Technology and cooperation in focus as Stefan Löfven pays visit to MDH

Apr 21, 2015 | On campus

On Tuesday, 21 April, Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Löfven paid a visit to Mälardalen University (MDH) in order to learn more about how the University is cooperating with society at large and about current education and research carried out within the field of robotics. – It smells of future here, Stefan Löfven noted during the visit.

The prime minister was in Västerås in order to visit Innovationsriksdagen (‘the innovation parliament’) and MDH. His visit at the university started with a talk with vice-chancellor Karin Röding and pro-vice-chancellor Paul Pettersson about MDH’s activities. The discussions came to focus on cooperation with society at large and our ever more eminent research.

Stefan Löfven also paid a visit to the labs at the School for Innovation, Design and Engineering, where he got a chance to take a closer look at the robots developed by the University’s students. Two of them, Anette Hilmersson and Weronica Kovala from the civil engineering programme in robotics, presented their project Naiad, an underwater robot designed to find barrels with hazardous materials in the Baltic Sea. Some researchers in embedded systems, an area where MDH is a world leader, also presented their work.

– We are of course both pleased and proud that the Prime Minister wanted to see concrete examples of how we carry out education and research. It was nice that he came to the labs, got to see the robots and listened to our students and researchers as they presented them, says head of school Damir Isovic.