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12 humanities and social science projects in AI and autonomous systems receive funding

Published: December 15, 2020

Participants at the AI for Humanity and Society 2023 workshops. Photo: Charlotte Carlberg

Digitization, automation, and artificial intelligence will mean great opportunities and bring about changes both for society as a whole and for individuals. Opportunities and changes that are important to investigate scientifically.

Against this background, Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation and Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation in 2019 initiated the national research program WASP-HS, which will investigate opportunities and challenges that arise as a result of the change in technology.

“The ongoing technology shift is not just about technology, algorithms, and data power, but it will affect us all and society as a whole. It is therefore important that the humanities and social science aspects are also explored,” says Peter Wallenberg Jr, Chair of Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

Close to SEK 70 million

The Foundations invest a total of SEK 660 million over ten years in WASP-HS. In this year’s grant round, 10 projects have been awarded grants by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation and two by Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation totaling SEK 69.8 million.

Some examples of what this year’s research project deals with: Will AI health care be available to everyone? International regulation of artificial intelligence, AI in business models, strategies, and organizational processes, The impact of political bots on democracy, Challenges and opportunities for creative AI, Social robots as learning support, AI and cultural heritage collections, Which industrial companies will survive the technology shift in Sweden?

“This is a very exciting set of projects, extending and strengthening the vision of WASP-HS of excellent research in the humanities and social sciences. We are looking forward to welcome these new researchers,” says Virginia Dignum, Program director WASP-HS.

Together with last year’s 16 projects, the WASP-HS program now includes 28 research projects.

Two projects within Humanities granted by Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg
Foundation

Professor Olov Engwall, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Project: “Culturally Informed Robots in Learning Activities (CIRILA)
Grant: SEK 4 900 000 over three years

Associate Professor Anna Foka, Uppsala University
Project: “Quantifying Culture: A Study of AI and Cultural Heritage Collections
Grant: SEK 4 900 000 over four years

Ten projects within Social Sciences granted by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

Professor Jonas Tallberg, Stockholm University
Project: “The Global Governance of Artificial Intelligence”.
Grant: SEK 6 000 000 over three years

Professor Barry Brown, Stockholm University
Project: “AI in motion: Studying the social world of autonomous vehicles
Grant: SEK 6 000 000 over five years

Professor Per Andersson, Stockholm School of Economics
Project: “A study of AI as a new strategic imperative; challenging existing strategies, business models and organizational processes
Grant: SEK 6 000 000 over three years

Professor Mats Engwall, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Project: “Artificial intelligence and industrial transformation: Who will survive the technology shift in Sweden?
Grant: SEK 6 000 000 over three years

Dr Ana Nordberg, Lund University
Project: “AI and Automated systems and the Right to Health – Revisiting law accounting for the exploitation of users preferences and values
Grant: SEK 6 000 000 over five years

Associate Professor Johanna Björklund, Umeå University
Project: “AI-Driven Contextual Communication: Implications for Citizens and Society
Grant: SEK 6 000 000 over three years

Professor Simon Lindgren, Umeå University
Project: “Cyborg Politics: A study of artificial agents in online democratic deliberation
Grant: SEK 6 000 000 over five years

Dr André Holzapfel, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Project: “AI and the Artistic Imaginary: Socio-cultural consequences and challenges of creative-AI technology
Grant: SEK 6 000 000 over four years

Associate Professor Magnus Strand, Uppsala University
Project: “AI and the Financial Markets: Accountability and Risk Management with Legal Tools”.
Grant: SEK 6 000 000 over three years

Associate Professor Teresa Cerratto Pargman, Stockholm University
Project: “Ethical and Legal Challenges in Relationship to AI-driven Practices in Higher Education
Grant: SEK 6 000 000 over four years

Contacts:

Ingrid Sundström, Executive Director of Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation
Ph. +46 (0) 8-545 017 80
E-mail maw@wfab.se

Carina Dahlberg, Research communicator, Wallenberg Foundations
Ph. +46 (0) 70 273 68 50
E-mail cada@wfab.se

Virginia Dignum, Professor and Program director, WASP-HS, Umeå University
Ph. +46 (0) 720 850 890
E-mail virginia.dignum@umu.se