Learn more about climate change’s impact on society and how you can lead a wide range of transition processes and practically work with climate transitions within different areas.
Ongoing and future climate impacts on different parts of society, the attempts to try to build sustainability within planetary boundaries and interconnected international crises’ have created a unique situation concerning the issues’ urgency, complexity and uncertainty. Within this shifting landscape knowledgeable, creative and brave leaders and citizens are necessary to being able to fundamentally change how businesses, regions, municipalities and different organizations work and achieve results.
This online course introduces climate science, climate change’s impact on society, different perspectives on the causes and possible solutions to the climate dilemma, climate justice and international agreements, carbon budgets and different climate scenarios, leadership within different contexts on different levels, key areas for successful transitions and different good examples of climate transitions, the individual’s and the collective’s possibilities and responsibilities, and concrete first steps towards transitions work within your work and local context.
An introduction to the challenges that both public leadership and governance face in an increasingly digital and globalized world. The content is based on theories and models with global applicability, and uses examples on how Swedish public leadership and governance have met real crises.
About the course
This course is an accessible introduction to the challenges that both public leadership and governance face in an increasingly digital and globalized world. The content is based on theories and models with global applicability, and uses examples on how Swedish public leadership and governance have met real crises such as climate change, COVID-19, migration crisis, ageing population. The course provides an understanding of how public leadership and governance can address digitalization in sustainable ways building on Swedish illustrations.
Topic covered by the course
You will get an comprehensive introduction to the challenges that public leadership and governance structure will face through digitalization process.Engage with the topic through your own work and reflection and practice on peer-review on a particular topic.Engage with a selection of relevant and up-to date literature that will be accessible through the course.Who can take the course?The course is open to everyone and free. There are no requirements for prior knowledge or special qualifications to participate in the course.
The course is web-based and is conducted entirely remotely via a web-based course platform. It is divided into four modules:
First module will give an overarching introduction to the overall concepts of sustainability, digitalization and democracy. We will be staying mostly conceptual and theoretical in the first week. At the end of the week there will be a digital quiz and an scrapbook assignment.
Second module there will be a discussion around institutions and what digitalization has meant looking at practical examples such as Transportation agency and the Linköping Municipality. At the end of the week there will be a digital quiz and an scrapbook assignment.
Third week will delve more into the practical implications of diglitalisation for areas such as E-government, social services and health care. At the end of the week there will be a digital quiz and an scrapbook assignment.
The last module will be based around self-study and the compilation of a scrapbook that will be uploaded to Lisam and then discussed and reviewed in an online forum setting. Each participant will produce one scrapbook and review three different scrapbooks during the last module.
What can we do to address the sustainability challenges we face? In this course, you will gain insight into how individuals, organisations and societies approach sustainability challenges in different ways. In various parts of the world different challenges are prioritized and thereby, various approaches and solutions are needed.
You will learn about the considerations needed to make decisions of how to prioritize sustainable development. You will also be introduced to different strategies for changing values, attitudes and behaviours. The course introduces enforcements that are applied to influence individuals within companies and in the society at large, including different incentives and instruments to ensure more sustainable behaviours.
This course is relevant to professionals working in industry, policymakers, or students in engineering.
What you'll learn
Identify and prioritize solutions based on different perspectives
About how the values, attitudes and behaviours for sustainable development are connected
About different environmental management tools
How to implement organizational learning, incentives and instruments to change behaviours for sustainable development
Concepts used in the current sustainability debate
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This course emphasizes that systems-based changes are needed to achieve a sustainable world. In the past, dominant theories of change have neglected these complex conditions. In part, it includes the belief that change can be managed, planned, and controlled.
This course suggests more contemporary theories where you are more inclusive, being many stakeholders and use fluid ways of creating change. Similar compositions of ideas have been tested in the honours track Change Maker Future Track at LU School of Economics and Management.
At the end of the course, the participants will have a better chance of:
a. Understanding of the systemic nature of sustainability
b. Understanding of systems theory, and the concepts of complexity and wicked problems
c. Understanding of systems innovation and change
d. Having an overview of some tools for describing and analysing complex problems and contexts
e. Having an overview of contemporary theories of change
f. Having an in-depth understanding of the concept of Catalytic Leadership and Change
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
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
Study hours: 80 hours distributed over 7 weeks
Scehduled online seminars: January 30th 2024, February 12th 2024 and 11th of March
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!
Skills in development work are becoming increasing importance in professional life. This course offers you the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in product development, production development, and business development, as well as the relationship between these areas.
You will be introduced to systematic working methods for product development, production development, and business development, with a specific focus on innovation and creativity in practical contexts. The goal of the course is to provide a deep understanding of the application of various processes in different types of development work. The objective is for course participants to enhance their ability to understand and apply development processes and gain deeper insights into how these processes relate to organizations' innovation and business strategies in order to achieve circular flows, resilience, and sustainability in the manufacturing industry.
The teaching consists of self-study using course literature, films, and other materials through an internet-based course platform, as well as scheduled webinars and written reflections. There are no physical meetings; only digital online seminars are incuded.
Study hours: 40 hours distributed over 7 weeks
Scheduled online seminars: 30th January, 13th February, 27th February, and 13th March 2024.
The course begins on the 30th of January 2024:
(Week 5) 30th January: Webinar 1: Introduction – Part 1 (Focus: Product development)
(Week 7) 13th February: Webinar 2: Part 2 (Focus: Production development)
(Week 9) 27th February: Webinar 3: Part 3 (Focus: Business development)
(Week 11) 13th March: Webinar 4: Final presentations and course evaluation
This course is primarily intended for engineers in management or middle management positions within industry, whether they are recent graduates or individuals with extensive experience. The course is suitable for individuals with backgrounds in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering management, or similar educational background.
To be eligible for this course, participants must have completed courses equivalent to at least 120 credits, with a minimum of 90 ntry Requirementscredits in a technical subject area, with at least a passing grade, or equivalent knowledge. Proficiency in English is also required, equivalent to English Level 6.
Link to Syllabus
Please note that the number of participants for this course is limited, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!
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.
Link to course syllabus
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 or equivalent and at least 2 years of full-time professional experience from a relevant area within industry. In addition, good knowledge in English, equivalent to English A/English 6 are required.
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
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
Process engineers (mediators between design and commissioning)
Master's/PhD degree students who are involved in energy, digitalization, controls and production fields.
Scehduled online seminars: None
Study hours: 80 hours distributed over 10 weeks
The number of participants in the course is limited, so please hurry with your application!