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WASP-HS – Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Programme – Humanities and Society at Umeå University

Umeå University coordinates the WASP-HS research programme in which 13 universities and research institutes are studying the development of new technologies and how they affect our society and our behaviour.

WASP-HS Conference AI for Humanity and Society Logo in front of happy people jumping in front of a sunset,
AI for Humanity and Society 2022
Time 09:00 - 17:00
Place Grand Hotel, Stockholm

The vision of The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program - Humanities and Society (WASP-HS) is to increase knowledge of the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems, based on excellent research in the humanities and social sciences.

Research projects within the programme address the challenges and impacts of future technological changes and contribute to the development of theory and practice of human and societal aspects of AI and autonomous systems. A particular focus is on ethical, economic, labour market, social and legal aspects of the technology shift.

Universities and Research Institutes involved

Currently, 42 research projects are in progress at 13 different universities and research institutes:

Chalmers University of Technology
Institute for Futures Studies 
Karlstad University
KHT, Royal Institute of Technology 
Linköping University
Lund University
Malmö University 
Stockholm School of Economics 
Stockholm University
Umeå University
University of Gothenburg
Uppsala University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 

WASP-HS Graduate School

WASP-HS includes a comprehensive national graduate school with up to 70 PhD students, the establishment of at least eleven new research groups across Sweden, support for twelve visiting professors to strengthen Swedish research, and a large number of research projects.

Funded by

The research program is funded mainly by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, and Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation with an investment up to SEK 660 million.

The research programme is planned to run from 2019 to 2028.

Contact WASP-HS

The program is coordinated by Umeå University. To get in contact with the program office, please send an email to contact@wasp-hs.org.

Contact persons:

Virginia Dignum
Program Director at WASP-HS and Professor of Responsible Artificial Intelligence at the Department of Computing Science.

Bodil Formark
Program Coordinator at WASP-HS and Research Coordinator at Research Support and Collaboration Office.

WASP-HS open calls

Read more about open calls and positions at the WASP-HS web.

WASP-HS research projects at Umeå University

Human-Centered AI for Health, Autonomy and Wellbeing
Duration 1 February 2022 until 2 February 2026
Type of project Research project
AI-Driven Contextual Communication: Implications for Citizens and Society
Duration 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2023
Type of project Research project
Cyborg Politics: Artificial agents in online democratic deliberation
Duration 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2025
Type of project Research project
Socially Aware Dialogue Management
Duration 1 June 2020 until 1 June 2024
Type of project PhD project
Modeling Social Reality for Social Simulations
Duration 1 February 2020 until 1 February 2024
Type of project PhD project
AI, Democracy and Self-Determination
Duration 1 September 2019 until 1 September 2023
Type of project Research project
Latest update: 2022-11-15