news

News&Events


Round Corner
Department of Computer and Information Science

News > Archive

Back to recent news.

Girls' Day at NTNU

13/02 - Girls' Day at NTNU

The Jentedagen (Girls' Day) event took place at NTNU from 6th until 7th of February. 250 young and inspired high school girls were invited to the university for two days packed with experiences and happenings which introduced them to some of the technology and research at NTNU.

Three Faculties (IME, IVT and NT) invited the girls to broaden their minds, regarding the possibilities open to women who seek highter education.

From our department a stand presented the Informatics and Computer Science programmes of study. Adjunct Associate Professor Lillian Røstad gave a talk about Security in the Internet age - it was a big hit.

Photos from Jentedagen 2014 (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Alf Inge Wang Won Teknologibragden 2014

11/02 - Alf Inge Wang Won Teknologibragden 2014

On Thursday 6th of February, Professor Alf Inge Wang won the Teknologibragen 2014 award. Alf Inge won the award for his effort within gamification of education and the education game Kahoot!

The Teknologibragden award is an annual award given by Teknisk Ukeblad. This year six nominees competed for the award. The award is every year given to a firm, project or person that presents a great engineering achievement or breakthrough within a technological field or a societal problem in Norway.

Alf Inge was both surprised and happy to be announced as the winner:
- I was surprised to even get nominated for the award. It is exciting that the jury picked an unconventional winner this year, Alf Inge Wang said to Teknisk Ukeblad.

Kahoot! was made to create a thrilling and engaging learning experience. It is a quiz game that teachers can use to ask questions with alternatives to the students. The students can use their smartphones, laptops or tablets to participate in the quiz.

The game provides instant feedback to both teacher and students regarding what they students know or have learned about the given topics. Kahoot! is currently used by almost 400 000 users, and it is used in more than 100 countries.

The department congratulates Alf Inge Wang on the achievement!

Axel Tidemann


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Celebrating the Nomination to Teknologibragden

04/02 - Celebrating the Nomination to Teknologibragden

Today the Dean, faculty and staff at the department gathered to celebrate Professor Alf Inge Wang's nomination to the Teknologibragden award.

Just becoming one of the six nominees is a great achievement. Alf Inge has also become one of the top two contenders for the public vote part of the award. The other contenter also has roots from our Faculty (IME) at NTNU!

The winner of the public vote will get 1/3 of the points for the award. The jury will assign the last 2/3 of the points. The winner will be announced on Thursday 6th of February, at the award ceremony. We wish Alf Inge the best of luck in the contest!

Photos from the social gathering at the department (Flickr)

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Want to Build Your Own Robot?

24/01 - Want to Build Your Own Robot?

Now you can! The kind folks at the Artifical Intelligence research group have released a tutorial and the details needed to build your very own ChIRP robot.

ChIRP stands for CHeap and Interchangeable Robotic Platform. The folks working on the ChIRP project have designed a platform for swarm robotics. The platform provides the core functionality needed for swarm robots, and it allows you to add additional features later on.

The robot is also intended as a teaching platform, down to primary school students. THE ChIRP robots have already been used at Researchers' Night to spark interest in computer science, artificial intelligence and robots. They are also demonstrated regularly when school classes come to visit the department.

Building instructions, software and 3D printing schematics are available at the ChIRP website


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Rikke Amilde Løvlid

16/01 - Disputation Rikke Amilde Løvlid

9th of December in 2013, Rikke Amilde Løvlid completed her trial lecture and thesis defense. She will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Associate Professor Pinar Öztürk supervised Rikke's  PhD work at the Artifical Intelligence research group. Professor Agnar Aamodt and Professor Pauline Haddow have co-supervised the PhD work.

The committee appointed to evaluate her thesis, trial lecture and defense consisted of; Professor Tom Ziemke (University of Skövde, Sweden), Dr. Tatiana Kalganova (Brunel University, United Kingdom) and Associate Professor Heri Ramampiaro (NTNU). Heri Ramampiaro was also the administrator of the assessment committee.

Rikke's trial lecture was titled: State of the art in biohybrid robotics

She defended her PhD thesis:
Internal Models as Echo State Networks - Learning to Execute Arm Movements (pdf)

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Tore Bruland

14/01 - Disputation Tore Bruland

8th of November in 2013, Tore Bruland completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Jon Atle Gulla supervised Tore's  PhD work at the Information Systems research group. Professor Björn Gambäck and Professor Lars Hellan have co-supervised the PhD work.

The committee appointed to evaluate his thesis, trial lecture and defense consisted of; Professor Ann Copestake (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom), Professor Philipp Cimiano (Universität Bielefeld, Germany) and Associate Professor Anders Kofod-Petersen (NTNU). Anders Kofod-Petersen was also the administrator of the assessment committee.

Tore's trial lecture was titled: Parsing applied to sentiment analysis

He defended his PhD thesis:
Building World Event Representations From Linguistic Representations (pdf)

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Naimdjon Takhirov

14/01 - Disputation Naimdjon Takhirov

7th of November in 2013, Naimdjon Takhirov completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Associate Professor Trond Aalberg supervised Naimdjon's  PhD work at the Data and Information Management research group. Professor Ingeborg Sølvberg and Associate Professor Heri Ramampiaro have co-supervised the PhD work.

The committee appointed to evaluate his thesis, trial lecture and defense consisted of; Professor José Borbinha (Lisbon Technical University, Portugal), Senior Researcher Dr. Diana Maynard (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom) and Professor Svein Erik Bratsberg (NTNU). Svein Erik Bratsberg was also the administrator of the assessment committee.

Naimdjon's trial lecture was titled: State of the art in event detection

He defended his PhD thesis:
Extracting Knowledge for Cultural Heritage Knowledge Base Population (pdf)

Photos from Naimdjon's disputation (Flickr, by Heri Ramampiaro)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IEEE BTAS Best Poster Award

14/01 - IEEE BTAS Best Poster Award

On 30th of September in 2013, Igor Barros Barbosa, Theoharis Theoharis and Christian Schellewald from NTNU, and Cham Athwal from Birmingham City University won the Best Poster Award at the IEEE Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems conference in Washington DC.

The poster "Transient Biometrics Using Finger Nails" was presented by Igor Barros Barbosa.

We congratulate the winners!


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Wei Wei

14/01 - Disputation Wei Wei

3rd of October in 2013, Wei Wei completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Jon Atle Gulla supervised Wei's  PhD work at the Information Systems research group. Professor Kjetil Nørvåg and Executive Officer Terje Brasethvik have co-supervised the PhD work.

The committee appointed to evaluate his thesis, trial lecture and defense consisted of; Associate Professor Paolo Rosso (Universitat Politécnica de Valéncia, Spain), Assistant Professor Bei Yu (Syracuse University, USA) and Associate Professor Heri Ramampiaro (NTNU). Heri Ramampiaro was also the administrator of the assessment committee.

Wei's trial lecture was titled: Figurative Language in Subjective Texts: Irony and Metaphor Detection

He defended his PhD thesis:
Mining Online Text Data for Sentiment and News Impact Analysis (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

Articles From 2013

Julegløgg

17/12 - Julegløgg


Kos med gløgg og pepperkaker.

Quiz laget av Terje Røsand og ledet av Kai T. Dragland.


By: Birgit Sørgård     Permalink: plink
Luciadagen/Saint Lucy`s Day

13/12 - Luciadagen/Saint Lucy`s Day

Todays happening :)


By: Birgit Sørgård     Permalink: plink
Computer Design Project 2013

29/11 - Computer Design Project 2013

On Wednesday 20th of November, the TDT4295 Computer Design Project students presented the results of this year´s work. Following the trend from last year the course was very popular this year as well. Trippeling the number of students attending compared to earlier years.

The twenty students who took the course were divided into two groups, which were given the task to construct a multiple instruction multiple data (MIMD) -based multiprocessor. One group was told to focus on performance at any cost, while the other group should to focus on energy efficiency.

The students started from scratch by designing a Printed Circuit Board (PCB). Then they designed and implemented their own processor architecture in a Xilinx FPGA. A microcontroller from Silicon Labs was used to handle I/O.

The performance group named their system Barricelli after the Norwegian-Italian mathematician. Besides being a general computer the Barricelli system is designed to be a high performance parallel genetic algorithm computer.

In the energy efficiency group the main team was audio processing. The project was named Bitless. The Bitless systeem is an energy efficient MIMD architecture aimed at real time digital audio processing.

Barricelli was designed and built by: Eirik Flogard, Fedor Fadeev, Peter Gambos, Emil Tyler Bye, Rune Holmgren, Torbjørn Langland, Per Thomas Lundal, Bjørn Åge Tungesvik, Sigve Sebastian Farstad and Odd Magnus Trondrud.

Bitless was designed and built by: Kristian Klomsten Skordal, Jakob Dagsland Knutsen, Hanna Holler Kamperud, Håvard Wormdal Høiby, Runar Bergheim Olsen, Magnus Halvorsen, Olav Emil Eiksund, Christian Chavez, Sondre Lefsaker and Terje Runde.

The students were supervised by Gunnar Tufte (coordinator), Stefano Nichele and Yaman Umuroglu.


By: Gunnar Tufte     Permalink: plink
2013 Disseminator-of-the-Year Award Goes to Kai Torgeir Dragland

30/10 - 2013 Disseminator-of-the-Year Award Goes to Kai Torgeir Dragland

During the Annual Faculty Party, IDI Senior Engineer Kai Torgeir Dragland received the Dean´s 2013 Disseminator-of-the-Year Award for his professional work as a photographer at numerous NTNU events including Researcher´s Night and many department functions throughout NTNU. We are all proud of Kai!

[Photo by Trond Aalberg]

 


By: Anne C. Elster     Permalink: plink
Norun Brembo Retires

23/10 - Norun Brembo Retires

A celebration was hosted by the Department on Oct. 23, 2013 in honor of Mrs. Norun Brembo´s retirement this fall. Norun has been with the Deparment since its early days and has been the go-to person for the Department if one ever has a question re. how things should be done w.r.t. University policies and employment issues.

She has been an incredibly friendly, positive, loyal and dependable colleague. At her 60th it was said she had never been on sickleave! We wish her well in her retirement and hope she will come by to see us often. She is already missed by many!

 


By: Anne C. Elster     Permalink: plink
IDI Groups Participated at Researcher's Night

27/09 - IDI Groups Participated at Researcher's Night

Several stands at Researcher's Night were  again hosted the Department's Research groups and our students, including Intelligent Trafic Light (led by Ander Kofod-Petersen) and robot-based Intelligent Swarms (led by Keith Downing) demos by the AI group and severl simulations and Scratch Programming by the HPC-Lab group (led by Anne C. Elster).

A big THANK YOU to all the master and PhD students that contributed their time to this event to make it such as success!

Kai Dragland´s photos from Researchers' Night (Flickr)


By: Anne C. Elster     Permalink: plink
Professors Arne Halaas and Ingeborg Sølvberg Turn 70

16/09 - Professors Arne Halaas and Ingeborg Sølvberg Turn 70

A departemental celebration was organized for Professors Arne Halaas and Ingeborg Sølvberg on Sept. 16, 2013 in honor of their 70th birthdays this fall.

Prof. Halaas, one of the first  faculty members in the Department, has been a staple in our Algorithms courses, and is one of the fathers of the Trondheim Search community.

Prof. Sølvberg´s pioneering work on Bibsys and related digitized library systems should also be mentioned. She was alse the first female full professor in our Department.  

We hope to continue to see the Emeriti around!

 


By: Anne C. Elster     Permalink: plink
Listen With Your Eyes

30/08 - Listen With Your Eyes

On Thursday 29th of August 2013, a creative development workshop was held at the Norwegian Deaf Museum. The workshop was organized for school children with hearing impairments, and eleven pupils from the Møller school attended the workshop.

A programming language can act as an extra language - a new way of expressing yourself - for pupils with visual or hearing impairments. The pupils used a visual programming language called Scratch to create their programs. They interacted with web cameras as a playful means to provide input to the computer programs.

Audun Eriksen - a Scratch specialist - directed the course. Pål Bøyesen shared the ReMiDA reuse philosophy with the pupils, and Professor Letizia Jaccheri and Michail Giannakos organized the workshop and helped the pupils with the programming.

The workshop was part of Professor Letizia Jaccheri's project "Do It Yourself with IT! - maker culture among children and global inclusion, particularly for marginalized children worldwide". The project is the successor of the Our Toys project.

The workshop was sponsored by the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering (IME) at NTNU. It was organized in collaboration with ReMida center and the Norwegian Deaf Museum.

Photos from the workshop (Flickr)

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Rune Havnung Bakken

29/08 - Disputation Rune Havnung Bakken

26th of August, Rune Havnung Bakken completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Torbjørn Skramstad supervised Rune's  PhD work at the Software Engineering research group. Associate Professor Jan H. Nilsen and Adjunct Associate Professor Bjørn Sæther have co-supervised the PhD work.

The committee appointed to evaluate his thesis, trial lecture and defense consisted of; Professor Thomas B. Moeslund (Aalborg University, Denmark), Professor Saïda Bouakaz (Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France) and Professor Richard E. Blake (NTNU). Richard E. Blake was also the administrator of the assessment committee.

Rune's trial lecture was titled: Social signal processing

He defended his PhD thesis:
Improving real-time human pose estimation from multi-view video (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Treknostart Computer Game Competition

26/08 - Treknostart Computer Game Competition

Friday 23rd of August, the new computer science and informatics students gathered for the annual computer game competition which marked the end of their two week "Treknostart" (Teknostart and Realstart) event.

The competition marked the end of two weeks where they have been working in groups to develop computer games and learning about group dynamics. The teaching assistants nominated nine computer games for a final demonstration, and a student vote.

The nine nominated games presented on Friday were:

The winner of this year's competition was Pong, created by Nils Barlaug, Odin Eilertsen, Andreas Haugum, Oliver Damsgaard Jensen, Morten Lundenes, Thomas Olsen, Bo Schleisner and Mathilde Theisen. Samfunded Defence and Spacecats both came in second place.

List of all games.

Photos from the Treknostart event (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Grow Your

23/08 - Grow Your "Trønderbart" Now

One of our informatics students, Morten Vaale Noddeland, has made a new web page for students and staff in need of NTNU related web resources. Grow your "Trønderbart" (beard) instantly at www.instabart.no

This is an excellent example of how a user friendly graphical user interface (GUI) can make already existing content more easily available to users. We encourage both students and staff to explore Instabart.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Customer Driven Project's 40 Years Anniversary

23/08 - Customer Driven Project's 40 Years Anniversary

On Wednesday 21st of August, students, staff and external customers had gathered for the 40th startup of the TDT4290 - Customer Driven Project. The course was kick started with an inspirational talk from Head of department, Letizia Jaccheri, followed by a talk from one of project's pioneers - Professor Reidar Conradi.

The project course that became the Customer Driven Project was first initiated in 1973. In the first iteration there were no external customer. Professor Arne Sølvberg was both a supervisor and "customer", offering three project assignments to the students.

In the beginning the course focused on teaching the students how to make software requirement specifications for the development of information systems. In the years to follow they separated the supervisor and customer roles and expanded the "customer list" to include external firms. The focus was also expanded to all types of computer science projects, not just focusing on information systems.

This year a total of 55 project assignments were submitted to the project staff. After a careful evaluation, 18 projects were selected for this year's course.

There are many prominent firms among the customers this year; The Directorate of Health - Department of the Health Portal, Software Innovation, Acando AS, Adresseavisen AS, Gridmedia Technologies AS, Fundator AS and The Norwegian Coastal Administration, Helgelandskraft, SINTEF / SIMLINK, and the Police's Data and Material Service, to name a few.

Project based learning has become popular since the early days in 1973. Today there are several project courses for our ICT students; Realstart, Teknostart, Experts in Teamwork, "Fellesprosjektet", the Informatics project I and II, and the Computer Design project, but the Custormer Driven project has been the forerunner for all of these.

The practical project courses give a glimpse into the real world that they students will face after their education, and it teaches the students the know-how of teamwork.

Photos from the 40th startup of Customer Driven Project (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
2-IT in the SFU Finale

21/08 - 2-IT in the SFU Finale

The Innovative Teaching of Information Technology (2-IT) project, lead by Professor Guttorm Sindre from our department, is one of two NTNU projects to enter the national Centre of Excellence in Higher Education (Senter for fremragende undervisning, SFU) finale.

A total of 24 projects entered the SFU competition. Now 2-IT is one of the eight projects left in the national finale. The final selection is made by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT).

On 8th of November, NOKUT will announce three winners. Each of the winners will get a grant of three millions a year for five years to fund research and development, and to establish a Centre of Excellence in Higher Education. At the end of the grant period, the winners can apply for a new five year period.

The 2-IT project will focus on project based education, and develop a framework for making good project assignments for students. It will also explore how to support long term learning and reflections in the ICT programmes of study. The project is a collaboration between our department and the Nord-Trøndelag University College (HINT).

Related News:

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Matriculation Ceremony 2013

14/08 - Matriculation Ceremony 2013

Tuesday 13th of August the annual matriculation ceremony was held at Gløshaugen. This year's opening speech of the plenum ceremony was held by Minister of Culture, Hadia Tajik. NTNU Rector, Gunnar Bovim then held his speech to the new students.

Afterwards the students attended local ceremonies for their programme of study. After the speeches, all the Computer Science and Informatics students were guided to Drivhuset for free pizza and soda.

Photos from the matriculation ceremony (Flickr)

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
New Student Advisor

02/08 - New Student Advisor

Unni Kringtrø Eide is our new student advisor for the autumn of 2013 and spring of 2014. Read more about what study related issues she can help you with (in Norwegian).

We wish her welcome on board.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
A Change of Leadership

01/08 - A Change of Leadership

As of today, Professor Letizia Jaccheri, and Associate Professor Trond Aalberg, and Professor Agnar Aamodt are the new leader team at the Department of Computer and Information Science.

Letizia Jaccheri started today as the new Head of Department. Trond Aalberg and Agnar Aamodt will start on 12th of August as Deputy Heads of the Department. Trond Aalberg will be the Acting Head of Department if Letizia is absent.

Trond Aalberg will also be the leader of the Teaching Committee and Agnar Aamodt will be the leader of the Research Committee.

There are many firsts for the new leader team:

  • First female Head of Department
  • First hired Head of Department
  • First Head of Department with a master degree and PhD degree from abroad
  • First Head of Department from abroad
  • First Head of Department with two Deputy Heads
  • First time Deputy Heads will lead the Research Committee and the Teaching Committee

We welcome the new leaders on board!


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Intelligent Traffic Lights on NRK Newton

17/07 - Intelligent Traffic Lights on NRK Newton

On Tuesday 25th of June, NRK Newton visited NTNU to record the story about how intelligent traffic lights can aid us in the future.

The story is based on the intelligent traffic lights prototypes developed at the Artificial Intelligence (AI) research group. Adjunct Associate Professor Anders Kofod-Petersen, former master student Jostein Klakegg and master student Christian Skjetne from the AI-group aided the TV crew from NRK.

Jostein Klakegg has just finished his master thesis at the AI research group. His work on "Pedestrian Classification in Intelligent Traffic Lights" in the master thesis was used to train the artificial intelligence to recognize pedestrians, kids and wheel chairs. The AI analyzes body positions, speeds and directions to determine how to efficiently route the traffic.

The NRK Newton program is scheduled to be aired in October. We are looking forward to the result.

Behind the scene photos of the filming (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IEEE CIS Vice President for Conferences

28/06 - IEEE CIS Vice President for Conferences

On Friday 21st of June, the IEEE CIS Administrative Committee in Mexico held a meeting where Professor Pauline Haddow was first nominated, and then voted in as Vice President (VP) Conferences of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

As Vice President Haddow becomes the Chair of the Conference committee and a voting member of the IEEE CIS Executive Committee. She will be responsible for all IEEE CIS sponsored and technically co-sponsored conferences.

There is now a 6 month period of overlap with the current VP Conferences to learn the role and participate as a non voting member of the executive Committee. Haddow will be taking over the position on 1st of January, 2014.

She has already served as a member of the conference Committee for four and a half years. Pauline Haddow will be both the first female and the first person from a Scandinavian University to hold the VP Conferences position.

We congratulate Pauline on the Vice President position!

Learn more about IEEE CIS Conferences.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Bian Wu

26/06 - Disputation Bian Wu

25th of June, Bian Wu completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Alf Inge Wang supervised Bian's  PhD work at the Software Engineering research group. Associate Professor Sara Brinch and Associate Professor Harald Øverby have co-supervised the PhD work.

The committee appointed to evaluate his thesis, trial lecture and defense consisted of; Professor Sara de Freitas, (Coventry University, UK), Associate Professor Simon McCallum (Gjøvik University College, Norway) and Associate Professor Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland (NTNU). Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland was also the administrator of the assessment committee.

Bian's trial lecture was titled: The role of gamification in physical rehabilitation

He defended his PhD thesis:
Theoretical Foundation for Lecture Games (pdf)

Photo: Alf Inge Wang


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IME Gratudation Ceremony 2013

13/06 - IME Gratudation Ceremony 2013

Friday 7th of June, graduate students and staff members of the IME departments gathered in auditorium F1 for the annual IME Graduation Ceremony.

This year's speakers were: Brynjulf Owren (Vice Dean of Education), Geir Øien (Dean), Anne Cathrine Straube and Haidar Nuri (Graduation Students), and Jo Røislien (Researcher).

After the speaches and the entertainment, the celebration carried on with refreshments in Elektrobygget.

Photos from the event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Secure Communication Demos

03/06 - Secure Communication Demos

Friday 24th of May, eight informatics students demonstrated their applications for secure communication for the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). Their project was was one of many projects in this year's Informatics Project II course lead by Monica Divitini.

Today almost all applications and message protocols that communicate over a network use existing transfer protocols for their data transfers. The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) is the standard protocol for reliable data transfer, but TCP has certain drawbacks when used in military networks. To avoid these drawbacks the tactical P_Mul protocol was developed.

The project group of eight students (Luka Cetusic, Hans Kristian Flaatten, Karl Mardoff Kittilsen, Karsten Kjensmo, Erik Lothe, Ole Johnny Pettersen, Thomas Martin Schmid and Bjørn Tungesvik) was given the assignment to implement the P_Mul protocol in Java. 

They had to implement it as specified by the ACP142 document and create two demo applications - a chat application and a messaging pattern interface Web Services Notification (WSN) application. The resulting code from the project will be published as open source on GitHub.

On May 24th, the project group met with the representatives from FFI to give a live demonstration of the working applications created in the project. Photos from the presentation (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Updated: 4th Place in the Eurovision Song Contest

16/05 - Updated: 4th Place in the Eurovision Song Contest

Margaret Berger and our Post Doctoral Fellow Axel Tidemann came in 4th place in the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) final on May 18th!

Margaret Berger had a big win in the Norwegian final with the song I Feed You My Love, and after the 4th place in the ESC final the song has made it to the iTunes lists of several European countries.

I Feed You My Love (YouTube, by NRK)

Axel Tidemann


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Michail Giannakos and Letizia Jaccheri in the ERCIM News

16/05 - Michail Giannakos and Letizia Jaccheri in the ERCIM News

In the latest issue (93) of ERCIM News, you can read the Software and Hardware - Intensive Activities for Supporting Creative Learning article by Michail Giannakos (in photo) and Letizia Jaccheri from our department.

Extensive articles of this work will be presented in June at the ACM conference on Creativity and Cognition (C&C) and the International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC).

The pupil's creations that you can read about in the article, were created at the Our Toys workshop. The installations from the workshop were presented at an ITovation event last autumn.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Opening of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory

30/04 - Opening of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory

The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Laboratory was opened on Friday 26th of April. The ceremony was an informal opportunity for NTNU, Sintef and Vegvesenet staff to meet and exchange ideas over cake and coffee. The lab cooperation also involves the Gemini centre for applied artificial intelligence.

Keith Downing announced that the lab's research will be present at the upcoming Researchers' Night event this autumn, displaying new intelligent traffic solutions.

Anders Kofod-Petersen honoured Pauline Haddow for establishing the collaboration with Vegvesenet. The collaboration was initiated by Agnar Aamodt, and Pauline Haddow fomalized it and followed it through, with help from Agnar.

Photos from the lab opening (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Winners of BEKK Fagpris 2013

29/04 - Winners of BEKK Fagpris 2013

Thursday last week, Hanne Engen from BEKK consulting and Brynjulf Owren (Vice Dean of Education at IME) awarded the BEKK Fagpris 2013 to the best project in TDT4290 Kundestyrt prosjekt (Customer Driven project). 

Lars Smørås Høysæter, Aleksander Aas Sjåfjell, Ida Katrine Børstad Thoresen, Kristin Tønnesen, Magnus Hertzberg Ulstein and Nicklas Sørlie Utgaard received the BEKK Fagpris 2013 Award for their project project XOXOmail - Formal and secure messaging on a mobile platform.

The winners each received an iPad Mini and a tour to the BEKK Fagdag (conference).

PRESIOUS Project


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Mads Nygård's 60 Years Birthday

26/04 - Mads Nygård's 60 Years Birthday

On Wednesday, the staff at the Department of Computer and Information Science gathered to celebrate Mads Nygård's 60 years birthday.

Photos from the event (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
The Art and Technology Village

26/04 - The Art and Technology Village

The Art and Technology village in Experts in Teamwork (EiT) presented their projects on Wednesday this week. This year the EiT village cooperated with external partners; Adressa, Sintef and Sør-Trøndelag fylkeskommune, to create software for art as cultural heritage.

Four groups held presentations:

  • John’s diligent group presented CaptionCraft - an application for engaging with News
  • Team Platypus presented Storienteering - Combining storytelling and orienteering to create a more interactive, immersive and engaging experience when exploring cultural heritage.
  • Team Pentagon presented an application for exploring the Nidarosdomen, and
  • Shaggy Ridge group presented ImageTrap - an interactive installation for engaging people with News.

The village was headed by Research Scientist Ines Di Loreto, and initiated by Professor Letizia Jaccheri from our department.

Experts in Teamwork is a course in which students apply their academic competence in an interdisciplinary project to learn cooperative skills relevant for the real world. The Art and Technology village was internationally oriented, involving students from Russia, Germany, Norway, and Ethiopia.

Photos from the EiT presentation (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IDI Open 2013

22/04 - IDI Open 2013

The IDI Open 2013 programming contest took place at NTNU this Saturday. A total of 122 teams had registered for the programming competition, and this year an onsite team won!

There were 10 problem sets this year. The "D" and "E" problems were solved by almost everyone! Problem "A" was the next one in line of the easy problem sets, followed by "G", "B" and "J" respectively. The only team who solved the "I" problem set was the cqfd team (Tor Gunnar Houeland and Andreas Oppebøen). They won the IDI Open competition this year!

Of the students onsite, 2b||!2b (Christer Bru, Jean Niklas L'orange and Vegard Edvardsen) won, followed by ogralotag (Lars Sættem and Benjamin Bjørnseth) and randomnames.get(randomGenerator.nextInt(randomnames.size())) (Jørgen Nordmoen, Trond Østensen and Ola Martin Tiseth Støvneng) in third place. The top three student teams all solved six problem.

Details can be found at the IDI Open high score list.

IDI congratulate the winners, and hope all the contestants had fun programming :-)

Photos from the IDI Open 2013 event (Flickr).

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Improved Publication Score for 2012

18/04 - Improved Publication Score for 2012

The department has increased its scientific output per scientific staff member in 2012. The average publication point score in 2012 was 1,30 compared to 1,15 points in the previous top year 2010.

The total score for the department in 2012 was 153,6 publication points - a significant increase from the 136,9 points scored in 2011. We did not beat the record (159,8 publication points) from 2010, but this is partly due to a staff reduction from 139 man-years in 2010 to 117,9 man-years in 2012.

In 2012, the top three in publication score were: Professor John Krogstie, Professor Kjetil Nørvåg, and Professor Guttorm Sindre. Keep up the good work!

The numbers are from the NSD database which shows the publication point score divided by the number of staff members (scientific, adminstrative and technical) at the respective departments.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Trond Giske Visiting AppLab and Opening NAIP

18/04 - Trond Giske Visiting AppLab and Opening NAIP

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Trond Giske, opened the new Norwegian Acadamy for Intellectual Property (NAIP) on Tuesday this week. The ceremony took place at our department, and it was attended by Minister Trond Giske, Rector Torbjørn Digernes and Pro Rector Johan Hustad, among other guests.

Trond Giske also presented the new Stortingsmelding nr. 28 «Unike ideer, store verdier - om immaterielle verdier og rettigheter», a document that will lay the foundation for Norway's way of handling intellectual property in the years to come.

Afterwards the participants visited the new AppLab at NTNU. Trond Giske, Torbjørn Digernes, Johan Hustad and the guests were introduced to the Kahoot! mobile game developed by Professor Alf Inge Wang.

Wang had made an intellectual contest about intellectual property, rights and patents - with a few questions from the new "Stortingsmelding nr. 28". Pro Rector Johan Hustad won, closely followed by Minister Trond Giske.

Photos from the NAIP opening and the visit to the AppLab (Flickr)

Related news:


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Online's Recruitment Video

15/04 - Online's Recruitment Video

Online, the student union for informatics students, has published a new recruitment video to help with the recruitment of more new informatics students. The video was casted, filmed and edited by members of Online.

We greatly appreciate Online's effort to help us get more people to apply for the informatics programme of study, and we are happy to include the new recruitment video in the bachelor in informatics web page.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Candidates for the NTNU Board Election 2013

05/04 - Candidates for the NTNU Board Election 2013

The election for the NTNU Board will take place on 16th and 17th of April. Among the 22 candidates there are three candidates from the IME faculty, and one of them is from our department. 

Our Head of Office, Eivind Voldhagen, is one of the eight candidates from the technical and administrative staff in permanent and temporary positions.

Professor Helge Holden from the Department of Mathematics and Professor Bjarne Foss from the Department of Technical Cybernetics are also candidates from IME, and they both aim for reelection to the NTNU Board. They are listed among the ten candidates from the permanent employed academic staff.

Each candidate has been asked three questions:

  1. What are NTNU's biggest challenges the coming four-year period?
  2. Why should the voters vote for you?
  3. What ares will you be espescially concerned with as a board member?
     

Read the presentations from the three IME candidates:

 Complete list of candidates and their presentations.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Robert Neumayer

11/03 - Disputation Robert Neumayer

8th of March, Robert Neumayer completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Kjetil Nørvåg supervised Robert's  PhD work at the Data and Information Management research group. Associate Professor Trond Aalberg, Professor Jon Atle Gulla and Associate Professor Krisztian Balog (UiS) have co-supervised the PhD work.

The committee appointed to evaluate his thesis, trial lecture and defense consisted of; Associate Professor Djoerd Hiemstra (University of Twente, The Netherlands), Associate Professor Olga Vechtomova (University of Waterloo, Canada) and Associate Professor Heri Ramampiaro (NTNU). Heri Ramampiaro was also the administrator of the assessment committee.

Robert's trial lecture was titled: Extracting of entities from microblogs and populating them to knowledge bases; the problems of big data (pdf)

He defended his PhD thesis:
Semantic and Distributed Entity Search in the Web of Data (pdf)
Slides (pdf)

Photos from Robert's disputation (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Anne Berit Dahl's 60 Years Birthday

07/03 - Anne Berit Dahl's 60 Years Birthday

Wednesday 6th of March, the staff at the Department of Computer and Information Science gathered to celebrate Anne Berit Dahl's 60 years birthday.

Anne Berit received congratulations and flowers :-)

Photos from the event (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
FPGA Forum's Best Master Thesis Award

06/03 - FPGA Forum's Best Master Thesis Award

FPGA Forum's price for best master thesis was won by Leif Tore Rusten and Gunnar Inge Sortland. The master thesis was supervised by Associate Professor Magnus Jahre, and co-supervised by Associate Professor Gunnar Tufte from our department.

In the winning thesis, Implementing a Heterogeneous Multi-Core Prototype in an FPGA, Rusten and Sortland implemented a heterogeneous multi-core processor complete with two processor core implementations, a mesh interconnect and off-chip interfaces.

