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Aiki forside lenke

Weekly news from the AI-world

You can now watch "Ukens Aiki" (Norwegian) here! New videos will be posted weekly.


NCE Aquatech Cluster Afterwork

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Afterwork event with NCE Aquatech Cluster

On Tuesday April 9th, we hosted an afterwork event here at NTNU together with the NCE Aquatech Cluster, where several of our partners are members. The theme was AI and aquatech, and several of our researchers and PhD-students presented how they work within this field. We hope the day was inspiring to all participants and wish the cluster good luck on their next event!


NTNU University Library AI Day

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Photo: Screenshot from the stream

NTNU University Library AI Day

On January 26th The NTNU University Library hosted an exciting themed day about artificial intelligence, where many of the researchers affiliated with both NAIL, SFI NorwAI, and SFU Excited were participating. The keynote for the day, "From Toys to Tools to Terror(ist?) in a decade" was held by our own Keith Downing. 

The event was held at at the Natural Science Library (Realfagsbiblioteket, Gløshaugen) in Trondheim, drawing approximately 90 attendees in person as weel as well over 400 unique viewers online! The program included talks about the Norwegian language model with Lemei Zhang from NorwAI, AI and ethical challenges, and AI in student projects from Cogito NTNU. Among the speakers were NAIL core team members Gunnar Tufte, Torbjørn Svendsen, and John Krogstie, both speaking on AI and sustainability. The day was fantastically led by Daniel Rosmæl Skauge from our student organisation BRAIN NTNU.

The recording of the event is now available online for you to watch back!


Applications open for ProbAI 2024

Summer School

Applications open for ProbAI 2024

ProbAI is coming to Copenhagen this summer! You can now apply to the Nordic Probabilistic AI School 2024 in Copenhagen, 17-21 June. This is the 5th annual ProbAI summer school. Read more about ProbAI and apply before the deadline March 1st here.


Inga Strümke is Communicator of the year

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Inga Strümke is Communicator of the year

Our own Inga Strümke is awarded the Research Council's Award for Excellence in Communication of Science 2023 for her work in communicating about artificial intelligence. This is the first time a researcher from NTNU has received this prestigious award. Congratulations! You can read the jury's justification here and watch Inga's speech here.


1 billion AI investment: First note from the expert group

1 billion AI investment: First note from the expert group

Two of our core team members, Inga Strümke and John Krogstie, have contributed to the expert group advising in the governments 1 billion investment on AI research. To deliver on all aspects of the investment, the expert group have presented three main themes: Trust, responsibility and creativity. They also focus on the need for interdisciplinary research alongside targeted research within specific areas. 

Read more about the investment and the expert groups work here


Schlumberger Visual Computing Prize 2023

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Schlumberger Visual Computing Prize 2023

Each academic year the Visual Computing Laboratory here at NTNU offers the Visual Computing Schlumberger Prize of 25 000 NOK to the best performing student(s) within the three Visual Computing courses. The aim of this prize is to stimulate students to follow this important area of computing and this year's joint winners were Armin Bodingbauer and Stella Lukasser. The award was virtually handed over to them in the AI lab on Friday September 15th, by Frank Lindseth, Theoharis Theoharis and Gabriel Kiss (pictured). Representatives from SLB were also present online to celebrate the two students. 


One billion NOK towards AI research

One billion NOK towards AI research

Norway's Minister of Research and Higher Education, Sandra Borch said a big "Congratulations" when she and Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre presented the governments 1 billion NOK investment in AI research. The investment is broad and includes both research on the technology itself, as well as its consequences. We are excited to see how this develops! Read more about the investment on the governments website here (Norwegian).


NAIL @ Trondheim Tech Port 2023

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Kerstin Bach at Trondheim Tech Port. Photo: Sandra Skillingsås/Trondheim Tech Port
Kerstin Bach at Trondheim Tech Port. Photo: Sandra Skillingsås/Trondheim Tech Port
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NAIL @ Trondheim Tech Port 2023

In June, both Kerstin Bach and Heri Ramampiaro, participated in events held by Trondheim Tech Port. Firstly, Kerstin had a presentation at Tech Ports “Innovasjonsfrokost” about AI in health care on June 2. Then, at Tech Ports yearly meeting June 21, Heri held a talk about AI and the current situation of the field. 

You can also look forward to their upcoming Innovasjonsfrokost “Kunstig intelligens i medieverden” on September 15, when Inga Strümke and Jon Atle Gulla will be present to talk about AI in the media.


AI in your news- and podcast-feed

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Inga Strümke at NRK News.

AI in your news- and podcast-feed

Our researcher Inga Strümke was recently present both in a NRK news segment about Snapchat’s MyAI as well as in an episode of the NRK P2 podcast Drivkraft. As always, Inga stressed the importance of knowing not only the opportunities, but also the limitations of AI. You can see and listen to the segments in the links above (both in Norwegian). 


AI for a broad audience

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AI for a broad audience

Our researcher Inga Strümke was recently at Lindmo speaking about AI, you can rewatch the program here (Norwegian).

Her book about AI, Maskiner som tenker - algoritmenes hemmelighet og veien til kunstig intelligens (2023), is also available for preorder now. The popular scientific book can be enjoyed by a broad audience as well as experts.

And if you are in Trondheim, you can attend the book launch at Litteraturhuset on the 8th of May!


