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Computer vision will identify material types on conveyor belts

The company MBV Systems and Luleå University of Technology enter into cooperation to identify material types.

Specifically, the work is about identifying properties of materials in the process industry. Examples of use are found in the mining, pulp and paper and steel industries and the focus is on improving the sensing system. With the solution, it is hoped to be able to ensure that the correct material is on, for example, a conveyor belt and to be able to identify if deviations such as boulders or rock bolts enter the belt.

Lars Lindqvist, CEO of MBV Systems, says:
- With the help of the Applied AI DIH North project, we hope to be able to improve our products both in the long and short term. We also see it as an opportunity to deepen our own competence in the area. At the same time, we hope to be able to contribute with a good connection to the industry's needs, with its challenges in data collection.

Michael Nilsson, project manager, says:
- Luleå University of Technology will carry out applied research in computer vision to find a new method for solving material type classification. The competence of the university's machine learning group will in a good way complement MBV System's domain knowledge to work with this issue and thereby accelerate the innovation process. Our hope is to develop an adaptable solution that can be practiced for educational purposes.

MBV Systems is a supplier of advanced vision-based measurement technology. The main market is the process industry where the requirements for durability and measurement consistency are very high. One of MBV Systems' products is a 3D particle size measurement system that provides a continuous measurement of material properties such as particle size distribution and volume flow.

The work takes place within the framework of the project Applied AI DIH North. 

 

AI in infrastructure inspection and applications

28 apr. 2021, 08:00 - 09:00, Zoom

All dangerous works and services in harsh environments will be fully automated in the future. This will lead to higher efficiency, reduce costs and minimized risks for personnel.

Autonomous drones are creating multiple opportunities for almost all the key industrial sectors in multiple missions focusing from e.g. inspection of mines, wind turbines, into all the forms of the ageing infrastructure. Autonomous robots in multiple forms will be utilized massively for everything from security and surveillance to missions in space.  

In this webinar, the unlimited opportunities of utilizing autonomous robots for multiple inspection applications will be presented. The enabling technologies on autonomy will also be presented and fused with the current state of the art in computer vision, localisation, orchestration of multiple robots and specific applications with a related high impact.


AGENDA

8.00 - 8.05 Introduction
Michael Nilsson, Applied AI DIH North project manager, Luleå University of Technology

8.05 – 8.15 A real life example
Peter Burman, Program Manager Mine Automation, Boliden

8.15 – 8.45  Autonomous robots for inspection: applications, opportunities & state of the art
George Nikolakopoulos, Professor and Head of Subject, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Luleå University of Technology 

8.45 – 8.55   Q&A session
For those of you who want to discuss more in detail stay, and/or let us know so we can contact you afterwards.


Register for the event:
https://simpleeventsignup.com/event/178249-ai-in-infrastructure-inspection-and-applications
The Zoom link will be sent to all registered the day before.

About George Nikolakopoulos
George is acting Chair on Robotics and AI, a Professor on Robotics and Automation at the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering at Luleå University of Technology. His work is focusing in the area of Robotics, Control Applications and Cyberphysical Systems. His published scientific work includes more than 150 published International Journals and Conferences in the field. He has been Associate Editor and Reviewer of Several International Journals and Conferences, as well as a member of the ARTEMIS scientific Council in the European Commission. 

The Award-winning Robotics team
The research group in Robotics and AI at Luleå University of Technology are working to demonstrate the utilization of robots in real life conditions and fully connected with real needs. It is world class when it comes to Robotics and specifically drone technology. As part of NASA’s team in the Subterranean Challenge, they successfully came in second place in the world in the first circuit of the prestigious competition. The challenge was to map, identify, and report artefacts in a mine by utilizing autonomous systems and the teams brought both UAV’s and ground robots to the spot.  


For more information and questions, contact: marie.nolin@ltu.se, 072-526 20 70 

 

Forum Europe's 3rd Annual European Artificial Intelligence Conference
 
Welcome to register and read more about the event at www.ai-euconference.com
This event is free to attend. 

 

Welcome to the webinar: Machine Learning with few data sets

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 08:00 – 09.00, Zoom

We all are aware of how machine learning has revolutionized our world and has made a variety of complex tasks much easier to perform. In this event, we will talk about how the size of the data set impacts Machine Learning algorithms, how deep learning model performance depends on data size and how to work with smaller data sets to get similar performances.

