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We are Swedish ICT

Access to key knowledge and technology is essential in order to create renewal in industry and society based on ICT - Information and Communication Technology.

The institutes within Swedish ICT conduct research and development in several of these key areas, ranging from sensors and actuators, communication networks and data analytics to visualization, interaction design, service and business development. With our combination of research excellence and industry experience we enable innovation by gathering different disciplines and actors to effectively work together and provide cross-functional solutions.

Who we are

Swedish ICT is a group of world-class research institutes within ICT: Acreo Swedish ICT, SICS Swedish ICT, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT and Viktoria Swedish ICT. Combining research excellence with industry professionals, and working in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment, makes us experts in enabling innovation.

What we do

The role of Swedish ICT is to work for sustainable growth in Sweden. Research results are to be converted into innovations that contribute to greater competitiveness and renewal in industry and society, and a better quality of life. We do this in close collaboration with academia, industry and society.

How we can collaborate

We are an independent partner for your R&D projects, owned by the Swedish government through RISE (60%), and by two stakeholder associations (40%) with member companies from Swedish industry. There are many ways to collaborate with us; together in consultancy projects, public funded research projects, as a partner in our competence centers, by using our testbeds and lab facilities, or taking part in our outreach activities.

Learn about our governance

Swedish ICT is a non-dividend-paying research and technology organization at the forefront of ICT research and innovation, co-owned by the Swedish Government through RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden, and by Swedish industry through two industrial associations FMOF and FAV (20% each).

Located in 12 cities in Sweden, we employ some 400 researchers, all of whom help to develop tomorrow’s ICT solutions and integrated applications on a daily basis. We offer the public sector and private industries: ICT expertise, Pre-studies, Research and innovation projects, Advanced testing environments and Our comprehensive network.

The group Swedish ICT comprises the four research institutes: Acreo Swedish ICT AB, SICS Swedish ICT AB, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT AB and Viktoria Swedish ICT AB. All four are wholly owned by Swedish ICT Research AB (parent company), except Viktoria, which is 91% owned. Majority-owned subsidiary companies for Acreo are IRnova AB (65%) and Fibertronix AB (85%), and for SICS, they are SICS East Swedish ICT AB – formerly Santa Anna – (91%) and SICS Swedish ICT Västerås AB (100%).

Governance

Board members of the institutes are elected by the board of Swedish ICT Research AB. Customers and partners engaged in different forms of cooperative projects are examples of an ongoing dialogue that provides valuable input on customer needs and to the direction of future research.

The CEO of Swedish ICT Research AB reports to the board which consists of 11 members. Two members are employee representatives. Board members are nominated by an election committee formed with representatives from each of the owners. The CEO has a management group that consists of the vice president, the four CEOs of the research institutes, and the directors of finance, communication and business and strategy development.

The board, together with the management group, is responsible for the general planning and development of the Swedish ICT group. Policies for different issues are formulated at group level and implemented at the institutes as well as support functions are coordinated at group level. Swedish ICT coordinates and handles contacts with governmental organizations and owners. Specifically, Swedish ICT handles the strategic use of the core funding for developing new capabilities within the group and development of the group Business and Innovation Areas.

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Management group Swedish ICT

Hans Hentzell, CEO Swedish ICT Research AB

Rolf Leidhammar, Business and Strategy Development Swedish ICT Research AB

Leif Ljungqvist, CEO Acreo Swedish ICT AB

Christer Norström, CEO SICS Swedish ICT AB

Anette Novak, CEO Interactive Institute Swedish ICT AB

Lena Nilsson, Executive Assistant Swedish ICT Research AB

Per-Åke Olsson, CEO Viktoria Swedish ICT AB

Lars-Erik Ridderström, CFO Swedish ICT Research AB

Jenny Normark Sperens, Director of Communication Swedish ICT Research AB

Staffan Truvé, Vice President Swedish ICT Research AB

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HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013

Testbeds and Demonstrations

Spin-offs

Events and Conferances

New Partnerships

Book releases and reports

Awards and Nominations

NEW PARTNERSHIPS

Our mission is to turn research results into new innovations. We do this in close collaboration with industry, society and academia.

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

We are proud to be officially nominated and awarded for our ideas, initiatives and innovations. It is an acknowledgment of the value we create.

TESTBEDS & DEMONSTRATORS

Test beds, demonstrators are vital elements of an innovation system, as well as advanced laboratories and opportunities for small scale production. Our infrastructure is available for use by both industry and the public sector.

EVENTS AND CONFERENCES

One way how we work with knowledge transfer is by our outreach activities. We participate in numerous conferences, exhibitions and arrange events open for everyone.

BOOK RELEASES, REPORTS AND PUBLICATIONS

With over 250 researchers at the forefront of ICT research we contribute to the development of new knowledge through scientific publications and book releases.

SPIN-OFFS

We contribute to growth and renewal in industry and society by transferring research results into innovations; new products and services put on the market.

ACREO

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

SICS

VIKTORIA

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

The project 100GET was awarded the Celtic-Plus Innovation Award 2013 for its outstanding performance.

MAY

The Knowledge Foundation grants SEK 30.3 million for research on quick response times on the internet, led by SICS.

Viktoria Swedish ICT is signing cooperation intentions with Shanghai International City Group.

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

JANUARY

ACREO

Volvo, Bombardier, ABB and 7 other major industries becomes members of Acreo SiC Power Center."

ACREO

Acreo Swedish ICT and Transmode performed a successful transmission of 100 Gbit/s over 1640km installed optical fiber in Acreo National Testbed.

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Announced for tenants to the apartment in The Royal Seaport, connected to the project 'Active house'. An apartment supplied with prototypes designed for the future energy use.

SICS

The European project Make Sense, lead by SICS, develops methods for easy programming of integrated wireless sensor networks.

VIKTORIA

In the end of December 2012 Ericsson Business Review highlighted the article “Smart charging for electric vehicles”, an article about the Viktoria initiated project Elviis.

FEBRUARY

ACREO

Leif Ljungqvist appointed new CEO of Acreo Swedish ICT

ACREO

Acreo National Testbed celebrates 10 years of successful field-trials for industry and society

ACREO

Acreos spin off Ascatron was named one of Sweden's 33 hottest young technology companies by the magazines Ny teknik and Affärsvärlden.

SICS

SICS spin off Gavagai, and SICS related companies Tomologic, Thingsquare and Recorded Future were named among Sweden's 33 hottest young technology companies by the magazines Ny teknik and Affärsvärlden.

SICS

The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and six academic institutions are establishing a long-term rail traffic research and innovation partnership, led by SICS.