NorwAI&NAIL AI Seminar - The AI Privacy Problem

Seminar - 27 Jan 2023

Professor Marija Slavkovik in front of her presentation slides reading “Privacy does not equal personal data, an issue for cyber security not AI”

NorwAI&NAIL AI Seminar - The AI Privacy Problem

On Friday 27th January our AI seminar series with NorwAI was guested by Professor Marija Slavkovik from the University of Bergen. She gave a talk about AI and privacy, shedding light on some important issues and distinctions to consider when building algorithms that use sensitive information.

Marija has kindly agreed to share her PowerPoint slides with us. We would like to thank Marija so much for the visit and the great talk!
 


EvoLP: An evolutionary computation tool

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EvoLP: An evolutionary computation tool

EvoLP is a playground for evolutionary computation, developed by our PhD student Xavier F. C. Sánchez Díaz, in the Julia programming language. It implements a set of building blocks that can be coupled easily to generate genetic, evolutionary and swarm intelligence solvers for a variety of optimization tasks, including discrete, continuous and combinatorial problems. A few optional utilities for analysis (like benchmark test functions, result reporting and statistics logging) are included. It is well-tested, extensively documented and is free — available on GitHub for everyone to use under an open-source license. 


Catch IDI 2023

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Aksel Lunde Aase presents at Catch IDI. Photo: Kai T. Dragland/NTNU
Aksel Lunde Aase presents at Catch IDI. Photo: Kai T. Dragland/NTNU

Catch IDI 2023

A big thanks to our amazing students that took on the challenge to present their work at Catch IDI on February 24th 2023. We heard about four AI master-projects, all in only 15 minutes! 

First, William Dalheim told us more about diffusion models. Then, Patrik Hammersborg talked on explainable AI and chess models such as AlphaZero. We heard about developing videogame agents using NeuroEvolution was presented by Martin Sondov Hallan, who works alongside Kristian Tveiten. Lastly, we heard about making self-driving cars using Imitation Learning and computer vision, as told by Aksel Lunde Aase, who is working with Mathias Wold.

We are positive that their glowing enthusiasm has inspired other students to delve into the world of AI as well!


Applications open for ProbAI 2023

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Applications open for ProbAI 2023

You can now apply to join this year's Nordic Probabilistic AI School! The event will be in Trondheim from 12-16 June. 

Read more and apply on the ProbAI website!


NorwAI&NAIL AI Seminar - Small particles, big data: Machine learning at the Large Hadron Collider

Seminar - 3 Feb 2023

Steffen Mæland at the AI seminar. He is pointing to an equation on one of his slides. It reads E2=m2c4+p2c2

NorwAI&NAIL AI Seminar - Small particles, big data: Machine learning at the Large Hadron Collider

Thanks to Steffen Mæland, associate professor at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and contributor to the ATLAS experiment at CERN, who gave a very exciting talk about the advantages and challenges they face using machine learning at the Large Hadron Collider.

He has kindly shared his slides from the talk with us here!


NorwAI&NAIL AI Seminar - Medical machine learning: from basic research to startups

Seminar - 1 Dec 2022

Lars Ailo Bongo standing in front of his Power Point presentation. The title reads "Medical machine learning: from basic research to startups".

NorwAI&NAIL AI Seminar - Medical machine learning: from basic research to startups

Thank you so much to Lars Ailo Bongo, from UiT - Norges arktiske universitet, who gave a very interesting talk about the rollercoaster of failure and success that is medical machine learning!

Among other things, he stressed the importance of data availability and open access research. In the spirit of accessibility, he has kindly provided us with a link to view his presentation slides for those who are interested.

Also, a big thanks to Kerstin Bach for organising this edition of our AI seminar series with NorwAI.


infrastructure

Infrastructure

NTNU to invest in more powerful infrastructure for AI

The AI and machine learning research community at NTNU is growing at a fast rate. This calls for more powerful computing resources, with secure and efficient handling of data shared between NTNU researchers and external partners as a key element. We are therefore happy that NTNU will invest in updating the infrastructure.

Learn more about the investment in this article.


RICO

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New project "RICO" will make intelligent control systems more robust

We recently learned that the project "RICO - Robust Intelligent Control" has been awarded funding from the Norwegian Research Council. The aim of the project is to develop new methods to improve the robustness of intelligent control systems. The project will include partners TrønderEnergi, SINTEF Digital, Solution Seeker and Ohmia charging. 

Learn more about the RICO-project in this article. 


probai2021

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Participants at ProbAI in 2019

Successful second Nordic Probabilistic AI School 2021

The second Nordic Probabilistic AI School (also known as ProbAI school) was held virtually on June 14-18. The school brought together more than 200 students and a great team of lecturers and speakers from all over the world.

The mission of ProbAI is to create an inclusive environment serving a state-of-the-art expertise in probabilistic machine learning. Learn more about ProbAI 2021 in this article. 


Are you student?

Student projects

Screenshot from masters thesis pitching event on Zoom

Are you a student looking for an AI master's thesis project?

Will you write your master's thesis next year and need some inspiration for a thesis topic? Would you like to work with real-life challenges and data? In that case, we recommend that you take a look at the thesis projects submitted by Norwegian companies and organisations during our master's thesis event March 9.

The recording from the event is available for NTNU students and staff here.

In this folder you'll find descriptions of all the thesis projects presented during the pitch session, as well as a few more! 


