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Combination of materials, AI, and autonomous systems secured project funding for KTH

Published Dec 04, 2023

When the Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability (WISE) and the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems, and Software Program (WASP) opened their first joint call, which integrated the two fields, the interest was significant. Out of a total of 28 approved projects, four are from KTH.

The Wallenberg programmes WASP and WISE announced their first joint project call in the fall of 2023. The applications were to combine the programmes two areas, and involve one researcher from WASP and one from WISE.

"We are pleased to endorse this remarkable array of projects that seamlessly integrate the synergies between AI, autonomous systems, software, and materials science, forging a unified force. We believe that this set-up will be of advantage in the research of future sustainable materials. It is very exciting to see where our collaborations will take us" say Magnus Berggren, director of WISE and Olle Eriksson, co-director of WISE.

"We are very excited to have launched a collaboration with WISE. Supporting data driven approaches to material science is an excellent example of the enabling role that WASP has in many areas of highest possible societal relevance. The granted proposals are putting together excellent researchers with innovative multidisciplinary agendas" says Anders Ynnerman, Director of WASP.

Each granted project receives one million SEK, and will be carried out in 2024. The programmes partner universities were welcome to apply, and when the outcome was revealed on 30 November, four KTH projects were on the list:

  • Title: Unravelling Complex Magnetism with Brain-Inspired Computing. Involved researchers: Pawel Herman (KTH, WASP) and Alexander Edström (KTH, WISE).
  • Title: AI driven design of complex structured materials for wearable cooling. Involved researchers: Ricardo Vinuesa (KTH, WASP) and Klas Tybrandt (LiU, WISE).
  • Title: A data-driven in-silico neuro-rehabilitation framework: wearable sensor-based precision intervention. Involved researchers: Ruoli Wang (KTH, WASP) and Yuanyuan Li (KTH, WISE).
  • Title: Rapid diagnostics and database of bacteria and their reactions to antibiotics and antimicrobial materials through high-throughput infrared (IR) spectroscopy and machine learning. Involved researchers: Saikat Chatterjee (KTH, WASP) and Wei Xia (UU, WISE).

View all granted projects (WISE's webpage)

About the programmes


WISE is Sweden’s largest research programme in material science for a sustainable future. In total, the programme covers SEK 2.7 billion during the period 2022–2033. The research is financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW).

KTH's contact and information on WISE


WASP is a major national initiative for strategically motivated basic research, education and faculty recruitment. The programme will run between 2015 and 2031, with a total budget of SEK 6,2 billion.

KTH's contact and information on WASP