University of Gothenburg

GUIDE-days "Göteborgs universitet: Industrial Dating Event"

The Faculty of Science at University of Gothenburg is offering opportunities for representatives of the industry to meet up with strong research groups from the university in order to engage into problem-solving collaborations.

This year's opportunity

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Why Guide-days?

Our vision is to initiate and further develop engaging and successful collaborations and innovations between academia and commercial actors, between researchers and industrial partners. Thus, GUIDE-days aspire to establish strong and enduring links in the form of joint projects, education programs with synergistic Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. projects as well as courses, or even opportunities to create shared office spaces between industrial and academic partners.


What's in it for the industry?

GUIDE-days can help find a matching partner working on a related topic within a similar or from a different discipline. Together, new perspectives are explored and solutions developed to the problems at hand.

What’s in for the academic fellows?

GUIDE-days can help establish new career and innovation paths and provide possibilities to attract project funding for applied sciences.

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Caroline Adiels, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics
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Matthias Obst, Researcher, Department of Marine Sciences
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Previous events

Business 4 Biodiversity 12-13 September 2023

Business 4 Biodiversity was a two-day lunch-to-lunch event at Lindholmen Conference Centre, Gothenburg, 12 – 13 September 2023. The event was held in English. 

The recent success of climate impact assessments in guiding investment decisions and public policy towards more climate-friendly outcomes has generated enormous interest in applying similar methods for addressing the human-induced biodiversity crisis. How can we support and accelerate this transition?

Current biodiversity assessments are typically data-deficient, inhibiting our capabilities to predict the impact of human activities on our ecosystems. Hence, most guiding instruments for preventive, restorative, or compensatory actions remain vague and without clear expectations. At the same time, new and cost-effective biological monitoring and assessment methods have been developed in academic research. These technologies are ready to be used in biodiversity assessments and have the potential to improve scenario forecasts applied by the industry.

During GUIDE-days, we will explore the application potential of new biodiversity assessment methods in various industrial sectors, especially in the wind energy sector. Elaborating on how biodiversity research can contribute to company-relevant solutions will result in potential pilot projects and ideas for conceptual initiatives.

Wind power is one of the most essential energy sectors prospected to potentially replace fossil fuels. In Sweden, wind power is already well established on land and may soon become very common off shore. It is possible to make wind energy environmentally beneficial on land and at sea. GUIDE-days aims to explore how industrial leaders in wind park development can collaborate with academic researchers and government bodies to protect the biodiversity of our ecosystems. Confirmed speakers from the industry include representatives from OX2, SR Energy, Cloudberry, Ecogain and Svensk vindenergi. 

Image processing with artificial intelligence (AI), 13-14 October 2021

Image processing with AI is a fast-evolving field of research with applications in many sectors of the industry. Interestingly, several limitations and obstacles are common to all enterprises developing image-processing applications. For example, how to organize feedback loops to achieve good validation, supervised training, and semi-automation. Different industrial applications may display similar human-in-the-loop interactions across different industrial applications.

We have experts working on problems across wildly different fields such as medicine and life science, aquaculture, ocean observation, renewable energy, and transport. We want to hear about companies’ challenges in the Gothenburg region in automated image processing and AI. We believe academia and industry can join forces in cross-sector collaborations trying to solve such issues.

  • Session A: Machine learning in subsea image analysis
  • Session B: Computer vision in the automotive industry
  • Session C: Image analysis in life science applications

We want to help foster ties between researchers and businesses in relation to well-defined issues. Our hope is that the conversations we have had beforehand and over the course of these two days will lead to trusting, long-term relationships that can benefit both parties

13-14 October marked the première of the “dating days” bringing together industry and academia in order to find solutions to specific problems and to form partnerships.

The theme for this first meeting was “Image processing with artificial intelligence”. 

“We want to help foster ties between researchers and businesses in relation to well-defined issues. Our hope is that the conversations we have had beforehand and over the course of these two days will lead to trusting, long-term relationships that can benefit both parties.” says project directors Caroline Beck Adiels and Matthias Obst.

During the first day, invited representatives from various companies described the challenges they have faced in terms of AI-driven image analysis. Participants then sought to identify overlapping issues through discussion, and on the following day these will feed into those issues that will form the basis of broader cooperation. Find out more about the previous event.

The “dating days” have been named GUIDE days, which stands for Gothenburg University: Industrial Dating Event.