Their research has also contributed to the IME Energy Efficient Computer Systems (EECS) strategic research area.

Read more about the price in the FPGA-prisen til flerkjernestudier (in Norwegian) article.

Photo: Einar Karlsen


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
PRESIOUS Strep Kick-Off Meeting

22/02 - PRESIOUS Strep Kick-Off Meeting

The Kick-Off meeting of the PRESIOUS Strep EU project took place on 20 - 21 of February, 2013. The EU project is coordinated by IDI.

The PRESIOUS project proposes breakthrough ICT solutions to challenges in Cultural Heritage. The aim is to address the following issues:

  1. The difficulty and inefficiency of the 3D digitisation process.
  2. The quantification of stone monument degradation.
  3. The reconstruction of objects from large numbers of constituent fragments that may be worn, immovable, dispersed or incomplete.

The project will run until January 2016.

Group photo from the Kick-Off meeting:

PRESIOUS Project


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Lars Fredrik Høimyr Edvardsen

22/02 - Disputation Lars Fredrik Høimyr Edvardsen

21st of February, Lars Fredrik Høimyr Edvardsen completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Ingeborg Torvik Sølvberg supervised Lars'  PhD work at the Data and Information Management research group. Associate Professor Trond Aalberg and Associate Professor Hallvard Trætteberg have co-supervised the PhD work.

The committee appointed to evaluate his thesis, trial lecture and defense consisted of; Professor Ray R. Larson (University of California, Berkley), Professor Edie Rasmussen (University of British Columbia) and Associate Professor Heri Ramampiaro (NTNU). Heri Ramampiaro was also the administrator of the assessment committee.

Lars' trial lecture was titled: On use of external web-based information sources to populate and validate the metadata of research data files: The problems of big data

He defended his PhD thesis:
Using the structural content of documents to automatically generate quality metadata (pdf)

Photos from Lars' disputation (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Girls' Day at NTNU

13/02 - Girls' Day at NTNU

The Jentedagen (Girls' Day) event took place at NTNU from 7th until 8th of February. 250 young and inspired high school girls were invited to the university for two days packed with experiences and happenings which introduced them to some of the technology and research at NTNU.

Three Faculties (IME, IVT, and NT) invited the girls to broaden their minds, regarding the possibilities open to women who seek highter education.

From our department a stand presented the Informatics and Computer Science programmes of study. Professor Alf Inge Wang's lecture about serious computer games, and the demo of Kahoot! was a big hit.

Photos from Jentedagen 2013 (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Axel Tidemann to the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö

12/02 - Axel Tidemann to the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö

Post Doctoral Fellow Axel Tidemann was the groovy drummer on stage with Margaret Berger when she won the Norwegian final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Margaret Berger had a big win with the song I Feed You My Love (iTunes). The song is currently #1 on the iTunes single chart.

Margaret Berger and Axel Tidemann will be travelling to Malmö in medio May to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest final. Axel has been Margaret's drummer for the last five years. On stage, he uses a Macbook for triggering samples from his electronic drumkit, in addition to backing tracks.

Being a drummer has definitely influenced Axel's research at the Intelligent Systems group. It was his supervisor who recommended using a spare time interest as a main ingredient in his PhD research. 

In his PhD research Axel used artificial intelligence (AI) to model different drumming play styles. This made Axel more aware of his own playing style, and the styles used by other drummers. Axel defended his PhD thesis A Groovy Virtual Drummer: Learning by Imitation Using a Self-Organizing Connectionist Architecture (pdf) in the autumn of 2009.

I Feed You My Love (YouTube, by NRK)

Axel Tidemann


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Terje Rydland's 60 Years Birthday

06/02 - Terje Rydland's 60 Years Birthday

Wednesday 6th of February, the staff at the Department of Computer and Information Science gathered to celebrate Terje Rydland's 60 years birthday.

Terje received congratulations and flowers :-)

Photos from the event (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Simon Jonassen

06/02 - Disputation Simon Jonassen

5th of February, Simon Jonassen completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Svein Erik Bratsberg supervised Simon's  PhD work at the Data and Information Management research group. Associate Professor Magnus Lie Hetland and Adjunct Associate Professor Øystein Torbjørnsen have co-supervised the PhD work.

The committee appointed to evaluate his thesis, trial lecture and defense consisted of; Professor Alistair Moffat (The University of Melbourne), Assistant Professor Christina Lioma (University of Copenhagen) and Professor Kjell Bratbergsengen (NTNU). Kjell Bratbergsengen was also the administrator of the assessment committee.

Simon's trial lecture was titled: Hardware Developments and Algorithm Design: What should be done to IR algorithms to meet current, and possible future, hardware trends? (pdf)

He defended his PhD thesis:
Efficient Query Processing in Distributed Search Engines (pdf)
Slides (pdf)

Photos from the event (Picasa) by Svein Erik Bratsberg.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Arvid Staupe in Premier Reference Source on E-Learning

04/02 - Arvid Staupe in Premier Reference Source on E-Learning

Arvid StaupeKnut Arne Strand and Tor Atle Hjeltnes are the authors of the Principles of Concurrent E-Learning Design part of the recently announced Enterprise Resource Planning Models for the Education Sector: Applications and Methodologies book.

The Enterprise Resource Planning Models for the Education Sector: Applications and Methodologies book is a comprehensive collection of research which highlights the increasing demand for insight into the challenges faced by educational institutions on the design and development of enterprise resource planning applications.

The book is composed of content from management and engineering students, professionals and researchers in the education fields. It is available online at the IGI Global website.

Arvid Staupe

Arvid Staupe with a hardcopy of the book.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Kostas Stefanidis and Kjetil Nørvåg in ERCIM News

18/01 - Kostas Stefanidis and Kjetil Nørvåg in ERCIM News

In ERCIM News 92, former Post Doctoral Fellow Kostas Stefanidis and Professor Kjetil Nørvåg investigates how user clustering and datamining can be used within the field of group recommendations. The gRecs: Exploiting the Power of Data Mining Techniques for Efficient Computation of Group Recommendations article provides a good overview of how this can be done.

The research for the article was part of Stefanidis' ERCIM work at our department, and it was done in collaboration with Irini Ntoutsi and Hans-Peter Kriegel from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

Articles From 2012

Disputation Min Shi

12/12 - Disputation Min Shi

11th of Desember, Min Shi completed her trial lecture and thesis defense. She will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Keith Downing supervised Min's PhD work at the Intelligent Systems research group. The PhD work has been co-supervised by Professor Agnar Aamodt and Associate Professor Pinar Öztürk.

The committee appointed to evaluate her thesis, trial lecture and defense consisted of; Professor Peter J. Bentley, (University College London, UK), Professor Jim Tørresen (University of Oslo, Norway) and Associate Professor Heri Ramampiaro (NTNU). Heri Ramampiaro was the administrator of the committee.

Min's trial lecture was titled: Bio-inspired algorithms mimicking biological networks (other than neural networks) to create intelligence in computers.

She defended her PhD thesis:
An Exploration and Optimization of Cooperative Coevolution (pdf)

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Jan Christian Meyer

12/12 - Disputation Jan Christian Meyer

10th of Desember, Jan Christian Meyer completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Associate Professor Anne Cathrine Elster supervised Jan Christian's PhD work at the Algorithms, HPC and Graphics research group. Professor Lasse Natvig and Adjunct Associate Professor Jørn Amundsen have co-supervised the PhD work.

The committee appointed to evaluate his thesis, trial lecture and defense consisted of; Senior Research Scientist Emmanuel Jeannot (INRIA Bordeaux, France), Associate Professor John Markus Bjørndalen (University of Tromsø, Norway) and Adjunct Associate Professor Frank Lindseth (NTNU). Frank Lindseth was also the administrator of the assessment committee.

Jan Christian's trial lecture was titled: Computer Performance in a Historical Perspective: Driving Forces and Future Challenges and Possibilities.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Performance Modeling of Heterogeneous Systems (pdf)

Jan Christian Meyer completed the disputation on his birthday - so Happy Birthday, Dr. Meyer!

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Torstein Elias Hjelle

03/12 - Disputation Torstein Elias Hjelle

30th of November, Torstein Elias Hjelle completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Eric Monteiro supervised Torstein's PhD work at the Information Systems research group. Associate Professor Knut-Helge Ronæs Rolland and Principal Researcher Vidar Hepsø (Statoil) have co-supervised the PhD work.

Torstein's trial lecture was titled: A critical examination of global infrastructure, boundaries and work.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Knowledge Intensive Work in Oil and Gas: A Case Study (pdf)

Photos from Torstein's PhD Defence (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Celebrating 50 Years of Computing

29/11 - Celebrating 50 Years of Computing

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).

IDI Prize

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.

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Energy Efficiency or Performance

28/11 - Energy Efficiency or Performance

On Wednesday 21th of November, the TDT4295 Computer Design Project students presented the results of this year’s work. The course was very popular this year, trippeling the number of students attending compared to earlier years.

The thirty students who took the course were divided into two groups, which were given the task to construct an array-based multiprocessor. One group was told to focus on performance at any cost, while the other group should to focus on energy efficiency.

The students started from scratch by designing a Printed Circuit Board (PCB). Then they designed and implemented their own processor architecture in a Xilinx FPGA. An Atmel microcontroller was used to handle I/O.

The performance group named their system 256 Shades of Gray - a system able to execute image processing algorithms on a real time gray scale video stream. Their system used the LENA array processor. The VGA controller implemented in the FPGA used a home-made DAC.

256 Shades of Gray was built by: Christer Emil Haga Bru, Vegard Edvardsen, Sondre Andreas Engebråten, Hans Kristian Flaatten, Martin Gammelsæter, Jean Niklas L’orange, Erik Lothe, Andreas Steensnæs Morland, Mads Buvik Sandvei, Einar Johan Trøan Sømåen, Lichao Tang, Håkon Opsvik Wikene and Trygve Aaberge.

The energy efficiency group named their system Fortitudo Floris - a system constructed around the custom RALPH array processor. By leveraging the sleep mode support in modern FPGAs. Fortitudo Floris only draws 60 mA when idle and around 1 W when processing. These numbers are significantly lower than achived by any previous computer design projects. For the first time in the course's history, this group was able to implement a DVI video interface in the FPGA.

Fortitudo Floris was built by: Thomas Rootwelt, Terje Schjelderup, Caroline Sæhle, Ola Martin Støvneng, Tord Øygard, Imre Kerr, Sebastian Bøe, Magnus Walstad, Didrik Jonassen Stian Hvatum, Joakim Andersson, Håkon Furre Amundsen and Anders Tvetmarken Akre.

The students were supervised by Magnus Jahre (coordinator) and Stefano Nichele. Certified radio and TV repairman Gunnar Tufte aided with his FPGA and PCB knowledge, as well as other craftsman tricks.

Photos from the presentation (Flickr).

Relevant links:
TDT4295 Computer Design Project Course Web Page (in Norwegian).
A selection of previous Computer Design Projects (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
CUDA Research Center

26/11 - CUDA Research Center

NVIDIA has recognized NTNU and Associate Professor Anne C. Elster's HPC lab as a research group that are expanding the frontier of massively parallel computing. For their work, NTNU is now one of the few institutions that both has been identified as a CUDA Research Center and a CUDA Teaching Center.

NVIDIA recently announced 22 New CUDA Research and Teaching Centers worldwide. NTNU was one of the eight new Research Centers. NTNU became a CUDA Teaching Center last year. According to NVIDIA, institutions recognized as a CUDA Research Center are doing world-changing research by leveraging CUDA and NVIDIA GPUs.

The CUDA Research Centers receive the following benefits:

  • Invitation to a recurring event, held exclusively for CUDA Research Centers and CUDA Centers of Excellence, bringing together researchers from many fields and key NVIDIA engineers and researchers.
  • Priority for pre-release access to hardware and software.
  • Automatic inclusion in GPU seeding program for each major new NVIDIA GPU.
  • Live online training sessions jointly tailored for the institution.
  • Designated NVIDIA personnel to serve as technical liaison.
  • Special pricing on NVIDIA equipment (limits and exclusions apply). Check with NVIDIA TPPs for the special pricing.
  • Joint promotion, public relations, and press activities with NVIDIA.
     

CUDA graphics cards

PhD candidate Jan Christian Meyer with some of the graphics card NVIDIA donated to the HPC-teaching lab last year. In addition, NTNU will receive a new K20 Tesla card and several more 480GTX Graphics cards, as well as several CUDA textbooks.

Illustration: NVIDIA
Photo: Kai T. Dragland


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
50 Years of Computing at NTNU

22/11 - 50 Years of Computing at NTNU

At 15:00 o´clock on this very date in 1962, GIER - the first digital computer at NTNU - was powered on. So at 15:00 today, NTNU can celebrate 50 years of computing!

We know the exact time, since Associate Professor Olav B. Brusdal kept a record of it in his notes. We also know that the first program to run successfully was executed at 20:45 the very same day. It was a program written in the ALGOL programming language, and the program was designed to calculate magical squares.

Learn more about NTNU's computer history at ITovation next week.
Sign up today!


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Knut Arne Strand

22/11 - Disputation Knut Arne Strand

20th of November, Knut Arne Strand completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Associate Professor Arvid Staupe supervised Knut Arne's PhD work at the Data and Information Management research group. Professor Torbjørn Skramstad and Associate Professor Geir Magne Maribu (HiST/AiTEL) have co-supervised the PhD work.

Knut Arne's trial lecture was titled: What does research say about the reasons for why throughput in e-learning in higher education is lower compared to campus based learning and the means to increase this throughput?

He defended his PhD thesis:
Concurrent Design Approach to the Design of Customized Corporate E-Learning (pdf)
Slides (pdf)

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Abukus' 25 Years Name Day

21/11 - Abukus' 25 Years Name Day

On Tuesday 20th of November, students gathered to celebrate Abakus' 25 years name day. Abakus' event filled Drivhuset with students lining up for free cake and lemonade.

On this day it was 25 years and a day (19th of November, 1987) since the name change name from Kompjutern to Abakus. Abakus history dates back to 1977, when it was founded by computer science students leaving Sanctus Omega Broderskab.

We wish to congratulate Abakus on their name day!

Photos from the event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Geir Solskinnsbakk

20/11 - Disputation Geir Solskinnsbakk

16th of November, Geir Solskinnsbakk completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Jon Atle Gulla supervised Geir's PhD work at the Information Systems research group. Professor Kjetil Nørvåg and Adjunct Professor Roar Fjellheim (IFI) have co-supervised the PhD work.

Geir's trial lecture was titled: Combining formal and informal representations in information systems development (pdf)

He defended his PhD thesis:
Contextual Semantic Search Navigation (pdf)
Slides (pdf)

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
NTNU Discovery Funding to Kahoot!

16/11 - NTNU Discovery Funding to Kahoot!

NTNU Discovery has granted the Kahoot! spin-off company NOK 800 000 in funding to aid  the development and commercialization of the product.

Kahoot!, previously known as Lecture Quiz, is a company founded by Professor Alf Inge Wang from our department. The software product is a manifestation of Alf Inge's research within the field of serious computer games, and how they can be used to improve education.

NTNU Discovery is a financial pool of money, established by NTNU, Sparebank1 SMN, Nord-Trøndelag County, and Sør-Trøndelag County, to aid in the commercialization of research ideas at NTNU.

Kahoot

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Teknologi-camp 2012

07/11 - Teknologi-camp 2012

From 28th until 30th of October, 200 inspired high school girls participated at the Teknologi-camp (Technology Camp) for girls held at NTNU. The girls got three days packed with experiments, group work, and happenings which introduced them to some of the technology and related programmes of study present at the university.

The girls built their own small computers, designed iPad applications through paper-prototyping, hacked software, programmed Python, built lego robots and followed lectures about cybernetics, how computers can save the world, satellites, serious computer games and other technology related topics.

The camp is organized by Jenteprosjektet Ada, and project manager Nina Kotte is proud to present the feedback from those who visited the camp. According the feedback, almost all of the girls want to join technology based or natural sciences based programmes of study at NTNU.

Photos from the Teknologi-camp (Flickr)

Relevant links:
Rekordmange jenter til Teknocamp (in Norwegian, NRK)
Teknologi-camp (in Norwegian, Project website)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

02/11 - Disseminator of the Year at IME

Thursday 1st of November, Adjunct Associate Professor Anders Kofod-Petersen won the Disseminator of the Year Award of the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics, and Electrical Engineering (IME).

Anders Kofod-Petersen was awarded the Disseminator of the Year Award for his work with Intelligent Traffic Light and the Intelligent Sliding Door. The intelligent traffic light has captured the interest of media both nationally and internationally.

 

Anders Kofod-Petersen


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
NR Best Master Thesis Award 2012

02/11 - NR Best Master Thesis Award 2012

Thursday 1st of November, the fourth Norsk Regnesentral (NR) prize for best master thesis in mathematics and ICT at NTNU was awarded at Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering's annual celebration.

The winner for 2011-2012 is Anne-Cecilie Haugstvedt from our department. She received the prize of NOK 25 000 and diploma from NR's Managing director Lars Holden. Professor John Krogstie was the supervisor for Anne-Cecilie's master thesis.

Anne-Cecilie Haugstvedt's master’s thesis, Accessing Cultural Heritage Resources on a Mobile Augmented Reality Platform - A Study on Technology Acceptance, is a significant contribution to the research field of acceptance models for mobile applications. The master thesis sheds light on methodical challenges in this field, and gives a technological description of a mobile application that uses augmented reality (AR) to display historical photos and information based on the user's location.

Parts of the work has already been published at the prestigious International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, while other parts will be published at the upcoming Innovation Through Social Media (ISM'2012) workshop.

The winner's master thesis is an example of first class research, finding solutions to challenging problems.

Related News:

Lars Holden, Anne-Cecilie Haugstvedt and John Krogstie

From left to right: Lars Holden, Anne-Cecilie Haugstvedt and John Krogstie with the NR prize and diploma.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Arne Halaas Received the Rosing Honorary Award

24/10 - Arne Halaas Received the Rosing Honorary Award

Professor Arne Halaas received the prestigious Rosing Honorary Award for over 25 years of research on search technology and his role in the establishment of the Norwegian search community.

Arne Halaas was a research pioneer in search technologies and a founder of the search community at NTNU. The unique search community at NTNU was why Google, Yahoo! and Fast all established research facilities in Trondheim. His ideas have also materialized in the form of companies like Interagon and Fast Search and Transfer.

The Rosing Honorary Award is given to persons who have made a significant contribution to the development of the ICT technology, nationally or internationally, over a long time period. There are six annual Rosing awards, but the Honorary Award is only awarded when worthy candidates can be found.

The Rosing awards are the Norwegian Computer Society's own prizes for celebrating the best achievements within the Norwegian ICT-community.

Related links:

Arne Halaas with the Rosing Award


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
<i>Our Toys</i> Workshop at ReMida

23/10 - Our Toys Workshop at ReMida

From Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th of October, two Our Toys / Våre leker workshops took place at the ReMida center in Trondheim. The workshops were organized for schoolchildren. Twenty girls from the 7th grade at Ila School attended the workshops.

The workshops let the girls explore the creative sides of information technology (ICT), open source, hardware and the reuse of materials. The goal was to spark an awareness and interest in ICT, art and the reuse of materials, by showing how ICT can be used to animate real world objects.

The ReMida education pilasters of reuse and creativity were practiced when the girls created machines from reusable materials. Two by two the girls developed a concept and created a machine.

Through drag and drop programming in Scratch for Arduino (S4A) they defined the interaction between the machine and the world. Light and sound sensors provided feedback for the spectators. Audun Eriksen, specialist in S4A, directed the course, while Pål Bøyesen shed light upon the principles of the ReMida philosophy. NTNU staff helped the girls with the programming, and Roberta Proto was project manager of the Our Toys project.

The workshops were a part of Professor Letizia Jaccheri's exploration of the intersection where art and information technology merge. The workshops were part of the Meta.Morf 2012 event in Trondheim. The workshops were sponsored by the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering at NTNU.

Photos from the Our Toys workshop (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Vigdis Heimly

08/10 - Disputation Vigdis Heimly

5th of October, Vigdis Heimly completed her trial lecture and thesis defense. She will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Eric Monteiro supervised Vigdis' PhD work at the Information Systems research group. Professor Pieter Jelle Toussaint and Senior Adviser Jim Yang (KITH AS) have co-supervised the PhD work.

Vigdis' trial lecture was titled: Ethical issues in Medical informatics Research

She defended her PhD thesis:
Electronic collaboration across organizational borders in the health care sector: Design and deployment from a national perspective (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Nordic Collegiate Programming Contest 2012

08/10 - Nordic Collegiate Programming Contest 2012

This weekend, the national part of the Nordic Collegiate Programming Contest (NCPC) 2012 took place at NTNU. This year 63 teams spent their Saturday at campus, programming, eating pizza and having fun. It is impressive to see so many students gather early on a Saturday for a 5 hour programming contest.

This year four new sites joined the NCPC event: Karlstad and Luleå in Sweden and Tampere and Lappeenranta in Finland. The contest has increased by 10% (23 teams) compared with last year.

The best NTNU team was the one-man-team Team Cacophony (Ruben Spaans). He was also best at NTNU the two previous years. Ruben solved a total of 7 problems and ended up as number 11th in total. 

NTNU's best student teams were Sponset av Gunnar Inge (Torbjørn Morland, Andreas Morland and Karl Johan Heimark), The Dining Philosophers (Magne Vikjord, Edvard Kristoffer Karlsen) and 2b||!2b (Vegard Edvardsen, Jean Niklas L'Orange and Christer Emil Haga Bru). The three best students teams each solved 5 of the problems. The two best teams won a sponsored trip to the NWERC contest.

The NCPC event was coordinated between several Nordic universities. All the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) participated at the same time, making it a true Nordic event. NCPC is part of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.

Bekk and Opera Software sponsored the Norwegian part of the event. The best teams from the NWERC event will be qualified for the World Championship in programming.

Photos from the programming event (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Anne C. Elster's 50 Years Birthday

05/10 - Anne C. Elster's 50 Years Birthday

Friday 5th of October, the staff at the Department of Computer and Information Science gathered to celebrate Anne C. Elster's 50 years birthday.

Anne received congratulations and flowers :-)

Photos from the event (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Researchers' Night 2012

02/10 - Researchers' Night 2012

Friday 28th of September, the 8th Researchers' Night event took place at NTNU. 1100 high school students had signed up for an interesting night at the university; with 31 stands, 7 lectures, and 3 lab excursions, which presented some of the ongoing research at NTNU.

The doors opened at 20:00 and fireworks marked the end of the event, around 23:30. The Researchers' Night event is part of the Norwegian Science Week (forskningsdagene), which is a nationwide annual event held to bring research and science to the public.

This year IDI was represented with three stands:

  1. Associate Professor Anne C. Elster, PhD candidate Rune Erlend Jensen and her students from the Algorithms, HPC and Graphics research group had demos. One was how small super computers can be used for real time 3D simulations of millions of snow particles.
  2. Professor Pauline Haddow, Adjunct Associate Professor Anders Kofod-Petersen, PhD candidate Gleb Sizov, PhD candidate Vinay Gautam, PhD candidate Kai Olav Ellefsen and AI-master students presented how artificial intelligence can be used to control robots and intelligent traffic lights.
  3. Professor Alf Inge Wang (photo) demonstrated the Lecture Quiz computer game.

Photos from Researchers' Night (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Side Effects of the Quality Reform

11/09 - Side Effects of the Quality Reform

Professor Kjell Bratbergsengen had an article in Computerworld recently, where he shared his thoughts on how the "Quality Reform" (Kvalitetsreformen) has influenced the higher education in Norway. By streamlining programmes of study, each Faculty can earn more - but the students get fewer choices.

In the article, Bratbergsengen looks at how the change in the income model for the universities impacts the education. This article and the article by Morten Dælen (UiO) about collective incompetence (in Norwegain) were the results of a committee meeting in The Norwegian Computer Society

Read the articles in Computerworld:


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Gustav Aagesen

10/09 - Disputation Gustav Aagesen

7th of September, Gustav Aagesen completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor John Krogstie supervised Gustav's PhD work at the Information Systems research group. Professor Guttorm Sindre and Associate Professor Øystein Nytrø have co-supervised the PhD work.

Gustav's trial lecture was titled: The service concept in e-government and the citizen’s role therein (pdf)

He defended his PhD thesis:
Multi-channel Provisioning of Public Services (pdf)
Slides (pdf)

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Norwegian Game Awards 2012

05/09 - Norwegian Game Awards 2012

Four of the seven prizes at this year's Norwegian Game Awards (NGA) went to students from our department. Sigurd Gran-Jansen, who has studied Informatics for two years, won both the Game of the Year (NOK 40 000) award and the Best Technical Achievement (NOK 10 000) award for his Mosquito Mania computer game.

The FUN RUN computer game won both the Mobile Game of the Year (NOK 15 000 + Samsung Galaxy III) award and the Gamer's Choice (NOK 5 000 + a travel for two worth NOK 10 000) award. FUN RUN was developed by the dirtyBit team (Nicolaj Petersen, Erlend Haugsdal, Martin Vagstad, Peder August Aune, Martin Sangolt and Marius Giske). We are proud to say that half of the team consists of students from our department.

The annual Norwegian Game Awards event was held on Thursday 30th of August in Trondheim. NGA is a national amateur game-development competition for students, and it is Norway’s largest game development competition.

The department congratulates all the winners!


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Teknostart Computer Game Competition

27/08 - Teknostart Computer Game Competition

Friday 24th of August, the new computer science and informatics students gathered for the annual computer game competition which marked the end of their two week Teknostart and Realstart events.

The competition marks the end of two weeks of working in groups, making computer games and learning about group dynamics. The teaching assistants nominated nine computer games for a final demonstration, and a student vote.

The nominees presented on Friday were:

The winner of this year's competion was Doragon Chaser, created by the computer science students Magnus Moan, Kristian Sørvig, Kristian Midtgård, Trong Nguyen and Johannes Moskvil (in photo below). Immatrikuleringsspillet and Kjærestegaranti came second and third.

List of all games and groups.

Winning Team: Doragon Chaser


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Committee Leadership

17/08 - Committee Leadership

There have been two changes to the leadership of the committees since August last year. Professor Dag Svanæs accepted leadership of the Teaching Committee a few day ago. Professor Ingeborg Sølvberg became the leader of the Research Committee last autumn.

The current list of leaders for the committees:

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Matriculation Ceremony 2012

14/08 - Matriculation Ceremony 2012

Tuesday 14th of August the annual matriculation ceremony was held at Gløshaugen. This year's opening speech of the plenum ceremony was held by Minister of Education, Kristin Halvorsen. NTNU Rector, Torbjørn Digernes then held his speech to the new students.

Afterwards the students attended the local ceremonies. After the speeches the Computer Science and Informatics students were guided to Drivhuset for free pizza and soda.

View the photos from the local ceremony (Flickr)

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Leaders Changing Hats

09/08 - Leaders Changing Hats

As of 1st of August, Professor Guttorm Sindre and Professor Jon Atle Gulla have again swapped hats as leaders of the Department of Computer and Information Science.

The swap has been planned from the beginning of the four years period. Guttorm Sindre is now the Acting Head of Department for the final year, while Jon Atle Gulla don the hat of the Acting Deputy Head of Department.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Project Funding from Statoil

04/07 - Project Funding from Statoil

Statoil has recently funded Associate Professor Anne C. Elster's Heterogeneous Framework for Flow Simulations project, which included funding for a PhD scholarship. The project is in close collaboration with Dr. Alf B. Rustad from Statoil Research.

The Heterogeneous Framework for Flow Simulations project focuses on the development of a framework and models for the heterogeneous computing platforms of the future. This work will be done in the context of large compute-intensive simulations with a special focus on flow simulations.

PhD candidate Ivar Ursin Nikolaisen has recently joined our department to work on this project. Anne C. Elster will be his supervisor, and Alf B. Rustad from Statoil will co-supervise the PhD work.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
I2CS 2012 in Trondheim

25/06 - I2CS 2012 in Trondheim

The 12th International Conference on Innovative Internet Community Systems (I2CS) took place in Trondheim from 13th to 15th of June. The annual I2CS conference was attended by 27 participants. The conference was organized by NTNU, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories and SINTEF, with IDI PhD candidate Leendert W. M. Wienhofen as conference chair.

The aim of the conference was to bring forward innovative solutions for technological and organizational challenges that surround ICT support for communities on next quality level.

Mobile users and pervasive systems pose new technological and organizational challenges, which challenge new research questions in a wide range of connected fields. In search of innovative solutions, inter-disciplinary collaboration among researchers and industry partners is essential. Hence, the goal of this conference is to bring together researchers, experts, and practitioners from various areas related to novel Internet Community Systems.

Photos from the I2CS conference (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IME Gratudation Ceremony 2012

13/06 - IME Gratudation Ceremony 2012

Friday 8th of June, graduate students and staff members of the IME departments gathered in auditorium F1 for the annual IME Graduation Ceremony. The speakers for this year's students were Geir Ivar Soleng (Faculty Director), Geir Øien (Dean), Stian Tokheim (Graduation Student), and Tormod Njølstad from EPSON Norway Research and Development.

After the speaches and the entertainment, the celebration carried on with refreshments in Elektrobygget.

Photos from the event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IME's 10 Year Anniversary

04/06 - IME's 10 Year Anniversary

Wednesday 30th of May, the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering (IME) celebrated it's 10 year anniversary. The IME conference was filled with the Accenture Lab opening, talks and lectures, good mood and food, panel debates, jazz, stands, awards, two agreements signed and the final of the IME Wordfeud competition.

The opening of the Accenture Lab by Dean Geir Øien (NTNU) and Director of Innovation, Learning and Technology, Kirsti Kierulf (Accenture) was a great start of the day. The Accenture Lab has been redecorated and refurnished by Accenture, and they have added voice activated video-conferencing capabilities to allow students to easily connect to Accenture offices and other academic partners around the world.

After the lab opening, the co-operation between Accenture and NTNU was formalized when the Agreement on Academic and Research Education was signed by Geir Øien and Kirsti Kierulf. The objective of the Agreement is to strengthen and develop further ongoing academic co-operation in the areas of research and education.

The conference then commenced with talks, food, jazz and stands displaying research from the IME departments. The Faculty aims to improve the communication and co-operation with the industry that employs our students after they have finished their education.

Later in the day, Dean Gear Øien (NTNU) and Chief Executive Officer Olav Folkestad (BEKK) signed an Agreement on Academic and Research Education to formalize the ongoing co-operation between BEKK and NTNU. The agreement includes collaboration on PhD candidates, master students, projects, education, research and recruitment of students.

Olav Folkestad then awarded 7 students (Erik Bergersen, Jaroslav Fibichr, Sondre Johan Mannsverk, Terje Snarby, Even Wiik Thomassen, Lars Solvoll Tønder and Sigurd Wien) the BEKK Fagpris 2012 Award for their project in Kundestyrt prosjekt (customer driven project). The winners each received an iPad and a tour to the BEKK Fagdag (conference) in Oslo.

The IME Wordfeud final was next on the agenda. Associate Professor Hallvard Trætteberg and Dean Geir Øien competed in the final. A chess clock kept track of each contestant's time. In the end, Hallvard won the time constrained Wordfeud game. Håkon Bertheussen, creator of Wordfeud, awarded Hallvard the iPad that was the price for the IME competition. From BEKK Hallvard was awarded a Nokia Lumia 800 mobile and some other gear.

We wish to congratulate the winners, and congratulate IME with the 10 year anniversary!

Photos from the IME conference (Flickr).

Photos from the IME conference


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Stig Ole Johnsen

15/05 - Disputation Stig Ole Johnsen

10th of May, Stig Ole Johnsen completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Torbjørn Skramstad supervised Stig's PhD work at the Information Systems research group. Professor Eric Monteiro, Professor Britt-Marie Drottz Sjøberg and Professor Jørn Vatn have co-supervised the PhD work.

Stig's trial lecture was titled: Communicating Risk on individual-, system- and societal level to an entire population.

