• 2017-03-20

    New management group for the research profile HITS

    From 1 January 2017, Reine Lundin has been the new Dean of the Faculty of Health, Science and Technology at Karlstad University, and has subsequently also taken the role as chairperson of the management group for the research profile HITS (high-quality network services in a mobile world).

    Together with five Swedish industrial companies and funded by the Knowledge Foundation Computer Science at Karlstad University continues developing the HITS research profile. The aim of HITS is to create new knowledge and technical solutions that can contribute to developing the increasing mobile world.

  • 2017-03-15

    Phising – a threat to digital consumers

    Today is the World Consumers Rights Day and Computer Science at Karlstad University will in terms of that acknowledge phising as a specific digital threat to consumers with a flyer for anti-Phising training.

    “Together with students and researchers at the Technische Universität Darmstadt we work to counteract phising. Among other things we have produced a flyer for anti-phising training, says Melanie Volkamer”, Professor within Computer Science at Karlstad University and TU Darmstadt. “One big problem consumers face when they use the Internet are messages containing dangerous links - also known as Phishing messages. However, if consumers know how to check links before clicking they can protect themselves.

  • 2017-03-10

    Computer Science co-organized ZEUS 2017

    On 13-14 February, Computer Science at Karlstad University co-organized ZEUS 2017, the 9th Central European Workshop on Services and their Composition. The workshop was held at and co-arranged with USI Lugano in Switzerland.

    “ZEUS is a very peculiar type of workshop. It is not attached to a conference, as is usual for scientific workshops, and involves no participation fees. This makes ZEUS accessible to anyone and also the final proceedings of the workshop are published as open access”, says Jörg Lenhard, researcher within Computer Science at Karlstad University and one of the workshop co-chairs.

  • 2017-02-28

    Smarter routers reduce latency in the Internet

    Excessive latency affects the experienced quality of internet services: online games lag, streaming video buffers, and video conversations are choppy or even interrupted. Toke Høiland-Jørgensen, a phd student at Karlstad University, is working to improve network performance. In his thesis, ”On the Bleeding Edge” he describes what can cause latency and how smart routers can help reduce delays.

    "A number of initiatives has been taken to reduce latency in the internet, and there are several causes of delays. What we have looked at specifically is something called ”Bufferbloat” and how this creates latency, primarily in home networks. It is often in home networks that latency occurs, because the last-mile capacity to the home is lower than in the rest of the internet. This means there is a risk that the link becomes congested, which leads to queues being formed."

  • 2017-02-24

    Askås – 20 years of e-commerce experience

    The company Askås introduced itself to around 70 IT students at Karlstad University during a Snits lunch on 21 February. Peter Smersfeldt, HR director and in charge of customer services gave a talk about the company, its e-commerce system and the underlying technology.

    Askås celebrates a 20-year anniversary in 2017. Twenty years ago the entrepreneur Jonas Askås started to develop an e-commerce system to sell bicycle components. Today, the system is used by around 270 customers in branches such as fashion, health, furniture and nutrition. In total, the customers have a turnover of 3 billion SEK every year.

    ”Askås develops, markets and delivers an e-commerce system, a platform for selling goods on the Internet. Some major e-commerce businesses develop their own solutions but many come to us for help,” says Peter Smersfeldt.

  • 2017-02-13

    New experimenters accepted for MONROE measurement platform

    The EU H2020 funded project MONROE (Measuring Mobile Broadband Networks in Europe) builds and operates an open, European-scale platform with multi-homing capabilities to run experiments on operational Mobile Broadband (MBB) networks.
    The project has now accepted 15 new external project proposals for funding.

    The MONROE project aims to measure and understand the quality of MBB networks as experienced by the end-user. MONROE also provides WiFi connectivity mimicking multi-homing in smartphones with both MBB and WiFi interfaces, to allow experimenting on different access technologies as well as exploring new ways of combining them to increase performance and robustness.