A national initiative on education and competence in Artificial Intelligence


AI Competence for Sweden is a national initiative for education and competence development in artificial intelligence. The Swedish government launched the initiative in June, 2018. In the first phase, the initiative is in progress during 2018 and 2019.

Within the initiative, seven universities work together to create a knowledge platform and offer courses for practicing professionals. The seven universities are Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Linköping University, Lund University, Umeå University and Örebro University. The initiative is designed to allow additional universities to join afterwards.

The knowledge platform builds on and supplement ongoing initiatives at the universities related to artificial intelligence. The practical work with the knowledge platform has two emphases:

1. A joint homepage on which the universities show different educational opportunities geared towards the business and public sectors. The homepage illustrates and makes available the different educational initiatives that are conducted within AI Competence for Sweden. Chalmers manages the work with engagement by the other universities. We publish available courses on the homepage continually.

2. Regular meetings with key people from the seven participating universities who are engaged in the development of AI Competence for Sweden. The universities plan and carry out the initiative in an efficient manner. It is about steering, leading and coordinating all activities and functions within the different parts of the initiative.

Chalmers University of Technology coordinates the effort and leads a national coordination group with representatives from each university:

Jan Smith, Chalmers University of Technology (Managing Director)
Per-Olof Larsson, Chalmers University of Technology
Fredrika Lagergren Wahlin, University of Gothenburg
Miroslaw Staron, University of Gothenburg
Jan Gulliksen, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Leif Kari, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Urban Forsberg, Linköping University
Fredrik Heintz, Linköping University
Susanne Norrman, Lund University
Kalle Åström, Lund University
Helena Lindgren, Umeå University
Amy Loutfi, Örebro University
Camilla Ulvmyr, Örebro University



As AI is applied in more and more areas, AI has become an important tool…
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As AI is applied in more and more areas, AI has become an important tool in many disciplines at Chalmers, and research and education related to AI is constantly growing. For example, the Section of Data Science (jointly with Gothenburg University) has been formed, with focus on basic research and methods in artificial intelligence. In addition, research is conducted in image analysis and data security related to AI, which can be used for computer-assisted diagnostics and autonomous cars. Design and verification of so-called deep neural networks is another area where several departments have begun research. There is also a focus in research on ethical aspects of AI. Altogether, about 30 researchers at Chalmers work directly with AI and data science, and more than one hundred researchers use AI or work with applications of AI.

In terms of education, Chalmers has about ten courses aimed at artificial intelligence, both at Master’s and Master’s level, such as Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Statistical Methods for Big Data and Data-Driven Support for Cyber-Physical Systems. Chalmers is now developing three new master programs with strong links to AI, with planned start in 2019.

Chalmers concentrates cross-disciplinary activities through its Areas of Advance and the Area of Advance Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has steady AI-related activities. For example, over 20 seminars in AI and Data Science have been organized over the last two years, with over a thousand academics, business and community participants. The Areas of Advance Production, Life Science and Transport also use the AI ​​and data analytics in their research projects.

A large part of Chalmers’s activities are carried out together with Chalmers’s industrial partners: Autoliv, Husqvarna, SKF, Zenuity, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Volvo AB and Volvo Cars. New AI-related projects are being started in collaboration with ABB, AstraZeneca and Ericsson.



Since 1975, Linköping University has conducted extensive research and education in artificial intelligence, including at…
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Since 1975, Linköping University has conducted extensive research and education in artificial intelligence, including at the Department AI & Integrated Computer Systems (AIICS). The department has focused on knowledge representation, planning, diagnosis and development of intelligent autonomous cyber-physical systems for collaborative cognitive robots and autonomous vehicles in interaction with humans. The activities have been conducted in cooperation with, in particular, the Swedish aviation industry. Research on knowledge representation is also available in other parts of Linköping University, including in the field of semantic web, extensive ontologies, “mediated” databases and query languages for the web.

