Industrial & Societal Panels

Wednesday 19 October


Smart Construction

Wednesday 19 October
09.50 – 10.20

Panel hosted by Skanska

Automated Construction is still in its infancy. The major challenge is to instruct and steer robots in a manufacturing environment with low volume and high mix, ie flexible automation. Our solution to this is a digital twin of the product to be produced that, together with algorithms for path planning and installation order replaces the need for time-consuming conventional programming.

Electrification and intelligent construction machines are needed to reach stipulated goals for the reduction of CO2 emissions and to achieve a better and safe working environment.

Slakthusområdet, near Globen, is new exploitation by the City of Stockholm, were strict requirements for electrification are an integral part of the procurement process.

The panel will reflect on the status of current trends and the increasing demands from project owners and society.


Karoline Spångberg-Nordlander – Head of Communications, Skanska


  • Kajsa Hedskog, Skanska
  • Karin Ekdahl-Wästberg – Innovation Director, City of Stockholm
  • Klas Kronander, Solving Robotics
  • Ulf Håkansson – Technical Manager, Skanska Sweden AB

Perfect road traffic information powered by 6G – but what about privacy?

Wednesday 19 October
11.30 – 12.00

Panel hosted by Scania

The drive to make road transport safer, more effective and less polluting has been going on since the automobile’s introduction. One of the most recent pushes is the one for so-called cooperative intelligent transports systems (C-ITS), where vehicles and other participants in the road system share information about their position and other data. We have also seen a beginning introduction of road infrastructure-based sensors with cameras that can detect, for example, what pedestrians and other so-called vulnerable road users are doing. This detailed and up-to-date picture of the situation on the road has especially big promise for the nascent area of autonomous vehicles.

In this talk, we want to explore the implications of a specific technology in the coming 6G telco generation, namely joint communication and sensing (JCAS), which is based on equipping cell phone towers with radar-like capability and thereby being able to detect the environment and traffic participants in the vicinity of the tower including pedestrians, bicyclists, and even dogs. Due to potential very good coverage and resolution, this could be a major step forward in enabling autonomous vehicles and transport systems. But will business confidentiality and privacy concerns stop this vision?


Ulrik Janusson – Technology Leader Connectivity, Scania CV


  • Katarina Fast Lappalainen – Assistant Professor in Law and IT, Stockholm University
  • Kristian Jaldemark – Vice President Sales, Carmenta Automotive
  • Valentin Tudor – Senior Researcher, Ericsson

AI in Medical Research and Healthcare

Wednesday 19 October
13.30 – 14.00

Panel hosted by Karolinska Institute

Today several research projects are showing that AI (artificial intelligence) can perform as well as or better than trained physicians at key healthcare tasks for diagnosing diseases. The complexity and a large amount of data in medicine and healthcare will increasingly be applied and developed.

The research in the fields of medical informatics and machine learning, in combination with the development of algorithms and the never-ending increase of data within the medical field, will introduce AI as a natural tool in healthcare. The panel will discuss these issues. 

Where are we today, and where are we heading? 


Anders Gustafsson – Vice President and Professor, Karolinska Institutet 


  • Johan Hartman – Professor, Karolinska Institutet, and Senior Physician and Head of Breast Pathology, Karolinska University Hospital
  • Eric Herlenius – Professor Karolinska Institutet and Senior Physician in Child Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital
  • Sabine Kock – Professor of Medical Informatics, Karolinska Institutet

Innovations in Healthcare with human needs in focus, benefitting from digital transformation and technologies

Wednesday 19 October
15.30 – 16.00

Panel hosted by Region Stockholm

During the panel, we will discuss how healthcare innovations are developed to meet the needs of patients and citizens, taking advantage of digital opportunities and new technologies. The session will focus on three concrete healthcare innovations that benefit from digitalization to drive patient security and efficiency. Experiences and perspectives will be covered from the research and innovation development in the following areas:

  • 3D in hospital care
  • Drone delivery of automated external defibrillators to patients with suspected out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
  • Mobile solutions in pre-hospital ambulance care

Research and Innovation in Healthcare are vital parts of Region Stockholm’s daily work. Research that leads to knowledge and insights can lead to innovation, but innovation can also stem from ideas related to process development, new technical solutions, etc. Innovations are developed based on the perceived organizational or individual needs (i.e. patients/ users of our services and co-workers in Region Stockholm). Region Stockholm’s Innovation Strategy aims to strengthen innovational capacity and encourage a culture that allows good ideas and knowledge to grow and come to use.

A growing population with more inhabitants that live longer drive demand on healthcare providers. Patient care, patient security, quality, and efficiency are in focus, while opportunities associated with new developments such as precision medicine and digital healthcare solutions are emerging. The pandemic challenged health care; at the same time, it sped up innovation and digitalization.

As a step toward the future, a new Life Science strategy for the Stockholm region was launched in 2021. The ambition is to be among the top five regions in the world in Life Sciences. Region Stockholm has also organized a committee focusing on the future of healthcare called “Health and Health Care 2040”. 

The panel will focus on concrete innovation projects in healthcare with human needs in focus, benefitting from digital transformation and technologies.


