Research at the School of Electrical Engineering

Research within the School of Electrical Engineering is characterized by international collaboration and exchange, industrial participation, large degree of external funding, and extensive participation in EU's framework programmes.

Electrical Engineering in the twenty-first century spans a wide area of subjects far beyond its historical roots. The school is divided in eleven departments and undertakes research within five interdisciplinary strategic areas. The strategic areas are:

  • Energy and electric power (smart grid)
  • Information and communication technology
  • Intelligent transport systems
  • Micro and Nonosystems
  • Space, and Fusion plasma

Read more about our strategic research areas

Read more about our departments

Since its establishment, the KTH School of Electrical Engineering has grown exceptionally. In recent years alone, staff numbers increased from 314 in 2009 to 445 in 2014.

The most significant growth was in the numbers of teaching staff (from 97 to 143) and doctoral students (from 179 to 252). This growth may be explained by an increased demand for our research in general, which has attracted external funding. This has enabled us to recruit highly talented scientists, who in turn have been able to recruit more doctoral students.

As a result of this, the new faculty has recruited post docs and researchers, resulting in an increase in research associates.

External funding

In recent years, KTH School of Electrical Engineering has experienced a steady increase in its external funding – from SEK 183 million in 2012 to SEK 236 million in 2014. During 2014, there was a substantial increase in government and industry funding – these now constitute 30 per cent and 18 per cent of our overall funding respectively. This is the second year in a row that we have seen a sharp increase in these areas. This is due to new funding from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, the Swedish National Space Board, the Swedish Fortifications Agency, Elforsk, Ericsson, ABB and other partners.

Funding from the Swedish Research Council and the EU remains stable at a high level of SEK 49 million and SEK 61 million respectively. The EU has continued to be an important source of income and we receive more EU funding than any other school within KTH. About one-fifth of all EU funding to KTH is allocated to KTH EE.

Our income has increased substantially over the last five years, thanks to the rise in EU funding and funding from the government’s investment in strategic research areas. We have thus seen a steady growth in the revenue for research in the last five years, while the funding for education has remained at the same level. Almost 87 per cent of our income in 2014 was for our research.

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