Well-attended seminar on innovations in the north

Published: 30 May 2018

Luleå University of Technology, IVA Nord and Rifo invited to an open seminar on the subject of innovations in the north of Sweden.

During the last decade, Luleå University of Technology has built up strong research environments in a number of future areas. Some of them are space, mining, artificial intelligence and data centers. An important part of the design of research environments is that they are in close collaboration with industry and society.

– They are all important areas that are necessary in a modern society. We had not been where we are today without collaboration with the surrounding community because in their challenges and problems we are forced to be innovative and find solutions, says Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.

During the open seminar, the university's researchers gave short presentations about the challenges and the way forward. Tor Björn Minde, Associate Professor of Signal Processing at Luleå University of Technology, said that northern Sweden is important for the whole country and that we need to become skilled in artificial intelligence. Reza Emami, Professor in Onboard space systems at Luleå University of Technology, lectured on the paradigm shift in space industry. According to him, the technological development has meant that smaller technical systems can be built which significantly reduced costs. Conny Högfors from LTU Business and Lena Anttila, project manager at the Innovation Office at Luleå University of Technology, lectured on how collaboration could lead to better research quality and increased benefit.

The seminar ended with a panel discussion between Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn and Thomas Strand, chairman of Rifo. He also mentioned collaboration as an important engine for increased competitiveness.

– The focus on space will increase our knowledge of our world and about ourselves. It is important that the space industry and space research relate to the benefit of society, for example, helping us meet the climate challenge. We are only at the beginning of the social transformation that digitalization means, so the priority of artificial intelligence and data centers is important and welcome, he says.