Major funding for research in AI at Swedish universities

Published: October 13, 2020

A new major research investment in humanities and social science to study the nature and impact of AI and autonomous systems. 11 research projects at 9 Swedish universities have been appointed by Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program on Humanities and Society (WASP-HS).

WASP-HS aims to realize excellent research and develop competence on the consequences and challenges of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems for humanity and society. Part of this initiative, is the appointment of 11 new Assistant Professors at 9 Swedish universities. All positions will offer candidates, selected through an open international recruitment process, a generous employment package including 2 PhD students per position.

The funded projects span a wide range of topics across disciplines, such as human-machine interaction in art, music, and games, democracy, media, social interaction with autonomous artefacts, health issues, agent-based social simulation, forest industry, law and political communication.

The recruitment procedure will now start at the selected universities: Chalmers, University of Gothenburg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Lund University, Malmö University, SLU Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Stockholm University, Umeå University and Uppsala University.

The selected Assistant Professors will:

  • Strengthen the vision of WASP-HS of excellence across and integrating humanities and social sciences disciplines.
  • Support excellent research on promising topics, in a welcoming research environment.
  • Contribute to the development of a new generation of multidisciplinary scholars and professionals on topics related to WASP-HS
  • Bring excellence in WASP-HS topics to education programs, through teaching, curriculum development and other education activities

The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society (WASP-HS) is funded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation and Marcus and Amalia Foundation.

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