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MSEK 105 in funding will strengthen LiU research settings

Two of LiUs strongest research settings received the news on June 16 that they will receive a ten-year funding from the Swedish Research Council and Formas, a total of MSEK 105 (approx 11 million euro).

The Linné Research Support is awarded on the basis of an assessment by a panel of internationally prominent scientists who have named the top twenty research settings in Sweden.

Formas, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, is a governmental research-funding agency related to several ministries, the Ministry of Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Affairs, and the Ministry of Education, Research and Culture.

The Rector of Linköping University, Mille Millnert, shares the elation of the two LiU scientific teams who, in formidable competition, were awarded grants.

"They are highly deserving of this honor, and we anticipate that this input of funds will generate new and significant findings. This is yet another acknowledgement from the international community of scientists that LiUs finest researchers rank among the global elite," says an elated Mille Millnert.

All of the other eight Swedish universities that benefit from the Linné Research Support have a far larger platform of government funds than does LiU.

"If we take a helicopter view of all the government funding awarded on the basis of research excellence, one easily sees that LiU has raked in far more than our size would suggest. So we are, of course, backers of the contemporary school of thought that government funding of research should be based on scientific achievement and not on past tradition," Rector Millnert says.

The Linné Center CADICS (Control, Autonomy, and Decision-making in Complex Systems) is a broad-based research setting whose structure incorporates five teams of LiU scientists in the fields of automatic control, sensor informatics, vehicle systems, artificial intelligence and visualization. The CADICS setting will receive MSEK 55.

The goal is to develop theories and methods for decision support in areas where it is commonly necessary to combine enormous amounts of data from several sources; multi-sensor, multi-source information fusion. A typical application would be a warning system to prevent collision of vehicles in road traffic. Signals from radar systems, laser sensors, and transponders in combination with digital maps and GPS can create a strategy base to assess the risk of crash and ways to prevent it.

Other applications in the CADICS sphere of interest include unmanned aerial vehicles, medical diagnostics, flight traffic control and advanced industrial processes.

CADICS leadership will be in the hands of Lennart Ljung, professor of automatic control engineering. He is understandably elated to have secured long-term financial support for basic research in these societal-strategic areas.

"Information fusion is a technology that will have a growing impact within the wider community. Our Linné grant ensures an opportunity for LiU scientists to develop a theoretical foundation," Professor Ljung announced.

His research colleagues at CADICS are Patrick Doherty, Torkel Glad, Svante Gunnarsson, Fredrik Gustafsson, Hans Knutsson, Lars Nielsen, Mikael Norrlöf, Thomas Schön and Anders Ynnerman.

The other scientific team to receive Linné Research Support is called HEAD (Research on Hearing and Deafness). The HEAD team works with cross-disciplinary research on hearing damage and deafness. The ten-year grant will enable introduction of a new scientific area—cognitive hearing science—wherein the physiological and cognitive base for hearing and its interaction with signal processing in hearing enhancement devices will be studied. HEAD is awarded MSEK 50.

One key area for HEAD is to investigate how hearing enhancement devices influence the cognitive capacity of children with hearing disabilities, another is how language understanding among older children with hearing impairments is affected when cognitive abilities deteriorate. Other areas of study are tinnitus, dyslexia, and deaf-blind disabilities.

Center leadership will be in the hands of Jerker Rönnberg, professor of psychology.

"Jubilation," was the spontaneous reaction of a pleased Jerker Rönnberg when he received the news of HEAD funding.

"This will give us the opportunity to create a stable platform for research in cognitive hearing science. It also means that we will be able to branch out into other forms of communication. We anticipate tremendous synergies in the HEAD Graduate School, which will receive a total of MSEK 11 during the next five years.

The HEAD Center includes researchers in biology, medicine engineering and the cognitive sciences. The co-applicants sharing the good news are Gerhard Andersson, Stig Arlinger, Berth Danermark (whose workplace is Örebro University), Birgitta Larsby, Thomas Lunner, Björn Lyxell, Claes Möller (also Örebro University), Birgitta Sahlén (Lund University) and Stefan Stenfelt.

The Linné Research Support distributes 1.4 billion Swedish kronor for the purpose of strengthening Sweden's research settings in all scientific fields. In a competitive bid, all Swedish universities nominated their finest research settings with prioritized strategies.


2008-06-24




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