MARCH

ACREO

The project 100GET was awarded the Celtic-Plus Innovation Award 2013 for its outstanding performance.

ACREO, INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE, SICS, VIKTORIA

The Swedish ICT group’s brand new website, developed by Happiness, came in second place at the Swedish Drupal Awards 2013 in the category best Swedish Drupal website.

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Interactive Institute in Piteå designs an audio exhibit to Falkenberg Museum. The exhibition focuses on the different types of safety and warning sounds used in our everyday lives.

SICS

SICS Open House with over 300 participants. Morning speakers were Mikael Ydholm, Head of Research, IKEA of Sweden and Sara Mazur, Head of Ericsson Research.

VIKTORIA

Travel Hack final. Swedens largest hackathon for public transport services arranged by Viktoria, SL and Samtrafiken. The year's best digital service for public transport was “Reseledaren.”

APRIL

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

New collaboration with Medelhavsmuseet for their Egypt exhibition - state-of-the-art mummy visualization.

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Cecilia Katzeff has been appointed adjunct professor in sustainable interaction design at KTH School of Computer Science and Communication.

SICS

SICS arranges a seminar on future IT Security. This time the event takes place in Lund, where SICS has a new rapidly growing Security lab.

VIKTORIA

Launch of the GotRIS project, realizing effective traffic management for different modes of transport on an around Göta Älv.

MAY

ACREO, INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE, SICS, VIKTORIA

Swedish ICT signed a collaboration agreement with KTH, to further support each other to create a wider and more flexible innovation system.

ACREO, INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE, SICS

The Nordic prime ministers learned about the future energy-efficient housing when visiting the “Active House” and Smart ICT project in Stockholm Royal Seaport

ACREO

Acreo Swedish ICT (Crister Mattson and Marco Forzati) was selected experts for the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, Smart and sustainable growth.

ACREO

Printed electronics is granted 24 MSEK for new lab equipment from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Johan Fagerlönn, researcher and project manager at Interactive Institute in Piteå, Sweden, is chosen for Top of Sweden Mentorship.

SICS

Oscar Täckström successfully defends his Ph. D. thesis. He is one of eight (8) SICS Researchers who earn their doctoral degrees in 2013.

VIKTORIA

Lindholmen Science Park, Viktoria Swedish ICT and Tesla Motors are investigating conditions for a demonstration project on long-range electric taxi in Gothenburg. 

VIKTORIA

Viktoria arranges a visit at Metro Rio in Brazil together with the Swedish Minister for Enterprise and VINNOVA, in order to explore the potential of a common pilot project on open data.

JUNE

ACREO

Acreos report on socio-economic benefits of fiber investments in Stockholm (Stokab)

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

"Hackerklubben", founded by Interactive Institute in Gothenburg, provides children aged 8-12 with the opportunity of learning to code, this year it was fully booked within 24h.

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Opening of the Ballade of Women exhibition in Sienna; A poetic experiential exhibition, as a result of an international collaboration.

SICS

The Knowledge Foundation grants SEK 30.3 million for research on quick response times on the internet, led by SICS.

VIKTORIA

Viktoria Swedish ICT is signing cooperation intentions with Shanghai International City Group.

VIKTORIA

The Financial Times reports on the Viktoria initiated project TIME-Rio.

JULY

ACREO, INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE, SICS, VIKTORIA

Almedalen – Swedish ICT was actively debating smart citites, smart energy, open innovation and the role for Sweden as a leading nation in the development and implementation of ICT solutions.

VIKTORIA

Viktoria Swedish ICT and Halmstad University finalists in Volvo Cars Open innovation challenge.

AUGUST

ACREO, INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE, SICS, VIKTORIA

As key note speakers and workshop leaders, Swedish ICT was one of the program partners in the new Swedish conference Digital Health Days.

ACREO

The third international Workshop on Specialty Optical Fibers and their Applications (WSOF) was organized by Acreo and attracted over 200 international specialists to Sigtuna, Sweden.

ACREO

Acreo Swedish ICT was contracted to update the European Commission´s Guide to broadband investment.

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Anette Novak appointed new CEO of Interactive Institute Swedish ICT

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Interactive Institute organizes the Audio Mostly conference 2013 in Piteå with ACM.

SICS

Petra Sundström speaks about Tactility in a Digital World at The Conference – by Media Evolution with 1000 participants.

SEPTEMBER

ACREO

Royal Visit at Printed Electronics Arena.

ACREO, INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE, SICS, VIKTORIA

A “Memorandum of Understanding” (MoU) between Rio de Janeiro Operations Center and Swedish ICT is signed, stating the ambition to establish a platform for innovation in the area of information technology and mobility.

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Interactive Institute runs workshop at Bonnier GRID Summit.

SICS

SICS Software Week attracts 600 people: Cloud & Big Data Day, Multicore Day and Internet of Sports Day

SICS

SICS, KTH and Uppsala University organize the scientific conference CP 2013 on Constraints Programming in Uppsala.

VIKTORIA

Viktoria Swedish ICT participates in the eLeMans, city-race for electric vehicles, which takes place at Göteborg City Arena

OCTOBER

ACREO

Acreo Spinn off Ascatron receives EU-funding for a new Silicon Carbide project in cooperation with a company in Belgium. A result of a successful matchmaking, organized by the EEN

ACREO, SICS

A telemedicine solution for treatment of COPD-patients at home was demonstrated; A result from the eHealth project looking at home treatment solutions.

SICS

VINNOVA’s strategic innovation program National Program for Process Industrial IT and Automation is up and running. SICS Västerås hosts the program, which has a total budget of a quarter of a billion SEK.


SICS

The research and demo platform for smart home services, developed by the Smart ICT project, was successfully launched at the HGI forum in Malmö.

VIKTORIA

Viktoria is highlighted by Odette International for valuable contribution to standardization of reporting greenhouse gas emissions in the automotive industry’s supply chain.

NOVEMBER

ACREO, SICS

Acreo and SICS are involved in 6 out of 11 new R & D projects within VINNOVAs investment for development of future information and communication technologies.

ACREO

Acreo Broadband Technology was one of three winners in the regional competition Boost Innovation

ACREO

Acreos spinoff Silex Microsystems was awarded a grant of nearly $1 million USD (5,8 MSEK) to develop its PZT piezoelectric material manufacturing capability to support future energy harvesting from vibrations.

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Ramia Mazé was appointed Docent (Associate Professor) in Interaction Design

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Interactive Institute organizes Nodem 2013, 10 year anniversary; a conference that brings together museum and heritage professionals, innovation experts and practitioners.

