Can AI help a health system under pressure?

27 OCTOBER 2022

Can AI help a health system under pressure?

In Denmark we have a shortage of medical specialists and nurses. In 2025, according to the Danish Nurses’ Organization, there will be a shortage of at least 6,000 nurses, and the lack of medical specialists is also a huge problem for a hospital sector under a historically high pressure.


Digital Tech Summit 2023 – AI Transforming Business



DTS – AI Transforming Business 2023 is the largest deep tech conference in the Nordic countries and the annual meeting place for researchers from universities in Denmark and their partners in Danish industry. 

Over the course of two days, visitors will get access to more than 100 professional talks and presentations and a unique insight into the dominant and transforming digital technologies that are changing our industries and creating the future’s growth engines.

Digital Tech Summit presents the latest research and results from the business community and industrial partners and creates the framework for networking with the conference’s other visitors – directors, engineers, product managers, product developers, business developers and last but not least the talents of the future: university students.


Workshop on Verifiable and Robust AI


Workshop on Verifiable and Robust AI

This interdisciplinary conference will consist of a combination of invited talks, panel discussions, working groups, and contributed talks and poster presentations.

Artificial intelligence, driven to a large extent by rapid advances in deep learning technology, has produced exciting results over the last decade across various different scientific disciplines and practical applications.

This success is accompanied by an increasing need for methods that explain the decisions of machine learning models, make their performance more robust under changing conditions, and can provide firm guarantees for their behavior with regard to aspects like safety, privacy preservation, and non-discrimination.

These emerging key issues for the further advancement of AI are being studied both in the AI/ML communities, as well as by researchers from the areas traditionally concerned with the safety and verification of software systems by formal methods, such as model checking and theorem proving. However, while working towards the same goals, the interaction between these different research communities has been somewhat limited. This workshop aims to bring together researchers from the AI/ML and formal methods communities for an exchange of ideas and scientific approaches for tackling the challenge of building safe, trustworthy and robust AI systems.

The workshop is supported by the Digital Research Center Denmark (DIREC). It will consist of a combination of invited talks, panel discussions, working groups, and contributed talks and poster presentations. This interdisciplinary conference will facilitate the exploration of synergies between the two fields, fostering novel collaborations and fostering the development of innovative techniques.

By uniting these scientific communities and promoting dialogue and collaboration, this workshop aims to pave the way for the development of AI systems that demonstrate remarkable performance and ensure safety, transparency, and accountability in their operation.

Selected contributions from the workshop will be published in a special issue of the International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer (STTT).

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
  • Robustness against adversarial attacks
  • Robustness under domain distribution shifts
  • Fairness of machine learning models
  • Machine learning with humans-in-the-loop
  • Explaining predictions of machine learning models
  • Verification and validation of program code produced by generative AI as OpenAI Codex or GitHub CoPilot
  • Merging statistical ML and logical reasoning
  • Neuro-symbolic integration
  • Safety guarantees for machine learning models
  • Testing and evaluation protocols for machine learning models
  • Satisfiability modulo theories (SMT)
  • Integrating constraint satisfaction and machine learning
  • AI reasoning beyond prediction
  • Formal logic, domain logic, and machine learning?
  • (Non-statistical) privacy-preserving methods
  • Guarantee preservation for evolving ML models
  • Scalable formal methods for AI/ML
  • Benchmarking and evaluating the performance of AI/ML systems in safety-critical contexts
  • Case studies demonstrating successful application of formal methods and AI/ML techniques in the development of robust, verifiable AI systems


Thanks to the support from DIREC, the participation fee is reduced to DKK 1900 per person. This fee includes accommodation and full board for the duration of the workshop. Due to space and financial constraints, the number of participants is limited.

When you have registered you will receive an email within a couple of days with further information about payment etc.