AGENDA
8.00 - 8.05 Introduction
Michael Nilsson, Applied AI DIH North project manager, Luleå University of Technology 

8.05 – 8.15 A real life Machine Learning challenge
Niklas Karvonen, CTO, Substorm  

8.15 – 8.45 Machine Learning with few data sets, State-of-the-art & solutions
Marcus Liwicki, Professor of Machine Learning at Luleå University of Technology, and his team 

8.45 – 8.55   Q&A session
For those of you who want to discuss more in detail stay, and/or let us know so we can contact you afterwards.

Register to the event: https://simpleeventsignup.com/event/177729 
The Zoom link will be sent to all registered the day before.

About Niklas Karvonen
Niklas is CTO at Substorm and a machine learning expert who has a long experience of software development ranging from embedded systems to web. He has a PhD in Pervasive and Mobile computing, specialization: machine learning on resource-constrained systems.

About Marcus Liwicki 
Marcus Liwicki is chaired professor at Luleå University of Technology and a senior assistant in the University of Fribourg. His research interests include machine learning, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence et cetera. Marcus is a co-author of the book "Recognition of Whiteboard Notes – Online, Offline, and Combination”.

For more information and questions, contact: marie.nolin@ltu.se, 072-526 20 70

AI agenda will bring Sweden forward

The AI agenda for Sweden will strengthen the country's competitiveness and competence. – The university has a strong profile in industrial and applied AI research and education and plays an important role in Sweden's competence supply, says Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Rector of Luleå University of Technology.

The work with the AI Agenda for Sweden is led by RISE in collaboration with actors from academia, business, the public sector and civil society. The purpose of the agenda is to accelerate the use of AI through strategic initiatives, coordination and consensus in the areas of research, education, business, the public sector, the general public, and infrastructure. The AI Agenda's proposal aims to accelerate the positive effects of AI use in Swedish society.
– It is important that we jointly gather strength in Sweden to take advantage of the positive effects of AI in society, both short and long term, and in a responsible, inclusive and sustainable way. I hope the AI Agenda can contribute to increased understanding and awareness of AI, says Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn who has been invovled with working on the agenda. 

– Since the AI area is developing very quickly, government investments in research need to increase in order for Sweden to be able to strengthen its global position. We must also remember that it is the use of new technology that creates societal changes.

Priority area
Marcus Liwicki, professor of Machine Learning at Luleå University of Technology, has also participated in the agenda work. He believes that the joined forces proof that the issue is a priority.
– To get a AI Agenda for the whole country, created and shaped by dozens of actors, shows how important and unique this work is. AI must benefit everyone and it requires coordinated and politically supported efforts, says Marcus Liwicki. Within the framework of the AI Agenda, Luleå University of Technology will contribute with both research and education.
– We are investing in developing interdisciplinary research groups that, in collaboration with external actors, can realize the technical and social science opportunities that AI offers. We also develop new AI educations that address today's and tomorrow's skills needs, and ensure that AI education is available to everyone regardless of where in Sweden you live, says Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn.

Inclusive AI
Marcus Liwicki also points out the importance of requiring a general and broad understanding of AI and that the subject should therefore be introduced already in primary school. General understanding, combined with increased availability of easy-to-use tools, can in the long run enable us to tailor our own AI.
– It can, for example, be a chatbot that handles calendar bookings or customer contacts, an AI that recognizes images you are interested in or a personal AI coach who in collaboration with real teachers helps you when learning.

Read more about the Swedish AI-agenda here:
 https://www.ri.se/sv/ai-agendan
 

Mobilaris positions its AI work

Mobilaris will initiate a collaboration with Luleå University of Technology's project Applied AI DIH North. The purpose is to identify, apply and demonstrate different AI methods regarding positioning information.

The goal is to develop the ability and accuracy of the company's existing solutions and look at how new services and products can be created. The collaboration will last for two years and is led by George Nikolakopoulos, professor of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at Luleå University of Technology.

Daniel Enström, CTO at Mobilaris says:
- At regular intervals, there are technologies that not only simplify and improve existing solutions but that also open up completely new fields of applications that could not have been built before. AI is one such example and we at Mobilaris have it as a strong part of our future technology portfolio. The collaboration with LTU is really excellent for us in this context. If we succeed, we will have several new applications we can productize and add to our portfolio with direct benefit for our customers. It is about both autonomous system monitoring and a new generation of positioning techniques. We really like the approach from LTU's side, quick decisions, straight path to project start and focus on applications.

