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Norwegian Centre for Research-Based Artificial Intelligence Innovation


The new SFI center CRAI 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 (CRAI) will be granted status as an SFI center (center for research-based innovation) by the Norwegian Research Council.

CRAI 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. In addition, CRAI will work in close collaboration with the Norwegian Open AI Lab. You can read about all the new SFI centers in this article. 




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 del AI-ordlista!

Du kan høre episoden her. Her kan du lese mer om Digitaliseringspådden.  


Elements of AI is coming to Norway

New online course


Elements of AI is coming to Norway! 

We are happy to announce that the Norwegian Open AI Lab will develop the Norwegian version of the online course "Elements of AI". The course is a fun and exciting intro course to AI - suitable for everyone. The Norwegian version will be ready in April 2020, and will be offered as an online course by NTNU. 

Vi er glade for å stå bak den norske versjonen kurset "Elements of AI", som skal tilbys ved NTNU. "Elements of AI" er et intro-kurs om kunstig intelligens, som passer for alle. Kurset vil være klart i april 2020, og allerede nå har flere store bedrifter sagt at de vil oppfordre sine ansatte til å ta kurset. Les mer i denne VG-artikkelen. Her kan du registrere din epost-adresse, så du får tilgang til kurset så snart det er klart. 




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.

AI Podcast: Ole Jakov Mengshoel on Lø


Ole Jakob Mengshoel on Lø 

In this podcast episode of Lø, 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.

Visit by the Minister of Public Security

Visit May 13

Visit by the Minister of Public Security 

May 13 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, and together with the excellent research community on cyber security at NTNU in Gjøvik, we were happy to present some of this work to the Minister of Public Security. 

NTNU students improve monitoring of air quality in Trondheim

Student project


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 read more about the project byt reading this article (in Norwegian). 

The AI Challenge

Conference – 18 June 2019

AI Challenge - the Future of Artifical Intelligence 

On June 18, the AI Challenge conference took place - a full-day conference about the future of artifical 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 intersesting 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 (, and our own Rudolf Mester (Goethe-Universitä/ NTNU). 

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

Machine learning used to recognise salmon

Student project

Video of salmon

Machine learning used to recognise salmon 

Meet master students Espen Meidell and Edvard Schreiner Sjøblom who wrote their master thesis on how machine learning can be used to recognise individual salmon. In this video they explain how it´s done (in Norwegian). The master thesis is written in cooperation with Sealab Ocean Group and the AI Lab. 

NAIS 2019


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 Norwgian Open AI Lab. The symposium brought together researchers and practioners 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 strenghtening connections with related research fields, practioners and businesses. 

Photos from the Norwegian AI Symposium (flickr)


New project will analyse data on sleep and physical activity



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 objective data obtained in the study 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. 

Nordic AI Network

Internationalization – 26 April 2019


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

Succesful AI Hackathon

Event March 1-3


Succesful 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 entusiasm and lots of creativity while working on the data. In the end, the winner team was Tannhjulsridderne- congratulations! 



Nordic Probabilistic AI School

Summer school – 3-7 June 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 huge succes, 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 2020.