Courses

The courses give an overview of important topics in the field of societal security and crisis management. They are complementing the with-in research field courses given at the student’s home department. The lecturers are researchers from FOI and LiU active in the field, practitioners from industry and organizations are usually invited as guest lecturers. The courses are open to students at the national level. They are also open for participants from industry, governmental authorities and other organizations.

Each course consists of an introductory part, an extension, and a study project. The one-day introduction gives an overview of the topic on a level that suits all students regardless of their background. They are highly recommended and give an overview of the topic. The extended parts, 2-4 days, give a deeper understanding through a mix of lectures, case studies and discussions. In the study project the student combines the course’s topic with his/her own research. The courses can be given in English.

An overview of the courses is given below.

Swedish crisis management: Crisis leadership and coordination (2+2 ECTS)

This course gives insight and perspective on problems with leadership and coordination in various types of crisis management. The course is based on case studies of four types of crises; regional traffic accident, regional/national natural disaster, support to Swedish citizens abroad, and Swedish support to an international crisis/disaster.

IT and cyber security in society (1+2 ECTS)

This course gives an overview of the subject of IT and cyber security, the threats and how one can prepare and defend oneself from attacks. The special problems with industrial information and control systems (SCADA) are described. The course also discuss what defines a good security culture for information security, and approached to evaluate IT and cyber security for a technical system.

Robust wireless communication systems for safety and security (1+2 ECTS)

This course introduces the basis of wireless communication and it gives knowledge of the end users´ needs and demands on radio communication systems from a security/safety perspective. The emergency communication system RAKEL is presented.

Sensors for increased security & crisis management (1+2 ECTS)

Sensors and sensor systems enable early warnings, monitoring of events, support in decision making, and damage surveying. By this, sensor data enables enhanced crisis management. This course gives a thorough description on how sensors and sensor systems can be used in surveillance and security applications, with focus on understanding of function, possibilities and limitations.

Sensor data- and information fusion for crisis management (1+2 ECTS)

This course gives an understanding of the use of sensor and information fusion within crisis management. Fusion of data and information typically concerns exploiting multiple uncertain sources to reduce the uncertainty in the ultimate state estimates. Topics discussed include data uncertainty handling, target tracking/filtering, situation and threat analysis, sensor networks, sensor control, information fusion and presentation of situational information. The course is divided into two parts; an introductory part (one day lectures, 1 ECTS credit) and a more advanced part (two days of lectures, and a workshop, 2 ECTS credits) focusing more on the underlying techniques used.

Resilience Engineering of Command and Control Systems (1+2 ECTS)

As a result of new technology and complexity in crisis management, the development of crisis management command and control (C2) systems in a way that makes the crisis management system as a whole resilient, is an increasing challenge. The course objective is to provide an understanding of the development of C2 systems for crisis management. The course includes the following subjects: Command and control, C2 systems, Systems engineering, IT-security in C2 systems, and Resilience Engineering. After the course the students have obtained an understanding of the development of technology-intensive management systems for crisis management.