Awards and visibility
A number of international and national high-class teachers and researchers work at the School of Engineering. Below are some examples of awards and other visibility for our staff at the School of Engineering.
Top ranking positions for Bth and prof. wohlin
BTH has advanced in the rankings among the top fifteen universities that are published annually by the magazine "Journal of Systems and Software", being number five in the world for the period 2003-2007 and number six for the period 2004-2008. With this BTH is second in Europe and number one in Sweden for both periods. The lists are based on publications in seven journals in the field during two five-year periods (2003-2007 and 2004-2008). In addition to this Professor Claes Wohlin at BTH is ranked as number nine in the individual rankings for the period 2003-2007.
Blekinge Institute of Technology is ranked as number 11 among the top institutions in systems and software engineering in the world by the Journal of Systems and Software based on publications in 2002-2006. Prof. Claes Wohlin was ranked as number eight among the top scholars.
This paper summarizes a survey of publications in the field of systems and software engineering from 2002 to 2006. The survey is an ongoing, annual event that identifies the top 15 scholars and institutions over a five year period. The rankings are calculated based on the number of papers published in TSE, TOSEM, JSS, SPE, EMSE, IST, and Software. The top-ranked institution is Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, and the top-ranked scholar is Magne Jørgensen of Simula Research Laboratory, Norway.
Professor Claes Wohlin has been ranked as number 5 in the world within the area experimental software engineering. The ranking is based on a survey of publications within experimental software engineering between 1993-2002. The ranking was published in the journal "Transactions on Software Engineering".
Experimental software engineering is an area that has been established during the the 1990s. The objective of experimental software engineering is to determine, through experiment and other types of empirical studies, whether one way of developing software is better than another.
- This survey is especially interesting since the journal has mapped an area that to a great extent has developed during the 1990s. It is very pleasant that our early focus on this area has resulted in good international visibility, says Claes Wohlin.
Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, M.D., Ph.D., has been named winner of The Laureate Medal for Social Responsibility by The Global Center for Leadership & Business Ethics. Dr. Robèrt is being honored for his "work on sustainability, which encourages an understanding of the relation between ecology, economy and technology." Read more in the press release.
The Magazine Ny Teknik has ranked the top 50 persons in Research Sweden. Professor Claes Wohlin has been ranked as number 48 on this list. Read more on Ny Teknik's website.
Professor Claes Wohlin has been ranked as number 10 of the best scholars in the world in the area of Software Engineering. The ranking will soon be published in an article in "Journal of Systems and Software". Last year Claes Wohlin was ranked as number 14 at the same list.
Claes Wohlin is one of three researchers from Europe that has made it on to the list. Sweden is the only European country that has two researchers on the list. Besides Claes Wohlin, Per Runeson from Lund University, is also found on the list. Per Runesson is listed as number 13 together with another researcher.
- It is very rewarding that this year's placing is even better than last year's. It certainly sounds better with top ten and second place in Europe. This gives Blekinge Institute of Technology and our research and undergraduate education within Software Engineering good visibility. Furthermore it is very nice that Sweden has two researchers on the list. It shows that Swedish research in this area is competitive internationally. Of course I think it is escpecially fun since one of my former Ph.D. students now is found at the list as well, says Claes Wohlin.
The aim of the research in the area of Software Engineering is to improve software quality by improving software and the software development and management processes. The ranking is based on research published during the years 1999-2003 in a survey of articles published in six scientific journals.
- It is important for Swedish industry that we have international research in world-class. An increased number of products and services are these days based on software which means that knowledge about software development is even more important as competitive means.
Telenor's Nordic Research Prize of NOK 250,000 has been awarded to Professor Claes Wohlin at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. He received the prize for his research on the quality and efficient development of software engineering, a field where he is ranked a leading international researcher. 250,000 has been awarded to Professor Claes Wohlin at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. He received the prize for his research on the quality and efficient development of software engineering, a field where he is ranked a leading international researcher.
Morten Karlsen Sørby, Executive Vice President of Telenor, handed over the prize during a research seminar at Fornebu on Tuesday. The award ceremony was part of the Telenor Week 2004, which is currently being held at the Telenor headquarters.
Each year a subject for the research prize is chosen by Telenor in co-operation with the internationally composed prize committee. The subject for 2004 is "Software of importance for the creation or improvement of communication services".
The field of software is a large and complex one, and the prize committee have had a hard job evaluating achievements from very diverse fields. In their grounds for selection the committee write: In a short time the winner has established himself in the forefront of his field, which is quality and efficient development of software engineering. The field encompasses research and industrial practice in development methods, architecture and structuring of software, project management and quality. The paramount objective is to develop software with the right functionality, quality and output - at the right time and cost.
Professor Claes Wohlin received his PhD in 1991 and has since produced an impressive range of academic publications, as well as being a pioneer in working with the industry on various questions. He has also established vigorous research environments both at the University of Lund and at Blekinge Institute of Technology. Professor Wohlin is a Nordic pioneer and has been ranked one of the 10 - 15 leading experts in his field in the world. His speciality is to develop methods for quality testing and software certification.
