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ICT as an enabling technology

ICT as an enabling technology


ICT systems are everywhere in society, and today we are totally dependent on a large number of well-functioning ICT systems, including the infrastructure that links the systems together. Sustainable solutions include ICT as an enabling technology, but ICT can also create unsustainable practice if it is used incorrectly in the four key areas.

Research questions

  • Goals and institutional framework can be supported by ICT by giving people, organizations and government agencies necessary information to make reasonable decisions.
  • Keywords are Big Data, business analytics opinion mining and data mining currently pursued in the IE Strategic research area on Big Data.
  • Sustainable urban development and Smart Cities is an application area for the IE lighthouse on Open and Autonomous Digital Ecosystems (OADE)  in particular through the collaboration with Wireless Trondheim in Wireless Trondheim Living Lab (WTLL) , member of ENoLL - European Network of Living Labs.
  • One focus area is the application of ubiquitous sensor networks for personal and public applications in a large number of areas. Biodiversity and ecosystem services is supported in particular through the application of mathematics and statistics in the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics.
  • Environmental and sustainability analyses, hereunder development of new sensors, communication through sensor networks, and systems utilizing the Internet of Things through event-based architectures. Extending the field of Business Process management (BPM) to include environmental and sustainability analysis.

Ongoing projects


Ongoing projects

SOCRATIC (2016 - 2020)

The SOcial CReATive Intelligence for achieving Global Sustainability Goals - SOCRATIC - is a knowledge-based internet platform to support social innovation. SOCRATIC's main goal is to provide citizens and organizations with a collaborative space to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. Partners are Farapi Koop, Ciber voluntarios, ATB, SINTEF and NTNU.

ZEN (2016 - 2024)

ICT as enabling technology contributes to the new research centre for renewable energy FME Zero Emission Neighborhoods. Municipalities, businesses, governmental agencies and researchers work closely together to plan, develop and operate sites without greenhouse gas emissions. The Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts leads the project with SINTEF. 

Carbon Track and Trace (2016 - 2019)

ICT as enabling technology also contributes to Carbon Track and Trace (CTT). This EU-funded project aims to develop an automated system for grenhouse gas (GHG) emissions monitoring and reporting. The syste enables municipalities to automatically log and anslyse measurements of direct GHG emissions. Partners are Climate-KIC, LoCal, ICLEI, Trondheim kommune, Vejle kommune, DTU and NTNU.

MULTICS (2016 - 2018)

This project investigates the formation of Knowledge Infrastructures (KIs) by applying a sociotechnical approach. The target of the project is to develop new multi-scoped alternatives for the investigation and development of large-scale research infrastructures. Partners are the University of Oulu, Luleå University and Roskilde University. 

CIRCit (2017 - 2019)

CIRCit - Circular Economy Integration in the Nordic Industry for Enhanced Sustainability and Competitiveness - is a research project to develop science-based tools and approaches, in close collaboration with Nordic companies. CIRCit will contribute to more efficient production and effective use of natural resources and energy through circular business models. Partners are DTU, Swerea, Innovation Centre Iceland, Federation of Technology Industries in Finland and NTNU. 



Head of research area

John Krogstie
Head of Department and Professor