Se opptak fra webinar om KI i Norge

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Trym Holter talks at webinar

Se opptak fra webinar om kunstig intelligens i Norge

14. august samlet vi KI-eksperter fra akademia, næringsliv og offentlig sektor til webinar for å diskutere status for KI-utviklingen i Norge.

Vi fikk høre om den nasjonale KI-strategien og hvordan noen av landets største virksomheter arbeider med KI-teknologi. Vi diskuterte fremtiden til og med KI, og stilte det store spørsmålet kommer robotene egentlig til å ta over? 

Gikk du glipp av webinaret? Da kan du se det i opptak her.


SupportPrim

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Supportprim project interface

New project SupportPrim will provide recommendations to physiotherapists

The online magazine for Norwegian physiotherapists "Fysioterapeuten" covers the new project SupportPrim, which uses AI to give recommendations about possible treatment for patients. The SupportPrim systems takes into account individual differences between patients.

The project is a collaboration between NTNU's Musculoskeletal research group and the AI Community, with associate professor Kerstin Bach as main contact person from our side.

The project has received support from the Norwegian research council.

Click here to read the article (in Norwegian).


Norwegian Centre for Research-Based Artificial Intelligence Innovation

SFI Center

NTNU staff celebrating new SFI Centers

New SFI center, NorwAI, will develop novel ways to utilize data-driven AI in innovative solutions 

We were thrilled to learn that the Norwegian Center for Research-based Artificial Intelligence innovation (NorwAI) will be granted status as an SFI center (center for research-based innovation) by the Norwegian Research Council.

NorwAI will develop breakthrough theories, methods and technology for efficient and trustable utilization of data-driven AI in innovative, industrial solutions, together with some of the most competent research environments on AI and big data, and companies with high technological ambitions

You can read about all the new SFI centers at NTNU in this article. 


Podcast

Podcast

Profile photo of Trym Holter

Trym Holter i Digitaliseringspådden

Nysgjerrig på kunstig intelligens (AI)? Hør Trym Holter, direktør for Norwegian Open AI Lab, gjeste Digitaliseringspådden, hvor han forteller om flere spennende AI-relaterte temaer, som talegjenkjenning, motlyd, "smart" teknologi, og gir deg AI-ordlista!

Du kan høre episoden her


Visit by the Minister of Public Security

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Visitors at the AI lab

Visit by the Minister of Public Security 

On May 13, 2019 we were delighted to welcome the Minister of Public Security, Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde (Progress Party) to NTNU and our AI Lab.

Public security is an important aspect of the work we do at NTNU. Together with the excellent research community on cyber security at NTNU in Gjøvik, we presented some of this work to the Minister of Public Security. 


Machine learning used to recognise salmon

Student project

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Machine learning used to recognise salmon 

Meet former NTNU students, Espen Meidell and Edvard Schreiner Sjøblom, who took a deep dive into the ocean while writing their master's thesis during spring 2019. They focused on how machine learning can be used to recognise individual salmon.

In this video (in Norwegian) they explain how it was done, and why recognizing salmon can be useful for the salmon industry. This work was done in cooperation with Sealab Ocean Group and Norwegian Open AI Lab.


Partner forum Oslo April 2024

Partner forum
Photo: Stig B. Fiksdal/DNB

NAIL Partner forum and Annual meeting 2024

In the first week of April we held our Annual meeting and Partner forum, this time in Oslo and kindly hosted by our partner DNB in their headquarters. Topics discussed was AI and finance, Industrial AI and the potential for cross partner collaborations going forward. Thank you so much to all particiapants, both on, off and behind the stage. We look forward to many more fruitful discussions and collaborations in the future!


Visit Karianne Tung

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The new Minister of Digitalisation and Public Governance, Karianne Tung in the AI lab.
Photo: Kai T. Dragland/NTNU.

Visit from Minister of Digitalisation and Public Governance

On Tuesday November 14th we had the honour of welcoming the new Minister of Digitalisation and Public Governance, Karianne Tung. In the AI lab she got a presentation from NAIL leader Heri Ramampiaro, as well as discussions on AI regulations and the importance of having a human "in the loop". Tung also got to talk to the hard-working students who frequent our lab, both members of our student organization BRAIN, and our AI master students were present. We look forward to further collaborations with the new minister!


NorwAI Innovate best poster award

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NorwAI Innovate best poster award

At the NorwAI Innovate conference, one of our PhD-students, Xavier F.C. Sánchez-Díaz was awarded the Best Poster Award for his poster titled 'EvoLP.jl: Modular Optimisation in Julia using Evolutionary Computation'. His work was done together with professor Ole Jakob Mengshoel. The reward is for 10 000 NOK and was handed over by Kerstin Bach, who is the NorwAI research director.

EvoLP is available for free at GitHub here!


SkyNews segment

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SkyNews segment

Heri Ramampiaro was live on SkyNews on July 6th, talking about how AI might change the jobs of the future, but there will always be a need for human competence. Read more from the reporting they did while in Trondheim here!


Winner of the XAI Challenge at ICCBR 2023

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Betül Bayrak was handed the award from Anne Liret from British Telecom France who was chairing the competition. Photo: Kerstin Bach

Winner of the XAI Challenge at ICCBR 2023

One of our Phd students, Betül Bayrak won the XAI Challenge at the International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning (ICCBR) 2023. Congratulations!

In this work Betül has introduced a counterfactual explainer that offers high-quality, stable, and interpretable counterfactuals. The explainer combines the strengths of counterfactual and feature attribution-based explainers, facilitating diverse perturbation methods and integrating tailored distance metrics. As part of the challenge, the explainer has been integrated in the iSee platform so it can be used by researchers and industry in the future.


