Areas

The proposed research is prioritized towards societal needs, including decision support on risks and threats, protection of critical infrastructure (airports, ports, borders, transport system, large events, nuclear power plants) and disaster response. The work is organized in the following research areas:

 

Secure and robust wireless communications

Wireless communication is an enabler for emergency management and infrastructure protection in that it provides mobility for personnel and reduces the need for preinstalled infrastructure. The research will focus on the development of technology for robust communication links and networks. The main applications are wireless sensor networks for infrastructure protection and surveillance, and communication links for rescue teams and first responders.

The robust wireless communications activities in Security Link are headed by Prof. Erik G. Larsson (LiU) and Peter Stenumgaard (FOI).

From 2015, Prof. Håkan Johansson at the Division of Communication Systems (CS) will be permanently funded by Security Link as senior researcher, heading research on implementation aspects of massive MIMO communication systems which constitute enablers for increased robustness, capacity, and energy efficiency.

 

Advanced sensors and detectors

Historically, this field is a strong area for both FOI (radar, lidar, and optical systems) and LiU (electronic tongues and noses, and electronic devices), with several larger and well established research centers (FOCUS, S-SENCE, and LINCE). The research includes new or improved sensors for detection of chemical, biological or explosive substances,surveillance systems and radar sensing through obstacles. The radar and THz expertise at Chalmers is part of the consortium here.

The area of Advanced Sensors and Detectors is headed by Ass. Prof. Mats Eriksson (LiU), Dr. Christina Grönwall (FOI) and Prof. Jan Stake (CTH).

In this area, Security Link is funding Ass. Prof. Mats Eriksson at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM) at Linköping university, who is active in the area of chemical sensors and biosensors, in particular for drinking water monitoring applications.

 

Sensor and information fusion

The sensor fusion group at LiU participates in four centers of excellence and there are also strong groups at FOI connected to the FOCUS center. Focal research includes GPS support and backup systems for robust transportation systems, sensor networks for critical infrastructure, dynamic mapping for pre- and post-crisis exploration, and cognitive surveillance for detecting abnormal behavior of humans and vehicles.

The area of sensor and information fusion is headed by Prof. Fredrik Gustafsson LiU (sensor fusion) and Dr. David Lindgren FOI (sensor fusion).

In the area of sensor and information fusion, Security Link is funding two fellows. Gustaf Hendeby is adjunct researcher at LiU and is supervising four students with theoretical subjects relevant for security applications. Gustaf is also coordinating many of the projects in Wildlife Security. Johan Bergenäs is managing the implementation phase of the results from Wildlife Security to the pilot project in Ngulia. His background with a MSc degree in security politics and journalism from Georgetown University suits Security Link’s efforts in internationalization and new innovation concepts.

 

Decision support and coordination for emergency and crisis response

The decision-support and coordination area addresses challenges in the coordination of resources and services from multiple actors and the handling of dynamic events as they unfold. Specifically, the research concerns command-and-control systems, simulation and training, and management of pandemics.

The area of decision support and coordination for emergency and crisis response is headed by Prof. Henrik Eriksson (LiU), Ass. Prof. Sofie Pilemalm (LiU-CARER) and Carl-Oscar Jonsson (LiU-KMC).

In this area, Security Link is funding Assistant Professor Eva Blomqvist whose research is focused on decision support systems, in particular for the security and crisis management domain.

 

Risk analysis and ethics of crisis management

This area focuses on strategic foresight and risk analysis, the ethics of crisis management, and the development of evidence-based crisis management. These activities will be coordinated with the other parts of the center to ensure that human and social factors are considered adequately in technological developments.

The area of Risk analysis and ethics of crisis management is headed by Prof. Sven Ove Hansson and Assistant Professor Niklas Möller, KTH.