The 2021 edition of the SAIS has been a great success, despite the fact that we had to do it virtually for the second time. We had more than 80 registered participants and several visitors following selected keynote presentations and the panel discussion.
This edition of the workshop is hosted by the Machine Learning group at the Luleå University of Technology and was planned as a hybrid event with both physical and online participation. Unfortunately, due to the recent increased concern for the situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) also this year’s conference was held online.
Out of the 31 submissions, SAIS 2021 accepted 12 papers for inclusion in the IEEE proceedings and 16 non-archived contributions, including 6 Ph.D. project descriptions presented in mentoring sessions. We are happy to see a good number of contributions from collaborations including most Swedish universities active in the field and also some research organizations, and companies. Most contributions are non-archived presentations of work in progress, which are further improved using the review comments and experience from discussions at the workshop and possibly lead to archived publications in other venues. This spirit, i.e., giving feedback to peer researchers and mentoring PhD students from other groups, is one of the major missions of the SAIS workshop – with the goal to increase the scientific quality of AI research in Sweden.
The program of SAIS 2021 includes a variety of topics, ranging from AI applications in fields such as computer vision, epidemic modeling, fluid dynamics, healthcare, human-machine interaction, mining, and retail, to investigations of methods for problems such as gesture recognition, multi-modal domain translation, neuromorphic sensing, privacy-preserving learning using homomorphic encryption, self-supervision, and visual instance segmentation. We would like to express our gratitude to all the authors who submitted their work, to the program committee and reviewers, and to the organizers, student mentors, and session chairs.
Finally, we thank the highly reputed plenary speakers – Seiichi Uchida, Elena Fersman, and Elisabetta Chicca, and the contributors to the special session focusing on Swedish-Brazilian research collaboration.
More information and videos of selected highlights can be found here: