Örebro University

The Center for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS) at Örebro University, founded in 1998, is a strong research environment which performs research on autonomous systems, with a focus on their perceptual and cognitive capabilities. The center is internationally known for its expertise within artificial intelligence and robotics, and their integration. It has a strong tradition of working together in close collaboration with industrial partners in Sweden and around the world.

At AASS we perform multidisciplinary research in autonomous systems with a focus on their perceptual and cognitive capabilities and their integration. The study of these two central issues provides the scientific basis for the development and application of real autonomous systems. Our two major application areas are: development of autonomous professional vehicles in joint projects with world-leading companies as Atlas Copco, Volvo Construction Equipment, Linde Material Handling, Kollmorgen Automation AB; development of a range of autonomous-systems solutions for elderly care in domestic environments as in Ängen senior residence facility in Örebro run by Örebro municipality.


Siemens is a global company working with innovative solutions for intelligent infrastructure, sustainable energy technologies, efficient production and health through electrification, automation and digitisation. Siemens has 357 000 employees in over 200 countries. In Sweden, Siemens has been operating since 1893 and has approximately 4 500 employees at 40 locations based in Upplands Väsby. The gas turbines Siemens manufactures in Finspång, Sweden are world class in terms of energy efficiency. Siemens has one of Europe’s most modern additive manufacturing facilities. The company has invested substantial resources in this plant and is working towards the long term goal of improving the working environment, automation and digitalization of the entire production process while creating safe conditions for its employees. Solving the first research objective in the project (enabling human-robot collaboration) addresses Siemens’ ambition to improve worker’s condition via autonomous solutions without jeopardizing work opportunity.


Nethouse is an IT management company whose focus is on IT solutions and more recently branching into IT solutions for the IoT (Internet of Things). Nethouse also has keen interest in the development of VR technologies as a possible future solution for a number of its business segments including segments with an increasing need of automation and digitalization. Nethouse offices are located in Örebro, Borlänge, Stockholm and Linköping and employ approx. 150 persons.


ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, the company employs 135 000 people and operates in about 100 countries. The company’s shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Zurich, London and New York. ABB has four divisions which, in turn, are organized in relation to the customers and the industries. ABB operates a number of innovation projects together with universities in Sweden. A project which has recently been granted funding from Vinnova develops new applications for collaborative robots in a YUMI-center. This project presents the first concrete case of using YUMI in a collaborative setting in industry. Furthermore, the second research question regarding whole-body control of the robot contributes to ABB’s ambitions to enabling better interface and control of YUMI.  At the same time, ABB can contribute with extensive knowledge of robotics, as well as to what possibilities there are in creating a future integrated systems.