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Successful Summer Schools attracted engaged students and renowned speakers

Dorsa Sadigh, Assistant Professor at Stanford University, during one of her lectures in Safe and Interactive Robotics.

This summer season started off with two combined Summer Schools on Cyber-Physical Systems and Testing, with students and renowned speakers from around the world. The theme for this year’s event was Autonomous Driving and several speakers focused on platooning specifically. Responsible professors Walid Taha and Mohammad Mousavi are very pleased with the outcome of the event, which they describe as a continued success over the years.

From June 11th to June 15th, students and key note speakers got together on the top floor of Trade Center, with a perfect view over the city of Halmstad in full bloom. The five days were scheduled to enable the participants to get a deeper knowledge and understanding of the topic, but also to allow them to socialize and experience a new city together. The idea of the event is to broaden the experience so that everyone involved gets as much out of it as possible. It is a perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded and build a network for future studies and collaborations. 

Engaged students discussing during one of the lectures.

This year, we were very fortunate to have another group of excellent speakers, such as Dorsa Sadigh from Stanford University and Taylor T. Johnson from Vanderbilt University, says Walid Taha. Having renowned researchers speaking at such an event is of course boosting the interest of the summer school and the awareness of Halmstad University in general.

Dorsa Sadigh, who specializes in designing provably correct controllers for human-cyber-physical systems, such as semiautonomous vehicles, met Walid at a conferrence when he asked her to come to Halmstad University to share her work.

I saw this as a great opportunity to share my results with a new crowd, said Dorsa who was impressed by the participating students’ engagement and discussions during the lectures.

Elisabeth Uhlemann, Professor in Data Communications at Mälardalen University, during one of her sessions.

Next year, the plan is to merge these two summer schools into one, as the topics are highly related and opens up for discussions from different angles.

Cyber-Physical Systems will still be the main topic as we consider it a good framework to capture our strength in research and education at the School of Information Technology, says Walid Taha.

Text and pictures: HELENA BENGTSSON

See the lectures on Youtube

All lectures from the Halmstad Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems 2017 and 2018 were filmed and can be seen on Youtube:

>> Halmstad University Youtube channelexternal link

The participants during one of the social activities.

The participants during one of the social activities.

Updated 2018-07-24