WASP has a new WARA Director, Torbjörn Lundahl. As having been part of the initial planning of the research arenas within WASP, he is looking forward to develop this strategic instrument even further.

From January 1, 2020, Torbjörn Lundahl is Director of WASP Autonomous Research Arenas (WARA). The appointment was formally decided by the WASP board at February 12, 2020. He replaces Gunnar Bark who has moved on to other challenges outside of WASP.

Torbjörn Lundahl has a brief history as a researcher on fractal models for picture categorization. Through a Fulbright Scholarship he went to the US to develop mathematical models for analyzing grades of osteoporosis of astronauts.

“My time as a researcher was such a short period, I usually do not even mention it. But since I’m in this context now, I actually also did receive a Wallenberg scholarship. Maybe this is my chance to give back to the Wallenberg Foundations.”

For the last 30 years Torbjörn Lundahl has been employed at Ericsson where he has had several management positions. Currently he holds the position as Research Director at Ericsson Research. In this role, Torbjörn Lundahl has gained a lot of experience in cooperation between industry and academia.

And he is not new to WASP. He was involved already in the early stages of planning of the WASP Autonomous Research Arenas.

“I was sitting by the drawing table together with Mille Millnert, Lars Nielsen, Sara Mazur, Pontus de Laval and Gunnar Holmberg. We had this idea, that research collaboration in a for industry relevant context, should be beneficial for both the research as well as for industry to adopt new break through results. It took us one year to make up a plan for the research arenas and luckily the plan was accepted funding.”

He has since then been a part of the Demonstrator Management Group and one of the major results he has seen is the development of WARA-Public Safety (WARA-PS).

“The WARA-PS arena in Västervik has really taken off. There is so much cooperation, engagement and positive energy going on, it gives a boost to the WASP-identity. The research has gained a lot of exposure and with new organizations, such as the Swedish Sea Rescue Society and Räddningstjänsten joining, it helps us reach outside of the WASP-community.”

Torbjörn Lundahl will now investigate further how other research arenas within WASP can be developed to engage more WASP PhD students and researchers.

“An important experience from the first years of research arenas within WASP is that one model does not fit every research area. I think we have to open our minds to the idea that a research arena can be set up in several different ways. We now have to listen, and learn to understand how we can create environments where researchers and industry from different scientific fields can cooperate and test research ideas in a natural setting.”

Published: February 18th, 2020

Latest news

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. View more
Cookies settings
Privacy & Cookie policy
Privacy & Cookies policy
Cookie name Active
The WASP website wasp-sweden.org uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored on a visitor’s computer and can be used to follow the visitor’s actions on the website. There are two types of cookie:
  • permanent cookies, which remain on a visitor’s computer for a certain, pre-determined duration,
  • session cookies, which are stored temporarily in the computer memory during the period under which a visitor views the website. Session cookies disappear when the visitor closes the web browser.
Permanent cookies are used to store any personal settings that are used. If you do not want cookies to be used, you can switch them off in the security settings of the web browser. It is also possible to set the security of the web browser such that the computer asks you each time a website wants to store a cookie on your computer. The web browser can also delete previously stored cookies: the help function for the web browser contains more information about this. The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority is the supervisory authority in this field. It provides further information about cookies on its website, www.pts.se.
Save settings
Cookies settings