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Artificial intelligence at Umeå University

AI, or artificial intelligence, is about systems and technologies that can analyze their environment and more or less independently take action to achieve a specific goal. At Umeå University, research and education in AI has been conducted since the 1970s. Today, close to 100 researchers and teachers work in the field of AI and they are found at all faculties - medicine, science, social sciences and humanities.

AI research
AI research

Many of our AI projects fall under major national research programs.

AI projects
AI projects

Read more about Umeå University's research in AI that spans a large number of areas.

What is artficial intelligence?
What is artficial intelligence?

What is AI and how does it affect our lives today?

The Council for AI and Autonomous Systems, RAI
The Council for AI and Autonomous Systems, RAI

Works to strengthen and develop research and education in AI at Umeå University.

AI-based systems can be embedded in hardware devices - you've probably seen robots in industry, mining and agriculture. AI is also found in autonomous vehicles such as drones, self-driving buses, vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers and is developing rapidly in healthcare.

AI-based systems can also be software-based and, for example, be built into our smartphones, where AI calculates how many steps we take or answer questions. Many companies and organizations also use AI to optimally market themselves for your online searches or direct information to you, based on the cookies you have accepted. Other examples where AI is used are voice assistance, speech and face recognition and image analysis.

Close to 100 researchers and teachers

At Umeå University, research and education in AI has been conducted since the 1970s. Today, close to 100 researchers and teachers work in the field of AI and they are found at all faculties - medicine, science, social sciences and humanities.

Right now, our researchers are looking at, among other things, how to develop the technology and make it better, more efficient and reliable. We also examine how to ensure that AI technology and systems follow laws, ethical guidelines and can be explained. At the same time, we study how the development towards digitalisation and AI affects politics, education, legislation, working life and the media. And what do the changes mean purely historically, linguistically and culturally?

In order to provide society and our students and professionals with the required knowledge, a large and faculty-wide investment in AI has been initiated. The goal for the next ten years is that AI runs as a common thread through all our fields of science.

Large, national research programs

Umeå University participates in the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program, WASP, the largest national research program ever funded by a private research foundation with the goal of bringing Sweden as a country to a leading role in AI.

Umeå University also hosts and coordinates the national research program The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program - Humanities and Society, WASP-HS.

The vision is to achieve increased knowledge about opportunities and challenges with AI and autonomous systems based on excellent research in the humanities and social sciences.

Network for those who are interested in AI issues

Umeå University is building a network of researchers, teachers, students and professionals who want to learn, discuss and collaborate on AI-related issues. UmeAI Network includes seminars, panel discussions, courses and other activities. Warmly welcome to participate!

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Latest news on AI at Umeå university

WASP-HS highlighting person-centered healthcare and AI
WASP-HS highlighting person-centered healthcare and AI

WASP-HS, led by Umeå Professor Virginia Dignum, is hosting the online conference.

Prize to Wallenberg guest professor in AI
Prize to Wallenberg guest professor in AI

Diego Calvansese receives the prestigious AAAI Classic Paper Award 2021, the most influential on AI.

Adolescent perspectives on AI
Adolescent perspectives on AI

Students from a local school and Umeå researchers contributed to a global study led by UNICEF.

Robots in a group that can be trusted and understood
Robots in a group that can be trusted and understood

Umeå researchers study groups of robots that interact with each other and groups of people.

Research improves efficiency of small-scale cloud datacentres
Research improves efficiency of small-scale cloud datacentres

Chanh Nguyen has developed methods to improve the efficiency of so-called Mobile Edge Clouds..

RAI thinks strategically about AI
RAI thinks strategically about AI

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Katrine Riklund is chair of RAI that strengthens the development of AI at the university.

What is happening in education, training and collaboration?

AI staff
AI staff

Nearly 100 researchers and teachers at Umeå University are involved in areas related to AI.

AI education
AI education

Umeå University is offering number courses in artificial intelligence.

AI collaboration
AI collaboration

Collaborations in various forms are very important for the development of AI.

#frAIday
#frAIday

Seminars: All you want to know about Artificial Intelligence.

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