The IT Faculty has a very well developed collaboration with companies, authorities and organizations, both in Sweden and abroad. Collaboration was featured as a keynote when the IT Faculty was formed and has since been further developed for every year.
Several of the educations within the IT Faculty are relying on project- and problem-based learning, where people from companies, authorities, and organizations take part in courses as guest lecturers or as participants in the project as a whole, from setting of requirements to final delivery. A very large part of the thesis work is done in collaboration with companies and organizations.
The two Departments at the Faculty, Applied Information Technology and Computer Science and Engineering, are both common between Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg – which is a foundation for the extensive collaboration between Chalmers and the University within the ITC area.
– In a joint research project involving several research groups from University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology and our industrial partners Volvo Cars, Autoliv, AstaZero, and ÅF, we are taking on the challenges to realise a self-driving vehicle being able to safely cope with a broad range of inner-city driving situations. The project proposal was submitted to Vinnova/FFI and is also strongly supported by the SAFER community for example. "COPPLAR" is envisioned to achieve the first steps towards this vision by also extensively running vehicle experiments on the proving ground AstaZero to systematically analyse the behavior of such complex mobility systems in a controlled environment.
– Our students from University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology already collaborate since 2012 in this increasingly important area, by realizing self-driving miniature vehicles to compete in an annual international competition in Germany called Carolo Cup. Thereby, our students get in contact with this technology in an early stage and they can apply the knowledge they get from the lectures directly in the project. This interdisciplinary educational context prepare our students the future job market.
– Our course aims to illustrate how software engineering is much more than coding and to teach different ways of handling the complexity of the software life-cycle. One way of achieving the aims is for the students to work with real problems, given by non-academic partners, applying professional tools and methods. In this way we have gradually evolved the course to involve public and and private organisations in our education. The outcome is that the students get hands-on experience of what it means to be an engineer, the organisations get fresh perspectives on their IT products and services, while we as academics learn new ways of teaching our subject and gain insight in the challenges that surround us. It's a win-win-win situation.
– So far, we have carried out two collaborations. The first collaboration was with Volvo Trucks and local consultancy companies to come up with innovative mobile apps that are safe to use while driving. In this scenario the students had to balance strict safety requirements against customer value, ensuring not only that the service is safe but also used. In the second collaboration, the students participated in the Electricity Innovation Challenge. Here the students collaborated with partners such as the City of Gothenburg and Ericsson AB, while implementing IT solutions that promote sustainable mobility and make public transportation more attractive. In both cases the final presentations were public so that everyone can take part of the results. (2015)
- We are in the initial phase of a major collaborative project with University West. The plan for the project “Learning in a digitized region” is to create an outstanding environment in learning in the digital workplace. The project is funded by the Region Västra Götaland, University of Gothenburg, and University West and relates to research, PhD education, and education at master’s level. We will also have joint courses and exchange of personnel. The project will allow us to work more strategically and with a long term perspective in our research. We will also be able to be more proactive towards companies and organisations, as the project provides capabilities and resources to capture ideas and problems at an early stage.
- It is fun to create this together with University West and our idea is that the collaboration will continue to grow and evolve over time! (2015)
– We have a tradition of working with innovation in healthcare through IT. Now we have started a collaboration with Östra sjukhuset (big hospital in Gothenburg) called "Framtidens vårdavdelning" – "The Future Ward". It is about being able to release resources in different wards in health care with the help of IT, which includes making the doctors more mobile. The health systems will take time to change. We therefore wish to create models where the old systems – where the slowness also is related to a certain quality – are included, but in coexistence with new and more dynamic services. This way digital infrastructure will meet digital innovation which creates an IT support closely related to the daily work. (2015)
– I am also running a professional network within IT management, where CIOs from major corporations such as Volvo, TeliaSonera, AstraZeneca and SKF are members. IT management has become a very complex area that requires very wide and updated knowledge and IT managers in large organisations usually benefit greatly from networking with colleagues from environments of similar complexity. To share experiences and knowledge and be informed about the latest research in the field may be necessary to facilitate the strategic work within IT. IT Management Network
– Another network I am involved in is called GOTHEA, which consists of experts for "enterprise architects". Within our education for professionals in IT management we have a partnership for student recruitment and for the need of further training. We have created a reference group of 10-12 large organisations where we discuss what their needs look like when is comes to long-term and strategic skills and try to match the need with courses from the regular range or of customised solutions.