Invited speakers

Peter Flach

University of Bristol

José Hernández-Orallo

Universitat Politècnica de València

Antonio Vergari

University of Edinburgh

Jan Křetínský

Technical University of Munich

Nils Jansen

Radboud University Nijmegen

Bernhard Steffen

TU Dortmund University

Moshe Vardi

Rice University


The workshop is organized by

  • Boris Düdder, University of Copenhagen
  • Jaco van de Pol, Aarhus University
  • Kim Guldstrand Larsen, Aalborg University
  • Thomas Hildebrandt, University of Copenhagen 
  • Manfred Jaeger, Aalborg University

Digital Tech Summit: An important meeting place for universities and industry


Digital Tech Summit: An important meeting place for universities and industry

This autumn’s last big tech event has completed with great success. Thank you for two exciting days at the Digital Tech Summit 2022 in Bella Center Copenhagen. 

Photo: Mikal Schlosser

This year’s theme was Building European Tech Resilience. In a time of war, geopolitical uncertainty, pandemics and vulnerable supply chains, it is important to focus on how the technological development is dealt with. Digital Tech Summit is an obvious occasion to discuss the foundation of the digital technologies that must contribute to solve the challenges.

We thank you for the many exciting presentations that focused on different perspectives of this year’s theme, and for meetings with researchers, students, startups, companies, NGOs, who believe that digital development is a prerequisite for solving some of society’s most urgent issues – from climate change to democratic challenges.

Together with the Pioneer Centre for AI, CBS, DTU and Danish Life Cycle Cluster, we focused on the development of digital technologies for the healthcare sector, which is dominated by a record high labour shortage. On the main stage, we assembled a strong panel for a discussion of how to navigate the challenges of implementing groundbreaking AI in the healthcare sector.
At our stand right in the middle of our eight university partners, we had visits from researchers, students, startups and established companies who wanted to know more about DIREC’s work in strengthening digital research across the universities and the business community – the private and the public sectors.
Finally, we focused on exciting DIREC projects within hybrid work, digital technologies for urban water management, Greentech and smart cities and the role of robotics, drones and AI in sustainable farming.
Special thanks to our contributing business partners and researchers involved in the DIREC projects.
We look forward to spreading much more exciting news about all the exciting research that is contributing to change the world for the better.

World-class research with a solid Danish footprint – with the aim of making a crucial difference for companies and society.

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Quantum in practice: Current industry applications

Quantum Event:

Quantum in practice: Current industry applications

Join us for an afternoon filled with insights and inspiration as we explore the potential of quantum computing.

Are you curious about cutting-edge research and real-world applications of quantum technology?

Four leading companies working in quantum computing will share their work and showcase real-world use cases for quantum computing and quantum-inspired computing. From computational problems to chemistry and optimization, the talks will highlight how quantum computing is reshaping industries and solving today’s challenges for companies and society.

***This event will be held in Danish***

Whether you’re a quantum enthusiast or just curious about the potential of quantum technologies, this event will show you the many ways in which quantum computing can be applied to revolutionize our industries and society for good.


12.30-13.00 Lunch and networking 

13.00-13.10  Welcome and opening remarks

13.10-13.40  Presentation and Q&A
with Mark Jones, Co-Founder & CEO/CTO, Molecular Quantum Solutions

13.40-14.10  Presentation and Q&A
with Janus Wesenberg, Head of Research, Kvantify

14.10-14.20  Coffee break

14.20-14.50  Presentation and Q&A
with Troels Steenstrup, Director & Head of Machine Learning and Quantum Technologies , KPMG

14.50-15.20  Presentation and Q&A
with Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen, Founder and CEO, QPurpose

15.20-15.50  Panel discussion

15.50-16.00  Closing remarks

15.50-16.30  Everyone is welcome to stay for networking and a glass of wine/soda


DIREC only supports researchers who collaborate across universities

27 OCTOBER 2022

DIREC only supports researchers who collaborate across universities

Denmark’s talented researchers must become better at collaborating across universities and industry. Only then do we stand a chance against the big foreign knowledge institutions.


How do we become better at using artificial intelligence in healthcare?

17 OCTOBER 2022

How do we become better at using artificial intelligence in healthcare?

There is an increasing demand in Denmark for new and more advanced healthcare services. In the coming years, there will be more elderly people with treatment needs and a decreasing youth population to take care of the elderly. The challenges call for us to think differently, so that we can jointly develop a well-functioning healthcare system that can provide the best treatment methods.