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Interactive Institute organizes Nodem 2013, 10 year anniversary; a conference that brings together museum and heritage professionals, innovation experts and practitioners.

SICS

Markus Bylund releases his book, ”Integritet på nätet” (Privacy on the Net), and debates for freedom on the Internet in Swedish media.

VIKTORIA

Viktoria is invited as keynote speaker at the Aviation IT-Conference in London

DECEMBER

ACREO

Acreo, with partners, finalizes the Research and Innovation Agenda “ ICT Electronics Components and Systems for Sweden”.

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Interactive Institute starts a project together with actors in Norrköping, to develop an innovative 3D visualization tool and establish Visualization Center C to a meeting place for the East Link project.

SICS

Tacton Systems, a global provider of software for sales and product configuration, receives the prestigious award Gazelle, for the second year in a row.

VIKTORIA

Viktoria Swedish ICT Forum, with 120 participants, takes place at Chalmers. The theme of this year’s event is “Sustainable Mobility in Cities of the World”.

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We are here

With a strong regional base and a national presence Swedish ICT has operations in major Swedish cities, always in close collaboration with the university and innovation actors in the region.

The group consists of Acreo Swedish ICT, SICS Swedish ICT, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT and Viktoria Swedish ICT and has about 400 employees. Headquarter is located Kista (Stockholm, Sweden), with operations in: Eskilstuna, Göteborg, Hudiksvall, Karlstad, Kista, Linköping, Lund, Norrköping, Piteå, Umeå, Uppsala and Västerås.

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Swedish ICT HQ
  • Stockholm/Kista
Acreo
  • Göteborg
  • Hudiksvall
  • Norrköping
  • Stockholm/Kista
SICS
  • Linköping
  • Lund
  • Stockholm/Kista
  • Uppsala
  • Västerås
Interactive Institute
  • Eskilstuna
  • Göteborg
  • Karlstad
  • Norrköping
  • Piteå
  • Stockholm/Kista
  • Umeå
  • Uppsala
Viktoria
  • Göteborg
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HANS HENTZELL

SWEDISH ICT

PER-ÅKE OLSSON

VIKTORIA

Swedish ICT

CHRISTER NORSTRÖM

SICS

Swedish ICT

ANETTE
NOVAK

INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Swedish ICT

LEIF LJUNGQVIST

ACREO

Swedish ICT

Our Ceos

The group Swedish ICT comprises the four research institutes: Acreo, SICS, Interactive Institute and Viktoria. We employ some 400 researchers, all of whom help to develop tomorrow’s ICT solutions and integrated applications on a daily basis.

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Business and innovation Areas Strategic initiative

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Our Vision:
ICT for a sustainable and better life for everyone

We all know that we face significant challenges in creating a sustainable society for the next generation. These are complex, cross-boundary challenges that require cross-boundary solutions. There is no doubt that ICT will play an increasingly important part of the solutions to our common challenges.

THE STRENGTH OF SWEDISH ICT IS that we are a group of specialized institutes offering specific expertise and solutions based on ICT. With our common challenges as the starting point, we have established a number of strategically important focus areas in order to strengthen and clarify our cross-boundary offering to industry and the public sector. We call them Swedish ICT Business and Innovation Areas.

During 2013 we have focused on four areas: eHealth, Smart Energy, Sustainable Mobility and SME Development – click on the areas above to read more.

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eHEALTH Together with homecare providers, clinics, stakeholder organizations, academia, research institutes and municipalities, Swedish ICT drives the national strategic agenda ”eHealth for improved homecare”. The goal is to give individuals the ability to grow old at home under secure conditions, even when ill. Read the eHealth agenda, (In Swedish)
BIG DATAOur goal is that Sweden will be at the focal point of the convergence between Big Data Analytics, Cloud technology and the Internet of Things to create the first fully information driven society. Read the Strategic Innovation Area-program proposal “Information driven society”, a work coordinated by SICS.
Electronic Systems Our aim is to strengthen core competences in enabling technologies for Electronic Systems, and secure the value chain, in order to strengthen Swedish industry and promote a sustainable society. Read the Strategic Innovation Area-program proposal “ICT Electronics Components and Systems”, a work coordinated by Acreo.
GAMESTogether with a number of partners, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT coordinates a national research and innovation agenda for the games sector. The goal is to position games as a research and innovation area, and strengthen Sweden’s long term innovation capacity.

VINNOVA PROJECTS
STRATEGIC INITIATIVE

Together with more than 100 industry partners, social actors and academies Swedish ICT works to find solutions to our common challenges and to take advantage of our opportunities to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness.

The Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova has initiated a number of programs to support activates for cross-border collaborations with a challenge-driven approach and to formulate research and innovation strategies for Sweden. Swedish ICT work in over 30 of these strategic projects and initiatives, and is the coordinator of 7.

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Spin-offs

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GROWTH IN SPIN-OFF COMPANIES AND SME

Spin-off companies from Swedish ICT had a turnover of 1 960 MSEK in 2013 (2012: 1820 MSEK). Most spin-off companies are based on projects together with our partner companies and collaboration with mainly two of our partner universities, KTH and Linköping University. The partner companies, of course, always have a first right of refusal before a spin-off company is started.

Turnover in established SME (Small and Medium Sized enterprises) related to R&D projects with coaching from Swedish ICT was 213 MSEK in 2013 (2012: 280 MSEK). A downward trend correlated to the fact that the INSICT program which gave funding to SMEs for IT-related projects and coaching activities was ended in 2010 and corresponding financing from VINNOVA did not continue the years after.

Examples:

Observe Medical AB

Through collaboration with Acreo Swedish ICT the new company Observe Medical AB could launch its first product to the market during 2013. SIPPI is a unique, single use, digital urine meter. The product is expected to conquer a significant part of the market potential of about 15 million disposable units per year.

WEMEMOVE

WEMEMOVE is a new and exciting spin-off from SICS Swedish ICT and Interactive Institute Swedish ICT heading for a global sports market, set to be worth 145 billion US dollars by 2015. The first product "mySKILAB”, a digital ski-coach, will soon be launched.

WE CAN PROUDLY STATE that five out of 33 companies on the 33-list of the hottest technology companies in Sweden, have a connection to research institutes within Swedish ICT. Two of them are:

Ascatron

Ascatron, a spin-off from Acreo Swedish ICT and their research within Silicon Carbide. The company manufactures power components that can withstand high temperatures with low loss and high reliability. Applications are in electric vehicles and electric power grids.

Gavagai

Gavagai, a spin-off from SICS Swedish ICT. The company's products are based on a technology that in real time analyzes what is said, by whom, what they like and what personality they have; In almost all the world's languages.