He defended his PhD thesis:
An Investigation of Resilience in Complex Socio-Technical Systems to Improve Safety and Continuity in Integrated Operations (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
GEMINI Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI)

14/05 - GEMINI Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI)

11th of May marked the opening of the new GEMINI center for Applied Artificial Intelligence. Staff and partners from both the SINTEF and the department gathered to celebrate the opening. This center is one of the four new SINTEF GEMINI centers for the 2012 - 2015 period.

The aim of GEMINI centers is for parallel research communities to build larger research communities of higher quality. Research topics within the center will be:

  • Knowledge Based Systems (KBS)
  • Language Technology
  • Self Organizing Systems

The center will apply artificial intelligence within the fields of:

  • Intelligent Traffic Systems
  • Medical Decision Support Systems
  • Real Time Analysis of Streamed Data
  • Data Analysis and Decision Support for Oil Drilling

People from left to right: Agnar Aamodt (NTNU), Anders Kofod-Petersen (SINTEF / NTNU), Helge Langseth (NTNU) and Marius Mikalsen (SINTEF ICT)

GEMINI Center


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Opening Ceremony of the Computer Museum

11/05 - Opening Ceremony of the Computer Museum

Thursday 10th of May, the Computer Museum at our department officially opened. A 140+ persons participated in the opening ceremony, and many a computer story were shared among the visitors.

The computer museum is unique in Norway, and has on display many of the first computers used at NTH and in Norway. GIER is one of the many historically important computers displayed. You also can play computer games on Commodore 64 and other old computers. Space Invaders anyone? :-) 

Computer Historian Ola Nordal, and Chief Engineer Anders Christensen have devoted a lot of time and energy in collecting, organizing and documenting the computer history. The students Espen Olsen and Terje Hoås has helped in finalizing the museum.

Next time you visit NTNU - take the time to visit the Computer Museum!

Photos from the opening (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
New Book on Peer-to-Peer Query Processing over Multidimensional Data

09/05 - New Book on Peer-to-Peer Query Processing over Multidimensional Data

Springer has published a new book on Peer-to-Peer Query Processing over Multidimensional Data, coauthored by Professor Kjetil Nørvåg and Researcher Scientists Akrivi Vlachou and Christos Doulkeridis from the Data and Information Management Group at NTNU.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Creating an Interactive Library Experience

26/04 - Creating an Interactive Library Experience

Wednesday 25th of April, the Mubil village presented their experts in teamwork (EiT) projects. The projects developed software which will be used to create an interactive library experience at the Gunnerus Library at NTNU.

The four groups in the village presented their projects:

  • Gamle Tangenter - an interactive computer game where you learn to play the keyboard.
  • Hans Lilienskiolds reisejournal - software for tweeting and recreating events from the past on Twitter and blog. The tweets can link to blog entries which eleborate the story.
  • Mubil gjestebok - a digital guestbook for the library.
  • Dirigent Helt - an interactive computer game where you are the conductor of an orchestra.

Lecturer Roberta Proto has been the leader of Professor Letizia Jaccheri's EiT village. The Mubil village focused on development of software for a digital laboratory at Gunnerus. The library wishes to present library content in an engaging and interactive way to school childeren.

The Gamle Tangenter and Dirigent Helt computer games used ancient music scores from the Gunnerus Library for all of the music in the games. The projects' design also tried to capture "that Gunnerus feeling", according to one of the students.

Photos from the EiT presentation (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Mikhail Fominykh

25/04 - Disputation Mikhail Fominykh

24th of April, Mikhail Fominykh completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Assoicate Professor Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland supervised Mikhail's PhD work at the Software Engineering research group. Professor Alf Inge Wang, Assistant Professor Torbjørn Hallgren and Associate Professor Mikhail Morozov have co-supervised the PhD work.

Mikhail's trial lecture was titled: Co-creation design of content for learning communities: Exploring the research and technological challenges. This may include the challenges of using virtual worlds or other social media in the co-creation design process (pdf)

He defended his PhD thesis:
Collaborative Work on 3D Educational Content (pdf)
Slides (pdf)

Pictures from the defence
By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Continued Growth in Applicants Numbers

25/04 - Continued Growth in Applicants Numbers

The Department of Computer and Information Science continues the steady growth (+16.8 %) in the total number of applicants to the Informatics bachelor programme and Computer Science master programme. This is the 7th year of growth since 2005.

Informatics had a 21.8 % increase in the total numbers that applied (946), and a 40.7% increase in the number of applicants who selected Informatics as the primary choice. Computer Science had a 13.6% increase in the total number of applicants (1330), and a 9,8 % increase in the number of applicants selecting it as the primary choice.

Related links:
Søknadstall (in Norwegian, Samordnaopptak.no)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IDI Open 2012

24/04 - IDI Open 2012

On Saturday 21st of April, the IDI Open 2012 programming contest took place at NTNU with a 127 teams competing for fame and glory. 87 teams and 230+ participants competed on site, while 40 teams competed online.

The 40 teams competed online, from as far away as Hong Kong, California in USA, Toulouse in France, Minsk in White Russia, and Århus in Denmark. In Norway, the University of Bergen (UiB) and the University of Oslo (UiO) had teams online. IDI Open also had a team of international students onsite this year.

The winners of IDI Open 2012 was the professional Followers of Stroustrup team from Århus, which solved 8 of the ten problems. They were closely followed by the One Man Army (Rune Fevang) team from Santa Clara in California and Toadstool from UiO which both solved 7 problems. The top three teams were all professional teams.

The best onsite team was The Dining Philosophers, sponsored by Gunnar Inge (Edvard Karlsen, Karl Johan Vekamoen Heimark, Magne Vikjord), which solved 5 problems and won 9th place. 2b||!2b (Jean Niklas L'orange, Christer Bru, Vegard Edvardsen) was second best onsite, and Binary Sudoku Solvers (Simen Natvig, Bjørn Rustad) was third best onsite.

Best girl team was Team Me (Cecilie Haugstvedt), and the best first year student team was Sleep (-1) (Aleksander Wasaznik). Details can be found at the IDI Open high score list.

IDI congratulate the winners, and hope all the contestants had fun programming.

Photos from the IDI Open 2012 event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
2nd Place in Technoport Mission Rio

19/04 - 2nd Place in Technoport Mission Rio

The Wild for Water group, in Professor Letizia Jaccheri's Water! Social Change through New Media Experts in Teamwork (EiT) village, won 2nd place in the Technoport Mission Rio contest. The group won a trip to Copenhagen where they are invited to the "Grøn dyst" student conference.

The focus of the Technoport Mission Rio has been to solve climatic challenges with sustainable use of technology. Technoport Mission Rio started in early January with 800 students in 160 groups. 19 of those groups had stands at Technoport. Both the Wild for Water group and the Trå for vann group in Letizia Jaccheri's EiT village were among the top four nominated groups.

The Wild for Water group consisted of: Anette Skoglund, Kristian Rutlin, Louise Gabrielsen Sletta, Ole Mikkel Sjølie, Sabine Relling Nielsen and Siri Einarsdatter Minothi.

The department congratulates all the EiT students and Jaccheri!

Photos from the EiT village's presentation earlier this year (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Editor in Special Issue on Agile Development

17/04 - Editor in Special Issue on Agile Development

Adjunct Associate Professor Torgeir Dingsøyr from our department is one of the editors of the new special issue on Agile Development in the Journal of Systems and Software.

Agile software development has been one of the major trends in software development since the formulation of the agile manifesto in 2001. Practices like Scrum, Extreme programming and Lean software development has become the standard way of developing software in many countries. This phenomenon has also gained attention of research.

The special issue consist of an introductory article which shows the development of the research field, in addition to five studies focusing on areas such as coordination of agile development teams, decision making in agile development and a review of experience reports on lean and agile development.

The special issue on agile software development is available online at sciencedirect.com.
 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Vice President of CESAER

26/03 - Vice President of CESAER

Friday 9th of March, Professor Mads Nygård was elected Vice President of CESAER - the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research.

CESAER is an educational collaboration organization, which aims to provide high quality engineering education in Europe and to improve links between its members in research as well as in postgraduate and continuing education. CESAER currently consists of 57 institutions representing 25 different countries.

Nygård has also recently been appointed leader of the Research Council of Norway's committee for Strategic Projects - University Collages (SPH).

Last autumn, Nygård was reelected as leader of the National Board for Technology Education (Nasjonale Råd for Teknologiutdanning - NRT) at the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR) and earlier that year, as Chairman on the board of the University Graduate Center at Kjeller (UNIK).

The Chair of the Executive Board for Engineering Education at NTNU now has many forums where he can help shape the technology education of tomorrow.

We wish to congratulate Mads on his new positions!


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
New Game Technology Professor

22/03 - New Game Technology Professor

We would like to congratulate Alf Inge Wang on his professorship. He now holds the professor title within game technology.

An external committee has recommended the professorship, and the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering (IME) offered him the professorship in March, 2012.

We congratulate Alf Inge on his new professorship!


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Arvid Staupe's 70 Years Birthday

16/03 - Arvid Staupe's 70 Years Birthday

Wednesday 15th of March, the staff at the Department of Computer and Information Science gathered to celebrate Arvid Staupe's 70 years birthday.

Staupe held a short presentation about his interests in life (Starfighter airplanes) and how Norway has changed in his life time. Coffee, cakes, gifts and flowers were added to the mix, to create a memorable event.

Photos from the event (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Tor Erlend Fægri

15/03 - Disputation Tor Erlend Fægri

13th of March, Tor Erlend Fægri completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Adjunct Assoicate Professor Torgeir Dingsøyr supervised Tor's PhD work at the Software Engineering research group. Professor Eric Monteiro and Chief Scientist Tore Dybå have co-supervised the PhD work.

Tor's trial lecture was titled: Trends within Software Process Improvement (pdf)

He defended his PhD thesis:
Collaborative learning in software development: An investigation of characteristics, prerequisites and improvement (pdf)
Slides (pdf)

Photo: Torstein Hjelle


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Abakus' 35 Years Anniversary

14/03 - Abakus' 35 Years Anniversary

Last week, Abakus celebrated their 35 years anniversary. Every weekday competitions took place on campus (with awards from Datakjeden), and every evening anniversary events was held.

On Monday AbaLan, on Tuesday Pub-to-pub with BEKK, on Wednesday beer-tasting at LaBamba, on Thursday quiz with Capgemini, on Friday anniversary party on LaBamba, and finally...on Saturday the grand anniversary celebration were 350 members, former members and friends gathered at Royal Garden hotel to celebrate. 40 alumni joined in the celebration.

An anniversary magazine is available on campus. In the magazine you can read more about life, the Gier computer, anniversary competitions and events, and the honourable members of Abakus throughout the 35 years history.

The department congratulates Abakus with the anniversary!


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Tore Amble Passed Away at Age 66

13/03 - Tore Amble Passed Away at Age 66

The department has lost a dear staff member and an outstanding expert of natural language processing and logic. Tore Amble died last week, at age 66. Tore Amble was mostly known for his work on BussTuc, which most bus commuters know as Bussorakelet (The Bus Oracle).

Amble's work on the  interpretation of natural language text has not gone unnoticed, and it reflects a formidable effort and devotion. The BussTuc system, a manifestation of decades of research into natural language processing, uses an extensive knowledge base and a logic-based grammar approach to deal with intricate route questions about the public bus transport system in Trondheim. BussTuc was one of the core products when LingIT, a computational linguistics company in Trondheim, was founded in 2001.

Amble's work on logic formalisms in natural language processing was unique in an international perspective. 

A trace of Tore Amble's personality still shines through the Bussoraklet system. Personality is part of natural language. If you ask Bussoraklet the right questions, it will answer in a polite, but often witty way.

Tore Amble was working on BussTuc and supervising Master and PhD candidates until the very end. The department is determined to continue the development of the BussTuc system - it will live on.

The department wish to thank Tore Amble for his work with our students and his contribution to IDI's teaching and research. Thank you, Tore Amble. You will be missed.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Nattiya Kanhabua

29/02 - Disputation Nattiya Kanhabua

24th of February, Nattiya Kanhabua completed her trial lecture and thesis defense. She will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Kjetil Nørvåg supervised Nattiya's PhD work at the Data and Information Management research group. Professor Jon Atle Gulla and  Associate Professor Heri Ramampiaro have co-supervised the PhD work.

Nattiya's trial lecture was titled: Supporting exploration and serendipity in information retrieval (pdf)

She defended her PhD thesis:
Time-aware Approaches to Information Retrieval (pdf)
Slides (pdf)

Photos from the event by Heri Ramampiaro (Picasa)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Learning Small Talk in a Virtual Afghan Village

24/02 - Learning Small Talk in a Virtual Afghan Village

PhD candidate Mikhail Fominykh and Associate Professor Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland have just finished a project where they developed a virtual Afghan village in Second Life for the Norwegian Armed Forces.

The virtual environment was created for the Cultural Awareness in Military Operations (CAMO) experiment at the Norwegian Military Academy (Krigsskolen). The CAMO project was a joint effort between the Norwegian Military Academy, the University of Oslo (UiO) and NTNU. The development of the village had to be completed at a low budged, but without compromising design details too much.

The game was recently tested by cadets from Krigsskolen. Their mission; to go to an Afghan village and talk to the village's elder. The test was run to find areas of the game to improve before using it in training.

The virtual village will be used to help cadets learn the small talk and appropriate interaction in a controlled environment, without putting people at risk. It will be a great supplement for learning cadets how to interact with people abroad, but it will not replace normal training.

Fominykh and Prasolova-Førland have been studying both images and video footage of Afghanistan to create a detailed virtual rural village. Fominykh's ongoing PhD work has been a great foundation for the two months work he spent, designing the virtual world. Prasolova-Førland role in the project has been experiment design and scenario development.

Illustrations: Screenshots from Second Life.

Relevant news:
Høgskulen inn i den virtuelle verda - CAMO (in Norwegian)

Steve Jobs


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Head of BioCore

16/02 - Head of BioCore

Professor Pål Sætrom from our department, has been appointed Head of the new Bioinformatics core facility (BioCore) established at the Faculty of Medicine (NTNU). BioCore aims to offer researchers in Norway support at any level regarding bioinformatics analysis.

The facility will offer services to support research needs in the interface between bioinformatics and molecular biology. Research on high throughput sequence analysis, gene regulation (miRNA, TF, epigenetics), genome stability, genome variation and gene/protein analysis will be the main focus.

BioCore collaborates with several other core facilities and technology platforms and is a continuation of the FUGE Bioinformatics platform.

Related news:
NTNU satser på bioteknologi (in Norwegian, TU.no) 
Til tjeneste for bioteknologien (in Norwegian, Universitetsavisa)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Roger Midtstraum's 50 Years Birthday

13/02 - Roger Midtstraum's 50 Years Birthday

Thursday 9th of February, the staff at the Department of Computer and Information Science gathered to celebrate Roger Midtstraum's 50 years birthday.

Photos from the event (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation João Batista Rocha-Junior

08/02 - Disputation João Batista Rocha-Junior

30th of January, João Batista Rocha-Junior completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Kjetil Nørvåg supervised João's PhD work at the Data and Information Management research group. Professor Jon Atle Gulla,  Adjunct Associate Professor Jon Olav Hauglid, Research Scientist Akrivi Vlachou og Post Doctoral Fellow Christos Doulkeridis have co-supervised the PhD work.

João's trial lecture was titled: Quering and Managing Social Data (pdf)

He defended his PhD thesis:
Efficient Processing of Preference Queries in Distributed and Spatial Databases (pdf)
Slides (pdf)

Photos from the event (Flickr) by Heri Ramampiaro, Naimdjon Takhirov and Kai T. Dragland


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Water! Social Change through New Media

27/01 - Water! Social Change through New Media

Friday 27th of January, the Water! Social Change through New Media village presented their experts in teamwork projects related to global water challenges. The village has co-operated with Liv Arnesen, to aid the Access Water 2012 project.

The students in the village presented five water related projects:

Professor Letizia Jaccheri was the leader of the village. The village focused on the use of new media as a tool for increasing the awareness of global water issues among school children.

Photos from the EiT presentation (Flickr)

Read more about it in Universitetsavisa (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Virtual Nidaros

09/01 - Virtual Nidaros

6th of January, one of our former master students, David Svånå, and his video of Virtual Nidaros were featured in Adressa. David Svånå's master thesis work was supervised by Assistant Professor Torbjørn Hallgren and Associate Professor Jo Skjermo.

Read more about Virtual Nidaros in the Bli med 700 år tilbake i tid article at Adressa.

More videos about Virtual Nidaros (YouTube).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
A Pioneer Signing Off

05/01 - A Pioneer Signing Off

Wednesday 4th of January, the staff at the department (IDI) gathered to celebrate Torbjørn Hallgren's 70 years birthday. Hallgren is signing off after 44 years at the university and SINTEF, but he still wish to contribute with graphic research at the department through his colleagues.

After graduating in 1966 from the Technical Physics programme of study at Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), Hallgren started working at Regnesenteret (RNTH). At RNTH he worked with technical/mathematical programming and taught the SIMULA programming language. Later he joined the Academic Administration at NTH, and pioneered the development of software for their academic needs.

In 1986 Hallgren joined our department, and started lecturing the major subjects in programming. His main responsibility has been computer graphics.

Hallgren was one of the initiators of the Distributed Visualization Laboratory (DVL). DVL began as a collaboration between departments and faculties at the university, since computer graphics and visualization required expensive equipment. Hallgren was crucial in establishing the cooperation - he has been a pioneer for computer graphics and visualization at the university.

Photos from the event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

Articles From 2011

Philosophy of Interaction

22/12 - Philosophy of Interaction

Professor Dag Svanæs is one of the authors in the new online book, Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction. Svanæs' chapter, the Philosophy of Interaction, has received great commentaries from both Donald A. Norman and Eva Hornecker, and it is currently used as the featured chapter of the book.

In the Philosophy of Interaction chapter you can watch four videos of Dag Svanæs, were he talk about the history of interaction design, and elaborates on concepts of interaction.

The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction is available for free from Interaction-Design.org. The Interaction-Design.org Foundation produce world-class educational materials by elite professors and elite designers, and give them away for free - to the benefit of both industry and academia all over the world.

Illustration: Interaction-design.org


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Basit Ahmed Khan

16/12 - Disputation Basit Ahmed Khan

15th of Desember, Basit Ahmed Khan completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Adjunct Professor Mihhail Matskin supervised Basit's PhD work at the Information Systems research group. Professor Rolf Bræk and Professor Monica Divitini have co-supervised the PhD work.

Basit completed his PhD work at the FABULA research project, which was funded by the Reseach Council of Norway's VERDIKT programme.

 

Basit's trial lecture was titled: Digital Ecologies: Theory and Applications.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Applying Multi-Agent Software System to Support Citywide Mobile Learning (pdf)

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
NOK 10 Million to the Digital Oil Research Project

16/12 - NOK 10 Million to the Digital Oil Research Project

Professor Eric Monteiro has landed NOK 10 million in funding for his Digital oil (Doil) research project. Monteiro's research project was one of only six projects to receive funding. It was chosen in hard competition among the 101 project applications sent to the VERDIKT programme.

The Research Council of Norway used international experts to evaluate the project applications for their VERDIKT programme. VERDIKT is a research programme, which aims to aid in the development of the Internet of the Future. The Digital oil project builds upon two of the three themes of the VERDIKT programme; Social networks, and the Internet of Things.

The name, Digital oil, is based on the use of sensors to generate data from oil and gas wells. More than 50% of the oil produced on the Norwegian continental shelf today is drilled from unmanned subsea wells, which only provide data through sensors and measurement devices.

A core project aim is to develop an in-depth understanding of theoretical and actual risks related to sensor-based data management. By doing so, the project will contribute to the discussions on automation in the gas and oil industry.

The Digital oil project is a joint effort with Statoil and the Center for Integrated Operations in the Petrolium Industry (IO center) at NTNU. Eric Monteiro hopes that the project will be a catalyst in collaboration between the department, Statoil and the IO center.

Related links:
70 millioner til seks nye prosjekter (in Norwegian, Forskningsrådet)
Statoil signs environmental monitoring development agreement (Statoil)

Illustration: Statoil


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Norvald Hegelstad Ryeng

01/12 - Disputation Norvald Hegelstad Ryeng

28th of November, Norvald Hegelstad Ryeng completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Kjetil Nørvåg supervised Norvald's PhD work at the Data and Information Management research group. Professor Svein Erik Bratsberg and Senior Staff Engineer Olav Sandstad have co-supervised the PhD work.

Norvald's trial lecture was titled: Methods for Storing Data in Distributed Systems and Cloud.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Improving Query Processing Performance in Large Distributed Database Management Systems (pdf)

Photos from the disputation (Picasa).

Photos: Heri Ramampiaro


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Ole Andreas Alsos

29/11 - Disputation Ole Andreas Alsos

24th of November, Ole Andreas Alsos completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Dag Svanæs supervised Ole's PhD work at the Information Systems research group. Professor Øystein Nytrø and Associate Professor Arild Faxvaag have co-supervised the PhD work.

The committee for the disputation were: Professor Jan Stage from Aalborg University and Associate Professor Monique W. Jaspers from the University of Amsterdam. Professor Letizia Jaccheri from our department was the administrator for the event.

Ole's trial lecture was titled: Human computer interaction research issues in computer games.

Ole defended his PhD thesis:
Mobile Point-of-Care Systems in Hospitals:Designing for the Doctor-Patient Dialogue (pdf)

Photos from the trial lecture and thesis defense (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Festina Lente

28/11 - Festina Lente

Wednesday 23rd of November, the results of this autumn's Computer Design Project (TDT4295) were presented. Seven students have collaborated in constructing the Festina Lente computer system. The core of Festina Lente is a custom SIMD-style processor with 12 processing elements which is realized in an FPGA.

The students started without prior knowledge of practical hardware design, but were extremely motivated and worked very hard. The construction took three months with tough deadlines, but all the functionality worked in the end. This is the first time in recent years that everything works according to plan.

The work has consisted of a large number of tasks. For instance, the students have designed the printed circuit board, realized a custom computer architecture in a Xilinx FPGA, developed code for an Atmel microcontroller, integrated hardware and software and made an assembler for the custom processor. The final prototype is able to execute arbitrary programs. The most notable examples are image processing algorithms for edge detection and image sharpening. The students have been invited to demonstrate Festina Lente at the FPGA Forum conference in February.

The students whom constructed Festina Lente were: Sivert Berg, Anders Behne Eie, Matthew Guise, Johan Jansen, Ole Petter Skarre Lund, Simen Natvig, and Lars-Ivar Hesselberg Simonsen. The students have been supervised by Magnus Jahre (coordinator) and Konstantinos Antonakopoulos. Gunnar Tufte aided with his PCB and FPGA experience.

Photos from the Festina Lente presentation (Flickr).
Video of the Festina Lente project (YouTube).

Relevant links:
TDT4295 Computer Design Project Course Web Page (in Norwegian).
A selection of previous Computer Design Projects (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
ITovation on Smart Grid Technology

22/11 - ITovation on Smart Grid Technology

Friday 18th of November, the ITovation on Smart Grids seminar took place at NTNU. Post Doctoral Fellow Daniela Soares Cruzes, was one of the invited talkers at the seminar.

The ITovation seminar series focuses on the interplay among innovation, creativity and improvisation. The seminars are tailored to NTNU PhD students, but are open to the NTNU community and industrial partners.

Photos from the ITovation on Smart Grids seminar (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Online's Quadranscentennial Anniversary

17/11 - Online's Quadranscentennial Anniversary

Saturday 12th of November, 198 members, former members and friends gathered at Prinsen hotel to celebrate Online's 25 years anniversary.

After some research, Online's 25 year history turned out to be 26 years. However, in true programming spirit Online solved the issue by starting the year count at 0. The founder of Online, Ole Andre Brevik (in picture), was present at the anniversary. In his talk, Brevik shed some light on the early history of Online, and the ideas behind its existence.

The story behind Online's creation will be presented in the next issue of Offline (Online's magazine), which will be published in the first quarter of 2012.

The department congratulates Online with the anniversary!

Photos from the event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
The Norwegian Cancer Society Funding Bioinformatic Research

11/11 - The Norwegian Cancer Society Funding Bioinformatic Research

Professor Pål Sætrom is one of twelve researchers at St. Olav hospital and NTNU, to receive funding from The Norwegian Cancer Society (Kreftforeningen).

Pål Sætrom's research project, Dynamics of histone modifications during DNA replication, focuses on the replication process of DNA. DNA can be viewed as the body's cookbook. Each cell has the same cookbook, but which recipe is used determines what kind of cell to create. Cancer develops both from changes in recipes, and changes to how a cell reads the recipe.

The determining factors of how a cell reads the cookbook, are called epigenetic factors. Little is currently known about how epigenetic factors are copied, and Sætrom's research project seeks to better our understanding of how epigenetic changes can come into being. The research project will specifically investigate how epigenetic factors, called histone modifications, are copied.

Learn more about the funding of cancer research in Adressa (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disseminator of the Year at IME

04/11 - Disseminator of the Year at IME

Tuesday 1st of November, Associate Professor Alf Inge Wang won the Disseminator of the Year Award of the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics, and Electrical Engineering (IME).

Alf Inge Wang was awarded the Disseminator of the Year Award for his work with the JoinGame network, and his role as a national expert on computer game technology. 

Listed are a few of links to podcasts of Alf Inge Wang in the media recently:
NRK P1 - Norgesglasset: Datatastatur (mp3, podcast)
NRK P3 -  Banden: Dataspillutvikling (mp3, podcast)
NRK P3 - Banden: om dataspill m.m. (mp3, podcast)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IDI Symposium 2011

19/10 - IDI Symposium 2011

On October 14th, the IDI Symposium 2011 took place at NTNU. Around a 45 participants followed the talks presented in Elektrobygget, EL6. Deputy Head of the Department, Guttorm Sindre, and Professor Eric Monteiro opened the event.

The talks at the symposium spanned several fields of research, and was given by both staff and former students. The list of talks and some of the slides are available from the program web page. Most of the participants also attended the dinner and revue at UKA 11 afterwards.

If you want to be informed about the next symposium, then Like the IDI Symposium Facebook page, or register yourself at the NTNU Alumni web page and join our sub-alumni.

Photos from the IDI Symposium 2011 (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
New Professor within Computer Graphics

18/10 - New Professor within Computer Graphics

On October 1st, Theoharis Theoharis commenced his Professorship in computer and information science with a special focus on Computer Graphics.

Research Career

Theoharis’ research career begun in 1985 at the University of Oxford where he investigated the formal use of parallel processing techniques in the graphics pipeline, using the formal languages CSP and Z and implementations on the Transputer using OCCAM, as part of his MSc thesis. He subsequently continued in a more practical direction, investigating parallel algorithms for computer graphics (forefathers of the ones found on today’s GPUs), leading to his doctoral thesis at Oxford in 1988. In 1987 he was appointed Research Fellow at Cambridge University where he worked on parallel algorithms for computer graphics as well as algorithms for an early three-dimensional display until 1990.

After a brief career as a sailor (1990-1991) and IT consultant with Andersen consulting (1992-1993) he returned to research and teaching in 1993 when he joined the University of Athens. At Athens he worked (among others) on geometrical algorithms for computer graphics, multi-resolution models, the reconstruction of broken objects from their constituent parts (with archaeological applications), 3D biometrics and 3D object retrieval. He has supervised 8 completed doctoral dissertations in the above fields.

The 3D biometrics work is joint with the University of Houston, where he has an adjunct appointment since 2007 and the produced system (URXD) achieved the top 3D Face Recognition result in US NIST’s Face Recognition Grand Challenge.

Theoharis has (co)-authored a number of textbooks, the most recent of which, Graphics and Visualization, will be used for teaching at NTNU.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Steve Jobs, Dead at 56

06/10 - Steve Jobs, Dead at 56

Steve Jobs was a great visionary and innovator. He died tonight at age 56, only weeks after resigning as ceo of Apple Inc. As a visionarly he understood before anyone else how deeply we would live our lives through our devices.

Jobs took over as ceo of Apple fifteen years ago. Today it is one of the most successful companies in the world. He insisted the company put the human experience first, focusing on design as well as technological prowess. Jobs revitalized Apple and reinvented the smartphones, computers, and media players.

Today's technology would not be what it is without Steve Jobs. The products and innovations  from Steve Jobs' era has changed our lives in a very profound way. Thank you Steve Jobs. You were a visionary and an innovator and you will be missed.

Steve Jobs

Source:
Apple Inc. (Apple.com)
Steve Jobs er død (in Norwegian, idg.no)
Steve Jobs, Apple co-funder, dead at 56 (Boston.com)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Nordic Collegiate Programming Contest 2011

03/10 - Nordic Collegiate Programming Contest 2011

This weekend, the national part of the Nordic Collegiate Programming Contest (NCPC) 2011 took place at NTNU. This year 65 teams spent their Saturday at campus, programming, eating pizza and having fun. It is impressive to see so many students gather early on a Saturday for a 5 hour programming contest.

The best NTNU team was the one-man-team Team Cacophony (Ruben Spaans). He was also best at NTNU (and in Norway) last year. Ruben solved a total of 7 problems, and he was the only one solving the Pricate Space problem at NTNU.

NTNU's best student team was Sponset av Gunnar Inge (Torbjørn Morland and Karl Johan Heimark). They solved 6 of the problems and qualified for ICPC.

The NCPC event was coordinated between several Nordic universities. All the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) participated at the same time, making it a true Nordic event. NCPC is part of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.

Bekk, Opera Software and Software-Innovation sponsored the Norwegian part of the event. The best teams from the NWERC event will be qualified for the World Championship in programming.

Photos from the programming event (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Researcher Grand Prix 2011

03/10 - Researcher Grand Prix 2011

Thursday 29th of September, the 2nd Researcher Grand Prix took place. PhD candidate Ole Andreas Alsos from our department was one of the ten contestants. Ole gave a very good 4 minutes presentation of his research on how technology can be a barrier in the communication between doctors and patients.

Within 4 minutes each researcher had to explain what their research field was, what their research project and contribution to the field was, and win the crowd by getting the audience and the judges interested.

The quality of this year's presentations were great, and the winner of the NTNU event was Siv Gøril Brandtzæg from the Department of Scandinavian studies and comparative literature. Her research project was Trivialromanen på 1700-tallet.

Ole Alsos was the first researcher from our department to take part in this kind of event. We thank Ole for his excellent presentation, and hope more of our PhD students will be inspired to follow in his footsteps next year!

Photos from the event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
HelsIT 2011

30/09 - HelsIT 2011

This year's Healthcare Informatics Week (HelsIT) took place from 27th to 29th of September. The main parts of of the event was the HelsIT conference held from 28th to 29th of September, and the theme day 27th of September. This year's HelsIT event got around  4-500 participants.

HelsIT is a collaborative effort between the Norwegian EHR Research Centre (NSEP), Programme for Healthcare Informatics (NTNU) and KITH. The aim of the HelsIT is to be an annual meeting place for all stakeholders interested in healthcare informatics. It has been an annual event since 2003.

From our department professor Eric Monteiro, professor Øystein Nytrø, professor Pieter J. Toussaint, professor Kjell Bratbergsengen, PhD candidate Vigdis Heimly, PhD candidate Andreas D. Landmark, Phd candidate Ero Stig Karlsen and master student Erlend A. Gjære were involved with the conference, through talks or organization.

Photos from HelsIT 2011 (Flickr).

Related links:
HelsIT conference (in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
NOKIOS 2011 in Trondheim

28/09 - NOKIOS 2011 in Trondheim

The NOKIOS 2011 conference took place at Rica Nidelven Hotel in Trondheim, from 20th to 22nd of September. 350 participants attended the fifth annual NOKIOS conference. The conference was organized by NTNU and DIFI (The Agency for Public Management and eGovernment), with Professor John Krogstie as chair for the conference.

Director-General of Information Society and Media (INFSO), Robert Madelin, held the opening session with a talk about EU's Digital Agenda. Director of the Norwegian Data Inspectorate / Datatilsynet, Bjørn Erik Thon, held the closing session, and gave a talk about how to incorporate data protection in ICT solutions.

