Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS), is a non-profit research
organization with approximately 100 researchers. The main office is situated
in Kista outside Stockholm with smaller offices in Uppsala, Göteborg,
and Västerås. The mission of SICS is to contribute to the
competitive strength of industry by conducting advanced research in strategic
areas of computer science, and to actively promote the use of new research
ideas and results in industry and in society at large. SICS collaborates
with both large and small companies - in Sweden and internationally.
SICS research activities create value for industry and society in many
different ways, including people mobility, research projects, scientific
dissemination, and spin-off companies.
SICS has about 100 employed researchers, plus 20 Master
Thesis students. Senior researchers have great opportunities to develop
their own areas of interest, being responsible for the funding of
their own projects and typically lead research groups or laboratories
at SICS. 42 of SICS senior researchers are PhDs, five of them share their
time as professors at KTH or Stockholm University. 25% of
SICS researchers are PhD students at Swedish or international universities.
They are employed by SICS and conduct their research in SICS funded projects.
Every year SICS attracts guest researchers
and post docs from universities from all over the World.
South Asia related research
After the Indo-Swedish MoU on science and technology,
signed in December 2005, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation
has been given the task to develop applied research projects in Biotechnology,
and Information and
Communication Technology (ICT), especially within the fields of E-health and E-governance,
with participation of both Indian and Swedish researchers and private
In April 2007, VINNOVA asked SICS to help organize the Indo-Swedish
research collaboration within the field of E-health, with a special focus on Image Analysis and Vizualisation.
The project is led by Dr. Staffan Truvé, with a background from
Chalmers Institute of Technology and the School of Business, Economics
and Law, Göteborg
University. He has also for many years worked for different IT and
research enterprises, and established the Interactive Institute and
the Victoria Institute, institutions closely associated to SICS.
Another key person at SICS involved in the project is Carlo Pompili. He is in charge of Business Development.
Just before the Summer 2007, two representatives from India visited Sweden to meet potential collaborative partners within the relevant fields. One of them was the Research Director for the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, C-DAC, one of India’s leading IT research institutes. SITC had got a mission from Vinnova to prepare and coordinate the visit, and they would also assist in coordinating a planned workshop during the Fall 2007. The ambition was that the project should get started during 2008.