Luleå University of Technology

Luleå University of Technology experiences rapid growth with world-leading expertise within several research domains. Our research is carried out in close collaboration with companies such as Bosch, Ericsson, Scania, LKAB, SKF as well as with leading international universities and national and regional actors. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.9 billion per year. We currently have 1, 815 employees and 19, 155 students.


Computer vision: Image understanding for efficient business and industry

Discover the basics of computer vision and its role in Industry 4.0.Humans are in the midst of what is referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0: the advent of new technologies that will forever change the face of business, and chief among them is computer vision. This three-week course from the Luleå University of Technology will give you a solid introduction to computer vision and help you explore its effects on industry and business. Once you complete the course, you’ll understand the potential applications of computer vision and be empowered to shape its future. This course will guide you through this journey to have a better understanding of the techniques that stand behind this field, and how you can get the benefit of using CV in your current business. The course will cover he concepts of the following fields, image processing, machine learning, deep learning, and use cases of computer Vision in business. Anyone in industry and academia who wants to boost their digital skills and gain confidence in how computer vision practices have evolved and might add a noticeable positive impact to their business and careers. This may include:  Employees, Executives, Directors, Senior Managers, Founders, and Entrepreneurs  Undergraduates and post-graduates  Researchers, teachers from majors related to business This course will be given in English.

Data Science for Climate Change

Big data and the algorithms used in data science, together with the corresponding process and its technology tools, have important implications for addressing climate change. From machine learning algorithms to data visualization, data science methods are used to investigate and better understand climate change and its various effects on land, sea, food, etc.Data science is a powerful approach which is capable of helping practitioners, and policy-makers understand the uncertainties and ambiguities inherent in data, to identify interventions, strategies, and solutions that realize the benefits for humanity and the environment, and to evaluate the multiple– and sometimes conflicting–goals of decision-makers. In this MOOC course, we introduce methods pertaining to the growing field of data science and apply them to issues relevant to climate change. Topics Data science Analytics as a process Data-driven decisions Climate change Applications of data science in climate change Course content Understand data science Learn about the sources of big data Understand the basics of climate change, its impacts and sustainable development goals Get to know data-driven decisions and how they are made Highlight some climate change challenges that are directly or indirectly related to data science Apply data science knowledge and skills to make climate change related decisions Learn how others have used data science in association with addressing climate change problems You will learnBy the end of the course, you will be able to: obtain and analyze datasets; make data-driven decisions; identify and address climate change challenges using data science Who is the course for?This course is designed for those who want to improve their analytics and data-driven decision-making skills, with an emphasis on utilizing such skills for addressing climate change challenges. The course will also be useful for practitioners and policy-makers as they can benefit from understanding the uncertainties and ambiguities inherent in data and using it to identify interventions, strategies, and solutions that realize benefits for humanity and the environment.

Demystifying Business Models  for New Entrepreneurs

Starting a business? Learn how to create a business model that ensures your new entrepreneurial venture is successful. Discover and analyse successful business models before developing your own Discover business management tools for building a business model Build essential skills for starting a business This course is designed for anyone who wants to boost their business development skills and learn how to create a successful business model. It will be particularly useful if you are about to start your own business, you’re struggling with your business model, or you need to reinvent your current business model. The course will be given in English.

Everything is material - material is everything

Materials are all around us, in your house, in your phone and in the air you breathe. But what is material and why is it so important? Right now, the green transition is underway, but how do we create a more sustainable world - from raw material to product? It's all about materials. How does material feel? How are materials chosen? What are the materials of the future? Join us and discover our world of materials! The course containsIn this course we go through the basics of what materials are and why they are so important. You get to discover materials, get to know materials and be inspired by the materials of the future. The following areas are included in the course: What is material? How does material feel? How are materials chosen? How are materials recycled? What are the materials of the future? You will learnAt the end of the course you should be able to: Discover and reflect on the world and meaning of materials Get a feel for different materials Discover and analyze materials in your vicinity Understand that different materials are chosen based on the area of use Understand and reflect on the possibilities of materials and their role in the green transition Who is the course for?This is a course suitable for EVERYONE who is curious about the materials in their surroundings, regardless of background and age. The course requires no prior knowledge. It is for those of you who have an interest in a sustainable future and who wonder what role materials have in the green transition. The course is given in Swedish.

