About the course: This course is a collaboration between Uppsala University and the United Nations Development Programme.
The course aims to strengthen participants' capacity to contribute actively to the fulfilment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs, in a complex, ever changing, global society. It will do so by clarifying the context of the SDGs in the international community, and by addressing the needed solutions from a both human and technical approach. The course consists of three modules, which will take you around 16 hours to complete.
Module 1 will provide you with a wider background context to the SDGs and the aim is that following this module you will have gained insight into how humanity is being brought together. You will have received a basic understanding of the framework of the rules-based world order, within which the SDGs are set, how they link to this framework, as well as on how progress is maintained.
Module 2 will provide you with collaborative learning tools and methods of co-creation. It will provide insights on why change fails and suggest planning tools and resources to enable transition from the current state to the desired state. It will show how you can apply some of these tools to foster collaborative innovations addressing sustainability challenges.
Module 3 will provide you with current-day insights into the United Nations Development Programme, the UN body that manages and follows up the progress of the SDGs. You will be introduced to practical tools used by the organization to promote SDG fulfilment, the UNDP 7-step methodology, exemplified by a special focus on e-mobility.
This online course is stand-alone, but it is also given as an advanced level as a five week course awarding university credits.
Target group: The course has been created for those of you who are seeking a more in-depth understanding of the background and international context of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is for those of you who want to work hands-on with sustainable development, to strengthen this capacity, and are interested in both the human and technical side of delivering solutions. Suppose you are interested in the climate agenda and the power of collaboration, as well as curious to learn more about electrification in transportation systems. In that case, this is a course for you.
In this course, participants are introduced to key notions and concepts evolving in sustainability science that are relevant to all, independent to one's work or field of interest. After having completed the course, participants will have a better understanding of the vocabulary used today and should demonstrate the ability to reflect critically to integrate different perspectives of environmental, social, and economic sustainability to their specific area of interest or research.
Throughout the course, links are made to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, as our current global road map towards sustainability, and how new approaches and solutions are emerging to describe, understand and address key sustainability challenges. Put simply, the overall aim is to give participants the knowledge and confidence needed to present and discuss ideas with others by applying methods, concepts and the vocabulary exemplified in the course with a more holistic view on the sustainability agenda across topics and disciplines.
The course is designed as 5 modules:
The first module presents essential concepts within sustainability science, and methods used to describe, frame, and communicate aspects of sustainability. We look at key questions such as what we mean with strong or weak sustainability, resilience, tipping points and the notion of planetary boundaries. We also look at some techniques used of envisioning alternative futures and transitions pathways.
The second module is all about systems thinking and how systemic approaches are applied today to achieve long-term sustainability goals. Your will see what we mean with systems thinking and how systems thinking, and design is applied in practice to find new solutions.
The third module touches upon drivers for a sustainable future, namely links to economy and business with an introduction to notions of a circular economy, and also policy and regulatory frameworks. We introduce the basics of transformative policy frames and how they are designed and applied through several real-case examples.
The fourth module discusses the links between innovation and sustainability, highlighting approaches for technological, social, institutional, and financial innovations. Some examples (or cases) aim to show how different actors across society balance in practice the need for innovative approaches for social, environmental, and economic sustainability.
The fifth and last module provides general insights on how we work with models to create various scenarios that help us identify solutions and pathways for a more sustainable world. Three main dimensions are addressed namely climate and climate change, nature and biodiversity, and the importance of data and geodata science to support spatial planning and sustainable land use.
This course is taught in Swedish.
Expand your Lean toolbox with a "Green Kaizen" tool that works!
We now have less than seven years to meet the 1.5 degree target based on the CO2 budget calculated by the IPCC (UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). New technologies and new environmental investments are an important part of the societal transformation needed, but equally important is changing the way we work and behave in our daily lives and workplaces to reduce our environmental impact. In this course you will get training on an environmental improvement tool that has been successfully tested in a number of companies. The tool engages co-workers and teams to reduce the environmental impact in their own workplace and also helps to accelerate the pace of improvement. The course has four main themes:
Identifying waste to avoid risk of harm to people and the environment
Using improvement methodology for environmental and resource efficiency improvements
Analysing and developing sustainable processes
Working with visions and goals for long-term sustainable development
Waste is anything that is not necessary of energy, raw materials, equipment, components, land, space and working time, to meet the customer's needs. With "green Lean glasses", the risks of harm to people and the environment are the most unnecessary and in the long run the most expensive wastes, not least for the climate.
Lean & Green is a refresher course in green lean tools for those who want to build and develop a sustainable organisation. We use the Green Performance Map, an improvement tool for environmental and resource efficiency that also helps to identify opportunities for a more circular economy.
After completing the course you should be able to:
Use the Green Performance Map tool to identify environmental failures and engage the whole staff in the improvement process
Understand how the approach could be implemented in your organisation
Integrate environmental improvement work into daily lean work
The course consists of 4 digital half days plus homework. These include lectures, group discussions and practical exercises, including sustainability analysis of a process within your own organisation. You will be given a homework assignment between the course days in order to deepen your knowledge of Lean & Green. The assignment is based on your own and your organisation's work with sustainable development.
The course is conducted by KTH Leancentrum in Södertälje. The lecturers are researchers and practitioners from KTH and RISE IVF.
Among other things, you will learn:
Seeing "green" as part of lean
Identifying environmental failures in the workplace
Using the "Green Performance Map" tool
Supervisors, production managers, environmental managers and lean coordinators.
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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!
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