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Digital Futures: Research for a sustainable society by digital transformation

Society is constantly changing, and digital technology is rapidly changing how we live, work, and communicate. It provides a range of opportunities to address societal challenges in new and more effective ways. Digital Futures is an interdisciplinary research centre that will use these opportunities to create a sustainable society through digital transformation.

ABB demo of 5G human to robot at the Digital Futures inauguration 2020. Three persons in the image.
Photo: Fredrik Persson

With long-term government funding as a base, Digital Futures was formed jointly by KTH, Stockholm University, and RISE in 2020. Digital Futures is a development of the strategic research area ICT-TNG, which dates back to 2009.

The overall goal for Digital Futures is to become one of the five leading university research centre in the world within technology for digital transformation. The work is carried out in close collaboration with industry and society.

Research themes and activities

Digital Futures has launched an extensive research programme, structured as a matrix with four societal contexts: Smart Society, Digitalized Industry, Rich and Health Life, and Educational Transformation. These intersect with three research themes: Trust, Cooperate, and Learn. Most activities coordinated by Digital Futures take place in research projects and cover topics at the intersection of societal contexts and research themes.

Digital Futures conducts activities such as demonstrations of testbeds and computer infrastructure, mobility programs, talent development, international workshops, partnerships with industry, and societal engagement, diversity, inclusion, and equality - all crucial aspects for a successful digital transformation.


Two examples of research results from the strategic research area ICT-TNG:

About Digital Futures



During 2020, more than 200 researchers were engaged in Digital Futures activities.


The strategic research area for ICT and Mobile Communications technology receives approximately SEK 115 million annually in government grants.



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