On Tuesday 27th of November, NTNU celebrated GIER’s 50 years birthday. The ITovation event Information is Everything, was filled with recollections of the past, assessments of the present computer science and engineering situation, and visions of the future for computing.
More than 200 scientists, professionals, students and pioneers registered for the event. Teachers and 51 pupils from ILA school were present to present the creations from the Our Toys workshop earlier this year.
Rector Torbjørn Digernes (in photo) held the opening speech, followed by talks by the computer pioneers Knut Skog and Norman Sanders and former Rector of NTH, Johannes Moe.
The first part focused on the computer history. It was followed by a visit to the Computer Museum or to NTNU's super computer Vilje. After lunch, the future of computing was on the agenda - with talks about topics like the next generation of super computers based on mobile processors, and construction of semiconductors on graphene. Jazz music set the scene for both the start and the end of the day.
The day was inspired by the ITovation conference style - bringing together academic staff and professionals in a context that combines science, technology and creativity.
Photos from the ITovation event (Flickr).
Rector Torbjørn Digernes gave an artwork (made by Professor Alex Booker) to the Computer Museum and our department - for our role in founding the Computer Museum. In photo from left to right: John Krogstie, Guttorm Sindre, Anders Christensen and Torbjørn Digernes.