Chalmers University of Technology – CHALMERS

Chalmers University of Technology – CHALMERS (www.chalmers.se) was founded in 1829 and was transformed into an independent foundation in 1994. Chalmers has developed leading research in the areas of life sciences, materials science, information technology, micro-and nanotechnology, environmental sciences and energy. Chalmers’ annual turnover (2014) is 3 398 million SEK (appr. 380 million EUR), out of which 71 % is related to research. Around 66 % of the research funding is acquired in competition from external sources. Some 13 400 people, including 3 100 employees (2928 FTEs), work and study in Chalmers’ 17 departments.

The university offers PhD and Licentiate programmes as well as MScEng, MArch, BEng and nautical programmes. There are 6 450 students (FTE) in programmes leading to 1 200 Master’s degrees annually. About 1 140 students are involved in doctoral programs leading to 350 PhD and Licentiate of Technology degrees each year.

Chalmers has been involved in EU funded research projects since 1989 and is on a continuous basis involved in approximately 200 projects within different EU programmes, mainly the Framework Programmes. The annual EU funding (2014) for research is 22 M€. The Chalmers parts within FP7 have a contract value of 121 M€. Chalmers is the beneficiary in 270 projects in FP7, and the coordinator or single beneficiary of 52 of these contracts. Out of these contracts, Chalmers is the host for 17 ERC grants. In total over the years Chalmers has participated in some 660 Framework Programme projects and has been the coordinator of 90 FP projects.

As for Marie Curie Actions, Chalmers is the beneficiary in 31 MCA projects in FP7: 13 ITNs (coordinator for 2); 3 Intra-European Fellowships; 10 Career Integration Grants; 3 IRSES; 2 IAPPs. In Horizon 2020 Chalmers is (early 2015) participating in 41 projects, whereof 3 ERC grants, 3 MSCA/ITNs, 4 MSCA/Ifs, 10 projects in the Transport challenge.

Chalmers University of Technology have long experience of research and development work on logistics and transportation systems including food value chains, infrastructure, and ICT-based information services (both front and back office). The organisation has long experience of different methods and tools, e.g. case studies in real work environments, usability studies in order to assess the interaction between user and information system; observations to study behaviour as a consequence of the freight handling process design and the logistics chain; and surveys to assess the overall benefits and adoption of a new IT-based information services.

The evaluation experience is demonstrated by the strong involvement in impact evaluation work (related also to policy issues and transferability analyses) both on the Swedish and the international scene (mainly Europe).

Chalmers is contributing to the causal based analysis in WP2, and in the logistics analysis tasks for the case studies in WP4-5, and logistics modelling work WP7.

The Chalmers Team

Assoc. prof. Gunnar Stefansson

(Male) has a PhD in Transportation and logistics. He earned his PhD working on the topic of collaborative logistics management and the use of information technology to support logistics activities with main focus on logistics service providers. In recent years his research focus has been on collaboration issues within value chains, integration of interfaces between partners, tracking and tracing, development of smart transportation management frameworks, resource utilization and transport management with main focus of the use of information technologies and systems. Dr. Stefansson has worked on many European Union financed projects in recent years, among these are: SCANDINET, NICT, CLISME, EUTRALOG, Cassandra, BESTLOG, CHILL-ON, LOGISTICS 4 LIFE and LOGINN. Dr. Stefansson will be contributing directly with own work in the project in addition to supervision of potential Ph.D. students associated with the project.

Prof. Mats I. Johansson

(Male) is professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, at the Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. He holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering and received a PhD in 1989, within the area of logistics and product design, focusing logistic performance in mixed-model production environments. His professorship covers modeling, development, planning and control of materials supply and distribution systems, including their supporting information systems and methods for evaluating competitiveness and resource consumption. Present research focuses on the application areas of automotive and manufacturing industry, food supply chains, construction industry, recycling industry, and healthcare. He is co-director of the Northern LEAD logistics research centre and also affiliated researcher to the Centre for Healthcare Improvement (CHI) at Chalmers, dealing with the planning and control of healthcare processes.