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New consortium to strengthen research and education in artificial intelligence

Norwegian research and education related to artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics received a boost when Norwegian institutions formed the consortium NORA. The collaboration also stimulates several start-up companies within a field in rapid development.

NORA
NORA: From left, 2nd row: Kenneth Ruud (UiT), Rachel Thomas (Simula), Ole Christoffer Granmo (UiA), Anne Cathrine Gjærde (NMBU). From left, front row: Morten Dæhlen (UiO), Pinar Heggernes (UiB), Morten Irgens (Oslo Met).
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Eva M Ekroll

Briefly, artificial intelligence research focuses on methods and technologies that enable machines to learn from experience, adapt to new situations and perform tasks we often think of as being exclusive to humans.

This is NORA

NORA is a consortium established by the University of Agder, the University of Tromsø, OsloMet, the University of Bergen, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Simula Research Laboratory AS and the University of Oslo.

NORA has established its own board of directors, and Prof. Pinar Heggernes from the University of Bergen has been elected as the Board’s first chairman, and the University of Oslo hosts the secretariat of NORA.

As many organizations have shown an interest in NORA and its activities, the consortium is developing a website and establishes routines for taking up new members.

This is why NORA was established

The aim of NORA is to strengthen Norwegian research and education within the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics, as well as other disciplines relevant to the development of applications that fall under the term artificial intelligence.

There is a need to highlight the partners’ research and education in the area and NORA will be responsible for various events, creating meeting places for researchers and students, and maintaining a website with an overview of the partners' activities in the area.

NORA will also contribute to the development of research projects among the consortium's partners, be an active driving force in the establishment of start-up companies, and help to strengthen the collaboration between the partners' research communities and the business sector.

NORA will further contribute to the positioning of Norwegian AI research internationally and have a special responsibility for developing activities aimed at Horizon 2020 (and Horizon Europe).

NORA will work for an increased understanding of both the opportunities that artificial intelligence provides and its potential limitations.

Last but not least, NORA will help to improve our understanding of ethical and social issues related to the development and use of artificial intelligence.

NORA's board of directors

  • Chairman: Pinar Heggernes, University of Bergen
  • Morten Dæhlen, University of Oslo
  • Anne Cathrine Gjærde, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Ole-Christoffer Granmo, University of Agder
  • Morten Irgens, OsloMet
  • Kenneth Ruud, University of Tromsø
  • Rachel Thomas, Simula