NAIL is a proud sponsor of the 10th ACM Celebration of Women in Computing womENcourage™

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NAIL is a proud sponsor of the 10th ACM Celebration of Women in Computing womENcourage™

The conference is hosted by NTNU here in Trondheim and will take place at Trondheim Spektrum between September 20-22, 2023. Among other things on the program you can find a hackathon, workshops, poster sessions, as well as talks and panels with a broad spectrum of interesting speakers. Registration is open and early registrations end on August 1st. Read more and register here!


Debattene om Norges fremtid – AI: Intelligens uten følelser

June 15 2023
Selma from BRAIN works with a journalist to showcase how ChatGPT can be used in different settings. Photo: Screengrab from «Debattene om Norges fremtid», Fieldwork.
Selma from BRAIN works with a journalist to showcase how ChatGPT can be used in different settings. Photo: Screengrab from «Debattene om Norges fremtid», Fieldwork.

Debattene om Norges fremtid – AI: Intelligens uten følelser

In June, NAIL had the honour of contributing to the latest instalment of “Debattene om Norges fremtid”. It is a series of deep diving debates, that seeks to shed light on different societal issues in Norway. Heri Ramampiaro took part of the live debate at DIGS in Trondheim on June 15th and Inga Strümke had a pre-recorded section in the program. Also participating in the production were students from our student organisation BRAIN NTNU; A big thanks to Selma Ditlev-Simonsen and Even W. Lauvrak for their contributions. We would also like to thank Fieldwork for the great collaboration! 

If you missed the event and live stream, you can read more about the program and watch the recording online here (Norwegian). 

You can also read this article in Trønderdebatt, written in connection with the debate, by NAIL-leader Heri Ramampiaro.


AI workshop for Norwegian publishers

14 June 2023

AI workshop for Norwegian publishers

In June, NAIL hosted a workshop for Norwegian publishers in Oslo. The day was co-organised with SFI NorwAI and Den Norske Forleggerforeningen. On the programme were presentations from NAIL leader Heri Ramampiaro, associate professor Inga Strümke, researcher Benjamin Kille, as well as Heidi Austlid, leader of Forleggerforeningen. Towards the end of the day we held a workshop wherein participants were asked to reflect on the implications - both positive and negative - the current AI developments might have on their field of work. 


1 may 2023

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Foto: Mikaela Berg/DN
Foto: Mikaela Berg/DN

AI and the work force

In this article from Dagens Næringsliv (Norwegian) you can read about the 'lawyer-robot' «Harvey» and why NAIL leader, Heri Ramampiaro, is a careful optimist regarding the recent AI-developments.


BRAIN 5-year anniversary

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BRAIN leader Christian Lewin, NAIL leader Heri Ramampiaro and Dean Ingrid Schjølberg at the 5-year celebration at the AI-lab.
BRAIN leader Christian Lewin, NAIL leader Heri Ramampiaro and Dean Ingrid Schjølberg at the 5-year celebration at the AI-lab. 

BRAIN 5-year anniversary

Congratulations to our wonderful student organisation BRAIN NTNU with their 5-year anniversary! We are so proud of all the work you do and very excited to see how far you'll go in the next years. The anniversary was celebrated on Friday April 21st at the AI lab with cake and speeches from both the Dean Ingrid Schjølberg and NAIL leader Heri Ramampiaro. Later on the students continued the festivities with a galla dinner.


Visit from the Ministry of Education and Research

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Visit from the Ministry of Education and Research

On February 2nd 2023, the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE) had a visit from the Ministry of Education and Research (Kunnskapsdepartementet). As part of the visit, they guested us at the Norwegian Open AI Lab. Here they heard from different representatives at the Department of Computer Science (IDI) as well as the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK) at campus Gjøvik.

AI lab-leader and head of department, Heri Ramampiaro, spoke on AI’s role in politics and everyday life. He talked about our ongoing research projects and initiatives, stressing their societal relevance in an increasingly digital world.


Nemonoor lansering

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Nemnoor EDIH (European Digital Innovation Hub) lanseres i mars!

Bli med på lansering av Norges nye senter for kunstig intelligens!
 
Kunstig intelligens har aldri vært mer omtalt, diskutert eller benyttet enn nå. For norske virksomheter betyr det at tilgang på riktig kompetanse, testsentre og nettverk vil være avgjørende i tiden fremover. 
 
Nemonoor er et nytt nasjonalt senter for kunstig intelligens som skal hjelpe bedrifter med å ta i bruk teknologien. Senteret består av Norges fremste eksperter innen kunstig intelligens som skal veilede og tilby tjenester innen fire domener; produksjon, helse, energi og smarte byer/samfunn.
 
Meld deg på den digitale lanseringen 23. mars og få et innblikk i hva Nemonoor kan tilby din virksomhet!


To år med nasjonal KI-strategi – hvordan ligger vi an?

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Robot og kvinne som ser på hverandre. Illustrasjon

To år med nasjonal KI-strategi – hvordan ligger vi an?

14. januar 2022 var det to år siden regjeringen lanserte Norges KI-strategi. Sammen med gode samarbeidspartnere har vi i anledning årsdagen gjort oss noen tanker rundt Norges KI-strategi og hvordan vi ligger an.