The aim of the NOKIOS conference is to be a meeting place for employees and politicians, researchers, and other stakeholders in the public sector. Attendees can meet other stakeholders who share job interests, concerns, or who possess information critical to their work. The conference also feature presentations, lectures and news from researchers and vendors.

Photos from the NOKIOS conference (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Researchers' Night 2011

27/09 - Researchers' Night 2011

Friday 23rd of September, the 7th Researchers' Night event took place at NTNU. 1200 high school students had signed up for an interesting night at the university; with 31 stands, 6 lectures, and 3 lab excursions, which presented some of the ongoing research at NTNU.

The doors opened at 20:00 and fireworks marked the end of the event, around 23:30. The Researchers' Night event is part of the Norwegian Science Week (forskningsdagene), which is a nationwide annual event held to bring research and science to the public.

This year IDI was represented with three stands:

  1. Associate Professor Anne C. Elster, Post Doctoral Fellow Ian Karlin, PhD candidate Rune Erlend Jensen and master students from the Algorithms, HPC and Graphics research group demonstrated how small super computers can be used for real time 3D simulations of for example 1-2 million snow particles.
  2. Professor Pauline Haddow, Adjunct Associate Professor Anders Kofod-Petersen and their master students presented how artificial intelligence can be used to control robots and intelligent doors.
  3. Associate Professor Alf Inge Wang (photo) and PhD candidate Bian Wu demonstrated Alf Inge's latest computer game concept.

Photos from Researchers' Night (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Nils Brede Moe

23/09 - Disputation Nils Brede Moe

21st and 22nd of September, Nils Brede Moe completed his trial lectures, and on 22nd of September he completed his thesis defence for the degree of Doctor philosophiae.

Nils' first trial lecture was titled Future of Global Software Development – Opportunities and challenges of combining insourcing and offshoring and the second trial lecture was titled The role of different testing techniques in change-driven development.

The committee for the defence were: professor Kurt Schneider (Leibniz Universität Hannover), Dr. Outi Salo (Nokia Corporation), and professor Torbjørn Skramstad (NTNU) which also  coordinated the event

Nils defended his doctoral thesis:
From Improving Processes to Improving Practice - Software Process Improvement in Transition from Plan-driven to Change-driven Development (DiVA)

Photos of the committee and the candidate (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
itDAGENE 2011 v2.0

21/09 - itDAGENE 2011 v2.0

From 19th to 20th of September, itDAGENE took place at NTNU for the 2nd time this year. ItDAGENE is usually an annual event, and it is the first time the event has been held in the autumn.

The executive committee of itDAGENE listened to feedback from companies and students and moved the event to the autumn. A spring event gave precious little time to process applications for summer internships and jobs.

The autumn event was a success as a total of 66 companies were represented this time around. Each day, 37 stands tried to get hold of the brightest IT-students. 15 of 66 companies were at itDAGENE for the first time. The stand reservation, which opened in April 2011, was full after one month.

itDAGENE has been an annual event since 1999. The event is a great arena where firms and students can build relationships that may lead to a summer job or a position at the firm, later on.

A group of 3rd year students from Computer Science and Communication Technology co-ordinate and arrange itDAGENE. This event is the primary source of income for the 3rd year student's excursion.

Photos from itDAGENE 2011 v2.0 (Flickr).

Related links:
itDAGENE 2011 (IDI News)
itDAGENE 2011 (Offical web page)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Dragana Laketic

30/08 - Disputation Dragana Laketic

26th of August, Dragana Laketic completed her trial lecture and thesis defense. She will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Pauline Haddow supervised the first half of the PhD, and Associate Professor Gunnar Tufte supervised the second half of Dragana's PhD work at the Computer Architecture and Design research group. Adjunct Associate Professor Snorre Aunet co-supervised the first half of the PhD, and Professor Trond Ytterdal the last part of the PhD work.

Dragana's trial lecture was titled: The pros and cons of bio-inspiration applied to hardware engineering.

Dragana defended her PhD thesis:
A Novel Framework for Achieving Adaptation in Man-Made Systems Inspired by the Organisation of Living Systems (pdf)

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Realstart / Teknostart Computer Game Competition

26/08 - Realstart / Teknostart Computer Game Competition

Friday 26th of August, the new computer science and informatics students gathered for the annual computer game competition which marked the end of their two week Teknostart and Realstart events.

The competition marks the end of two weeks of working in groups, making computer games and learning about group dynamics. The teaching assistants nominated nine computer games for a final demonstration, and a student vote.

The nine nominees presented on Friday were:

The winner of this year's competion was Rockets And Lasers in outer space, created by the informatics students Rikard Eide, Tor Edvard Nakken, Mads Berntsen, Håvard Lian, Fredrik Johannessen, Ragnhild Seim, and Jusse Aspenes Jernsletten (in photo). Their game won with a total of 81 of 180 votes. Save Birdy and Alle barn til Samfundet came second and third with 23 and 20 votes, respectively.


By: Pål Sætrom     Permalink: plink
Ole Jakob Mengshoel at IDI

23/08 - Ole Jakob Mengshoel at IDI

Monday 22nd of August, Ole Jakob Mengshoel gave a talk about the recent progress in Bayesian network computation. Ole was invited to the department to talk about his work within this research field.

Ole Jakob is a former student from our department. He completed his civil engineering degree in computer science / telematics at NTH (now NTNU). Currently he is working at Carnegie Mellon University as a Senior Systems Scientist with CMU Silicon Valley at the NASA Ames Research Center.

Related News:
Former Student Awarded a USD 498 000 Grant (IDI News)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Matriculation Ceremony 2011

17/08 - Matriculation Ceremony 2011

Tuesday 16th of August the annual matriculation ceremony was held at Gløshaugen. In the plenum ceremony the NTNU Pro-Rector, Kari Melby, held the opening speech to the new students.

Afterwards the students attended the local ceremonies. After the speeches the Computer Science and Informatics students were guided to Drivhuset for free pizza and soda.

View the photos from the local ceremony (Flickr)

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Informatic Students at DifiCamp 2011

23/06 - Informatic Students at DifiCamp 2011

This summer, 12 NTNU students are spending their summer holiday at the DifiCamp 2011. It is the 3rd time the camp is held, and the number of participants has increased every year. 12 of the 13 participants at this year's camp are informatics students from NTNU.

The aim of the camp is to find solutions for gathering and sharing data to the general public. A complete description of what the students will be working on is available at the DifiCamp 2011 website (in Norwegian).

The DifiCamp is organized by the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi) in Norway. Difi aims to strengthen the government's work in renewing the Norwegian public sector and improve the organization and efficiency of government administration.

We wish our informatics students luck in finding the solutions needed for easy sharing of data, which can facilitate growth of new services and companies.

Relevant links:
DifiCamp 2011 (in Norwegian, Main page)
DifiCamp on Facebook (in Norwegian)
Rekrutterer studentar (in Norwegian, Sogn Avis)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Scandinavian AI Conference

17/06 - Scandinavian AI Conference

The Scandinavian AI conference (SCAI) 2011 was held at NTNU in Trondheim from 24th to 26th of May. More than 50 participants attended the 11th iteration in the conference series.

According to the Anders Kofod-Petersen, Chair of the conference, the participants were  pleased with the conference and program. The keynotes and tutorials were especially popular.

The aim of SCAI is to be a meeting place for AI researchers from the Nordic countries, but the conference has attracted international researchers since the first conference was held in Tromsø (Norway) in 1988. This year people from Japan, Germany and the Czech Republic attended, but the peak in the demography chart was still from the Nordic countries.

The annual meetings of the Swedish Artificial Intelligence Society (SAIS) and the Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Society (NAIS) were co-located with the conference.

The conference was co-organized by the NAIS and NTNU. Staff members from the Intelligent Systems research group at our department, helped organize the conference. Professor Helge Langseth (in photo) was one of many who made the conference run smoothly.

Photographer: Anders Kofod-Petersen.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Truls Amundsen Bjørklund

10/06 - Disputation Truls Amundsen Bjørklund

9th of June, Truls Amundsen Bjørklund completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Adjunct Professor Bjørn Olstad supervised Truls' PhD work at the Algorithms, HPC and Graphics research group. Associate Professor Magnus Lie Hetland and Adjunct Associate Professor Øystein Torbjørnsen have co-supervised the PhD work.

Truls' trial lecture was titled: Issues in building and running a search engine in the cloud.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Column Stores versus Search Engines and Applications to Search in Social Networks (pdf)

Photo: Magnus Lie Hetland


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Jon Espen Ingvaldsen

06/06 - Disputation Jon Espen Ingvaldsen

26th of May, Jon Espen Ingvaldsen completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Jon Atle Gulla supervised Jon's PhD work at the Information Systems research group. Professor Kjetil Nørvåg and Chief Engineer Steinar Carlsen have co-supervised the PhD work.

Jon's trial lecture was titled: Complex Event Processing (CEP): Concepts, methods, technologies and tools, examples of applications that rely on and may benefit from CEP and impacts of CEP on business processes.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Semantic Process Mining of Enterprise Transaction Data (pdf)

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IME Gratudation Ceremony

30/05 - IME Gratudation Ceremony

Friday 27th of May, graduate students and staff members of the IME departments gathered in auditorium F1 for the annual IME Graduation Ceremony. The speakers for this year's students were Geir Ivar Soleng (Faculty Director), Geir Øien (Dean), Øystein Myrmo (Graduation Student), and Berit Svendsen from Conax.

After the speaches and the entertainment, the celebration carried on with refreshments in Elektrobygget.

Photos from the event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Nils Grimsmo

30/05 - Disputation Nils Grimsmo

27th of May, Nils Grimsmo completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Adjunct Professor Bjørn Olstad supervised Nils' PhD work at the Algorithms, HPC and Graphics research group. Adjunct Associate Professor Øystein Torbjørnsen has co-supervised the PhD work.

Nils' trial lecture was titled: Present a survey of modern parallel databases in cloud computing. Emphasize the following two topics:1) The effects and handling of relaxed consistency, and 2) The application of semi-structured data.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Bottom Up and Top Down - Twig Pattern Matching on Indexed Trees (pdf)

Photo: Nina Grimsmo


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Eric Monteiro's 50 Years Birthday

25/05 - Eric Monteiro's 50 Years Birthday

Wednesday 25th of May, the staff at the Department of Computer and Information Science gathered to celebrate Eric Monteiro's 50 years birthday.

Eric received congratulations, flowers and accessories for his sail boat :-)

Photos from the event (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Kirsti Elisabeth Berntsen

24/05 - Disputation Kirsti Elisabeth Berntsen

23rd of May, Kirsti Elisabeth Berntsen completed her trial lecture and thesis defense. She will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Eric Monteiro supervised Kirsti's PhD work at the Information Systems research group. Professor Monica Divitine and Professor Morten Levin have co-supervised the PhD work.

Kirsti's trial lecture was titled: Global consequences of information system innovation on service work.

Kirsti defended her PhD thesis:
IS supported service work: A case study of global certification (pdf)

Photo: Torstein Elias L.Hjelle


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Chinese Outstanding PhD Students Abroad Award

16/05 - Chinese Outstanding PhD Students Abroad Award

Friday 13th of May, a representative from the Chinese embassy visited NTNU to present the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding PhD Students Abroad for 2010. From our department Shang Gao and Wei Wei won the award. Three students in Norway won this year, and all were from NTNU. 506 PhD students in the world won the 2010 award.

The three winners from NTNU were: Shang Gao and Wei Wei from our department, and Zhenghui Liu from the Department of Marine Technology. Each of the winners received USD 5,000 and a diploma.

The Chinese Government Award for Outstanding PhD Students Abroad is a prestigious national award in China. The award is a recognition of top Chinese PhD students across all fields of study in the world. It is an annual award from Chinese Government for outstanding Chinese graduate students who work abroad without receiving financial support from the Chinese government.

The awardees were selected based on their research achievements and academic merit after several rounds of judging by invited experts from their field in China as well as their host country.

Awardees


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Health at ITovation

16/05 - Health at ITovation

Thursday 12th of May, the ITovation seminar about Healthcare took place at NTNU. Innovation in medical healthcare was the main topic of the ITovation seminar. It gave a glimpse into the future of medical technology.

CEO of the Customer solutions Unit at Siemens, Tom Miller, was the main speaker. He gave a talk entitled Opportunities for Healthcare Innovations in Medical Technology and Services.

Post Doctoral Fellow Andreas Røsland Seim (photo) from our department gave a talk about Co-operation support through transparency. Andreas is one of the principal investigators of the COSTT project - a multidisciplinary health informatics research project with an objective to develop ICT-solution that support co-operation, co-ordination and decision-making.

Photos from ITovation (Flickr)

Learn more about the ITovation seminar series at the ITovation web page.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Stein Løkke Tomassen

13/05 - Disputation Stein Løkke Tomassen

11th of May, Stein Løkke Tomassen completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Jon Atle Gulla supervised Stein's PhD work at the Information Systems research group. Dr. Gunnar Auran and Dr. Robert Engels have co-supervised the PhD work.

Stein's trial lecture was titled: Enabling the Web of Entities: Scalability and Data Quality Problems of  the Semantic Web.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Conceptual Ontology Enrichment for Web Information Retrieval (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Outstanding Paper Award

10/05 - Outstanding Paper Award

The Virtual Research Arena: Presenting Research in 3D Virtual Environments paper written by Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland and Mikhail Fominykh won the Outstanding Paper Award at the 2nd Global Conference on Learning and Technology (Global Learn Asia Pacific) in Melbourne, Australia. 

In their project Ekaterina and Mikhail have explored the visualization of research in an innovative way. They present research projects to audiences by involving them in both a online virtual 3D environment and in the real world. By using their Virtual Research Arena as a framework, they engage the general public to spark their interest for research and education.

The paper presented the initial results from a case study where the framework was applied. The case study took place at the first Virtual Science Fair in Trondheim, and in the TDT4245 Cooperation Technology course at our department.

The collected data was analyzed to explore the challenges associated with the technological, educational, social aspects of using 3D Collaborative Virtual Environments for visualizing research projects and promoting research to the general public.

Relevant links:
NTNU Virtual Campus at Science Fair (IDI News)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Improved Publication Score

05/05 - Improved Publication Score

In the preparations for the evaluation by the Research Council of Norway, it was unveiled that the department has increased its scientific output in 2010. According to the statistic at Norges samfunnsvitenskaplige database (NSD) our department is now the best of all ICT departments in Norway, when it comes to publication points per scientific staff member.

The improved publication score for 2010 rank us as 12th best in Norway, 2nd best at NTNU, and the best ICT department in Norway. The department has achieved this, with only a few level 2 publications. The mass of publication points comes from level 1 publications, which only get 0,7 points.

In 2010, the top three in publication score were: Professor John Krogstie (in photo), Professor Kjetil Nørvåg, and Associate Professor Pinar Öztürk (in photo). Keep up the good work!

The NSD database shows the publication point score divided by the number of professors, associate professors and post doctoral fellows at the respective departments.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
NOK 2 Million to JoinGame

03/05 - NOK 2 Million to JoinGame

The Research Council of Norway has granted NOK 2 million over four years to the JoinGame network. Alf Inge Wang, from our department, is the project leader of the JoinGame network. The grant from the Research Council of Norway has been given through the VERDIKT-program.

A four year grant gives JoinGame a long time perspective for its work, and Alf Inge looks forward to what the future might bring. JoinGame was created in 2007, and currently has members from more than 170 different institutions (both industry and academia), which work with computer games in Norway.

Alf Inge says that computer games is an industry for the future, with great potential for growth. The primary goal of JoinGame is to provide a meeting place where the growing number of small, enthusiastic companies can share ideas, research and trends.

Relevant links:
Fem verdinettverk får støtte fra VERDIKT (in Norwegian)
JoinGame (in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Best Paper Award at ECIR

02/05 - Best Paper Award at ECIR

Post Doctoral Fellow Krisztian Balog won the Best Paper Award at the 33rd European Conference on Information Retrival (ECIR 2011). Krisztian Balog and Elena Smirnova won with their paper A User-oriented Model of Expert Finding (pdf).

The paper was also featured in the Communications of the ACM on April 26th.

We wish to congratulate Krisztian on the award!

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Collaborative Project with Stanford Formalized

29/04 - Collaborative Project with Stanford Formalized

On April 26th, NTNU and Stanford University signed a contract to formalize collaboration between research communities at the two universities.

The contract follows a visit to Stanford University by Thomas Østerlie (IDI), Vidar Hepsø (Statoil) and Petter G. Almklov (NTNU Social Research, Ltd) in late March. The visit and signing of the contract are parts of a research project funded by Statoil to foster long-term, interdisciplinary collaboration between NTNU and Stanford within petroleum-related research.

The Department of Petroleum Technology is local signatory of the contract, and Thomas Østerlie from our department will manage the research collaboration.

Interdisciplinary workshops on petroleum informatics are planned for the autumn. The workshops will be held both at Stanford and in Trondheim. Information about the workshops will be announced.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Steady Growth in Applicants Numbers

28/04 - Steady Growth in Applicants Numbers

The Department of Computer and Information Science continues the steady growth (+7.5 %) in the total number of applicants to the Informatics and Computer Science programmes of study. This is the 6th year of growth since 2005.

The number of applicants which ranked the 5 year master programme in Computer Science as their first choice increased by 16.5 % compared to last years numbers, and the 3 year bachelor programme in Informatics increased by 11.2 % in the same period.

There were a slight decrease in the number of applicants for the 1 year programme in Informatics and the 2 year master programme in Computer Science.

Related links:
Søknadstall (in Norwegian, Samordnaopptak.no)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Data Blog

15/04 - Data Blog

The student contacts, at our department, have launched a Norwegian blog called Databloggen.

Databloggen's content is written for high school students. The articles will focus on happenings and stories from the everyday life at the university, through the eyes of computer science or informatics students.

Our students and staff are welcomed to read and contribute with comment on the blog.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Victory in the Yahoo! Semantic Search Challenge

15/04 - Victory in the Yahoo! Semantic Search Challenge

Krisztian Balog, Marek Ciglan, Robert Neumayer, Wei Wei, and Kjetil Nørvåg, from the department's Database group, recently won 1st and 3rd place in the two tracks of the Semantic Search Challenge organized by Yahoo! Labs.

The Semantic Search Challenge competition focuses on the development of technology needed for the next generation of web search engines. Instead of merely returning documents that match keywords, the aim of the next generation of web search engines is to give precise answers to complex queries.

The participating systems had to answer two types of information needs based on a set of structured data (simply put, a billion RDF triples) collected from the Web. One type of information request was the entity search, where each query refers to one particular entity (e.g., "Plymouth police department"). The other type of request was the list search, where queries target a group of entities that match certain criteria (e.g., "presidents depicted on mount Rushmore, who died of shooting").

The NTNU team won 1st place in the list search track, and finished as 3rd in the entity search track. The team had almost double the precision on the list search, compared to the next team.

IDI wish to congratulate the team - well done!

Semantic Web illustration


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Online Publishes Offline

12/04 - Online Publishes Offline

Friday 8th of April, the first issue of the Offline student magazine was launched. Online, the student union for informatics students, is the publisher of the new Offline magazine. What started as an idea two years ago, has now materialized.

In the first issue you can read an in depth interview with our Arvid Holme (Online's first honourary member), the story of Online exploring the catacombs below Gløshaugen, as well as other news for informatics students. New issues of Offline will be published four times a year, and the next issue is due before summer.

The Offline magazine is not available online (for obvious reasons). Copies should be available at IT-bygget, or you can pick up a copy at the Online office.

Relevant links:
Offline on Facebook (in Norwegian, Facebook)
Online's website (in Norwegian)
Online on Facebook (in Norwegian, Facebook)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Shang Gao

11/04 - Disputation Shang Gao

7th of April, Shang Gao completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor John Krogstie supervised Shang's PhD work at the Information Systems research group. Professor Guttorm Sindre and Professor Andreas Opdahl have co-supervised the PhD work.

Shang's trial lecture was titled: Agile modeling - a contradiction or opportunity?

Shang Gao defended his PhD thesis:
High Level Modeling and Evaluation of Multi-Channel Services

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Popular Codeslinging Contest

08/04 - Popular Codeslinging Contest

On Saturday 2nd of April, the IDI Open 2011 programming contest took place at NTNU with a record breaking 139 teams. 106 of the teams and 250+ participants competed on site, and 33 teams competed online. The number of on site participants meant that two floors had to be used to accommondate all. In comparison, last year's record was 92 teams, and 250+ participants in total.

The 33 teams competed online, from as far away as Århus in Denmark, the University of Bergen, the University of Oslo, the University of Stavanger, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the Sofia University, University of California - Berkeley, the University of Toronto, Zurich and Dupnitza.

The winners of IDI Open 2011 was the professional Apa team from Toronto, which solved all of the ten problems. They were closely followed by the pro team ! c[_] from Stockholm. The first student team, espr1t from Sofia, came in 3rd place. There were 45 attempts on solving the Treasure Hunt problem, but only Apa solved it.

The best Norwegian student team (2nd best student team in total), was Wheres the pizza from Bergen. It was closely followed by 3 student teams from NTNU; The Dining Philosophers and O(1) med veldig høy konstantfaktor, which both solved 6 of 10 problems, and Sponset av Hallgeir which solved 5 of 10 problems. Details can be found at the IDI Open high score list.

The best student teams become the favorites for qualifying for the NWERC (Northwestern European Regional Contest) this autumn.

IDI congratulate the winners, and hope all the contestants had fun programming.

Photos from the IDI Open 2011 event (by Lise Bulling and Anja Ziolkowski)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Excursion to Japan Cancelled

05/04 - Excursion to Japan Cancelled

Tokyo was the destination for the 70 students and 2 staff members of this year's excursion. Every year the 3rd class of the computer science students go an excursion to explore computer firms and technology abroad. The excursion to Japan was cancelled due to the current situation.

On April 4th, the XCom11 committee, Rune Sætre and Lillian Røstad decided to cancel the excursion to Japan, due to the current situation and the advice (in Norwegian) given by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and locally by NTNU.

They are now in the process of finding alternatives for the students. Two destinations and three different departure times are reviewed. The destinations discussed are Tokyo and California, and the departure times considered are: August this year, or January or Easter next year.

The students will vote for the different options. The vote will close on Friday 8th of April. Japan has been the destination for the excursion the last 5 years. The high technology adaptation in the Japanese society, and the high density of top computer technology firms, make Japan a popular choice.

Related links:
XCom11 website (in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Odd Petter Nord Slyngstad

04/04 - Disputation Odd Petter Nord Slyngstad

1st of April, Odd Petter Nord Slyngstad completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Reidar Conradi supervised Odd Petter's PhD work at the Software Engineering research group. Professor Torbjørn Skramstad and Chief Scientist Tore Dybå have co-supervised the PhD work.

Odd Petter's trial lecture was titled: Current trends and frameworks for model-driven approaches to software development.

Odd Petter defended his PhD thesis:
Component-Based Software Engineering: Modern Trends, Evolution and Perceived Architectural Risks (pdf)

Photo: Sari C. Cunningham


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
New Media Art for Interactive Campaigns

18/03 - New Media Art for Interactive Campaigns

Wednesday 16th of March, the New Media Art and GeoDesign villages presented their experts in teamwork projects related to global water challenges. The villages have co-operated with the Liv Arnesen Foundation (LAF), to help the YourExpedition project.

The goal of the YourExpedition project is to reach 2 million classrooms and 50 million youth with information about the global water crisis. The project makes an effort to engage with youth by means of technology and a tailored educational methodology.

Professor Letizia Jaccheri was the leader of the New Media Art village, and PhD candidate Alexander Nossum (from the Deparment of Geomatics) led the GeoDesign village. Letizia's village focused on the use of new media art as a tool for increasing the awareness of the global water issues among school children. The information provided by the artworks should in turn inspire and educate the audience.

A jury (Liv Arnesen, Alexandra Angeletaki, Hanne Dahlen, Arnfinn Rokne, Marit Sørumgård, and Anders Christensen) evaluated the villages' projects, and stated that all products created were of high quality and have potential for use.

Four groups were nominated for the final evaluation:

  • The Waterpulk – Group 3 GeoDesign
  • Vannskap – Group 2 New Media Art
  • Stories om water – Group 2 GeoDesign
  • Thirst – Group 4 New Media Art

The winner of the competition was The Waterpulk project by group 3 GeoDesign.

The Waterpulk project created a product, which can be made from easily available materials. The waterpulk was designed to help the population in Haiti by increasing the volume of water a child can bring home. Instead of carrying small amounts of water, a child can easily drag a large and heavy water bottle home. The concept is explored in this video of the waterpulk (YouTube).

Photos from the EiT presentation (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Salah Uddin Ahmed

15/03 - Disputation Salah Uddin Ahmed

11th of March, Salah Uddin Ahmed completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Letizia Jaccheri supervised Salah's PhD work at the Software Engineering research group. Professor Guttorm Sindre and Professor Kristin Bergaust have co-supervised the PhD work.

Salah's trial lecture was titled: Analysing computer-related works of art: methodological and  theoretical considerations.

Salah defended his PhD thesis:
Extending Software Engineering Collaboration: towards the Intersection of Software and Art (pdf)

Photo: Torstein Elias L.Hjelle


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Voluntary Work for the Computer Museum

09/03 - Voluntary Work for the Computer Museum

Interested in computer science history, and willing to sacrifice a few hours for the sake of NTNU's and Norway's computer history? If the answer is yes, then read on.

Friday 11th of March, Ola Nordal (our computer historian) will arrange an event where everyone who wants can come and do voluntary work for the computer museum. The event will take place from 16:30 - 18:30 on Friday. Afterwards there will be pizza at Peppes.

There will be a variety of tasks to complete - from fixing old computers, to moving computers and stuff into the museum. Old game consoles will be set up (and tested?). Tore Sinding Bekkedal will come from Oslo to try to give life to old relics from DEC and Norsk Data.

Pictures and more from the last event can be found on Ola Nordals blog. The event will be repeated every two weeks until the museum is up and running. Notify Ola Nordal if you plan to attend the event.

The Computer Museum is located in the basement of the south wing of IT-bygget (same building as auditorium F1). Gather outside of F1 before the event.

Photographer: Claudia Bätcke


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Professor in Bioinformatics, Pål Sætrom

04/03 - Professor in Bioinformatics, Pål Sætrom

1st of March, Pål Sætrom started his professorship at the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDI). Pål Sætrom is our first professor in Bioinformatics. His residence will be at the 4th floor, in room 416.

 

Research Career

Pål Sætrom holds both a MSc in Computer Science and a doctoral degree (Dr.Phil.) in Bioinformatics from NTNU. The MSc was completed in January 2001, and the doctoral degree in November 2005.

Pål has an untraditional background, since he did his doctoral research while working as a scientist for two companies (Fast Search & Transfer AS and Interagon AS). As a commercial scientist he worked on hardware accelerated machine learning and its applications in molecular biology. He researched applications both in general molecular biology and in the world of non-coding RNAs and small regulatory RNAs.

After the disputation, Pål joined John J. Rossi’s RNA interference (RNAi) and HIV-therapy lab at City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute in California. The work in California was funded through a post doctoral fellowship from the Department of Computer and Information Science at NTNU and research fellowships related to the Functional Genomics (FUGE) program run by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR).

Pål Sætrom and his colleagues in California received the PNAS 2008 Cozzarelli Prize in Biological Sciences for their discovery of the first microRNA (miRNA) regulating transcription in mammalian cells.

Pål returned to NTNU in 2007 on a personal career fellowship from NTNU’s strategic research area in Medical Technology. He joined the DNA Repair Research Group at the Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine (IKM). At the same time he also held an adjunct associate professor position at our department.

When starting at IKM, he secured a large career research fellowship from NFR. Pål has since then lead the group’s research on small regulatory RNAs. The research included efforts to predict miRNA targeting and the effects of genetic variation on miRNA regulation, understanding miRNAs role in specific processes such as the cell cycle, and developing design methods for robust therapeutic RNAs.

Pål Sætrom and colleagues from IKM, IDI, HUNT Research Centre, and Department of Biotechnology recently received new funding from NRF's eVITA program. The funding was given to develop a solution for storing and integrating high-throughput biobank data to identify disease-causing genetic variation.

The long-term goal of Pål Sætrom's research is to develop and use computational models to predict how changes in gene regulation can control development and cause disease.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Gasparas Jarulaitis

03/03 - Disputation Gasparas Jarulaitis

2nd of March, Gasparas Jarulaitis completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Eric Monteiro supervised Gasparas' PhD work at the Design and Use of Information Systems research group. Senior Advicer Knut-Helge Ronæs Rolland and Professor Letizia Jaccheri have co-supervised the PhD work.

Gasparas' trial lecture was titled: Strengths and weaknesses of 'local' and 'practice' approaches within information systems research for the study of integration.

Gasparas defended his PhD thesis:
Characterising integration in practice: A case study of collaborative infrastructure (pdf)

Photo: Torstein Elias L.Hjelle


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Hardware and Embedded Systems in Trondheim

18/02 - Hardware and Embedded Systems in Trondheim

Trondheim has become a national center for hardware and embedded system firms. Competence within these areas of computer science can land you many job offers in the middle of Norway.

Professor Lasse Natvig, senior member of the Computer Architecture and Design research group at the department, is very pleased with the development of the hardware and embedded system industry in Trondheim.

Earlier this week Adressa.no published an article about Atmel Norway (in Norwegian). Their technology for mobile devices and tablets are in so high demand that they expect to increase the staff by 20-25 new positions this year. Atmel is producing technology for mobile devices like Nokia C7, HTC Desire Z and Samsung's Galaxy, to name a few.

ARM is another international firm with a Trondheim presence. ARM Trondheim started as Falanx Microsystems, which was acquired by ARM. The Trondheim office focuses on development of GPU technology. Read more about the GPU chip company and ARM's ties to NTNU in this article. The ARM Trondheim office also seeks new staff.

Another company with a Trondheim office is Nordic Semiconductor. They recently advertised 29 vacant positions in local newspapers. According to an E24 article from October 2010 Nordic Semiconductor's value increased by more than 300% last year, on Oslo Børs.

Arctic Silicon Devices (located in Trondheim), was acquired in January by Hittie Microwave for $12 millions according to this MassHighTech's article. Arctic Silicon Devices is a developer of advanced mixed-signal integrated circuit technology. Hittite officials stated that the employees and operations of Arctic Silicon will remain in Trondheim. Arctic Silicon Devices also seek hardware and embedded system competence.

Several of the jobs advertised are also software related. Knowledge in C/C++ programming, operating systems, micro controller programming, performance evaluation and green computing are all positive qualities.

Related News:
Ikke nok ingeniører for Atmel (in Norwegian, Adressa.no)
Historical Look at the Makings of the Newest ARM Mali-T604 GPU (ARM)
Nordic Semiconductor tredobler resultatet (in Norwegian, E24)
Hittie Microwave buys Artic Silicon Devices for $12M (MassHighTech)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IT Camp 2011

17/02 - IT Camp 2011

From 13th until 15th of February, 48 inspired high school girls participated at the IT Camp for girls held at NTNU. The girls got three days packed with experiments, group work, and happenings which introduced them to some of the information technology present at the university.

The girls built their own small computers, designed iPad applications through paper-prototyping, and followed lectures about IT security, IT in healthcare, and trying various gizmos related to information technology.

The IT Camp is organized by Jenteprosjektet Ada, and project manager Nina Kotte is proud to present the feedback from those who visited the camp. According the the feedback, almost all of the girls want to join an IT related programme of study.

Relevant links for the IT Camp:
IT Camp (in Norwegian, Project website)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
itDAGENE 2011

02/02 - itDAGENE 2011

From 31st of January to 1st of February, itDAGENE took place at NTNU. This year 57 IT-companies had stands where they trid to get hold of the brightest IT students. There were 14 new companies present this year.

The stand reservation opened in September 2010, and all 59 stand zones were sold after one month. Unfortunatly two of the companies had to cancel, so the final number of stands was 57.

itDAGENE has been an annual event since 1999. The event is a great arena where firms and students can build relationships that may lead to a summer job or a position at the firm, later on.

