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Distributed Artificial Intelligent Systems - DAIS

Investigation and development of edge AI hardware and software components that are self-organizing, energy efficient, and private by design for the European industry.

The use of artificial intelligence in edge computing based on ubiquitous small and connected devices is entering a new era. The results of the first era do not bode well for Europe. Although often based on European inventions, the standards are set and most components are produced in other regions. DAIS will strengthen Europe’s position by putting European values at the core of the Electronic Components and Systems (ECS)  that will shape a new era by self-organization, privacy by design, low use of energy and delivering the technology needed to protect these values.


DAIS focuses on very early pan-European cooperation to ramp up the capabilities needed to deliver new components. In order to complement huge IT leaders cooperation from a very early stage is key. All partners in the project participate in delivering key parts of these new ECS components. The project will demonstrate the use of these components in three key industrial areas for Europe, providing the early examples needed to unlock corporate and external funding, and deliver on the promise of this very exciting and challenging project.


The DAIS project will research, promote and deliver distributed artificial intelligence (AI) systems, as well as respective architectures, solving the problems of running existing algorithms on these vastly distributed edge devices. DAIS is organized around eight different supply chains: five focus on delivering the hardware and software that is needed to run industrial grade AI on different type of networking topologies, while three others will demonstrate how known AI challenges, from different functional areas, are met by this pan European effort.


With 47 parties from 11 countries, DAIS fosters cooperation between large and leading industrial players from different domains, several highly innovative small and medium sized companies (SMEs), and cutting-edge research organisations and universities from all over Europe. Each of the supply chains, in which the partners collaborate, delivers its findings for broader dissemination through a special work package to directly influence industrial standards. To address the take up of digital transformations and digital innovations it will be paramount to use open, international and public available standards. This will also support the SME industry with services to adopt new technology to increase interoperability of information technology, common enterprise-wide views of information, obsolescence of information technology and freedom from vendor lock-in.


The DAIS project aims to tilt in Europe’s favour the global competitive scale in this key ECS domain. The outcome will help European industry stay at the global forefront with many of its developed and manufactured components, including distributed AI enabling ones, proudly showing “Made in Europe” logos.


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Region Västmanland, Other than Sweden

RISE role in project

Main coordinator, Research partner

Project start


36 months

Total budget

EUR 36 million


Mälardalens högskola, TietoEvry, SENSATIVE AB, ArctosLabs Scandinavia


Vinnova, ECSEL JU

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