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What's up in 2012?

  • Through the coordination of Kate Brown of the Building Research Council at Illinois, and Amy Rader Olsson of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment, Research Cluster for Urban Sustainability, an Illinois delegation will visit Stockholm and the Malmö region in the south of Sweden, November 10-18, to evaluate issues coupled to renovation of social housing and also to explore recent innovative examples of creating sustainable multifamily communities. The delegation will include Illinois faculty and staff as well as Executive Directors from the Rockford Housing Authority and the Illinois Housing Development Authority. In conjunction with this visit, the two Offices of Corporate Relations with Olof Westerståhl at Illinois and Ulrika Ljungman at KTH have launched an initiative to showcase Swedish green technologies with a potential fit in Chicago and Illinois. KTH has used the Stockholm Cleantech and Cleantech Scandinavia networks to reach out to Swedish companies with an interest in expanding their markets. These companies have been invited to record movies at KTH, describing their company profile and innovative technologies and products in the area of energy efficient solutions for existing buildings. As a follow-up, technologies that have generated interest from public housing authorities will be demonstrated and then tested in Illinois.
  • Prof. Cedric Langbort in the Department of Aerospace Engineering received a National Science Foundation CAREER award on A Dynamic Game Theoretic Approach to Cyber-Security of Controlled Systems with start date in February 2012. The project describes experimental validation of algorithms on a small-scale SCADA-enabled power grid in Stockholm, enabled through collaboration with KTH.
  • In early September, Prof. Jens Hedlund of the Department of Speech, Music & Hearing at KTH Royal Institute of Technology visited Profs. Jennifer Cole and Mark Hasegawa-Johnson at Illinois to explore research and educational collaboration. Prof. Hedlund's presentation on "Talking with humans and with humanlike machines, given in the Signal Processing Seminar Series at Beckman Institute, provided background and motivation for the long-term goal to create humanlike spoken dialogue systems from a basic research perspective, with examples from the field of humanlike computer and robot component development, as well as studies of human interaction.
  • Prof. Erik Stenberg, Chair of the School of Architecture at KTH Royal Institute of Technology is visiting the Urbana campus between September 28 and October 2. Prof. Stenberg has been teaching studio at the foundation level for the past twelve years and has been instrumental in guiding the KTH School of Architecture through a generational shift towards fiscal stability and into the Architectural Academy — a new network of Swedish architecture schools. Stenberg is also the principal and owner of his own practice focusing on the tectonics of small additions and renovations. During the last decade he has also been engaged in the politics and practice of restructuring the large scale modernist housing areas in Sweden. He has redesigned apartments, organized a housing fair, and started an introductory architecture school in one of Stockholm's largest modernist housing areas.
  • In June 2012, Prof. Imad Al-Qadi of the Department of Civil Engineering co-organized the RILEM 2012 Conference on Cracking in Pavements with Prof. Nicole Kringos of the KTH Department of Transport Science.
  • Prof. Brian Deal of the Department of Urban Planning is heading an Illinois delegation, consisting of Illinois faculty and representatives from the City of Chicago, Department of Planning and Development, for a four-day workshop on sustainable urban development in Stockholm, October 1-4. The visit includes guided tours of innovative housing solutions in several municipalities in the greater Stockholm region and discussions that aim to develop a comparative framework that will benefit planners in Sweden and the US.
  • In March 2012, a large delegation from the Department of Linguistics, the Department of Scandinavian Languages, the Department of Language Education, and the Centre for Research on Bilingualism at SU participated in a three-day symposium with faculty from the Department of Linguistics at Illinois on the Urbana campus to explore opportunities for educational and research exchange.
  • Prof. Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Head of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at Illinois, is hosting Prof. Per-Olof Wickman and Assistant Professor Jakob Gyllenpalm from the Department of Mathematics and Science Education at SU between September 29 and October 5. Per-Olof. Wickman's research interests focus on understanding teaching and learning processes in science education. Jakob Gyllenpalm researches the role of language in science education with emphasis on issues related to the nature of science and inquiry. He sits on the board of The House of Science, a science education outreach center funded by SU and KTH.
