The Knowledge Foundation has awarded Malmö University SEK 36 million for the research project Internet of Things and People. According to the Foundation, “the application falls into a current and interesting area” and “it is considered to be highly relevant to industry and there is clear commitment by the companies”.
Vice-Chancellor Stefan Bengtsson is both pleased and proud at the funding approval.
“A fantastic decision. It demonstrates that our work within the Internet of Things is of a high academic standard and with strong links to industry. Approval of the profile application is a key component in the continued establishment of engineering science research at the University,” he says.
The aim of the project – termed a research profile – is to build up an internationally competitive research environment within a well-defined area that is relevant to industry. It is a long-term initiative, extending over seven years, with a focus on the Internet of Things, which refers to the fact that an increasing number of physical objects in our world are connected to the Internet.
Johan Paulsson, Chief Technology Officer at Axis Communications, states that the project could be of major significance to the development of the companies involved.
“Participating in the Internet of Things and People together with Malmö University and the other member companies will present Axis Communications with vital contact interfaces that will lead to continued success in research and development.”
The industry contribution will amount to approximately SEK 40 million. Together with co-funding by Malmö University and the Knowledge Foundation, the total project budget will be in excess of SEK 100 million. The companies involved in the research profile are Axis Communications, CyberCom, Data Ductus, E.On, IKEA, Maingate, Sigma Connectivity, Sigma Technology, Sony Mobile, TerraNet, Verisure and ÅF Technology.
It has been stated by many that the Internet of Things has the potential to change our world even more than the Internet.
“Research in this field has up to now focused on the technical infrastructure but we believe that the user perspective is crucial if we are to develop services and products that are useful,” says Professor Paul Davidsson, who will lead the research profile.
It is mainly researchers from the Department of Computer Science at the Faculty of Technology and Society and from K3 at the Faculty of Culture and Society who will be involved in the project at the initial stage.
“This is a niche in which we can make a difference and through applied sub-projects we will address key societal challenges. Based on the experience and expertise of the current researchers and with an injection of new recruits, we will have the opportunity to establish a leading international research environment,” says Paul Davidsson.
– Forskningsprojektet Internet of Things får miljonbelopp (Sydsvenskan, 26 March 2014)