I have been thinking about blogging about my research activities for while. And today, I am going to start, by speaking about the Elliitt workshop 2010, which happened two weeks ago.
First of all, Elliitt is a program from the Swedish government to increase funding in key research area, concerning the Linköping University and Lund University. It works in two stages, for five years the funding is temporary, at the end of five years, the government will run an evaluation and if the extra money has made a difference in research progress, then the funding is granted permanently. And it seems to have quiet a large scale and involves recruiting many new professors as well, and the researchers are free to use the money on which ever projects they want. All of this seems rather interesting to me, since it is the opposite of what is happening in France, where the government is cutting in research spending, and making most of the funding available on a project basis only.
Concerning the workshop, it was a two days event, starting on the first day by a talk from Sven Mattisson (one of the inventor of bluetooth) on the miniaturisation of the radio part of a cell phone. Very technical, too technical, thanksfully I have some knowledge of signal processing… but it is a bit of a shame that he did not made a talk for a more broad audience. Then in the afternoon, we had presentation on all the research themes involved in the Elliit program: Physical Layer, Electronics, Embedded Systems, Software Systems, Autonomous System and Complex Systems. In the morning of the next day, each of the themes held a meeting to discuss projects that can be done, and how research groups can help each other. In the afternoon, we got an other keynote from Rudolf Mester, coming the university of Frankfurt, he talked about vision (so I will not be able to judge if his speach was understandable by the audience), but I can see some of his work on segmentation and matching between camera to have applications in robotic systems in the future. After his presentation, six industrial partners came to discuss their vision of what research should be about.