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Areas of excellence in research and innovation


The transition to a sustainable industry provides opportunities to think new and thus develop the whole society. The latest technology in artificial intelligence, telecommunications and sensor technology allows us to connect people, products and processes.


SUN note that Sweden's, and the county's, assets of natural resources in the form of ore, forests and water are of central importance for realizing the societal transformation required to achieve the UN's global sustainability goals.

Attraktivt samhällsbyggande
Attractive built environment

We are shaping attractive built environment for the support of sustainable living in cold climate through challenge-driven research of excellence and development of innovative and holistic systems and artefacts.

Effektiv innovation och organisation
Effective innovation and organisation

One of the major challenges is to shape a society that can quickly adapt to a dynamic and increasingly globalized and knowledge-driven environment by stimulating and contributing to effective innovations both of a technical and organizational nature.

Framtidens gruvor
Future mining

Demand for metals on the world market is increasing, and the Swedish as well as the international mining industry is increasing its production.Sweden is the country in Europe which is the most important metal producer, and the Swedish mining industry is important also from a European perspective.The best opportunities to find new ore deposits in Europe can be found in Sweden and Finland.

Förnybar energi
Renewable energy

The availability of renewable energy at a competitive price and efficient energy systems with a high level of security of supply are important prerequisites for future sustainable growth.Our vision is to work together with industry and stakeholders within society to create an internationally leading research and innovation environment in order to demonstrate a long-term sustainable energy system.

Gränsöverskridande konst
Innovative art and science

Art can evoke emotions and touch us – make us ask questions, create well-being, or provoke.Art can also help us to communicate experiences and information.When art meets technology, the creativity that exists within each area can together provide new opportunities to solve complex problems.

Hållbara transporter
Sustainable transportation

The future of sustainable transport will depend on smart and innovative solutions to cope with an increase in the flow of goods at the same time as it will reduce the harmful effects on the environment and climate.Demand for better interoperability between different modes of transport, better maintenance, lower energy use, as well as an increase in the capacity of existing transportation systems will be required.The transport of goods and people must function equally well in winter, spring, summer and autumn.

Intelligenta industriella processer
Intelligent industrial processes

A versatile and competitive industry is important for Sweden’s and Europe’s future status as new players are emerging.To secure our position, constant improvement and development of industrial processes are required in order to increase productivity while reducing the pressures on the climate and the environment.

Möjliggörande ikt
Enabling ICT

Enabling ICT has a broad base in LTU's research resources within the information and communication field. Together, we drive the development of new ICT-based knowledge and applications in the areas of e-health, smart regions, data centers and cloud services.

Smarta maskiner och material
Smart machines and materials

Machines of the future must become more efficient, easier, smarter, safer and have a minimal impact on the climate, nature and man.They must also become more efficient and lighter in order to reduce energy consumption, cost and the use of resources.Machines have to be smarter and safer, in order to offer more flexibility, more autonomy and less risk of injury.

Lärande toppbild

Luleå University of Technology will make a strategic effort in 2018 on research in the field of Learning. The overall goal is to develop a vision and target image for the Learning Area - to define what the university will gather, highlight and profile.

Forsknings- och innovationsområde rymd

Space is a strategically important research area at Luleå University of Technology. Learn more about our research; the building of miniaturized satellites and development of space technology, and how our researchers are involved in looking for life on Mars.

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