Find discrepancies in distributed systems
Finding discrepancies in distributed localization systems will be part of the project. Deviations in this case would be, for example, unnatural movements for a particular entity or person that do not conform to natural behavior. Obtaining positioning information on a global scale, based on sensors on a local scale or in existing infrastructure for positioning and communication has a growing demand. Many location algorithms designed for this purpose base their function on different types of built-in sensors and have been created in many different systems to provide location, such as WiFi, GPS, etc. However, these systems and sensors are vulnerable to variations in operating conditions and surrounding environments. There are many factors that can limit performance, e.g. inaccessible GPS environments or outdoor operations with poor GPS reception.

Michael Nilsson, project manager, says:
- It is great to start another sub-project with a business focus. We aim to become a strong region in applied AI and here we are now breaking new ground. Mobilari's focus and participation contributes to one of our goals, namely to become a European Digital Innovation Hub with a profile in the process and manufacturing industry.

 


The company Agio collaborates with the project

The company Agio is first out as the project AI DIH North's partner company with the aim of developing a framework that supports and guides organizations in their data-driven decision-making processes.

Despite the growing amount of data, tools and insights, decision makers still do not fully utilize the power of current technologies for Business Intelligence (BI), Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). To do this requires, among other things, defined guidelines and processes in the area.

From data to more efficient decision making
Agio is a consulting company founded in 2003 in the business area data-driven organizations and digitization. They help organizations such as public authorities to implement digital solutions to use their data for more efficient decision-making. A key problem for them and their customers is to become data-driven in their decision-making processes and to establish a data-driven culture. Instead of focusing on actual decision-making, organizations tend to focus on technology and be technically driven rather than value- and solution-oriented.

Develop frameworks for data-driven decision-making processes
The purpose of the research collaboration with Luleå University of Technology's AI project Applied AI DIH North is to develop a framework that supports and guides organizations in their data-driven decision-making processes. Such a framework helps consultants to identify appropriate analytical solutions to given analytics and computer science problems in an efficient manner. This will be done by building a prototype that helps users identify this type of solution.

Expected result
Manne Berg at Agio hopes that the results of the research project will strengthen their market position and value proposition. Manne says: "We believe that the collaboration with Luleå University of Technology will develop our partnership with national and global IT companies and the relationship with our suppliers. In addition, the competence among the consulting group will be improved and lead to higher quality of our deliveries. It feels great! "

 


The AI ​​solutions of the future in the focus of new education

Luleå University of Technology is starting a Master Programme in Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI).

This program is nationally and internationally unique for two major reasons: (1) it´s the first master programme on Applied AI and (2) introduces for the first time a specialization that combines AI with Neuroscience. The education starts in the autumn 2021.

– The Master Programme in Applied Artificial Intelligence, aims at those who really want to understand AI. In the field of machine learning and AI, students get to learn the basics of how we with machines can simulate the intelligence of humans. Our students get to learn how effectively maths, computers and interactive systems, can help us in everyday life, Marcus Liwicki says, Chaired Professor of Machine Learning at Luleå University of Technology and teacher of the Master Programme.

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The AI ​​solutions of the future in the focus of new education

Luleå University of Technology is starting a Master Programme in Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI).

This program is nationally and internationally unique for two major reasons: (1) it´s the first master programme on Applied AI and (2) introduces for the first time a specialization that combines AI with Neuroscience. The education starts in the autumn 2021.

– The Master Programme in Applied Artificial Intelligence, aims at those who really want to understand AI. In the field of machine learning and AI, students get to learn the basics of how we with machines can simulate the intelligence of humans. Our students get to learn how effectively maths, computers and interactive systems, can help us in everyday life, Marcus Liwicki says, Chaired Professor of Machine Learning at Luleå University of Technology and teacher of the Master Programme.

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Webinar:
How can gender equality benefit your research, your project, your organisation, your business?

When:  26 Nov. 2020, 12:00 - 12:45
Where:  Online, Zoom
Language:  English


Welcome to an open webinar about Richer Business – a new digital tool for gender equal organizations and operations.

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Sweden Innovation Days, 17-19 November 2020

Welcome to a three-day worldwide online event around artificial intelligence!
Learn more about the Swedish strategy, the national AI ecosystem and its challenges. Listen to thought leaders from the industry, public sector and academia talk about key AI focus areas.


