On Wednesday 5 June 2013, SASNET deputy director Lars Eklund visited Gothenburg and more specifically two important departments at Chalmers University of Technology involved in South Asia related research activities.
He first visited the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and met Professor Devdatt Dubhashi.
CSE is actually jointly organised by Chalmers and University of Gothenburg. Professor Devdatt Dubhashi and his colleague Associate Professor K. V. S. Prasad have both strong Indian connections since long time back, with an extensive network of contacts in major institutions, universities and industry research centres in India. Another researcher who recently joined the department is Dr. Chien-Chung Huang, who has a long-term collaboration relationship with India, especially with Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai.
Since 2007, the department collaborates on a major project related to Linguistics and Computation with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai. The project involves several faculty members, PhD and Masters students at Chalmers as well as at IIT Bombay, and on 4 June 2013 – a day before Lars’ visit – a workshop was held to discuss the results of the joint research project. It coincided with the dissertation of Shafqat Mumtaz Virk, Pakistani PhD candidate who defended a thesis elucidating the development of computational grammars for six Indo-Iranian languages: Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Persian, Sindhi, and Nepali.
Lars proceeded to the Division of Physical Resource Theory, Department of Energy and Environment where he met Dr. Eskil Mattsson, who recently moved to Chalmers after defending his PhD on an India related thesis at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg. He also met Dr. Matilda Palm who also has done the same move. Both of them are partners in a major research programme entitled ”Land use and forests within international climate policy – global and local possibilities and risks”, led by Associate Professor Madelene Ostwald. This project is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency (STEM) and is carried out as a collaboration between the Division of Physical Resource Theory and a number of other research units in Gothenburg, Linköping (CSPR), Ås in Norway, Bangalore (IISc) and Peradeniya University in Sri Lanka. As part of the major programme, Eskil Mattsson is involved in a post-doc research project investigating the locally accepted land use system of ‘homegardens’ in in southern part of Sri Lanka, and its potential to mitigate the effects of climate change, increase productivity of the lands, and provide food security.
Read Lars Eklund’s June 2013 report from Chalmers University of Technology.