EU funded project to strengthen AI competence for companies in Halland
Halmstad University and HighFive Innovation Arena are launching a new EU project to strengthen artificial intelligence (AI) competence and competitiveness for companies in Halland – Innovation Platform AI Halland.
"The platform has already helped many companies to integrate AI-technologies in their businesses and this new investment will make it possible for many more companies to take advantage of the latest developments in AI."
Stefan Byttner, Professor in Information Technology
Halmstad University and HighFive Innovation Arena continue to develop a one-of-a-kind innovation centre for human-centred AI, which both organisations have developed together in the past few years. The goal of this new major investment, called Innovation Platform AI Halland, is to further strengthen the innovation capacity of companies in the region by offering them knowledge, tools, and processes for how to apply AI, service design and data-driven innovation to create new business opportunities and competitive solutions.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for all companies in the region who are interested in exploring the potential of AI. The platform has already helped many companies to integrate AI-technologies in their businesses and this new investment will make it possible for many more companies to take advantage of the latest developments in AI”, says Stefan Byttner, Professor in Information Technology at Halmstad University.
The investment strengthens Halmstad University and HighFive's position as national pioneers in the field of human-centred AI, connecting researchers, experts, and small and medium-sized enterprises. This is particularly important for a region like Halland, home to many small and medium-sized companies that often have a low degree of research and innovation.
Anna Peterson, Head of Innovation at HighFive, “The possibilities with AI are multiplying at an astounding rate and it is more important than ever to focus on human-centred AI specifically. How should companies address all these opportunities and how do we build reliable, user-friendly systems that enhance human capabilities rather than replace them? We are tackling these issues by identifying, conceptualising and creating prototypes of value-adding AI solutions with a focus on human-centred design in collaboration with researchers and test environments at Halmstad University.”
13 million SEK investment allows companies to explore AI
One of the projects that will continue thanks to this new investment is AI.m, which gives companies a unique opportunity to explore the possibilities of AI.
“AI.m is a great opportunity to explore synergies between AI and human-centred design in a series of effective workshops, where we explore sustainable and meaningful value-adding solutions for each company. Always focusing on customers’ needs and realistic positive outcomes”, says Pontus Wärnestål, Deputy Professor in Information Technology at Halmstad University.
The investment totals 13 million SEK and is financed by the The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Regionalfonden), Region Halland, Halmstad University and HighFive. HighFive is responsible for the management and coordination of the project.