A group of 3rd year students from Computer Science and Communication Technology co-ordinate and arrange itDAGENE. This event is the primary source of income for the 3rd year student's excursion to Japan later this year.

Photos from itDAGENE 2011 (Flickr).

Related links:
itDAGENE (in Norwegian)
Rekordstor interesse for itDAGENE (in Norwegian, KarriereMagasinet)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Computer History Seen from Trondheim

24/01 - Computer History Seen from Trondheim

Arild Haraldsen (CEO of NorStella) has just published a review at digi.no of the book Verktøy og vitenskap: Datahistorien ved NTNU written by Ola Nordal at our department.

Quote from Arild's review (in Norwegian): "Boken er et vesentlig bidrag til teknologihistorie i sin alminnelighet, og til forståelsen av samspillet mellom forskning, næringsliv og IT-industrien. Boken er skrevet for alle som er interessert i forskningens og kunnskapsindustriens betydning for norsk økonomi".

Read the full review at digi.no


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
ArtDig: Trondheim

24/01 - ArtDig: Trondheim

Friday 21st of January, the ArtDig Trondheim application for Android was launched. The application is designed to give an overview of technological art in Trondheim. By using GPS and maps you can easily find different art installations around the city, and dig into the background information for each installation.

The concept is unique, as this is the first application developed for technological art in Trondheim. ArtDig Trondheim is a product of the Information Technology for Creativity, Culture and Co-operation village's work in the Experts in Teamwork course. Professor Letizia Jaccheri was the leader of this village. The application is a new piece of Letizia's ArTe project (in Norwegian) puzzle.

The development team consisted of students from very different backgrounds (medicine, architecture, phycology - just to name a few). This special blend of interests, knowledge and skills produced the unique ArtDig Trondheim application.

The goal of the Experts in Teamwork group was to develop an application that makes technological art more available to the public. Open Source tools and principles were used in the development of the Android application, and the students hope that someone will pick up the project and develop it further.

Staff and students had gathered for the presentation. Afterwards, when refreshments were served, the dialog and testing of the new Android application commenced.

Photos from the presentation (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Python for Physics

19/01 - Python for Physics

The Department of Physics at the Durham University, has recently adopted Magnus Lie Hetland's Beginning Python (2nd ed) book for teaching Computational Physics. Magnus' book is used for the Laboratory Skills and Practice module. The Head of Software at the Department of Physics, Nigel Dipper, finds it excellent and recommends it to their students.

Nigel Dipper believes that the learning outcome for their students has been substantially improved and updated due to the changes made to the way they teach Computational Physics. One of those changes was the move from Fortran to Python.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

Articles From 2010

Disputation Thorvald Natvig

21/12 - Disputation Thorvald Natvig

20th of December, Throvald Natvig completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Associate Professor Anne C. Elster supervised Thorvald's PhD work at the Algorithms, HPC, and Graphics research group.

Thorvald's trial lecture was titled: MPI-3 and future high performance computing (HPC).Give an overview and discuss how the proposed MPI-3 standard will address demands of performance and resiliency in future HPC.

Throvald defended his PhD thesis:
Automatic Run-Time Communication and I/O Optimizations (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Best Paper Award at WISE 2010

21/12 - Best Paper Award at WISE 2010

PhD Candidate Simon Jonassen and Professor Svein Erik Bratsberg received the Best Paper Award on the Web Information System Engineering (WISE) 2010 conference in Hong Kong. Simon and Svein Erik got the award for the paper A Combined Semi-pipelined Query Processing Architecture for Distributed Full-Text Retrieval.

The Hong Kong event was held from 12th to 14th of December. It was the 11th International Conference on Web Information System Engineering.

The paper is available as part of the conference proceedings published by Springer.

Photo: Marek Ciglan


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Gry Seland

13/12 - Disputation Gry Seland

7th of December, Gry Seland completed her trial lecture and thesis defense. She will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Dag Svanæs supervised Gry's PhD work at the Design and Use of Information Systems research group. Associate Professor Øystein Nytrø and Associate Professor Hallvard Trætteberg have co-supervised the PhD work.

Gry's trial lecture was titled: Describe and discuss the role of methods in systems development theory and practice.

Gry defended her PhD thesis:
Role-Play Workshops as a User-Centred Design Method for Mobile IT (pdf)

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Geir Kjetil Hanssen

03/12 - Disputation Geir Kjetil Hanssen

30th of November, Geir Kjetil Hanssen completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Reidar Conradi supervised Geir's PhD work at the Software Engineering research group. Adjunct Professor Tore Dybå and Professor Eric Monteiro have co-supervised the PhD work.

In photo from left to right: Associate Professor Mohammad Ali Babar, Geir Kjetil Hanssen, Professor Torbjørn Skramstad, and Professor Helen Sharp. Photo: Leendert Wienhofen.

Geir Kjetil's trial lecture was titled: Knowledge Engineering applied to Software Engineering – past, present and future.

Geir Kjetil defended his PhD thesis:
From Agile Software Product Line Engineering Towards Software Ecosystems (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Book Release: Python Algorithms

03/12 - Book Release: Python Algorithms

A new Python book from Magnus Lie Hetland is about to hit the marked. The new book, Python Algorithms, explains the Python approach to algorithm analysis and design. The book focuses on classical algorithms, but it also gives a solid understanding of fundamental algorithmic problem-solving techniques.

Apress.com describe the book in the following way:

  • The book deals with some of the most important and challenging areas of programming and computer science, but in a highly pedagogic and readable manner.
  • The book covers both algorithmic theory and programming practice, demonstrating how theory is reflected in real Python programs.
  • Well-known algorithms and data structures that are built into the Python language are explained, and the user is shown how to implement and evaluate others himself.

According to Magnus, the book is intended for Python programmers who need to learn about algorithmic problem-solving, or who need a refresher. Students of Computer Science, or similar programming-related topics, such as bioinformatics, may also find the book to be quite useful.

You can buy the Python Algorithms book at: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, or Barnes & Noble.

Magnus has also previously authored some very popular Python programming books. His Beginning Python: From Novice to Professional (2nd ed) book is used by Rice University and others.

Related News:


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Jan Grønsberg 50 Years Birthday

02/12 - Jan Grønsberg 50 Years Birthday

Thursday 2nd of December, the staff at the Department of Computer and Information Science gathered to celebrate Jan Grønsberg's 50 years birthday.

Jan started his career as an engineer at our department 24 years ago, when our first IBM machines arrived. Head of department, Jon Atle Gulla, and the chief engineer, Anders Christensen, gave talks to honour Jan's effort for the department.

Photos from the event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Arvid Holme's Last Lecture

26/11 - Arvid Holme's Last Lecture

Thursday 25th of November, Arvid Holme held his last programming lecture. To honour him, former students and Online showed up at his last Java programming lecture.

Arvid Holme was the first honourable member of Online, and they had started a Facebook event to gather students for the last lecture. At the end of the lecture, the Online held a thank you talk for Arvid, followed by flowers and a diploma signed by the students.

Photos from Arvid Holme's last lecture (Flickr).

Related links:
Kjær foreleser fikk stor takk (in Norwegian, Universitetsavisa)
Arvid Holmes siste forelesning (in Norwegian, Facebook)
Arvid Holme fanclub (in Norwegian, Facebook)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
aMac

26/11 - aMac

Wednesday 24th of November, the results of this autumn's Computer Design Project (TDT4295) were presented. Ten students have collaborated in constructing the aMac dataflow computer.

This year, the project task was to contruct a dataflow computer. The dataflow concept was a hot topic in the 1970s and 1980s, and it is still a hidden part of high performance processors. The computation in dataflow computers is guided by data dependencies instead of program counters. This has the important advantage that the parallelism in the program is made explicitly available. Now, in the era of the multi-core, the dataflow concept is making a comeback at all system levels. Dataflow is an excellent example that as technology evolves, ideas from the past can make their way back to the present.

Before the students held their presentation, Professor Lasse Natvig presented a greeting to the students from Professor Ian Watson at the University of Manchester. Ian is a pioneer of dataflow processors, and he participated in the development of the Manchester Dataflow Machine (MDM). The MDM architecture was a considerable inspiration for this year’s project students.

The students started without prior knowledge of dataflow and hardware design, but they grew fond of the dataflow idea, and worked very hard. The construction took three months with tough deadlines, but all important functionality worked in the end.

The work has consisted of a large number of tasks. For instance, the students have designed the printed circuit board, developed a dataflow computer for a Xilinx FPGA, developed code for an Atmel microcontroller, integrated hardware and software, and made a simulator to carry out early design space exploiration. The final prototype is able to execute some simple dataflow-programs.

The students whom constructed aMac were: Stian Fredrikstad, Andreas Hammar, Jon Emil Jahren, Trond Klakken, Vegar Kåsli, Leif Tore Rusten, Ole Magnus Ruud, Knut Halvor Skrede, Gunnar Inge Gjøvik Sortland and Frederik Magnus Johansen Vestre. The students have been supervised by Magnus Jahre (coordinator), Konstantinos Antonakopoulos, and Dag Rognlien. Gunnar Tufte aided with his PCB and FPGA experience.

Photos from the aMac presentation (Flickr).

Previous Computer Design Projects (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
NAIS Best Master Thesis Award

25/11 - NAIS Best Master Thesis Award

Monday 22nd of November, the Norwegian AI Society (NAIS) held their 2nd annual conference in Gjøvik. At the conference, PhD candidate Kai Olav Ellefsen from our department received the NAIS 2009 - 2010 best master thesis award.

The NAIS best master thesis award is given to a master thesis within the research field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Norway. PhD candidate Kai Olav Ellefsen won the award for his master thesis Dynamic Scheduling for Autonomous Robotics. Professor Keith Downing supervised the master thesis work.

In photo from left to right: Anders Kofod-Petersen, Kai Olav Ellefsen, and Kyrre Glette.
Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
NR Best Master Thesis Award 2010

04/11 - NR Best Master Thesis Award 2010

Wednesday 3rd of November, the second Norsk Regnesentral (NR) prize for best master thesis in mathematics and ICT at NTNU was awarded at Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering's annual celebration.

The winner for 2009-2010 is Lester Solbakken from our department. He received the prize of NOK 25 000 and diploma from NR's Managing director Lars Holden. Professor Keith Downing was the supervisor for Lester's master thesis.

Lester Solbakken’s master’s thesis, Fuzzy Oscillations, makes a significant contribution to artificial intelligence by proposing a simple, elegant model of oscillatory spiking behavior that abstracts away the myriad details of these intricate neural interactions while maintaining the critical essence.  Lester uses this model to perform accurate and efficient separation and segmentation of visual image data, achieving very promising results.

The thesis is extremely well crafted in terms of language usage, technical content, data presentation/visualization and general organization. The work has been published in the proceedings of The International Joint Conference on Neural Networks.

The winner's master thesis is an example of first class research, finding solutions to very challenging problems.

Photos from the prize event (Flickr).

Related News:

Keith Downing, Lester Solbakken and Lars Holden

From left to right: Keith Downing, Lester Solbakken, and Lars Holden with the NR prize and diploma.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Day of the Girls at NTNU

03/11 - Day of the Girls at NTNU

The Jentedagen (Day of the Girls) event took place at NTNU from 25th until 26th of October. 269 young and inspired high school girls were invited to the university for two days packed with experiences and happenings which introduced them to some of the technology and research at NTNU.

Three Faculties (IME, IVT, and NT) invited the girls to broaden their minds, regarding the possibilities open to women who seek highter education. The IME Faculty's presentation was followed by 95 of the 269 girls.

From our department a stand presented the Informatics and Computer Science programmes of study. The 95 girls at the IME path of presentations, visited the HPC laboratory at our department, and followed Lillian Røstad's lecture about Datasikkerhet og personvern (Data Security and Protection of Privacy).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
NOKIOS 2010 in Trondheim

01/11 - NOKIOS 2010 in Trondheim

The NOKIOS 2010 conference took place in Trondheim from 26th to 28th of October. The fourth annual NOKIOS conference and workshops were attended by 344 participants. The conference was organized by NTNU and DIFI (The Agency for Public Management and eGovernment), with Professor John Krogstie as chair for the conference.

The target groups for the event were decision makers from the Norwegian public sector, politicians, managers, project leaders, IT professionals, researchers, other stakeholders working in the public sector and vendors. The conference was held at Rica Nidelven Hotel in Trondheim.

The aim of the conference was to be a meeting place for employees and politicians, researchers, and other stakeholders in the public sector. Attendees could meet other stakeholders who shared job interesests, concerns, or who possessed information critical to their work. The conference also featured presentations, lectures and news from researchers and vendors.

Photos from the NOKIOS opening session (Flickr)

Photos from the closing session (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Peter Hughes 70 Years Birthday

26/10 - Peter Hughes 70 Years Birthday

Monday 25th of October, the staff at the Department of Computer and Information Science gathered to celebrate Peter Hughes's 70 years birthday.

Photos from the event (Picasa) by Heri Ramampiaro


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
K+K=K Workshop at ReMida

20/10 - K+K=K Workshop at ReMida

From Monday 11th to Thursday 14th of October, two Komputer + Kunst = Kjærlighet (K+K=K) workshops took place at the ReMida center in Trondheim. The workshops were aimed at school children. 15 pupils from Trondheim International School attended the first of the two day workshops, and 14 pupils from the Lilleby School attended the second workshop.

The ReMida education pilasters of reuse and creativity were practiced when the pupils created puppets from reusable materials. The pupils then photographed the puppets and made digital icons to use in the graphic programming environment called Scratch.

Through drag and drop programming in Scratch they created an animated story using the puppets as the main characters. Light and sound sensors provided feedback from the spectators, so they could interact with the animation on screen. Audun Eriksen and Pål Bøysen helped design puppets and made the sensors, and NTNU staff and master students helped with the programming.

The K+K=K workshop was part of Professor Letizia Jaccheri's ArTe research project, which explores the intersection where art and information technology merge. The workshop was part of the Meta.Morf 2010 event in Trondheim, and it was supported by NTNU and Norwegian Council for Culture.

Photos from the K+K=K workshop (Flickr)

On Saturday 6th November a new workshop will take place from 10:30 to 16:00 at the ReMida center. The K+K=K workshop is for all children from age 9 to 12.Contact julia@mesen.no to register for the event. Limited number of places.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Magnus Jahre

13/10 - Disputation Magnus Jahre

12th of October, Magnus Jahre completed his trial lecture and thesis defense. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Lasse Natvig supervised Magnus' PhD work at the Computer Architecture and Design research group, with Dr.ing. Torstein Heggebø and Professor Mads Nygård as co-supervisers.

The trial lecture, The use of GPUs for High-Performance Computing, had a record breaking number of attendants, as students from both the Parallel Computing and the Heterogeneous and Green Computing courses attended the trial lecture.

Magnus Jahre defended his PhD thesis:
Managing Shared Resources in Chip Multiprocessor Memory Systems (pdf)

Photos from the trial lecture (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Best Programmers in Norway

04/10 - Best Programmers in Norway

This weekend, the National part of the Nordic Collegiate Programming Contest (NCPC) 2010 took place at NTNU. The three best teams at NTNU were also the best in Norway.

Gold was won by the one-man-team Team Cacophony (Ruben Spaans). At silver place came the ohome build (Hans Christian Falkenberg, Truls Amundsen Bjørklund and Ingar Saltvik) team, and at bronze came team Brainfucked (Magnus Botnan, Geir Bogfjellmo and Geir-Arne Fuglstad). Brainfucked was the best ICPC qualified team in Norway.

The programming contest was held on Saturday 2nd of October 2010, with a record high number of participants at the NTNU campus. It is impressive to see so many students gather early on a Saturday for a 5 hour programming contest.

The NCPC event was coordinated between several Nordic universities. All the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) participated at the same time, making it a true Nordic event. NTNU had 79 teams at NCPC this year, 26 more than last year. NCPC is part of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.

Cisco, Microsoft and Software-Innovation sponsored the Norwegian part of the event. The best teams from the NWERC event will be qualified for the World Championship in programming.

Photos from the programming event (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Andreas Aas

04/10 - Disputation Andreas Aas

28th of September, Andreas L. Aas completed his trial lecture and thesis defence. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Torbjørn Skramstad have supervised Andreas' PhD work at the Design and Use of Information Systems research group. Professor Tor Stålhane and Dr. Lars Bratthall have co-supervised the work.

Andreas Aas defended his PhD thesis:
Industrial Application of Human Factors Safety Standards (pdf)

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
NTNU Virtual Campus at the Science Fair

29/09 - NTNU Virtual Campus at the Science Fair

Last Friday and Saturday, the Trondheim Science Fair (Forskningstorget) was arranged by NTNU at the marked place in Trondheim. From our department, Associate Professor Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland and PhD candidate Mikhail Fominykh presented the Virtual Campus of NTNU and Science Fair in Second Life at their stand.

In Second Life, you can explore the NTNU Virtual Campus by flying a tour around and into the Hovedbygget, Sentralbygget, and Studentersamfundet buildings. Ekaterina and Mikhail have worked in co-operation with the NTNU Library (UBiT), our department and the Faculty fo Social Sciences and Technology Management (SVT) to create the NTNU Virtual Campus.

The virtual Science Fair is part of the NTNU Virtual Campus project. In the virtual version of the Science Fair, the stands display diverse NTNU research from both humanities, socal sciences and information technology, and from EU projects.

The Science Fair is part of the annual nationwide National Science Week event, where researchers make science and research available to the public. The National Science Week has emerged as Scandinavia’s foremost arena for publicly-targeted information about science and research activities.

Read more about the National Science Week (in Norwegian, VG-bilag)

Virtual Science Fair


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Researchers' Night 2010

27/09 - Researchers' Night 2010

Friday 24th of September, the annual Researchers' Night event took place at NTNU. 1300 high school students had signed up for an interesting night at the university; with stands, lectures, and lab excursions which presented some of the ongoing research at NTNU.

The doors for Researchers' Night opened at 20:00 and fireworks marked the end around 23:30. The Researchers' Night event is part of the Norwegian Science Week (forskningsdagene), which is a nationwide annual event held to bring research and science to the public.

This year IDI was represented with three stands; Professor Keith Downing's stand were PhD candidate Kai Olav Ellefsen and master students presented artificial intelligence and how it can be used to control robots, Associate Professor Alf Inge Wang and PhD candidate Bian Wu demonstrated the MOOSES computer game technology at their stand, and Associate Professor Anne C. Elster, Post Doctoral Fellow Ján Perhác, PhD candidate Jan Christian Meyer and some of Elster's master students demonstrated how small super computers can be used when simulating liquids and snow particles.

Photos from Researchers' Night (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Important message to everyone working or studying on IDI premises

23/09 - Important message to everyone working or studying on IDI premises

All keycards giving access to IDI premises at Høyskoleringen 3, IT-Syd and IT-Vest are being transferred to a new system. The work will be carried out from 23 September and throughout next week until 3 October.

This means that the card reader will not respond in some periods: either it will show the red man, or it will have no power at all. You may be locked out at any time!

We strongly recommend that when you leave the building, even for a short while, and especially after normal working hours, you take with you the following items:

  • Key to your office and to your home
  • IDI keycard (if one door fails you may be able to get in by a different door)
  • Handbag/wallet
  • Outdoor clothes
  • Mobile phone

Phone number to the Main caretaker after working hours: 918 97 373


By: Ellen Solberg     Permalink: plink
Won Outstanding Paper Award

17/09 - Won Outstanding Paper Award

Thomas Østerlie (in photo), Håvard Tronhus, and Ole Georg Pettersen won the Outstanding Paper Award at the IADIS - Internation Conference ICT, Society and Human Beings 2010. They won with the paper, Security Cynicism: Travellers' Experience of Security in Encountering Airport Security.

The paper was based on interviews conducted by Håvard and Ole Georg, for their master thesis. The master students interviewed travellers at an airport, and the feedback forms the basis for the research in the paper.

Summary of the paper: "In this paper we argue that instead of increasing travellers' experience of security, ICT use in airport security contributes towards what we have called 'security cynicism'. We find that ICT use contributes towards heightening travellers' awareness of potential shortcomings of the security checkpoint. Travellers therefore find existing security measures to be tokenistic. Caught in the tensions between existing security measures and increased awareness of potential dangers, travelers grow cynical of the intentions and effects of airport security. We call this 'security cynicism'. Security cynicism, we contend, may contribute towards discouraging broader popular engagement with technology-related security issues in general. This is problematic, as such issues are becoming increasingly important for society at large and are therefore far too important to be left in the hands of a limited group technological experts."

IADIS (International Association for Development of the Information Society) is a non-profit association. The International Conference ICT Society and Human Being focuses on the effects of ICT on human beings, and the interaction between ICT, individuals and society. It is one of the top conferences within the research area of ICT and society.

We congratulate Thomas, Håvard, and Ole Georg with the award - keep up the good work!


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Book Releases

14/09 - Book Releases

Monday 13th of September, three book releases were annonced at an event arranged by the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. The three books were released as part of the celebration of NTNU's 100-year anniversity.

The books released are only available in Norwegian at present:

  • 100 år med matematikk i Trondheim - Magne Brekke Rabben
  • Kraft og kommunikasjon. Elektroteknisk avdeling ved NTH/NTNU 1910-2010 - Ragnhild Green Helgås
  • Verktøy og vitenskap. Datahistorien ved NTNU - Ola Nordal

The Dean of the faculty, Geir Øien, gave a short introduction to each of the authors. Author Magne Brekke Rabben presented his work on the book about the history of mathematics at NTNU. Ragnhild Green Helgås presented her book about the history of telecommunication and electronics at NTNU/NTH, and Ola Nordal (in photo) presented his book about the history of computer science at NTNU.

After the presentation by the authors, Rector at NTNU, Torbjørn Digernes, gave a short talk about his relations to the computer history and the history of NTNU. Afterwards former leader of Regnesentret, Norman Sanders, and Professor Emeritus Inge Johansen shared some historical reflections and stories.

Photos from the event (Flickr)

Related News:


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
JavaZone HD at Gløshaugen

13/09 - JavaZone HD at Gløshaugen

JavaZone took place in Oslo from 8th to 9th of September - but for the first time in the JavaZone history, the entire event was streamed live in HD to the NTNU campus at Gløshaugen in Trondheim.

JavaZone HD was a brand new concept which aimed at involving students from Trondheim in the knowledge exchange made possible by JavaZone. The event was free for students to attend and the different speakers were streamed simultaneously to the F1 auditorium at Gløshaugen.

Those who attened were able to choose which speaker to listen to thru the headset. Having all the speeches appear in the same auditorium should create a more intimate experience. At peak performance on 8th of september, around 200 students participated in the streamed event.

JavaBin, the organization behind JavaZone, aims to establish contacts and to promote exchange of knowledge, experience and views between those who are interested in Java technology. The JavaZone HD was an attempt to involve students and share knowledge with them to a greater extent.

JavaZone collage


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Line Kolås

09/09 - Disputation Line Kolås

3rd of September, Line Kolås completed her trial lecture and thesis defence. She will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Associate Professor Arvid Staupe and Professor Torbjørn Skramstad have supervised Line's PhD work at the Intelligent Learning Arenas research group. Associate Profesor Lars Vavik was a co-superviser for the PhD work.

In photo from left to right: Arvid Staupe, Line Kolås, and Torbjørn Skramstad.

Line Kolås defended her PhD thesis:
Implementation of Pedagogical Principles into the Software Design Process of E-learning Applications (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Arne Sølvberg 70 Years & Emeritus

01/09 - Arne Sølvberg 70 Years & Emeritus

Tuesday 31st of August, the staff at the Department of Computer and Information Science celebrated Arne Sølvberg's 70 years birthday and him becoming a professor emeritus.

Photos from the event (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
A New Professor

01/09 - A New Professor

We would like to congratulate Pauline Haddow on her professorship. She now holds the professor title within hardware design (datamaskinkonstruksjon).

The evaluation committee recommended her professorship, and the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering (IME) offered her the professorship in June, 2010. The official retroactive date for her professorship is 08th of May, 2009.

We congratulate Pauline on her new professorship!


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Jungle Rumble Won Competition

31/08 - Jungle Rumble Won Competition

Friday 27th of August, the new computer science and informatics students gathered for the annual computer game competition which marked the end of their two week Teknostart and Realstart events.

The students have been working in groups, making computer games and learning about group dynamics. The teaching assistants nominated ten computer games for a final demonstration, and a student vote.

Jungle Rumble won the student's vote with a total of 102 votes. It was created by the following computer science students: Marius Malvik, Joakim Hommeland, and Sigve Sebastian Farstad. The Student Game of Life won 2nd place with 34 votes, and BadCom Riverrun games won 3rd place with 32 votes. All of the students who developed the top three games each won a NOK 500 Tapir gift certificate.

 

To run any of the nominated games:

  1. Install Scratch.
  2. Download the a game file from the list below.
  3. Open the file from the Scratch application.

The nominated games were:


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Students and Staff at Munkholmen

26/08 - Students and Staff at Munkholmen

On Tuesday 24th of August, more than 120 new students and IDI staff gathered at Ravnkloa after work. Even though the weather was grey and cold, the spirits of the participants were high and good company ensured a memorable trip to Munkholmen.

View the photos from the Munkholmen event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Leaders Changing Hats

19/08 - Leaders Changing Hats

As of 1st of August, Professor Jon Atle Gulla and Professor Guttorm Sindre have swapped hats as leaders of the Department of Computer and Information Science.

The swap was planned from the beginning of the four year period, which started last August. Jon Atle is now the Head of Department for the two next years, and Guttorm Sindre is the Deputy Head of Department. After the two year period they will swap back again for the final year.

There is also one change in leadership of the department's committees. Associate Professor Pinar Öztürk took over leadership of the Research Committee when Professor Helge Langseth left for his sabbatical in England. Current list of leaders for the committees:

  • Associate Professor Trond Aalberg - for the Teaching Committee.
  • Associate Professor Pinar Öztürk - for the Research Committee.
  • Professor Tor Stålhane - for the Infrastructure and Research Equipment Committee.

By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Matriculation Ceremony 2010

18/08 - Matriculation Ceremony 2010

Tuesday 17th of August the annual matriculation ceremony was held at Gløshaugen. In the plenum ceremony the NTNU Rector, Torbjørn Digernes, held the opening speech to the new students.

Afterwards the students attended local ceremonies. After the speeches the Computer Science and Informatics students were guided to Drivhuset for free pizza and soda, as well as a computer game competition. The winner of the computer game competition received a 1000.- NOK gift certificate.

View the photos from the event (Flickr)

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Three Students at IBM BSRE 2010

25/07 - Three Students at IBM BSRE 2010

On 7th of July, Håkon Stavik Rønning, Tri M. Nguyen and Jørn Hegstad Tallaksen from the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDI) at NTNU went to participate in the IBM EMEA Best Student Recognition Event (BSRE) at IBM Germany.

The opening of the event at IBM’s Head Quarter in Ehningen was held by Martin Jetter, General Manager of IBM Germany, with a follow up presentation about IBM by Martin Maehler, Manager University Relations of IBM Germany.

The agenda was full of interesting presentations, demos and tours in the lab. Beside company presentations, the event had great focus on the Smarter Planet vision. A thought on what the next step is going to be on our way towards a smarter planet.

With so much interesting things on the agenda, there weren’t time for any longer breaks. The event agenda was set up to meet both groups of business and economic students, and computer science students. About 70 selected students from Europe, the Middle East and Africa attended the event.

Dinner was served at a restaurant in Boeblingen the first evening. TVs were all set up for the big football match between Germany and Spain. After a long day there were now time to chat and get to know each other better. Since all participants at the event had nearly the same interest and more likely different view and thoughts of things. There were room for discussions around the topics on the agenda and other related topics.

In the evening day two, dinner was served at a restaurant called Buddha Lounge. A very nice place decorated with various Buddha statues. Some key IBMers was present to answer questions. This was the last evening of the event, so after dinner some of the students went out to experience the nightlife of Stuttgart.

A contest about Smarter Campus 2020 was held on the last day of the event. All students were teamed up in total 12 teams. And within one and a half our all the teams had to created a presentation about our thoughts on a smarter campus in 2020. This was a practical exercise to the vision of a Smarter Planet, and to sum up these three days. Three interesting, inspirational and educational days had now come to an end. After lunch on Friday 9th of July, it was time for celebration and farewell.

Photos from the event (Flickr)

Text: Tri M. Nguyen
Photos: Tri M. Nguyen and IBM


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Summer Holiday

01/07 - Summer Holiday

In July most of the department's staff and students enjoy their summer holiday. Activity at the department in this period is generally low.

The autumn semester starts for new students with the matriculation ceremony, on Tuesday 17th of August. Information about starting to study, and the matriculation ceremony is available at the NTNU web:

 

We would like to wish you a pleasent summer. Take the red pill (ref. Matrix), and join us in August.

Matrix Summer Holiday


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Biking from Bodø to Steinkjer

28/06 - Biking from Bodø to Steinkjer

Early morning on Tuesday 8th of June, Trygve Pløhn set out from Bodø on bicycle. This year his bicycle tour was from Bodø to Steinkjer along the Kystriksveien (RV17) route. On Thursday 24th of June he reached Steinkjerfestivalen and his final destination, Steinkjer.

Trygve Pløhn is a PhD candidate at both our department and at the North Trøndelag University Collage (HiNT). In his PhD research work Trygve focuses on enhancing experiences by digital technology. On this year's bicycle trip he investigated how new digital media as web-TV and social medias can be used for branding.

On this year's tour from Bodø to Steinkjer Trygve focused on experiences along the way. Trygve had a media team from Kindergarten following him and making web-TV shows every day. At the Kystriksveien sykler Kystriksvegen - med Trygve Pløhn tour blog the tour diary with all the videos are available.

Last year Trygve Pløhn bicycled the length of Norway, from Lindesnes to Nordkapp (2800 km). In 2008 he bicycled from Levanger to Bodø (around 700 km).

Related links:

Photo: Kindergarten


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
XP2010 in Trondheim

25/06 - XP2010 in Trondheim

From 1st to 4th of June, the 11th international conference on Agile Software Development (XP2010) took place in Trondheim. This year 421 participants from 29 countries attended - a new record for this conference. XP2010 brought together software and information systems professionals, both researchers and practitioners.

According to General Chair, Hakan Erdogmus, it was the best conference on Agile Software Development so far. The conference had 150 presentations and 47 workshops / tutorials - selected among the 320 submissions for the conference.

On top of that, more than 100 people attended co-located events like; Seminars about project leadership in agile software development, Dataforeningen's meeting, the XP Agile Meetup Trondheim, the open project meeting for the research project EXTRA, and a mini conference before the start of the main conference.

Electronic art was the new flavor of the conference this year. Øyvind Brandtsegg held two small concerts with improvised music from software he had developed, ImproSculpt. Professor Letizia Jaccheri from our department served as the Electronic Art Chair.

Adjunct Associate Professor Torgeir Dingsøyr served both as one of the Organizing Chairs, and as one of the chairs for the conference textbook. Informatics master student Mats Angermo Ringstad served as one of the two International Student Volunteer Chairs.

At the XP2010 conference website there are videos of the keynotes: Scott Page's keynote about Leveraging Diversity in Parallel: Perspective, Heuristics, and Oracles and David Anderson's keynote about Catalyzing Lean - Building a Limited WIP Society in Your Organization, as well as other videos, photos and presentations from the conference.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Birgit R. Krogstie

22/06 - Disputation Birgit R. Krogstie

Monday 21st of June, Birgit R. Krogstie completed her trial lecture and thesis defence. She will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Monica Divitini has supervised Birgit's PhD work at the Software Engineering research group.

Birgit's PhD work was inter-disiplinary and crossed three different fields of expertice. The selection of committee members for the disputation were selected to reflect these fields.

As we want more women in Computer Science research it was a happy coincedence that almost all persons involved (the candidate, the supervisor, the administrator, and the members of the committee) were women.

