Smarter Systems

More than SEK 20 million from the Knowledge Foundation to new company graduate school at Linnaeus University

The knowledge Foundation has granted SEK 21.6 million to the environment Smarter Systems, primarily to the company graduate school DIA – Data Intensive Applications – at Linnaeus University. Together with the university’s and the companies’ investments, the initiative comprises SEK 67 million.

“We are, of course, very happy to receive this funding from the Knowledge Foundation. This is the first step in a long-term collaboration with the Knowledge Foundation that gives the Smarter Systems environment a unique opportunity to work in collaboration to develop a complete environment within education and research with international prominence. The complete environment is important to the long-term skills supply and development of the trade and industry”, says Jesper Andersson, head of department and responsible for Smarter Systems.

The new graduate school DIA (Data Intensive Applications) is part of the research and education environment Smarter Systems. The environment focuses on methods and technologies for continuous development and adaptation of the software in complex and intelligent systems for, e.g., production in a factory or transmission of electrical energy in power grids.

The graduate school involves industry companies that want to apply data-driven technologies like artificial intelligence and digital twins in their production and development. Among the participating companies are Scania CV, Sigma Technology AB, Sydved, Södra, and Volvo Construction Equipment.

“Our researchers at Linnaeus University will work together with industry doctoral students and experts from the participating companies in a number of related research projects. Thus, our doctoral student courses will contribute to increasing the competence in data-driven technologies at the companies”, says professor Welf Löwe.

The graduate school DIA focuses on applied research and development and is a supplement to Linnaeus University’s cutting-edge research centre Lnuc DISA (Data Intensive Sciences and Applications) with focus on academic excellence.

In addition to the grant to the graduate school, the Knowledge Foundation grants support for two strategic recruitments within the Smarter Systems environment. These recruitments strengthen the environment’s competence within built-in intelligent systems.


Jesper Andersson, head of department and responsible for Smarter Systems, phone +46470-70 84 60, email

Welf Löwe, professor of computer science and research manager, phone +4676-760 36 62, email

Annika Sand, senior press officer, +4676-830 01 05, email