Datum 2021-04-15
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AI project leads to better, safer and more sustainable consumer products

This article was written before our official name change on January 1, 2022 from Mälardalen University (MDH) to Mälardalen University (MDU).

In the newly-started project AIDOaRT at MDH, Embedded Systems with artificial intelligence (AI) are being developed. This will lead to improvements for traffic and restaurants among other things – and ultimately also better and more sustainable products for us consumers.

A lot of companies invest considerable resources in software development, but the use of AI in development and design technologies is still immature. The research project AIDOaRT, which has recently started at MDH, focuses on supporting the continual development of embedded systems with artificial intelligence.

Embedded systems are all the systems of built-in microcomputers that steer our cars, trains, aeroplanes and telephones – well, practically everything around us. With AI the project will be able to support development in all stages, such as operation and improvements as well as maintenance of the products. In other words there is a strong

industrial interest in the project’s solutions, since the development will be streamlined and become cheaper, and ultimately they will also be able to benefit the consumer level, in the form of better, cheaper, safer and more sustainable products.

− AIDOaRT will provide tools for the development, maintenance and improvement of the software in big embedded systems, the computers that exist in all telephones, cars, trains and aeroplanes, and that steer everything in them – for example when we accelerate or brake our cars. AIDOaRT will make the development, maintenance and the continual improvement of software more efficient, says Gunnar Widforss, Project Manager at MDH.

Leads to improvements for traffic and restaurants for example

Their hope is that the results of the project will lead to improvements and increased efficiency in for example traffic/infrastructure, in which commercial vehicles, cars and trains use complex embedded systems. Similarly, there can be improvements for restaurants, with customers, orders and product flows, which are also managed by embedded systems.

Initially the results from the project will primarily affect the work for programme developers, when they get new and ”smart” or intelligent tools for their work. The product itself will also facilitate the cooperation between professional users/system owners (e.g. train operators), their IT support and maintenance personnel and also programme developers.

− Ultimately it will of course lead to better, cheaper, safer and more sustainable products, which will benefit the consumers and society, says Gunnar Widforss.

AIDOaRT is a three-year-long European project which involves 32 organisations, grouped in clusters from seven different countries. The project is coordinated by MDH and has a total turnover of 24.4 million Euros. The funding comes from ECSEL-JU, the European Commission and national innovation and research financiers in the participating countries, in Sweden’s case VINNOVA, as well as from regional financiers – in Sweden Eskilstuna Municipality. The Swedish project partners are Alstom, VCE, RISE and Westermo.

The UN’s global goals for sustainability

At MDH research is carried out that is linked to all the UN’s global goals for sustainability. AIDOaRT can be linked to the goals that deal with sustainable industry, innovations and infrastructure, as well as sustainable consumption and production.

Research for the global goals for sustainability

This is how MDH work with the sustainable development goals

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