At Linköping University, there is also the research group STIMA who studies and develops methods for statistics and machine learning. STIMA cooperates among others with Ericsson in software testing. In the field of control technology, techniques for machine learning are used, for example, in systems identification and model predictive control, for example in collaboration with ABB Sweden.

Deep learning is used in natural language processing, as well as in image analysis, e.g. at the Center for Medical Imaging and Visualization (CMIV). Linked to image processing, the Analytic Imaging Diagnostic Arena (AIDA) is a national arena for research and innovation on AI for medical image analysis, where Sectra and Region Östergötland also have key roles.

Within the undergraduate and master-level education at Linköping University, there are approximately 25 technical courses, mainly at advanced level in traditional AI, robotics, machine learning and deep learning, and offered as electives in various engineering programs. In addition, there is an undergraduate program with a master’s program in cognitive science and an undergraduate program in statistics and data analysis with an add-on program in Statistics and Machine Learning.



Research on AI and machine learning at Lund University takes place at several departments, e.g.…
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Research on AI and machine learning at Lund University takes place at several departments, e.g. Mathematics Centre, where they study basic machine learning, statistics and computer vision. In Computer Science, research is about basic AI, language technology and computer graphics. Other fields of science that concern AI are control, electrical and information technology, philosophy, theoretical physics, experimental medical science and biology.

Education in Machine Learning and AI has been available since the 1980s. Examples of first-level courses are Machine Learning, Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Convolutional Networks, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Language Technology, Image Analysis, and more. In the doctoral programs, several doctoral courses have also been devoted to various aspects of machine learning and AI.

The Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Network at Lund University (AIML @ LU) was formed to facilitate contact between students, industry and society. The innovation system at Lund University is well developed thanks to organizations such as LU Innovation, MINC, Ideon Innovation and Teknopol. Examples of new start-up companies from Lund who develop and use AI and machine learning are Qlik (big data and visualization), Axis (video analysis), Precise Biometrics (fingerprint recognition), Hövding (world’s first crash helmet for cyclists), Polar Rose (face recognition), Cellavision (cell classification) and Exini (medical image analysis).


Planned initiatives for the future at Lund University include a new master’s program in machine learning, several new courses in AI and machine learning, strengthening ties with society through the AIML @ LU initiative and continuing education courses for the community.



KTH's extensive artificial intelligence activities are available in many different fields of science. It can…
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KTH’s extensive artificial intelligence activities are available in many different fields of science. It can be anything from basic computer science to transport, life sciences, mathematics, physics, etc. An example is Robotics, Perception and Learning, where there is research in computer vision, robotics and machine learning. Expectations are that research in this area will lead to robotic systems that can be applied in industry, rescue and care and become an integral part of society. The Speech, Music and Hearing Department studies communication and interaction between people through speech and music. There, AI has special relevance for the areas of speech technology and social robotics. The overall goal is to understand the processes involved in human communication and how these can be modeled and supported.

Specific Master’s programs in the AI ​​area at KTH are Systems, Control and Robotics and Machine Learning. KTH also has courses at basic and advanced level in AI and machine learning, deep learning, speech recognition, artificial neural networks, and more. Interest in this type of course has increased significantly over the past ten years.

KTH has extensive collaboration with Sweden’s leading industries in the field: Ericsson, ABB, Scania, Telia and others. For example, the Innovative Centre for Embedded Systems (ICES) is a networking centre for embedded systems operating within cyber-physical systems.



Research on artificial intelligence at Umeå University is characterized by a large proportion of interdisciplinary…
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Research on artificial intelligence at Umeå University is characterized by a large proportion of interdisciplinary research projects and extensive collaboration with different community actors in the region. The AI ​​research includes intelligent systems and robotics for the forestry industry in cooperation with industry in northern Sweden. AI for ergonomic applications, elite athletics, clinical decision support and self-treatment with combinations of AI methods are developed and applied in collaboration with various research groups.