Birgit Krogstie defended her PhD thesis:
The work-reflection-learning cycle in software engineering student projects: Use of collaboration tools (pdf)

In photo from left to right: Professor Monica Divitini (supervisor), Dr. Jocelyn Armarego (committee member), Birgit R. Krogstie, Professor Ove Kr. Haugaløkken (co-supervisor), Professor Barbara Wasson (committee member), and Professor Letizia Jaccheri (administrator).

Photos from the event (Flickr).

Related news:

Gruppebilde


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Øyvind Hauge

22/06 - Disputation Øyvind Hauge

17th of June, Øyvind Hauge completed his trial lecture and thesis defence. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Reidar Conradi has supervised Øyvind's PhD work at the Software Engineering research group.

Øyvind Hauge defended his PhD thesis:
Adoption of Open Source Software in Software-Intensive Industry (pdf)

Photo: Torstein Hjelle


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Marius Grannæs

14/06 - Disputation Marius Grannæs

9th of June, Marius Grannæs completed his trial lecture and thesis defence. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Lasse Natvig has supervised Marius' PhD work at the Computer Architecture and Design research group.

Marius Grannæs defended his PhD thesis:
Reducing Memory Latency by Improving Resource Utilization (pdf)

Photo: Lasse Natvig


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Opening of the Vestibyle

10/06 - Opening of the Vestibyle

Tuesday 8th of June, the official opening of the Vestibyle at our department took place. The new design concept was born in co-operation between architect Øivind Hegvik from HUS arkitekter AS and designer Urd Schjetne from Playces2be.

The design is built around the idea of a transparent locale in front of the F1 auditorium. The idea is that the furniture and tables are floating (like thoughts) in the air in this transparent environment. The Vestibyle design should encourage use of the area as a meeting place where students and staff can sit down and share a moment. 

The furniture has been special designed for the Vestibyle, and has produced by Nesje møbel from Ålesund, in co-operation with Lindbak.

Head of Department, Guttorm Sindre, held a short speech that marked the opening. Former Head of Department, Kjell Bratbergsengen, initiated the redesign process of the Vestibyle.

After the summer holiday, the Guru help desk will be relocated from IT-bygget, sydfløy to this area - bringing the service of the helpdesk closer to the users.

Photos from the event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IME Gratudation Ceremony

07/06 - IME Gratudation Ceremony

Friday 4th of June, graduate students and staff members of the IME departments gathered in F1 for the annual IME Graduation Ceremony. This year most of the Computer Science and Informatic students wore the academic dress for the graduation ceremony. This is the first time that the academic dress is used at a Norwegian University.

The speakers for this year's students were Geir Ivar Soleng (Faculty Director), Geir Øien (Dean), Martin Fløystad (Graduation Student), and Vegard Wollan from Atmel.

After the speaches and the entertainment, the celebration carried on with refreshments in Elektrobygget.

Photos from the event (Flickr).

Related links:
Først ute med hatt og kappe (in Norwegian, Universitetsavisa)
Academic dress (Wikipedia)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Fredrik Orderud

28/05 - Disputation Fredrik Orderud

27th of May, Fredrik Orderud completed his trial lecture and thesis defence. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Adjunct Professor Bjørn Olstad supervised Fredrik's PhD work at the Algorithms, HPC, and Graphics research group.

Fredrik Orderud defended his PhD thesis:
Real-time Segmentation of 3D Echocardiograms Using a State Estimation Approach With Deformable Models (pdf)

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Boye Annfelt Høverstad

26/05 - Disputation Boye Annfelt Høverstad

14th of May, Boye Annfelt Høverstad completed his trial lecture and thesis defence. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Keith Downing supervised Boye's PhD work at the Self-Organizing Systems research group.

Boye Annfelt Høverstad defended his PhD thesis:
Exploring Structural and Dynamical Factors in the Evolution of Artificial Neural Networks (pdf)

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Internet's Influence on the Brain

25/05 - Internet's Influence on the Brain

Friday 21st of May, Associate Professor Alf Inge Wang was interviewed by Sånn er livet. The theme for the show was how the Internet and computers influence the way people think.

The interview was one of many which give different views of the theme. Alf Inge's interview is about 14 minutes into the program. Sånn er livet is a radio program broadcasted by NRK P2.

Listen to Sånn er livet (21st of May, in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IBM's Open Collaborative Research Award

10/05 - IBM's Open Collaborative Research Award

Friday 7th of May, NTNU received the international Open Collaborative Research (OCR) award from IBM. The OCR award is intended for faculty at leading universities worldwide, who gain access to IBM research personnel and receive a cash donation of $100,000 USD per year for two years. The OCR award aims to promote research collaboration for solving complex challenges facing both the world at large and the commercial sector.

NTNU is the first Norwegian university to receive this award. Since 2006 a selected few institutions has received the award on a worldwide basis. Georgia Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, and Columbia University are some of the prestigious institutions that have won the award.

NTNU Rector, Torbjørn Digernes, received the OCR award on behalf of NTNU from CEO of IBM Norway, Morten Thorkildsen at a meeting on Friday. Most of the award money will be channeled into the Center for Integrated Operations, where NTNU and IBM collaborate to develop support technology for the Norwegian oil industry.

The OCR award program supports strategically important research collaboration between IBM and leading universities across a wide range of areas within Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and other areas where open collaboration accelerate innovation and benefit the world at large.

The program promotes development of open source software, related industry standards, and greater interoperability between systems. The fruits from the collaboration between IBM and NTNU will be open - meaning the results will be freely available, and publicly shared to maximum the opportunity for others to build on the results.

IBM's OCR award is a way of aiding the world as our planet is facing great challenges in the coming decades. Issues like global climate changes and higher density in urban areas, create needs for smarter solutions within areas like water management systems, infrastructure, health care, and energy sources - to name a few. Academia, industry, and governments should collaborate openly to adapt to the changes and ensure a sustainable future through innovative solutions.

Rector Torbjørn Digernes stated that he was very pleased that the IBM and NTNU co-operation agreement from Desember 2009 already had resulted in this recognition of one of NTNU's research communities - NTNU needs partners like IBM, to solve our national responsibilities.

CEO of IBM Norway, Morten Thorkildsen, said it is pleasing to include NTNU as an OCR award winner. He stated that the co-operation with NTNU in Norway already has resulted in technology advancements within the oil and gas industry, and collaborations to find smart solutions within other areas. IBM hopes the award contributes to further advancements in technology that can be developed in co-operation with Norwegian oil industry.

Related links:


Photos from the meeting and the award ceremony (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Medieval Virtual Nidaros

07/05 - Medieval Virtual Nidaros

Wednesday 28th of April, the Experts in Teamwork (EiT) village Medieval Nidaros in Virtual Reality held their presentation. The village has been supervised by Assistant Professor Torbjørn Hallgren (in photo) and Associate Professor Jo Skjermo.

The Medieval Nidaros in Virtual Reality village consisted of four groups. The three themes this year were: Vår Frue kirke (which 2 groups worked with), Archbishop's Palace, and Hamar Cathedral. Hamar might seem a bit strange in the context of Nidaros - but in medieval times, the Hamar Cathedral was governed by the Archbishop of Nidaros.

Virtual Realiy (VR) is an excellent way of bringing the past to the present - transforming textual descriptions and archaeological findings from historic sources to visual representations. VR makes it easier for both historians and museum visitors to visualize the history through the buildings, artifacts, and the relics of the different time periods. You can also use VR to show changes to buildings and cityscapes as city fires and rebuilds have altered them over time.

Each group made a video for their presentation. The videos will be available after the students finish their work and deliver their project reports.

Videos from previous years are part of Vitenskapsmuseet's Medieval Trondheim web pages. The Tourist Information of Trondheim show great interest in these videos, and they may be displayed in the new Tourist Information centre that will be built in the near future.

The EiT videos from previous years and some related projects available at YouTube:

Photos and screenshots from the presentation (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
The Best IT Student in Norway

06/05 - The Best IT Student in Norway

5th of May, Mats Angermo Ringstad won the Best IT Student of the Year award. This is the 8th time that the Student of the Year is awarded. He received the award at the Universum Awards ceremony. Mats is currently finishing a master degree in Informatics at the Department of Computer and Information Science.

Mats' positive influence has been a source of inspiration for his surroundings, as he has been committed to both the studies and to the student life of Trondheim. In 3rd grade he served as the Head of the Online student organization, and he has also been a representative for the students at the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering.

Read more about Mats and the award in Universitetsavisa (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Magnus Jahre and Lasse Natvig in ERCIM News

26/04 - Magnus Jahre and Lasse Natvig in ERCIM News

In ERCIM News 81, PhD Candidate Magnus Jahre and Professor Lasse Natvig provides a short introduction to their research in the Computational Computer Architecture Research at NTNU article.

The article describes their current research focus within the Computer Architecture and Design research group - challenges involving multicores, chip multiprocessors (CMP), as well as computer architecture in general.

Related links:


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Codeslinging Contest

19/04 - Codeslinging Contest

On Saturday 17th of April, the IDI Open 2010 programming contest took place at NTNU with a record number of 92 teams and 250+ participants joining the event  - compared to 58 teams in 2009.

Of the 92 teams; 71 competed on site, and 21 competed online from as far away as Århus in Denmark, the University of Bergen, the University of Oslo, as well as some of the high school invitees who did not make it to Trondheim due to the volcanic action on Iceland.

The winners of IDI Open 2010 was the professional antialize-gmark-koda team from Århus, which solved eight of ten problems. They were closely followed by the student team from NTNU kreativt lagnavn (Håkon Hitland, Andreas Oppebøen, and Sverre Haga) which solved seven of the ten problems.

The best freshmen team (1. grade at NTNU) was 2b||!2b (Christer Bru, Jean Niklas L’orange, and Vegard Edvardsen). The best on site professional team was The Empire Strikes FAST (Ingar Saltvik and Børge Nordli), and the best High School team was Wombros (Jonas Sandberg and Karl Erik Holter). Details can be found at the IDI Open high score list.

The kreativt lagnavn student team from NTNU has become the favorite for qualifying for the NWERC (Northwestern European Regional Contest) this autumn.

All on site teams solved at least one problem. Two of the problems remained unsolved throughout the contest, and one problem was only solved by the Århus team. 40 teams tried solving the Typing Monkey problem through 121 attempts, but none was even close.

IDI congratulate the winners, and hope all the contestants had fun programming.

Photos from IDI Open 2010 (Flickr).

Anne C. Elsters photos from the award ceremony, and the event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Workweek for Science

16/04 - Workweek for Science

From monday 12th to thursday 15th of April, six students from Flatåsen middle school spent their workweek working for Professor Letizia Jaccheri, and her ArTe research project.

The students have been programming, sewing, drawing, and gluing to create art expressions combining the Arduino LilyPad system with clothing and paper.

Photos from the presentation (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Violence in Video Games

08/04 - Violence in Video Games

Associate Professor Alf Inge Wang has been interviewed by Schrödingers Katt about violence in video games. Alf Inge gives the expert opinion about a recent review which strongly suggests that playing video games increases aggresive thoughts and behaviour, and decreases empathy.

The review by Craig A. Anderson is a statistical analysis of 130 studies, which cover more than 130,000 gamers from elementary school age to collage in the USA, Europe and Japan. In the interview Alf Inge also describes how the advancement of video games technology can affect the gamer through improved graphics, animation, feedback, and new types of game controls.

The Schrödringers Katt episode will be sent at 19:45 on Thursday 8th of April, at NRK1.

Schrödingers Katt is a Norwegian popular science TV program which saw the light of day on 8th of February, 1990. The average number of viewers in 2009 was 521,000. Schrödingers Katt is aired on Thursdays by NRK1.

Related links:


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
What do Master Students Work With?

18/03 - What do Master Students Work With?

Ever wondered what projects the master students work with at the Department of Computer and Information Science? Watch the movies (mov format).

The student contacts have interviewed and taped some of this year's master students, and asked them about their master projects. The projects going on at the department, span from hardware optimalization to user interface improvements.

Learn more about some of the master students' projects at the new movie web page (in Norwegian). More films will be made available in the near future.

Direct links to some of the movies:


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Two New Professors

05/03 - Two New Professors

We would like to congratulate Helge Langseth and Pieter Jelle Toussaint on their professorship. A national committee has evaluated the candidates and based on their competence Helge and Pieter have been awarded the professor title.

Only two professorships were awarded at the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering (IME), and both were from the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDI). Well done, and congratulations to both!


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Girls and Computer Technology

18/02 - Girls and Computer Technology

From 14th until 16th of February, 50 young and inspired high school girls participated at the IT Camp for girls held at NTNU. The girls got three days packed with experiments, group work, and happenings which introduced them to some of the information technology present at the university.

The girls built their own small computers, designed iPhone applications through paper-prototyping, and followed lectures about IT security, IT in healthcare, and trying various gizmos related to information technology.

The IT Camp is organized by Jenter og data, and project manager Nina Kotte is proud to present the feedback from those who visited the camp. According the the feedback almost all of the girls will file an application to NTNU, and most will apply to IT related programmes of study.

Relevant links for the IT Camp:
IT Camp (in Norwegian, Project website)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Starting a New Health Informatics Cycle

08/02 - Starting a New Health Informatics Cycle

Monday 8th of February 2010, marked a start for the 12 (and a half) new participants who start on the health informatics master programme. The programme is a co-operation between the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, and this is the 2nd year this programme is offered at NTNU.

The new participants were welcomed by the Head of the Department of Neuroscience, Professor  Lars Jacob Stovner (in photo). The participants come from very different backgrounds - 5 from IT and 7 from health care - and the programme aims to break down the barriers between the domains in order to develop better IT-systems.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Martin Thorsen Ranang

08/02 - Disputation Martin Thorsen Ranang

5th of February, Martin Thorsen Ranang completed his trial lecture and thesis defence. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Associate Professor Tore Amble supervised Martin's PhD at the Logic and Language Technology research group.

In photo from left to right: Professor Jon Atle Gulla, Martin Throsen Ranang, and Professor Janne Bondi Johannessen.

Martin Thorsen Ranang defended his PhD thesis:
Open-Domain World-Level Interpretation of Norwegian: Towards a General Encyclopedic Question-Answering System for Norwegian (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
itDAGENE 2010

02/02 - itDAGENE 2010

From 1st to 2nd of February, itDAGENE takes place at NTNU. This year 54 IT-companies have stands where they try to get hold of the brightest IT students. itDAGENE has been an annual event since 1999, and it is a great arena where firms and students can build relationships that may lead to a summer job or a position at the firm, later on.

A group of 3rd grade students from Computer Science and Communication Technology co-ordinate and arrange itDAGENE. This event is the primary source of income for the 3rd grade student's excursion to Japan later this year.

Photos from itDAGENE (Flickr)

Related links:
itDAGENE (in Norwegian)
It-bedriftene strømmer til (in Norwegian, Universitetsavisa)
IT-bedrifter svermer for NTNU-studenter (in Norwegian, digi.no)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Ingeborg Sølvberg in ERCIM News

02/02 - Ingeborg Sølvberg in ERCIM News

As guest editors, Professor Ingeborg Sølvberg from our department and Professor Andreas Rauber from the Vienna University of Technology, has written the introduction to the special theme on Digital Preservation in ERCIM News 80.

Why do Digital Preservation matter? Digital representation of information objects are lost in a very binary fashion - they do not degrade slowly, but are suddenly and completly lost when the hardware or software environment required to interpret them become obsolete.

Learn more about Digital Preservation in the introduction to ERCIM News 80.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
ArTe: Merging Art and Technology

29/01 - ArTe: Merging Art and Technology

Thursday 28th of January, Professor Letizia Jaccheri's Experts in Team (EiT) students presented the result of their projects. Three EiT groups worked with ArTe related assignments given by Letizia.

One group created the ArTime clock. Another group analysed the ArTe competition. The final group made a ReSource book for Openness and the ArTe competition.

Photos from the event (Flickr)

Learn more about the ArTe project.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Explaining Search Engines for Newton

08/01 - Explaining Search Engines for Newton

Associate Professor Magnus Lie Hetland will be interviewed by Newton this weekend. The interview will be about how search engines like Google work. The Newton episode will be sent on Sunday 10th of January, at NRK1 at 18:30. The episode is already available at NRK Nett-TV if you can't wait until Sunday.

Newton is a Norwegian popular science TV program for young people, and it is aired on Sundays by NRK1.

Magnus also briefly appeared on Tekno (NRK2) in November of 2009, when Tekno filmed in one of his lectures. Tekno is an NRK TV show about the technology of the future.

Magnus Lie Hetland


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Chair of the IFIP Working Group 8.1

06/01 - Chair of the IFIP Working Group 8.1

Professor John Krogstie has been appointed Chair for Working Group 8.1 of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) from 2010 to 2012. Working Group 8.1 are committed to research in the fields of Design and Evaluation of Information Systems.

John has been a representative and member of IFIP's Technical Committee 8 and Working Group 8.1 since 2000, and he has also been involved in arranging more than 10 of IFIP's conferences and workshops since 1995. His efforts did not go unnoticed, as in 2009 John received the IFIP's award for outstanding service.

The Department congratulate John Krogstie on his new position.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

Articles From 2009

IBM and NTNU Co-Operation Agreement

15/12 - IBM and NTNU Co-Operation Agreement

Friday 11th of December, Rector Torbjørn Digernes from NTNU, and CEO of IBM Norway, Morten Thorkildsen, signed a co-operation agreement to ensure continued strategic research collaboration between the two institutions.

Both IBM and NTNU are committed to research within the fields of information and communication technology, electronics, and mathematics, and the application of these sciences. Examples of applications are; language technology, supercomputing, the use of ICT in public domain, as well as smart solutions for transportation and health care.

The co-operation agreement include; master's thesis, doctoral thesis, development and updating of course material, and technological research projects. Students will hopefully gain a better understanding of what the industry demand of them through this co-operation. IBM will continue to award outstanding student work at NTNU.

Rector Torbjørn Digernes hopes the co-operation with IBM will help recruit both prominent researchers and good students for NTNU. NTNU researchers who collaborate with IBM at joint research projects will gain access to IBM's laboratories around the world. Joint research efforts within shared fields will benefit both partners.

Related links:

Photo: IBM


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
280 Girls Want to Visit NTNU

14/12 - 280 Girls Want to Visit NTNU

10th of December, the application deadline for IT Camp for Girls expired. Nina Kotte, project leader of Jenter og Data, is satisfied with the number of applicants even though the number is slightly down from last time. Stricter prerequisites has resulted in fewer, but more relevant applications.

When the application deadline expired, 280 girls had filed an application to join the IT Camp in February. The letters of invitation, to the 50 girls who wins a ticket to the IT Camp, will be sent this week.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
New Erasmus Mundus Programme

11/12 - New Erasmus Mundus Programme

The new European Master's Course in Embedded Computing Systems (EMECS) is a two-year programme designed to educate Bachelor graduates from Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, as well as graduates from related disciplines, to become experts in the field of Embedded Computing Systems.

The language of instruction is English, and all students following the programme will be trained in three major areas:

  • Hardware Architectures of Embedded Systems
  • System-on-Chip Design
  • System Software

The three institutions participating are:

EMECS is an Erasmus Mundus Programme, and it can be pursued at any two of the three participating institutions. Students will earn 50% of the credits at each institution, leading to a joint degree from the respective institutions. Annually five students will be accepted at each of the three universities. Only one year will be spent at each university.

From our department Professor Lasse Natvig and Associated Professor Gunnar Tufte will be teaching the Erasmus Mundus students. Three departments at the Faculty of Information Technology Mathematics and Electrical Engineering (IME) are involved in the EMECS programme; the Department of Engineering Cybernetics, the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, and our department - the Department of Computer and Information Science. Professor Einar Johan Aas is the co-ordinator for the programme at NTNU.

The TDT4260 Computer Architecture course will be taught in English from the spring of 2011. The first EMECS students arrive at NTNU in the autumn of 2010. The deadline for applying to the EMECS programme of study is 15th of January, 2010.

Trondheim based firms like ARM, ATMEL, and Nordic Semiconductor have offered to sponsor NTNU with hardware and equipment, since students educated in embedded systems are of great interest.

Details about programme can be found at the Erasmus Mundus web page for EMECS.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IT Camp for Girls

03/12 - IT Camp for Girls

From 14th to 16th of February 2010, the IT Camp for Girls will take place at NTNU. Last time it was held more than 500 high school girls wanted to participate at the event. Nina Kotte, project leader of Jenter og Data, hopes the interest for the next IT Camp will be great this time as well.

If you are a high school girl (between 17 - 19 years of age), and you are interested in technology, then YOU should apply!

The girls which get invited to NTNU will get three fun and interesting days where they will be introduced to the field of computer and communication science. If you get an invitation, then the travel costs, food, and accommodation will be covered by NTNU.

The details about the event, and the application form is available from the IT Camp website (in Norwegian). The application deadline for the IT Camp is 10th of December, 2009.

IT Camp for girls

Related links:
IT Camp website (in Norwegian)
NTNU byr jenter på gratis IT-camp (in Norwegian, digi.no)
Stor interesse for jentecamp
(in Norwegian, tu.no)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IBM Honours Students

02/12 - IBM Honours Students

Monday 30th of November, IBM honoured the winners of the annual computer game competition which marked the end of the Teknostart and Realstart events. The winners of this year's competition will receive an IBM-sponsored trip to IBM's La Gaude laboratory outside of Nice in France.

The winner of the computer game competition was Inspector Gadget and the Swine Flue, and it was created by the following informatics students: Tri Minh Nguyen, Håkon Gulbrandsen, Jørn Hegstad Tallaksen, Johan Jansen, and Håkon Rønning. The award was presented to the students by Communication Manager Ingvild Grimstad from IBM.

Related news:


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Tons of Good Weather at NTNU

02/12 - Tons of Good Weather at NTNU

Monday 30th of November, Vice-Dean John Krogstie officially opened the expansion of the Njord supercomputer. With the expansion of 25 tons of IBM hardware, Njord can now deliver 23,5 TeraFLOPS of computational power, and it weights a total of 41 metric tons.

The Njord national supercomputing facility was opened by NTNU's Rector, Torbjørn Digernes, on 30th of November in 2006. Back then the IBM p575+ computer delivered a peak performance of 7,5 TeraFLOPS, which was calculated to be sufficient for the next 3 - 4 years. The new expansion increases the computational power almost three times, and extends the lifespan of Njord by 18 months.

In the Norse mythology Njord is the God of the wind, sea and the trade at sea. He can calm storms, and extinguish fire. NTNU's Njord is the Norwegian supercomputer which computes the weather forecasts for the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (in Norwegian). With Njord's boost in computational powers the accuracy of weather forecasts will improve. Njord is also used by the research institutions participating in the Notur project

The excess heat from the supercomputer is used to heat the Realfagsbygget building at the NTNU campus. The mainframe is both water and air cooled, and the excess heat from the supercomputer is transferred to Realfagsbygget to help heat the building. The expansion of Njord has cost NTNU around NOK 13 million in infrastructure development. The new infrastructure was prepared both for Njord and the new supercomputer scheduled for 2011.

The Njord supercomputer is a tightly coupled cluster consisting of 192 IBM p575+ interconnected nodes. Each node has 16 processors which are coupled using IBM's high performance switches. The system is run by IBM's Unix-operating system, AIX version 5.3.

Photos of Vice-Dean John Krogstie at the Njord supercomputer (Flickr).

Vice-Dean John Krogstie opened the extention to Njord

Related links:


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
NIK, NOKOBIT and NISK Round Up

25/11 - NIK, NOKOBIT and NISK Round Up

From 23rd to 25th of November this year's NIK, NOKOBIT, and NISK conferences took place at the Britannia Hotel in Trondheim. A total of 138 participants registered for the conferences and the co-located meetings and workshops.

Tuesday 24th of November, NTNU Rector Torbjørn Digernes opened the conferences. Professor Eric Monteiro (in photo) from our department held the opening keynote, Innføring av IKT i store virksomheter - Norske og internasjonale erfaringer. Several of our scientific staff were speakers at the conferences.

This year, Associate Professor Trond Aalberg was the General Chair for the NIK conference, Professor John Krogstie was the General Chair for the NOKOBIT conference, and Professor Stig F. Mjølsnes was the General Chair for the NISK conference.

Relevant links:


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Amigo64

20/11 - Amigo64

Wednesday 18th of November, the results of this autumn's Computer Design Project (TDT4295) were presented. Nine students have collaborated in constructing a 64-bit RISC computer (Amigo64) from scratch.

Some of the computer's instructions support flexible SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple Data) processing, which allow smaller chunks of data to be processed in parallel to enhance performance. For instance, a single instruction is able to process each of the 8-bit red, green, and blue colour channels of a pixel in parallel. This can significantly increase the performence of operations which can run in parallel.

The Amigo64 computer has a VGA controller to display graphics on an external screen. It can load and process for example images or video from a SD-card and display it real time while processing.

The students have constructed the dual stage pipeline processor core, defined the instruction set and architecture, programmed the assembler and emulator, and designed and soldered the printed circtuit board, just to mention some of the work done. The construction took three months of though deadlines, but the goal was reached.

The students whom constructed Amigo64 were: Sindre Aamås, Tor Fredrik Eriksen, Hallvard Norheim Bø, Anders Nore, Snorre Corneliussen, Håkon Eide, Thor Kristian Valderhaug, Håkon Hitland, and Kristian Veøy. The students have been supervised by Morten Hartmann, Snorre Aunet, Konstantinos Antonakopoulos, and Ulf Lilleengen.

Photos from the presentation of Amigo64 (Flickr).

Previous Computer Design Projects (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
NIK, NOKOBIT and NISK

17/11 - NIK, NOKOBIT and NISK

From 23rd to 25th of November, the Norwegian NIK, NOKOBIT, and NISK conferences will take place in Trondheim. The three conferences are co-located to bring together as many of the Norwegian ICT experts as possible.

The NISNet and NAIS workshops are also co-located with conferences, as well as several meetings within the Norwegian ICT community. The workshops and meetings will be held on Monday 23rd, at NTNU Gløshaugen.

The NTNU Rector, Torbjørn Digernes, will open the conferences on Tuesday 24th. The first keynote speaker will be Professor Eric Monterio from our department. Learn more about the program at the website for the event (in Norwegian).

As of 17th of November, 137 participants have signed up for the event. 106 will attend the conferences, 61 will attend the workshops, and 31 have signed up for the meetings.

It is still possible to register for the event (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Magnus Lie Hetland Receives Teaching Award

30/10 - Magnus Lie Hetland Receives Teaching Award

Wednesday 28th of October, Associate Professor Magnus Lie Hetland won the Teaching Award 2008/2009 of the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics, and Electrical Engineering (IME).

Magnus Lie Hetland was awarded the Teaching Award for his dedication and accomplishments regarding teaching Algorithms and Datastructures, which is considered one of the most challenging courses offered at our department. Magnus is known for his ability to explain complicated concepts in an easily understandable way.

Magnus has also authored very popular books on Python programming which are used by Rice University and others. The Department is proud of Magnus' achievments!

Related News:


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
NR Best Master Thesis Award

29/10 - NR Best Master Thesis Award

Wednesday 28th of October, the first Norsk Regnesentral (NR) prize for best master thesis in mathematics and ICT at NTNU was awarded at Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering's annual celebration.

The prize winners for 2008-2009, Rune Erlend Jensen from our department and Eivind Fonn from the Department of Mathematical Sciences, received the prize and diplomas from NR's Managing director Lars Holden. The prize of NOK 25 000 was split between the winners.

Associate Professor Anne C. Elster was the supervisor of Rune Erlend Jensen's master thesis. Rune was one of the students at Elster's High Performance Computing (HPC) lab.

Rune Erlend Jensen's master thesis, Techniques and Tools for Optimizing Codes on Modern Archetectures, shows how classic theory for code optimalization can be adapted to modern processor architectures. Rune has studied the interactions between compiler and hardware, and has achieved a significant increase in performence with his techniques.

Both the winners' master thesis are examples of first class research, finding solutions to very challenging problems. The winners were chosen among many strong theses, due to the originality of their results, which should be of international interest.

Photos from the prize event (Flickr).

Related News:


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
ITovation

28/10 - ITovation

Tuesday 27th of October, ITovation was held at NTNU. The event was opened by Dean Geir Øien. ITovation is a seminar series for PhD candidates, researchers, students, and the industry in the region.

ITovation aims to be an arena where the industry and the university can meet to exchange and share ideas. The seminar series focuses on innovation, creativity, and improvisation. This seminar was held in cooperation with the Norwegian Center for Expertise (NCEI).

Our department was represented at ITovation by Professor Letizia Jaccheri and her ArTe project, and Axel Tidemann who gave a talk about artificial intelligence and learning through imitation.

Photos from the ITovation event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Former Student Awarded a USD 498 000 Grant

27/10 - Former Student Awarded a USD 498 000 Grant

One of our former students, Ole Mengshoel, has been awarded a two-year, USD 498 000 grant from the National Science Foundation in USA, to create new computer tools for improving and integrating the way information is displayed and analyzed.

According to Ole - The project will develop new techniques that integrate visualization processes and analytical tools, including data mining and machine learning, that will enable improved monitoring of large utility projects.

Ole Mengshoel was one of Tore Amble's master students, and his master thesis was entitled Knowledge Representation in Natural Language Interfaces to Databases.

After he completed his degree in 1989, Ole worked at SINTEF for four and a half years. At SINTEF he was in the same research group as Agnar Aamodt, and Ingeborg Sølvberg was the leader of the research group. Currently Ole is working as a Senior System Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University in USA.

Related news:


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Thomas Østerlie

26/10 - Disputation Thomas Østerlie

Friday 21st of October, Thomas Østerlie completed his trial lecture and thesis defence. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Letizia Jaccheri supervised Thomas' PhD at the Software Engineering group.

Thomas defended his PhD thesis:
Problems and Solutions Maintaining and Integrated System in a Community of Volunteers (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

26/10 - New Associate Professor II, Frank Lindseth

Associate Professor II Frank Lindseth has joined the ranks of our department. Frank has for a long period been cooperating with IDI and the Knowledge-Based Systems group, and has been an external co-supervisor for several student projects over the years.

Frank has been hired to work within the research field of medical image processing and visualization. When not at our department, Frank holds a position as Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF and has been working in the Medical Technology department  since 1996.

Frank plan to reside at our department one day a week from next semester. We wish to congratulate Frank on his new position!


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Map Your Campus

20/10 - Map Your Campus

A competition to map the NTNU campus in OpenStreetMap (OSM) has been launched by the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics, and Electrical Engineering (IME) and the Information Division at NTNU. Both students and staff are encouraged to participate in the competition. Three gift certificates (Midtbysjekk), worth NOK 3 000.- each, will be awarded in the competition.

 The three gift certificates will be awarded to:

  1. The best contributor who has mapped the NTNU campus.
  2. A random participant who has mapped the NTNU campus.
  3. A random participant who has mapped Midtbyen.

The rules and complete competition information is available at the IME competition web pages (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Axel Tidemann

19/10 - Disputation Axel Tidemann

Friday 16th of October, Axel Tidemann completed his trial lecture and thesis defence. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Associate Professor Pinar Öztürk supervised Axel Tidemann's PhD at the Self-Organizing Systems group.

Axel Tidemann defended his PhD thesis:
A Groovy Virtual Drummer: Learning by Imitation Using a Self-Organizing Connectionist Architecture (pdf)

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IDI Seminar 2009

12/10 - IDI Seminar 2009

Friday 9th of October, the IDI Seminar 2009 was arranged at NTNU. Around a 100 participants followed the talks presented in Elektrobygget, EL6. Acting Head of the Department, Guttorm Sindre, and committee leader Kjell Bratbergsengen opened the IDI Seminar 2009.

The talks at the seminar spanned several fields of research, and was both given by staff from our department, and from some of our former students. The list of talks is available at the program web page of the seminar. Many of the seminar participants also attended the dinner and revue at UKA 09 in the evening.

Photos from the IDI Seminar 2009 (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
New Associate Professor II, Øystein Torbjørnsen

07/10 - New Associate Professor II, Øystein Torbjørnsen

1st of October, Associate Professor II Øystein Torbjørnsen joined the ranks of our department. Øystein has for a long period been cooperating with the Database Systems group, and has been an external co-supervisor for several Master Thesis and Doctoral Thesis over the years.

