The Wallenberg Autonomous Systems and Software Program is a major Swedish initiative for strategically motivated basic research, PhD education and faculty recruitment in autonomous systems and software development.
The program addresses research on autonomous systems acting in collaboration with humans, adapting to their environment through sensors, information and knowledge, and forming intelligent systems-of-systems. Software is the main enabler in autonomous systems, and is an integrated research theme of the program. The main academic partners are Chalmers, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University and Lund University. The total budget over ten years is over 200 million dollar.
This has been accomplished
The Research Program has been initiated by starting projects reflecting central topics in the application related to the leading researchers. Each project is reasonably sized with a yearly budget of around 1 million dollar, combines competences from different disciplines, from different sites, and contains a mix of academic and industrial PhD students.
The WASP Graduate School has started, with a local director of studies at each partner site, to provide ambitious program with research visits, exchange program , and visiting lecturers, the graduate school actively supports forming a strong multi-disciplinary and international professional network between PhD-students, researchers and industry. A total of 47 WASP PhD students have been recruited to the school, with nearly half recruited to industrial PhD positions.
The Strategic Recruitment processes have been initiated, with seven ongoing faculty recruitments in software and learning.
The WARA (WASP Autonomous Research Arenas) is a demonstrator program to support collaboration between industry and academia. It is led by a full-time industrial leader provided as in-kind contribution from Ericsson. The first two arenas are on public safety (a search and rescue operation at sea) and on collaborative and autonomous transport (builds on 5G technology and the Asta Zero road test site).