On this year's award, Berit Svendsen, head of the prize committee and CTO Telenor, comments: "Telenor are pleased that through the Research Prize we are able to help visualize and reward some of the enormously important work to create new, valuable knowledge in the Nordic countries. This year's winner is another example that research has great economic importance for both society and business. Telenor spend billions on large software systems. Through his work Professor Claes Wohlin has contributed greatly so that we get what we have paid for and the customers get solutions of excellent quality."
Assistant Professor Conny Johansson was awarded "Årets Teknikutbildning - lärare högskola 2004" (Teacher of Technical Education of the year 2004) by the organisation Teknikföretagen. The award of 200 000 SEK shall be used as competence development. Conny Johansson has seen 1990 been responsible for the education programme in Software Engineering. Besides working at Blekinge Institute of Technology he is also working within the industry. For further information regarding the jury's explanation, visit www.teknikforetagen.se.
Professor Rune Gustavsson was appointed new general secretary for International Institute of Critical Infrastructures (CRIS).
- "The appointment means large opportunities for Blekinge Institute of Technology in that sense that the appointment as general secretary gives us increased credibility within the security area, particularly within development of secure software, says Rune Gustavsson. This will also generate more projects in the security area, which favours our students".
Professor Nail H. Ibragimov presented the solution to a problem that has eluded mathematicians in the whole world since 1770. The problem is called Laplace's Problem and reads "Find all invariants for hyperbolic differential equations"
The problem, the solution of which is presented here, is 230 years old, almost as old as the theory of partial differential equations itself. Indeed, the first partial differential equation, the wave equation for vibrating strings, was formulated and solved by d'Alembert in 1747. The problem of invariants can be dated back to Laplace's 1773 work, when young Laplace (he was 24) published his renowned method based on two invariants, h, k, called later Laplace's invariants by Darboux (1890). These invariants (rather semi-invariants) were found and used also by Leonard Euler and published in his "Integral Calculus" in 1769/70. In 1911, Louise Petrén extended Laplace's method to higher-order equations. In 1960, Ovsyannikov found a new proper invariant. The general problem, that is called Laplace's problem, remained open until recently.
"Prof. Ibragimov has completed the picture by finding the invariants and semi-invariants for parabolic partial differential equations (PDE)", says . Prof.Dr. Gazanfer Unal at the Faculty of Sciences in Istanbul, Turkey.
"I certainly believe that the result obtained by Prof. Ibragimov is a classical and fundamental contribution to mathematics and mathematical physics. It will have great impact on the development of analytical methods for solving PDEs. I am sure it will inspire many scientists who work in related areas."
For more information, please contact professor Ibragimov at +46 455 38 54 50 or +46 733 248 374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Nail H. Ibragimov was educated at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Novosibirsk University, and worked in the USSR Academy of Sciences from 1965 to 1993. Since 1976 he lectured intensely all over the world. During 1994-2000 he held a professorial position in South Africa. Currently he is Professor of Mathematics and director of the international research centre ALGA at the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden.
Professor Ibragimov is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost experts in the field of symmetry analysis of differential equations. Visit http://www.bth.se/ALGA for more information.
Professor Claes Wohlin works as a researcher in Software Engineering at our Department of Systems and Software Engineering. He was ranked as number fourteen of the best scholars in the world in the area of Software Engineering in an article that was published in Journal of Systems and Software in the autumn of 2003.
Claes Wohlin is one of three researchers from Europe that has made it on to the list. Sweden is therewith the third European country to get a person placed on this ranking list. Other European countries to have achieved this are Great Britain and Italy.
The aim of the research in the area of Software Engineering is to improve software quality by improving software and the software development and management processes. The ranking is based on research published during the years 1998-2002 in a survey of articles published in six scientific journals.
- The next challenge is to see to that also Blekinge Institute of Technology makes it on to the list, says Claes Wohlin, and we have great possibilities given the BESQ project (Blekinge Engineering Software Qualities). For more information about the BESQ project, visit www.bth.se/besq.
Professor Göran Broman was awarded the prize "Utmärkt ledarskap 2003" (translated to Excellent Environmental Leadership 2003) by NMC - Näringslivets Miljöchefer (ttranslated to the Industry's Environmental Managers). The prize is given to a person, that has practised a leadership that has contributed to an extensive step towards social, financial and/or ecological sustainability in his/her organisation or within society. Thus NMC, with this prize, wants to highlight the environmental and sustainability work that is done in the Swedish society and also emphasize one of several individuals that integrates the environment and sustainability within that person's community.
Blekinge County Council awarded Professor Göran Broman (professor in Mechanical Engineering) the prize for "Enviromental Control 2003" (in Swedish "Landstinget Blekinges miljövårdspris 2003").