Widepread industry engagement in master students work

Widepread industry engagement in master students work

Data from different Industries was represented when master students presented their thesis.  Domains included banking, media, energy industry, defence, education and maritime sectors.

Kerstin Bach in front of the introduction screen at the seminar
Professor Kerstin Bach led the seminar where the master students presented their work.
Photo: Kai T. Dragland

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The race is on for the 6G network

The race is on for the 6G network

Leading nations and top tech companies now take part in the race for defining the next generation networks. 6G will be the sixth-generation standard currently under development for wireless communications technologies supporting cellular data networks. 

-    5G is now rolled out in Norway for commercial use. NorwAI research looks into the future possibilities 6G will provide, says Telenor Research fellow Kenth Engø-Monsen.  

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Unlocking the mysteries of innovation

Unlocking the mysteries of innovation

Bridging the gap between academia and industry is easier said than done, but it is a crucial condition for making innovation happen. NorwAI is paving the path to innovation. To do so, Associate Professor Nhien Nguyen suggests a framework for enabling knowledge creation.

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Trusting technology is to understand its performance

Trusting technology is to understand its performance

Portrait Frank Børre PedersenFundamentally, we start to see part of society increasingly relay on decisions and activities made by machines and models that are now fueled with live data. 

Frank Børre Pedersen, VP and Programme Director at DNV, says that the starting point for trusting the technology is understanding its performance. 

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ECIR Conference

Norway may take a world-leading AI role 

Kjetil Nørvåg and Krisztian Balog at ECIR 2022 Conference
GENERAL CHAIRS –
professors Kjetil Nørvaag, NTNU (left)
and Krisztian Balog, UiS, headed the ECIR forum
for Information Retrieval in April.  Photo: NorwAI

-One particular area where the Norwegian AI stands out is the genuine interest in fairness, transparency and explainability, which align with societal values in Norway. Therefore, I can see Norwegian AI research taking a world-leading role in these areas, says professor Krisztian Balog at the University of Stavanger and Staff Research Scientist at Google. 

Krisztian Balog heads NorwAIs work package for language technologies. He cooperates with NorwAI's research director, professor Kjetil Nørvaag. The two professors joined their skills as general chairs of the successful ECIR conference in Stavanger during the week before Easter, giving an international audience insight on new research results in the broadly conceived area of Information Retrieval. 

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A silent challenge

A silent challenge

The Language Council of Norway has contacted NorwAI about current research on sign languages. There is ongoing research in Europe on AI-driven sign language processing, and NorwAI is considering looking into the use of machine learning for interpreting the Norwegian sign language. The visual and silent language is an official minority language in NorwAI.   Research will face some very special challenges if a project materializes.

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World success - “Elements of AI” also a hit in Norway

World success - “Elements of AI” also a hit in Norway

Portrait, Helge Langseth, NTNU

Professor Helge Langseth, core-team
member of NorwAI

Professor Helge Langseth headed the introduction of the Norwegian edition of the Finnish success course «Elements of AI». Thousands of Norwegians have used the six-part course to introduce themselves to the "mysteries" of artificial intelligence.

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Innovation Board members appointed

Innovation Board members appointed

Chair of the Board, Telenor VP Ieva Martinkenaite, personally engaged herself in recruiting innovaters to her committee. She went across the Atlantic to find two of her choices for the job. 

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Tailoring news content: How Scandinavian mediahouses have tested recommender systems

Tailoring news content: How Scandinavian mediahouses have tested recommender systems

Portrait Jon Atle Gulla
Center Director Jon Atle Gulla
Photo: Kai T Dragland, NTNU

Scandinavian newspapers were early adapters to online services 25 years ago. Gradually some of them explored how recommender systems would enable individually tailored news streams. In an article in AI Magazine recently NorwAI associates, headed by Center director Jon Atle Gulla (picture) explore how Scandinavian media organizations are coping with these new technological opportunities.

It is well known how large-scale media houses and technology companies have successfully made use of recommender systems, research indicating substantial improvements of click rates and user satisfaction. 

Smaller media houses

It is less understood how smaller media houses are coping with this new technology, how the technology affects their business models, their editorial processes, and their news production in general. 

In this research article, the authors report on the experiences from numerous Scandinavian media houses like online publications of Polaris Media and broadcasters like NRK. They have experimented with various recommender strategies and streamlined their news production to provide personalized news experiences. 

