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Research at the faculty of technology

At the faculty of technology we do research within a large number of fields. Here you'll find those of our research groups that have web sites in English.

"The faculty is in a strong development phase with an increasing research budget. We invest strategically in several areas, including a number of new professorships. A new prominent research center in Big Data has been established, Linnaeus University Centre for Data Intensive Sciences and Applications. We go in for a future certified engineer education in building technology and computer science, while maritime science and forestry and wood technology remain important fields. New fora for school collaboration, digital learning and mathematics, physics and technology education are also on the agenda in the next few years." /Staffan Carius, Dean

At the faculty, research is done by larger and smaller research groups, by individual researchers, in different projects etc. Below you'll find those of our research groups that have an English website. You can also search for researchers, research groups and projects at the Research section.

Linnaeus University Centres

At Linnaeus University Centres, exciting research of the highest quality, both nationally and internationally recognized, is carried out. A research environment designated a Linnaeus University Centre has undergone a quality review by a special assessment panel, consisting of internationally acknowledged researchers from the field in question. This guarantees the best possible quality, and ensures that the research environment meets the highest requirements.

Research in bioenergy

The research carried out at Linnaeus University focuses on making use of raw materials in new, better and smarter ways – on sustainability, on seeing things from new perspectives and on using resources more efficiently. Therefore, we have chosen bioresource technology as a collective name for all our research within the fields of bioenergy technology, biotechnology, combustion technology, chemical engineering, and process engineering.

Our starting point is biomass, that is to say raw materials, rest products and waste which are often considered to lack value; for instance, algae, food waste and wood residue. We then carry out research within different processes in order to upgrade, convert and refine this biomass. The products can be fuel and electricity, but just as often chemicals and different types of material.

Research in building technology

The research at the department of building technology focuses on developing the use of wood and wood-based materials in modern constructions. We work on a number of research projects in our laboratory. A common denominator for our research in structural engineering is comparative modelling with the finite element method. We do research in close collaboration with the trade and industry and have a modern, well-equipped laboratory that offers great opportunities.

Research in computer science

The research in computer science focuses on technology for the construction of smarter software systems. The activities are primarily carried out within four research areas with several points of contact.

  1. Cyber-physical systems
  2. Information and software visualisation
  3. Self-adaptive software systems
  4. Software technologies

Within the subject of computer science there is also Linnaeus University Centre for Data Intensive Sciences and Applications, DISA, which is one of Linnaeus University's cutting-edge research environments. The centre works with collection, analysis and utilisation of large data sets.

Research in electrical engineering

Electrical engineering is a collective concept that comprises basically all the technology, theory and methodology that in one way or another deal with the electromagnetic phenomenon. Included in this is, for instance, wave propagation and radio communication, electronics, electrical power and electrical machines, acoustics, signal processing and control engineering. Our research is mainly theoretical with focus on electromagnetic field theory, control theory, systems theory and optimisation, most often with an industrial application.

We regularly take part in a number of national and international research projects and programmes and offer first- and second-cycle education (bachelor and master) in electrical engineering and third-cycle education (licentiate and doctor) in physics and mathematics.

Research in forestry and wood technology

In the Forestry and Wood field of research we carry out research within a broad scientific field, from forest to finished product, and with development of new wood products for construction and furnishing. Together, our research and our educations make up a wood technology centre in Växjö – a meeting place for research, the trade and industry, and society on questions concerning the forestry sector and the wood and construction industry. The region around Växjö and Kalmar is one of the most important areas in Europe for forestry and the forest industry.

Research in informatics

In the subject of informatics, research is carried out within a number of different fields that overlap: digital business models, information management, design of interactive artefacts and services, e-learning, e-health and evaluation. The common denominator for the research is the study of ICT use from a design perspective; that is to say, how systems and their use can be developed in order to develop and improve activities. Our research activities also include third-cycle education.

Research in maritime science

The research within the subject of maritime science analyses the conditions and daily activities of international shipping and the consequences for the environment and people's health. The activities on board a vessel is a core interest, in particular the interplay between people and between people and technology.

Our research on working life, organisation, communication, maritime safety, risk management, energy optimisation, and the environmental effects of shipping uses theories and methods from other fields within social sciences, the natural sciences and technology.

Research in mathematics

The research in mathematics has both theoretical and practical focus. In pure mathematics it is concentrated in areas such as p-adic analysis and dynamical systems, complex analysis, functional analysis, micro-local analysis, stochastic analysis and time-frequency analysis.

Applications are concentrated on mathematical modeling in natural and social sciences, engineering, signal processing, information security, economics, finances, decision making, psychology and cognitive science. These modelings are performed in close cooperation with experts from the respective areas.

We offer third-cycle education in mathematics, applied mathematics and mathematics education.

Research in mathematics education

The research environment in mathematics education comprises both theoretical and applied research. We offer second-cycle (1-year master) and third-cycle education (licentiate and doctor) in mathematics education.

Through research projects and conferences, we participate in both national and international research collaborations. Our research includes teaching and learning mathematics within pre-school, primary and lower-secondary school, later school years, upper secondary school and teacher education. Through research projects, networks and commissions from the Swedish National Agency for Education, we have extensive collaboration with active mathematics teachers on all levels.

Research in mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering is a collective concept for the art of constructing, manufacturing, utilising and maintaining the quality of mechanical equipment for specific purposes. Our research within this field at the department of mechanical engineering has the same breadth as the subject itself. We focus on six areas: structural dynamics, material science, industrial economics, terotechnology, material mechanics, and product development and design.

Research in media technology

At Linnaeus University, research in media technology focuses on mobility, social media and learning. The research is mainly carried out within the research group Center for Learning and Knowledge Technologies (CeLeKT).

Research in physics

Research in physics is about understanding the most fundamental laws of nature. We carry out research within two different fields: condensed matter physics/nanophysics and astroparticle physics.

  • In condensed matter physics, you study large quantities of atoms, from billions and billions of atoms in bulk systems to just a few hundred atoms in nanoparticles. Today, condensed matter physics is the largest field of research in physics, with great relevance in matter science and technological applications.
  • Astroparticle physics is a field of research that deals with the connections between the smallest and the largest phenomena in the universe and links together cosmology, particle physics, and astrophysics.

At Linnaeus University, we offer third-cycle education in physics, with specialisations within both condensed matter physics and astroparticle physics.

Research in sustainable built environment

Within the field of sustainable built environment we carry out cutting-edge research linked to sustainable development, in particular system analysis studies within bioenergy, structural engineering, energy efficiency and forestry, as well as studies of the interplay between these areas, and the application of innovative solutions.

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Åsa Blom

"When I was little, I definitely wanted to become an archeologist, or perhaps a horsewoman. However, I then started studying in Växjö to become a mathematics teacher, did my degree project on pig diseases, but ended up doing research in wood technology. Now, I am an associate professor of forest products, do research within surface treatment and teach on wood material courses. The best part about my job is that I get to meet so many interesting people, and that I learn new stuff all the time." /Åsa Blom, head of the department of forestry and wood technology