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Projects 2019

Eleven new projects received funding from KTH Opportunities Fund in June 2019.

Research project NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, USA

School of electrical enginnering and computer science

DARPA Subterranean Challenge aims to develop techniques for underground operations such as search and rescue missions. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory targets an autonomous solution to map, navigate and search complex underground environments with a heterogenous group of agents. The purpose of this project is to study the multi-agent mission autonomy, more specifically to construct a software that plans collaborative behaviors for optimal exploration of multiple agents. In time-sensitive scenarios, multiple challenges including difficult terrain and severe communication constraints needs to be considered when constructing the execution plan.

KTH Team iGem 2019

School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

Multidrug resistant bacterial infections are an increasing problem to global health, threatening to kill 10 million people per year by 2050. Alternative treatment methods to antibiotics are being explored for bacterial infections. One such alternative is phage therapy using bacteria-targeting viruses to kill harmful bacteria. However, current phage therapy is limited by the delivery of naked phages without guidance. 

Using synthetic biology, iGEM Stockholm 2019 will engineer a harmless bacteria carrying the phage to its target, with the phage only being pushed into the active state when the site of infection is reached. Upon completion, iGEM Stockholm will compete in the annual Giant Jamboree hosted by the MIT in Boston.

Developing case-based ethical education

School of Architecture and the Built Environment

The aim of this project is to develop a framework for case-based ethics learning (and teaching) by doing a literature review as well as carrying out workshops with engineers to better understand their perspective of how and why engineering ethics should be taught. Decisions made by engineers inevitably have an ethical component and are value-laden. For example, engineers might have to make trade-offs between efficiency and safety. The ability to recognize and be able to reflect upon such matters is something engineering students need to develop and practice. The project will result in a case-based method with realistic cases that can be utilized as a part of students' ethics education to raise ethical awareness.

Scientific paper presentation IEEE Power Tech Conference, Milano

School of electrical enginnering and computer science

As KTH Master students in Smart Electrical Networks and Systems (SENSE), a programme which focuses on tackling challenges regarding the energy transition, we conducted both an experimental and theoretical research project, cooperating with relevant industry players. The result of our work is a comprehensive analysis of an advanced monitoring technique of power transformers. Because of the relevance and value of the tests performed, we applied to present our work at a flagship conference of the IEEE society called PowerTech, taking place in June 2019 in Milan, Italy. KTH Opportunities gave us the chance to present at the conference and have our scientific paper published, making it internationally acknowledged and increasing the visibility of KTH and its students.

Development of ingestible diagnostics MIT Boston, USA

School of electrical enginnering and computer science

Collaborative research visit Warwick University, UK

School of Engineering Sciences

Internship at Harvest Moon Stockholm, Sweden

School of Engineering Sciences

This project aims continue developing a toilet based on innovative sanitation technologies invented by the company Harvest Moon. The toilet does not need water and converts the waste into plant nutrients. The technology is applicable in many contexts, and highly relevant both in off grid settings and as an alternative to water toilets. Taking the leap from a linear sanitation system where nutrients are flushed away with the waste water to a circular model is important when moving into a sustainable future, both for planet and people. During this project key components of the toilet will be further developed and tested.

Summerschool - Repairing medical equipment in Nepal (EWH)

School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

KTH Hyperloop

School of Engineering Sciences

Hyperloop also known as the fifth mode of transport is an emerging technology which promises to change the future of transportation. With a perceived speed of 1200 Km/h, it will be one of the fastest modes of transportation. We are the first hyperloop student team in Scandinavia and were among top 50 teams out of 700+ teams globally when we competed in SpaceX hyperloop pod competition 2019. Founded in 2018, in less than a year we developed and demonstrated the unique design of our hyperloop pod to SpaceX. The funding we receive will aid us in procuring hardware equipment to build the first scaled hyperloop prototype of Sweden and to compete in 2020 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition.

Internship i marknadsföring på MCB, Dubai

School of Industrial Engineering and Management

During this summer, I will be an intern at MCB in Dubai, UAE. The intention I have with this internship is primarily to learn about the global marketplace and the working culture abroad, but also to get an insight of marketing management. The main project aims to expand the brand's digital presence in the MENA region. This should be achieved by optimizing the digital marketing strategy and thereby also the interaction with the Arabic-speaking market. As a first-year student at the Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management at KTH, being granted this scholarship makes me both proud and helps me finance the costs of this exciting project. 

Design of functional testing for surgical robot hands

School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

Promising results and increased use of robotics in surgery, gives reason to expect that surgical robots can increase surgeons' ability to execute surgical procedures. Collaborative robots can be programmed to perform repetitive surgical tasks that require high precision and speed. To investigate if this new type of surgical system can have a positive impact on surgical procedures a gripper tool that can manipulate the same surgical instruments that are being used by human surgeons was developed. The funds from KTH Opportunities fund enables extended functional testing of the gripper tool in the operating room environment.

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Forskningsprojekt NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, USA
KTH Team iGem 2019
Scientific paper presentation IEEE Power Tech Conference, Milano
Utveckling av casebaserad etikundervisning
Development of ingestible diagnostics MIT Boston, USA
Collaborative research visit Warwick University, UK
Internship at Harvest Moon Stockholm, Sweden
Sommarprogram - Reparation av medicinteknisk utrustning i Nepal (EWH)
KTH Hyperloop
Internship i marknadsföring på MCB, Dubai
Design of functional testing for surgical robot hands