This is WASP-HS

The vision of The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society (WASP-HS) is to realize excellent research and develop competence on the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems with a strong investment on research in social science and humanities.

WASP-HS research tackles the challenges and impact of upcoming technology shifts as well as contributing to the development of theory and practice of human and societal aspects of AI and autonomous systems, and in particular, focus on potential ethical, economic, labor market, social, cultural and legal aspects of technological transition. The Wallenberg Foundations are investing up to SEK 660 million in the WASP-HS research program.

WASP-HS includes an extensive national graduate school with up to 70 doctoral students, the creation of at least eleven new research groups across Sweden, support for twelve visiting professors to strengthen Swedish research and networking activities, and a number of research projects.

In the past years, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has made significant investments in research on autonomous systems, software, and AI through the program WASP. There is no doubt these technologies will have major effects on our society. The WASP-HS program aims to extend and complement technological research and advances on AI with a strong investment on research in social science and humanities.

This multidisciplinary approach will advance our understanding of the challenges and impact of intelligent and autonomous technology, as well as contributing to the development of theory and practice of human and societal aspects of AI and autonomous systems. This knowledge will be for the benefit of Swedish society and industry.

The WASP-HS program is planned to run 2019 – 2028 and forms an independent and parallel program to WASP, while maintaining a close dialogue with the WASP program. WASP-HS includes the following components:
• A research program aiming at forming an interdisciplinary community across the funded projects
• A national graduate school
• Recruitment of junior and visiting faculty across disciplines
• International partnerships and activities
• Cooperation with industry and public agencies

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Program Office

Virginia Dignum Profilepicture

Virginia Dignum
Professor, Program Director
virginia.dignum@umu.se

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Hanna Nordin
Communications Officer
hanna.nordin@umu.se

Eva Sjöstrand

Eva Sjöstrand
Graduate School Coordinator
graduate.school@wasp-hs.org