Man and machine

Interestingly, editor governed media houses have found it undesirable to automate the entire recommendation process. In the intersection between man and machine, many media houses look for approaches that combine automatic recommendations with editorial choices.

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Just published! The collaborate article from NorwAI associates on news recommender systems published was published in #AIMagazine / the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in the Fall of 2021.

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Successful PhD thesis defence for Lemei Zhang

Successful PhD thesis defence for Lemei Zhang

Lemei Zhang successfully defended her master thesis on session-based recommender systems.

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New National AI Cloud funded: Providing compute power on demand

New National AI Cloud funded: Providing compute power on demand

A national infrastructure offering new digital tools can provide researchers with compute power on demand, limiting the need for individual projects or research groups to wrestle with buying their own dedicated machine learning hardware - hardware that often ends sitting idle much of the time. 

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Cooperation with PERSEUS adds new PhD students to NorwAI

Cooperation with PERSEUS adds new PhD students to NorwAI

The Horizon 2020 funded PERSEUS programme, in an interdepartemental effort by IE Faculty at NTNU, has generously awarded NorwAI with additional PhDs. The students will start their work in 2022. 

Professor, Vice Dean of Research,
Ingelin Steinsland at
the Departement of Mathematical
Sciences is the project coordinator
for the ambitious PERSEUS programme.  
Photo: Kai T. Dagland, NTNU

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HRH Crownprince Haakon Magnus wanted insights on AI’s future

HRH Crownprince Haakon Magnus wanted insights on AI’s future

A jovial tone and the discussion floated smoothly when our future king wanted to know more about the possibilities AI can offer Norway.  NorwAI center head Jon Atle Gulla painted with ease a positive narrative, although there are dilemmas, for one of the most promising technologies at hand. 

Jon Atle Gulla speaking at breakfast with the Crown Prince
A joyful morning conversation between the Crownprince and professor Jon Atle Gulla called for smile and laughter at the royal table.
Photo: Kai T Dragland, NTNU 

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The winner is ... Purple Rhino

The winner is ... Purple Rhino

Winners of Hackaton. Photo

With the mysterious team’s name of Purple Rhino, these three young guys won the hackathon at NorwAI Innovate. 

Why did the team win?


Need for an iPhone moment

Need for an iPhone moment

John Markus Lervik, CEO of CogniteThe consumer world is already using data on a large scale, but industry still has a way to go. Without better ways to extract, contextualize and make industrial data useful, AI innovation within Norway’s largest, biggest impact industries will have no fuel, says John Markus Lervik, CEO of Cognite.

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New Language Models in NorwAI

New Language Models in NorwAI

Photo. Jon Atle Gulla

The NorwAI center is determined to provide new Norwegian language models that are significantly larger and better than what is available to-day and can easily be employed in advanced Norwegian NLP applications for industrial use, says center director professor Jon Atle Gulla.

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An amazing view

An amazing view

Chairman Sven Støremer Thaulow speaking at NorwAI Innovate

Chairman of the board Sven Størmer Thalow, daily EVP and Chief Data and Technology Officer in the Schibsted Group, says that the conference NorwAI Innovate had the ambition to become the most important meeting place for Norway's AI environment.

- The conference was sold out. I think we are already the largest in Norway of its kind. NorwAI is an ambitious project that has brought together many important Norwegian industrial companies and academic institutions for a joint effort. It bodes well for the sequel.

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Retriever trust data insight for better business

Retriever trust data insight for better business

Photo. Claes Lyth Walsø
Claes Lyth Walsø, chief information officer at Retriever

Retriever steps up its more than decade long work for digital development by joining NorwAI. Other media analysis companies worldwide had questions to ask.

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Projects in NorwAI - The human robot

Projects in NorwAI - The human robot

The two "summer research assistants" Christian Riksvold and Lars Ådne Heimdal at NorwAI have spent the summer weeks getting to know the very latest generation of robots.

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Meet Benjamin Kille, a new NTNU postdoctoral fellow, associated to NorwAI

Meet Benjamin Kille, a new NTNU postdoctoral fellow, associated to NorwAI

Photo. Benjamin Kille

Benjamin Kille joined NTNU and the Department of Computer Science as a postdoctoral fellow just recently, from 1st May. He is a member of the AI/Big Data collaboration project between DNB and NTNU, and his work will be closely connected to the work packages on language technologies and recommender systems in NorwAI.