Karin Bengtsson – CEO Kista Science City


  • Lena Gordon Murkes – MD, 3D Center, Dept. of Pediatric Radiology, Karolinska University Hospital
  • Andreas Claesson – RN. Paramedic, Associate Professor, Centre for resuscitation science Karolinska institutet
  • Veronica Vicente – Head of Research, Development, and Innovation in the Ambulance Service in Stockholm
  • Fredrik Engströmer – Head of Innovation, Region Stockholm

Thursday 20 October

Small and medium-sized companies’ digital transformation – challenges and opportunities

Thursday 20 October
09.50 – 10.20

Panel hosted by Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)

That the manufacturing industry in Sweden and its partners, both small and medium-sized companies, can take advantage of all the possibilities of digitization is of decisive importance for the companies and Sweden’s competitiveness. Four out of five jobs are created by small businesses (0-50 employees), accounting for the largest share of tax revenue in two of three Swedish municipalities. In other words, they are important for the Swedish economy. If they fail in their digital transformation, the consequences, not least in regions where small and medium-sized enterprises dominate, will be felt: fewer jobs and less tax power to finance healthcare, education and care.

For the companies themselves, digital transformation means a pervasive, rapid change that affects all parts of the business: how they take advantage of the opportunities and correctly master the challenges can be decisive for the direction in the value chain the company moves.

Through IVA’s Smart industry, IVA wants to stimulate the digital transformation of small and medium-sized companies, among other things, by drawing attention to and spreading good examples. Used correctly, digitization dramatically increases the opportunities for companies to change and improve both their customer offering and their contribution to positive social development. Now, small and medium-sized companies must take a step toward using digitalization to refine their product or service to deliver greater customer value and increase the company’s and Sweden’s competitiveness. This is the essence of what we often call smart products, smart services and smart industry.

IVA’s Smart industry has mainly worked through:
• The company competition Smart industry – highlights and rewards good examples.
• Company forums, company visits and seminars to exchange experience and knowledge.
• Knowledge acquisition and dissemination.
• Dialogue and collaboration with other established actors in the field and business.


Johan Carlstedt – Director innovation and entrepreneurship, Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences

Panelists & Prize winners in IVAs Smart Industry business competition:

  • Katja Lindvall – Vice President & Co-founder, Moving Floor AB
  • Jonas Måhlén – Executive Vice President, Research & Development, Climeon

Societal-Scale Digital Transformation: Triple-Helix or Triple-Crux?

Thursday 20 October
11.30 – 12.00

Panel hosted by Digital Futures

The traditional workhorse of innovation in society has been academia leading transfer projects together with industry and public entities. Societal-scale pick-up of such innovations has been largely determined by the slowest-moving entity in such triple-helix constellations.

Nevertheless, in the digital era, one observes diverging adoption velocities among these three stakeholders: Industrial research challenges academic research in terms of state-of-the-art, while globally operating corporations are less and less dependent on adopting new technologies by the public sector.

This panel discusses the challenges and opportunities arising from this trend, trying to predict the role of triple-helix 20 years from now.


James Gross – Professor, KTH & Associate Director Partner Programme, Digital Futures


  • Gesche Joost – Professor of Design Research, Berlin University of the Arts
  • Jiang Hu – Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University
  • Pei Wang –  Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Temple University
  • Ulf Håkansson – Technical Manager, Skanska Sweden AB

Unpacking perceived safety in urban environments

Thursday 20 October
13.30 – 14.00

Panel hosted by City of Stockholm – Senseable Stockholm Lab

City of Stockholm has very high targets for improving the perceived safety among the population in urban environments. In the Senseable Stockholm Lab, researchers from KTH and MIT join forces with city employees to develop new digital methodologies to map, understand and find ways to improve safety in urban environments.

Join us to get the latest news from this research project and to hear how this field of research can develop and how this new knowledge can help the City reach its targets.


Lukas Ljungqvist – City coordinator of Senseable Stockholm Lab,  City of Stockholm planning administration


  • Vania Ceccato – Professor, KTH
  • Fabio Duarte – Principal Research Scientist, MIT
  • Anne Håkansson – Professor KTH
  • Eric Begler – Strategist, City of Stockholm
  • Sofia Ericsson – Urban Strategist, City of Stockholm
The future of XR and the role of the network platform

Thursday 20 October
15.30 – 16.00

Panel hosted by Ericsson

With breakthroughs in XR (Extended Reality) technologies delivered through stylish and lightweight devices (such as glasses) and new network platform capabilities, we will take major leaps forward in enabling immersive digital experiences. The panel will elaborate on the coming evolution steps of XR technologies and how network platforms will drive the performance and efficiency of the XR experiences.


Jonas Kronander – Research Leader, Ericsson Research


  • Magnus Arfors – Chairman and Founder, One Reality 
  • Peter Thorngren – Technology and Strategy Leader, Volvo Group
  • Michael Björn – Head of Research, ConsumerLab, Ericsson Research
  • Petter Wannerberg – Research Engineer and VR developer, RISE
  • Magnus Leonhardt – Director, Head of Strategy & Innovation, B2B Sweden, Telia Company