They are Future Research Leaders

Chalmers University of Technology

​No less than six Chalmers researchers were accepted when the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF, appointed Future Research Leaders.

​The goal of the program is to give newly established researchers with the highest scientific and pedagogical competence the opportunity to develop as research leaders. Johan Bengtsson-Palme, Ahmed Ali-Eldin Hassan, Alexander Hollberg, Anton Frisk Kockum, Raphaël Frank J Van Laer och Julia Wiktor are the six Chalmers researchers who qualified among the 16 young researchers who now receive 15 million each for independent research. SSF’s assessment is that they are expected to be able to lead even larger research groups in the future, and they will therefore participate in a comprehensive leadership program. 

Johan Bengtsson-Palme, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, receives funding for the research project Predicting future pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance. The aim of the project is finding out what mechanisms cause bacterial pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance. The researchers want to use this knowledge to understand which genes may pose a threat to human health in the future.

Ahmed Ali-Eldin Hassan, Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, receives funding for the research project Edge Optimization: Operating Systems & Software on the Edge. The project focuses on building a new operating system for latency critical next generation applications such as autonomous vehicles to make use of edge, cloud and local compute resources with performance guarantees.
Alexander Hollberg, Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, receives funding for the research project Digital material inventories for sustainable urban mining. The main goal of this project is to develop a method for creating urban construction material inventories based on digital twins and machine learning, to support stakeholder to reuse and recycle materials.
Anton Frisk Kockum, Researcher at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, receives funding for the research project Quantum simulation and communication with giant atoms. The main goal of the project is to construct efficient and useful simulations of quantum systems (e.g., molecules) that interact with a surrounding environment.
Raphaël Frank J Van Laer, Assistant Professor at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, receives funding for the research project Attojoule-per-bit acousto-optics. The long-term goal of the project is to help extend Moore’s law – the observation that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles about every two years – with light and sound by reducing the energy footprint of chip-scale photonics and quantum technology.
Julia Wiktor, Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics, receives funding for the research project Ab Initio Description of Complete Semiconductor Devices. The project’s aim is to couple accurate but computationally expensive quantum mechanical modelling methods with emerging artificial neural network models to be able to efficiently model materials and interfaces that constitute semiconductor micro- and nanodevices.
More information about the call and what the appointment entails can be found on the SSF web.
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