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Our spin-off companies

Svenska Grindmatriser AB Cobolt Cree (f d Intrinsic Sweden)
Novosense Silex Svedice
Wavebreaker numera del av Flextronics TFE Syntune numera Finisar Sweden
Tacton Systems Virtutech Företag Y
Effnet Axiomatics Interactive Product Line
Digiwall Technology Innovation Impact Blue Mobile Systems
Diadrom Impact Coatings Transmode
Peerialism Movinto Fun IRnova
Gavagai Schhhh Audio Vasasensor
Fibertronix DP Patterning AB Jfocus
Telcred Pike Solution AB Oboe IPR
Ecosparc Light Techn Ideaviate AB Ascatron
Lumisigns AB WeMeMove Socusence
  • Svenska Grindmatriser AB
  • Cobolt
  • Cree (f d Intrinsic Sweden)
  • Novosense
  • Silex
  • Svedice
  • Wavebreaker numera del av Flextronics
  • TFE
  • Syntune numera Finisar Sweden
  • Tacton Systems
  • Virtutech
  • Företag Y
  • Effnet
  • Axiomatics
  • Interactive Product Line
  • Digiwall Technology
  • Innovation Impact
  • Blue Mobile Systems
  • Diadrom
  • Impact Coatings
  • Transmode
  • Peerialism
  • Movinto Fun
  • Irnova
  • Gavagai
  • Schhhh Audio
  • Vasasensor
  • Fibertronix
  • DP Patterning AB
  • Jfocus
  • Telcred
  • Pike Solution AB
  • Oboe IPR
  • Ecosparc Light Techn
  • Ideaviate AB
  • Ascatron
  • Lumisigns AB
  • WeMeMove
  • Socusence

RELATED PROJECTS

WEMEMOVE

SICS, INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Enabeling Innovation in SME

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SME Development

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Stories

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Net turnover 2013 (KSEK)
100 000
Balance sheet total 2013 (KSEK)
100 000
NET margin ratio
-2.0%
Equity ratio
20.8%
362
Average number of employees

Financial ratios

(KSEK) 2013
Jan-Dec
2012
Jan-Dec
2011
Jan-Dec
2010
Jan-Dec
2009
Jan-Dec
Income statement
Net turnover 432 339 429 495 428 633 424 321 414 200
Result after financial items -8 491 -25 847 -8 629 1 561 127
Balance sheet
Balance sheet 253 150 251 031 255 987 259 249 236 617
Shareholders equity 52 599 53 640 76 104 85 334 84 001
Key figures
Net margin ratio -2,0% -6.0% -2,0% 0,4% 0,0%
Equity ratio 20,8% 21,4% 29,7% 32,9% 35,5%
Average number of employees 362 344 355 342 338
Cash flow -3 878 10 480 -34 975 -4 392 -9 007

Key figure definitions

Net margin ratio: result after financial items in % of turnover

Equity ratio: equity capital in % of balance sheet total

Average number of employees: average number of employees during the period

Choose company

  • Swedish ICT
  • Acreo
  • Interactive institute
  • SICS
  • Viktoria
(KSEK) Acreo group SICS group Interactive Institute Viktoria
Income statement
Net turnover 195 492 140 340 53 899 42 873
Result after financial items -12 683 3 524 320 617
Balance sheet
Balance sheet total 61 845 127 051 27 772 24 754
Shareholders equity 5 283 33 313 8 746 3 248
Key figures
Net margin ratio, -6,5% 2,5% 0,6% 1,4%
Equity ratio, 8,5% 26,2% 31,5% 13,1%
Average number of employees 148 117 52 41

Note:

2013 Acreo Swedish ICT Group comprised of: Acreo Swedish ICT AB, IRnova AB and Fibertronix AB.

2014 IRnova is no longer part of the Acreo Swedish ICT Group.

2013 SICS Swedish ICT Group comprised of: SICS Swedish ICT AB, SICS East Swedish ICT AB and SICS Swedish ICT Västerås AB.

Choose company

  • Swedish ICT
  • Acreo
  • Interactive institute
  • SICS
  • Viktoria
(KSEK) Acreo Swedish ICT AB IRnova AB Fibertronix AB
Income statement
Net turnover 179 035 23 500 3 325
Result after financial items 781 -16 119 -1 137
Balance sheet
Balance sheet total 59 068 12 803 1 093
Shareholders equity 12 221 2 236 -1 017
Key figures
Net margin ratio, 0,4% -68,6% -34,2%
Equity ratio, 20,7% 10,7% -93,0%
Average number of employees 127 21 0

Note:

2013 Acreo Swedish ICT Group comprised of: Acreo Swedish ICT AB, IRnova AB and Fibertronix AB.

2014 IRnova is no longer part of the Acreo Swedish ICT Group.

Choose company

  • Swedish ICT
  • Acreo
  • Interactive institute
  • SICS
  • Viktoria
(KSEK) Interactive Institute
Income statement
Net turnover 53 899
Result after financial items 320
Balance sheet
Balance sheet total 27 772
Shareholders equity 8 746
Key figures
Net margin ratio, 0,6%
Equity ratio, 31,5%
Average number of employees 52

Choose company

  • Swedish ICT
  • Acreo
  • Interactive institute
  • SICS
  • Viktoria
(KSEK) SICS Swedish ICT AB SICS East Swedish ICT AB SICS Swedish ICT Västerås AB
Income statement
Net turnover 122 454 12 101 4 502
Result after financial items 3 007 324 192
Balance sheet
Balance sheet total 106 138 13 430 7 624
Shareholders equity 32 581 711 227
Key figures
Net margin ratio, 2,5% 2,3% 4,3%
Equity ratio, 30,7% 5,3% 2,3%
Average number of employees 102 11 5

Note:

2013 SICS Swedish ICT Group comprised of: SICS Swedish ICT AB, SICS East Swedish ICT AB and SICS Swedish ICT Västerås AB.

Choose company

  • Swedish ICT
  • Acreo
  • Interactive institute
  • SICS
  • Viktoria
(KSEK) Viktoria
Income statement
Net turnover 42 873
Result after financial items 617
Balance sheet
Balance sheet total 24 754
Shareholders equity 3 248
Key figures
Net margin ratio, 1,4%
Equity ratio, 13,1%
Average number of employees 41
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SUSTAINABILITY
WORK AT SWEDISH ICT

Being a group of four research institutes in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Swedish ICT influences society and the environment primarily through the research projects we participate in and the results we deliver. ICT is an enabling technology, and can provide solutions to sustainability challenges.

