Research in 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 humanities and social science.

The research is conducted at 11 Swedish universities and research institutes: Chalmers University of Technology, Institute for Future Studies, Karlstad University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm University, Umeå University, University of Gothenburg, and Uppsala University.

Research projects

The program WASP-HS conducts 28 research projects and 3 affiliated projects that form an interdisciplinary community across a number of Swedish universities.
First group of 16 projects was funded in 2019, see full list.
Second group of 12 projects was funded in 2020, see full list.
Third group of 4 affiliated projects, see full list.

Research groups

WASP-HS expanded in 2020 its contribution to the humanities and social sciences research for studies on artificial intelligence and autonomous systems with support to 11 new research groups at 9 Swedish universities. Each funding package covers the recruitment of one assistant professor and one PhD student in order for the universities to create or strengthen research groups in the area. Another PhD student or postdoc will be funded by the respective universities.
See list of funded research groups.

The graduate school

A national graduate school with the aim to raise the knowledge level in Sweden started in 2020 with a first cohort of 35 students ((22 financed by WASP-HS and 13 affiliated students). The ambition is to have educated over 70 PhD students by 2028. 

The graduate school bring together students from a wide variety of backgrounds in interdisciplinary teams to address real problems taking account of the individual, societal, and ethical implications. It will contribute to the diversity and inclusion of AI related expertise and as such strengthen Sweden’s and Europe’s much needed ‘soft-skills’ on AI and autonomous systems.
Read more about the graduate school.

Reference meetings and research opportunities

In 2021 several reference meetings will be held together with the health care sector, virtual worlds/gaming industry and fintech sector.
See list of upcoming events.

Several multidisciplinary calls, addressing current challenges in Sweden and the world, will also be opened, such as PhD in Society, and Innovative Collaboration projects.
See list of open calls and positions.

Collaboration with industry and public agencies, guest professorships, and international partnerships and activities, will also be a part of the WASP-HS program.