WASP has now passed its fifth year and with an expanded program including initiatives towards AI and Math, WASP continues to build the foundations for ensuring relevance and impact of its research. This event will highlight and showcase the excellence that WASP is producing. With talks from a mix of WASP researchers, international speakers, industrial partners and high-profile decision makers, this event demonstrates how WASP is building excellence for the Era of AI.

​We warmly welcome you to take part of this streamed production and live talks.


Our moderator Beata Wickbom will guide you through this day, presenting some of the most exciting AI-research conducted in WASP and outlining how WASP creates value for Sweden. The program will have a strong interactive presence where you, are guest, are welcome to contribute with thoughts and questions to be addressed.

In addition to the program below, you will also get to meet all of the nine recruited Wallenberg Chairs in AI and Wallenberg Guest Professors in AI*, and eight excellent WASP PhD students reflecting on a PhD student’s life and work in the WASP Graduate School.

Program with reservation for changes.

09:00 Opening of the Conference

WASP Program Director Anders Ynnerman and WASP Co-Director for recruitment coordination Amy Loutfi

  • Sweden – A Strong AI Nation and WASPs Importance

    Talk by Marcus Wallenberg, Vice Chair Board of Directors, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

  • Building Excellence in AI through Recruitment and Collaboration

    Interview with WASP AI Research Management: Prof. Danica Kragic and Prof. Johan Håstad

  • Meet the WASP CHAIRs


  • Meet the WASP CHAIRs

  • Interview with Ibrahim Baylan, Swedish Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation

10:15 Session #1 – Excellence in Research

  • The successful use of overparameterized probabilistic models requires new theory

    Prof. Thomas Schön, Uppsala University
    Thomas B. Schön is the Beijer Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Information Technology at Uppsala University. In 2018, he was elected to The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and The Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala. He received the Tage Erlander prize for natural sciences and technology in 2017 and the Arnberg prize in 2016, both awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA). He is a fellow of the ELLIS society.

  • Regularized neural networks: predictive modeling, dimension reduction and noisy data

    Prof. Rebecka Jörnsten, Chalmers University of Technology
    Rebecka Jörnsten is Professor of Biostatistics and Applied Statistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. Her research centers on model selection and data integration methods for systems biology as well as the development of improved regularization and learning techniques for neural networks. She is vice dean for research and research infrastructures at the Faculty of Science, University of Gothenburg. She is a member of the management group for the Chalmers AI Research center, CHAIR.

  • Making the most of machine learning for better decisions

    Assistant prof. Fredrik Johansson, Chalmers University of Technology
    Fredrik Johansson is assistant professor of Data Science and AI in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He aims to make machine learning more suitable for applications in healthcare by studying questions of causality and decision-making. Fredrik was previously a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and joined Chalmers in 2019 on a WASP AI/MLX Professorship.

  • Meet WASP PhD Students

    Amandine Caut, David Issa Mattos, Eduardo Gutierrez Maestro, Jens Gulin, John Törnblom, Karin Stacke, Mina Ferizbegovic, Timotheus Kampik

    11:30 Lunch

12:45 Session #2  – Creating Impact with AI Research

  • Securing Compute Power – New Supercomputer Berzelius

    Niclas Andersson, Technical Director, National Supercomputer Centre, Linköping University

  • Trustworthy AI

    Associate prof. Fredrik Heintz, Linköping University

  • AI and (Language-based) Human-Robot Interaction

    Associate prof. Iolanda Leite, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

  • AI and Animations

    Associate prof. Gustav Eje Henter, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

  • Building AI Powered Applications for Everyone – Self-tuning Databases with DBTune

    Assistant prof. Luigi Nardi, Lund University

  • AI and Robotics

    Associate prof. Todor Stoyanov, Örebro University


14:20 Session #3 – WASP and Industry

  • Deep Learning Hardware: Past, Present, and Future

    INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Bill Dally, Chief Scientist, Nvidia
  • Engaging Industry and Academia in Research Collaboration

    Moderator Beata Wickbom in a talk with Torbjörn Lundahl, Director of WASP Research Arenas

  • Panel Discussion – Why is Swedish Industry Interested in WASP Research Arenas?

    Participants in the panel:
    – Johanna Björklund, Project Manager WARA Media and Language
    – Johan Eker, Project Manager WARA Common
    – Jesper Tordenlid, Project Manager WARA Public Safety
    – Christoph Reichenbach, Project Manager WARA Software
    – Jonas Larsson, Project Manager WARA Robotics

15:30 Conclusion

Beata Wickbom, WASP Program Director Anders Ynnerman, and WASP Co-Director for recruitment coordination Amy Loutfi

* Wallenberg Chairs in AI
Aristides Gionis, Frank Dignum, Ross King, Virginia Dignum, Vicenç Torra

Wallenberg Guest Professors in AI
Diego Calvanese, Hector Geffner, Luc De Raedt, Michail Vazirgiannis


The registration for WASP4ALL 2021 is open. The meeting link will be sent out to registered attendees on Tuesday, June 1st and in the morning before the meeting starts.

Register here

Do you have any questions regarding registration? Please contact: WASP@eventreg.se


If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the WASP Program Office: info@wasp-sweden.org

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