Sustainability work

"Swedish ICT's role is to promote sustainable growth in Sweden - research will be transformed into innovations that contribute to competitiveness and innovation in business and society, as well as improved quality of life."

This mission indicates a clear focus on sustainability issues. Swedish ICT performs research and innovation that create value for industry and society. In order to deliver on its mission, the availability of world-class competences is absolutely crucial to Swedish ICT. Therefore, efforts are made to be an attractive employer capable both of recruiting and retaining employees, while actively transferring competency to industry.

An active dialogue is maintained with stakeholders, customers, partners and employees. To identify improvement and development areas, customer and employee surveys, of varying degrees, are done within Swedish ICT.

Sustainability goals and strategies

In 2013 a new brand was implemented. The new brand aims to capitalize on the synergies intrinsic to being a large group with a wide scope. The purpose of the new brand is also expressed with the new vision - "With ICT for a sustainable and better life for all".

The overall sustainability goals for Swedish ICT were formulated in 2010, and the subsidiaries have formulated their own local goals based on their own strategies and policies. The owner RISE has started a joint project focusing on sustainability, and a status analysis on Swedish ICT's sustainability efforts was undertaken during 2013. The status analysis resulted in raising the issue more clearly within Swedish ICTs strategic business plan for 2014. One of the activities in 2014, will be revising the previous goal-setting.

Activity Examples 2013

A structural project with focus on sustainability was started at RISE.

A status analysis was conducted on Swedish ICT's sustainability efforts

A number of investments were made to increase economic sustainability through coordination between the subsidiaries In Kista, Acreo, SICS, Interactive Institute businesses moved into a shared office space. In Norrköping Acreo moved together with Linköping University. Both locations now provide employees with a more natural way to meet and exchange ideas.

An additional effect of shared office space is joint management of energy use and recycling, as well as procurement of services and purchases.

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Viktoria Swedish ICT

www.viktoria.se
  • EXPERTISE
  • Cooperative Systems
  • Digitalization Strategy
  • Electromobility
  • Sustainable Business
  • Sustainable Transport
  • FACTS 2013
  • 41 employees
  • Turnover: SEK 42.9 million
  • Located in Göteborg

PER-ÅKE OLSSON
CEO VIKTORIA
SWEDISH ICT

For more than seven years, Viktoria Swedish ICT has been focusing Sustainable Mobility enabled by ICT, addressing the major challenges of the transportation system - oil dependency, killed and injured, emissions and congestion.

Viktoria has during 2013 developed its international network and presence, both inside and outside Europe. As a part of our strategy we have strengthened our diversity and we now speak almost a dozen different languages. We have continued to develop our role as an important research actor within sea traffic, specially targeting what we call Maritime Informatics.

Viktoria's expertise in open data and innovation contests, have been further developed. We have been invited into an exciting collaboration with the City of Stockholm, within Open Stockholm Award.

Having 19 employees with expertise in Electromobility and many ongoing projects, Viktoria today has a significant position both nationally and internationally. By combining our electromobility competence with our business model competence we represent quite a unique and attractive partner on the international market.

During 2014 and 2015 Viktoria will continue to grow and develop in the direction we have been heading for the last years - Towards Sustainable Mobility, enabled by ICT. We will step by step grow our international presence both within and outside EU. We will continue to recruit senior researchers and achieve critical mass in order to be a solid research partner to Swedish industry and public sector.

About Viktoria Swedish ICT

Viktoria Swedish ICT is dedicated to enable sustainable mobility by use of information and communication technology (ICT). The overall aim is to contribute to a worldwide development that takes care of the great challenges for the automotive and transport sector; oil dependency, traffic accidents, congestion, and climate impact. By working closely with industry partners, Viktoria Swedish ICT develops user oriented, innovative services, which have the advantage of being commercially well packaged from the very beginning.

  • EXPERTISE
  • Cooperative Systems
  • Digitalization Strategy
  • Electromobility
  • Sustainable Business
  • Sustainable Transport
  • FACTS 2013
  • 41 employees
  • Turnover: SEK 42.9 million
  • Located in Göteborg

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Swedish ICT

www.swedishict.se
  • The parent company, Swedish ICT Research AB, holds an administrative office (HQ) in Kista/Stockholm, except the CEO, Vice President, and CFO are the functions brand and communication management, business and strategy development and executive assistant.
  • The group consists of Acreo Swedish ICT, SICS Swedish ICT, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT and Viktoria Swedish ICT

HANS HENTZELL
CEO SWEDISH ICT

Digitalization has increased productivity and has totally changed our lives, both working and private. The development continues and there is no sign that the rate of change will ease off. We will experience great change in the way value is produced in society, driven by the opportunities created by digitalization.

The debate over the possibility of monitoring everything we do on the net has its origin in the viability to collect, analyze and visualize greater amounts of data. We call this “Big Data Analytics and Visualization”; expertise within Swedish ICT used to create new products and services at Siemens Turbines, the Transport Agency and Ericsson, or in Hospitals and Museums. A basis for creating all data is the “Internet of Things”, meaning that all things can “talk” to each other. We have, together with Ericsson shown that it is possible to transfer information from a smart paper label to a mobile phone via the body and thereby the number of things that will be able to talk to each other in the future is likely to be “500 or 5000 billion devices”.

We face great changes thanks to digitalization. Within Sustainable Mobility we are focusing on autonomous vehicles, within eHealth we are focusing on homecare and within Smart Energy at the whole process, from production to consumption. In 2013 we were granted the honor of coordinating the Strategic Innovation Area “Process Industrial IT and Automation”. We brought together the Swedish electronic and games industries to produce strategies for how Sweden should continue to lead the development. Our ambition is to drive digitalization forward so that it leads us all to a sustainable and better quality of life.

  • EXPERTISE
  • Cooperative Systems
  • Digitalization Strategy
  • Electromobility
  • Sustainable Business
  • Sustainable Transport
  • FACTS 2013
  • 41 employees
  • Turnover: SEK 42.9 million
  • Located in Göteborg

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SICS Swedish ICT

www.sics.se
  • Expertise areas at SICS are:
  • User-oriented Services and Products
  • Networked Systems, Technologies and Services
  • SICS Swedish ICT Group
  • Turnover: SEK 140,3 million
  • Subsidiaries: SICS East Swedish ICT and SICS Swedish ICT Västerås
  • SICS Swedish ICT AB
  • Turnover: SEK 122,5 million
  • 111 employees
  • Located in: Kista/Stockholm, Linköping, Lund, Uppsala and Västerås

CHRISTER NORSTRÖM
CEO SICS SWEDISH ICT

Some people argue that the ICT revolution is over. I think it has just started ‒ it is not even at the end of the beginning! The ICT revolution will change the way we do business and will impact on the direction taken by our welfare systems and democracy.