The use of artificial intelligence is an important part of the solution when resources need to be optimized and we need to think differently. But is our healthcare system ready to implement the new solutions, and what challenges will arise in the meeting between digital research and everyday life in a busy hospital?

“Artificial intelligence and machine learning can improve the ways we prevent and diagnose diseases, optimize treatments, increase quality and reduce errors. A huge number of technological innovations are emerging right now, many of which are promising research-based AI solutions, and yet it is a challenge to get them tested and implemented in the healthcare sector, says Thomas Riisgaard Hansen, director of Digital Research Centre Denmark (DIREC). 

What is holding the development back and what are the actual challenges? Is it that technology is getting closer, but still too limited and full of errors to create actual value in the healthcare sector? Is it that data and legislation complicate the development of algorithms? Is it that the healthcare system has problems incorporating new technology and changing work processes? Is it a lack of resources and money? Or does the problem lie elsewhere? This hot topic was discussed in the session ‘How to navigate the challenges of implementing groundbreaking AI in the healthcare sector’ at this year’s Digital Tech Summit. 

“It is a major task to use the technological opportunities in the healthcare system and it also requires us not to be deceived by dazzling promises about what the technology can do but, instead, we must work purposefully to exploit the actual opportunities and to remove or reduce the barriers that interfere,” says Thomas Riisgaard Hansen, who has worked with health innovation for 20 years and moderated the panel discussion. 

He was accompanied by technology companies, researchers, innovators, and health professionals, who gave their own take on how we can jointly support the development and implementation of new solutions that will benefit patients and staff.

The session presented three concrete cases about implementation of AI in the Danish healthcare system:  

Getting Access to Health Data and Ways to Leverage it in the Health Sector
Henrik Løvig, Enversion & Gitte Kjeldsen, Danish Life Science Cluster

Getting AI innovations implemented internationally
Mads Jarner Brevadt, Co-founder & CEO, Radiobotics & Janus Uhd Nybing, Ledende Forskningsradiograf, Bispebjerg og Frederiksberg Hospital samt Medstifter, Radiologisk AI Testcenter RAIT

Getting Research Implemented in the Daily Practices in a Hospital Setting
Mads Nielsen, Professor, KU andIlse Vejborg, Head of Department, Rigshospitalet

Each case is based on experiences with the implementation of artificial intelligence in the healthcare system and highlighted the challenges and best practices that have been identified from the perspective of the technology developers and not least of the healthcare professionals.

The session was organized by DIREC, Pioneer Centre for AI, CBS, DTU, and Danish Life Science Cluster. 





Drone swarms must respond fast in case of natural disasters and drowning accidents

10 OCTOBER 2022

Drone swarms must respond fast in case of natural disasters and drowning accidents

Artificial intelligence must make drone swarms autonomous in order to use them as an effective tool for searches at sea. Drone swarms must also be able to respond fast in the event of floods and other natural disasters.

Researchers from SDU and AAU are currently collaborating with the Aalborg company Robotto and the Danish Emergency Management Agency to develop the autonomous drone swarms.

Robotto is already known from the Danish TV program “My idea – our mission”. Earlier this year, the company won the competition for best climate idea for the development of intelligent drones to help monitor large areas of land and fight wildfires before they get out of control.

Sees things which cannot be seen by the human eye
Together with researchers from University of Southern Denmark and Aalborg University led by Professor Anders Lyhne Christensen from SDU Biorobotics and Associate Professor, PhD Tim Merritt from the Department of Computer Science at Aalborg University, Robotto is now working on developing intelligent drones for use in search operations at sea. The drones will also be able to help rescuers searching for survivors and victims after floods and other natural disasters.

“We work with artificial intelligence and swarm drone technology. Our goal is to get many drones to cooperate so that they can coordinate a search operation over a large area with precision and autonomously. As the drones with artificial intelligence can see much more than the human eye, they are an important tool in future search and rescue efforts,” says Kenneth Richard Geipel, co-founder and CEO of Robotto.

