AI Sweden's mission is to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence and to increase Swedish competitiveness in this area. AI Sweden consists of about 80 partners spread over a dozen nodes from Lund in the south to Luleå in the north. The partners include private companies, authorities, universities, and research institutes and together they run AI-related projects in various subject areas, such as health care, and climate change, and share knowledge and skills.
– It is the use of new technology that creates important societal changes, not the development. The work that AI Sweden does to accelerate the use of different types of AI technologies and solutions is therefore very important. The many nodes and the strong network of partners that are part of AI Sweden means that the whole country is covered and that we strenghten Sweden together, says Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn who also is a appointee of AI Sweden's steering committee.
Networking and collaboration
Pär-Erik Martinsson, Operational Manager at ProcessIT Innovations at Luleå University of Technology, hopes that the membership in AI Sweden will generate more national collaborations.
– Historically, we at Luleå University of Technology have been incredibly good at building projects together with regional and international partners. Through AI Sweden, we hope to be able to become even better at national partnerships, says Pär-Erik Martinsson, who is also involved in developing the northernmost node within AI Sweden.
– We obviously want to create visibility about what we are good at, and that is everything from space and robotics to machine learning and operation and maintenance engineering.
Marcus Liwicki, Professor of Machine Learning, also points out the importance of the university now having access to AI Sweden's extensive network.
– AI Sweden connects us directly with potential collaborators in industry and the general public, which adds valuable contacts to our broad national and international network, says Marcus Liwicki.