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  • 2020-11-19

    Transparency and privacy for mobile fitness applications

    Patrick Murmann's research is about creating useful technology to help users of mobile fitness and exercise applications understand how the personal information they share is and will be processed.

    Patrick Murmann, can you put your research in a context?

  • 2020-11-05

    Stronger privacy decisions with the help of visual design

    How aware are you of the privacy decisions you make online? In the thesis “Homo Varius: Investigating Intrinsic and Extrinsic Determinants to Explain Online Privacy Decisions”, Agnieszka Kitkowska has looked into how we can become more aware of our decisions and the importance of interface.

    In computer science, heuristics are a way of making smart assumptions that in turn help to find solutions to a problem. Agnieszka Kitkowska’s research focus on examining whether these privacy decisions are rational or based on heuristics and how to help people make more informed choices.

  • 2020-10-12

    Excessive data access from apps – a threat to individual privacy

    Nurul Momen, doctoral student at the Department of Computer Science at Karlstad University, has investigated whether apps’ data access takes user integrity into account.

    Let’s say, purely hypothetically, that there is an app for washing your hands. You start it for the first time and an interface shows on the screen saying: “Permission required to access water”. You press “Allow” and use the app to wash your hands. When you are done, you put the phone back in your pocket. But now you are not sure whether you remembered to revoked the permission to access water. Is it still running?

  • 2020-10-07

    Automation of the heavy metal industry

    Digitalisation has proven to be an effective way to reduce the number of errors in the production stage. The new technology has mainly been used in, for example, the car manufacturing industry. In a new project, researchers at Karlstad University are looking at the really heavy metal industry where manual work is still common.

    Forging processes in the heavy metal industry consist of many manual processes where an error may result in costly stops in production. Automating the various steps with the help of mechanical and materials engineering, secure data processing and the Internet of Things is the main focus of the research project “Smart Forge – sustainable production through AI controlled forging oven”.

  • 2020-08-27

    Michel Gokan Khan won the best student paper award at IEEE NetSoft 2020

    At the IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization 2020, Michel Gokan Khan, doctoral student at the Department to Computer Science, together with Prof. Javid Taheri, Dr. Mohammad Ali Khoshkholghi and Prof. Andreas Kassler from Karlstad University, was awarded the best student paper award for paper entitled "A performance modelling approach for SLA-aware resource recommendation in cloud native network functions”.

    Network Function Virtualization (NFV) becomes the primary driver for the evolution of next generation 5G networks that a broad launch of it is expected to take place in 2021. The software core behind modern 5G networks are based on a modern cloud-native and microservice architecture, that decouple components of each network function into multiple independently manageable microservices. Michel’s work mainly focuses on performance optimization of the software core behind modern 5G networks that is based on NFV.

  • 2020-08-27

    A lot to gain from collaborations

    Collaboration with the business community is important for many of the research projects in Computer Science involved in the creation of future high-tech solutions. One example is the 6-year-long project HITS, High Quality Networked Services in a Mobile World, which is aimed to contribute to the development of high-quality network services for a mobile world.

    - All sub-projects within HITS take place in close collaboration with industrial partners, says Karl-Johan Grinnemo, project participant and reader in computer science at Karlstad University. As researchers, we contribute with our expertise and the business community provides us with their knowledge, cases and data, and through this collaboration, companies can improve their products and competitiveness.