolic diseases. namely 1) human health.

biomaterials and on nanotechnologies for use in life sciences. A sustainable future The Life Science Area of Advance has several projects that are actively contributing to ensuring a sustainable society. Innovation and impact on society Innovation is at the focal point of the Life Science Area of Advance.Mathemetical Biology. We are developing advanced analytical techniques based on bioimaging and microfluidics that can be used for basic and clinical research. and we have several examples where our research has resulted in patents and spin-out companies. and hereby advancing the field of systems medicine. Biotechnology and Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. This is particularly manifested in projects on developing novel processes for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals through microbial fermentation. Our closes interactions are through our research on sustainable bioenergy. We are further using reconstituted lipid membranes for advancing our understanding of viral infections and interactions between lipid composition and membrane function. The Life Science Area of Advance is directed by Professor Jens Nielsen . and drug targets for disease treatment. Bioengineering. which ensures transfer of innovation to the benefit of the society. biomarkers for diseases. but also projects on novel foods and food ingredients will contribute to establishment of a more sustainable society. We also a strong and vivid graduate school in biosciences associated with the Life Science Area of Advance that currently has more than 70 PhD students affiliated. We also have close interaction with computer science and are bridging to mathematical sciences on a number of research projects. The MSc program in Biotechnology follows a 3 year BSc program in Biotechnology – the biotech BSc program in Sweden with the largest number of applicants. We are using metabolic engineering to advance the development of cell factories that can be used for production of the fuels and chemicals of tomorrow. We are using systems biology approaches to clinical data with the objective to identify the molecular mechanisms underlying human diseases. Synthetic Biology. Interdisciplinary research between Life Science and other Areas of Advance We have close interaction with most of the other Areas of Advance at Chalmers. Integrated education We currently have two MSc programs in life science at Chalmers. and can lead to development of novel diagnostic tools for evaluation of disease progression. We have extensive collaboration with Swedish and international companies.

and from materials theory to processing. which span across department borders and have strong industrial involvement. Theory and Modelling and Experimental Methods. In the thematic profiles. characterisation and evaluation. The Department of Biomaterials at the University of Gothenburg is also part of the governmental-funded effort. Staying at the forefront of materials theory. multi-disciplinary research is carried out spanning from natural science to engineering. Design Materials Science at Chalmers is structured into three thematic and two generic excellence profiles. The main centres are the VINN Excellence Center Supramolecular Biomaterials. There are several excellence centres in the materials science area. Outstanding research The research is mainly carried out at the departments of Applied Physics. Materials for Energy Applications.Materials Science at Chalmers covers a broad perspective and takes on the global challenges for health. energy. and experimental tools lays the ground for breakthroughs in materials science. and sustainability from a materials perspective. focus on the development of new methodology and research infrastructure forming a base for the thematic research. and Materials and Manufacturing Technology. Vision Our vision is to make an impact on society and contribute to sustainability through excellence in materials research. Materials for Health. It includes all the important elements of advanced materials research: theory and modelling. The generic excellence profiles. Applied Mechanics. synthesis. Microtechnology and Nanoscience. Wallenberg Wood . modelling. Chemical and Biological Engineering. and Sustainable Materials. The research spans over five departments and includes several world leading excellence centres and research programs.

