Wallenberg Autonomous Systems Program (WASP) is Sweden's largest individual research program ever, and provides a platform for academic research and education, fostering interaction with Sweden's leading technology companies. The program addresses research on autonomous systems acting in collaboration with humans, adapting to their environment through sensors, information and knowledge, and forming intelligent systems-of-systems. Software is the main enabler in autonomous systems, and is an integrated research theme of the program. WASP's key values are research excellence and industrial relevance.

The graduate school within WASP is dedicated to provide the skills needed to analyze, develop, and contribute to the interdisciplinary area of autonomous systems and software. The curriculum provides the foundations, perspectives, and state-of-the-art knowledge in the different disciplines taught by leading researchers in the field. Through an ambitious program with research visits, partner universities, and visiting lecturers, the graduate school actively supports forming a strong multi-disciplinary and international professional network between PhD-students, researchers and industry.

The graduate school provides added value on top of the existing PhD programs at the partner universities, providing unique opportunities for students who are dedicated to achieving international research excellence with industrial relevance.

WASP involves five Swedish universities: Chalmers, KTH, Linköping University, Lund University, and Umeå University together with numerous Swedish industries.. At Lund University the following four departments participate: Department of Automatic Control, Department of Computer Science, Department of Electrical and Information Technology, and the Matematical Igaging Group at the Department of Matematics.

The program director for WASP is Professor Lars Nielsen, Linköping University and the coordinator for Lund University is Professor Karl-Erik Årzén.

WASP currently contains six larger projects:

  • Software Engineering for Smart Systems
  • Autonomous Cloud
  • Integrating Perception, Learning, and Verification in Interactive Autonomous Systems
  • Interaction and Communication with Autonomous Agents in Sensor-Rich Environments
  • Localization and Scalability for Distributed Autonomous Systems
  • Automated Transport Systems


Lund University currently has six university PhD students in WASP plus three industrial PhD students and participates in all six projects above. The Department of Automatic Control has two university PhD students and two industrial PhD students and participates in the projects Autonomous Cloud and Localization and Scalability for Distributed Autonomous Systems.

More information about WASP is available here.