Read more: https://swedeninnovationdays.confetti.events/
 

Making sense of business models – a webinar for practitioners

Are you interested in learning more about business models?
Curious to know how digitalization is leveraged for business impact? Or perhaps you want to understand the challenges and opportunities of business model innovation? If you answered yes to any of the above, grab your spot at our upcoming lunch-time webinar!

In our 45 minute webinar taking place on 5 November 2020 @ 12:00 (CET), we guide you through the basics of business models in B2B contexts and highlight the opportunities presented by digitalization, aiming to provoke discussion and provide new insights. This initiative is driven by a desire to demystify business models and promote a common understanding to support industrial practitioners in their day-to-day work. 

Register here: https://ltu-se.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5ApfuyhqjwsH9RHraQl6MQXr6m7jsNV2scd 

Kurs: Building AI II

Building AI is for anyone who wants to improve their AI-related vocabulary and skills, including non-programmers and people who can program in Python.

By taking the course, you'll learn more about what makes different AI methods possible and where and how these methods can be applied in real life. As a result of this course, you will be able to craft your own AI idea and present it in an understandable format.

Läs mer här: https://buildingai.elementsofai.com

“We have won the biggest worldwide competition in Robotics and AI”

The Robotics and AI research group continues its successful journey in NASA/JPL’s team CoSTAR in the Subterranean Challenge, the biggest robotics competition in the world. The team won the second circuit of the competition and is now preparing for the third and last overall combined challenges.


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A national candidate for EDIH

Process IT Innovations is together with the sister organization Automation Region and the strategic innovation program Processindustriell IT och Automation (PiiA) the initiator of the work to become a national candidate for EDIH – European digital innovation hubs.


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Swedish Workshop on Data Science

When:  29 - 30 Oct. 2020, 09:00
Where: Luleå

The 8th Swedish Workshop on Data Science (SweDS20) will be hosted by the Luleå University of Technology (LTU), in 2020 on October 29 and 30, in Luleå, Sweden.

SweDS is a national event with a focus of maintaining and developing Swedish data science research and its applications by fostering the exchange of ideas and promoting collaboration within and across disciplines. This yearly workshop brings together researchers and practitioners of data science working in a variety of academic, commercial, industrial, or other sectors. Past workshops has included presentations from a variety of domains, e.g., computer science, linguistics, economics, archaeology, environmental science, education, journalism, medicine, health-care, biology, sociology, psychology, history, physics, chemistry, geography, forestry, design, and music. SweDS20 is organized by the Luleå University of Technology (LTU).

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A virtual tour in the 5G environment

On October 1, a webinar, a digital tour in the 5G test environment, was conducted at Luleå University of Technology. During the event, the participants were shown around the environment and received information about exciting 5G applications. A number of pre-recorded films were shown with interviews with researchers, companies and students.
Project manager Arne Gylling talked, among other things, about how it is done when you as a company come and test in the environment. A 360-degree camera showed around the environment both outside and inside. 

One of the projects that participated in arranging the webinar was the AI DIH North project. Artificial intelligence and 5G are technologies that reinforce each other. 5G transports data and information, enables huge amounts of data to be sent at extremely high speeds to unimaginably many devices, while artificial intelligence analyzes and offers opportunities for more efficient solutions. An example of this is the robotics group at the university that flies autonomous drones connected to 5G. This means that as soon as the drone has left the ground, there is no pilot in control. The drone is programmed to use AI to analyze its surroundings and make its own decisions, for example to be able to independently avoid obstacles. Autonomous drones can be used in many areas, for example to carry out risky inspections such as in mines. The robotics group is world-class in terms of robotics and drone technology, has won prestigious awards and collaborates with NASA.

- With the help of robotics, intelligent automation and simulation, very difficult and dangerous tasks can be performed. This is a growing subject area, both nationally and internationally. Robotics and artificial intelligence, for example, have been identified by the European Commission as one of the most important subject areas in the Horizon Europe 2021–2017 research initiative, said George Nikolakopoulos, professor of robotics and automation.

One of the companies that is involved and will conduct tests in the 5G environment is Compodium. It is a Luleå based company that delivers services in digital video conferencing and was the first in the world to provide secure digital care rooms. Bengt Grahn, founder of the company, said that he thinks it is super exciting to be involved and put his services on the latest radio technology.

Finally, the student Jesper Gladh was interviewed, who is now doing his ex-job in 5G and Virtual Reality at Ericsson.

The 5G environment is open and welcomes organizations to test products and services and is run together with Ericsson, Telia and Tieto Evry. The webinar was part of the EU's digital information campaign "My Europe", which is about disseminating information about EU-funded projects.

