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WASP at Umeå University

Umeå University is a partner university within WASP, Sweden's largest individual research program ever.

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

Read more about WASP

WASP in Sweden

The investment will amount to SEK 5.5 billion during the 14 years of the programme, which ends in 2029. The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation will provide SEK 4.2 billion of the funding, with further contributions from the university and participating industrial companies. WASP is the largest individual research investment in Sweden in modern time.

The goal is to recruit 80-100 new research groups. The graduate school is dimensioned to produce at least 600 new PhDs, with at least 150 of those being industrial PhD students.

The starting point for WASP is the combined existing world-leading competence in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science. The research is conducted at a number of Swedish universities: Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, Umeå University, and research groups at other universities.

WASP will strengthen, expand, and renew the national competence through new strategic recruitments, a challenging research program, a national graduate school, and collaboration with industry.

WASP at Umeå University

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.

The university's fundamental research on other topics within the field of artificial intelligence is applied in e.g., contexts where the human needs to collaborate with the autonomous system, as in interactive decision support, personalised treatment interventions to improve health, service robotics, in vehicles or in the manufacturing industry. Social aspects need to be integrated in the autonomous and intelligent systems along with ethical aspects, which is another area in which Umeå University is conducting world-leading research.

 

WASP UmU Faculty Recruitments

WASP is dedicated to long-term strengthen the research in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software in Sweden. The initiative covers both promising assistant professors and outstanding senior professors. They are offered attractive recruitment packages, including relevant infrastructure and funding for doctoral students and postdocs, for the best possible starting conditions.

See full list of recruitments.

WASP funded researchers

A number of research projects and research leaders at Umeå University are funded by WASP. 

See full list of research leaders in those projects.

WASP postdocs and research engineers

A number of postdocs and research engineers at Umeå University are funded by WASP. 

See full list.

WASP PhD students

A number of PhD students at Umeå University are funded or affilited by WASP. 

See full list of PhD students.

WASP Open Positions and Calls

WASP is Sweden’s most extensive research program ever. The aim is to start at least 60 new research groups in Sweden by attracting outstanding younger researchers as well as established experts and sharp PhD students.

To follow open calls and positions in WASP, please go to WASP web page

WASP research projects at Umeå University

Management Beyond the Edge
Research area: Computing science
Duration 1 September 2018 until 31 August 2021
Type of project Research project
Socially Intelligent Systems for Human-Agent Collaboration
Research area: Computing science
Duration 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2021
Type of project PhD project
Machine Learning-based Observability and Diagnostics in Future Networks and Mobile Edge Clouds
Research area: Computing science
Duration 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2022
Type of project PhD project
Mobility-aware Resource Management for Mobile Edge Clouds
Research area: Computing science
Duration 1 January 2016 until 31 December 2020
Type of project Research project
Autonomous Cloud Management
Research area: Computing science
Duration 1 January 2016 until 31 December 2020
Type of project Research project

WASP news

New initiative in research in the growing field of Media AI

Automatic analysis of combined media in text, image and sound is becoming increasingly important.

Prize to Wallenberg guest professor in AI

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

Research improves efficiency of small-scale cloud datacentres

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

Virginia Dignum elected to IVA

Virginia Dignum is elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

Umeå researchers receive international award for best AI paper

Virginia Dignum and Frank Dignum receive best paper award for AAMAS 2020 Blue Sky track.

Researchers at WASP winter conference

Umeå University is a partner university within WASP, Sweden's largest individual research program ever.

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