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Smarter – Competence development within Artificial Intelligence (AI) for professionals

Competence development within AI, artificiell intelligens (Smarter)

Via our short, flexible and needs-oriented AI courses, you can take advantage of Örebro University's progressive expertise. Courses are led by the internationally recognised research centre, AASS, which conducts innovative research in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and autonomous systems. We also provide courses in collaboration with Jönköping University and the University of Skövde.

Courses Spring 2024

All courses are location independent and distance based.
The courses consists of two to three compulsory meetings, either on campus or via Zoom (usually between 9 and 13).

Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things

More information and registration. The course is tested for the first time starting 30 January. Secure your place and register now.

Virtual Reality in Industrial Applications

Apply now.
Mandatory meetings on campus.

Distributed AI and Multi-Agent Systems

Apply now.
Mandatory meetings on campus.

Reinforcement Learning

Apply now.

Explainable Artificial Intelligence

Interest sign-up.

AI & Cybersecurity

Read more.
Mandatory Zoom meetings:
30 March kl 13-16, 5 May kl 13-16, 7 June kl 13-16.

AI Ethics for Engineers

Read more.
Mandatory Zoom Meetings:
29 March, 26 April, 1 June.

Natural Language Processing

Read more.
Mandatory Zoom meetings:
26 March, 7 May, 4 June.

Declarative Problem Solving with Answer Set Programming

Read more.
Mandatory Zoom meetings:
6 April, 3 May, 3 June.

Autonoma robotar och ROS

Read more.
Mandatory Zoom meetings:
31 March, 28 April, 2 June.

Introduction to Human-Robot Interaction

Read more here.

Data Mining

Interest sign-up.
Mandatory meetings on campus:
4 April (at 13-16), 5 May (at 13-16) and 1 June (at 9-12).

Federico Pecora

Courses are designed to match the needs of working professionals for the possibility of combining work and studies. Courses are developed in collaboration with the companies that require your skills, and teaching methods are adapted to you as a working professional.

Both web-based teaching and classes on campus

The Smarter courses are offered as freestanding courses and earned credits may count towards a Master’s degree. Much of the teaching is web-based but also combined with some classes on campus or at one of the collaborating companies.
Courses are part-time. A course of 3 credits corresponds to 80 hours of study over one semester. Courses are taught in English.

Flexible teaching and learning

Smarter’s flexible teaching and learning methods means that you can:

  • Conduct your studies from home.
  • Access the teaching sessions online, at your convenience and at your own pace (within the given time frame).
  • Pursue some parts of the course within your organisation.
  • Work with a case that is relevant within your organisation.
  • Access online course materials 24 hours a day.
  • Get access to instruction outside of regular hours.
Örebro universitet - ett AI-nav i Sverige

Örebro University wants to contribute to lifelong learning. Working professionals can study our AI courses as distance learning, alongside their regular work. Our aim is to work together with you in developing training courses that suit your needs. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

Örebro University – an AI hub in Sweden

Örebro University is part of three national initiatives for competence development within artificial intelligence: AI Competence for Sweden, KIT and KKS Smarter.

AI Competence for Sweden

AI Competence for Sweden is a collaboration between seven universities: Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg University, Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, Umeå University and Örebro University. Read more here.


KIT is a collaboration between five universities (Örebro University, Blekinge Institute of Technology, University West, Linnaeus University and Mälardalen University), all of which have flexible, second cycle courses for working professionals. 

KKS Smarter

In a collaboration between academia and industry, Örebro University has established the national teaching and learning initiative, Smarter, aimed at ensuring the supply of knowledge within AI and autonomous systems. Smarter is led by Örebro University's strong research environment Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS) and in collaboration with the University of Skövde and Jönköping University. The second cycle courses are aimed at working professionals and are free of charge

Smarter in collaboration with:

AI Competence for Sweden
Akademiska Hus
Alfred Nobel Science Park
Billerud Korsnäs
Business Region Örebro
EMBA berg group
Karlskoga Automation
Västra Bergslagens Industriförening

Smarter is funded by the Knowledge Foundation. The Knowledge Foundation funds research and professional competence development pursued in collaboration, with the purpose of strengthening Sweden’s competitiveness.
AI Competence for Sweden

What are the entry requirements for the courses?
Our credit-earning courses require 180 credits, including 15 credits in programming. Our courses are aimed at working professionals, any experience from industry is welcome but not a requirement. In addition, English A/English 5 is required.  

Will the Smarter course require my employer to pay fees?
When you apply for the course through regular admissions, so there is no course fee. If you want to book the course as a contract course, that can be arranged at a fee.

May I apply for your credit-earning courses without academic qualifications?
If you lack the academic qualifications required for a credit-earning course, your working experience may qualify you for the course through validation of prior learning. Apply for assessment of prior learning here. An assessment of prior learning may also be requested for parts of your academic qualifications if, for example, your studies did not include any programming.

How much time will I need to dedicate to the course?
Most of the Smarter courses are part-time and the equivalent to 3 credits. Expect around 80 hours of study over a semester.

Do I need to know how to program to participate in Smarter?
Yes, since these are higher education courses at the second-cycle (Master’s level), programming skills are required.

What does it mean that the courses are aimed at working professionals?
Smarter is a contract education initiative, and as such its courses are viewed as continued professional development for working professionals. 

Why is it necessary to participate in compulsory classes, since everything can be studied online?
We have consciously chosen to design the Smarter courses according to a teaching model that involves not only distance education, but also on-site classes. The idea is that the students will spend half a day discussing course topics with fellow students and researchers. It is our experience that meeting face to face leads to better learning outcomes.

I can only participate in two of the three on-site classes. How important is it that I attend all classes?
Attendance is compulsory at all three on-site classes.

Is it possible to participate in the three on-site classes via video link, e.g. Adobe Connect?
No, you must attend the on-site classes on campus at Örebro University.

Coordinator of competence development within AI

Johan Axelsson

Position: Coordinator School/office: Communication and Collaboration

Profile page: Johan Axelsson

Email: am9oYW4uYXhlbHNzb247b3J1LnNl

Phone: +46 19 303211

Room: E2204

Johan Axelsson