Data-Driven Systems: New graduate school strengthens cooperation between industry and Malmö University

The industrial graduate school Data-Driven Systems is awarded about SEK 11 million by the Knowledge Foundation. The aim is to increase the research competence in the companies that are involved, but also to strengthen cooperation between academia and industry.

“Rather than doing traditional contract research, this is about co-production in that academia and industry together create new knowledge,” says Paul Davidsson, professor of computer science and director of the Internet of Things and People research center at Malmö University.

Work and studies in parallel

The graduate school has an overall budget of about SEK 30 million, it runs for three years, and the participants will receive a licentiate degree, a Swedish degree between M.Sc. and Ph.D. Seven of the ten positions are already occupied from employees at Sony Mobile, Apptus Technologies, Ubisoft (formerly Massive Entertainment) and Sigma Technology. (If you represent a company that wants to get involved, see contact details in the end of this post.) The participants will continue to work 33 percent of full-time with their regular tasks in parallel with the studies, which means that there will be a continuous exchange between work and studies.

“By being integrated into the same research environment as our other PhD students, the participants will add new and interesting perspectives to our existing environment,” says Paul Davidsson.

Specialists are in demand

The graduate school is a response to the industry’s needs of specialists with research skills. There is great potential in data-driven systems to make areas such as transport and energy more efficient. Within the graduate school, students can immerse themselves in one or more of three areas:

  • Machine learning. This area is about automatically extracting interesting information from large amounts of data, for instance with the objective to “teach” machines to make decisions. An example of this is an online recommendation system that is based on a person’s previous purchases or searches.
  • Context-aware systems. An example of this is an app in your smartphone that adapts to your location.
  • User experience. This area is about how to improve the end user’s experience of a data-driven system.

“By studying together, you get an insight into other companies’ challenges and can exchange knowledge,” says professor Bengt J. Nilsson, project manager of the industrial graduate school.

There are plans to submit a new application for a graduate school that leads all the way to a doctorate degree.

“I am very proud that we, with the support of the Knowledge Foundation, can start an industrial graduate school within a research area that is just right in time and that contributes new knowledge for sustainable societal development,” says Malmö University’s vice-chancellor Kerstin Tham.

» Contact: Bengt J. Nilsson, project manager of the industrial graduate school

Another version of this text was published as “Ny forskarskola stärker samarbetet mellan näringslivet och Malmö universitet

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