Photo: With the courtesy of Aalto University

Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is now strengthening Nordic co-operation through a Memorandum of Understanding with Aalto University in Finland. The focus is on the research areas of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software.

Aalto University is far ahead when it comes to AI and has strong research groups in autonomous systems and software. In addition, Finland, through the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence, is strong in AI that collaborates with humans in a complex world. This fits in well with the WASP program’s research areas and ambitions.

“When Sweden, through WASP, invests on a large scale in research in AI, autonomous systems and software, it is important to establish collaborations with leading universities, and in the Nordic region, Aalto University is one of the most important players. We are very much looking forward to creating a close relationship between cutting-edge research in Finland and Sweden through the collaboration,” says Anders Ynnerman, Director of WASP.

Ilkka Niemelä, President of Aalto University, agrees:

”Aalto University looks forward to this new and exciting opening in our cooperation with Swedish universities through the WASP network. Both Sweden and Finland have a lot of expertise in artificial intelligence and autonomous systems, and through joint efforts we can strengthen our research spearheads, create new innovations, and make our entire region stronger from a global perspective as well. We hope that the WASP model of cooperation can be expanded to other fields as well in the future.”

Postdoctoral program underway

In practice, the collaboration means that WASP doctoral students and researchers have the opportunity for exchanges and joint projects with Aalto University. First out is a postdoctoral program with a call for collaborative projects in the autumn of 2021. Later on, initiatives such as doctoral student exchanges and guest research stays may also be considered.


About Aalto University and FCAI

Aalto has decades of experience in world-class AI research. Today, Aalto coordinates the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) which brings together top AI research in Finland, involving also the University of Helsinki and the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT).

About WASP

Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is Sweden’s single largest private research initiative ever. The aim is to put Sweden at the international forefront in this field. Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation’s financial commitment totals SEK 4.2 billion in the period 2015-2029. Together with co-funding from the universities involved and Swedish industrial groups, the entire initiative is worth SEK 5.5 billion.


Bo Wahlberg

Professor of the Chair of Automatic Control, Division of Decision and Control Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Natalie Pintar

Communications officer, strategic communication, public relations

Published: June 30th, 2021

Latest news

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. View more
Cookies settings
Privacy & Cookie policy
Privacy & Cookies policy
Cookie name Active
The WASP website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored on a visitor’s computer and can be used to follow the visitor’s actions on the website. There are two types of cookie:
  • permanent cookies, which remain on a visitor’s computer for a certain, pre-determined duration,
  • session cookies, which are stored temporarily in the computer memory during the period under which a visitor views the website. Session cookies disappear when the visitor closes the web browser.
Permanent cookies are used to store any personal settings that are used. If you do not want cookies to be used, you can switch them off in the security settings of the web browser. It is also possible to set the security of the web browser such that the computer asks you each time a website wants to store a cookie on your computer. The web browser can also delete previously stored cookies: the help function for the web browser contains more information about this. The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority is the supervisory authority in this field. It provides further information about cookies on its website,
Save settings
Cookies settings