Start for KTH’s WASP Graduate school

Published Mar 30, 2016

KTH has recruited six PhD students to the Wallenberg Autonomous Systems Program (WASP). This is part of the launch of the WASP Graduate School which goal is to educate over 100 PhD students over the next ten years.

This is WASP

Wallenberg Autonomous Systems Program (WASP) is Sweden's largest individual research program and provides a platform for academic research and education, fostering interaction with Sweden's leading technology companies. In total, WASP offered 26 graduate positions at five partner universities: Linköping University, Lund University, Chalmers, Umeå University and KTH. 

WASP's project website

The Wallenberg Autonomous Systems Program provides a platform for academic research and education, fostering interaction with Sweden's leading technology companies. The program addresses research on autonomous systems acting in collaboration with humans, adapting to their environment through sensors, information and knowledge, and forming intelligent systems-of-systems. One of the program’s main tasks is a graduate school.

At KTH, six PhD students have been recruited to join the WASP graduate school. The graduate school is a co-operation between the School of Electrical Engineering and the School of Computer Science and Communication starting in 2016. The students are divided in three research areas.

  • Linnea Persson, researching automated transport systems
  • Dirk Van Dooren, researching automated transport systems
  • Jiexiong Tang, researching localization and scalability for distributed autonomous systems
  • Håkan Carlsson, researching localization and scalability for distributed autonomous systems
  • Daniel Wrang, researching integrating perception, learning and verification in interactive autonomous systems
  • Mia Kokić, researching integrating perception, learning and verification in interactive autonomous systems

Further information on each research project

Master program in System, Control and Robotics well represented

Half of the positions were filled with students from the KTH master program System, Control and Robotics (SCR). The program started in 2007 and is a collaboration between the School of the Electrical Engineering and the School of Computer science and Communication.

“It is thrilling that half of the new recruitments to WASP stems from System, Control and Robotics since there were competitors from both Sweden and other parts of the world” says Patric Jensfelt, professor and program director for SCR at the school of computer science and communication. “One of the goals with the program was to create a good foundation to recruit students to our strong research environments. And it seems as if we have succeeded. Several students that have graduated and gone off to work for both schools, most to the department of Automatic Control and the department of CVAP.”

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