LINK-SIC is a Vinnova Competence Center. The annual budget is 21 MSEK and the funding comes from Vinnova, Linköping University, and the participating companies.


The vision for LINK-SIC is to be an attractive and internationally competitive arena for industry-oriented research within Sensor Informatics and Control, contributing to growth and development of Swedish industry.

Research strategy

The core of the research activities within LINK-SIC will be a set of PhD student projects, including industrial PhD students. By focusing on PhD student projects, the center will generate research results of industrial relevance and at the same time contribute with educated people at PhD level with knowledge and skills of importance for the Swedish system-building industry. The selection of research projects will be carried out within the Board of the center in a joint process between the academic and the industrial partners, where the partners will discuss and evaluate the project ideas with respect to several aspects:

  • The proposed projects should be based on the long-term needs of the companies in terms of market trends, legislation requirements, company strategies, etc.
  • The scientific challenges of the projects should be in line with the core competences of the center and should require the research frontier to be moved forward.
  • The expected time horizons for the projects should be suitable for PhD projects. 

For the research to generate results of both high scientific quality and industrial relevance, the aim is that the research projects should combine development of theories, models and methods on one hand and implementations and experiments using real hardware and real data on the other hand.

Center Director

Svante Gunnarsson

Coordinator, General Information

Sara Strömberg


Gunnar Holmberg, Saab Aeronautics, Chair
Jonas Holmborn, Scania
Martin Karlsson, Atlas Copco Industrial Technique
Nicolette Lakemond, LiU
Shiva Sander-Tavallaey, ABB AB

ISAB (International Scientific Advisory Board)

Jan Swevers, KU Leuven, Belgium
Anna Stefanopoulou, University of Michigan, USA
Tor Arne Johansen, NTNU, Norway
Ines Lopez Arteaga, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Area Coordinators

Automotive Systems: Erik Höckerdal
Aerial Vehicles: Martin Enqvist
Marine Vessels: Martin Enqvist
Mechanical Manipulators: Mikael Norrlöf

Research Leaders

Sensor Fusion: Fredrik Gustafsson
Data-driven Modelling: Martin Enqvist
Learning Methods for Control: Svante Gunnarsson
Control-oriented Physical Modelling: Lars Eriksson
Optimization for Control Applications: Johan Löfberg

Senior Scientific Advisor

Lennart Ljung

Industrial Partners

ABB Corporate Research. Contact person: Shiva Sander Tavallaey
ABB Cranes. Contact person: Jonas Öhr
ABB Robotics. Contact person: Stig Moberg
Atlas Copco Industrial Technique. Contact person: Martin Karlsson
Saab Aeronautics. Contact person: Gunnar Holmberg
Scania. Contact person: Martin Karlsson
Actia Nordic. Contac person: Christian Sahlén
Alelion. Contact person: Peter Tampere
Newton Nordic AB. Contact person: Mårten Svanfeldt
Senion. Contact person: David Törnqvist
UMS Skeldar. Contact person: Ola Härkegård


Zoran Sjanic
Farnaz Adib Yagmaie

PhD Students

Max Johansson
Hamed Haghshenas
Stefanie Zimmermann
Fredrik Ljungberg
Robin Forsling
Du Ho
Robin Holmbom
Filipe Barbosa
Nils Dressler

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Gunnar Holmberg

Director of Business Development Future Air Systems

  • Saab Aeronautics
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Jonas Holmborn

Head of Gas Exchange specification and simulation
Engine Development

  • Scania CV AB
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Martin Karlsson

Head of Tightening Technique

  • Atlas Copco Industrial Technique AB
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Shiva Sander-Tavallaey

Senior Principal Scientist-Applied Analytics, AI Lead 

  • ABB Sweden

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