Legendary professor thanked at IDA
Anders Haraldsson, one of the early pioneers of computer science in Sweden, and an inspiration engine on teaching and learning for generations of computer scientists, was thanked in a touching show of support by students and colleagues at IDA on the occasion of his retirement.
New Multicore Lab at IDA
Thanks to a cooperation with Ericsson, Christoph Kessler has got access to new,
specially-equipped computers installed for education purposes, and thereby able
to build up a new laboratory for multicore programming that will be used in
courses at master and PhD level and for thesis projects in the multicore area.
Erik Sandewall receives ECCAI Distinguished Service Award
Professor Erik Sandewall receives the inaugural ECCAI Distinguished Service
Award for his extraordinary contributions and outstanding service to the
Artificial Intelligence community. The award was handed at the European AI
Conference ECAI in Montpellier, France.
"Erik Sandewall can truly be considered as a pioneer and ambassador of Artificial Intelligence in both Europe and internationally with both a research and distinguished service record well known to several generations of researchers in AI. In Erik, we see a unique example of a cutting edge scientist and out-of-the-box thinker that has not only contributed to the area of Artificial Intelligence through many seminal research contributions, but also spent tremendous amounts of time promoting AI in Europe and elsewhere and contributing his ideas and competences generously to many other research groups in Europe in an effort to promote the science and success of AI. This has been done in a professional and selfless manner and in our opinion, we believe he is an ideal candidate for receiving the ECCAI Distinguished Service award."
From the nomination by ECCAI Fellow Patrick Doherty and SAIS.
Computer Science in Shanghai ranking
The latest release of the Shanghai ranking of the world's top 500 universities
that includes roughly speaking 3% of the world educational establishments ranks
Linköping University among the tier 101-150 of the best schools for computer
science. This is shared with many prestigious computer science establishments
Project for creating national linked open data portal in Sweden
Within a project financed by VINNOVA, researchers from Linköping University,
Malmö University, and developers from Metasolutions AB will create a national
portal for linked open data in Sweden. The project will also assist SCB
(Statistics Sweden) in starting to publish linked data. Project leader is Eva
Blomqvist, Assistant Professor at IDA. The project will in collaboration with
SCB publish a central datasource that could act as a "hub" for linked data in
Sweden, as well as publish a portal for Swedish linked data with easy-to-access
information on linked data in Swedish. Linked data created added value in data
since it becomes interoperable with other datasets, and is ready for uses that
are not foreseen at design-time. Additionally, the formats used enables
automatic data access via the Web.
Text harmonization strategies for phrase-base statistical machine translation
Our world has a lot of communication needs across language barriers.
International companies and organizations have a great need for translation,
and it is common that people would like to read webpages in languages they do
not understand. As a support for these tasks, machine translation, that is,
automatic translation between natural languages such as English and Swedish,
has a major role to play. In a recent PhD thesis at IDA, Sara Stymne presents
several methods for improving machine translation.
Master Thesis Prize awards
Two Master theses examined at IDA have been awarded the best Master thesis
prize by the Swedish Computer Society
(East) for projects completed in 2011. Ulf Magnusson created a web operating system Awesom-O systematically and minimally atop Linux kernel as part of a project at Opera Software. Mathias Norvall, currently a PhD candidate at the department, studied whether computer games can use only haptic signals available on cheap gamepads, and created the computer game Sightlence. Three other Master students, Magnus Gustafsson,
Lovisa Johansson, and Magnus Kronander also received an honourary mention.
"Best Student Paper Award" ICORES 2012
The paper "Stochastic Shortest Path Problem with Uncertain Delays" won the
"Best Student Paper Award" of the 2012 ICORES conference that is given to a
paper in which the first author is a registered MSc or PhD student. This was
joint work between Stefanie Kosuch and colleagues from Université Paris Sud
Outstanding PhD Dissertations Award to Viacheslav Izosimov
Viacheslav (Slava) Izosimov, who obtained his PhD at ESLAB, has won the
Outstanding PhD Dissertations Award for 2011, given by the European Design and
Automation Association (EDAA). EDAA has received a total of 31 nominations in
four topics from around the world for the 2011 competition. Slava's thesis,
"Scheduling and Optimization of Fault-Tolerant Distributed Embedded Systems",
was selected as the winner in the topic of "new directions in embedded system
design and embedded software.
With help and patience you can still communicate
The instant world-wide communication that we are all used to is enabled by an
extensive infrastructure. At disasters or in war zones this infrastructure will
probably be destroyed and not operational. To enable communication in these
environments ad hoc networks can be created. In his PhD thesis, Erik Kuiper
proposes a method to send messages in partitioned ad hoc networks provided that
all communication parties are location aware.
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