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  • 2020-02-25

    Simone Fischer-Hübner appointed honorary doctor at Chalmers University of Technology

    “I’m very pleased and honoured,” says Simone Fischer-Hübner, professor of computer science at Karlstad University. “Privacy and cyber security play an increasingly important role in society, so this honorary distinction is especially significant. I’ve always appreciated working with the IT-security researchers at Chalmers, and I hope that we can strengthen the collaboration further and contribute to advancing research together.”

    Simone Fischer-Hübner receives her honorary doctorate for her outstanding contribution to research on privacy-enhancing technologies and her engagement in the privacy agenda in the society at large.The honorary doctorate recognizes her central role in the Swedish and international research activities and networks in security and privacy, cross-disciplinary areas that are strategically important at Chalmers.

    Simone will receive the title at Chalmers doctoral promotion, 6 June.

  • 2020-02-24

    Six interventions to fight climate change

    Ground breaking research co-authored by Avit Bhowmik published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences presents six interventions that can rapidly transform societies for climate action.

    Safely achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement demands a worldwide radical transformation of societies to help bend the emission curve immediately and halve global emissions no later than 2030. But, this is not an easy task! Even if some motivated individuals unite behind climate action, we are locked in a society that encourages burning fossil fuel. The good news is historical evidence suggests that sometimes small systemic interventions can contagiously change people’s behavior and can rapidly transformation societies.

  • 2020-02-19

    Prestigious prize to Computer Science Professor

    Javid Taheri, a professor of Computer Science at Karlstad University, has received the “Award for Excellence” by the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC). He was presented with this award for his contributions on cloud computing and use of artificial intelligence to optimise highly distributed cloud-based scalable systems.

    “I’m very happy to receive this award. It motivates me to work even harder and hopefully have more impact on this field as well as those related to it,” says Professor Javid Taheri.
    The prize is awarded based on publications and successful applications for research funds, among other things, and is given each year to three individuals who have made distinguished, influential and on-going, yet forward-looking contributions in the field of scalable computing.

  • 2020-02-18

    KaU students reach the semifinals in a national cyber security contest

    When the Swedish Defence University and The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) arranged the contest Cyber Challenge on Thursday, 6 February, 14 teams of university students vied to prove that they could act as the best experts on national security. The team from Karlstad called TrollControl performed well and reached the semifinals.

    “It was an enjoyable experience and we were really challenged to make important decisions quickly, says Michaela Padden,” a doctoral student in Political Science and one of the TrollControl team members. “However, I think we did a good job and our team communicated well.”

  • 2020-02-18

    The mobile phone – a workplace problem in retail

    How do frontline employees in retail react to and handle situations where the customer ignores them and instead looks at their mobile phone? This has been studied by researchers Markus Fellesson, Associate Professor at CTF, and Nicklas Salomonson, Associate Professor at the University of Borås and guest researcher at CTF, and the results show that it has a negative impact on the workplace environment.

    Mobile phones are increasingly used and accepted as part of everyday situations in both private and public places. The fact that the increasing mobile phone usage can have a negative impact on private relationships is not new. However, the question of how the mobile phone affects service encounters and the interaction between employee and customers is largely unanswered.

  • 2020-02-14

    Forest fertilisation with paper mill residues

    Research at Karlstad University shows that sludge and ashes as paper mill residues can be used as effective fertiliser. This involves biochar, that is, carbon from organic material returned to the forest and thus closing the cycle.

    "Biochar has many beneficial effects on the environment," says Maria Sandberg, senior lecturer in environment and energy systems and research leader for the project. "Our lab experiments show that by enriching biochar we can produce a very effective fertiliser for forest plants. If we bring biochar back to the forest, it will remain stable for a long time. In this way, carbon is bound up and there is less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which counteracts global warming."

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