Digital Transformation

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The NTNU Digital Transformation initiative

The NTNU Digital Transformation initiative

Industrialized societies are increasingly exposed to disruptive changes caused by application of a broad array of digital technologies. This digital transformation opens a wealth of opportunities and it exposes us to several societal challenges.

NTNU has contributed to the development of Norway for more than 100 years. We create value – economic, cultural and social – and have a national role in developing the technological foundation for the society of tomorrow.

Through our main profile and interdisciplinary strengths, we help to solve complex problems. We are an agenda setter for change processes and the green shift, and we contribute to competitive business and industry as well as a capable public sector through collaboration in new practices, processes and products.

NTNU wants to contribute substantially to make Norway become a prominent provider of transformative digital technology for the international market. We aim to become a key partner for exploiting the digital technology to the fullest in Norway to enhance the competitiveness of existing and emerging industry and to improve public sector functions, while ensuring societal development in tune with the expectations of Norwegian citizens.

NTNU established the Digital transformation initiative in 2018 to pursue transformative research on the development and application of digital transformation technology. The initiative consist of 48 PhD positions in nine interdisciplinary projects from various fields.

Autonomous all-electric passenger ferries for urban water transport (Autoferry)

The Digital Transformation projects

Autonomous all-electric passenger ferries for urban water transport (Autoferry)

The concept of small autonomous passenger ferries in urban areas is a more flexible and environmentally-friendly alternative to bridges or manned ferries. Autoferry therefore aims to develop groundbreaking new concepts and methods which will enable the development of such ferries for urban water transport. NTNU has recently developed a 5-m long (1:2 scale) prototype of an autonomous all-electric passenger ferry which will be used as the main experimental platform in the project. Succeeding with the Autoferry project requires a broad multi-disciplinary approach and therefore involves six PhD positions.

Autoferry page.

Digital Economy (DigEco)

Digital Economy (DigEco)

The transformative dimension in the digital economy appears when technologies are combined with market and business models, allowing radically changing capabilities for speed, scale and scope of economic activities, transactions, products and services:

  • Making informed decisions faster, more frequently, precisely and with better quality.
  • Scaling activities from a local to a global activity context.
  • Performing transactions between persons, companies and entities in a network/chain and dynamically establishing the networks, value chains and links to do so.

DigEco page.

Digital infrastructures and citizen empowerment (DICE)


Digital Infrastructures and Citizen Empowerment (DICE)

«Smart» digital infrastructures have been delegated more and more tasks and responsibility in society, at the same time as they become less transparent to public scrutiny. The DICE project aim to analyze and evaluate both the public benefits and risks that digital infrastructures pose to democracy and citizen empowerment across four key fields of social life: access to media and culture, enabling of new citizen-government relations, empowerment in social interaction and autonomy in working life.

DICE page.


A digital twin for essential hypertension management and treatment – My medical digital twin (MYMDT)

My Medical Digital Twin (MYMDT)

By a novel combination of exercise-, hypertension-, mathematical modelling-, machine learning-, statistical-, biosensor-, genetic epidemiology- and population based research we will develop a personalized Medical Digital Twin (MyMDT) that serve as a transformative platform for patient specific hypertensive intervention. MyMDT aims to identify, and implement, primary and secondary hypertension prevention schemes to improve individual health outcomes and reduce health care cost. MyMDT aim to radically improve prevention and treatment of hypertension. 

My Medical Digital Twin page.


Rational Alloy Design – ALLDESIGN

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ALLDESIGN will create a digital materials design platform for intermetallic alloy design. The project focuses on aluminium-based alloys, which are of great importance for the Norwegian industry, and investigates the physical processes behind slow-diffusion precipitation phenomena starting from atomistic scale and in silico. The goal is to develop efficient theoretical methods to understand materials properties at different length and time scales and to limit costly trial-and-error measurements in the laboratory. The data from the multiscale modelling approach will be used for digitalization of the alloy manufacturing process in the newly invested 3D stretch-bending machine.



Transforming Citizen Science for Biodiversity

Transforming Citizen Science for Biodiversity

The project is an interdisciplinary research programme that will develop tools and methods to improve the way that members of the general public collect data on what they observe in the natural world, and the way this data is used to inform us about the natural world and how it is changing. Massive amounts of data are being generated and uploaded to databases such as the Norwegian Artsobservasjoner (species observation system), and the huge quantities combined with the unsystematic way the data are collected present challenges when making inferences from the data. This project will (1) encourage citizens to collect data, (2) help scientists correctly interpret and use this data, and (3) provide information back to the citizens about how the data they have collected is being used.

Transforming Citizen Science for Biodiversity page.

Trondheim Analytica

Trondheim Analytica

Trondheim Analytica aims to provide state of the art insight into the possibilities for deriving key information about European citizens’ political viewpoints and associated emotions based on their social media profiles. We do this by: A) developing tools for studying public opinion through merging big data analysis with qualitative analysis; B) raising awareness among decision makers, academics, and the general public; and C) studying the strategies of successful social media campaigns.

Trondheim Analytica page.

Trust and Transparency in Digital Society Through Blockchain Technology

Trust and Transparency in Digital Society Through Blockchain Technology

The overall aim of this project is to advance knowledge and understanding of the technology, societal impact, and application potential of blockchain technology. Blockchains are only relevant when they relate mistrusting entities in a social context and serve a real application. Therefore the planned research on blockchains takes a multi-disciplinary approach including technological aspects (cryptographic mechanisms, networking requirements, identity management), societal aspects and application areas. The project team involves 12 professors across several different departments and faculties. Six interconnecting PhD positions are available. All project researchers will work together to solve problems with a sound theoretical basis and practical impact.

Trust and Transparency in Digital Society Through Blockchain Technology page.

World of Wild Waters – Gamification of Natural Hazards

World of Wild Waters – Gamification of Natural Hazards

WoWW focus on gamification of natural hazards and aim at bringing together knowledge on physical and statistical behavior of Natural Hazards with knowledge on digital storytelling and human behavior to create immersive user experiences based on real data, realistic scenarios and simulations. Experiences to be used as basis for preventive and emergency measures to safe live and cost. WoWW aim at being the future tool for analyzing and communicating cause and effect of potential Natural Hazards as floods and landslides.

World of Wild Waters – Gamification of Natural Hazards page.