Exploring sustainable production systems

Our society must shift to sustainable production. The production systems need to be developed in line with the global goals set by the UN and that have been agreed on by the countries. Sustainable production is about producing with, preferably, positive impact, but usually at least as little negative impact as possible, on people and our planet. This three-week course introduces you to sustainable production systems and helps you understand them from economic, social and ecological perspectives. The course begins with an exposé of how production systems have developed historically. You will learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The course continues with an in-depth study of production systems, covering some prominent people and theories in the field. Next, you will learn about current developments in production innovation and Industry 4.0. You will also meet two companies in the manufacturing industry, Polarbröd and Sandvik Coromant, and see examples of how they work with sustainable production. The course concludes by giving you tools to design sustainable production systems. The course is aimed at anyone curious about sustainable production and how industrial production can be developed to become more sustainable. The course will be given in English.

Hydrogen for sustainable solutions: What is hydrogen and why is it important?

The use of hydrogen is increasing sharply in the world. If you want to know the basics about hydrogen then this is the course for you. What will you learn?You get answers to questions such as: Why is hydrogen interesting? How is hydrogen produced? How is hydrogen distributed and stored? How can hydrogen be handled safely? How is hydrogen used to change to a sustainable and environmentally friendly society? Who is the course for?The course is for anyone who is curious to know a little more about hydrogen. Advanced knowledge of chemistry and physics is enough to keep up. Who are the teachers?Assistant Professor Erik Elfgren, Professor Rikard Gebart, Dr Fredrik Granberg, Dr Cecilia Wallmark, Professor Andrea Toffolo, Professor Xiaoyan Ji, Professor Kentaro Umeki, Luleå Univerity of Technology and Professor Thomas Wågberg, Umeå University.

Introduction to Application of Robotic Tools

Gain essential practical skills in the application of robotics to understand how to use robotic tools across various industries. On this two-week course you’ll develop a working knowledge of the use of robotics, gaining essential practical skills for robotic applications. Delving into the fundamentals of robotics, you’ll be equipped with the basics of 3D modelling, object detection, computer vision, and image processing. You’ll discover examples and get hands-on experience in developing engaging and useful robotics applications. The skills you gain in this course will help you understand how to develop robotic tools in application across various sectors. Delve into object detection Gain practical skills in the application of robotics Learn from the experts at Luleå University of Technology This course is designed for anyone interested in learning how to develop robotic tools. It will be most beneficial for those who have some theoretical knowledge of robotics and want to gain more hands-on experience. This course will be given in English.

Introduction to Maintenance Engineering

Maintenance of company equipment, procedures, and budget has always been important to ensuring optimal business performance. However, it has moved on from the trial-and-error approach used in the beginning of the twentieth century. Modern maintenance engineering involves applying engineering principles to optimise company equipment, budget, and procedures. On this three-week course, Luleå University of Technology will introduce the science, management, and other principles you need to be a maintenance technician in the 21st century. Learn maintenance engineering and technology basics Understand and preserve reliability/maintenance balance Study with leading maintenance experts The course will be given in English.

Introduction to Tools for Robotics

Explore the different tools and software to design, test, and prototype custom robot parts and robust robot behaviour. In recent years, industries around the world have been getting creative when it comes to incorporating robotics into their workflows. This three-week course offers a fascinating introduction to software and tools currently used in robotics. You’ll build basic knowledge of robotics tools and learn how they can be adapted for different industries. Familiarise yourself with Ubuntu operating system and Gazebo framework Gain hands-on experience using 3D robotics models in simulation Learn from the experts at the cutting edge of control engineering, robotics, and AI This course is designed for anyone interested in using robotic solutions in their role and who wants to learn the basics of robotics frameworks. The course will be given in English.

