Who has received what when it comes to funding? What findings, results and researchers have attracted attention outside KTH? Under the vignette Newsmakers, we provide a selection of the latest news and events at KTH.
Better algorithms for self-driving vehicles
Kathlén Kohn , Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics, has won the award for the Best Student Paper at ICCV, The International Conference on Computer Vision. Her paper investigates geometry related questions and provides data to be able to develop faster and more efficient algorithms for use with e.g. autonomous vehicles and image engineering in the film industry.
New paths to a fossil-fuel free society
Elina Eriksson and Daniel Pargman , researchers within media technology and interaction design, are going to investigate new methods that can help in the transition to a fossil-fuel free society. The research is financed by the Swedish Energy Agency as part of the project “Beyond the horizon of possibilities: tools for researching local energy transition”. The aim is to develop a methodology to host workshops that can help and support organisations in inspiring, implementing and consolidating initiatives at local and regional level.
Ingestible capsule that enables oral delivery of medical products
Researchers from KTH who have been part of a team that developed a capsule that enables oral delivery of insulin have now further developed the pharmaceutical. In the first version, delivery was directly into the stomach, but it can now be delivered in the intestines.
“One difficulty with delivery into the stomach is the potential presence of residual food that means the capsule must be taken on an empty stomach. This is not a problem with the intestines,” says Niclas Roxhed , one of the researchers from KTH involved in the research work. The research is a partnership between KTH, MIT and pharmaceuticals company Novo Nordisk, and has been published in the periodical Nature Medicine .
Environmental Humanities Film Festival
Architect and Associate Professor Erik Stenberg and Associate Professor and Environmental Historian Marco Armiero are participating in a panel discussion on the gentrification of cities at this year’s Crosscuts, an international festival of film, art and research within the Environmental Humanities jointly organised by the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory (EHL). The theme of this year’s festival, which runs from 22-24 November, is Ruptured Times and posits that we are living in a time of political uncertainty, globalisation and climate crises.
International acknowledgement for his work in Automatic Control
Bo Wahlberg , Professor of Automatic Control, has been named an IFAC Fellow for the years 2017-2020. He has been awarded the honorary title for his outstanding and extraordinary work within the subject area. Wahlberg is the only Swede out of 25 researchers who have been awarded the title that is granted every three years by IFAC, the International Federation of Automatic Control.
Professor of Concrete Structures in focus
Johan Silfwerbrand , Professor of Concrete Structures, has had an industry prize named after him. The award is decided by vote, where the winner is the candidate attracting the most votes, and is presented by the Swedish journal Betong.
Student wins leadership award
Antonia Dåderman , who is studying Information Technology at KTH, has been named Female Leader Engineer of the Year, which is a programme oriented to female engineering students aiming to become future leaders. The programme also acts as a selection process in naming the Female Leader Engineer of the Year, that is awarded to one of the participants who excels in leadership. The winner is offered a trainee programme at three partner companies and a place on the leadership programme at Kvinnokompetensen. This year's partner companies are: Ericsson, Fortum, Sandvik, Scania, Skanska, SSAB and Stora Enso plus Volvo Cars.
Award winning work within nuclear energy
Mattia Bergagio ’s thesis on nuclear energy research at KTH has won the Sigvard Eklund Prize for 2019. The thesis addresses the fatigue phenomenon that arises when metals are alternately exposed to cold and hot water. The prize is awarded by the Swedish Centre for Nuclear Technology (SKC) and aims to acknowledge and support good nuclear energy research and study programmes at Swedish universities. Daniel Fransén was also awarded a prize for his Bachelor's thesis at KTH in which he develops a powerful method for cutting calculation times in simulations of the interaction between radiation and matter.
Text: Christer Gummeson