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News 2014

First year of the new MSc programme

The first group of students on the pioneering 5 year Computer Science and Software Engineering program have now finished their first academic year. The program has attracted a large number of applicants also for the second intake and several new courses with a focus on project-based learning are being developed.

Human-Robot Interaction for Semi-Autonomous Assistive Robots

The PhD dissertation by Marcus Mast addresses current shortcomings of autonomous service robots operating in domestic environments by considering the concept of a semi-autonomous robot that would be supported by human remote operators whenever the robot cannot handle a task autonomously.
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Master Thesis Prize 2013

The annual prize for the best Master and Bachelor thesis defended in 2013 was awarded by Computer Society during a ceremony where the DataSaab society also awarded stipendia to high school students and teachers. Three theses by Simon Andersson (IDA), Martin Danelljan (ISY), and Lina Lagerberg jointly with Tor Skude (IDA), won this year's prize in a tight competition.

The thesis nominations this year were as follows:
Simon Andersson, Magnus Suther and Albin Englund (in the Bachelor thesis category), Daniel Carlsson, Martin Danelljan, Lina Lagerberg and Tor Skude, Fredrik Säveros, Javier Marian Santos, and Eriks Zaharans (in the Master thesis category). The full text of all the theses can be found in the LiU e-press.
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Daniel de Leng winner of SAIS Master's Thesis Award 2014

Daniel de Leng, now a PhD student at IDA, is the winner of the Swedish AI Society's prize for best AI Master's Thesis 2014. The title of the thesis is "Extending semantic matching in DyKnow to handle indirectly-available streams". Supervisors were Fredrik Heintz and Patrick Doherty and examiner Professor John-Jules Meyer, at Utrecht University.
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Performance-aware Component Composition for GPU-based Systems

Recent disruptive changes in computer hardware (transition to multi-/manycore and heterogeneous architectures) have led to a crisis in computer software; programming for modern parallel systems is tedious, error-prone and hardware specific.

In his PhD thesis, Usman Dastgeer investigates component-based programming techniques to specify and process parallel programs structured into components. A component models a computation with an interface that describes how this computation can be used/invoked, and it encapsulates, usually, multiple implementations that model different ways to carry out that computation on same or different types of execution units, such as CPU cores or GPUs. As part of his thesis work, he designed and implemented three prototype frameworks to demonstrate how such components can suitably be specified, and how automated implementation selection and memory management mechanisms can lead to better programmability, portability and performance.
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Celebrating women in computer education programs

The annual national conference for female students in ICT educational programs (Datatjej) was held in Linköping with the participation of 120 girls from 12 universities. The program covered networking events, technical talks and a great party!
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