 


Language technology projects

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Little girl learning language on an iPad

Language technology projects in NAIL

The interest in language technology, and particularly natural language processing (NLP), has increased rapidly in recent times, as a consequence of its many potential application areas and the technological advances that have been made in the field. However, the most impressive breakthroughs within NLP have been made in the English language. For Norwegian and the Scandinavian languages, there is still a job to be done.

Luckily, our Norwegian Open AI Lab partners and researchers are working on it. In this article you can learn more about our language technology projects. 


project review

Project

Selfback user interface

Successful final review for SELFBACK

On May 27th, the SELFBACK EU project had its final review. The goal of the project has been to develop a decision support system to facilitate self-management for low back pain patients. The multidisciplinary team, lead by Paul Jarle Mork (ISM) and Kerstin Bach (IDI), has used Case-based Reasoning to personalize self-management recommendations delivered via a smartphone app. Partners in the project have been Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, University of Glasgow, University of Southern Denmark, the National Research Center for the Working Environment in Denmark and SMEs Trade Expansion and Health Leads. 

In the last two years, the effectiveness of SELFBACK has been evaluated in an international multi-center randomized controlled trial (RCT) using pain-related disability as primary outcome. A company (SelfBack APS) has been established in Denmark, projected to license, and commercialize the SELFBACK technology. While the project is officially closed, the work on analyzing the data is ongoing. In the months to come, more publications on the details of the technology and the RCT’s outcome will be published.


ai masters theses awards

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Screenshot from masters thesis awards on zoom

The top AI Master's Theses in 2020 awarded

Artificial Intelligence is a popular topic among students at NTNU. In fact, more than 200 master's students who graduated from the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering last year submitted a thesis in which AI plays a substantial part. 

On December 15th, we celebrated the top AI theses of 2020 in a digital event. Eivind Meyer, a graduate from Department of Engineering Cybernetics, was the lucky winner of the awards.

You can read more about the event and see all nominated theses in this article. 


prosjekter

Projects

illustration of collaboration

New projects to start up in 2021

When 2020 was coming to an end, several NAIL researchers got the great news that their project applications had been approved for funding. These are some of the successful projects to start up in 2021:

  • In the project "TEFLON", to be financed by NordForsk, several Nordic partners will design digital language-learning games for Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian.
  • "New Machine Learning Algorithms for the Calculation of Water Values" is a new research-based innovation project together with Statnett and the Norwegian start up, Optimeering. 
  • "SmaRTWork" will develop a digital system for facilitating the return to work for people suffering from muscle and skeletal diseases. The project is a collaboration between the AI group at the department of Computer Science and the department of public health and nursing. 

You can find a list of all ongoing NAIL projects in our project overview


New project Time series analysis

Project

Photo of students working on a computer

New project will use AI methods to improve time series analysis

The new project "ML4ITS - Machine Learning for Irregular Time Series analysis" was recently approved for funding (16MNOK) by the Norwegian Research Council. The project aims to improve the analysis of irregular time series, by exploring ways to overcome the issue of limited available or labelled data for (multivariate) time series modelling. These are cases where heterogeneity of the data (e.g. non-stationarity, multi-resolution, irregular sampling) as well as noise, pose further challenges.

ML4ITS’s main objective is to advance the state-of-the-art in time series analysis for “irregular” time series by using modern AI methods. The methods will be applied and tested on industrial different use cases in partnership with Refinitiv, Telenor, and Exabel. 

At the core of ML4ITS there is a cross-disciplinary environment, including Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences and Electronic Systems departments at NTNU. This is also the first collaborative platform between NAIL and the newly established strategic IoT initiative at NTNU to receive external funding.


New project will analyse data on sleep and physical activity

Project

Illustration photo of baby yawning

New project will analyse physical behaviour and sleep

NAIL researcher Kerstin Bach, along with colleagues at NTNU Department of Public Health and Nursing, will receive funding for an innovative project on physical behaviour and sleep. The project will explore the unique data in the HUNT study (Nord-Trøndelag Health Study) to examine how biological, socioeconomic, individual, and demographic determinants affect physical behaviour and sleep.

The HUNT data will provide insights to why there are large differences in the level of physical activity and the quality of sleep among the population. The funding is granted by NTNU Helse, one of NTNU’s strategic areas, and the project will run for three years. 


NAIS 2019

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Participants at the NAIS symposium

Symposium of the Norwegian AI Society 

The 2019 Symposium of the Norwegian AI Society took place from May 27-28 at NTNU, hosted by the Norwegian Open AI Lab. The symposium brought together researchers and practitioners in the field of artificial intelligence in Norway and Scandinavia to present ongoing work and future directions of AI.

The symposium provides a forum for networking among researchers as well as building and strengthening connections with related research fields, practitioners and businesses. 

Photos from the Norwegian AI Symposium (flickr)


AI Podcast: Ole Jakov Mengshoel on Lørn.tech

Podcast

Ole Jakob Mengshoel

Ole Jakob Mengshoel on Lørn.tech 

In this podcast episode of Lørn.tech, Ole Jakob Mengshoel is interviewed by Silvija Seres. They talk about how AI has developed and how it can be used to solve global challenges, while improving the newest technology (in Norwegian).

There you can also find several other interesting interviews, among others with our partners Telenor, Sintef and Norsk Regnesentral.


 

Nordic AI Network

Internationalization – April 26, 2019

Members of the Nordic AI network

The new Nordic AI Network

The leading technical universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden form the Nordic Five Tech alliance. In April 2019 the alliance announced the creation of the Nordic Artificial Intelligence Network. 

