The two largest research programs in Sweden, the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) and the SciLifeLab and Wallenberg National Program for Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS), will team up in a new collaborative effort, with the ultimate goal of solving ground breaking research questions and to create synergies across disciplines.
The effort will bring together state-of-the-art research infrastructures, research networks and life science/AI/ML competences spread across the country. Both programs are funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.
Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP), gathers several of the world-leading AI researchers, now counting 40 recruited faculty members and a graduate school with more than 300 ongoing PhD projects. The program has since 2015 provided a platform for academic research and education, fostering interaction with Sweden’s leading companies. The vision of WASP is to promote excellent research and competence in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software for the benefit of Swedish industry.
Now, the DDLS and WASP programs join forces in forming multi-disciplinary collaborations and bridging the gap between the life science and data science communities. The goal is to find mechanisms that enable flow of ideas, solutions and competence in both directions between the programs. The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has earmarked funding for such collaborations in their donations to both programs.