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Applied research

Published: 1 April 2019

Our Applied AI activities connect research about learning, decision making, big data analytics, edge computing, smart machines, maintenance, critical infrastructure, automation, robotics, control, and cybersecurity research fields that are needed to create the AI ecosystem. This ecosystem will build on innovative business models that will boost the current learning practices and the innovations for improved efficiency, productivity, safety, health, gaming, and the general quality of life. Benefiting from our unique arctic location, we boost AI-applications in various industrial sectors and showcase innovative possibilities in urban and remote regions.


Together with world-leading partners in industry and beyond, we showcase the potential of AI and improve the welfare and security of the society. Our cooperation projects range from research and development projects over triple helix collaboration to direct partnerships with the application partners. The following non-exhaustive listing gives partners in various categories:
PRODUCTION & AUTOMATION: ABB, Atlas Copco, BAE Systems, Bosch Rexroth, Epiroc, Ericsson, General Electric Oil and Gas, Gestamp Hardtech, GKN Aerospace, Komatsu Forest, Lindbäcks Bygg, NCC, Metso, Outotec, SAAB Sandvik Coromant, Sandvik, Scania, Siemens, Skellefteå Kraft, SKF, Swecon, Telia, Volvo CE, Volvo Cars, Volvo Trucks
PROCESS INDUSTRY: Agio, Boliden, Billerud-Korsnäs, Höganäs, LKAB, Luleå Energi, Skellefteå Kraft, Lundin Mining, Mälarenergi, SSAB, SCA
DATACENTERS: Facebook, Fortlax, Hydro66, SICS ICE
SMEs & IT: Arctic Group, Arctos Labs, ATEA, BehavioSec, BI Nordic, BNearit, CGI Sverige, Compodium, Data Ductus, Effnet, Explizit, facebook datacenter, InfoVista, ISMobile, Know-IT, Metria, Mobilaris, Netrounds, Neava, NodePole, Skylite, Tieto, Tromb, Xarepo
INDUSTRIAL & GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: Folktandvården, Försäkringskassan, IUC Norrbotten Norr, Jernkontoret, LTU Business, Luleå Kommun, Luleå Science Park, Lunet, Pensionsmyndigheten, Piteå kommun, RISE, Region Norrbotten, Skellefteå kommun, Swerim, Tullverket

Strong Industrial Segments

SPACE: world-leading research in atmospheric science, astrobiology, and space instrument design
MINING: novel AI technologies strive automating tedious tasks in mining; increasing the safety of human workers
TRANSPORT: improving control characteristics, efficiency, and safety of autonomous and human piloting
PROCESS INDUSTRY: increasing efficiency, safety, and trust of autonomous agents and maintenance systems
PRODUCTION INDUSTRY: reinforcing existing production and developing the region’s ICT-industry
DATACENTER INDUSTRY: employing AI for automated, resource-efficient, safe and fault tolerant storage and computation
ENERGY: focusing on bioenergy technologies and energy efficiency for a sustainable industry and society
HEALTH: applying AI technology for improving human health, especially in remote environments
INDUSTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS: digital innovation and sustainable business models

Embracing the future

  • Novel digital and innovative education methods in the connected age
  • Improving the welfare of society by advancing AI for health and arts
  • Innovative AI applications and breakthroughs for the production
  • Use AI technologies to foster evidence-driven decision making
  • Developing secure innovation processes
  • Augmenting AI technologies into enterprise systems creating more sustainable systems
  • Developing new business models to ensure commercialization of AI innovations in industry and society
  • AI for public organisations to have efficient processes and informed decision making as well as attractive citizen services
  • Transforming the Luleå region to a flagship in applied AI by 2030