He still feels rather new at work, does Marcus Wallberg, the man who is Gränges’ first AI engineer. Small wonder. He only graduated from KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, in December last year, earning a master’s degree in Computer Science. Just a couple of weeks later he became part of the Research & Innovation team in Finspång. He says he is looking forward with great anticipation to a role that he has been involved in defining, at a company he describes as “innovative, global and just the right size.”
So why Gränges?
“An important thing that attracted me to Gränges was the company’s connection to China,” says Wallberg. “Before I started at the university, I studied Chinese for three semesters. I really look forward to visiting our production facility in Shanghai.”
And what will be his focus areas?
Asking Wallberg to describe the importance of artificial intelligence for the industry proves to be a bit difficult, as the scope of AI is so broad. But he does say that wellknown applications such as self-driving cars, image recognition in your smartphone and language translations are important areas to study, in order to develop the technology for other areas that apply to Gränges. “For many people it’s a big change to work in cooperation with computerized intelligence, but in five to ten years, when we look back, we will probably ask ourselves why we didn’t start earlier,” says Wallberg. “With my insights into AI and machine learning, I hope I can contribute towards Gränges’ process to develop new materials.” Wallberg’s thesis at KTH focused on the prediction of lightning strikes in Ghana with the help of AI modelling.