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“Let’s talk (Ericsson) Research”

Research is of critical importance to a technology company like Ericsson. Sharing research results with a wider audience – research communities, industry analysts, and the interested public, in addition to customers and partners – is vital for visibility and recognition. During her internship at Ericsson Research, Emma Hedlund has been part of the external communication process, responsible for the Ericsson Research twitter and LinkedIn channels.

Students from many different fields join Ericsson Research for internships or thesis work. You could be next. Follow our blog to learn about the students at Ericsson Research this summer.

For me, I think it started with being curious about what Ericsson really does. Ericsson has always been a familiar company name and I can see the Ericsson logo every time I walk to the student campus. Like many others, I associated it mostly with cell phones, even though they left that business many years ago. When I started to learn more about the company, Ericsson turned out to be something entirely different, and didn´t really have anything to do with phones.

Through a job fair at the university, I got a good insight into Ericsson’s summer internships and it really opened my eyes about the company. After that, I applied for one of the positions as a summer intern and luckily, I got the job.

Even though I’m located in Luleå, my job makes it easy to be flexible and work from places outside my office. I recently had the opportunity to visit the headquarters in Kista and it was great to see all the different buildings and meet other colleagues at the research department. It made me realize how big Ericsson actually is.

Working in Ericsson Headquarters in Kista, Sweden.

What do you do at Ericsson?

I’m part of the team at Ericsson Research that supports the external communication of research achievements. Ericsson Research is a separate unit, dedicated to longer term research than that of the R&D units. It’s a global organization with teams in 11 different countries. I’m based in Luleå, at one of 5 Ericsson Research sites in Sweden, but the work covers all of Ericsson Research worldwide.

Ericsson Research has 8 different research areas, as you can see in the table below.

Subjects covered by the research areas include 5G – the next generation cellular networks – in all its shapes and forms; the Internet of Things and digitalization of industries. One part of external communication for Ericsson Research includes publishing academic papers and articles, and keynote talks and demonstrations at industry events; the other part includes digital channels and social media, and that’s where I work.

Together with my intern colleagues Emma Stålnacke and Sofie Cappelen, I work with the Ericsson Research blog, Twitter channel and LinkedIn group. Working at Ericsson lets me learn a lot about what it’s like to be part of a global company. My technical education is useful for understanding the content we work with, which has been a great asset when I need to learn something fast about a specific area. The combination of research and promotion is a fun mix and I learn something new every day.

Who is Emma Hedlund?

I’ve just completed my third year of the Industrial Engineering and Management program at Luleå University of Technology (LTU), working towards my M.Sc. I was born and raised in Luleå, Sweden and I’ve always had a passion for outdoor life. Skiing, running and spending time in nature are activities I really enjoy when I get some time off. A few times a week, I also lead spinning classes at the campus gym.

In the fall of 2017, I spent six months as an exchange student at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Getting to know a different culture and meeting other exchange students was a rewarding, fun experience. I also got to know some Singaporeans and they thought it was fascinating to hear about Sweden’s cold winters. After my exams, I traveled around Asia and visited Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.

One of the lecture halls at NTU. The best view of the campus is from the top of the building.

Facts about Luleå

  • Residents: ~ 77,000
  • Students at Luleå University of Technology: ~ 15,000
  • Latitude/Longitude: N65°35’5,348″, E22°9’24,129″
  • Distance from the Artic circle: 121 km
  • Hours of daylight: December – 3h 7min, June – 23h 8min
  • Record snow depth: 113 cm
  • 75% covered by woodland
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