Fr. left to right:
Prof. Bo Egardt (CTH), Anders Fröberg (Volvo CE), Åsa Aretun (VTI), Håkan Frisinger, Prof. Lars Nielsen (LiU), Anders Brännström


The Håkan Frisinger award 2013

Professor Lars Nielsen at Linköping University receives the 2013 Håkan Frisinger Award for research on vehicular systems and hybrid technology.

Lars Nielsen received the scholarship for his national and international successes in vehicular systems research as well as hybrid technology, where Nielsen has been a strong contributor to the research development of national hybrid technology within The Swedish Hybrid Vehicle Centre (SHC).

Lars Nielsen, born in Sweden in 1955, received his M.Sc. in engineering physics in 1979 and his Ph.D. degree in automatic control in 1985, both from Lund University.
Since 1992, he is professor of Vehicular Systems holding the Sten Gustafsson chair at Linköping University. His main research interests are in automotive modeling, control, and diagnosis.

“Lars Nielsen started some 20 years ago to establish a successful research team within vehicular systems at Linköping University. Strengthen by international networks, the team research combines a scientific base with relevant industrial question formulations in cooperation with Swedish automotive industry,” says Bo Egardt, Professor of Control Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in his nomination.

Linköping University has also nominated Lars Nielsen as a very strong candidate and emphasizes his research achievements and industrial collaborations.

Lars Nielsen’s research focuses on applying control engineering models and methodology within vehicular systems. It is a wide research range – from control engineering models of the combustion engine via hybrid technology to logistics. His research and importance for platooning,a technique allowing to optimize the distance between autonomous vehicles with the aid of intelligent control systems, has also been highlighted.

So far, Lars Nielsen’s tutorials have resulted in 30 research diplomas, several times in collaboration with industry. He is considered internationally to be one of the most well-known Swedish vehicle researchers with more than 100 international publications.

The scholarship was presented by the Håkan Frisinger Foundation at a seminar held in Swedish.

  • Time: 10 april, 2014, from 12-17
  • Place: Chalmersska Huset, Södra Hamngatan 11, Göteborg

Invited guests:

  • Åsa Aretun, (Ph.D), Social Anthropologist and Researcher at the Unit Mobility, Actors and Planning Processes at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, VTI, Linkoping.
  • Anders Fröberg, Manager Control Driveline, Volvo Construction Equipment.
  • Bo Egardt, Professor of Control Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, Member of the Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Fellow of the IEEE and former Laureate of Håkan Frisinger Award 2005.

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