the Competence Centre for High Temperature Corrosion. Aleksandar Matic. The research aims for new breakthroughs in materials science. A sustainable future Materials Science contributes to the development of a sustainable future by enabling new technologies. the Competence Centre for Catalysis. Materials Science at Chalmers is lead by Prof. and the Center of Excellence in Railway Mechanics. as well as by increasing the efficiency and decreasing the environmental impact of existing ones. Interdisciplinary research between Materials Science and other Areas Materials Science has links to several of the other Areas of Advance. All masters programs are taught in English and there is a large participation by international students from Europe. Chalmers is also engaged in the VINN Excellence Center BIOMATCELL. Krister Holmberg and Prof. Funding seed projects to develop new research lines and collaborations Establishing exchange with academia. Innovation and impact on society The guiding star for the activities of the Area of Advance is to combine scientific excellence and relevance for society. . The means to reach the aims include: Supporting the development of young talented scientists. Chalmers is also host for the Graduate School in Soft Matter with a national responsibility to provide specialized courses in the field of soft matter. Transport. Examples of current research are new materials for batteries and fuel cells. and Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. light weight materials. improved catalysts for emission control and for sustainable energy systems. and industry Collaborating with large scale facilities and research centres Organizing outreach activities Integrated education Several of the masters programs at Chalmers directly relate to materials science. hosted by Gothenburg University. the cross-departmental Graduate School in Materials Science provides truly cross-disciplinary training and a common curriculum in materials science for PhD students from five different departments. North America and Asia. increasing the competitiveness of the industrial partners through new processes and products. in particular Energy. On the PhD level.Science Centre. and materials based on renewable feedstock. A prime example is the profile Materials for Energy Applications which is shared with Energy. and being a competence resource for society and industry. Production. creating a base for new companies through research ideas.

Across the broad excellence profiles we have identified a number of more specific active fields. nanoelectronics and spintronics. We have established strong research in nanophysics.The Area of Advance Nanoscience and Nanotechnology coordinates research which stretches over several departments at Chalmers.g. soft-matter nanotechnology. We act to increase visibility of research and support interaction with society and industry. Outstanding research – major objectives We have identified four key areas where we believe that a combined effort of our existing experience and resources can make a substantial impact. Nanosensors. Nanoscale electrical. Vision Our vision is to further strengthen Chalmers’ position as the leading Swedish university in nanoscience and nanotechnology. in particular at the interface of nanophysics and nanochemistry. The nanophysics research includes studies of engineered nanosystems such as quantum computers. The nanobiophysics activity focuses on nanofluidics. applications and fundamental science of carbon nanotubes and graphene. and biomimetic materials science. nanosensors for bioanalytics and measurement technologies. . The nanochemistry effort targets the ultimate miniaturization of electronics and photonics. promote internal collaborations. many of which are highly interdisciplinary. supported by an excellent infrastructure such as a large first-rate clean room. and transfer research results from laboratory into society as new products and new knowledge. and nano-optics with applications in. efficient solar energy production. molecular electronics. Design The research at Chalmers is divided into three profile areas: Nanophysics – Nanobiophysics – Nanochemistry.. ubiquitous nanodevices. e. optical and mechanical sensors offer unprecedented possibilities both as ultrasensitive local transducers and as low-cost. Results produced by our more than 200 researchers have already been commercialized in many areas. Our aim is to strengthen and support already strong research environments. and the development of molecular methods to create nanodevices. DNA-based self-assembly. nanobiophysics and nanochemistry.

Another area where nanotechnology research contributes to a sustainable future is nanomaterials which can be used to replace toxic or scarce materials (e. QSense (now a part of Biolin AB) and Nanofactory Instruments AB. programs Nanotechnology. with a focus on nanotechnological means to improve energy efficiency in both energy production and consumption. and open new directions for research and applications. . assisted by an operative steering group and a strategic Scientific Advisory Board. Lithographical fabrication techniques of electronics allow positional accuracy down to 10 nm. including Cellectricon. Quantum effects manifest themselves in many nanoscale systems.. Sc. We pursue the grand challenge of bridging the technological gap between these two approaches. Examples include components for quantum computers. we have nearly 50 patents issued or under review. Jari Kinaret and Co-director Prof. more efficient solar cells) and reduced energy consumption through low-dissipation electronic components and nanocatalysis. and a number of nanotechnological applications with connections to Energy (improved solar cells. either through individual researchers or Chalmers’ established innovation system. Nanosensors... On the M. and strong lightweight nanocomposites that have great potential in many fields ranging from aerospace to bioengineering. Anders Palmqvist.Exploiting quantum phenomena on the nanoscale. the M. Here our collaboration with the research institute IMEGO plays an important role. Nanodevices for a sustainable society. A third aim is to strengthen the technology transfer process through verification of research results and development of prototypes.g. A sustainable future Nanodevices for a sustainable society is one of our key areas. The Area of Advance is lead by Director Prof. and mechanical quantum devices. as do our contacts with the networking organizations SwedNanoTech and NanoConnect Scandinavia. graphene electrodes in solar cells). Several startup companies on nanotechnology originating from this research environment have been launched. Advanced courses on the area are integrated into several disciplinary graduate schools. cell membrane and DNA studies clearly overlap with Life Sciences. quantum optics on a chip. several programs are closely related to the Area of Advance. We actively seek to protect key intellectual property generated from research: at present. level.g. Nanoscience and nanotechnology contribute to improved efficiency of energy production (e. Bridging the gap between top-down and bottom-up technologies. while chemical techniques yield structural accuracy on the molecular level. nanoelectronics (with ICT). Innovation and impact on society We continuously develop and initiate new collaborations with both large and small companies. nanocatalysis). Integrated education The Area of Advance has a very close connection to graduate education: most of the day-today research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is done by graduate students. in particular.Sc. We encourage launching companies and creating new employment opportunities in existing ones. Interdisciplinary research between Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and other Areas of Advance At the interfaces to other Areas of Advance we have identified activities which are expected to become common active fields: nanomaterials (with Materials). Applied Physics and Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology.