The intention of the network is to bring together leading expertise in the field of AI and aim to turning the region into a global hub of AI research, education and innovation.

Learn more about the new AI network by reading this article


Successful AI Hackathon

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Successful AI Hackathon

More than 50 NTNU students spent the weekend March 1-3 at NTNU attending the 2019 AI Hackathon. The event was organized by Telenor and our student organization, Brain. 

The students worked with air quality data from Trondheim kommune, gathered by Telenor sensors. They showed enthusiasm and lots of creativity while working on the data. In the end, the winner team was Tannhjulsridderne - congratulations! 


NorwAI&NAIL AI Seminar, March 15 – "Nothing to see here; is reproducibility even relevant for computer science?", with Assoc. Prof. Odd Erik Gundersen

Seminar - 25 Mar 2024

NorwAI&NAIL AI Seminar - Nothing to see here; is reproducibility even relevant for computer science?

On Friday March 15th we held our second instalment of the AI seminar series hosted with SFI NorwAI. Here, Odd Erik Gundersen, the Chief AI Officer at ANEO AS, told us more about the challenges of reproducibility within computer science. He introduced some of the common problems when trying to reproduce computer science articles such as missing data and documentation on how the data is used. He also highlighted the importance of sharing code, not just data to ensure the best chance at reproducibility within this field.


"Endelig fredag" med Inga Strümke og Ottar Osen - 15. mars kl 12

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Photo: Børge Sandnes/NTNU

AI panel with Inga Strümke and Ottar Osen at NTNU Ålesund

On Friday, March 15th our Associate Professor Inga Strümke participated in the "Endelig fredag"-panel, an event for students at NTNU campus Ålesund. She took the stage together with Professor Ottar Osen and Pål Haugen, researcher at NTNU and product developer at Furuno Norway. In the audience were AI interested students with their ever unquenchable thirst for more AI knowledge.


Kosmorama 2024

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Picture of the panel at Kosmorama

AI on the agenda for Kosmorama film festival

During this year's instalment of Kosmorama film festival, we contributed to a panel on AI in the filmmaking industry. The panel was part of their Pitch and Tech day for the film industry, so the audience was filled with film industry professionals curious as to how this technology will affect their field of work in the years to come. On the panel was AI Professor Keith Downing from NTNU, together with director Tonje Hessen Schei, and film photographer Jannicke Mikkelsen, all led by author Bår Stenvik.


Seminar series

AI seminar

Revitalizing the NAIL & NorwAI Seminar series

Last Friday, on March 1st, we kicked-off the NAIL & NorwAI AI Seminar series, with a talk from Professor Keith Downing. Keith talked us through some of the potential treaths we face within the current AI spring and the years to follow. The seminar start was a success, seeing a total of around 90 participants online and in person. We look forward to the next seminar, on March 15th, when Odd Erik Gundersen, Associate Professor at NTNU and Chief AI Officer at Aneo AS, is giving his talk "Nothing to see here; is reproducibility even relevant for computer science?". See more info on Odd Eriks talk here. Hope to see you there or online!


Master thesis award and workshop event 2022 2023

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Photo: Kai T. Dragland/NTNU

NTNU AI Master's Thesis Awards 2022 and 2023

Every year we at the Norwegian Open AI Lab seek to encourage the hard work from our top tier students by awarding the Annual AI Master’s Thesis. This year, on January 24th, we awarded the top three theses from both 2022 and 2023. The awards ceremony was combined with a workshop for our partners, where students, supervisors and NAIL-partner representatives got to share their opinion on what makes a good master's thesis. 

In the end, the two winners were Ellen Zhang Chang for 2022 with her thesis "Surrounding Dialogue Generation using Deep Learning with Adapters", and Michael Staff Larsen for 2023 for his thesis "Segmentation of Coronary Arteries using Transformers". Well done and congratulations!

In this article about the event you can read more about the program and the winners, and see more photos!


ProbAI School goes to Rio!

ProbAI School goes to Rio!

ProbAI goes beyond the Nordics as you can now apply to the Tropical Probabilistic AI School 2024 in Rio de Janeiro, 29 Jan – 2 Feb. This is the 5th edition of the research school, and it is of course once again backed by NAIL. Read more about TropAI and apply before the deadline November 24th here.


NTNU Kveld: How will AI effect our lives?

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Keith Downing, Jon Atle Gulla, John Krogstie, Astrid Undheim and host Randi Wenche Haugen. Photo: Kai T. Dragland/NTNU.

NTNU Kveld: How will AI effect our lives?

Three NTNU professors and an industry representative were present when NTNU Kveld put AI on the agenda. 14th November at Dokkhuset Scene, Jon Atle Gulla from SFI NorwAI, John Krogstie and Keith Downing, as well as Astrid Undheim from Sparebank1 SMN, took the stage in four talks followed by a Q&A-panel. They talked about the history of the AI field, how we deal with AI used in education, the Norwegian language model NorGPT, and how the bank uses AI in the day-to-day business. The event was co-hosted by NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet and us in NAIL. 

