Steffen is a doctoral student in the industrial graduate school ProWOOD – a collaboration between the industrial life, the Knowledge Foundation (KKS), Linnaeus University and the School of Engineering in Jönköping. The goal of ProWOOD is to support innovativeness and to increase the competitive strength of Swedish wood manufacturing industries.
He is responsible for case studies and projects in the course "Flexibel automation in industrial processes".
His research project aims to increase the degree of automation in the Swedish wood products industry. In the beginning his focus lies on identifying requirements and demands for a successful transition to automation and to create a better understanding of the underlying difficulties underlying in the wood products industry. In a later phase, he measure the the automation maturiy and creates production imrovements. Those production improvements are accomplished by the development and implementation of robot solutions and robot cells, suitable for wood processing tasks.
Steffen is also involved in the Vinnova financed project ARR (Automation in Repair and Remanufacturing) that focuses on increasing the levels of automation in recycling of electronics by moving to a sustainale production environment and circular economy.
Steffen is the PhD representative in the faculty board for the faculty of technology (FTK).