This gathered expertise focuses on below presented three main scientific profiles because they are representing important present and future industrial challenges. Safe. based on a life-cycle perspective.Chalmers relies on 50 years of continuous research in the area of production and has been given the responsibility to lead the Swedish production science to a sustainable future. and rewarding work environments. methods and tools. Minimized environmental impact through reduced waste of energy and natural resources. ecological and social aspects — where industries. This is realised by creating: Development processes for innovative and competitive product and production systems. 25 research groups and a network of collaborating industries. World-class education in sustainable production. Scientific excellence and industrial impact are two main objectives within the Production Area of Advance. 10 research centers. environment and members of society all benefit. Optimized production systems and manufacturing processes. Our mission is to achieve excellence in scientific research and development — supporting sustainable and innovative production through knowledge. Vision Our vision is – sustainable and innovative production. closely related to our mission. with respect to economical. . healthy. Structure The Area of Advance Production congregates more than half of all Chalmers departments.

Outstanding research Our research stands out internationally as a result of our close collaboration with industry. Integrated education Our responsibility towards future generations is to provide world-class education in sustainable production to create a solid ground where creativity and new innovations spires. including collaboration between competing companies. The Production Area of Advance is lead by Director Prof. quality. Our research is fundamentally based on science in mathematics. We have a profound understanding of conditions influencing industry. high performing production systems and human-friendly workplaces. five Centres of Excellence. Production for a sustainable future Sustainable production is a main key to a sustainable society. Innovation and impact on society Innovative ideas are based on industrial and scientific needs. physics and/or chemistry and reaches across all the other Chalmers Areas of Advance. Sustainable Manufacturing Processes Environmentally benign. Researchers working with the active fields within the profiles are committed to take on the challenges of sustainable production. New concepts are rapidly tested by industry and the feedback stimulates the creative and scientific process. This is unique. Interdisciplinary research between Production and other Areas of Advance The Area of Advance Production congregates more than half of all Chalmers departments. for example cost. time and sustainability. An additional strength is our ability to perform research across industrial sectors and scientific areas. Johan Stahre . Our strong trackrecord of having produced numerous spin-off companies and commercial software that are used daily by thousands of industrial clients around the world ensures our ability to leave permanent impression in society. resource and energy efficient manufacturing processes for traditional and new materials. Rikard Söderberg & Co-director Prof. Sustainable Production Systems Development and operation of resource and energy efficient. Sustainable Product Development Methods and tools for robustly designed and product life cycle based product platforms with early consideration of sustainability requirements and effects. We support this by presenting a broad range of master’s and doctoral programmes together with regional. national as well as international graduate schools. 25 research groups and a network of collaborating industries.

