Parallel computing and compilator design seems to have a never ending list of challenges that needs to be addressed. This has also grown to be a very important area within computer science, as it is becoming a field that is also important within desktop computing as well.
So far, Jan Kasper Martinsen and his team have co-authored five scientific papers with the industrial partner Sony Mobile, and have three more scientific papers in the pipeline.
He is grateful for the industry/academia collaboration and they conduct meetings on a regular basis where they discuss ongoing research as well as future directions in the research.
In collaborative projects such as EASE there is obviously a balance that needs to be maintained, so that the research remains fruitful from both an academic and an industrial point of view. In this sense, the division of the EASE project into phases allows the directions to be changed for instance after the first batch of PhD students graduate, which is a great, according to Jan Kasper Martinsen.
Travelling between Lund and Karlskrona, he takes advantages of both cities:
– Lund has a great university, and we have had interesting discussions with colleagues from LTH. As a PhD student I have enjoyed both LTH courses and the social gatherings. For BTH, I enjoy both that it is an intimate university, and perhaps even more that there is a large number of students and colleagues from a wide range of countries and cultures, says Jan Kasper Martinsen.
What are the differences between how research and industry collaboration is performed in Sweden and your home country Norway?
– Being a Norwegian, I am well aware of the industrial understanding and tradition in Sweden. Norway is an oil driven economy where the government partially owns the oil companies. This reflects itself in the industry academic collaboration. In Norway research is often a government driven initiative. This might have the advantage that funding is perhaps more easily available? The disadvantage is that projects could lack the continuity of industrial projects (such as EASE). So in a sense, the Swedish model for industry and research collaboration is perhaps more realistic.