The event was organized by the projects:
Wireless Innovation Arena 
Applied AI DIH North 
5G for health and care in Upper Norrland 
Arctic 5G Test Network 
DIT4BEARs 


 


Welcome to a webinar about Chatbots

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 08:00 – 08:50, Zoom

Welcome to the first AIM Point, a series of focused webinars about different hot AI topics of today. The AIM Point is an activity within the Applied AI DIH North project. First topic is about Chatbots!

Program
8.00 - 8.05  Michael Nilsson, Applied AI DIH North project manager, will introduce the seminar.
8.05 - 8.10  Examples of challenges regarding AI at a municipality by Ola Lidström,  Process leader digitization, Piteå Municipality
8.10 - 8.40  Marcus Liwicki, Professor of Machine Learning at Luleå University of Technology, will talk about what a chatbot is, state of the art, what do we miss today, research challenges and future work.
8.40 - 8.50  A Q&A session will follow.

For those of you who want to discuss more in detail stay, and/or let us know so we can contact you afterwards. 

About Marcus Liwicki
Marcus Liwicki was born in 1982 in Berlin. In 2007, he defended his dissertation at the University of Bern in Switzerland, with a dissertation on automated handwriting recognition on whiteboard. He has been awarded both the CEBIT Innovation Award 2015 and the Young Investigator Award 2015. Marcus Liwicki presented his doctoral dissertation six years after he finished high school. At the age of 29, he then became the youngest professor of computer science in Germany. Today his research is largely about pattern recognition, on both a large and a small scale. It may be about loading satellite images to find geographical locations on other planets or teaching computers to read writing and analyze the text. Currently he is chaired professor at Luleå University of Technology and a senior assistant in the University of Fribourg.  Marcus Liwicki is a co-author of the book "Recognition of Whiteboard Notes – Online, Offline, and Combination", published by World Scientific in October 2008 and he has more than 200 publications.

Read more about Chatbots here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatbot

Register to the event here:
https://simpleeventsignup.com/event/167796-webinar-about-chatbots

Link to the Zoom webinar here:
https://ltu-se.zoom.us/j/7517361087

Luleå University of Technology continues to move forward within the realm of AI. The Vice-Chancellor of Luleå University of Technology, Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, far left, flanked by Foteini Liwicki, Senior Lecturer of Machine Learning, Marcus Liwicki, Professor of Machine Learning, Michael Nilsson, Project Manager for Applied AI DIH North, Anna Ståhlbröst, Professor of Information Systems, Sabine Mayer, Collaboration, External funding and Innovation, and George Nikolakopoulos, professor of Robotics and AI.


30 million for applied AI research

Strengthened innovations, greater competitiveness and more sustainable development in applied research in artificial intelligence. That is the purpose of a new project, Applied AI DIH North, which is led by Luleå University of Technology.


Everything indicates that artificial intelligence's importance in society will increase in the future. For example, AI will change our way of working, new jobs will be created and less attractive jobs will be gone. In the long run, the entire society will be permeated with products and services linked to AI, a fact not least relevant to the northern region where Luleå University of Technology is located, a region that is partly defined by sparsely populated areas and an aging population.

Important functions in society and business' competitiveness are dependent on how innovation can create benefits for Sweden and the region. The project Applied AI DIH North will contribute to competitive companies and make the region more attractive for start-ups. The result will be long-term sustainable growth that attracts people, investments and companies to the region.
– Norrbotten must take a leading position in the AI area to support continued positive development, says Michael Nilsson, project manager at the Centre for distance-spanning technology at Luleå University of Technology.
– For competitive reasons, our region's small and medium-sized companies need support in the AI area. It is important to maintain a high level of expertise with leading industries that are important and relevant to the outside world.

Luleå as AI-hub
For Luleå University of Technology, the project is a logical complement to the AI research that is already underway at the university at the AI Excellence Centre. In particular, the university has expertise in applied AI. Through collaboration with companies, research is translated into innovations for the benefit of industry, education and health.

– A project of this kind suits us very well. We have good technical infrastructure, several different lab environments and existing test beds. In addition, our research is one of Sweden's most applied, we have a very strong collaboration with industry and a high degree of external research funding. All in all, we are extremely suitable to be a hub in AI-related research, says Michael Nilsson.
– However, our overall goal is to reach beyond regional and national levels. If we are to be really attractive, only world-class counts.