16 million for research at Mälardalen University

Nov 12, 2010 | Research/Cooperation

In the stiff competition in the Swedish Research Council’s major call for proposals in the natural and technological sciences, Mälardalen University cashes in 16 million kronor during a four-year period. The money will go to research into embedded systems and mathematics.

- We work hard with our research and produce results, so it feels really great that the Swedish Research Council, the most prestigious scientific financier, chooses to invest in our projects, says researcher Thomas Nolte.
He works in the University’s research profile Mälardalen Real-Time Research Centre and has now been awarded a research grant together with his colleagues Jukka Mäki-Turja and Ivica Crnkovic. The biggest sum of money in the kitty is the so-called overall allowance of 8.4 million for which Professor Ivica Crnkovic will be responsible.

- The money will go into different research projects in embedded computer systems, that is to say systems that exist in products such as mobile phones, cars and aeroplanes. We are going to develop methods to predict behaviour in computer systems, so that you can show in advance that they are going to work correctly, for example that the software in the plane doesn’t suddenly stop, says Ivica Crnkovic.

What you do to produce reliable information about the length of time different parts of the software take is something that both Thomas Nolte and Jukka Mäki-Turja are directing their research towards.

They tell us that today there are academic models for this type of time calculation, but these are far too limited to be able to be used in industry. Often the time taken is overestimated since you are all the time making calculations based on the worst case when all imaginable delays occur, and consequently you get the longest possible time it takes for, to take an example, an advanced industrial robot to perform an operation.

- By instead developing more flexible, statistical techniques for time calculations we are going to allow accepted probabilities and thus limit overestimations, which makes it possible to actually use the calculation models of the research in industry. In turn that leads to better products which moreover are able to be developed more quickly, is Thomas Nolte’s view.

Kimmo Eriksson, Professor of Mathematics at Mälardalen University, has also received a grant from the Swedish Research Council. From a purely mathematical perspective he is going to investigate and further develop a model for how it is that the turnover on hit lists, such as the ‘Svensktoppen’, looks the way it does.

- It’s going to be interesting to analyse, states Kimmo Eriksson and adds that he is proud of the University’s placing in the Swedish Research Council’s major call for proposals:

- I’ve worked out how much money each seat of learning is getting altogether during the first year of the period, 2011. Mälardalen University comes in a very honourable tenth place, before all the other higher education institutions and before six universities.

MDU researchers who have been awarded grants from the Swedish Research Council in the natural and technological sciences

Ivica Crnkovic – 8.4 million spread over 4 years
Overall allowance for strategic research in information- and communication technology, Contract-Based Components for Embedded Software

Jukka Mäki-Turja – 2.9 million spread over 4 years
Timing Predictions of Complex Embedded Systems

Thomas Nolte – 2.4 million spread over 3 years
Stochastic Real-Time Analysis of Embedded Software Systems

Kimmo Eriksson – 2.4 million spread over 3 years
Limit Shapes and Toplist Turnover of Stochastic Processes on Integer Partitions