Cheaper and more efficient
Drone swarms are both cheaper to operate and more efficient than rescue helicopters, he adds. The price for a drone is approx. DKK 100,000. In comparison, it costs DKK 16,000 per minute when a rescue helicopter takes off. “The advantage of artificial intelligence is that it can identify patterns and analyze images much more effectively than humans can. Therefore, a drone can search a very large area and look for people and objects in the sea that are impossible for humans to see.”

Must respond in the case of natural disasters
In the long term, the goal is to establish drone airports in strategic locations, so that the drones can quickly move out, for example after oil spills at sea, during floods and other natural disasters, and within very short time help the emergency services with the situation. “Even if we stopped all CO2 emissions tomorrow we will still experience natural disasters like the floods in Pakistan and Florida. Therefore, it makes good sense to have mobile containers with small drones ready, so that they can respond fast in operations in high-risk areas,” says Kenneth Richard Geipel.

In the future, the drones will be able to work completely autonomously and be able to manage missions themselves, he adds. “Drones can already make decisions themselves depending on the situation, and when we get several drones to communicate, it will only require one person on the ground to press start. The drones will take care of the rest together and they figure on their own how to search an area in the best possible way.”

Previous events

Quantum Computing – Workshop and Opening Event

Part 1 workshop

Topological Quantum Computing, Gaussian Boson Sampling
 and Measurement-based Quantum Computing

Part 2

Part 2 Opening Event

Quantum Hub Opening Event

PART 1 Workshop:  09:00-12:00

Topological Quantum Computing, Gaussian Boson Sampling
 and Measurement-based Quantum Computing


09:00 Welcome
by DIREC managing director Thomas Riisgaard Hansen

09:10 Topological Quantum Computing
by Professor and QM Centre Director Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen

10:20 Coffee break

10:35 Gaussian Boson Sampling
by Assistant Professor Shan Shan

11:15 Coffee break

11:30 Measurement-based Quantum Computing
PhD Student Santiago Quintero de los Rios

All are welcome

Sign up by e-mail to Thomas Riisgaard Hansen


PART 2: 13:00 – 17:00

SDU Quantum Hub Opening Event


13:00 Welcome by SDU Quantum Hub
by Director Professor Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen

13:05 Presentations of quantum research activities at:

  • NBI, Professor Klaus Mølmer

  • DTU, Professor Ulrik Lund Andersen

  • ITU, Associate Professor Michael Kastoryano
  • AU, Professor Birgit Schiøtt

  • AAU, Professor Torben Larsen

  • KU, Professor Matthias Christandl

15:25 Coffee break

15:40 Presentation of the SDU Quantum Hub
by Professor Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen

16:10 Addresses
by TEK Dean, Professor Henrik Bindslev, NAT Dean, Professor Marianne Holmer & Rector, Professor Jens Ringsmose

16:30 Reception

Registration is not needed

Previous events

ReWork Artistic Exploratory: Research and Art Exhibition

ReWork artistic exploratory:

Research and Art Exhibition

Come and join us when we are presenting art prototypes and research exploring the future of work.

ReWork is a multidisciplinary research project exploring the future of hybrid work technologies and experiences. ReWork collaborators include academic researchers at Danish universities in partnership with artists, cultural institutions, and companies in several industries.

Join artists Stine Deja, Jakob La Cour, Line Finderup Jensen, and Lea Porsager, along with researchers from the ReWork research project, for this multidisciplinary art event, research exhibit, and reception.

About the collaborators:

Stine Deja explores the uncanny and sometimes absurd futures of our landscapes, lives, bodies, and environments, with media including sculpture, 3D animation, sound, and immersive installations.

Jakob La Cour creates extended reality experiences and performance art that draws on ancient and traditional rituals and practices in combination and contrast with cutting edge modern technologies.

Line Finderup Jensen examines past and future human experiences and the nature of reality through videos, VR, interactive 3D animated games, and paintings.

Lea Porsager engages with physics, feminism, politics, and culture through a variety of artistic practices including tangible and intangible media such as land art and sculpture, film, text, and animation.