Ore Geology - in the epicentre of the fossil-free energy transition

Society is transitioning from oil dependency to metal dependency as we are turning to fossil-free alternatives in the energy and transport sectors. Today, many more metals in the periodic table are used in our daily lives compared to only a few decades ago and many metals that previously had marginal applications are today central to achieving the climate goals. But where do these metals come from and how are they linked to geology?In this course, you will explore the basics of geology and understand how geology controls where critical metals are in the earth’s crust. You will gain insight into what it takes to mine an ore body and broaden your perspective on what risks and challenges we are facing when it comes to the raw material supply that drives the fossil-free energy transition. This course covers the role of ore geology in the transition to fossil-free energy and transport systems, which means that we are moving from oil dependency to metal dependency. Geological processes throughout the earth’s history are responsible for the current distribution of ore deposits. By understanding how these ore forming processes work, we can better explain why certain metals occur in extractable amounts in one place while being almost absent in another. To meet the global demand of metals needed in, for example, solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries, a thorough understanding of how geological processes work is fundamental. In this course, you will be introduced to the fantastic world of the subsurface that made all the technology you take for granted possible.    You will explore: What critical metals are, where they are produced today, and what risks and challenges are involved in the supply of raw materials that drives the fossil-free energy transition. Basic geology – minerals, rock types, geological structures and why they matter. What an ore is and the natural processes that accumulate metals in the earth’s crust.  This course is designed for people that would like to gain knowledge about the role of geology in the transition to fossil-free energy systems. The course is for those who want to know more about what critical metals are, how an ore is formed, and about risks and challenges coupled to the supply of raw materials that drive the energy transition. This may include politicians and other authorities, teachers and students in elementary and high school that want to know more about subjects critical to the energy transition. It may also include university students within the social sciences, and many more. The course will also be useful for anyone who is employed and wishes to upskill within the area of societal challenges coupled to the supply of raw materials and the need for metals in modern society. The course will be given in english.

Plan for Project Success: Project Planning and Management

You as a project manager are the one who can decide whether a project succeeds or not. In this course we explore different perspectives how to plan for project success. Leading projects is about delivering results within the set time and according to given resources. It is also about being responsive, flexible and being able to handle change. This course gives you basic knowledge to plan and organize successful projects, specifically in the hospitality industry. What is and how to succeed with projects?You will be introduced to concepts and principles behind project management and learn to create a plan that works for small and large projects. Project plans are a common and effective way to organize work, no matter what your job is. When you work on a project, it is about meeting the goals on time and according to budget. It may sound simple, but uncertainty and the often complex work tasks makes project management a challenging journey.  Project management for small and medium-sized companiesWith the help of case studies and examples from small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), you will learn more about planning projects especially in the hospitality industry. What are you learning?You will get to know about concepts and principles regarding project and project managementBe able to explain different concepts related to project planning and successful projectsAnalyze different scenarios and suggest solutions especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) Who is the course for?The course is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about project management and how to plan for successful project. However, the cases are especially designed for you in the hospitality industry. The course will be given in english.

Stormwater management in a changing climate

Cities around the world are facing the challenge of dealing with stormwater to protect against flooding caused by heavy rainfall. Future climate change will make this even more difficult. This course gives an introduction to how can we manage stormwater in a sustainable way in the coming decades.The course containsThe course covers the hydrological cycle and how this is affected by urbanization, as well as rainfall and how this is affected by climate change. The problems with traditional pipe-based drainage systems are discussed before looking at green stormwater infrastructure as a sustainable alternative. Finally, the course looks at how stormwater can be integrated into urban planning. What are you learning?How urbanization affects the water cycle.How rainfall is affected by future climate change.What facilities can be used to manage stormwater in a sustainable way.The role that stormwater plays in urban planning. Who is the course for?This course is designed for anyone who may encounter stormwater in their work, as well as anyone who wants to know more about how we can build a society that is prepared for the effects of future climate change. The course will be given in English.