Enabling Technologies

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NTNU Digital aims to strengthen the generic ICT disciplinary research at NTNU. We support research that can be vital for future applications; emerging and potentially disruptive ICT technologies. The core research areas can be shared across diverse applications, and our ambition is to achieve a beneficial cross-fertilization by bringing together researchers from different application areas but with commonalities in method and theory.

NTNU Digial covers the research and education in Information and Communication Technologies at NTNU. The ICT research and education activities at NTNU are distributed on several of our faculties, although the main hub is the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE).


Focus areas

AI / machine learning

  • BigData analytics
  • Internet of Things – IoT
  • Smart systems
  • Decision support
  • Human-machine

Today, a computer can analyse several types of medical images as accurate as a doctor can. Artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and Smart Communities are an increasingly important part of people's everyday lives and will impact a number of industries in the future: the health sector, finance, oil and gas, the transport industry and retail trade, to name a few.

NTNU offers courses and supervision ranging from traditional logic and knowledge based AI to data-driven (Big Data), via statistical learning methods like deep learning, to biologically inspired techniques such as evolutionary computing and swarm intelligence.

More info about artificial intelligence at NTNU / Some selected projects on artificial intelligence:

Security and reliability

  • Cyber security
  • Privacy
  • Reliability, vulnerability
  • Risk analysis

ICT controls or is vital to all critical infrastructure. The Internet is also in itself an important part of our critical infrastructure. This makes the modern society vulnerable to cyber-attacks and critical information infrastructure protection has emerged as a field of great interest in cyber security. The Center for Cyber and Information Security (CCIS) at NTNU is a national centre for research, education and competence building in cyber security in Norway.

More info about Security and reliability at NTNU / Some selected projects on Security and reliability:


  • Energy efficiency: Electronic components, architectures
  • Computation: Algorithms, HPC, clusters, Cloud computing

For the past five decades, computer performance has enabled incredible scientific and societal advancements in such diverse fields as drug development, climate modeling, and how we interact with each other through social media. Supercomputers play a vital role in the development of these fields. However, today's systems are energy limited, which severely hampers any further improvements of their performance. A single data center can consume 100's of MW and the combined power consumption of all data centers in the USA equals the power consumption of the whole of UK. Energy efficiency is a key design challenge for future computing systems, ranging from wireless embedded client devices to high-performance computing centres. Thus, improving the energy efficiency of computer systems not only improves the performance (enabling societal and scientific advancements) but also helps reduce CO2 emissions. New technologies and innovative solutions that improve the energy efficiency of computer systems are needed to foster the continuation of scientific and societal advancements.

More info about Computation at NTNU / Some selected projects on computation:

Autonomous systems

  • Automation
  • Robotics
  • Navigation

Autonomous cars are no longer a thing of the future; automation will revolutionize both the car and transport industry. Autonomous ships and underwater vehicles will create safer and less costly marine operations, while automatic control, smart sensors and monitoring systems will be vital to future fisheries and aquaculture. Virtual physiology, model based diagnostics and treatment and prosthesis control systems are important developments in medicine.

The cybernetics engineering community at NTNU has an international profile with a strong ambition to be a leading international research unit within its field.

More info about Autonomous systems at NTNU / Some selected projects on Autonomous systems:

Micro sabbaticals

A micro sabbatical is a 1 – 2 months visits to an international institution, or the same type of costs for invited guest researchers to NTNU, where the purpose is research and/or network building.

How to apply for a Micro Sabbatical


The Minister of Digitalization has announced that the Ministry of Local Government and Modernization will develop a national strategy for artificial intelligence, and has invited input and contributions to this work. In response to the invitation, NTNU and SINTEF have submitted a joint whitepaper outlining our views on key issues for a national AI strategy. The whitepaper is published here and on the Ministry’s website.

Recent conferences

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Leader group of NTNU Digital

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