STEW 2021 – a great tenth year celebration

Last week on November 11-12th the tenth annual Software Technology Exchange Workshop, STEW 2021, took place in Lund. Over two days the participants listened to interesting presentations, engaged in inspiring discussions and not least networked and met new people.

Maria Stranne, SKF, moderator for STEW 2021

Maria Stranne, Director of Digital Transformation Innovation at SKF Group and vice chairman of the Swedsoft board did an excellent job as moderator for STEW 2021.

It was with great joy Swedsoft and our co-host welcomed the participants to Lund and the tenth STEW conference. STEW has since 2012 been arranged to create exchange between industry, academia and public sector within software development and research. This year we were happy to be able to meet in person again and throughout the conference, several opportunities were given to make new contacts and exchange ideas, thoughts and knowledge.


Software as a motor for acceleration and disruption

Speakers from Debricked, Saab and Scania at STEW 2021.

The theme for this year’s STEW was Software as a motor for acceleration and disruption. During STEW we listened to several interesting presentations and speakers who all talked about their view on the theme.

  • The explosion of Open Source and its impact on software performance
    Emil Wåréus, Co-founder and Head of Data Science, Debricked
  • Open data ecosystems – caring for innovation by sharing
    Per Runeson, Professor, Lund University
  • Drivers of AI adoption
    Irene Ek, Policy analyst, Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis
  • Rotation as a service – disrupting manufacturing industry’s way of working
    Renato Neves, Global Manager, Head of Digital Ecosystems & Partnerships Connected Technologies, SKF Group
  • There is No Free Lunch: Software Quality Challenges
    Maria Ulan, Research assistant, Linnaeus University
  • Software and algorithms for safe and risk-aware autonomous vehicles
    Truls Nyberg, Industrial PhD Student, Scania CV/KTH Royal Institute of Technology
    Vandana Narri, Industrial PhD Student, Scania CV/KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Testing Gripen E – Test Automation and Exploratory Testing
    Torvald Mårtensson, Test Manager Gripen E and Technical Fellow, Saab
  • Deep learning for automotive software testing – first experiments
    Dhasarathy Parthasarathy, Principal Research Engineer, Volvo AB


Great discussions and new cooperation

Besides listening to the presentations, a large part of STEW 2021 also consisted of workshops and discussions with all the participants. As organizers we were glad to hear the discussions that took place between participants and not least see the new cooperation that were discussed. We look forward to follow the results of these discussions.

Swedsoft wants to send a big thank you to the STEW 2021 co-hosts ScaniaIdeon Science ParkSKFHalmstad UniversityAB VolvoRISESaabBlekinge Institute of TechnologyFavroMalmö UniversityInformatorLinnaeus UniversityDebricked and Addalot.

We also want to thank the speakers and participants who together made STEW 2021 a great conference and not the least a great example of how competence from different sectors can facilitate valuable knowledge exchange and assist in furthering innovation.

Do you want to be a co-host for STEW 2022? We are now starting the planning for STEW 2022! Please contact the secretariat for more information.


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