ICT solutions are becoming considerably more complex, and this will raise many new questions, for instance: How can security and privacy be managed when there are sensors everywhere and virtually all data is collected and analyzed? How does mobility change the way we live?

In this new era of technology, SICS’ research is more important than ever before for almost all sectors in society. Many projects have advanced our knowledge in big data analytics, which is critical for developing competitive business strategies. The number of security researchers at SICS is rapidly growing and our cloud expertise is sizzling hot on the market.

eHealth is one area that is attracting attention, owing largely to the growing population of elderly people.

In recent years we have built up a strong expertise in cloud computing, big data analytics, security, sensor systems and software systems. We have increased the number of projects and impact in the areas of Internet and telecom, automation, automotive industry and eHealth.

We have prepared for the future by recruiting talent from all over the world and strengthened our organization by spending resources on future trends.

All in all, we have had a substantial impact on Swedish industry and the public sector, and we are in good shape to continue that mission!

About SICS Swedish ICT

SICS Swedish ICT is a research organization in the most expansive industrial sector this century: The Information Industry. Society is shifting towards an economy based on information as a resource and SICS is in the midst of this revolution, boosting the competitive strength of Swedish industry and the quality and efficiency of Sweden’s public sector. SICS is non-profit and carries out advanced and focused research in strategic areas of computer science, in close collaboration with Swedish and international industry and academia.

SICS Swedish ICT

  • EXPERTISE
  • User-oriented Services and Products
  • Networked Systems, Technologies and Services
  • Cloud and Big Data Analytics
  • Efficiency and Optimization
  • Software and Systems Engineering
  • FACTS 2013
  • 111 employees
  • Turnover: SEK 122,5 million
  • Located in Kista/Stockholm, Linköping, Lund, Uppsala, Västerås

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Interactive Institute
Swedish ICT

www.tii.se
  • Expertise areas at Interactive Institute Swedish ICT
  • User experience and user behavior
  • Interaction design & visualization
  • Participatory & open innovation
  • Sound, service & sustainable design
  • Maker culture & learning
  • Gamification
  • FACTS 2013
  • 52 employees
  • Turnover: SEK 53.9 million
  • Located in Eskilstuna, Göteborg, Karlstad, Kista/Stockholm, Norrköping, Piteå, Umeå and Uppsala

ANETTE NOVAK
CEO
INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE SWEDISH ICT

Technology is dramatically changing how we interact, with each other and with the world around us. If Internet erased geography, Augmented Reality wipes out time; digital layers on reality allow us to experience history or peak into the future.

This capacity to see beyond the imaginable is the key to innovation. Interactive Institute does not halt at merely peaking; we spearhead the way towards the future by co-creating amazing user experiences in a vast array of fields. Inviting people and businesses to imagine the next application area with us. Building prototypes making it tangible. Creating the future – within reach.

We currently experience a notable market interest for our pioneering work within energy design. Companies and public bodies realize the impact of creating awareness on consumption patterns, empowering people to stop their waste.

A huge interest is also noted for our work visualizing complex data in extremely accessible 3D-formats, treating anything from education and diagnostics to vital engineering advancements within Swedish industry and citizen dialogue tools for a strengthened democracy.

Co-creation is the most powerful tool humanity has developed since literacy. Our explorations build on open, participatory methods, engaging everyone in the process - enabling cross-disciplinary dialogue, nurturing mutual understanding.

We believe in humans. In their curiosity. In their power to take charge. And in the fantastic, successful and sustainable society we can build together.

Let’s join hands!

About Interactive Institute Swedish ICT

Interactive Institute Swedish ICT is a widely recognized experimental IT & design research institute. We conduct world-class applied research and innovation, aimed at strengthening society. With a strong focus on user behavior, we use expertise in interaction design and visualization to create groundbreaking user experiences. Through open, innovative and collaborative processes we empower people to create new ways of doing and thinking. Interactive Institute employs 55 researchers in 8 studios: Piteå, Umeå, Karlstad, Uppsala, Stockholm (HQ), Gothenburg, Eskilstuna and Norrköping.

  • EXPERTISE
  • User experience and user behavior
  • Interaction design & visualization
  • Participatory & open innovation
  • Sound, service & sustainable design
  • Maker culture & learning
  • Gamification
  • FACTS 2013
  • 52 employees
  • Turnover: SEK 53.9 million
  • Located in Eskilstuna, Göteborg, Karlstad, Kista/Stockholm, Norrköping, Piteå, Umeå and Uppsala

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Acreo Swedish ICT

www.acreo.se
  • Expertise areas at Acreo are:
  • Printed Electronics
  • Fiber Optics
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Broadband Technology
  • Sensor Systems
  • Business Services
  • 135 employees (Group: 156)
  • Turnover: SEK 179 million (Group: SEK 195 million)

LEIF LJUNGQVIST
CEO ACREO SWEDISH ICT

The demand for smart ICT Electronics Components and Systems* is increasing dramatically, as being vital parts of new products and services and enablers of sustainable solutions for environment, industry and society. 2013 we therefore put great effort in creating a Swedish Strategic Innovation Area for Smarter ICT Electronics, a work that will continue, and shape Acreo´s business, for several years ahead. After a couple of financially tough years, 2013 was also the year when we managed to turn the company around. We have shaped up our internal quality processes and continued to strengthen our Life Science offer. We have gained international attention for our integrated printed biosensor and our socio-economic analyzes of fiber investments, among others. And we have launched several projects within resource efficiency – an important area for innovations and renewal where you will hear more from us in the future

*ICT Electronics Components and Systems are enabling technologies as micro and nanoelectronics, photonics, micro mechanical systems, power electronics and embedded systems.

About ACREO Swedish ICT

We offer expertise in electronics, optics and communication technologies and provide cutting edge resources and technologies within Sensors and actuators, Power electronics, Digital communication and Life science. We are 135 employees and our sites, labs and production facilities are located in Kista, Gothenburg, Norrköping and Hudiksvall. We are certified according to the quality system ISO 9001:2008 which means that our lab activities comply with the highest standards and yield consistent results.

  • EXPERTISE
  • Printed Electronics
  • Fiber Optics
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Broadband Technology
  • Sensor Systems
  • FACTS 2013
  • 135 employees
  • Turnover: SEK 195 million
  • Located in Göteborg, Hudiksvall, Kista/Stockholm and Norrköping

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Recycling rare earth materials Acreo

Several rare earth materials are critical components in modern electronics. A new EU-project is aiming to develop innovative solutions for recycling these rare earth materials, thus providing large energy savings and reducing both production costs and the environmental impact. Acreo Swedish ICT is one of the partners.

