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Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS)

SMARTER – professional education in artificial intelligence

The education initiative Smarter at Örebro University targets working professionals within the industry. Courses are based on the needs of collaborating companies and taught by researchers at the renowned research environment, Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS). Courses are free of charge.

Smarter – needs-oriented contract education in AI

A competitive business sector depends on employees having the right knowledge and expertise. To achieve success, companies in Swedish industry must be leaders in the development of digital solutions and take advantage of the potential of digitisation. Progress in such areas as robotics, automation and artificial intelligence is, therefore, a key to enabling technology.

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Courses are designed to match the needs of working professionals for an opportunity to combine 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. Different combinations of courses allow for different specialisations within artificial intelligence and autonomous systems.

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.
Frequently Asked Questions

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 taken, which means around 80 hours of study hours 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.

Will the Smarter course require my employer to pay fees?

  • No, the Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen) funds the course, so it is free of charge. What is required of the employer is that you are allowed to set aside working hours to complete the course. The employer may reimburse you for the course literature.

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. Therefore, you need your employer’s approval to complete the course.

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 lead 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.

Is it possible to take part in the course without completing the final assignment?

  • You can follow the web-based lectures, but you cannot attend the on-site classes, receive teacher instruction or participate in group discussions. Nor will you earn any credits.

Will the University be offering the course Introduction to Machine Learning (3 credits) again soon?

  • We publish all current course information on our website, 
Amy Loutfi

In a collaboration between academia and industry, we are establishing a national teaching and learning initiative 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). AASS, founded in 1998, conducts research on autonomous systems and is internationally renowned for its expertise in artificial intelligence and robotics. AASS has a strong tradition of working in close cooperation with industry in Sweden and around the world.

The courses are offered free of charge to working professionals.

Smarter in collaboration with:

AI Competence for Sweden

Epiroc AB
Upwis AB
Nethouse AB
Alfred Nobel Science Park
Emba Berg Group AB


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.

Coordinator of Smarter and professional education in AI

Johan Axelsson

Title: External Relations Officer, Contract Education School/office: Communication and Collaboration

Profile page: Johan Axelsson


Phone: +46 19 303211

Room: E2202

Johan Axelsson

You can also get in contact with Smarter at the email adress This is an email address.