Chalmers Computing Lab Tech Talks (Period 3, 2014/2015)

Course acronym: CCTT
Course type: Lectures + Assignment
Course responsables: Emil Axelsson, Laura Kovács, Mary Sheeran
Target student audience: PhD students
Language of teaching: English
Course credits: 3 points

Course Code and Registration

This course is designed for PhD students, but students on all level of studies, including master and bachelor students, are very welcome to attend!

If you are interested in this course, please register to the course by sending an email to

Course Calendar

Lecture times and place: Mondays, 12:00-13:00, room TBA
Lunch bagels will be served at the beginning of each lecture.

Event Date and time Room Topic Online material
Lecture 1 Monday, January 26, 12:00-13:00 EC Niklas Gustavsson (Spotify)
Optimizing Audio Content Delivery at Scale
Lecture 2 Monday, February 2, 12:00-13:00 EC Andreas Olofsson (Adapteva)
Designing the Epiphany Parallel Processor:
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
with Blinders in Place
Lecture 3 Monday, February 9, 12:00-13:00 EC Anders Ahlander (Saab)
Embedded High-Performance Processing
Lecture 4 Monday, February 16, 12:00-13:00 EC Angela Wallenburg (Altran UK)
Safe and Secure Programming Using SPARK
Lecture 5 Monday, February 23, 12:00-13:00 EC Andreas Brinck (EA Ghost)
Real Time Deformation in Need For Speed
slides not available
Exercises Friday, February 27, 11:15-12:00 EDIT 3364 Popular science writing slides
Lecture 6 Tuesday, March 3, 12:00-13:00 EC Jonn Lantz (Volvo Cars)
Model Driven Development in Automotive Mechatronics
Lecture 7 Monday, March 9, 12:00-13:00 EC John Hughes (QuviQ)
Testing the Hard Stuff

Course Schedule and Organization


One lecture of 60 minutes a week:
Please consult the course calendar above for possible changes!
There will also be an exercise session on popular scientific writing (room EDIT 3364, Friday, February 27, 11:15-12:00).

Course Information


This course is organized in the frame of the Computing Lab initiative of Chalmers.

The purpose of this course is to enhance the computer science curriculum with industrial expertise and practice coming from the Swedish local industry. Each lecture will focus on a technical topic from industrial research or practice and will be given by experts representing Swedish companies.

The course will provide computer science students with useful insights into how industrial research is carried out and will describe challenging applications and practical solutions used by industry on a daily basis.

The course will try to close the gap between industrial and academic research, by offering a forum for active dialogue and exchange of ideas between industry and academia.

The course will also give the students experience in popular scientific writing.

The total time spent by students is expected to be around 80 academic hours (ca 20 in lectures and discussions, 20 reading, 20 writing, 20 reviewing and discussing with other students).


The course is open to all interested students at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg.

There are no course prerequisites.

Lecture notes:

Lecture notes, that is slides, will be distributed online, at the end of each lecture.

Grading and Examination:

Students will be asked to write a popular scientific essay of five A4 pages, explaining one of the industrial challenges described during the lectures. Solutions and personal reflections on these challenges are encouraged. Students may also choose their own essay topic if they wish, in consultation with the course organisers. Students are expected to research their topic by reading both scientific and popular scientific literature.

The popular scientific essay will be graded in two rounds:

The final grade will be given based on written popular scientific essay.

The grading system used in the course will be G (Passed) and U (Not passed).