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Published: 04 Feb, 2020

Strong participation in the WASP winter conference

NEWS More than 20 researchers from Umeå University attended the WASP winter conference as a part of Sweden's largest individual research program ever.

Text: Mikael Hansson

The winter conference is a WASP conference held in January every year. It includes a kick-off for new PhD students and new supervisors, in which an introduction is given to the WASP graduate school and related activities. This year one of the keynotes was held by Frank Dignum, professor in social AI at Umeå University.

WASP, The Wallenberg Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems and Software Program is a major national initiative for strategically motivated basic research, education and faculty recruitment in autonomous systems and software development. The ambition is to advance Sweden into an internationally recognized and leading position in these areas.

Strong research areas in Umeå

Umeå University is a partner university within WASP, Sweden's largest individual research program ever. Umeå University conducts strong research in the WASP central areas. Research groups focus areas such as control systems, industrial simulations, intelligent robotics, computer vision related to robotics and medical decision support. Machine learning methods are developed and applied in life science among other fields.

At the winter conference part, WASP research results were presented by the PhD students. Also, shorter and longer talks are given on WASP-related topics.

This three-day event provides an excellent opportunity to get an overview of WASP’s graduate school and research results. It is mandatory for the PhD students and it is the only recurring occasion where the whole WASP community gathers.