The SCIENCE AI Centre is a virtual centre that was established to promote interdisciplinary AI research at the University of Copenhagen. Below, you can find sections, centres and projects across the University that combine AI technologies and a wide range of application areas.






Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management and the Department of Computer Science bring together remote sensing and artificial intelligence to monitor, predict, and simulate changes in ecosystem properties – such as human settlement structures, agricultural use, tree and forest cover, water bodies, and carbon stocks – at a global scale.

Visit the website of the DeReCo projekt


Professor Rasmus Fensholt



Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC) is a centre of excellence in basic algorithms research funded by the VILLUM Foundation. Using the power of mathematics it strives to create fundamental breakthroughs in algorithmic thinking.

Visit BARC's website


Professor Mikkel Thorup



Center for Health Data Science (HeaDS) functions as a hub for research groups throughout the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences to support a world-class research environment for health data science with links to the many computational, experimental and clinical groups working within this field.

Visit the website of HeaDS


Head of HeaDS Anders Krogh, professor at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the Department of Computer Science





Center for Tracking and Society (CTS) focuses on establishing an interdisciplinary research environment for empirical and theoretical research about digital tracking and society. The interdisciplinary work at CTS spans media and communication, computer science, surveillance, political economy and critical data studies. The center hosts a number of projects, which focus on e.g. AI in the news and automated decision-making in welfare provision.

Visit the website of Center for Tracking and Society (CTS)


Center Director, Associate Professor Stine Lomborg


At the Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR) we are interested in a wide range of legal issues within the information and innovation law areas – both national and international – that lie at the intersection of law and technology and the heart of modern society in the digital age.

This includes related to intellectual property and data protection as well as internet and technology regulation, for example related to algorithmic content moderation, recommender systems, automated decision making.

Visit CIIR's website


Centre director, Associate Professor Sebastian Schwemer:




CIRCD studies contemporary communication, in all its aspects, formats, and participant frameworks. Their work is solidly rooted in the study of human “languaging” using a range of modalities. They specialize in multimodal analyses of social interaction in institutional settings and strategic communication, including interactions with AI.

A central project is BlindTech. The project examines how people with visual impairment or blindness actually use AI in everyday practice such as smartphones with AI-based apps and smart speaker systems such as Google Home Assistant.

Visit CIRCD's website


Associate Professor Brian Due Lystgaard 



At the Centre for Language Technology at University of Copenhagen we work with language technology and Natural Language Processing (NLP), primarily for Danish. A central project is The Central Word Register for Danish. The objective of the project is partly to support an efficient sharing of Danish language resources, and partly to make a sense inventory of Danish words (lemmas) available to companies and researchers working with AI. 


Centre for Language Technology – University of Copenhagen
The Central Word Register for Danish (COR) – University of Copenhagen


Professor Bolette Sandford Pedersen 



Chemometrics is using cutting edge of machine learning, artificial intelligence and good old statistics, applied to analytical chemistry within the field of food science and related disciplines.

Visit the web site of UCPH Chemometric at Department of FOOD:


Associate professor Åsmund Rinnan 



Copenhagen Causality Lab (CoCaLa) at the department of Mathematical Sciences is performing research in foundations and applications of graphical models and causal learning.

Visit CoCaLa's website


Professor Niels Richard Hansen


SODAS is an interdisciplinary social science centre located at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The centre combines classic social science theories and methods with state of the art data science techniques.

Visit SODAS' webiste


Professor and Director Morten Axel Pedersen

SODAS administration




The AI Centre was affiliated with the Danish Center for Big Data Analytics driven Innovation (DABAI), a partnership funded by Innovation Fund Denmark. It was a collaboration between Danish universities and a number of corporations and public institutions.

Visit DABAI's website


Professor Stephen Alstrup



The main focus of the Data Analytics Group at Department of Food Science (FOOD) is on using analytical (chemical) instruments such as hyperspectral imaging and nuclear magnetic resonance to measure properties and functionalities of raw materials and food products to optimize and characterize food production and end-quality.

Visit the website of the Data Analytics Group


Professor Rasmus Bro



The Data Science Laboratory (DSL) acts as the entrance for researchers and students to the AI Centre. Being hosted by the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Department of Computer Science, its overall aim is to enhance the quality of data analyses in research carried out at SCIENCE.

Visit DSL's website


Head of Laboratory (Statistics), Associate Professor Bo Markussen
Head of Laboratory (Computer Science), Professor Erik Dam



The Deep Process Learning initiative at Department of Food Science (FOOD) is prompted by the rapid increase in volume and complexity of process data from food manufacturing systems. The initiative will strive to be the front-runners in conducting industrially relevant process-AI research, while maintaining the department's decade-long strong collaboration with the industry in process analytics and optimisation.


Professor Rasmus Bro



DIREC is an international flagship centre for digital research with the aim to expand the capacity within research, innovation and education in digital technologies in Denmark. KU is work package leader for AI with professor Mads Nielsen.

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Professor Mads Nielsen 



The Disease Systems Biology Program is leading in developing innovative tools to analyse and interpret big biomedical data effectively. The program is part of Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research.

Visit the website of The Disease Systems Biology Program


Research director, professor Søren Brunak



The ELLIS Unit Copenhagen is founded by researchers from the University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) with the purpose of contributing to fulfilling the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) mission of strengthening basic AI research in Europe and thereby contributing to creating job and economic growth in Europe.

Visit the website of ELLIS Unit Copenhagen


Professor Christian Igel


The Electronic Research Data Archive (ERDA) and the High Performance Computing Centre (HPC) is the storage and high performance compute facility run by the Faculty of SCIENCE. It holds the resources funded by SCIENCE and the SCIENCE digitalization council for performing storage and compute intensive research at SCIENCE.

Visit the HPC Centre's website


Hans Henrik Happe



SCIENCE AI Centre and AI and Green Solutions Centre have established a thematic solution on AI and Green Transition.

Website of Green Solution Centre’s thematic solutions


Assistant Professor Raghavendra Selvan




The Information Retrieval Lab at Department of Computer Science (DIKU) conducts research in the areas of information retrieval (e.g. search engines) and information extraction. They study and develop tools that provide effective and efficient access to big, hetereogeneous data. 

Visit the Information Retrieval Lab's website


Professor Christina Lioma



The Quantum for Life Centre combines research in quantum physic, mathematics, chemistry and data science.

Visit the website of The Quantum for Life Centre


Professor Matthias Christandl



The Pioneer Centre for AI focuses on fundamental research, and within an interdisciplinary framework, develops platforms, methods, and practices addressing society’s greatest challenges.

Visit the Pioneer Centre for AI's website


Professor and Director Serge Belongie



The Image Section at the Department of Computer Science is performing research in foundations and applications of image analysis and computer vision.

Visit the IMAGE Section's website


Professor and Head of Section, Kenny Erleben



The Machine Learning Section at the Department of Computer Science is performing research in foundations and applications of machine learning.

Visit the Machine Learning Section's website


Professor Christian Igel



The Natural Language Processing Section (NLP Section) at the Department of Computer Science is performing research in processing and understanding of natural language.

Visit the NLP Section's website


Professor Isabelle Augenstein