Expert advice on research development2017-11-10
For the second year running, Computer Science at Karlstad University organized a workshop for external input on the research environment. Computer Science staff presented the research environment to an International Advisory Board (IAB) that gave feedback on the development of the research group.
In 2014, Computer Science was established as one of the two excellent research groups at Karlstad University. In connection with this, an International Advisory Board (IAB) was created for the excellent research group. The IAB consists of six external advisors:
- Hans Einsiedler, Deutsche Telekom, Germany
- Kristin Fuglerud, Professor at the University College of Southeast Norway and the Norwegian Computing Center
- Maritta Heisel, Professor at Duisburg University, Germany
- Jukka Manner, Professor at Aalto University, Finland
- Christian Schaefer, Ericsson Research, Sweden
- Angela Sasse, Professor at University College London, UK
During this year’s IAB workshop, Computer Science at Karlstad University and the development that has taken place since it was designated an excellent research group were presented. The workshop was held at Karlstad University on 17–18 October.
Since 2014, the Computer Science research group has developed in many aspects. The number of externally financed research projects has increased, and more senior researchers and doctoral students have been recruited. The research group has also improved its publication output, both as regards the number of publications and the quality of presentation and publishing venues.
The IAB members also listened to presentations on ongoing research and the doctoral students presented posters of their projects.
“As a research environment, we are part of an international context, and external feedback and input are essential for us to continue our positive development of recent years,” says Anna Brunström, professor of Computer Science at Karlstad University and scientific director of the excellent research group.
In addition to the presentations, there were also discussion in smaller groups. The groups were formed based on the focus areas of the Computer Science research group: computer networking, privacy and security, and software engineering. The members of the IAB had the opportunity to present their thoughts about the research environment and its continued development both during the group sessions and during a feedback session.
“We are very grateful that the members of the IAB are so engaged in our development. We for instance received feedback on the fact that we do a lot of good work, but we also got interesting new thoughts and ideas on aspects that we can continue to develop or where we can do more,” says Anna Brunström.