Strong research in methods of machine learning and deep learning takes place in the field of Life Science. In order to strengthen register research at Umeå University, the research is focused on federated databases, where data mining, machine learning and ontologies are in focus. Research on anomaly detection for distributed systems is also under development, and machine learning is also included in research on complex social and biological networks and spread of infection.

Education in the AI ​​field takes place in the field of engineering education on bachelor’s and master’s levels and master’s programs in computer science and cognitive science, as well as master’s programs in robotics and control engineering. Development of new courses in the field has taken place in recent years in order to develop master’s programs in the area and meet demand from students and industry.

The strong growing research environment within AI is being formed on the UmeAI network, with researchers from different departments and faculties. Various research and innovation labs are available at Umeå University, where researchers, students, industry and future users of AI can meet. These labs are being developed, among other things, to create a distributed environment that includes the County Council in Västerbotten lab and the virtual health rooms in the region by Glesbygdsmedicinsk Centrum. “Sliperiet”, in connection with Umeå Design and HumLab, is one of these meeting places with lab resources in the form of a data-driven social innovation lab and SoftLab for smart textiles. Industrial cooperation takes place regionally and internationally with companies, such as Volvo Trucks, Komatsu Forest, Tieto, Boliden Mineral, LKAB, Ericsson Research, IBM, RedHat, Google and Intel.



The University of Gothenburg is a broad academic institution where research and education focused artificial…
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The University of Gothenburg is a broad academic institution where research and education focused artificial intelligence take place in several fields of science, e.g. behavioral research on effects on behavior of individuals, companies and organizations, ethical aspects and legal responsibility, and more. Economics research can instead address effects of machine learning and AI on companies and society as well as effects of robotic trade in financial and equity markets. In medicine and health science there is research in collaboration with Chalmers and Sahlgrenska University Hospital on digitalization and AI in connection with health care. In artistic activity, interaction design between humans and AI is studied.

At the University of Gothenburg, there is today the cognitive science program with courses in AI, Psychology, Cognition and Design as well as Master’s programs in Data Science and Digital Leadership, the latter dealing with innovation models related to AI. The School of Business, Economics and Law, in collaboration with researchers in archive science and informatics, is building the Master’s program Digital Management focusing on how digitalization, robotization and AI change Swedish administration.

The research program CLASP (Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability) uses AI in language technology research. In sociology, together with Chalmers and Harvard, they are also studying how AI can be used to evaluate the impact of social policy in developing countries. In the marine sciences, there is preparedness to create a platform for innovation of different AI systems underwater.

University of Gothenburg wants to develop AI-related research and education in areas, such as pedagogy, humanities, medicine and economics / law in the future.



Research in artificial intelligence at Örebro University is primarily conducted within one of the university's…
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Research in artificial intelligence at Örebro University is primarily conducted within one of the university’s strong research environments, namely the Centre for Applied Autonomic Sensor Systems (AASS). The centre today has a special strength when it comes to integrating AI with physically, embedded systems, such as a sensor network or a robotic system. Most of the researchers at AASS are international and have over the years worked with a large number of EU initiatives in collaboration with other international AI researchers.

At AASS, basic research and applications are interwoven in a natural way. Basic research issues focus on knowledge representation and reasoning, planning and scheduling. Research applications are found among heavy industrial vehicles, smart environments (e.g. smart homes) and service robots. Within the Örebro region there is a strong application, not least through a test bed environment within AI and autonomous systems (AI.MEE) with particular emphasis on how AI can strengthen small and medium-sized companies. The use of research within the AI ​​area and the development of innovations also receive support from the University Innovation Office.

The engineering programs in computer engineering at Örebro University have a special focus on intelligent systems. In addition, AASS coordinates a program that offers advanced-level courses in machine learning and artificial intelligence for professionals. The program is in a pilot phase and will expand within the next few years.

Örebro University is a young and cohesive university with a scientific breadth that offers good opportunities to conduct interdisciplinary projects, something that AASS has used over the years. Interdisciplinary projects are ongoing and more initiatives are under way together with researchers from other subjects such as medicine and health, economics, biology, meal science and psychology.