Sensor informatics and Decision-making for the Digital Transformation (SEDDIT)

SEDDIT is a competence center funded within the framework of Vinnova's initiative in Advanced Digitalization, where universities and companies collaborate to conduct research and education in digital societal transformation with the aim of strengthening Sweden's competitiveness.

Today, climate change and global stability and security are two of the most urgent global challenges facing the world. Digital transformation is critical to address these challenges as it enables environmental, economic, and governance actions – both on a local and global scale – to be based on reliable and up-to-date information.

A key component in the digital transformation will be advanced mathematical methods for information extraction and decision-making from vast amounts of data. Therefore, the focus of the SEDDIT center is:

(a) the research and development of advanced mathematical methods for information extraction and decision-making from massive amounts of data; and

(b) education and human resources development within this area.

Hence, SEDDIT will contribute towards net-zero emissions and global stability and security, as well as the long-term competitiveness of the Swedish industry.

SEDDIT comprises several of Sweden’s leading system-building companies, all affected directly or indirectly by climate change, as well as global stability and security. For these companies to stay competitive, reduce their environmental impact, and adapt to the effects of climate change, a digital transformation of their existing products, services, and production, along with new digital solutions and business models, are crucial. Advanced mathematical methods for information extraction and decision-making using heterogeneous sensor data in combination with knowledge of the physics of the underlying systems, is a core part of this digital transformation.

The goal of SEDDIT is to use the strong scientific foundation of the center partners and the technical and experimental resources of the involved companies as a stepping-stone to produce research of the highest quality and with strong industrial relevance. The needs-driven research in SEDDIT will rely on solid system thinking, deep insight into the physics of the underlying problems, and profound knowledge of how to handle process data.

The academic collaborative partners of the center are Linköping University and Uppsala University, with Linköping University serving as the coordinator. The center involves the divisions of Automatic Control and Vehicular Systems at the Department of Electrical Engineering (ISY) at Linköping University, working in conjunction with the Division of Signals and Systems at Uppsala University.