Electrification and digitalisation of society present both opportunities and challenges. At the Department of Electrical Engineering at Uppsala University, researchers, students and industry meet to tackle new challenges together and develop new innovations.
In January 2020, the Department of Engineering Sciences was divided into three departments, of which Electrical Engineering is one. In electrical engineering, there are then three more departments: Electricity Theory, Solid State Electronics and Signals and Systems.
– The division has made the Department’s work more focused. Even as the new department grows, we can be more flexible and we cooperate more and better now than before. Whether it is industrial technology, digitalisation, vehicles, community building or health, we always have an exchange of ideas and knowledge, says Cecilia Boström, associate professor and senior lecturer at Elektricitetslära.
“We need to understand all aspects”
The work at the department is linked to initiatives that the Swedish government wants to prioritize in health, climate change and the digitalisation of society.
– If we look at how we live today, there is an incredible amount that is dependent on electricity. If we want more people to be able to live better and more sustainably with the help of electricity and digitalisation, we need to understand all aspects of how these phenomena work, says Cecilia Boström.
As electrification and digitalisation take up more space in society, the demands on security and integrity for all types of electrotechnical and medical systems increase. This is something that André Teixeira, assistant professor at Signals and Systems, is working on.
– We are investigating how to process data from the smart systems and thereby optimize the control of systems. Among other things, we develop algorithms for these processes and we move to some extent towards AI and machine learning. In addition, we develop algorithms for 5G, wireless sensor networks, wireless control and electronic components, he says.
Collaborates with industry and business
A large part of the research is conducted in close collaboration with industry and business. Robin Augustine, associate professor and senior lecturer at Solid State Electronics, is researching, among other things, that electrical impulses can diagnose acute lung disease and is working on it, and several other projects, near the University Hospital in Uppsala.
– These are difficult diagnoses that are often made late, which makes it difficult to save the patient. We are investigating how electronic sensors can be integrated with the body and skin in order to develop new medical technology, he says.
– During the project, we are very much at the university hospital and work closely with professional doctors and their patients – in this way, researchers, students, the industry and the general public are connected in research.
It is important for society to get the students’ interest
Ensuring knowledge growth in electrical engineering is an important societal issue and Uppsala University wants to arouse students’ interest in the area. The department has engineering degrees in electrical engineering and master’s programs in renewable electricity generation. A new master’s program in electric propulsion systems and a new course package in electromobility are also under development.
– During the spring, we offer courses for professionals in the automotive industry who want to further their education in the electrification of vehicles, says Cecilia Boström, who is also the theme leader at the Swedish Electromobility Center.
The former Department of Engineering Sciences has since 2020 been divided into three smaller departments, of which the Department of Electrical Engineering is one. All three departments are located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala. The Department of Electronics comprises approximately 130 employees in three departments. The head of the department is Jörgen Svensson and the departments are led by professors Mats Leijon, Shi-Li Zhang and Anders Ahlén.
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