REEDEAM is a project where Luleå University of Technology, Mälardalen University and Örebro University, and industry will co-produce education for the business community’s climate transition. The project aims to strengthen cooperation between universities and industry by improving access to demand-driven competence development. REEDEAM also aims to establish long-term cooperation between the universities based on their scientific areas of expertise. A planned research school will provide the business community with greater access to doctoral competence and further strengthen the universities’ cooperation with the surrounding industry and society. Lessons learned, and experiences from the KK Foundation’s expert competence program are integrated to ensure efficiency and quality by creating a cohesive competence offering.


Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a networking paradigm which enables different devices (from thermostats to autonomous vehicles) to collect valuable information and exchange it with other devices using different communications protocols over the Internet. This technology allows to analyse and correlate heterogeneous sources of information, extract valuable insights, and enable better decision processes. Although the IoT has the potential to revolutionise a variety of industries, such as healthcare, agriculture, transportation, and manufacturing, IoT devices also introduce new cybersecurity risks and challenges. In this course, the students will obtain an in-depth understanding of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the associated cybersecurity challenges. The course covers the fundamentals of IoT and its applications, the communication protocols used in IoT systems, the cybersecurity threats to IoT, and the countermeasures that can be deployed. The course is split in four main modules, described as follows: Understand and illustrate the basic concepts of the IoT paradigm and its applications Discern benefits and drawback of the most common IoT communication protocols Identify the cybersecurity threats associated with IoT systems Know and select the appropriate cybersecurity countermeasures Course Plan Module 1: Introduction to IoT Definition and characteristics of IoT IoT architecture and components Applications of IoT Module 2: Communication Protocols for IoT Overview of communication protocols used in IoT MQTT, CoAP, and HTTP protocols Advantages and disadvantages of each protocol Module 3: Security Threats to IoT Overview of cybersecurity threats associated with IoT Understanding the risks associated with IoT Malware, DDoS, and phishing attacks Specific vulnerabilities in IoT devices and networks Module 4: Securing IoT Devices and Networks Overview of security measures for IoT systems Network segmentation, access control, and encryption Best practices for securing IoT devices and networks Organisation and Examination Credits and time table: 3 ECTS distributed over 10 weeks Scehduled online seminars: December 4th 2023, January 12th 2024 and February 9th 2024 Examination, one of the following: Analysis and presentation of relevant manuscripts in the literature Bring your own problem (BYOP) and solution. For example, analyse the cybersecurity of the IoT network of your company and propose improvements The number of participants in the course is limited, so please hurry with your application!

Product, production and business development for circular flows

Your abilities in development work gain more and more importance in professional life. This course gives you the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in product, production and business development as well as the relationship between these. You are introduced to systematic working methods for product, production and business development with a focus on innovation and creativity in practical contexts. The overall aim of the course is an in-depth understanding of the application of various processes for development work of various kinds. The goal is that the students increase their ability to understand and apply development processes and increase their insight into how the processes relate to organizations’ innovation and business strategies to obtain circular flows, resilience and sustainability in the manufacturing industry. The teaching consists of self-study of course literature, films and other material via an internet-based course platform, scheduled webinars and written reflections. No physical gatherings. Scehduled online seminars: December 4th 2023, January 8th 2024, January 22nd 2024 and February 5th 2024 The number of participants in the course is limited, so please hurry with your application!

Virtual Commissioning in Process and Manufacturing Industry

Virtual commissioning (VC) is a technique used in the field of automation and control engineering to simulate and test a system's control software and hardware in a virtual environment before it is physically implemented. The aim is to identify and correct any issues or errors in the system before deployment, reducing the risk of downtime, safety hazards, and costly rework. The virtual commissioning process typically involves creating a digital twin of the system being developed, which is a virtual representation of the system that mirrors its physical behaviour. The digital twin includes all the necessary models of the system's components, such as sensors, actuators, controllers, and interfaces, as well as the control software that will be running on the real system. Once the digital twin is created, it can be tested and optimized in a virtual environment to ensure that it behaves correctly under various conditions. The benefits of using VC include reduced project costs, shortened development time, improved system quality and reliability, and increased safety for both operators and equipment. By detecting and resolving potential issues in the virtual environment, engineers can avoid costly and time-consuming physical testing and debugging, which can significantly reduce project costs and time to market. Following are suggested modules in the virtual commissioning course, each with its own specific role in the process. These modules work together to create a comprehensive virtual commissioning process, allowing engineers to test and validate control systems and production processes in a simulated environment before implementing them in the real world. Modeling and simulation: This module involves creating a virtual model of the system using simulation software. The model includes all the equipment, control systems, and processes involved in the production process. Control system integration: This module involves integrating the digital twin with the control system, allowing engineers to test and validate the system's performance. Virtual sensors and actuators: This module involves creating virtual sensors and actuators that mimic the behavior of the physical equipment. This allows engineers to test the control system's response to different scenarios and optimize its performance. Scenario testing: This module involves simulating different scenarios, such as equipment failures, power outages, or changes in production requirements, to test the system's response. Data analysis and optimization: This module involves analyzing data from the virtual commissioning process to identify any issues or inefficiencies in the system. Engineers can then optimize the system's performance and ensure that it is safe and reliable. Pre-requisite 75 university credits in production technology, mechanical engineering, product and process development, computer technology and/or computer science or equivalent or 40 credits in technology and at least 2 years of full-time professional experience from a relevant area within industry. In addition, English A/English 6 are required. Expected outcomes Describe the use of digital twins for virtual commissioning process. Develop a simulation model of a production system using a systems perspective and make a plan for data collection and analysis. Plan different scenarios for the improvement of a production process. Analyze data from the virtual commissioning process to identify any issues or inefficiencies in the system and then optimize the system's performance. Needs in the industry Example battery production: Battery behaviors are changing over time. To innovate at speed and scale, testing and improving real-world battery phenomena throughout its lifecycle is necessary. Virtual commissioning / modeling-based approaches like digital twin can provide us with accurate real-life battery behaviors and properties, improving energy density, charging speed, lifetime performance and battery safety. Faster innovation (NPI) Lower physical prototypes Shorter manufacturing cycle time Rapid testing of new battery chemistry and materials to reduce physical experiments Thermal performance and safety It’s not just about modelling and simulating the product, but also validating processes from start to finish in a single environment for digital continuity. Suggested target groups Industry personnel Early career engineers involved in commissioning and simulation projects Design engineers (to simulate their designs at an early stage in a virtual environment to reduce errors) New product introduction engineers Data engineers Production engineers Process engineers (mediators between design and commissioning) Simulation engineers Controls engineer System Integration Students Master's/PhD degree students who are involved in energy, digitalization, controls and production fields. Scehduled online seminars: None The number of participants in the course is limited, so please hurry with your application!