About 40 people took part in the research profile kick-off on October 8, 2014.
– The day was valuable in several ways. The people that will be involved in the research profile was given the opportunity to get to know each other, but also to do some useful work in the afternoon sessions. I think both researchers and participants from the industry feel that this is just the start of something that can become very important, says Paul Davidsson, manager of the research profile.
The research profile is a 7-year project with a total budget of over 100 million SEK. It is funded by the Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen), Malmö University, and the 11 participating companies. The long-term objective of the project is to systematically develop and establish an internationally competitive research environment in a well‐defined area of knowledge that is relevant to the business partners.
Research profile focus
The area of research is the Internet of Things (IoT) and its human users. Most previous IoT research has focused on the technological infrastructure, but in order to develop successful products and services, the perspective of the users must be integrated. The research profile will focus on three areas: embedded intelligence, user-centered development, and interaction technology.
During the kick-off, researchers as well as the participating companies had the chance to make short presentations of themselves. In the afternoon, particular attention was given to discussing and further developing the initial sub-projects that will start in November.
– It was very fruitful to cooperate with the industry in the afternoon workshop. I expect that this collaboration will lead to both interesting research and smart solutions within the privacy-friendly smart home of the future, says Andreas Jacobsson, manager of the sub-project iSMASH, Intelligent Support for Privacy Management in Smart homes.