IVA’s Royal Technology Trip visited MDH

Oct 02, 2015 | On campus

Last Friday His Majesty the King and several delegates from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA, visited MDH in Västerås. There they were able to meet researchers and students from several of the University’s fields of technology.



- It’s really great that IVA chose to come to MDH so that we get the chance to show them our outstanding research in future energy, embedded systems and health technology. To be able to present what MDH is doing within the field of technology to His Majesty the King and a number of prominent corporate leaders is a good opportunity for us to reach out with the exciting research we have and also to disseminate knowledge about our study programmes, of which some are unique to MDH, says Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Pettersson.

Each year IVA’s delegates visit different universities and university colleges under the heading of “The Royal Technology Trip”. This year they chose to go to Ludvika and Västerås. Last Thursday, Ludvika with Samarkand and ABB were on the itinerary and on Friday the trip started at Expectrum, continued to MDH and finished off at Bombardier.

Hosting the visit to MDH were Paul Pettersson and University Director Marie Eriksson.

- It was a very pleasant visit, during which the enthusiasm of our researchers and students became clear to the delegation from IVA. Their head, Leif Johansson, also emphasised that the visit here demonstrates the importance of there being university colleges all over the country and of course this is something that’s also important to us, says Marie Eriksson.

The visit began with the demonstration of a solar cell car that students at the programme of Production and Product Design are producing to compete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia in 2017. Afterwards the IVA delegation was given a presentation of MDH, followed by talks and presentations with researchers and students.

First among these was Idélab with their operational head Patrik Klintenberg and the alumni Malin Westöö and Victoria Strid, who spoke about how good ideas can be turned into smart companies. Then Professor Erik Dahlquist talked about the research specialisation of Future Energy, and Professor Björn Karlsson about solar energy.

The delegation continued to the Robotics laboratory, where they were welcomed by Dean of School Damir Isovic at IDT, who then handed over to Research Engineer Fredrik Ekstrand and student Mattias Bäckström, who talked about the close connection between research and education. Further, the delegation spoke to the Robotics alumni Anette Hilmersson, who talked about the earpiece that measures stress levels, and Weronica Kovala, who talked about robots for moving hospital beds. Senior Lecturer Magnus Otterskog demonstrated a sensor for stroke and pressure sensors in shoes as rehabilitation aids.