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AI research with high ambitions

Published: December 22, 2019

Nicolette Lakemond, Linköping University, is project leader for the WASP-HS project The emergence of complex intelligent systems and the future of management.

What’s your view of being a part of WASP-HS?

In our research, we have seen the importance of combining the study of societal and technological developments in order to understand fundamental underlying phenomena. We see the importance of getting a wide range of impulses from other research areas in order to achieve strong relevance in our research.

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It is exciting that WASP-HS is actually forming a platform that offers such opportunities for our planned research. We look forward to lively interaction, learning and inspiration within WASP-HS.

What are your expectations on WASP-HS?

WASP-HS vision expresses this very well by pointing at the importance of developing knowledge related to AI and autonomous systems that is for the benefit of Swedish society and industry. WASP-HS complements large efforts in technological research and could enable a wider balanced academic contribution to the AI-enhanced society.

Particularly appealing is that WASP-HS focus is purpose-driven by specifically focusing on how we can increase the odds for realizing the societal benefits and possibilities with AI, including e.g. ethics, safety and reliability, and thus beyond only achieving economic benefits. For our project, this reflects an important evolution of what society is expecting from companies and business ecosystems.

What do you want your own project to lead to?

We have very high ambitions! We intend to proactively contribute to the shaping of complex intelligent systems that enables organizations to responsibly contribute to and benefit from the emerging possibilities of AI towards an AI-enhanced society.

This includes finding approaches for considering a broad range of aspects such as moral, ethics, social acceptance, and stakeholder interests connected to AI and addressing the changes in the industrial and societal landscape. Not least for Sweden, as a small nation with the ambition to be an early adopter of AI, it is important to ensure that we approach AI in a way that embraces the opportunities, suppress the threats and enable our system building industries to remain competitive in a changing and partly new landscape.

The project will contribute to the management of future system building ecosystems and their ability to manage their products.

PhD position related to the project: Two PhD students in Management of Complex Intelligent Systems within WASP HS Graduate School

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