– The time at SwereaSICOMP and my experiences from LTU, where I for instance is part of the management team at the Faste Laboratory that works with innovation and business, has given me a good insight into this area of excellence, says Staffan Lundström. He has already been contacted by interested researchers and industries who want to contribute to the development of Smart machines and materials. The potential in the area is huge. Making boundaries is important, while we need to involve the unexpected. There are many talented researchers in the field. The industry is also here already for example in SKF-LTU University Technology Center and the Faste Laboratory who works closely with companies.
As an area of excellence in research and innovation, Smart machines and materials is based on an extensive and solid research base with well established research and a strong infrastructure. Staffan Lundström sees many opportunities for cooperation in the area and has even thought about building a departmental organization along with other areas of excellence in research and innovation.
– I think the areas of excellence should work together and that we who were appointed as scientific leader benefit from developing a joint strategy for how we will work to create combinations of research, leading to excellent research and useful results. It is important to create international contacts, for example focusing on universities and companies in Asia.
Source: Åsa Svedjeholm, LTU Review, no. 6, 2013