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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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.

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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. 

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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.

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“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 


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!

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.

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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.