Swedish Institute of Computer Science

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Swedish Institute of Computer Science
Established 1985; 32 years ago (1985)
Focus Applied computer science
Head Staffan Truvé
Faculty 160 researchers
Staff 200 employees total
Location Kista district, Stockholm, Södermanland and Uppland, Sweden
Coordinates Coordinates: 59°24′18″N 17°56′59″E / 59.4049°N 17.9496°E / 59.4049; 17.9496
Address Box 1263,
SE-164 29 Kista,
Website www.sics.se

The Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS) is an independent non-profit research organization with a research focus on applied computer science. The institute conducts research in several areas, including networked embedded systems, future Internet technologies, large scale network-based applications, and human–computer interaction. Research projects at SICS are typically conducted in cooperation with both industry and academia.

In January 2005, SICS had about 88 employees, of which 77 were researchers, 30 with PhD degrees. As of April 2016, SICS had about 200 employees, of which 160 were researchers, 83 with PhD degrees. The institute is headquartered in the Kista district of Stockholm, with the main office in the Electrum building.


Several well-known software packages have been developed at SICS:

Academic output[edit]

The research at SICS results in approximately 100 refereed publications in academic journals, conferences and workshops per year. Around 2-4 SICS researchers receive higher academic degrees per year, and 1-3 persons move to academia for tenured positions.

SICS was ranked as the 15th most acknowledged computer science research institution in the world in an article in the December 2004 issue of the highly esteemed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). SICS is the only Swedish institution included in the list, and is one of two European institutions (the other one is INRIA) alongside 13 well-known American institutions, several of them larger than SICS.[1]

Notable spin-off companies[edit]


SICS is owned jointly, 60% by the Swedish government, and 40% by Swedish industry. The government owners are the Research Institutes of Sweden (Rise), Swedish ICT, and the Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). The industry owners are a consortium of Ericsson, Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), Saab Group, Green Cargo, Bombardier Transportation, and TeliaSonera.

SICS research is funded by the owners, by national funding sources, often Vinnova (the Swedish Government Agency for Innovation Systems) and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF), and by industrial collaboration partners. SICS also participates in several European research projects funded by the European Commission.


SICS was formed in 1985.


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