13 June 2024

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation grants SEK 70 million to the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP), for a new initiative that promotes the uptake of AI based methodologies in academic research in Sweden.

Anders Ynnerman, WASP Program Director and professor of scientific visualization at Linköping University.

With the new initiative, WASP takes on the mission to coordinate AI for science efforts in Sweden.

“This initiative builds on the needs and the successful collaborations between WASP and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation’s programs on sustainable materials and life science,” says Anders Ynnerman, WASP Program Director. “One of the goals is to bridge the gap between the latest AI research and other areas of science to enable breakthroughs.”

The development of Artificial Intelligence is progressing at extreme speed and new applications are continuously appearing in all sectors of society and industry. AI is also becoming an increasingly important tool in scientific discovery workflows in virtually all areas of science.

However, the use of AI is in most scientific fields in its infancy and rapid efforts are needed to mature the use of AI in various scientific applications.

Facts about WASP: The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is an initiative in basic research, education and recruitment within autonomous systems and software development for the benefit of Swedish industry. WASP has five partner universities: Chalmers University of Technology, Lund University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Umeå University and Linköping University as host.

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