Research projects

The following projects are currently running within the PI/PSS domain:

  • Collaboration as enabler for light weight vehicles - SAAB SåNätt
  • Decision support for sustainable value chains - DecSUS
  • Design for Wellbeing
  • Measuring Innovation in Teams - MINT
  • PrimCare IT
  • Sustainble products and services within e-health and telemedicine

Collaboration as enabler for light wEight vehicles - SåNätt

SåNättObjectives: Increase supply chain collaboration to create new products and services that increase competitiveness. Enable organisations to efficiently integrate research in innovation, technology (with focus on light structures) into development of new solutions within automotive supply chain.

  • BTH project leader: Prof Tobias Larsson
  • Time span: 2011 (Stage 2 2011-2013)
  • Funding: 20 MSEK (10 MSEK from VINNOVA FFI programme, 10 MSEK from partners)
  • Academic partners: BTH, KTH, Chalmers, Luleå University of Technology, Linköping University, Skövde University, University West.
  • Industrial Partners: Saab Automobile AB, VINNOVA, Fordonskomponent-gruppen (FKG), Innovatum, Borgstena, Outokumpu, Bendiro Profile Tech, Emhart Teknologies, Engineering Research Nordic AB, ESSVE Produkter AB, EWES Stålfjäder AB, Müller-BBM Scandinavia AB, SKF, Tesa AB, SSAB, RLE International Sweden AB, Benteler, KB Components, Applied Composites AB, Euroform, Saint-Gobain Sekurit, IAC Group Sweden AB, Lamera AB, 3M, Finnveden, Gestamp, Oxeon AB, Fasitet PDE AB, SAPA, Plastal, Raufoss Technology AS, Arsizio, Bulten, Semcon, ProfilGruppen Extrusions AB, Kongsberg Automotive, Ruukki Sverige, Altair Engineering AB, CJ Automotive AB, Volvo Cars.
  • Related links:
    + VINNOVA/FFI information on the project (in swedish)
  • News items:
    + 20110430: http://inside.saab.com/sa-natt-project-seeks-to-add-lightness-to-future-cars/
  • Project bried: BTH-ING-SAABSåNätt-Leaflet-2011.pdf | 1.2 MB

 


DECISION SUPPORT FOR SUSTAINABLE VALUE CHAINS - DECSUS

 

Objectives: This project aims to provide product developers with quick and cost-effective decision support to address product life cycle sustainability issues, thereby facilitating industrial ability to produce more sustainable and profitable products. This breaks down into the following project objectives:
•  O1: Explore the current state of art and state of practice within the fields of sustainable product innovation, product-service system innovation and decision support systems.
•  O2: Develop a method (tool) to identify, define and quantify sustainability/value integrated drivers for product development used for decision support in early development phases.
•  O3: Validate through test cases together with industry the effect of the method in complementary contexts.
•BTH project leader: Dr. Henrik Ny
•Time span: 2010-2013
•Funding: 9.6 MSEK
(3,8 MSEK from KKS, 1,5 MSEK from BTH and 4,3 MSEK from companies)
•Academic partners: BTH, Lund University, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
•Industrial Partners: Volvo Aero Corporation, Aura Light International AB, Dynapac Compaction Equipment AB, Stena Metall AB, eco2win AB, Enell Sustainable Business, Svensk Avfallsrådgivning AB, Coresource AB
•Related links:

DECSUSObjectives: This project aims to provide product developers with quick and cost-effective decision support to address product life cycle sustainability issues, thereby facilitating industrial ability to produce more sustainable and profitable products. This breaks down into the following project objectives:

- O1: Explore the current state of art and state of practice within the fields of sustainable product innovation, product-service system innovation and decision support systems.

- O2: Develop a method (tool) to identify, define and quantify sustainability/value integrated drivers for product development used for decision support in early development phases.

- O3: Validate through test cases together with industry the effect of the method in complementary contexts.

  • BTH project leader: Henrik Ny (PhD)
  • Time span: 2010-2013
  • Funding: 9.6 MSEK (3,8 MSEK from KKS, 1,5 MSEK from BTH and 4,3 MSEK from companies)
  • Academic partners: BTH, Lund University, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • Industrial Partners: Volvo Aero Corporation, Aura Light International AB, Dynapac Compaction Equipment AB, Stena Metall AB, eco2win AB, Enell Sustainable Business, Svensk Avfallsrådgivning AB, Coresource AB
  • Related links:

+ DecSUS collaboration portal


Design for Wellbeing

Design for WellbeingObjectives: Design for Wellbeing redirects the focus of product development from technology-based development, via needs-based development, to participative product development and innovation. By adapting a multidisciplinary approach, involving health sciences and engineering disciplines, we are able to manage the entire development cycle from an initial understanding of users’ needs to studies of finished products in use.

Design for Wellbeing is carried out in the form of research projects, application studies and student projects, building on experiences from research and education projects. The courses are project-based and team-structured, and students work closely with corporate partners on real-world innovation projects. Design for Wellbeing is an ideal framework for collaboration across distance, disciplines and disabilities.

  • BTH project Leader: Prof Tobias Larsson
  • Time span: 2004-
  • Academic partners: BTH, Lund University, Stanford University, Hosei University, Luleå University of Technology, KTH.
  • Related links:
    + Design for Wellbeing

 



Measuring innovation in teams - MINT

Measuring Innovation in TeamsObjectives: Innovation capability is important for industrial companies today in order to be competitive on the market. But the questions are first, how can the current state of innovation capability be known? And second, what need to be undertaken to increase the innovative performance? These were the guiding questions behind this research project being conducted at Volvo Construction Equipment regarding innovation performance in product development and R&D.


PRIMCAREIT - HEALTH ON DISTANCE

Objectives: The project will provide a cost-effective development of sustainable e-health related services and products, especially focused on tele-consultation solutions. This should be done by pilot project demonstrators to create realistic scenarios for  a future sustainable health care.

The overall aim of PrimCare IT is to raise the attractiveness of remote primary health care for medical professionals by the means of tele-consultation and tele-mentoring. Thereby the project counteracts brain drain and professional isolation in sparsely populated areas for more equal access to primary health care in the BSR.

A better deployment of tele-consultation and tele-mentoring including social media has strong potential to reduce professional isolation and to provide opportunities for professional networking, continuing medical education and career development for younger and experienced doctors and health workers in remote areas.

  • BTH project Leader: Prof Tobias Larsson, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • BTH participants: Johan Berglund (HAL), Ewy Olander (HAL), Marie Persson (COM), Niklas Lavesson (COM)
  • Time span: 2012-2014
  • Funding: 25 MSEK, EU Baltic Sea Region Programme
  • Partners: South Ostrobothnian Health Care District (FI), Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (FI), Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia (FI), eHealth Institute, Linnaeus University (SE), Region Västerbotten (SE), Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (DE), German Medical Association (DE), District of Segeberg (DE), District of Nordfriesland (DE), The Estonian Society of Family Doctors (EE), Estonian eHealth Foundation(EE), Vilnius University Hospital (LT), Kaunas University of Technology (LT), Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LT), Centre of Health Economics (LV), Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education (BY)
  • Related links: http://eu.baltic.net/Project_Database.5308.html?&&contentid=71&contentaction=single

Sustainable products and services within e-health and tele medicine

E-healthObjectives: The project will provide a cost-effective development of sustainable e-health related services and products. This should be done by various pilot project demonstrators to create realistic scenarios. Primarily this is done for the County Council of Blekinge but also other potential customers may be targeted. The project will create a technological-medical frontier area that can generate new business in Blekinge.

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