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School of Computing, Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Karlskrona, 2015

Postal address: Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola (BTH), SE-371 79 Karlskrona, Sweden
Visiting address: Campus Gräsvik (Valhallavägen 1), Karlskrona

Web page: http://www.bth.se/com/com_eng.nsf/

Contact persons:
Professor Lars Lundberg, phone: +46 (0)457 385 833
Professor Sara Eriksén, phone: +46 (0)457 385 565. Sara is Professor of Informatics and Human Work Science  at the Department of Creative Technologies

India related research collaboration projects

BTH has an impressive amount of working agreements with Indian universities, especially in the state of Andhra Pradesh, and has had a large amount of Indian students at Masters level studying at BTH in recent years. Besides educational collaboration agreements, BTH is also involved in a number of India related research projects funded by the Swedish research Council, and in a large India Project run over a number of years.
Most of these projects refer to the School of Computing, and to the School of Engineering.

BTH has developed strong collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) in Chennai, including a 2008 Memorandum of Understanding concerning R&D collaboration and student exchange between the two institutes of technology.

During the period 2007-09, Professor Sara Eriksén coordinated  a multidisciplinary research project on e-governance, entitled ”Participatory, sustainable, convergent and high quality public e-services – developing methods and practices”, that was given a Swedish Research Links grant in 2006.

The project aimed at developing long-term research cooperation within the area of e-government with the Telecommunications and Computer Networking (TeNeT) group within the Dept. of Electrical Engineering at IIT-M. On the Indian side, the project has been coordinated by Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, research leader of the TeNeT group within within the Dept. of Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. On the Swedish side, the project is coordinated by Prof. Sara Eriksén, group leader for the Informatics and Work (IAW) research group within the School of Computing. This group had an explicit mission: to provide people living in rural areas in India with robust, affordable and easily accessible internet access and e-services which can contribute to good quality of life for individuals and sustainable development and growth for India and the rest of the world. At BTH, Associate Professor Markus Fiedler, Dr. Annelie Ekelin and Charlott Lorentzen were also members of the project group.
Read the final project report, dated February 2011.
More information about the research collaboration with IITM.

Participants at the Chennai workshop during a tea break: Yvonne Dittrich, Aarti Kawlra, Hema Murthy and Sara Eriksén.

On 18–20 February 2010, a joint workshop was held on ”Participatory Design of ICT: Opportunities and Challenges”, in Chennai. The workshop aimed to bring together industry, academia, designers and engineers in the field of ICT’s to discuss the role and methods of Participatory Design (PD) for methodology for participatory design of ICT, and identify opportunities and challenges to PD. The workshop brought together industry, engineers, social scientists and project managers in the field of ICT:s for a discussion on the role and methods of Participatory Design (PD). The participants were scholars from BTH and Lund University in Sweden, ITU Copenhagen in Denmark, TeNeT Group, Faculty of CSE, EE, IIT Madras, and project managers from RTBI. From the Industry – Ericsson India and Chennai were both represented and some RTBI and TeNeT companies like Uniphore and Invention Labs & Vortex Eng were also represented. All presentations and a summarizing report from the workshop are available on the Internet.
Go for the presentations.

In September 2009, Prof. Sara Eriksén received a SASNET Guest Lecture Programme grant, for the invitation to Sweden of Dr. Aarti Kawlra from IIT-M. He also works as Principal Project Officer for the Indo-UK Consortium on Advanced Communication Technology.

Indo-Swedish research and innovation collaboration in the field of Health

In December 2013, the School of Computing at BTH was selected for funding from the Strategic Indo-Swedish Cooperative Innovation Programme, jointly administered by The Department of Biotechnology, Government of India (DBT); the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA); and the Swedish Research Council (SRC). The project, to be carried out in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M), Chennai, is entitled ”Transforming Healthcare Delivery – Innovative mHealth Technologies for Health Promotion and Better Health Outcome”, and it receives SEK 5 m. for the period 2014 – 2016. The project leaders are Professor Sara Eriksén, BTH; and Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala, TeNeT Group at IIT-M, Chennai.  More information about the project.

A Call for the programme was announced in the spring 2013, and decisions were taken in December 2013. Altogether five Indo-Swedish projects in the field of Health and Disease prevention were selected to receive funding. Full information about the selection.
The goal of the programme is to support long-term Indo-Swedish research and innovation collaboration in the field of Health. Indian and Swedish industry and researchers in both private and public sectors were invited to submit joint project applications for collaborative research and innovation projects. The approach is to establish and strengthen collaborative industry and research networks between India and Sweden by funding joint research and innovation projects, exchange visits, demonstration and proof of principle.

South Asian students

For many years, BTH has also had an amazing proportion of foreign students. In 2006 there were about 1 200 foreign students studying at the various Masters programmes in Technology, coming from 43 different countries, most of them from South Asia (Pakistan, Bangladesh and India), China and Nigeria. BTH had also developed cooperation with universities in both Pakistan and India, including a joint Double Diploma programme in the fields of Signal Processing, Software Engineering and Telecommunication Systems with Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) in Hyderabad (later also in Kakinada) and Andhra University in Visakhapatnam.

More information about BTH’s educational collaboration with Indian universities.

Since 2007 a lot of things have happened. The number of freemoving non-European students has dramatically fallen with the introduction of tuition fees at Swedish universities, including BTH. On the other hand, formal educational collaboration programmes with universities in south India have been  further developed, not the least because of work done by Mr. Gurudutt Velpula, an ex-student from Hyderabad, since 2009 working as Project Director – Indian Operations at BTH. He received an Honorary PhD at BTH for his efforts in 2008.

Triple Helix and India Project

BTH also puts strong focus on collaboration with business as being part of its Triple Helix strategy, both at home in Blekinge and in India, and especially with Ericsson represented in Karlskrona as well as Chennai. In the autumn of 2010 BTH signed an agreement with Ericsson India in Chennai which gives BTH students the opportunity to do their project work at the Ericsson office in Chennai. Senior researchers at IIT-M will share in supervising these student projects, in collaboration with supervisors at BTH. Accommodation will be offered for the Swedish students at the IIT-M Research Park, at the edge of the IIT-M campus in Chennai.

Finally, BTH has been much involved in The India project in Blekinge, as it was called, run by the regional administration in the South-East Swedish region of Blekinge. Its aim was to develop links not only regarding education and research but also in business between Blekinge and the South-East region of India, an area of India where the on-going industrial and economic expansion is extremely high, especially concerning the IT- and telecommunication industry.
 It was launched in 2008 after receiving a SEK 1.3 m grant from the Council of Region Blekinge. In February 2009 a large delegation from Blekinge, led by the BTH Vice Chancellor Ursula Hass, the Governor (landshövding) of Blekinge, Ms. Gunvor Engström.The project leader for the India Project, now completed, was Eva-Lisa Ahnström.
Full information about the India Project.

Pakistan collaboration

In South Asia, BTH previously also developed cooperation with three universities in Pakistan (Fatima Jinnah Women’s University in Rawalpindi, the Air University in Islamabad, and Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, GIKI, in Topi, NWFP). The contacts with Fatima Jinnah Women’s University in Pakistan resulted in the launch of a teachers and studenst exchange programme, funded by the Swedish International Programme Office for Education and Training (Internationella programkontoret). In March 2007, the Dept. of Systems and Software Engineering received a first Linnaeus-Palme International Exchange Programme grant for the period 2007-08.

More information about the Linnaeus Palme grants 2007.