Watch the stream recording from the event here (Norwegian)


Visit from Yinhai Wang UW

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Visit from University of Washington - Guest lecture with Dr. Yinhai Wang

Dr. Yinhai Wang from the University of Washington is working closely with our partner, Statens Vegvesen, and was visiting Trondheim at the end of October. During his stay we welcomed him as a guest in the Norwegian Open AI Lab. Dr. Wang is a professor in transportation engineering and the founding director of the Smart Transportation Applications and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab) at the University of Washington. He also serves as director for Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), USDOT University Transportation Center for Federal Region 10. Professors Frank Lindseth and Ole Jakob Mengshoel from the NAIL core team introduced the work we do here at NTNU on mobility.


Best Paper Award PAIS 2023

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Best Paper Award PAIS 2023

The Best Paper Award at this year’s 12th International PAIS Conference in Kraków, was awarded to one of our students Eirik Flogard, for his paper "Creating Explainable Dynamic Checklists via Machine Learning to Ensure Decent Working Environment for All: A Field Study with Labour Inspections". The paper is cowritten with Ole Jakob Mengshoel (NTNU), Ole Magnus Theisen (Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority), Kerstin Bach (NTNU). The PAIS conference (Prestigious Applications of Intelligent Systems) is part of ECAI (European Conference on Artificial Intelligence). Congratulations Eirik!


Norge trenger en teknologiminister

Media

Norway needs a minister for technology

In this opinon piece, written by Associate Professor in the AI Lab, Inga Strümke, together with Aksel Braanen Sterri academic chief in "Senter for langsiktig politikk" and researcher within ethics at OsloMet, they argue that Norway needs a minister specifically for technology - and within that; AI. You can read the piece in Aftenposten here (Norwegian).


AI at Arendalsuka

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Møt oss på Arendalsuka

AI at Arendalsuka 2023

Arendalsuka is approaching just over the summer, and we have gathered a handy list with some interesting program posts on AI - as well as other sessions with NTNU and NAIL associated people involved. NTNU people are contributing to several panel debates, presentations and discussions on AI, as well as launching the new Norwegian language model, NorGPT from SFI NorwAI!

We hope to see you there! 


Summer reading list

AI Books

Summer reading list

Summer reading list 

Summer is the time for reading, and perhaps also the time for learning something new. If you'd like to gain some insight on AI this summer, you should check out our AI summer reading list. 

Whether you are a beginner to AI or an AI enthusiast interested in deepening your knowledge, we have selected a few books to widen your AI horizon. 


 

ProbAI 2023

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ProbAI 2023 group photo. Photo: Kai T. Dragland, NTNU.
ProbAI 2023 group photo. Photo: Kai T. Dragland, NTNU.

ProbAI 2023

We are a proud supporter of the Nordic Probabilistic AI School (ProbAI), which was once again hosted in Trondheim this year. Out of 700 applicants, 160 participants got to attend the summer school to learn more about probabilistic AI, as well as network. Next year ProbAI is headed for Copenhagen, and you can read more on their website or in this text written by David Baumgartner, one of the PhD students working behind the scenes on ProbAI!


Visit from the Prime Minister

6 June 2023
Photo: Amanda Schrøder/NTNU.

Visit from the Prime Minister

In connection with the kick-off for the new national digitalisation strategy, the Prime Minister visited NTNU in Trondheim on June 6th. In the AI lab he saw presentations from the student organisation Cogito NTNU, that works hands-on with AI projects every semester, as well as NAIL leader Heri Ramampiaro, who talked about NorHEAD - Norwegian Center for Headache Research where AI and machine learning is used to improve headache treatment.

You can read more about the kick-off here.


Visit from Minister of Research and Higher Education

24 April 2023
Inga Strümke, Ola Borten Moe, Tomas Iver Hallem og Heri Ramampiaro i AI-labben.
Photo: Kai T. Dragland/NTNU

Visit from Minister of Research and Higher Education

On Monday April 24, the AI lab had a visit from Norway's Minister of Research and Higher Education Ola Borten Moe, together with State Secretary Oddmund Løkensgard Hoel and county deputy mayor for Trøndelag, Tomas Iver Hallem. They got an introduction to AI from Inga Strümke, followed by a discussion about regulations and the future of AI research, among other things. 

Later on, Borten Moe presented this years number of applicants for NTNU. We are happy to say that this year's numbers shows a rise in applicants to the technology field and especially within information technology.


NorwAI&NAIL AI Seminar - Opting out of facial recognition

Seminar - 20 MAr 2023

NorwAI&NAIL AI Seminar - Opting out of facial recognition

On Monday March 20th, we had the pleasure of hearing Professor Gavin Taylor, from the US Naval Academy talk about our possibilities of opting out of facial recognition. The underlying conclusion was that LowKey can make facial recognition systems misbehave and still have the image look very similar to the human eye. However, the issue might lie in implementing this service in practise in an increasingly digital and photographed world.  

You can read their paper “LowKey: Leveraging Adversarial Attacks to Protect Social Media Users from Facial Recognition” here and also test LowKey in their online interface here. The slides from his presentation is also available here for those interested. 

Thanks to all participants for the great turnout and interesting discussions following his talk!


Norwegian Open AI Lab 5th anniversary

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5-year anniversary at NAIL

The latest celebrations at NAIL

This fall we have celebrated both the 5th anniversary of the AI-lab, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Department of Computer Science. In this article you can read more about the latest celebrations, challenges and optimism for the future.


ProbAI2022

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Third annual Nordic Probabilistic AI School 2022

The third annual ProbAI summer school event was held in person in Helsinki Finland on June 13-17 of this year. From over 750 applicants, 150 participants were chosen to attend the event.