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Meet our postdoctoral fellow Peng Liu

Meet our postdoctoral fellow Peng Liu

Photo, Peng Liu

Peng works as a postdoctoral fellow at the Norwegian Research Center for AI Innovation (NorwAI) at NTNU, and started in December 2020.  He is now working on Large-Scale Norwegian Language Models in various applications which is the first “deep dive” innovation project at NorwAI.org.

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Wind power - powered by AI

Wind power - powered by AI

All electricity produced by wind farms is handled automatically by AI. Parts of the energy trade already take place in real time by an AI “algotrader”, says Gøril Forbord, EVP Technology at TrønderEnergi, about innovative use of AI in her field.

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Bringing assets to the table

Bringing assets to the table

Photo. Annita Fjuk.Digital Norway holds expertise in both technology  as well as data infrastructure tailor-made for Norwegian industry. DigitalNorway will offer training and courses on AI in collaboration with NorwAI, says Annita Fjuk, head of academic partnerships and research at the digital innovation hub.

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Is AI still Cool?

Is AI still Cool?

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At NorwAI Innovate, Telenor's Ieva Martinkenaite gave the main keynote.  Photo: Kai T Dragland, NTNU 

Ieva Martinkeinate, VP at Telenor, gave the audience an inspired state-of-the-art overview of artificial intelligence by the end of 2021. Is it still cool? 

 


Our research strategy: Generic and multi-disciplinary

Our research strategy: Generic and multi-disciplinary

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Our approach to research at NorwAI is fundamentally multi-disciplinary, consisting of both technical-oriented and socio-economic research. Research in NorwAI will focus on generic research areas within AI that can support the innovation activities in the center.

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Consumers on the move - and we must reconnect

Consumers on the move - and we must reconnect

Photo. Karl Aksel Festø

Our customers move into digital solutions and we need to be able to reconnect in a digital setting. Deep personalization in combination with trustworthy AI will be a cornerstone in our digital offerings for the future, says Karl Aksel Festø, Head of CoE Advanced Analytics at DnB.

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Research activities - Visions and plans

Research activities - Visions and plans

Photo. Asun Lera StClairNorwAI’s interdisciplinary design of two pillars, one to study impact of AI on society and a second one to explore trustworthiness of AI solutions are key, says Asun Lera St Claire, Program Director, digital assurance DNV Group Research and Development.

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-Those who can imagine anything, can create the impossible (Alan Turing)

-Those who can imagine anything, can create the impossible (Alan Turing)

At NxtMedia Conference, Professor Jon Atle Gulla talks about his dreams for the years to come as NorwAI’s center director in a dialogue with Astrid Undheim, Vice President at SpareBank1 SMN and Schibsted’s EVP and Chief Data and Technology Officer Sven Størmer Thaulow. The talk is led by editor Ingeborg Volan at Dagens Næringsliv.  Video in Norwegian:

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My return to old halls

My return to old halls

NorwAI’s COB, Sven Størmer Thalow, reveals his special relation to NTNU where he once studied computer science in the internet hype years of the 90’ies. He returns to Trondheim with high hopes and expectations to the possibilities of NorwAI.

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Why is the international publisher Schibsted heading a 5, possible 8 years, research program? Sven Størmer Thaulow, EVP of the media giant, explains the belief in AI’s transformable powers in this talk (in Norwegian).

Derfor satser vi på å delta i det nye senteret for forskningsdrevet AI-innovasjon i Norge


Ultimately it all leads up to industrial innovations

Ultimately it all leads up to industrial innovations

Photo. Arne Jørgen Berre

The focus of NorwAI is research-based innovation based on data-driven AI, says Chief Scientist at SINTEF Arne Jørgen Berre, Innovation Director at NorwAI, whose work package aim to coordinate all innovation activities in the center.

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Yes, we love ribbon cutting

Yes, we love ribbon cutting

Four people involved in cutting a red ribbon

The kick-off for the Norwegian Research Center for AI Innovation, NorwAI, took place mid-November 2020.

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NorwAI will forge data to values

NorwAI will forge data to values

Girl smiling at robot

The pace of innovation will be increased for Norwegian industry as Norway invests large sums in artificial intelligence. The new research center NorwAI at NTNU in Trondheim aims at being the national power center on AI, bringing together the largest players in industry and academia.

The center will be a growth engine where the most ambitious partners gather for business-oriented research and innovation under NTNU's and SINTEF's leadership.

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