MDH receives over SEK 25m for new research projects

Nov 23, 2016 | Research/Cooperation

MDH has been granted SEK 25 million by the Swedish Research Council for five different projects within the research domains of Education and Computer Science. Among other things, the money will be used to investigate how mathematics teachers can work with digital resources in their teaching, and also to produce a completely new analysis method for embedded real-time systems.

 

The Swedish Research Council has allocated resources for five different research projects at MDH. Among other things, they have chosen to fund the project ”Teachers’ Use of New Teaching Materials and Resources for Teaching Mathematics: an International Comparison” with a sum of SEK 7.7 million. Senior Lecturer Hendrik Van Steenbrugge, who is the project manager from MDH, explains what this is about:
- For the last few years digital resources of different kinds have begun to be used in a lot of mathematics classrooms, and new research indicates that handling these puts new types of demands on the teacher, he says.

The study is an international collaboration where similarities and differences between teachers from the USA, Belgium, Sweden and Finland will be observed, and where researchers from these respective countries are involved. The focus is thus on the use of digital resources.

Further, the University has been granted SEK 6.3 million for the project ”In the Footsteps of Resilient Young People – Successful Educational Pathways and Entrance to Higher Education”, which will last for four years. The project is run by Niclas Månsson, Professor of Education at MDH, together with Ali Osman and Carina Carlhed from Stockholm University. The purpose is to investigate what mechanisms play a part in academic success among pupils who have grown up in families where the parents have low educational attainment and/or low incomes.

Hoping for revolutionary progress

The Swedish Research Council is also funding three projects in Computer Science with a sum of just over SEK 11.6 million. In one of these, ”Usable Probalistic Timing Analysis of Real-time Systems”, the researchers will try to find a new way of analysing real-time systems. The project manager Thomas Nolte, Professor of Computer Science, explains:

- Embedded systems are small computers placed in everything from electric toothbrushes to cars, and which contain software that get the product to carry out what it's supposed to do. Apart from functional requirements there are what are called non-functional requirements, which can be for example low energy consumption and predictable timing and memory consumption. Systems with strict time requirements are called real-time systems; for example an airbag is not particularly useful if it’s not filled with gas at exactly the right time.
 
If the project is successful this will, according to Thomas Nolte, mean a great step forward in this research, and in the long term for society at large.

- The goal is to produce a fundamentally new, probability-based analysis technique for real-time systems. If we succeed, the results will revolutionise the development of these systems – they will be more efficient, which can reduce the costs, save energy and streamline industry. 

Here are MDH’s new funded research projects

Project: ”Teachers’ Use of New Teaching Materials and Resources for Teaching Mathematics: an International Comparison”. 
Project Manager, MDH: Hendrik Van Steenbrugge, Senior Lecturer.
School: School of Education, Culture and Communication.
Sum: SEK 7.7 million.
Duration: Four years.

Project: ”In the Footsteps of Resilient Young People – Successful Educational Pathways and Entrance to Higher Education”.
Project Manager, MDH: Niclas Månsson, Professor of Education.
School: School of Education, Culture and Communication.
Sum: SEK 6.3 million.
Duration: Four years.

Project: “ADAPTER: Adaptable Learning Methods and Information Fusion for Online Classification of Developed Big Data Streams”.
Project Manager, MDH: Francisco Herrera, Professor of Computer Science.
School: School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
Sum: SEK 3.7 million.
Duration: Three years.

Project: “Usable Probalistic Timing Analysis of Real-time Systems”.
Project Manager, MDH: Thomas Nolte, Professor of Computer Science.
School: School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
Sum: SEK 4.2 million.
Duration: Four years.

Project: “FAST-ARTS: Quick and Robust Analysis Techniques for Advanced Real-time Systems”.
Project Manager, MDH: Mikael Sjödin, Professor of Computer Science.
School: School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
Sum: SEK 3.7 million.
Duration: Four years.