June 30 2011 we got the decision we have eagerly awaited - the right to graduate doctors within information technology. It's an important success and an important step in Halmstad university's development and the education and research within the IT area.
The university has also got the right to graduate doctors within the area innovation science. We share the joy with our colleagues in this area and are specially for the new opportunities to co-operate.
Thanks to all that has contributed to this success. Magnus Larsson, dean and Bertil Svensson, chairman of the EIS' steering group
As part of the quality control and development, the Research Board for Technology and Science at Halmstad University has decided to perform external evaluations of all research environments within its area of responsibility. The joint environment “Embedded and Intelligent Systems", comprising CERES and IS-lab (Intelligent Systems Laboratory), was the first to be evaluated. The evaluation was performed during the autumn of 2008.
The appointed evaluation group represents significant experience in own research, research leadership, research financing and research evaluation. The group was led by Professor Per Eriksson, Director General of VINNOVA (The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems) — now Vice Chancellor of Lund University. The other three members were: Professor Kim Guldstrand Larsen, University of Aalborg, Denmark, Professor Nahid Shahmehri, Linköping University, and Professor Robert Forchheimer, also Linköping University. Documents describing the research activities and results were first sent to the group. The group then visited Halmstad University for further presentations and, most importantly, interviews with almost all research staff and PhD students.
The group was asked to assess: the quality of the research, the direction and profile of the research, and the quality of the doctoral education. In its final report (pdf, 100.8 kB) the group pointed out:
“Overall we find that the research conducted by the groups in EIS is very good. The research has such high quality that it attracts national attention and performs at an international level.
Certain subgroups perform at an excellent level. The research is of excellent quality, with publications normally having great impact, also internationally. Without doubt, the research has a leading position in its field in Sweden. Also, certain other subgroups have the potential to become excellent.
Furthermore, the long-standing collaboration with industry demonstrated by most of the research within EIS should serve as an excellent platform for future, high-quality research and publi-cations."
The second external evaluation was performed in January 2010 and this time 3 research groups - BLESS, MPE-lab and MTEK were evaluated. BLESS and MTEK are not parts of the research environment Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS) and therefore we only publish the result from the evaluation of MPE-lab.
This time the evaluation group consisted of: chairman Tomas Kåberger, director-general of Swedish Energy Agency, professor Sören Asmussen, Aarhus University, professor Erik Dahlqvist, Mälardalen University, professor Leonardo De Chiffre, Technical University of Denmark, professor Bengt-Gunnar Svensson, Oslo University, professor Alf Thorstensson, GIH - the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, associate professor Hans Bertil Wittgren, Linköping University