Inspirational Days & Master Thesis Awards


Open AI Day

Since the AI Lab opened in 2017, we have organized several Open days and Inspirational Days. These are dissemination events that connect people affiliated with the Norwegian Open AI Lab and others interested in AI, with a goal of increasing knowledge and competences. 

These events take place twice a year; during spring, companies and organizations can pitch potential master's thesis topics for cooperation with students. In fall, we organize the best AI thesis awards. 

These events provide an arena for connecting with researchers, students and practioners, and exchanging experiences and ideas regarding the many potential applications of AI. 

Previous Events


Previous events


Inspirational Day October 24

Inspirational Day and Master Thesis Awards, fall 2019

The 2019 AI Inspirational Day and Master Thesis Awards took place in Trondheim, October 24th.  

The program included short AI talks - both on theory and application, given by researchers and industry. Three talented, former NTNU students (that you can see in the photo above) were awarded for the best master theses of 2019. 

You can find more photos from the event here.

Master Thesis Award 2018

Winners of the Master Thesis Award 2018

The winner of best master thesis in the category application, was Andreas Bell Martinsen, with the thesis End-to-end training for path following and control of marine vehicles, supervised by Anastasios Lekkas. In the photo above, you can see Andreas, together with Kerstin Bach and Massimiliano Ruocco.

The winners of best thesis in the category theoretical, were Are Haartveit and Harald Musum. Their thesis Learning event-driven time series with phased recurrent neural networks was supervised by Keith Downing. 

Pre Event

Inspirational Day Spring 2019 Pre Event

In the evening of March 21, we organized a pre event where a few graduate students presented their master thesis work. The presentations had different topics, focusing on both theoretical and applied AI. All students did an impressive job and were able to engage the audience into lively discussions. 

After the presentations, the discussions continued during a networking dinner, where researchers, participants from different companies and organizations, and the students were able to get to know each other.

Master Thesis Award 2018

Inspirational Day and Master Thesis Award 2018

The Inspirational Day fall 2018, took place November 15 had two parts; the first part included presentations about AI research and on how to apply AI in industry and business. The second part was the Master Thesis Award, awarding the best AI master theses written at NTNU that year. 

The event also provided great networking opportunities between students, researchers and others interested in AI.