The lack of rare, industrial critical metals has been a topic of discussion for many years. Limited and expensive supply has hindered the European electronics and energy industries, so to overcome this problem a consortium was formed. REMANENCE is the name of the EU research program aimed at dramatically increasing the amount of rare earth materials recovered and remanufactured from existing waste streams. The focus is on recycling Neodymium magnets as these contain critical material such as Neodymium, Iron and Boron. Neodymium magnets are used in many products including hard drives, speakers, cell phones, electric motors and generators in wind turbines.

Our aim is to develop the innovative technologies, business models and market information required to exploit this valuable resource, reducing dependency on primary sources. Advanced sensing and mechanical separation techniques will be developed in combination with innovative processes to recover the rare earth magnets, says Jakob Blomgren, project leader at Acreo Swedish ICT. REMANENCE brings together European industry and academia across the supply chain; sensing, disassembly, recycling technology and material processing in a multi-disciplinary project. The consortium consists of C-Tech Innovation Ltd, Acreo Swedish ICT,

The University of Birmingham, Stena Technoworld AB, Leitat Technological Centre, OptiSort AB, Chalmers Industriteknik, Magneti Ljubljana and Kolektor magnet Technology GmbH. The consortium is led by C-Tech Innovation Ltd. REMANENCE is funded by FP7, the Seventh European Framework Programme for research and technological development, and is expected to run until mid-2016.

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Net turnover 2013 (KSEK)
100 000
Balance sheet total 2013 (KSEK)
100 000
NET margin ratio
-2.0%
Equity ratio
20.8%
362
Average number of employees

Financial ratios

(KSEK) 2013
Jan-Dec
2012
Jan-Dec
Operating income
Net turnover 432 339 429 495
Other operating income 4 029 14 077
436 368 443 572
Operating expenses
Other external costs -147 946 -168 072
Personnel costs -291 884 -295 537
Depreciation of tangible assets and intangible assets -6 034 -7 237
Operating profit/loss -9 496 -27 274<
Result from financial investments
Result from other securities and receivables 0 0
Interest income and similar items 1 047 1 513
Interest expense and similar items -42 -85
Result after financial income and expenses -8 491 -25 847
Deffered tax -702 81
Minority interest 8 152 3 703
Net profit/loss for the year -1 041 -22 063

Note:

Excluding the results of our Spin-off companies IRnova and Fibertronix the result after financial income and expenses is KSEK 4 967. In march 2013 an external financier invested SEK 10 million in IRnova.

(KSEK) 2013-12-31 2012-12-31
Assets
Intangible assets 12 710 7 937
Tangible assets 10 435 10 977
Financial assets 2 509 1 771
Inventories, Work in progress 77 467 80 821
Accounts receivables - trade 52 949 47 343
Other receivables 18 933 20 156
Cash and bank balances 78 148 82 026
Total assets 253 150 251 031
Equity and liabilities
Shareholders equity 52 599 53 640
Minority interest 1 319 3 250
Provisions 148 125
Advance payments from customers 124 130 111 339
Current liabilities 74 954 82 676
Total equity and liabilities 253 150 251 031

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MIKAEL LIND
VIKTORIA

Associate Professor and Research Manager for the application division of Sustainable Transports at Viktoria Swedish ICT

During the last year Viktoria Swedish ICT has focused a lot on Maritime Informatics. What is Maritime Informatics?

Informatics is concerned with the development and evaluation of information and communication practices with supporting technologies. Information is used both by people and systems, and Informatics studies the interaction between these. Maritime Informatics simply refers to Informatics in maritime applications, as for example in Sea Traffic Management.

What is Sea Traffic Management and in what way can it contribute to more sustainable shipping?

The aviation industry has for a long time been working with Air Traffic Management, a collection of systems designed to ensure that each flight arrives safely and on time at their destination. Sea Traffic Management is intended to translate this approach into the maritime industry and thus contribute to making shipping more efficient, safer and more profitable while reducing the environmental impact.

Why is this important?

Shipping is a very important part of global transportation, not least for Sweden with our long coastline. Considering the enormous capacity available in this transport industry, improved efficiency and environmental performance within this sector can have major global effects.

How can Viktoria Swedish ICT contribute to this development?

At Viktoria Swedish ICT we have both domain competence from the shipping industry, skills in applied research within informatics, and valuable process knowledge from our previous efforts in the aviation sector, for example from projects such as Future Airports. Through the commitment we now have in the project MonaLisa 2.0 we will be able to transfer much of this thinking to the maritime sector.

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DANIEL FÄLLMAN
INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Daniel Fällman is a senior researcher at Interactive Institute Swedish ICT and a professor in Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Informatics at Umeå University.

In 2010, Daniel Fällman was awarded the ‘Individual Grants for Future Research Leaders’ by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF). The aim of the five-year program is to support and promote young scientists who have the potential to become future leaders of academic and/or industrial research in Sweden.

Being part of the Future Research Leader's program, what is especially valuable to you?

I am one of 18 scientists from technology, medicine, and the natural sciences participating in the program. It is truly inspiring to have the opportunity to discuss research methods and share experiences with researchers from such different backgrounds over a longer period of time.

What do you consider to be a future challenge for research organizations?

It will be increasingly important to find formats for multidisciplinary collaboration that actually work. Many of the challenges that the research world currently faces cannot be solved by a single discipline. Sweden has a long tradition of participatory methods and is considered to be one of the most creative countries in the world, which gives us the potential to take a leading role and attract international talent.

What role should research institutes play in this?

Research institutes are definitely forerunners in finding multidisciplinary approaches to complex issues and joining together multiple sectors and stakeholders in collaborative projects. This is a role that I think we can further develop and strengthen in the future.

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JIM DOWLING
SICS

Jim Dowling is Associate Professor at KTH ICT and senior researcher at SICS Swedish ICT. He teaches four different courses at KTH and conducts research in two highly topical areas - cloud computing and big data. These hot areas of cloud computing and big data attract students: Jim supervises five PhD and currently six master's students, including three Erasmus Mundus’ students.

Why is it that SICS attracts so many students for their master’s thesis projects?

“We have world-class research at SICS and we have interesting research projects in exciting areas. Students are given the chance to grow and may be involved in start-ups”, says Jim.

It takes a lot of time to supervise master’s thesis projects. But master’s students also give a lot back - Jim is convinced that good master's thesis projects are necessary in a research environment, providing a great synergy between researchers.

