Marcelo Milrad, professor at the department of media technology, is a new permanent member of the committee for societal driving force. He will contribute with a trade and industry perspective and international experience.
“We can contribute to ensuring that our collaboration partners, in the public as well as in the private sector, can work with knowledge development and skills management in new and more efficient ways”, says Milrad.
Marcelo Milrad has over 15 years of experience of collaboration work, largely within the field of innovation. He recognises the importance of establishing sustainable networks that link development of activities and research. In the late 90s, Milrad worked with industrial research at a research institute in Kista.
“I consider it a useful experience that I have not only an academic background but also a trade and industry perspective, which to a larger extent focuses on goal-oriented and product-based results. However, it’s important to find a good balance between that perspective and the academic one”, Milrad continues.
Milrad also thinks he will be able to contribute to the university’s international collaborations. He is very active on the international arena, for instance within a number of R&D projects at CeLeKT (Centre for Learning and Knowledge Technologies) where Milrad collaborates with universities like Stanford in the US and Nanyang Technological in Singapore, companies like Intel, and the National Geographic Society.
“That type of collaborations have close links to Linnaeus University’s vision to be a creative and international knowledge environment”, says Milrad.
Multidisciplinary collaborations are the key
One way for Linnaeus University to establish a strong profile is to work with innovation and co-production in newer and more flexible ways than other higher education institutions, Milrad explains.
“We must learn how to handle the challenges of the future in new ways, using new knowledge, new methods and new tools. It is important to find the forms for internal collaboration through multidisciplinary projects – this requires an innovative mindset! There is a lot of good intention, but this also require new organisational forms that can be adjusted according to the challenges at hand. We are not there yet, but this is not something that is unique for Linnaeus University”, Milrad continues.
For many years, Milrad has worked with ICT learning in different research projects and networks, both nationally and internationally. Examples of such projects are those carried out within the frame of CeLeKT and the collaboration agreement with the IT company IST. Milrad is also one of the research leaders for Linnaeus University Centre for Data Intensive Sciences and Applications (DISA) – a cutting-edge research environment with a clear collaboration focus.
Who is Marcelo Milrad?
“I’m a very curious person who enjoys challenges. I like to lead, to take initiatives, and to work with innovation. As a person, I’m committed and entrepreneurial, and passionate about what I do. Linnaeus Universiy in Småland and I, we make a good match”, Milrad concludes.