  • In June 2012, Juhee Kim of the presented a seminar on Disparities in early nutrition and child care in the Department of Public Health at Karolinska Institutet.
  • The two-day workshop "User - Public - Audience. Interdisciplinary and Transnational Approaches to Research in Media and Digital Cultures" will be held in Urbana on October 5-6. Hosted by Prof. Angharad Valdivia of the Department of Media and Cinema Studies, the meeting includes faculty from KTH and the Institute for Communications Research at Illinois.
  • A delegation of administrative representatives from the Illinois College of Business, Study Abroad Office, International Programs in Engineering, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and College of Law will travel with Tim Barnes, the Director of Illinois Strategic International Partnerships, to Stockholm on October 22-25 to coordinate exchange with their counterparts at the INSPIRE partner institutions.
  • Prof. Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre of Stockholm University will be on campus on Monday and Tuesday, October 22 and 23, as part of an international collaboration titled "Early Modern Cosmopolitanisms." Her visit is coordinated by Prof. Mara Wade of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and includes a lecture on "Literary and Cultural Historiography: Telling Early Modern Life Stories from a Gender Perspective," on October 22.
  • In July 2012, Profs. Chris Barkan and Tsung-Chung Kao of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering joined with Prof. Sebastian Stichel of the Department of Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering at KTH for a visit of several Chinese universities to explore trilateral cooperation outside of the INSPIRE partnership. During the Fall 2012 semester, five students from KTH participated in an online special topics course taught by Prof. Kao on Highspeed Rail Planning.
  • In July 2012, the Graduate College announced the first five recipients of the Clean Energy Education Fellowship. Among the recipients, Pan Haozhi, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning is working on a collaborative research initiative with KTH to ensure that planning decisions are informed by knowledge of the impact on climate and energy use.
  • A colloquium on "The greenhouse effect in our planetary system," organized by the Academy of Athens and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in October 2012, featured an invited presentation by Prof. Donald Wuebbles of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Prof. György Dán from the School of Electrical Engineering and the ACCESS Linnaeus Centre at KTH will be a Fulbright visiting researcher hosted by Prof. Klara Nahrstedt at the Department of Computer Science from October 2012 to April 2013. He will be working in the area of Smart Grid communication, investigating efficient and secure solutions to enable trusted Smart Grid networks. He will be housed in the Information Trust Institute where he will collaborate with Prof. Nahrstedt and with other ITI researchers within the DoE funded TCIPG project.
  • In September 2012, Prof. Per Lundqvist of the Department of Energy Technology at KTH visited the Urbana campus to serve as a member of the dissertation committee of a doctoral student from the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering.
  • The 7th International Symposium on Turbo Codes & Iterative Information Processing, held in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the end of August, 2012, and co-organized by KTH, featured Profs. Andrew Singer and Olgica Milenkovic of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a Plenary Speakers.
  • Prof. Philip Krein of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is hosting a Ph.D. student from the Department of Electrical Energy Conversion at KTH for a six-month visit to the Urbana campus.
  • In August 2012, Profs. Dan Work of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Cedric Langbort of the Department of Aerospace Engineering coorganized the "UIUC-KTH Workshop on Cyber Social Physical Systems: New Perspectives on Transportation Infrastructure Pricing,” at Illinois Center in Chicago, with participation from academia, industry, and city planning offices.
  • A June 2012 visit to Stockholm by Illinois State Representative Naomi Jacobsson included meetings with Stockholm Government officials to learn about Swedish initiatives in sustainable housing and sustainable communities.
  • William Kramer, Blue Waters Project Director at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications gave a keynote lecture at the Swedish e-Science Research Centre Third Annual Meeting in Stockholm in April 2012.
  • In early December 2012, Prof. Paul Selvin of the Department of Physics gave the Applied Physics Seminar at KTH on the use of optical tracking to biomolecules.