Everything indicates that artificial intelligence's importance in society will increase in the future. For example, AI will change our way of working, new jobs will be created and less attractive jobs will be gone. In the long run, the entire society will be permeated with products and services linked to AI, a fact not least relevant to the northern region where Luleå University of Technology is located, a region that is partly defined by sparsely populated areas and an aging population.
Important functions in society and business' competitiveness are dependent on how innovation can create benefits for Sweden and the region. The project Applied AI DIH North will contribute to competitive companies and make the region more attractive for start-ups. The result will be long-term sustainable growth that attracts people, investments and companies to the region.
– Norrbotten must take a leading position in the AI area to support continued positive development, says Michael Nilsson, project manager at the Centre for distance-spanning technology at Luleå University of Technology.
– For competitive reasons, our region's small and medium-sized companies need support in the AI area. It is important to maintain a high level of expertise with leading industries that are important and relevant to the outside world.
Luleå as AI-hub
For Luleå University of Technology, the project is a logical complement to the AI research that is already underway at the university at the AI Excellence Centre. In particular, the university has expertise in applied AI. Through collaboration with companies, research is translated into innovations for the benefit of industry, education and health.
– A project of this kind suits us very well. We have good technical infrastructure, several different lab environments and existing test beds. In addition, our research is one of Sweden's most applied, we have a very strong collaboration with industry and a high degree of external research funding. All in all, we are extremely suitable to be a hub in AI-related research, says Michael Nilsson.
– However, our overall goal is to reach beyond regional and national levels. If we are to be really attractive, only world-class counts.