The program included inspiring talks, poster sessions and time to network and socialize. You can read more about ProbAI 2022 here.


2021 AI Masters thesis awards

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The top AI theses of 2021 awarded

Artificial Intelligence is a popular topic among students at NTNU. In recent years, around 200 master’s theses in which AI plays a substantial part have been submitted yearly. On December 3rd, we celebrated the top AI theses of 2021 in an awards ceremony at Gløshaugen.

Sindre Stenen Blakseth, a 2021 graduate from the Department of Physics, was the lucky winner of the 2021 AI Master’s thesis awards. 

Learn more about this year's AI Master's thesis awards by reading this article. 


New project

Project

A baby

DeepInMotion to continue the discovery of new ways to detect CP in infants

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common cause of physical disability in childhood which results in life-long needs for special services and is a huge burden for the child and family. Being able to diagnose infants at an early stage is crucial in order to prevent the disease from deteriorating.

Over the last years, NTNU researchers have worked on developing and improving Deep Learning methods to enable early detection of CP. They recently learned that they will be able to continue this work with the support of the Norwegian Research Council in the project DeepInMotion.

The project will focus on innovative explainable AI techniques and develop a smartphone-based clinical service implementation for early detection of CP. The XAI approach is particularly important when developing the smartphone app to be used by medical personnel, in order to give meaningful explanations for end-users and stakeholders. The techniques will therefore be implemented in close collaboration with hospitals. The NAIL contact person for this project is Heri Ramampiaro. 


WSJ article

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Fish farms. Photo

NAIL research featured in Wall Street Journal article

NAIL research on AI in aquaculture was recently featured in this article by Wall Street Journal.

In the article, our partners in Telenor Research shares the story of how AI is changing aquaculture in Norway, by contributing to saving costs and improving efficiency in raising salmon. 

If you are interested in the research behind this story, take a look at these two academic articles: 

A spatio-temporal recurrent network for salmon feeding action recognition from underwater videos in aquaculture by Håkon Måløy, Agnar Aamodt ang Mismi Ekrem. 

FishNet: A Unified Embedding for Salmon Recognition by Bjørn Magnus Matthiesen, Kerstin Bach, Espen Meidell, Håkon Måløy and Edvard S. Sjøblom. 


Elements of AI is coming to Norway


 

Logo for Elements of AI

Gratis kurs om kunstig intelligens på norsk

Lurer på du på hva kunstig intelligens (KI) er? NTNU og Norwegian Open AI Lab tilbyr et online introduksjonskurs om kunstig intelligens. Kurset kombinerer teori med praktiske oppgaver, og du kan fullføre det i ditt eget tempo. Og det er helt gratis! 


 

NTNU students improve monitoring of air quality in Trondheim

Student project

NTNU students and professors

Students developed app to monitor air quality

Master students at NTNU developed the app “Lufta” to keep the inhabitants of Trondheim better informed about the air quality in the city.  

By utilizing data from small sensors located in both permanent locations and on cars and buses, they are able to provide improved measurements of the air quality in Trondheim. The students have worked with IoT technology, as the sensors are connected to the 4G network, which enables wireless and immediate collection of the data. They have also worked with machine learning and prediction of how the air quality will be in the future. 

The project was initiated by Telenor and has been carried out in close cooperation between NTNU students, AI Lab researchers and Telenor. You can learn more about the project by reading this article (in Norwegian). 


The AI Challenge

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Photo from the AI Challenge conference, by Kai Dragland

AI Challenge - the Future of Artificial Intelligence 

On June 18, the AI Challenge conference took place - a full-day conference about the future of artificial intelligence and a side event to NTNU´s science festival "Big Challenge". The conference was co-organized by NTNU Digital, Sintef Digital and the Norwegian Open AI Lab.

We had several interesting speakers: Kamalika Das (RIACS/USRA, NASA ARC), Nicola Palmarini (MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab), Teemu Roos (University of Helsinki), Silvija Seres, Astrid Undheim (Telenor Research), Roger Moore (University of Sheffield), Abhishek Thakur (Boost.ai), and our own Rudolf Mester.

Have a look at this article by Universitetsavisa (in Norwegian) to learn more about the conference.


Nordic Probabilistic AI School

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Participants at ProbAI 2019

Nordic Probabilistic AI School

The first edition of the Nordic Probabilistic AI School (ProbAI) was organised June 3-7 2019. The school offered state-of-the-art expertise in machine learning and artificial intelligence to the public, students, academia and industry.

This was an intermediate to advanced level school with a particular focus on probabilistic models and deep generative models, covering the topics of latent variable models, inference with sampling and variational approximations, probabilistic programming and tools.

The event was a big success, gathering more than 150 participants from all over the world. In addition to an interesting and challenging academic program, the participants attended various social events, making it a great place to network and meet new people. We are already excited about repeating the summer school in the coming years.


 

Exaigon

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illustration photo of computer codes

EXAIGON: New project on explainable artificial intelligence

We recently got the happy news that the Norwegian Research Council will finance a new project on Explainable AI. In this project, we aim to make complex deep learning methods easier to comprehend from a user perspective.
 
The project will involve the Departments of Computer Science, Technical Cybernetics and Design at NTNU, as well as Sintef Digital as research partner. We will also work closely with business and industry; DNB, DNV GL, Embron, Equinor, Kongsberg Digital, Telenor og TrønderEnergi are all involved as partners in the project. They will share data and use-cases, ensuring that the research results can be applied in a real-life setting.

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