Research for society’s challenges

Research for society's challenges

As an institute of technology, we have great opportunities 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 close collaboration with industry and society, and for high quality in everything we do. The research concentrates on 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. 

Read more about our research and how it aims to solve societal challenges. Or why not have a look in our research magazine below?

Research at BTH – for societal challenges

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

Mats Viberg, Vice-Chancellor

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World class research

BTH is among the world’s most outstanding higher education institutions within software engineering and sustainable development. In systems and software engineering, BTH is ranked sixth in the world and first within the EU, according to the Journal of Systems and Software. BTH is also deemed to be the best in Sweden and in third place within Europe for sustainable development, according to a report from the Alliance for Global Sustainability.


Short facts about BTH´S research

  • BTH is among the top six in the world in software engineering and sustainability
  • 45 professors
  • BTH has the right to give PhD programmes in engineering. Today we run PhD programmes in “IT with applications” and “Planning and management”
  • Approximately 100 PhD students
  • PhD programmes in 11 subjects
  • Approximately one-third of the turnover is related to research and PhD programmes

Facts from the 2020 annual report.

Research with high industrial relevance

BTH conducts highly interesting research in areas that are of great importance for society.

The research, which is fully in line with BTH’s profile, takes place in three different environments where connections to industry is strong and collaboration with companies is essential. All research environments have funding from the Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen) in Sweden.

The next generation of sustainable products
One focuses on the production of digital methods and tools to develop the next generation of sustainable products in the manufacturing industry. The initiative involves developing model-driven support system for product development, prototyping and visualization to become more efficient and value creation. The research is carried out in collaboration with a number of companies e.g. Volvo, Tetra Pak and GKN Aerospace. Read more.

Value from large and complex data
The other focuses on creating resource-efficient systems for the analysis of large amounts of data. The research is conducted in cooperation with a number of companies including Ericsson, Telenor and Sony Mobile Communications. BTH is considered to be one of the six in the world in software engineering. The area is of great importance in today’s society, given the extent to which we rely on computers and functioning software. Read more.

New working methods for software industry
The third focuses on developing new working methods and methods so that Swedish companies can develop future software intensive products and services in a competitive way. The research is carried out in collaboration with Ericsson, Sony, Telia Company, Handelsbanken, Swedbank, MaxKompetens, Time People Group, Tolpagorni Product Management, QTEMA and Fortnox. Read more.

For me, BTH stands for a clear focus on applied research in collaboration with industry. It has given me and my colleagues excellent opportunities to conduct high quality research with high industrial importance in software engineering”.
Claes Wohlin, researcher in software engineering

Contact us

Professor Göran Broman
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering
Telephone: + 46 455-38 55 04

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Dean of the Faculty of Computing
Telephone: +46 455-38 58 33