Background and activities


My research interests focus on how to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to model human cognition. Of particular interest is imitation learning and computational creativity.

For my PhD I created an artificial simulated drummer that would imitate the playing style of human drummers. I gave a TEDxTalk on this subject.

This work was also featured in the Norwegian science program Newton (Norwegian only).


Professor Øyvind Brandtsegg created a robot for an art installation at the Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art, where I was responsible for the programming of the artificial intelligence. It was an entity that would listen, see faces, learn and associate between these modalities. It was then able to speak back and project neural memories of its experiences. Images and video to appear (the exhibit starts 20th of November, 2014).


Postdoc, lecturer at NTNU [ 2011 - 2015 ]
Postdoc at SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture [ 2009 - 2011 ]
PhD in artificial intelligence, titled "A Groovy Virtual Drummer: Learning by Imitation Using a Self-Organizing Connectionist Architecture" (PDF) [ 2009 ]
Master's Thesis in computer science, titled "Dancing Robots" (PDF) [ 2006 ]

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Brandtsegg, Øyvind; Tidemann, Axel. (2015) [self.]: an Interactive Art Installation that Embodies Artificial Intelligence and Creativity. Proceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition (C&C '15).
  • Høverstad, Boye Annfelt; Tidemann, Axel; Langseth, Helge. (2013) Effects of data cleansing on load prediction algorithms. 2013 IEEE Computational Intelligence Applications in Smart Grid (CIASG).
  • Tidemann, Axel; Høverstad, Boye Annfelt; Langseth, Helge; Øzturk, Pinar. (2013) Effects of scale on load prediction algorithms. CIRED 2013 Electricity Distribution Systems for a Sustainable Future.
  • Brandtsegg, Øyvind; Saue, Sigurd; Inderberg, John Pål; Kvidal, Håkon; Rudi, Jøran; Tro, Jan; Tidemann, Axel; Thelle, Notto W.; Lazzarini, Victor. (2012) THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ONLINE COURSE IN DSP EARTRAINING. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx12).
  • Tidemann, Axel; Øzturk, Pinar. (2010) Using Multiple Models to Imitate Drumming. IASTED Technology Conferences.
  • Øzturk, Pinar; Tidemann, Axel. (2010) Case-based reasoning in the cognition-action continuum. Proceedings of the second Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Symposium : November 22, 2010 Høgskolen i Gjøvik.