It was a full house for the inauguration of the CASTOR Software Research Center, as over 50 guests attended. KTH professors, researchers, industry representatives and employees from the French embassy and Vinnova joined in for the afternoon event at the Scandic Anglais at Östermalm.
Prof. Benoit Baudry began the sessions by acknowledging the goals of the center; to succeed in doing very good research that is valuable for industry partners (the center is a collaboration between KTH, Saab and Ericsson, with the aim of delivering outstanding research in software engineering), and also his wishes to increase collaboration through more co-developments of open source software tools. The goal is also to increase the number of industry PhD students to run the core research activities of the center, and contributing to reducing the cultural gap that currently exists when referring to software technology between the industry and the lab.
Prof. Benoit Baudry was followed by presentations and visions of company representatives Ingemar Söderquist (Saab) and Diarmuid Corcoran (Ericsson), who shared their vision about the challenges and opportunities for software technology in their respective application areas (defense and telecom).
Key-note speakers, Professor of Software Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Robert Feldt, and Professor in Interaction Design at KTH, Kristina Höök. Robert Feldt talked about his experiences for setting up collaborations with the industry on software research in Sweden. Kristina Höök presented her insights after having led for more than 10 years the “Mobile Life” research center at KTH.
The official opening was made by Pontus de Laval – CTO SAAB, Dr. Magnus Frodigh – Acting Head of Research at Ericsson, and Prof. Annika Trigell – KTH Vice-President for research, which followed by a reception dinner until late hours.
Prof. Benoit Baudry’s interview
He hopes that open source software-based research can spread to industrial production environments. Read Benoit’s interview after CASTOR’s inauguration.