Autonomous systems

Systems with a high degree of autonomy can not only act together with people, but can also draw their own conclusions and learn from their experiences. The area includes a large number of different research areas, where LiU researchers are on the leading edge. Examples are computer vision, vehicles, artificial intelligence, sensor fusion, and scientific visualisation.

Autonomous cars and trucks, cognitive companions, smart rescue systems, intelligent transport systems and products that build themselves are just a few examples of what the future has to offer. Development is taking place in leaps and bounds.

In the summer of 2015 the Wallenberg Autonomous Systems Program, WASP, was launched - an investment in building knowledge for the future worth SEK 4 billion over eleven years. Linköping University is the host university, but a large number of researchers from Chalmers, KTH, the University of Lund and Umeå University are also participating in the program.



Yellow quadruped drops first aid kit infront of injured person.

Collaboration the key to realising the potential of AI

In the near future, it is probable that autonomous drones and quadruped robots will perform rescue operations. But we are currently far from achieving full autonomy. Consequently, well-functioning collaboration between human and machine is crucial.

A truck with a dolly and a trailer on Scania’s test track

Trucks with trailers can manoeuvre autonomously

Reversing a heavy truck with trailers is a job for a skilled professional driver – or a set of sensors and advanced computer software. Oskar Ljungqvist presents in his doctoral thesis a major step towards self-driving trucks.

Olov Andersson demonstrates his research

AI helping robots to make safe real-time decisions

If robots are to move among people in everyday life, they must be able to make decisions in real time, without human help. WASP doctoral student Olov Andersson describes in his thesis investigations into three different methods of learning.