Research that makes a difference

Research that makes a difference

As an institute of technology, we are expected to contribute to a sustainable future for our society. We achieve this by carrying out research that makes a real difference.

To succeed, BTH aims for high quality in everything we do, and for close collaboration with industry and society. The research concentrates on several strong fields, where there are good conditions to be of benefit to society. BTH has high ambitions – and within some fields, such as software engineering and strategic sustainable development, we are already world class. Currently, research accounts for a third of BTH’s activities and we have the ambition to increase this proportion even more.

One focus – several lines of research

The research at BTH studies the digitalisation of society in different ways. One line of research focuses on mathematics and its application within engineering subjects such as computer science and software engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering as well as spatial planning and health technology. Another line of research is based on social sciences and management, with applications in finance and entrepreneurship, sustainable development and urban development. Many research projects are interdisciplinary in nature and therefore not easily classified in one overarching area.

Research leading to knowledge

The research at BTH is beneficial in many ways. For example, it leads to new methods and products for our partners, often with increased sustainability and efficiency as a result, or to the creation of new companies. The research also contributes to new knowledge that results in regulations or policies and, by extension, to policy choices. However, the biggest benefit of the research comes via its contribution to education.

BTH is a small university characterised by closeness. There are short distances between researchers and students and between research groups. We are proud of the international collaborations but also of the local relationships that help us to create benefits more quickly. Wider society inspires us and, together with our partners, we contribute to the global sustainable development goals. Imagination is the only limit to what is possible.

Mats Viberg, Vice-Chancellor

BTH’s research focuses on fields in which it can reach critical mass and in which there are good conditions to make a difference”.

Mats Viberg, Vice-Chancellor

Sustainable development
– how is it achieved?

In the field of strategic sustainable development we develop methodology that helps companies, municipalities and other organisations to contribute to societal transition to sustainability in a way that reinforces the success of the individual organisation. Here are some examples of application areas and collaborations.

Software to make things possible

Software makes digitalisation possible, in practice. Software connects different kinds of energy in an energy network as well as the functions in a car, banking transactions or the 1177 healthcare guide.

Tony Gorschek conducts research in software engineering, in which BTH is among the world leaders.

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“My job is to delve into and find solutions that can be applied in many areas”.

Tony Gorschek, researcher in software engineering


Unique clinic for
health technology research

BTH Research and Education Clinic is a unique clinic serving as a meeting place for research, education and health technology product development. The clinic is an open and dynamic environment that stimulates collaboration across academia and industry and between private and public health services.

Online safety

Increasing computing power and the number of interconnected functions – many opportunities but unfortunately also risks of malicious attacks.

Dragos Ilie conducts research in computer science to make it harder and more expensive to carry out cyber-attacks.

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“We can be of great benefit in the prevention of attacks and sabotage in vital societal functions, it is an important research contribution”.

Dragos Ilie, researcher

From ping pong to home runs
with AI and big data

“At BTH we are developing the systems of the future and algorithms for AI and large-scale data analysis. When we collaborate, we see how they can be applied in practice”.

Håkan Grahn, professor in computer science

In collaboration with Telenor, a wireless provider, BTH has developed technology that streamlines and improves customer service. Artificial intelligence screens support requirements, questions and suggestions, which leads to a shorter response time and increased quality.

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Researchers who see the
ocean as a resource

BTH has participated in producing Sweden’s first national innovation agenda for underwater technology and the researchers see many areas of use – outside the marine industry too.

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“BTH is world-leading in marine safety”.

Oskar Frånberg, associate professor

Virtual applications where humans and machines come together

The research in visual and interactive computer science is often associated with gaming technology, however, that is only one part of all the possibilities that exist.

For example, it can be used for surgeons to practise an intervention, for training for disaster responses or to use everyday objects in the 1500s.

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Digital product development for a sustainable future

The only thing around us that is not consciously developed is nature – everything else is developed by the human hand.

Professor Tobias Larsson is a researcher in product development and leads the area on model-driven product-service development at BTH.

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The research in value-driven development in mechanical engineering at BTH is unique”.

Tobias Larsson, professor in mechanical engineering