On Thursday 20 October, The King took part in the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences' Royal Technology Forum – Technology Foresight. The seminar focused on three future technology trends: nanotechnology, medical diagnostics and robotics.
The seminar was dedicated to The King, who is patron of the academy, to mark his 70th birthday earlier this year.
The seminar was held at the academy's conference centre in Stockholm, and three invited speakers discussed future trends. The subject was anticipated technology breakthroughs and how they may affect society. Three of the academy's members and some of Sweden's leading researchers presented the various subject areas.
The first subject was nanotechnology. Professor Maria Strømme from Uppsala University introduced the subject, after which the first speaker of the evening, Professor Robert S. Langer External link, opens in new window. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), spoke about nanotechnology and its potential in medicine.
Professor Fredrik Höök from Chalmers University of Technology then presented the subject of medical diagnostics and Professor David R Walt External link, opens in new window. from Tufts University. Professor Walt spoke about the emerging revolution in diagnostics.
The third subject was robotics. Professor Danica Kragic from KTH Royal Institute of Technology gave an introduction and then presented the evening's final speaker, from Georgia Tech, who spoke on the subject Collaborative Robotics: Robots and People, and Even More Robots. Professor Egerstedt works at the Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (GRITS Lab) at Georgia Tech.
IVA External link, opens in new window. is an independent academy that "promotes technical and economic sciences and the development of industry, for the benefit of society" (§ 1, IVA's statutes).
IVA has 1,300 elected Swedish and foreign members, who are decision-makers, specialists and researchers from industry, academia and public administration.
The King is IVA's highest patron, and is actively involved in the academy's operations.