Current Themes and courses within Tracks

The information on this page will be continually updated. ​

Tracks has five themes in parallel. The intention is that a theme within Tracks is broad and includes a large variety of different projects/courses on basic or advanced levels. 
Both themes and projects/courses will be finalised and new ones will be added continuously. Each theme will, however, be kept for a minimum of about three years. The decision on which themes will be included in Tracks is based on, for example, how relevant they are, that they are broad enough to include students from many educational programmes and that there are researchers and teachers who work and research within the subject/field. The purpose of Tracks is also to create possibilities for projects/courses that do not fit within the existing education. The projects/courses should approach new and cross-disciplinary societal- and research challenges.   

The themes for the round of 20/21 are Emerging technologies - from science to innovation, Sustainable transport, Health and sports technology, Sustainable cities, and Sustainable production. Under these themes are a number of Tracks courses. All Tracks courses are given three times as long as at least five students have been given a place in the course. If there are no applicants for a course, it will be closed. The courses are evaluated on an ongoing basis and can be given an additional three times if the interest is large. There will be a maximum of six courses under each theme (not including summer courses). Tracks courses can be used as elective courses or extracurricular courses. 

How to apply for courses

All courses are open to all students at Chalmers in year 2-5. Course specific prerequisites for each course (basic: level: TRA100, TRA110, TRA120 and advanced level: TRA105, TRA115, TRA125) are described in the syllabus that is found in the Study portal.

To apply for Tracks courses, contact the examiner who is responsible for admission and registration. Contact information can be found in the information links below. Please contact the examiner in the course you are interested in for more information about the application, start and end times and other questions that are course-specific.
picture showing tracks themes

Themes and courses are presented below and you can also find more information about the courses in Canvas.

Emerging technologies – from science to innovation

Emerging Technologies is an exciting theme, including technologies that are under development and whose practical applications still are largely unrealised. Examples of such technologies are AI, Quantum Material and Quantum Technology, nanostructures and graphene. The link to graphene is natural because Chalmers University of Technology is the host of The Graphene Flagship – a Future and Emerging Technology Flagship by the European Commission. 

The demand for knowledge about Quantum technology is high and the subject provides an interesting advantage to several courses at Chalmers. 

AI is today very important, and the society demands both general and in-depth knowledge of AI. AI is in different ways related to all educational programs at Chalmers and the former AI theme within Tracks is now included in this new theme.​

Sustainable transport

A highly relevant field in the transformation into a more sustainable society. Chalmers has a range of successful research within this field and most educational programmes are relevant in these projects. 

Health and sports technology

This is a field where Chalmers has successful research and interesting connections to the society, connections that may be available for more students. To combine health and sport with technology is highly relevant, and may be combined with many educational programmes at Chalmers. The theme is also logical as Chalmers is a National sports university (Riksidrottsuniversitet).

Sustainable Cities

A theme that can include everything from issues regarding water and electricity to recycling and housebuilding. Cities face several challenges linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, where Chalmers can offer an interdisciplinary study and research environment. It is possible to use Chalmers campus as a test arena for various projects and solutions within this theme.

Sustainable production

The theme includes both sustainable production and sustainable products. As part of the restructuring of the industry, students in several different areas must develop professional skills that can help the progress of different sustainable production solutions.

At Chalmers there are also opportunities to create educational elements regarding sustainable products by combining technical solutions with environmental analysis and in that way learn how to develop new products and services.​

​​​​ All courses below may be used as elective courses.
There are four deadlines per year for applications to the courses - two weeks before every study period starts. See specific details for the courses in the table below.

Theme - Emerging technologies - from science to innovation
Level (Basic B, Advanced A), credits ​Round 1 Pilot Round 2 Round 3 Status (deadline) Contact​

Emerging Technology Ethics Through Fiction  B and A,
Spring 2020 ​Spring 2021 Open for applications (Jan 4)
Kathryn Strong Hansen​
Changing the world of microwaves by hydrogels B and A,
Nov 2, 2020
Jan 18, 2021​
Open for applications (Oct 19 and Jan 4)​ Hana Dobsicek Trefna​
Conveying 2D materials into practice A
Spring 2021 Open for applications (Jan 4)​ Zhenyuan Xia ​

​T​heme - Sustainable Transports ​Level (Basic B, Advanced  A), credits ​Round 1 Pilot ​Round 2 ​Round 3 Status (deadline) ​Contact

Optimize subsystems for electric vehicles
Fall 2019

Björn Pålsson​
Structural battery composites: Realization and multifunctional performance ​A,
​December 2019 ​Fall 2021
Leif Asp​
Solar car theory
​A and B,
Fall 2020​ In progress
Göran Gustafsson​
​Transport informatics A
November 2020​ Open for applications (Oct 19)​ Henrik Ringsberg​
​Emissions from transportation
​A and B,
Jan 2021​ Open fro applications (Jan 4)​ Jonas Sjöblom​

​Theme​ - Health and sports technology ​Level (Basic B/ Advanced  A), credits
​Round 1 Pilot ​Round 2 ​Round 3 Status (deadline) Contact​

Equestrian sports project B,
Summer 2019 April 2020
Magnus Karlsteen
New foiling concept for Formula sailing​ ​B and A,
​Fall 2019
Joakim Norbeck
Projects in music engineering: Awareness of sound​ B and A,
Spring 2020 Spring 2021

Mats Ander​
​Mechanics in sports ​B and A,
​Fall 2020 In progress
Martin Fagerström
Digitalization in sports ​B and A,
​Fall 2020 In progress
Dan Kuylenstierna
Here, there and everywhere – healthcare integrated in our everyday life and places A
Fall 2020 ​​​​​​​​In progress
Patrik Alexandersson​​

Theme - Sustainable Cities
Level (Basic B, Advanced A), credits ​Round 1 Pilot Round 2 Round 3 Status (deadline) Contact​

​Design of Sustainable infrastructure and urban transformation

In progress
Anna Kaczorowska​​​

Theme - Sustainable Production
Level (Basic B, Advanced A), credits ​Round 1 Pilot Round 2 Round 3 Status (deadline) Contact​

Unlocking the potential of Addivitive Manufacturing
Fall 2020
In progress
Fiona Schultz​

For students interested in sustainable production and sustainable products it may be interesting to look into the course KBT135 Waste management (not a Tracks course) which is open for all students on master's level. Read more about the course at the Study portal.



Published: Thu 15 Oct 2020.