countermeasures to avoid accidents and prevent injuries and mitigate their consequences. To achieve this. The research profile Traffic safety encompasses three main areas: Understanding the real traffic environment through collection and analysis of data. The research in this profile is coordinated by the competence centre SAFER hosted by Chalmers . catalysis. which is a holistic construct that involves close collaboration. Sustainable vehicles and fuels includes research on electrification. renewable fuels. combustion engines light weight materials – and their respective application for different modes of transport. synchronised processes and material flows between organisational units. we are building on a wide range of disciplines and close connection between research and higher education and on an intense cooperation with industry and societal actors. illustrated below. Outstanding research Our research on Transport efficiency and customer adapted logistics focuses on transport systems as part of supply chains. carbon emissions generated by transport need to be reduced by 90% until 2050 in order to keep the temperature rise below 2 degrees and in view of the projections for road transport growth. However. Transport efficiency and customer adapted logistics encompasses all aspects of efficient and effective transport including and connecting several subsystems such as individuals’ mobility.Efficient transport systems play a vital role in our society. Adding demands for increased traffic safety and efficient transport solutions this Area of Advance faces great challenges. Traffic safety captures all aspects of safe road transport of or by people. safe and efficient future transport systems. hybridization. transport and traffic systems. companies’ logistics systems. Design The research is focused on the three profiles. This requires a holistic approach and the research centre Northern LEAD coordinates the activities that address these issues. Vision The vision is to be among the internationally leading universities with regards to green. including safe interconnections to other transport areas and modes.

teachers and industry and a forum for exchange of knowledge. linking the three excellence profiles to ICT. Rail road transport and Transport safety are additional emerging fields cutting across profile and centre boundaries. guest lecturers etc. Interdisciplinary research between Transport and other Areas of Advance Two emerging fields that cut across the profiles and relate the research in transport to other areas of advance are currently under development: Future urban transport. The profile Sustainable vehicles and fuels engages several research centres: the Swedish Hybrid Vehicle Centre (SHC). While solutions to reduce green house emissions from many other sources have been developed. Collaboration with Test Site Sweden. field trips. A sustainable future The development of green. ideas and visions. master’s theses.and including more than 20 partners who are involved in joint research on vehicle and traffic safety. The research within the profiles connects to different sorts of infrastructures and clusters. In addition. several centres relate to more than one profile and to other areas of strength: the Lighthouse – Maritime Competence Centre.se/cata) is a joint effort between Chalmers and industrial partners serving as a platform for contacts between students. internships. transport is a cornerstone in economic growth and mobility is increasingly considered a quality of human life. In order to develop the impact of our research on society we will develop additional platforms for interaction with industry and society and new ways of organizing and stimulating innovation in order to foster the development of new transport solutions. and Intelligent transport systems. The Area of Advance is lead by Prof Anna Dubois and Senior Lecturer Magnus Blinge. One aim is to provide students and teachers with projects. the Competence Centre in Railway Mechanics (CHARMEC) and the Antenna Systems Excellence Centre (Chase). As a portal for all relevant transport related higher education it provides easy access to information and relevant contacts. This profile is developed in cooperation with the Area of advance in Energy. For companies it provides access to current curricula and opportunities to influence the direction of the programs to the changing needs of the industry. transport remains one of the main sources of carbon emissions. The Traffic safety profile links to plans for ASTA (Active Safety Test Area) and other research and demonstration infrastructures coordinated by Test Site Sweden and for Vision Zero Academy. linking the three excellence profiles to Built environment and Energy. At the same time. the School of Entrepreneurship and other actors in the innovation system to which Chalmers is linked create a starting point for these efforts. the Combustion Engine Research Centre (CERC) and a newly formed centre focusing on renewable fuels. For Sustainable vehicles and fuels and Transport efficiency and customer adapted logistics we plan to develop a wide ranging and long term collaboration with KNEG (Climate neutral road transport) currently including 17 companies and authorities.chalmers. safe and efficient transport systems is paramount in the efforts to tackle the climate challenges. Innovation and impact on society The research centers facilitate and coordinate collaboration between academic researchers and industry. the Competence Centre for Catalysis (KCK). . Integrated education Chalmers Automotive and Transportation Academy (www.

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