The newly formed consortium held a kick-off on 10th March. Chalmers President Stefan Bengtsson welcomed all partners and mentioned the high expectations that are on upcoming activities. The CHAIR consortium's new partners agreed and gave their perspectives during the meeting.
Director Ivica Crnkovic presented an overall plan and pointed to major challenges in society where AI has a potential to contribute.
“CHAIR's partners represent different areas, but the AI challenges they face are similar. There are great opportunities for collaboration, and we can achieve good synergies”, says Ivica Crnkovic.
Kristian Abel from Volvo Cars described Data Science and AI as crucial for developing and delivering future mobility, both in products and in their own operations.
“CHAIR contributes to strengthening AI research and competence in the region and to enhance collaboration within the area of AI. We see CHAIR as an important addition to the Swedish AI scene”, says Kristian Abel from Volvo Cars.
Professor Ann-Marie Wennberg from the Sahlgrenska University Hospital described the challenges facing the health care sector and pointed out that technical development and artificial intelligence have the potential to offer important solutions. She sees the collaboration between the partners within CHAIR as a natural step and a necessity for Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
Ericsson is researching and developing AI technologies to automate telecom networks, improve efficiency and deliver optimal user experiences.
“The collaboration with Chalmers AI Research Centre will increase its expertise and excellence in artificial intelligence and offer shared knowledge and experience”, says Aneta Vulgarakis from Ericsson Research.
Johan Lundén from Volvo Group has great confidence in the opportunities AI will open for the Volvo Group and the ability to shape future sustainable transport.
“In line with that, we have high expectations for the cooperation that we look forward to within CHAIR, says Johan Lundén”, Volvo Group.
Shafiq Urréhman from CEVT agrees.
“We see regional ecosystems as important for research and development and AI-related technologies are strategic areas for CEVT. CHAIR offers an important part of the transformation towards AI-based applications, where collaboration and building competence are crucial.”
The five parties have entered into core partner agreements during the period 2020-2024, with a possibility of extension: CEVT, Ericsson, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group.