“This is an important way to bring new ideas and innovation into our research areas. It is often a prerequisite for the continued development of those research areas,” he says.

What is the next big hot area?

“I would like to do research into "Deep Learning". It is the next big area ‒ at least for me. It's an interesting combination of Big Data and Machine Learning.”

Caption: Jim with his doctoral student Salman Niazi, who is working in the Scalable Computer Systems (SCALE) Laboratory, a collaboration between SICS Swedish ICT and KTH.

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ANNELISE DE JONG
INTERACTIVE INSTITUTE

Annelise de Jong is a senior researcher at Interactive Institute Swedish ICT. She holds a PhD in industrial design and she is assistant professor at the Industrial Design faculty at Delft university of Technology in the Netherlands. Her experience ranges from design for comfort in workplaces to Living Lab research. Her current research revolves around social practices and design in the context of the home and sustainable urban living areas.

What is your biggest research challenge?

Despite energy awareness campaigns, there has been an increase in household energy consumption over the last 10 years. We do see a trend of awareness and understanding, but little knowledge of what to do and less trust in information. Through my research I'm looking for possible intervention points to change the current trend of increasing consumption into other directions. My vision is that the comfortable choice will be the sustainable choice, but this research should be carried out and sustained at system- or urban level rather than individual level.

What can we learn from studying daily doings in the home?

We have identified socially shared practices in the home – e.g. cooking, bathing – as a promising way of tapping into people's habits and conventions. Existing patterns are disrupted and new patterns evolve when you introduce or remove products or services that may or may not work. We need to understand how these patterns work in order to design products that support practices for future sustainable living.

How do you observe people's habits?

We engage people in workshops and various kinds of assignments at home. Doing research in people's homes means interrupting their daily routines, and the challenge is to capture the automated habits and conventions that people don't reflect on. People are more aware about sustainability today and actively discuss their lives with others. We tap into these social interactions and empower people to explore new pathways for everyday life within existing and future urban systems.

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CAMILLA STÅLSTAD
VIKTORIA

M.Sc. in electrical engineering from Chalmers, Senior Project Manager at Viktoria Swedish ICT since January 2011.

You are involved in several projects connected to the electrification of cars, why is this area of interest?

I want to contribute to a more sustainable society and through a partial electrification of our fleet, we can quite easily decrease the environmental impact from the transport sector. I also think electric cars are interesting from a user’s perspective since they can be both fun to drive and easy to handle.

Which do you think is the greatest barrier to electric cars in Sweden and what can be done to overcome this?

The purchase price is without doubt one of the greatest barriers to a large-scale commercialization of electric cars on the Swedish market. In our BeliEVe project we have studied how new business models can be used to make electric cars attractive for customers, without implicating increased costs for society. If electric cars are going to have the big breakthrough many people are hoping for, they have to be profitable for manufacturers, society, and for the customers. That requires a new approach when it comes to designing business models.

In what way does Viktoria Swedish ICT contribute to electrification of transportation?

With close to 20 researchers focusing on Electromobility this is one of our largest application areas. Within this field we have front edge competence in several technical matters. We also have an interesting scope in that we have competences within areas such as usability and business logics. This allows us to cover many different perspectives and thus get a quite unique holistic approach to electrification issues.

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MARCO FORZATI
ACREO

Marco Forzati, senior scientist, socio-economic studies in ICT, Acreo Swedish ICT, born in Italy

2013 was an exceptional year for your area of expertise – in what way?

We are extremely proud to have been selected asexperts for the European Commission in the area of broadband access. We can offer something unique – research focusing on social and economic issues alongside a solid technical knowledge.

The recent study – “Effects of digital services for the elderly. An economic analysis " – can you give us a short summary?

Digital home services could save billions in homecare costs for Sweden's municipalities. Even with a broadband penetration as low as 10 %, the use of digital home services would mean substantial savings. Improving the broadband infrastructure will provide savings much greater than the costs. The money saved could be used for instance to improve the quality and extend the coverage of home care.

Can you describe the overall benefits of your research and methods – for society and industry?

I’m excited to be working with this kind of research where I can see results directly. Our studies represent a powerful tool for decision makers and politicians to understand the socio-economic importance of next generation broadband for everyone: a crucial infrastructure for society in the 21st century. Achieving an extensive, neutral and open broadband infrastructure will be a win-win situation for all – citizens, the market and society as a whole.

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OSCAR TÄCKSTRÖM
SICS

Oscar Täckström, former researcher at SICS, who landed a job as a Research Scientist in Google's New York City office in 2013.

What do you do at Google?

My field of research is Natural Language Processing, which means that I work on methods that enable computers to better understand human languages.

How did you get this job?

During my PhD studies in Computational Linguistics (at SICS and Uppsala University), I applied for an internship in Google's research group. I ended up spending three summers here and enjoyed it so much that I applied for a full time position just before defending my doctoral dissertation.

Did your employment at SICS prepare you well for working at Google?

Definitely! In a way SICS has a similar model to Google in that you are encouraged to work on many different types of projects and to move quickly between them. This forced me to constantly learn new things, which is probably one of the most important skills when working in the industry today. Like Google, SICS also has some very talented people to learn from.

Would you recommend other young researchers to work abroad?

I think every young researcher should try to do a stint abroad. This can give you new perspectives that can help you do great research. It's also a lot of fun!


What is the most prominent trend in your area of interest? What will be the next hot technology?

The core algorithms and models for language understanding are rapidly improving, giving us better and deeper understanding of both written and spoken language. I would say that the next step will be new ways of leveraging world knowledge for really deep natural language understanding.

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PETRONELLA NORBERG
ACREO

Petronella Norberg, Group Manager Future technologies and Project Manager at the Department for Printed Electronics, Acreo Swedish ICT, Norrköping

Printed electronics has really had a boost in 2013. Why do you think?

We started to work in printed electronics in 1999, and in the beginning there was general curiosity about the new technology. Now we can demonstrate useful, working systems, and we are much closer to the market. Today there is genuine interest from industry, and the awareness of the potential use of the technology is much greater.

You have played a vital role in developing a functioning disposable printed biosensor. How far is it from the market?

That is a difficult question. It all depends. Within the medical field it usually takes some time before you see the products on the market. And low-cost applications for the mass-market take longer than high-cost products for niche markets. We do have the platform ready for use by industry, and we are now actively seeking partners.

Printed Electronics at Acreo and the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping University moved into the same premises in 2013 – Why was that?

We have a long and close collaboration with the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linköping University. They are strong in fundamental research and we have our strength in application and commercialization. It makes a lot of sense to share office space – it makes the process of taking over and commercializing the results of their research run so much smoother.

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