What can we do for you?
If you want to develop your company’s technical solutions, SICS offers knowledge and expertise in a broad range of business forms – from single contract research to long term research cooperation. We are not here to make money but to support Swedish industry with advanced technical development. We may be able to provide that expertise that you need to take your business to the next level.
Joint research projects
SICS has provided customized research to the Swedish industry for over 25 years. Virtually all research at SICS is carried out in cooperation with industry. Projects vary in size, but they all typically try to solve industry related problem or explore a new area with industrial relevance. Most of the time, the actual research is carried out in direct collaboration with people from the participating companies or organizations. Consequently, probability is high that any new insights and results are actually exploited by the participating organizations.
A large part of the research is conducted in projects with public funding or partly funded by EU programs. SICS is active in all relevant EU programs and coordinates a number of EU projects.
From research results to commercialization
Commercialization of research results is an integrated part of the activities at SICS. The exploitation of the results emphasizes and proves the relevance of our research and, directly or indirectly, creates commercial value for our partners and the industry as a whole.
We promote commercialization both on our own and in partnership with industry. SICS cooperates with several innovation system actors, such as Innovationsbron, to develop and strengthen the role of the research institutes in the innovation system.
For smaller and midsized companies SICS can help finding ways for financially viable solutions for advanced research including EU project partnership and public funding.
SICS provides an opportunity for researchers to combine an academic career with exposure to industry challenges. Over the last 20 years, more than 50 researchers have received their Ph.D. degree based on project work carried out at SICS and approx. 20 Master's students carry out their thesis work at SICS every year. Many SICS researchers move on to either academia or industry, taking a unique and valuable combination of skills and experience with them. Over the years, 18 professors have been recruited from SICS, and hundreds of researchers have moved on to pursue careers in industry.
Every year, SICS researchers publish approx. 85 scientific publications, including reviewed articles in international scientific journals, conference and workshop proceedings, book chapters, and technical reports. See SICS publications. In addition to publications, SICS researchers disseminate their results to fellow academic researchers by organizing and participating at academic conferences and workshops. The industrial partners of SICS benefit from SICS prominent position in the international research community with front line research and international expertise within reach.
Publicly available software
Most software development in SICS research projects stops at the research prototype or proof-of-concept stage. Typically, further development to reach a stable product is done by the industry partners. However, on occasion SICS does develop and make available software directly to interested parties. In this case, it is most often done by releasing the software as open source but SICS also has the option to provide software on a commercial basis, as is the case with the widely spread SICStus Prolog. See complete list of publicly available SICS software.
Participation in standardization work is maybe one of the most efficient ways to promote and disseminate advances in knowledge. In addition, good standards drive innovation and competition - especially in technology markets. SICS regularly participates in standardization work – often, but not always, within the scope of a large research project. SICS has, for example, contributed to standards for Prolog and IPv6.
Over the years, many new companies have been started based on SICS research. This is a very efficient way to make use of new findings and contribute to the competitive strength of Swedish industry. See complete list of SICS spin-off companies.
SICS organizes a variety of public seminars, primarily targeted to industry. SICS Software Week, a four day conference in September on hot topics is one example. Other examples are seminars and workshops on specific technology arranged at SICS for a smaller audience. Every spring, SICS organizes an SICS Open House day, where current research prototypes are exhibited and many seminars are given. This day alone typically attracts 300 attendees. See Calendar. To join the invitation list, please register at www.sics.se/signup.
Finally, SICS researchers participate in various trade exhibitions and public events organised by others, e.g. culture and science exhibitions.