Yang and Pablo win Volvo’s competition Involve


Skövde students Pablo Pareja Ortega and Yang Li have won Volvo Group’s competition called Involve. The prize is a trip to the USA to visit three of Volvo’s operations and one of their partner universities. Pablo who is from Spain and Yang who is from China are both international students studying production engineering in Skövde until the summer of 2016.

"Our idea is connected to the area of smart textiles, specifically, a glove that can feel pressure. Using the glove, a computer can, for example, scan a screw so that the robot can decide which tool to use" says Yang.

A panel of judges consisting of representatives from Mälardalen University, the University of Skövde, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) and Volvo GTO judged the finalists' contributions to the contest from the following perspectives: business potential, sustainability, uniqueness and relevance for the challenge. Other winners included William Palm and Philip Linnskog.

The panel's motivation:

"Smart Gloves: The idea has high relevance to the given challenge no2 co-active robots. The proposed technology with smart fabrics can have future potential in the given area, but also in other applications."

Academic Partner

The University of Skövde has been chosen as Preferred Research Partner within Volvo Corporation's Academic Partner Program (APP). APP is a strategic, long-term initiative of the Volvo Corporation to support their vision. The purpose of the program is to connect Volvo's expertise with global, academic research and innovation environments within critical areas of technology. The University of Skövde is one of the few universities in the world which participates in this program due to the University's research within Virtual Manufacturing and Maintenance Technology.