Course syllabus

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This page contains the program of the course. Other information, such as learning outcomes, teachers, literature and examination, are in a separate course PM.

Course examiner: Alexei Heintz, heintz{at}

Teaching assistant in statistics: Felix Held, felix.held{at}


The main idea of this course is that you should practice the role as mathematics/statistics consultants for industrial and research-related projects. The main part therefore consists of working on your projects within small groups of  2 - 3 people, meeting with your external partners and with the course coordinator as necessary.

Working groups will be build and assigned to particular projects from the available list by the course coordinator. It will be done according to preferences and experiences of particular groups and individual students.

Chalmers introduced learning of ethical problems in engineering within this course. It will include 2-3 hours lectures on the topic and a workshop on this topic at the end of the course (alternatively an essay on the topic) . Working groups will make short presentations about ethical questions in the relation with their work on their project and will take part in the follow up discussion with  other groups. Some printed material on the topic will be supplied by the course coordinator.

Main areas of applications and methods for the projects are:

  • Image and signal processing  (Astra Zeneca 3, Tetra Pak III, TetraPak II, Matssons)

  • Stochastic and harmonic analysis and parametrization (Tetra Pak 1, Saab)

  • Stochastic data analysis and parametrization for traffic (Viscando, Volvo, Aptiv)

  • Stochastic data analysis and parametrizationfor for medicine (Smartr-Irlab)
  • Discrete and continuous optimization (Astra Zeneca 2 - Flory Huggins)

  • Microfluidics for biological and material science applications with PDE modelling (Fluicell - Comsol, Tetra Pak II - Gesualdo )

  • Simulation of transport processes in industry with PDE modeling (Astra Zeneca 1 )

  • Simulation of mass and heat transport in heterogeneous materials based on homogenization theory.
    Projects descriptions will be available from November 2 in Canvas within the module  "Projects" as files associated with the course. The same module includes the assignment "Ranking projects"

Master projects are possible as the extension of  projects connected with autonomous vesicles topics (Viscando - Volvo projects) and Matssons project on image identification.

The schedule of the course is in TimeEdit.

Weekly program

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November 3


Introduction to the course. Aim and purpose. Presentation of the projects. (1hour')

Lecture on ethics in engineering (1hour).



Ranking projects and building  working groups.

1(45) Thursday, November 5 10-12 Lecture on ethics in engineering (continuation)
1(45) Friday-Saturday, November 6-7

Building working groups.

Distribution of the projects

2(46) Meetings with partners. Start the project work. Write project plan according to  instructions.
3(47) Project work
November 19
Hand in project plan (preferably earlier)
4(48) Project work
5(49) Project work
6(50) Thursday December 10 10:00-13:00

Workshop on ethic.

The following 4 groups applied for this day:

Viscando 2 , Viscando3, Matssons, Saab,

 It is compulsory to take part in one of scheduled workshops, alternatively write en essay on the topic instead.

7(51) Thursday December 17 Deadline for preliminary report
 Feedback at the week 8.
8(1) Project work

Thursday January 7






Workshop on ethics. 9:00-12:00

Aptiv1, Aptiv 2, Smartr Irlab 2, TetraPak 3, Viscando 4.
 It is compulsory to take part in one of scheduled workshops or alternatively to write en essay on the topic instead.

Oral presentations of projects.13:00-15:00







January 12







Workshop on ethics.

Smartr Irlab 1, Smartr Irlab 3, TetraPak 1, Viscando 1
 It is compulsory to take part in one of scheduled workshops or alternatively to write en essay on the topic instead.



January 13


Presentations of projects for

all three Smartr - Irlab  groups

(Chalmers Zoom)

10(3) Thursday    January 14




Workshop on ethics. 9:00-12:00

Astra Zeneca 1, Astra Zeneca 3, Volvo, Volvo 2, Essity.
 It is compulsory to take part in one of scheduled workshops or alternatively to write en essay on the topic instead.

Project presentation of              Astra Zeneca 3 group 13:00

Friday, January 15


project presentations of Tetra Pak 1 and Volvo 2 groups   10:00-12:00

January 20


presentation of the projects at Viscando for Viscando 2 and Viscando 4 groups


project presentations at Chalmers Zoom  for  

Mattsons, Volvo and Essity groups


10(4) January 21

project presentations at Aptiv 

for Aptiv 1 and Aptiv 2 groups.


Deadline for handing in written report.


Course requirements

To pass the course you must

  • Hand in a project plan for your project according to instructions.
  • Hand in a preliminary report according to instructions for feedback
  • Present your project results in an oral presentation (about 20 min)
  • Report your project in a scientific report according to instructions.
  • Take part in the presentation and discussion at the workshop on ethical problems in engineering. Alternatively students absent in the city at the time of the workshop can write an individual essay on the topic.


The course is passed when all course requirements are met (see above).
Grades will be given based mainly on the final project report and on the feedback from the industrial partners,
but oral presentations, participation in the workshop on ethics in engineering and work during the project will also be weighed in.
The report should be a full high-quality report written in English according to instructions.


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