Dr Rikard Söderberg is chair professor in Product and Production Development. He received his PhD from Chalmers in 1995. After some years in the IT and consultancy sector he went back to Chalmers to build up his research group within Geometry Assurance and Robust Design. He was head of department for Department of Product and Production Development until 2017 when Chalmers reorganised and he is Director for Wingquist Laboratory. Rikard has been scientific advisor for Fraunhofer Chalmers Centre of Industrial Mathematics since the start in 2001 and since some years he is also the Chairman of the Board. He is Fellow of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Associate member of The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) and member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).His own research focus on minimizing the effect of geometrical variation and includes industrial design aspects, visualization, robust design, statistical variation simulation, optimization, assembly modeling and analysis, inspection preparation and analysis. He has close collaboration with automotive and aerospace industry. Rikard has more than 200 peer reviewed scientific publications and a number of his scientific results have been transferred into commercial software products and working procedures, today used in daily operation by a large number of engineers in international companies.