RELIANT Industrial graduate school: Reliable, Safe and Secure Intelligent Autonomous Systems



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The industrial research school RELIANT targets reliable, safe and secure intelligent autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and aims to be instrumental in development and deployment of the latest research results regarding intelligent autonomous systems in Swedish industry. Our partners are found within vehicle solutions in transportation and construction, autonomous and intelligent systems, as well as electronics and software for autonomous systems. The results of RELIANT will support all business sectors where next generation products are assumed to have autonomous functionality with maintained or increased reliability, safety and security.

RELIANT aims to make significant advances in technology and methodology for development of intelligent autonomous high-performance CPS and use of such systems in modern industries. The results should be able to use COTS (Commercial-of-The-Shelf) components and development tools, making our results directly applicable to industry. RELIANT will target the conjunction of autonomy and reliability in combination with safety and security, with the goal to integrate all this into CPS. A key aspect of RELIANT is to address such problems through the collective experience facilitated by the virtual use-case concept.

RELIANT is an integral part of the strategic research area of Mälardalen University (MDU) affiliated with the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering (IDT) and comprising three complementary activities:

  • Research, organized in the form of PhD research projects in real industrial contexts. The PhD students will work in close cooperation with senior researchers at MDU, industrial specialists, and international researchers and experts.
  • Networking activities, with the goal of establishing strong networks between PhD students, industrial specialists and managers, as well as with prominent international and national researchers.
  • Courses, seminars, and activities related to interdisciplinary competence, especially targeting engineering of the next generation of reliable, safe and secure intelligent autonomous CPS.


RELIANT spins off, and complements, the ongoing KKS research profile DPAC ( at MDU. In RELIANT we further extend the network of participating companies in the DPAC ecosystem, and we draw upon the existing research results we gained on dependable and safe CPS.

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden Academic
H2solo Industrial
Hitachigymnasiet Industrial
Nordic Engineering Partner Industrial
Saab Aeronautics Industrial
Scania Industrial
SweGreen AB Industrial
Volvo Construction Equipment AB Industrial

Kristina Lundqvist, Chairman of the MDU recruitment committee,Professor

Room: U1-066B
Phone: 021-101428