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Matts Karlsson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research

Puts a strong emphasis on the word 'and' in the expression “excellence and benefit”, meaning that it is only when our research meets both these requirements that it can help to solve the major challenges of today.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research

Much of my work right now relates to the comprehensive evaluation of LiU’s research to be finalised in 2025. Referred to as LiRE25, this evaluation will take place in three steps involving the collection of supporting data, a self-evaluation of strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities for each separate research area, and assessment panels including prominent researchers. 
I am also working on how LiU's overall strategy (LiU – with the courage to think freely and innovate), together with a new research and innovation strategy, can improve LiU's position. Interdisciplinarity, for example, is something of our trademark, but how can it be developed in the future? 
Other important issues include how future infrastructure needs can be met for smarter use of LiU’s resources, the launch of LiU’s profile areas and how to visibly and attractively develop our sustainability perspective.  

University Management at Linköping University

News about research at LiU

Nerve damage from cancer treatment can be predicted

Many women treated for breast cancer using taxanes, a type of cytostatic drug, often experience side effects in the nervous system. Researchers at LiU have developed a tool that can predict the risk level for each individual.

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A liver biopsy may predict spread of pancreatic cancer

Microscopic changes in the liver can be used to predict spread of pancreatic cancer. The discovery may provide new ways of predicting the course of the disease and preventing pancreatic cancer from spreading to other organs.

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She wants to make robots behave better

Researcher Hannah Pelikan believes that we will see increased conflicts between humans and robots in the future.  In her research, she films everyday encounters between humans and machines to see what happens.


Research at Linköping University

What makes LiU special is the lack of boundaries between different subjects and faculties, which has resulted in world-leading research environments and companies. We address issues where the results can benefit all of society.

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Sophia Bäck, Lilian Henriksson, Ann F Bolger, Carljohan Carlhäll, Anders Persson, Matts Karlsson, Tino Ebbers (2023) Assessment of transmitral and left atrial appendage flow rate from cardiac 4D-CT Communications Medicine, Vol. 3, Article 22 Continue to DOI


Marcus Jansson, Magnus Andersson, Matts Karlsson (2022) High-Speed Imaging of Water Hammer Cavitation in Oil-Hydraulic Pipe Flow Fluids, Vol. 7, Article 102 Continue to DOI


Sadegh Fattahi, Petter Ekman, Matts Karlsson (2021) Influence of the Timber Shape on the Aerodynamics of a Timber Truck SAE technical paper series, Article 2021-01-5045 Continue to DOI