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Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP)

Period: 2016-2026
PI: Danica Kragic Jensfelt

The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is a major national initiative for strategically motivated basic research, education and faculty recruitment in autonomous systems and software development. The ambition is to advance Sweden into an internationally recognized and leading position in these two areas.

The starting point for WASP is the combined existing world-leading competence in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science at Sweden’s four major ICT universities: Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, and Lund University. WASP will strengthen, expand, and renew the national competence through new strategic recruitments, a challenging research program, a national graduate school, and collaboration with industry.

The vision of WASP is collaborating vehicles, robots and complex software-intensive systems with the intelligence to achieve autonomy in interactions with humans. Software, models and algorithms are currently a large and rapidly increasing part of the development of almost all engineering systems including autonomous systems, and there is a strong need to manage this complexity to ensure functionality and reduce development costs. Autonomous systems are a scientifically challenging disruptive technology that will fundamentally change society and industry. Swedish industry is by tradition strong in systems engineering. To stay competitive, Sweden needs to invest in research and competence building in this area, and hence WASP is highly relevant to Swedish industry.

For detailed information refer to the WASP homepage .