The vision of WASP is collaborating vehicles, robots and complex software-intensive systems with the intelligence to achieve autonomy in interactions with humans. Software, models and algorithms are currently a large and rapidly increasing part of the development of almost all engineering systems including autonomous systems, and there is a strong need to manage this complexity to ensure functionality and reduce development costs. Autonomous systems are a scientifically challenging disruptive technology that will fundamentally change society and industry. Swedish industry is by tradition strong in systems engineering. To stay competitive, Sweden needs to invest in research and competence building in this area, and hence WASP is highly relevant to Swedish industry.
The instruments to reach these goals are to be designed to achieve leverage, renewal, and expansion. They have to meet the challenges in research, in competence building, and in strategic relevance, and include:
- An international recruitment program, providing the brain-gain to establish new research areas, and to reinforce existing strengths in Sweden. The recruitment program will aim for both outstanding younger researchers as well as established experts. This will be achieved by offering recruitment packages that are attractive by international standards. In the tentative budget, eighteen packages are planned.
- A national graduate school with close interaction with Swedish industry. It will be a joint effort to raise the knowledge level in Sweden, and will include industrial PhD students as an important component. The graduate school is dimensioned to produce at least 100 new PhDs, with at least 50 of those being industrial PhD students.
- Platforms for development and demonstration in collaboration with other parties. The participating universities have substantial existing infrastructures that can be leveraged for this purpose. Further reinforcement will be achieved by including industrial demonstrators, or even by aiming for new larger highly visible initiatives on an international scale.