Øystein will not reside at our department, but use his Microsoft office.

We wish to congratulate Øystein on his new position!


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Gold, Silver, and Bronze to NTNU

05/10 - Gold, Silver, and Bronze to NTNU

NTNU student programming teams won the gold, silver, and bronze medals in the National part of the Nordic Collegiate Programming Contest (NCPC) 2009. Two of the top five teams in the Nordic challange were from NTNU. Team Excors (Ruben Spaans, Eirik Reksten, and Håkon Hitland) - the best NTNU team - came in 3rd place, and team Nanashi Z came in 5th place.

The programming contest was held on Saturday 3rd of October 2009, with a record high 140 participants and 53 programming teams from NTNU. It is impressive to see so many students gather at 10:15 on a Saturday for a 5 hour programming contest.

The NCPC event was coordinated between several Nordic universities. All the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) participated at the same time, making it a true Nordic event. The University of Oslo participated with nine teams, and the University of Bergen was represented by five teams. NTNU had 53 teams at NCPC, 23 more than last year. NCPC is part of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.

Yahoo! and Tandberg sponsored the eventen, and Tandberg has offered to coach the winning team ahead of the North Western European Regional Competion (NWERC) in November. The best teams from the NWERC event will be qualified for the World Championship in programming.

Photo: Anne Elster


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Researchers' Night

28/09 - Researchers' Night

Friday 25th of September, the annual Researchers' Night event was held at NTNU. More than 1450 high school students had signed up for an interesting night at the university; with stands, lectures, and lab excursions which presented some of the ongoing research at NTNU.

Researchers' Night is part of the Norwegian Science Week (forskningsdagene), which is a nationwide annual event held to bring research and science to the public. The Researchers' Night opened at 20:00 and fireworks marked the end around 23:30.

This year IDI was represented with three stands which represented some of the diversity of the research at our department. The three stands were: Professor Letizia Jaccheri and her ArTe - Art and Technology stand, Professor Keith Downing with his Neural-Controlled Robots stand, and Associate Professor Jo Skjermo with his Gjenskape fortiden med datagrafikk (Recreate the past with computer graphics) stand.

Photos from Researchers' Night (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Where Students Grow

14/09 - Where Students Grow

Friday 11th of September, the new collaboration space for our department's students was officially opened. The name Drivhuset means greenhouse, and it is ment as a collabaration space for coming together, sharing together, working together, and succeeding together.

The room has innovative solutions and workareas to stimulate group work and creative processes. A concept of Drivhuset is to bring the green of the garden outside and the light of the summer into the room. The differences between the former computer lab and Drivhuset are significant.

Drivhuset is the outcome of the collaborative work of our students, our former leadership, and designer Urd Schjetne. Drivhuset was opened by acting Head of Department, Guttorm Sindre. Roger Midtstraum and Urd Schjetne then talked about the processes leading to what became Drivhuset.

View the photos from the event (Flickr).

Related news:
Institutt googler læringsmiljøet
(in Norwegian, Universitetsavisa)

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Jo Skjermo

11/09 - Disputation Jo Skjermo

10th of September, Jo Skjermo completed his trial lecture and thesis defence. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Keith Downing and Assistant Professor Torbjørn Hallgren supervised Jo Skjermo's PhD at the Algorithms, HPC, and Graphics research group.

Jo Skjermo defended his PhD thesis:
Generation, Rendering and Animation of Polygon Tree Models (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Staff and New Students at Munkholmen

28/08 - Staff and New Students at Munkholmen

More than 120 new students and IDI staff gathered at Ravnkloa in the afternoon of Thursday 27th of August. Nice weather and good company ensured a perfect Munkholmen trip.

View the photoes from the event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Inspector Gadget and the Swine Flue

27/08 - Inspector Gadget and the Swine Flue

Friday 21st of August, the new computer science and informatics students gathered for the annual computer game competition which marked the end of their two week Teknostart and Realstart events.

The students have been working in groups, making computer games and learning about group dynamics. The teaching assistants nominated ten of the games for a final demonstration, and a student vote.

Inspector Gadget and the Swine Flue won the student's vote. It was created by the following informatics students: Tri Minh Nguyen, Håkon Gulbrandsen, Jørn Hegstad Tallaksen, Johan Jansen and Håkon Rønning. The Rope Fighter III and Crabbie games came in 2nd and 3rd place and were created by computer science students. The award ceremony will be held in November, and the award is sponsored by IBM.

To run any of the nominated games:

  1. Install Scratch.
  2. Download the file from the Teknostart website.
  3. Open the file from the Scratch application.

Illustration: Screenshot from the Inspector Gadget and the Swine Flue game.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
New Leadership

21/08 - New Leadership

As of 1st of August, Professor Jon Atle Gulla and Professor Guttorm Sindre are the new leaders of the Department of Computer and Information Science.

Jon Atle was elected Head of Department, but due to a tight schedule he and Guttorm Sindre will swap roles for the first year. Guttorm Sindre is currently the Acting Head of Department, and Jon Atle Gulla is currently the Acting Deputy Head of Department.

Guttorm stated in his talk to the department's administration that he aims to continue on the path set by Kjell Bratbergsengen and Roger Midtstraum, but will find new solutions when challenges arise.

One of the first tasks for Guttorm and Jon were appointing the leaders of the department's committees. List of appointed leaders:

  • Associate Professor Trond Aalberg - for the Teaching Committee.
  • Associate Professor Helge Langseth - for the Research Committee.
  • Professor Tor Stålhane - for the Infrastructure and Research Equipment Committee.

By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Vice-Dean John Krogstie

13/08 - Vice-Dean John Krogstie

Professor John Krogstie has been appointed Vice-Dean with responsibility for the strategic area ICT (Prodekanus for med ansvar for det tematiske satsningsområdet IKT) by Dean of IME, Geir Egil Øien.

1st of August, John embarked on his four years as Vice-Dean. John will still retain his office at our department and fulfill the research duties of his professorship.

We wish to congratulate John on his new position!

Learn more about the strategic area for information and communication technology at their NTNU web pages.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Matriculation Ceremony 2009

12/08 - Matriculation Ceremony 2009

Tuesday 11th of August the annual matriculation ceremony was held at Gløshaugen. In the plenum ceremony the Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education, Tora Aasland, and the NTNU Rector, Torbjørn Digernes, held encouraging speeches to the new students, telling them that knowledge is the key in challenging times.

Afterwards the students attended local cermonies where the matriculation certificates were awarded. Having received their certificates the Computer Science and Informatic students participated in the barbecue and computer game competitions outside F1 in the IT building.

There were computer game competitions in Guitar Hero and Mario Cart set up to entertain both new students and staff members. Free soda, and hot dogs were served at the lawn outside F1.

View the photos from the event.

The winner of each computer game competition received a 1000.- NOK gift certificate. Those who came 2nd and 3rd received two cinema tickets each.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Mads Nygård in Charge of Engineering Education

30/06 - Mads Nygård in Charge of Engineering Education

Professor Mads Nygård has been appointed Chair of the Executive Board for Engineering Education at NTNU (Dekanus for Sivilingeniørutdanningen ved NTNU) by Rector Torbjørn Digernes.

From 1st of August, Mads will embark on his four years as Chair of the Executive Board for Engineering Education at NTNU. Mads will still retain his office at our department, and fulfill his professor duties here as well.

We wish to congratulate Mads on his new position!


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Best Student Recognition from IBM (Updated)

11/06 - Best Student Recognition from IBM (Updated)

Two of our master students, Eirik Ola Aksnes and Daniele Giuseppe Spampinato, have been chosen along with master student Olaf Bakke from the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics as the Norwegian recipients of the IBM 2009 EMEA Best Student Recognition Award.

This year's winners will receive a certificate and an IBM-sponsored trip to Krakow from 1st to 3rd of July. In Krakow Eirik Ola, Daniele Giuseppe, and Olaf will get to meet the 77 winners from the other nations, and they are invited to participate on a number of IBM talks.

IBM is bringing together the 80 winners of the IBM EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) award in Krakow so they can meet to exchange ideas about technology, innovation, business, and to build new social networks.

The NTNU students' award states: "These three students represent a combination of High Performance Computing and Petroleum Engineering/Integrated Operations, two areas in which IBM and NTNU have long-term cooperation."

Erik Ola and Daniele Giuseppe (in photo) are two of Associate Professor Anne C. Elster's master students at the High-Performance Computing Laboratory.

22/06 - IBM Award Ceremony

Monday 22nd of June, Communication Manager Ingvild Grimstad from IBM visited NTNU to award the prizes to the three NTNU students; Daniele Giuseppe Spampinato, Olaf Bakke, and Eirik Ola Aksnes.

Dean Arne Sølvberg, Kjell Bratbergsengen (Head of the Department of Computer and Information Science) and Jon Kleppe (Heads of the Department of Petrolium Engineering and Applied Geophysics) attended the award ceremony to honour the students.

Participants at the Ceremony

In photo from left to right: Kjell Bratbergsengen, Daniele Giuseppe Spampinato, Olaf Bakke, Ingvild Grimstad, Eirik Ola Aksnes, Jon Kleppe og Arne Sølvberg.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Vice President Mads Nygård

10/06 - Vice President Mads Nygård

Professor Mads Nygård has been elected Vice President of Tekna, the Norwegian Society of Graduate Technical and Scientific Professionals. Both he and the President of Tekna, Marianne Harg, were elected by acclamation at the Representantskap meeting, which was held in Trondheim from 4th to 6th of June.

Mads has served as a member of Tekna's executive board for the last two years. While Mads starts his first term serving as Vice President, Marianne will embark on her third term as President of Tekna. Each term in Tekna lasts for two years.

We wish to congratulate Mads on his new position in Tekna!

The full article about the electionon on the Tekna web page (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IME Graduation Ceremony

08/06 - IME Graduation Ceremony

Friday 5th of June, graduate students and staff members of the IME departments gathered in F1 for the annual IME Graduation Ceremony.

The speakers for this year's students were Geir Ivar Soleng (Faculty Director), Arne Sølvberg (Dean), Åsmund Eldhuset (Graduation Student), and Hans H. Faanes (Professor Emeritus).

After the speaches and the entertainment, the celebration carried on in Elektrobygget.

Photos from the event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Ole Christian Eidheim

04/06 - Disputation Ole Christian Eidheim

29th of May, Ole Christian Eidheim completed his trial lecture and thesis defence. He will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Keith Downing supervised Ole's PhD at the Self-Organizing Systems research group.

Ole Christian Eidheim defended his PhD thesis:
New Approaches for Representation and Segmentation of Organs in CT and MR scans (pdf)

Photo: Private


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
To CERN to Learn

02/06 - To CERN to Learn

Martin Tverdal and Rune Jensen are two of 14 european students which will attend the Openlab's Summer Student Programme, 2009 at CERN this summer. Martin and Rune are two of assoicate professor Anne C. Elster's students.

Read the full story in Universitetsavisa (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Anita Ashok Gupta

02/06 - Disputation Anita Ashok Gupta

28th of May, Anita Ashok Gupta completed her trial lecture and thesis defence. She will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Reidar Conradi supervised Anita's PhD at the Software Engineering research group.

Anita Gupta defended her PhD thesis:
The Profile of Software Change in Reusable vs. Non-Reusable Industrial Software System (pdf)

Photos from the event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
NOTUR 2009

27/05 - NOTUR 2009

The 8th Annual Meeting on High Performance Computing and Infrastructure in Norway (NOTUR 2009) was held at NTNU from 18th to the 20th of May. More than 130 participants attended the NOTUR 2009, which also featured 4 tutorials, and a poster session where students and staff from our department contributed with 8 of the 20 posters.

Some of the key invited speakers at NOTUR 2009 were; Dr. Kirk E. Jordan from IBM Research, Dr. Anthony D. Joseph from the University of California at Berkeley, Steve Deitz from Cray Inc in Seattle, Erik Hagersten from the Univeristy of Uppsala, and Sebastian von Alfthan from CSC, The Finnish IT Center for Science.

In addition, the meeting included invited speakers from the Meterological office and the Norwegian Universities working on HPC (High Performance Computing) related issues. Associate professor Anne C. Elster gave an invited talk on HPC on GPUs.

Photo: Henrik R. Nagel


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Women Research Network in Health Informatics

26/05 - Women Research Network in Health Informatics

A women research network in health informatics has recently been established to create an arena where women from various health informatics disiplines can meet and share ideas. The research network will start as a local network, but the long term goal is to grow and become both a national, and an international research network for women in health informatics.

The first meeting for the women research network will be on thursday 28th of May, from 11:00 - 13:00 in room MTG1 at Medisinsk-teknisk forskningssenter (MTFS) in Trondheim.

Within the field of health informatics the network aims to support women in PhD, research, and post doctoral positions, as well as women master students in the Master of Health Informatics programme of study at NTNU. Female researchers in health informatics who work in the private sector is also warmly welcomed.

In photo from left to right: Inger Dybdahl Sørby, Berit Brattheim, Line Melby, and Gry Seland. These are the key figures in the creation of the women research network for health informatics.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IEEE Congress in Trondheim

25/05 - IEEE Congress in Trondheim

From 18th - 21st of May, the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC 2009) took place in Trondheim at the Nova Conference Venue. The event brought together more than 470 researchers from 60 different countries all over the world. IEEE CEC 2009 included 3 keynotes, 12 tutorials, 300 oral presentations, poster sessions, competitions, and a rich social programme.

The congress was a stimulating forum for hundreds of scientists, engineers, educators and students from all over the world to disseminate their new research findings and exchange information on emerging areas of research in the fields.

Key persons from our department involved in IEEE CEC 2009 was: Pauline Haddow as Program Chair, Morten Hartmann and Christina Costa Santini as Local Chairs, Dragana Laketic as Finace Chair, and Gunnar Tufte as Poster Session Chair.

Photos from IEEE CEC 2009 (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Joining the Space Studies Program (SSP)

20/05 - Joining the Space Studies Program (SSP)

PhD candidate Konstantinos Antonakopoulos from our department has got a scholarship from the European Space Agency (ESA), to attend the 2009 Space Studies Program (SSP) from 27th of June to 29th of August. The SSP is hosted this year at the NASA Ames Research Center in California, and it is organized by the International Space University.

The space studies program emphasizes international cooperation and provides students with varied perspectives on the world’s space activities - perspectives normally reserved for those with years of diverse professional experience. SSP includes a wide variety of activities, including lectures by renowned experts, hands-on activities and projects, team work exercises and professional visits.

In addition, workshops and departments will enable activities taking place in smaller groups of students. These activities enable a more in-depth, and focused debate or discussion, as well as additional opportunity for engagement in hands-on activities. Examples are: Space and Society, Space Systems Engineering, Satellite Applications, and Space Life Sciences.

In Konstantinos Antonakopoulos' PhD project, properties from biology are used as an inspiration toward systems incorporating features like adaptivity, robustness, and autonomous behaviour. The project, which is supervised by the associate professor Gunnar Tufte, aims to increasing knowledge in the area of Artificial Life using unconventional computation paradigms towards complex problem solving. The nature of such systems is of great interest to the space community (e.g., Bio-Inspired Technologies and Systems Group, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA).

Including space oriented systems as a real world application area would enforce the project with a practical problem domain. In order to incorporate space as an application area, knowledge of the workings and design of such systems are required.The Space studies program will provide us the opportunity to better understand basic space research-related issues and how bio-inspired systems can be incorporated and help propose new ideas and envision new perspectives in the area of space oriented applications.

Illustration by: Irene Domínguez


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Norwegian Game Awards 2009

12/05 - Norwegian Game Awards 2009

7th of May the Norwegian Game Awards (NGA) was held at Royal Garden in Trondheim. 21 student teams competed for the awards this year. We are proud that students from our  programmes of study were well represented among the participants and in the winning teams.

The winners of this years final were:

  • Game of the year (30.000 NOK)  - Kuzka’s Mother
  • Best innovation (15.000 NOK) - Project Oasis
  • Best execution (15.000 NOK) - Kuzka’s Mother
  • Best concept (8.000 NOK) - Ibeast
  • Committees award (2.000 NOK) - Apocalypse

The computer game Kuska's Mother which won both the Game of the Year award and the Best execution award was developed by four NTNU students;  Michael Stokes from computer science, Geir Gjul from informatics, Tina Schultz, and Arnfinn Vassbø.

The Norwegian Game Awards is arranged annually by Start NTNU - a student organization promoting entrepreneurship. The purpose of contest is to promote computer games and computer game development among students. The contest is ment to inspire students to come up with new ideas within the area of game development.

Relevant links:
Norwegian Game Awards (website)
NTNU-studenter til topps i spillkåring (in Norwegian, VG)
Kuska's Mother (game website)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
ArTe: A Digital Art Contest

30/04 - ArTe: A Digital Art Contest

From 1st of May to 30th of October the ArTe contest is open for new media art contributions.The contest aims to encourage teenagers (13-15 years) to cooperate in meaningful projects in the production of new media art by focusing on cooperation, creativity, and openness of both process and content.

The ArTe contest is open both to international and national contributions, but the focus is Norwegian schools. Professor Letizia Jaccheri is the driving force of the contest, and she wants young people to reflect upon the use of information technology in digital art and open source.

The contest touches many areas of expertise, which are reflected in the variety among the sponsors and the diverse competences of the jury members. As a proud sponsor for this contest, we believe the ArTe contest will spark an interest for information technology and computer science in the participants.

Related links:
Fri datafantasi: Datakunstkonkurranse for ungdomskoleelever (in Norwegian, Magasinet Tekna)
ArTe (in Norwegian, contest website)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Codito, Ergo Sum*

27/04 - Codito, Ergo Sum*

The IDI Open 2009 programming contest was held on 25th of April, with 60 teams participating in the event. This years competition was multi-national with programming teams from both Denmark and Germany, as well as teams from the University of Bergen in Norway, and from external companies.

The winners of IDI Open 2009 was the #define NAME_to_be_defined team (Christos Tzamos, Håkon Hitland, and Ruben Spaans), which solved eight problems. They were closely followed by three teams which each solved seven problems; the Team Evil Enterprise Edition from Yahoo!, and two teams from the University of Aarhus in Denmark.

All onsite teams solved at least one problem, even though one of the easy ones was harder than intended. None of the onsite teams managed to solve any of the three hardest problems, but one of the Aarhus teams (Robotic Encryption) solved one.

For the first time in contest's history a women only programming team competed in IDI Open. The aim to best last years figure of 60 teams participating was almost reached, and we hope next years participation will break the record both in number of teams and participants.

IDI congratulate the winners, and hope all the contestants had fun programming.

Photos from IDI Open 2009 (flickr).

* The latin phrase cogito ergo sum is attributed to the 17th century French philosopher, mathematician and physiologist Rene Descartes. It means - I think, therefore I am. Computer science jargon has modified the original latin to codito ergo sum, which is supposed to mean - I code, therefore I am.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Boosting the Numbers for NTNU

21/04 - Boosting the Numbers for NTNU

The Department of Computer and Information Science has a 25 % growth in the overall number of applicants to the Informatics and Computer Science programmes of study. The recruitment numbers for NTNU as a whole has improved by 6,6 %.

The number of applicants which ranked the Computer Science programme as their first choice increased by 23 % compared to last years numbers. The Informatics bachelor programme increased by 29 %, and Informatics one-year programme increased by 55 %. On a national scale the number of applications to IT studies in Norway has increased by only 5 %.

The number of women applications for the Computer Science programme increased by 275% (22 up from 8). We hope the positive trend will continue.

Related links:
Lunken interesse for IT-fag (in Norwegian, digi.no)
Vinnerfagene ved NTNU (in Norwegian, TU.no)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Computer Science and Informatics Video

01/04 - Computer Science and Informatics Video

Earlier this year a competition was held to gather information and material for a new recruitment video. The student contacts have edited the material and added some scenes in the new Informatics and Computer Science video (YouTube).

Related links:
The winners from the competition (in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Cool Job in Antarctica

31/03 - Cool Job in Antarctica

Asbjørn Djupdal, which completed his PhD last year, is now the station leader for the Norwegian Troll research station in Antarctica - talk about getting a cool job! Asbjørn and his co-workers at Troll have recently been interviewed by the Associated Press about the research station and how it is to live in Antarctica.

The Troll research station is built in a stony valley which rarely gets much snow and seldom get below minus 50 degrees Celsius. The vally is located amid east Antarctica's 2 300 meter high Gjelsvik mountains, only 5 000 kilometers southwest of South Africa.

Last year Asbjørn completed his PhD for the Computer Architecture and Design group, with Pauline Haddow as supervisor. Computer engineers are needed everywhere, even in Antarctica.

Photo: Asbjørn Djupdal

Related links:
How Norwegians stay cool about Antarctica (ShanghaiDaily.com)
Isolation under endless night (Daily News)
Troll forskningsstasjon, photos (in Norwegian, NRK)
Troll forskningsstasjon (in Norwegian, Norsk polarinstitutt)
Asbjørns Antarktisblogg (in Norwegian)
Troll (in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Verdande Technology

24/03 - Verdande Technology

One of the department's spin-off companies, Verdande Technology AS (former Volve), has been given a status update in the March issue of the GEO magazine (pdf).

Verdande Technology was founded in 2004, and currently employs 16 people full time. The company was founded by people from our department and the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics, together with students from NTNU's School of Entrepreneurship.

The company's core technology combines the AI method case-based reasoning (CBR) with analysis and structuring of oil well drilling data and human experiences, in order to in real time warn drilling operators about occuring problems and inform about possible remedies.

Verdande Technology's software solutions are primarly aimed at the oil and gas industry, but the company in co-operation with IDI is also breaching the technology frontier in other domains - using CBR in a medical application project.

Related links:
March issue of GEO magazine (in Norwegian, pdf)
Geo Magazine 2009 (in Norwegian)
Verdande Technology's website.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Technology, Girls, and Experiments

16/03 - Technology, Girls, and Experiments

The first of two IT Camps was arranged at NTNU from 8th until 10th of March. 49 young and inspired high school girls were invited to the university for three days packed with experiments, group work, and happenings which introduced them to some of the information technology present at NTNU.

The girls built their own small computers, and they were introduced to the Open Wall project at the department. Designing iPhone applications through paper-prototyping was also part of the program, as well as lectures about IT security, IT in healthcare, and trying various gizmos related to information technology.

The IT Camp is organized by Jenter og data, and project manager Nina Kotte is proud to present the feedback from those who visited the camp. According the the feedback most of the girls will file an application to NTNU, and many will apply to IT related programmes of study.

IT Camp in the media:
Jenter flokker til IT-treff (in Norwegian, digi.no)
Vil ha flere jenter på IT-studier (in Norwegian, TU.no)
Ungjenter beleirer it-fag (in Norwegian, Adressa)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Professor Dag Svanæs

20/02 - Professor Dag Svanæs

We would like to congratulate Dag Svanæs on his professorship in informatics. A national committee has awarded Dag Svanæs the professor title based on his competence in the field of informatics.

Congratulations on the new title, and happy birthday Dag!


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
1st Data Prefetching Championship (updated)

17/02 - 1st Data Prefetching Championship (updated)

The first Data Prefetching Championship (DPC-1) will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina (USA) on Sunday 15th of February, in conjunction with the 15th International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture.

DPC-1 is a competition for data prefetching algorithms, and very few from Europe made it to the final in Raleigh. Our PhD candidate Marius Grannæs (in photo) from the Computer Architecture and Design group will represent NTNU in this championship. His paper on prefetching algorithms got him to the final, and it will also become a part of his PhD thesis.

Each contestant has implemented prefetching algorithms on a common evaluation framework provided by the DPC organizing committee. The top contestants have been invited to present their work at the DPC-1 workshop. At the end of the workshop, a champion will be announced (based on performance results).

Update:
Marius Grannæs came in a honourable 4th place in the data prefetching championship. Marius thanks Stallo for squeezing the last bit of performance out of the algorithms. Stallo is one of the NOTUR supercomputer clusters in Norway.

First published: 10th of February, 2009


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
itDAGEN 2009

11/02 - itDAGEN 2009

From 9th to 10th of February itDAGEN took place at NTNU. 55 IT-companies had stands where they tried to get hold of the brightest IT students. itDAGEN is an annual event which is a great arena for firms and students to build relationships that may lead to a summer job or a position at the firm, later on.

A group of 3rd grade students from Computer Science and Communication Technology co-ordinate and arrange itDAGEN. The event is the primary source of income for the 3rd grade student's excursion to Tokyo (Japan) later this year.

Photos from the event (Flickr).

Related links:
itDAGEN09 (in Norwegian)
XCom09 (in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IT-Camp for Girls (updated)

11/02 - IT-Camp for Girls (updated)

More than 500 high school girls want to join the IT-Camp, which will be arranged at NTNU from 8th until 10th of March. Nina Kotte, project leader of Jenter og Data, is pleased to see so many girls interested in computer science.

50 of the girls will be invited to NTNU for three fun and interesting days where they will be introduced to the field computer science. All invited participants will get travel costs and accommodation costs covered.

Update:
Due to the enormous interest for the IT-Camp, dean Arne Sølvberg of the IME Faculty, has awarded funds for a second IT-Camp from 22nd to 24th of March. 50 more girls will be invited to the 2nd IT-Camp.

Related links:
IT-camp website (in Norwegian)
NTNU byr jenter på gratis IT-camp (in Norwegian, digi.no)
Stor interesse for jentecamp
(in Norwegian, tu.no)

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Joining the Journals

04/02 - Joining the Journals

Pauline Haddow has become an associate editor of the Journal of Genetic Programming and Evolvable Hardware. As an associate editor Pauline will be involved in the journal's strategic decisions, and spend less time reviewing for the journal.

Pauline will also sit on the editorial board for a new journal called the International Journal of Natural Computing Research (IJNCR). This new journal aims to provide a comprehensive view of all aspects of natural computing.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
The Birth of a Master Programme

02/02 - The Birth of a Master Programme

Seven years ago NTNU declared medical technology as a strategic area of research. Today, 2nd of February 2009,the health informatics master programme see the light of day, as 21 students start their master study.

The dean of the Faculty of Medicine, professor Stig A. Slørdahl (in photo), welcomed the new health informatics students at the St. Olav campus. The students come from different backgrounds - 6 from IT and 15 from health care - and the programme aims to break down the barriers between the domains in order to develop better IT-systems.

The programme is a co-operation between the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. From our department Øystein Nytrø, Pieter Toussaint, Hallvard Trætteberg, and Kirsti Berntsen are key figures in the master programme.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Lillian Røstad

29/01 - Disputation Lillian Røstad

27th of January, Lillian Røstad completed her trial lecture and thesis defence. She will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Associate professor Øystein Nytrø supervised Lillian's PhD at the Design and Use of Information Systems group.

In photo from left to right: associate professor Dag Svanes, professor Svein Johan Knapskog, professor Ravi Sandhu, Lillian Røstad, associate professor Øystein Nytrø, and associate professor Silvana Quaglini.

Lillian Røstad defended her PhD thesis:
Access Control in Healthcare Information Systems (pdf)

Photos from the PhD defence.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IDI Professor to Lead FAST

23/01 - IDI Professor to Lead FAST

Bjørn Olstad professor II at IDI, who has been FAST's CTO, will take over John Lervik's responsibilities as Leirvik has decided to leave FAST. We congratulate Bjørn with his new position and look forward to continue our good relationship with FAST.

Related links:
Lervik er ferdig i Fast (in Norwegian, digi.no)
Fast-sjefen går på dagen (in Norwegian, tu.no)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Your Favorite IDI Course

22/01 - Your Favorite IDI Course

The student contacts are arranging a video contest, challanging students and staff at the department to make videos describing their favorite IDI course.

The three best videos win:

  1. Prize - NOK 3000
  2. Prize - NOK 2000
  3. Prize - NOK 1000

Contest deadline: 1st of March, 2009

Read more about the contest (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
NVIDIA Donations for Research

21/01 - NVIDIA Donations for Research

Anne C. Elster recently received further donations from NVIDIA through their Professor Partnership Progam. This latest donation has an estimated retail value in the excess of NOK 150 000, and will aid the Department's research at the High Performance Computing (HPC) and the Visualisation laboratories.

The donation consists of a NVIDIA Tesla S1070 1U GPU computing server and two NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 graphic cards. The Quadro cards will be used on both Elster's HPC-lab and Torbjørn Hallgren's Visualisation-lab.

NVIDIA's Tesla series GPUs are intended for high performance computing and can aid in simulations, large scale calculations (especially floating-point operations), and image generation for science and engineering.

The NVIDIA Tesla S1070 computing server has 960 prosessor cores, which enables it to outperform recent general processors. The new server will complement the two NVIDIA Tesla C1060 cards and the other high-end graphic cards donated by NVIDIA to Anne Elster and her HPC-lab last fall.

Anne Elster


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Sven Ziemer

20/01 - Disputation Sven Ziemer

19th of January Sven Ziemer completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Sven completed his PhD at the Software Engineering group, supervised by professor Tor Stålhane.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Trade-offs for Web Apllication Development; Understanding and Improving Current industrial Practices (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Python at the Western Michigan University

15/01 - Python at the Western Michigan University

After a review of Magnus Lie Hetland's Python book, Beginning Python: From Novice to Professional, the Computer Science department at Western Michigan University (USA) selected it to be the course reference for their new CS2100 Script programming course.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Women in Science

09/01 - Women in Science

Professor Kjell Brattbergsengen joined the Committee for Mainstreaming - Women in Science (KIF) in the winter of 2008. The Committee will offer support and provide recommendations on measures which can contribute to the mainstreaming of the gender equality efforts at institutions within academia and the research sector.

The Committee shall contribute to the overall awareness on issues connected to the skewed gender balance in academia, and be a valuable resource for advice and information. The current committee started its work on 1st of April in 2007, and was established by the Ministry of Education and Research for the period of 2007 - 2010.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
COST Management Committee

08/01 - COST Management Committee

The Research Council of Norway (NFR) has nominated Anne C. Elster to serve as the Norwegian delegate for the Open European Network for High Performance Computing on Complex Environments action's management committee in COST.

COST - European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research - was founded in 1971 and is currently the widest European intergovernmental network for coordination of nationally funded research activities. COST's goal is to support cooperation among scientists and researchers to ensure that Europe holds a strong position in the field of scientific and technical research for peaceful purposes.

At her HPC-laboratory Elster currently has 11 master students and 2 PhD candidates doing research on heterogenous and hierarchical parallel computer systems. Elster hopes that better cooperation with the EU partners will accelerate the research within the domain.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Serving the CIS Conference Committee

07/01 - Serving the CIS Conference Committee

Pauline Haddow will serve the CIS Conference Committee during 2009. The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) is the home for all computational and theoretical aspects of mimicking nature for problem solving. Core technologies within CIS' scope include neural, fuzzy, and evolutionary computing, as well as hybrid intelligent systems that contain these and other related paradigms.

The CIS Conferences Committee, which Pauline Haddow has joined, is responsible for overseeing the peer-reviewed technical meetings of the Society.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

Articles From 2008

Computer Fan

19/12 - Computer Fan

Become a fan today! Join the Computer Science (Datateknikk) and Informatics (Informatikk) fan pages on Facebook.

Related links:
Datateknikk (in Norwegian, Facebook)
Informatikk (in Norwegian, Facebook)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Winner of BEKK's IxD Conference Grant 2009

11/12 - Winner of BEKK's IxD Conference Grant 2009

Lars Kristian Flem, a 5th year informatic student at our department, has won the 2009 IxD conference grant from BEKK. Lars gets to travel to the IxDA Interaction 09 conference held in Vancouver Canada, from 5th - 8th of February.

Lars' application showed that he is skilled and motivated within the interaction design research field.The knowledge sharing Lars does at his blog also contributed to the decision. His blog, tenketing.net, has aquired a lot of readers. In his blog he discusses current challenges in interaction design, and often he reflects on the everyday life of a student.

When Lars travels with BEKK's consultants to the conference, he will get a unique chance to discuss interaction design with specialists from around the world. Hopefully Lars brings home new knowledge and perspectives.

