Six projects get long-term funding from the new Electrical Engineering department, E2, at Chalmers
The management group of the department of Signals and Systems (S2) at Chalmers devised a new initiative in autumn 2016. On 1 May this department is being merged with the Electric Power Engineering and High Voltage Engineering divisions to form the department of Electrical Engineering (E2). Eleven projects were submitted after the call for proposals went out in the beginning of 2017. Six were selected and allocated an internal grant for use during 2017 of SEK 0.5 million each,
The idea is that the researchers have six months’ funding for producing results interesting enough for seeking external funding. A new call for proposals is planned for 2018. One of the six projects that receives funding is led by Andreas Fhager (on the picture), Thomas Eriksson and Christian Fager. Together they are starting a cooperation between medical engineering and communications technology.
– If we transfer established technology from the communication field to the technology platform we are using in the medical research area, this may open the door to a number of exciting new applications, says Andreas Fhager. I also see significant advantages from gaining access to systems that are faster, smaller, cheaper and lighter.
– We are aiming to reduce the measuring time and improve the calibration technology for microwave measurements. For instance, we use what are known as Stroke Finder helmets which help to diagnose stroke patients, says Thomas Eriksson. As a result of our experiences in the communication field we believe it is possible to perform real-time measurements if we develop the measuring equipment by using several rapid wideband antennas.
Such rapid and reliable microwave measurements could be used to monitor a patient’s pulsating heartbeat, for example. If the technology could also be simplified to such an extent that it could be provided in medical centres and ambulances, this would bring significant advantages in diagnosing patients and assessing the medical care they require.
– Applying your research to a new field, which is also so close to people and where there is a clear link to the benefits for the patient, is an enjoyable and exciting challenge, says Christian Fager.
The plan is to use the funds in 2017 for a temporary post-doctoral appointment.