Ever since BEKK was funded they have awarded an annual conference grant to a student. This year there were several excellent student candidates from NTNU, NITH, and AVO who applied for the grant. The grant of 20 000 NOK covers all expences for participation at a conference.

Relevant links:
BEKKs IxD-Stipend 2009 (in Norwegian)
IxDA Interaction 09 (conference website)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Online Football

03/12 - Online Football

This year the football team 1337 Gløshaugen (read it as a geek) was funded by Online. Kristian Oftedal (in photo) played a key role in the team's creation. Every week informatic, computer science, and communication technology students gather to play football and have fun.

The football team has been playing in the 5th division, and after a completed season the goal for next year has been established; winning a match :-) In the season's last match they were leading 3-1, but in the last ten minutes, stamina failed and they let in two more goals.

Kristian says the football team is an excellent arena to meet fellow students regardless of class or programme of study. Send an email to fotball@online.ntnu.no if you want to join the football team. The team practices once a week on a football lane at Moholt, and plays up to two matches a week in the season.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Best Norwegian Programming Team

01/12 - Best Norwegian Programming Team

The Excors programming team from NTNU was the best of the Norwegian teams competing in the Northwestern Europe Regional Programming Contest (NWERC). The department wish to congratulate the team members; Ruben Spaans, Eirik Reksten, and Espen Nielsen for a job well done.

Three teams from NTNU competed in the NWERC regional final which took place in Netherlands from 22nd to 23rd of November. The NTNU teams (Excors, Øldorado Mk II, and brainfscked) ended up as #13, #30, and #34 of the 47 teams competing in the regional final.

Result list from NWERC 2008.

Photo: Tor Gunnar Høst Houeland


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Three NTNU Teams to NWERC 2008

20/11 - Three NTNU Teams to NWERC 2008

From 22nd to 23rd of November the Northwestern Europe Regional Programming Contest (NWERC) 2008 takes place in Netherlands. Three NTNU programming teams have qualified to participate in this regional final.

The three NTNU teams (Excors, Øldorado Mk II and brainfscked) were the best, 3rd, and 4th Norwegian teams at the Nordic Collegiate Programming Contest (NCPC), arranged at universities throughout the Nordic countries earlier this year.

In the weekends since NCPC, the teams have been training with coach Tor Gunnar Høst Houeland in preparation for the regional contest. The best teams at NWERC will qualify for the ACM-ICPC programming world final in 2009.

List of registered teams for NWERC.

Photographer: Roger Midtstraum


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Building a Lisp Machine

19/11 - Building a Lisp Machine

On wednesday 19th of November, the results of this autumn's hardware project (TDT4295) were presented. Fourteen students have collaborated in constructing a Lisp machine (IGOR) from scratch.

The students worked in four sub-groups with different responsibilites (PCB, AVR, FPGA, and Microcode) to achieve the ultimate goal - a running, working Lisp machine. The construction took three months of though deadlines, but the goal was reached.

Photos from the event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Chair of New ERCIM Work Group

07/11 - Chair of New ERCIM Work Group

Professor Ingeborg Sølvberg is chair of the new ERCIM Working Group on Data and Information Spaces. The working group aims to build a strong network of researchers in the fields of information repositories and digital libraries.

Development of methods and tools to make digital, cultural and scientific content available, searchable and accessible for all kinds of users is of special importance. Interoperability should be achieved on schema levels, repository levels as well as system levels.  

The working group's coverage is described in their areas of interest:

  • Metadata on schema levels, repository levels, system levels
  • Interoperability on schema levels, repository levels, system levels
  • Multi-media Repository development
  • Multi-media Content management
  • Open access, Open Archives, Federated repositories
  • Long-term preservation and curation of digital objects

By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
The High Performance Computing Laboratory Opened

29/10 - The High Performance Computing Laboratory Opened

The 28th of October, dean Arne Sølvberg of the IME Faculty officially opened the High Performance Computing (HPC) laboratory. More than 50 people attended the opening and demonstration of the HPC lab. Representatives from Schlumberger, Ceetron, the IO Center, and leaders from some NTNU departments were present at the opening ceremony.

Both the dean Arne Sølvberg, and head of the department Kjell Bratbergsengen congratulated Anne C. Elster on her achievement. Anne has managed to create a HPC laboratory with little local funding through the support from commercial companies like NVIDIA, which has provided the high performance NVIDIA Tesla graphics cards to the HPC computers.

The new computers at the HPC laboratory are custom made with huge fans to run silently. Silence is important since they are not to be put away in server rooms. The cabinets  selected provide easy access to all the hardware components in order to make swapping of hardware easy.

Photos from the opening ceremony (Flickr).

Related links:
NTNU vil lage de kuleste PC-ene (in Norwegian, digi.no)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
The Electronic Health Records Laboratory

29/10 - The Electronic Health Records Laboratory

As of 28th of October the new Electronic Health Records Laboratory (EHR Lab) is official. The EHR Lab will be used by informatics researchers working on improving the ability to reuse valuable clinical information stored within medical documentation.

EHRs contain vital signs, diagnostic tests results, social and family history, prescriptions, and physical examination findings. The aim of studies conducted at EHR Lab is to support clinical research and improve clinical decision making in daily practice. Through this type of informatics research, clinical trials can be performed in silico, and, for example, patient disease trajectories can be used to improve treatment planning. The main research themes include: text mining, data mining, biomedical ontologies, and predictive modeling techniques.

The EHR Lab is located at NSEP, the Norwegian EHR Research Centre. Contact Laura Slaughter or Øystein Nytrø for more information about how to participate in research at the EHR Lab.

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
The FAST <i>Family</i> won Technology Award

24/10 - The FAST Family won Technology Award

During the Teknoport Awards held at the 22nd of October the winner of NTNU and SINTEF's Technology Award was announced. John M. Lervik represented FAST and the FAST family when the award was given to the 32 persons behind the search technology which has established Trondheim as the search capital of the world.

The FAST family consists of 32 members which include both employees and former employees at FAST, and employees at Microsoft and NTNU. The department wishes to congratulate all the winners. The award is worth 150 000 NOK and is given in the form of glass and graphic art.

Award description from the Technoport website:
This award from NTNU and SINTEF is for the application of advanced technology. Together NTNU and SINTEF represent one of the leading technological research environments in northern Europe. Their R&D has resulted in a range of new technologies in numerous fields where the work is often done in cooperation with industry. It takes daring to be the first to apply a new technology. This is why NTNU and SINTEF wish to honour the technological pioneers and help others to recognize the ability and drive that is required to be innovative and achieve breakthroughs.

The 32 members of the FAST family: Arne Halaas, Tor A. Ramstad, John Markus Lervik, Espen Brodin, Hugo Gunnarsen, Tor Egge, Olaf Birkeland, Øystein Torbjørnsen, Bjørn Olstad, Knut Magne Risvik, Eirik Knutsen, Aleksander Øhrn, Krister Mikalsen, Sven Arne Gylterud, Dag Johansen, Rolf Michelsen, Finn Arne Gangstad, Michael Susæg, John T. Sviland, Hans Rune Rønningen, Sveinar Rasmussen, Hans Gude Gudesen, Thomas Fussell, Robert N. Keith, David M. Burns, Silvija Seres, Camilla Granaasen Moen, Line Myrvold, Knut Aasrud, and Petter Merok. The last two are the department of computer and information science (IDI) and NTNU's IT section, for their contributions.

Photos from Teknoport Awards 2008. (Flickr)

Relevant links:
Teknoport Award winners (in Norwegian)
Teknologiutviklere hedret i Olavshallen (in Norwegian, adressa.no)
Teknologiens pris (in Norwegian, Universitetsavisa)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
ITovation 3

23/10 - ITovation 3

The ITovation 3 event was held in Trondheim 22nd of October. In the presentation The FAST lane from NTNU to Microsoft John Markus Lervik (CEO of FAST) lectured about the role of search in the past, present, and in the future.

John said search is the intelligent way to connect you to your needs. Search is the glue between people and content. FAST is currently developing search as a platform. John said the search visions of the future presented in the movie Minority Report, is actually possible to implement.

ITovation 3 was an event which coupled technology, art, and creative food in new ways. From search the presentations went on about rethinking innovation, and music as add-on(s), or how to use 3D worlds for learning.

Photos from ITovation 3 (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
And the Winners are...

21/10 - And the Winners are...

The 17th and 18th of October the Trondheim Match-Making conference was held at Dokkhuset. As part of Letizia's presentation at the conference, the winners of the open wall competition were announced.

In photo from left to right: Anne Marthe Dyvi (1st place), Jack Rees (3rd place), Letizia, Fulvio D'Antonio (one of the winners in the student competition).

Winners of the main competition:

  1. Anne Marthe Dyvi
  2. Steve Furterfield, and Patrick Marcus
  3. Jack Rees, Stand Fernand, and Terry Frederick

Winners of the student competition:

  • Fulvio D'Antonio
  • Lars K. Flem (IDI student)
  • Emil Khoury

Photos from Trondheim Match-Making event (Flickr)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Master of Science in Health Informatics

02/10 - Master of Science in Health Informatics

A postgraduate master programme in health informatics has been launched at NTNU this autumn, starting in February 2009. The master programme in health informatics is targeted at working professionals, who already have a bachelor (or similar) degree within computer science or healthcare.

The master students will (with a few exceptions) follow the same courses regardless of their previous IT or healthcare background. This will allow them to become bridge-builders between professionals from the healthcare and computing communities.  

The master programme focuses on problem-based and research-based learning in groups. It will be possible for students to work with relevant problem propositions from their place of employment.

Read more about the Master of Science in Health Informatics (in Norwegian).

Photographer: Ole Alsos


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Microsoft doubles in Trondheim

30/09 - Microsoft doubles in Trondheim

Microsoft has annonced that the search technology staff in Trondheim will be doubled.

Photo: Prime minister Jens Stoltenberg and chief executive officer (CEO) of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, had a meeting in Oslo on tuesday. (Photographer: Erlend Aas)

Relevant links:
- Norsk søketeknologi er best i verden (in Norwegian, digi.no)
Fast blir Microsofts hovedkontor for søk (in Norwegian, digi.no)
Fast viktig for fremtiden (in Norwegian, Computerworld)
Microsoft dobler i Trondheim (in Norwegian, adressa.no)
Microsoft places professional search engine R&D in Norway (AFP)
Microsoft satser stort i Trondheim (in Norwegian, DinSide)
Microsoft-satsing i Norge og Trondheim (in Norwegian, Universitetsavisa)
Microsoft storsatser i Norge (in Norwegian, DagensIT)
Microsoft satser på Norge (in Norwegian, NA24)
Norge blir global søkelab (in Norwegian, Computerworld)
Storsatsing i Trondheim (in Norwegian, NRK Midtnytt)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Beginning Python: From Novice to Professional (2nd ed)

29/09 - Beginning Python: From Novice to Professional (2nd ed)

The 2nd edition of Magnus Lie Hetland's book, Beginning Python: From Novice to Professional, has just hit the marked. This edition is updated to reflect the latest in Python programming paradigms and several of the most crucial features found in the forthcoming Python 3.0.

The 2nd edition of the book also covers advanced topics, such as extending Python and packaging/distributing Python applications. The renowned Rice University in Texas will be using Hetland's new Python book in the computer science course An Integrated Introduction to Computational Problem Solving. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT have recently switched to Python as the programming language in their introductory course.

The first edition of his book got a warm welcome from Python programmers. In the slashdot review of the first edition of the book the reviewer stated: "If you've been curious to learn Python and haven't yet found the book that speaks to you clearly, this may be the one. I'm pleased with the quality of the writing, the examples, and the quick pace of the book. While it's nearly 30 chapters in length, most of them are short and focused, making them easily digestible and highly useful. Overall probably the best Python books I've had the good fortune of reading."

Relevant links:
Beginning Python, 2nd ed (hetland.org)
Beginning Python: From Novice to Professional (2nd edition) (Apress.com)
Magnus Lie Hetland's fanpage (Facebook)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Norwegian Science Week

26/09 - Norwegian Science Week

The Norwegian Science Week (forskningsdagene) is a nationwide event held annually to bring research and science to the public. This year IDI was represented with two stands.

At the piksler på åpen vegg stand professor Letizia presented the Open Wall project. The students got to try hands on to create creative patterns on the Open Wall. When the students draw shapes on the laptop, the Open Wall up at IDI get updated realtime. 

The computer museum at IDI had a stand called historisk datautstyr where students could learn more about the Norwegian computer history, and try a few old computer games. Graphics may be outdated, but the old computer game concepts still capture the attention of young students.

Photos from the event.

Relevant links to forskningsdagene:
Forskningsdagene i Trondheim (in Norwegian)
Piksler på åpen vegg (in Norwegian)
Researchers' Night (in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Meet the Student Contacts

24/09 - Meet the Student Contacts

Thursday 25th of September, the student contacts open their new refurnished office in room 342. The office will be open every thursday from 14:00 till 16:00. Stop by to talk to fellow students if you need advice from experienced students, just want to have a chat, or want to talk about your ideas for improving the study environment.

The office is on the 3rd floor (room 342):

  1. Walk past F1 towards the great windows.
  2. Enter the first door on the right.
  3. Enter the first door on left, and walk up the stairs till 3rd floor. The office is at the end of the hall.

By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
YouTub Representing Computer Science

23/09 - YouTub Representing Computer Science

Saturday 20th of September the annually badekarpadling event took place. YouTub, the tub of computer science students, had high walls, loads of secret ammunition, and a catapult onboard. 17 tubs competed on (and in) Nidelva for fun and glory in the show class.

This was the first time since 2003 that computer science students participated in the badekarpadling event. Gjøran Moen, Christian Grøvdal, Steffen R. Stenersen, Jørgen Skovly, Martin Sjåstad, and Cecilie Haugstvedt were the champions representing computer science in the race.

Photos from the event.

Relevant links:
Badekarpadling
(in Norwegian, Wikipedia)
Vilt, vått og vemmelig
(in Norwegian, Universitetsavisa)
Badekarpadling 2008 (in Norwegian, BadCom)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Build, Crack, Evaluate, and Secure

22/09 - Build, Crack, Evaluate, and Secure

Students can graduate with a software engineering degree without ever learning anything about building secure systems. Since the fall of 2006 a software security course at our department has given students the oppertunity to learn the theoretical foundation and practical experience necessary to start comprehending the issues of software security.

TDT4237 - Software Security was developed in close cooperation with SINTEF, a Norwegian research foundation closely tied to NTNU and our department. The course has had more than 60 students each year, which is rather high for an elective class. The students interest in software security might reflect the perceived importance of the course for real world applications.

Lillian Røstad (in photo) has been teaching the software security course since 2006. In the paper Learning by failing (and fixing), which appeared in the july/august edition of IEEE Security and Privacy, the experience from the teaching TDT4237 and specifically the results from the exercises were reported.

The exercises in the course was designed to collect data on security mistakes made by the students. The paper is a nice example on how it is possible to make teaching activities publishable. Read more in the Learning by Failing (and Fixing) article at the IEE Secuity & Privacy website.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Active Knowledge Modeling of Enterprises

16/09 - Active Knowledge Modeling of Enterprises

John Krogstie and Frank Lillhagen are the authors of the Active Knowledge Modeling of Enterprises released by Springer this autumn. The book focuses on the application of Active Knowledge Modeling (AKM) as a solution to capturing work-centric, work-supporting and generative knowledge, for preserving context and ensuring reuse.

Frank and John invented AKM through cooperation with both scientists and industrial practitioners. The book gives examples, directions, methods and services to enable new ways of working, exploiting the AKM approach to enable effective enterprise design and development, and lifecycle management. The book is written for both practitioners and professionals.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Geir Kjetil Ferkingstad Sandve

15/09 - Disputation Geir Kjetil Ferkingstad Sandve

12th of September Geir Kjetil Ferkingstad Sandve completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Geir Kjetil carried out his PhD at the Algorithms, HPC, and Graphics group, supervised by professor Arne Halaas.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Potentials and limitations of motif-based binding site prediction in DNA (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2009 - Paper Submission

10/09 - IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2009 - Paper Submission

The Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC) will be arranged in Trondheim from 18th till 21st of May, 2009. If you plan to attend, please note the paper submission and tutorial proposals deadlines.

Important dates:
Paper submissions - 1st of November, 2008
Tutorial proposals - 1st of December, 2008

Details about CEC 2009 submissions are found on the CEC submission web page.

Photo: Roger Midtstraum


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
New Office Manager, Eivind  Voldhagen

09/09 - New Office Manager, Eivind Voldhagen

Tuesday 16th of September our new office manager, Eivind Voldhagen, will start in his position at IDI. He will be a controller of the department's economy, and will work as head of the administration.

Eivind got his master's degree in International studies at Griffith University, Australia. He also has education from NTNU in political science and economy. Eivind comes to IDI from a position as project coordinator for the master programme in Facility Management at NTNU. Before that he held a position as coordinator for the administrative staff dealing with student matters at the IME faculty. Prior to NTNU he worked at the Sør-Trøndelag University College within economy and HR.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
<i>New</i> Computers to the Museum

05/09 - New Computers to the Museum

Two storage rooms at Dragvoll, full of old computer equipment, had to be emptied before being put to new use. On wednesday 3rd of september a delegation from the computer museum at IDI set out to salvage gear, and brought back a car full of old and valuable computers.

The ND 100 Compact computer (in the photo) was one of many trophys from the rescue oparation. Even though it has compact in the name, it still took four men to carry it.

Ola Nordal is writing a book about the computer history at NTH/NTNU, and how the computer era evolved in Norway. The computer museum is a physical manifestation of his historical work, and unique in Norwegian context.

Photos from the event.

Further reading:
Redningsaksjon fra Dragvoll (www.datamusem.no, in Norwegian)
Datahistorisk redningsaksjon, del1 (Ola's blog, in Norwegian)
Datahistorisk redningsaskjon, del2 (Ola's blog, in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Olaf Rene Birkeland

04/09 - Disputation Olaf Rene Birkeland

2nd and 3rd of September Olaf Rene Birkeland completed his trial lectures, and on 3rd of September he completed his thesis defence for the degree of Doctor philosophiae.

The committee for the defence were: professor Brian Vinter from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, associate professor Arne Maus from the University of Oslo, and professor Mads Nygård which also was coordinator for the event.

Olaf Rene Birkeland defended his doctoral thesis:
Searching large data volumes with MISD processing (Diva link)

Photos from the event (Flickr).

Update: It-maur kan utrette mirakler (adressa.no, in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
New Advisor: Kristin S. Karlsen

02/09 - New Advisor: Kristin S. Karlsen

Kristin Karlsen is employed at IDI as an advisor in student matters. Her main focus at IDI will be student reqruitment and advicing.

Kristin got her education at NTNU, and has a Cand.polit degree within IT, sociology, and PLU. Since graduation she has worked at various places like: the Directorate for Nature Management as a net editor, IDI as programleader for Jenter og data, and at Telenor as IT-consultant, just to name a few.

Drop by her office (room 221) if you need help with student matters, have ideas on how to improve recuitment, or just want to say hi :-)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Professor in Language Technology, Björn Gambäck

29/08 - Professor in Language Technology, Björn Gambäck

Björn Gambäck was appointed professor in language technology at IDI in November 2007. He will be sharing his time evenly between IDI and his work as Research Expert at  the  Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS).

At SICS he is working as Principal Investigator in the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme Integrated Project COMPANIONS on embodied conversational agents (ECAs). The project concerns ECAs as persistent companions for users in carrying out activities within their personal digital space, such as organising image and text records of their lives as coherent narratives.

 

Research Career

Björn's research career started in September 1989 at the SICS, writing a thesis on pragmatic reasoning in Bridge as part of the MSc (civ.ing.) programme in Computer Science and Engineering (Datateknik) at KTH / The Royal Institute of Technology.

His research work in the early 90s was centred around building unification-based syntactic grammar, morphology and lexica for Swedish, machine translation, and machine learning for lexical acquisition - work that lead up to the writing of his PhD thesis.

In July 1995 was offered a position at the Research Group Head level ("BAT 1a") at the University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany. The visit to Germany changed his research focus towards computational and robust semantics for underspecified representations and to spoken dialogue understanding for German and Japanese (within the Verbmobil spoken-dialogue machine translation project).

In 1997 Björn returned to Sweden and the speech group at KTH where he defended his PhD thesis. Afterwards he was offered a position as full professor (Chair) at the University of Helsinki, Finland substituting half-time for Kimmo Koskenniemi for two years. From 1997 to 1999 he worked both in Helsinki and in Stockholm, first at KTH and from 1998 at SICS again.

Since 2001 he has been coordinating projects sponsored by the European Commission. First DUMAS, an effort within the 5th Framework Programme aimed at building adaptive multilingual mobile spoken dialogue systems using robust language understanding and machine learning-based user adaptation. Then the 6th Framework Programme (FET Open) Integrated Project EVERGROW on complex systems. The key points of the project concerned the evolution of cooperative behaviour in networks of vast numbers of independent agents, each playing to its self-interest and to the limits of its own knowledge.

In spring of 2004 he visited the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and has since remotely supervised a group of master students who worked on Self-Organizing Maps for text classification and Speech Recognition for Amharic (the main language of Ethiopia).

Since then he has worked part time on a project to use machine learning methods for rapid development of language processing tools for Amharic, in a project called Language Processing Resources for Under-Resourced Languages sponsored by Sida through SPIDER, the Swedish Programme for ICT in Developing Regions.

Source: Björn's homepage.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Staff and New Students at Munkholmen

28/08 - Staff and New Students at Munkholmen

Nintyone new students, Abakus and Online members, and IDI staff gathered at Ravnkloa in the afternoon. With excellent weather as framework for the Munkholmen trip, few things could go wrong.

View the photoes from the event (Flickr).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Spider Pig, Spider Pig

22/08 - Spider Pig, Spider Pig

For almost two weeks this year's new students have been working in groups, making computer games. The teaching assistants nominated ten of the games for a final demonstration, and a student vote. The demonstration of the games marked the end of the Teknostart and Realstart events for the new students.

Spider Pig won the student's vote. It was created by Andre Chr. Andersen, Hanne Eide Shjølberg, and Ingrid Solheim. The Kanon and Gløsdefence games came in 2nd and 3rd place. Each member of the three best teams won a gift certificate from Mamoz.no worth NOK 500.

All the nominated games are listed on the Teknostart website.

To run any of the nominated games:

  1. Install Scratch.
  2. Download the file from the Teknostart website.
  3. Open the file from the Scratch application.

By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
NTNU's Accessibility Prize 2008

20/08 - NTNU's Accessibility Prize 2008

Rune Andersen, a Staff Engineer at IME and a former IDI student, won NTNU's Accessibility Prize 2008. Rune was awarded the prize for his efforts to make information on the NTNU's website accessible to all.

Rune describes himself as a nerd and web enthusiast who loves open standards, code which validates, and open source software. As part of his work at NTNU he has developed templates which makes the IME faculty web pages validate against the international accessibility standard. Rune is a valuable source of information for NTNU's webmaster forum as well as other parts of NTNU.

The prize is annually awarded by Rådet for studenter med funksjonshemming (RFSF) to a person or a community who contributes to impoving accessibility at NTNU. IDI is proud of Rune's accomplishments, and hope his quest for open standards, accessibility, and open source will inspire others to join the movement.

Read more about Rune and the prize (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Leseplass for masterstudenter

20/08 - Leseplass for masterstudenter

1. Studenter som skal ha lese-/datasalplass på IDI i IT-vest bygget må først ordne seg idi-bruker. Kontakt Gurutjenesten (2. etasje i IT-syd i korridoren).
2. Send e-post til Ellen.Solberg@idi.ntnu.no med navn og kortnr. Kortnr. står under strekkoden på baksiden av studentkortet (NTNUxxxxxx).
3. IDI har følgende saler til disposisjon:
 
Gribb 060 – 15 plasser, FULL
Tulipan 015 – 16 plasser, alle ledige
Ugle 162 – 15 plasser, 2 plasser ledig
Mini/Sule 263 – 20 plasser, 16 plasser ledig
Korp 363 – 28 plasser, 27 plasser ledig
Spurv 458 – 12 plasser. Forbeholdt studenter ved KDS. 4 ledige
Fiol 108 IT-syd – 46 plasser, 42 ledige
 
Reservasjon gjøres på:
http://reservasjon.idi.ntnu.no/public/?p=1
 

Plasser som allerede er reservert (med lapp) skal respekteres.

Studenter som skal levere masteroppgaven våren 2009 prioriteres.


By: Ellen Solberg     Permalink: plink
Certificates, Computer Games, Hot Dogs, and Research

13/08 - Certificates, Computer Games, Hot Dogs, and Research

After receiving their certificates at the matriculations ceremony the Computer Science and Informatic students participated in the computer game competitions outside F1 in the IT building.

There were three computer game competitions as well as two research stands set up to entertain both new students and staff members. Free soda, hot dogs, and advice were served at the lawn outside.

View the photos from the event.

The winner of each computer game competition received a 1000.- NOK gift certificate from Datakjeden.no. Those who came 2nd and 3rd received two cinema tickets each.

Mario Cart

  1. Knut Løklingholm
  2. Ida Vilhelmiina Oltedal
  3. Eivind Kvissel


Gitar Hero

  1. Torkjell Skogly
  2. Andreas Hunderi
  3. Morten Brandvold


SlagMark

  1. Muhsin Günaydin
  2. Thomas Marstrander
  3. Andreas Landstad

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Best Paper Award at PROFES'08

30/06 - Best Paper Award at PROFES'08

PhD candidate Anita Gupta won best paper award at the 9th International PROFES (Product Focused Software Development and Process Improvement) conference in Rome.

Her paper, Experience Report on the Effect of Software Development Characteristics on Change Distribution, was written in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Center at University of Maryland, where Anita spent the last autumn. Authors of the paper: Anita Gupta, Forrest Shull, Daniella Cruzes, Chris Ackermann, Reidar Conradi, Harald Rønneberg, and Einar Landre.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Heine Kolltveit

20/06 - Disputation Heine Kolltveit

20th of June Heine Kolltveit completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Heine completed his PhD for the Database Systems group, supervised by professor Svein-Olaf Hvasshovd.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Efficient Commit Processing in High-Availability Main-Memory Databases (pdf)

Photos from the event.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
The Open Wall ITovation Competition

17/06 - The Open Wall ITovation Competition

How can potential technologies be implemented in the Open Wall to exploit the artistic potential? As the boundaries between digital art expressions and computer gaming vanish, contesters should investigate the artistic concepts which applies to the wall's  interactivity.

Read more about the contest.

Contest deadline: 15th of September, 2008

Win Prizes

In the Open Wall ITovation Competition has three prizes:

  1. Prize is 2000€
  2. Prize is 1500€
  3. Prize is 1000€

The award ceremony will be held at the festival for art and technology in Trondheim, Trondheim Matchmaking, the 16th to 18th of October, 2008.

NTNU students who participate in the Open Wall Competition will automatically join a sub-competition which focuses on innovative technologies, outstanding use of tech tools, and playful interactions - surprise the jury! The NTNU student sub-competition will award three prizes of 2000 NOK each.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IME Graduation Ceremony

02/06 - IME Graduation Ceremony

On friday 30th of May, the graduate students and staff members of the IME departments celebrated this years graduate students in the IME Graduation Ceremony.

Marte Arianson gave her third speech in her life, and a brilliant one it was. She drawed parallels between the life as a student and a game of Monopoly. Her speech took the audience with storm.

Civil Engineer, Ralph Høibakk, both a mountaineer and a successful leader within business and commerce, held an encouraging speech for this years graduate students. Arne Sølvberg (the Dean of the IME faculty) and the IME faculty director, Geir Ivar Soleng, also partook in the event.

Photos from the event.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
A Day at the Museum

30/05 - A Day at the Museum

Where is the keyboard and computer screen? Is that a computer - it looks like a wardrobe. These and similar questions Ola Nordal had to answer at the guided tour through the computer museum. At the end of the guided tour the visitors tried their skills at old computer games.

The 4th grade from Ila primary school visited the department on wednesday 28th of May. The visit included a guided tour through the computer history, followed by a demonstration from Letizia Jaccheri and Hallvard Trætteberg where they showed The Wall and explained the concept and ideas behind the art. In the end the students were encouraged to draw their experiences from the day.

Photos from the event.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Supporting Medical CoOperation

26/05 - Supporting Medical CoOperation

The CoOperation Support Through Transparency project, where associate professor Pieter Jelle Toussaint is project leader, has received 23.3 million NOK in funding from the Research Council of Norway.

The project goal is to develop computer systems and application prototypes which will aid medical personell in treatment of patients. The project will be run in close cooperation with St. Olav hospital and is a StorIKT-project in the VERDIKT programme.

The main technical challenges lies in the complexity of such systems, which should have very high usability and at the same time be able to immidiatly respond to changes in patient condition, or delays in treatment sequences.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IT Student of the Year

19/05 - IT Student of the Year

Åsmund Eldhuset, a computer science student at our department, has won the IT Student of the Year award, 2008. The award was given to Åsmund at the annual Universum Awards ceremony. This year it was awarded by Fast.

Each year the award is given to a student who has shown initiative, creativity, and enthusiasm. The candidates for the price are nominated by their fellow students, and in the end Fast selected the winner from the top rated nominees. It is the third year in a row that the price goes to a NTNU student.

Eldhuset has competed in both national and international programming contests, and he has  lectured for his fellow students, as well as participated in student activities.

Read the full story in Computerworld. (in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Nicolae-Zoran Constantinescu-Fülöps

19/05 - Disputation Nicolae-Zoran Constantinescu-Fülöps

16th of May Nicolae-Zoran Constantinescu-Fülöps completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the Doctor scientiarum degree. Professor Richard Blake supervised the doctoral work, which was carried out for the Knowledge-Based Systems group.

He defended his doctoral thesis:
A Desktop Grid Computing Approach for Sientific Computing and Visualization (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Secustream Technologies Acquired by Conax

13/05 - Secustream Technologies Acquired by Conax

Secustream Technologies, founded by PhD candidate Gisle Grimen and former Post Doctoral fellow Christian Mönch, has been acquired by Conax, a leading developer of security solutions for digital TV. Conax offers state-of-the-art content protection for broadcast TV and all types of networks, in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Gisle Grimen's PhD work (sponsored by Telenor) and Christian Mönch's research at the department lead to the development of new encryption technology for securing digital content through software. NTNU Technology Transfer AS aided in the commercialisation of the ideas and Secustream Technologies was founded in October 2006.

At the signing seremony, the NTNU Rector, Torbjørn Digernes, presented the department a 1.3 million NOK cheque, which is the department's share of the university's profit in this transaction. This is the first time our department has gotten this kind of reward for commersialisation of research, said Head of department Kjell Bratbergsengen in his speech of thanks.

People from the department involved in the success story are: PhD candidate Gisle Grimen, Christian Mönch, Roger Midtstraum (Gisle's supervisor), Mads Nygård  (Gisle's co-supervisor). Josip Zoric (Telenor) is also Gisle's co-supervisor.

Relevant news articles:
NTNU-selskap solgt for 22 millioner (in Norwegian, Universitetsavisa)
Skal stoppe piratkopiering (in Norwegian, NRK Midtnytt)
Milliongevinst for NTNU-gründere (in Norwegian, Adressa.no)
Telenor garanterer piratstopp (in Norwegian, Computerworld.no)
- Denne hacker vaksinen funker (in Norwegian, Computerworld.no)
Telenor kjøper NTNU-selskap (in Norwegian, Hegnar Online)
Telenor kjøper pirat-plageånder (in Norwegian, TU.no)

In photo from left to right: Kjell Bratbergsengen, and Rector Torbjørn Digernes. 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
PARA 2008 in Trondheim

07/05 - PARA 2008 in Trondheim

The PARA 2008 workshop is arranged in Trondheim from 13th to 16th of May. The main theme of the workshop is State-of-the-Art in Scientific and Parallel Computing. Workshop topics include algorithms, software, tools, environments and applications for Scientific Computing, High Performance Computing, Parallel Computing, Grid Computing, and Computer Simulations including Interactive and Scientific Visualization.

PARA 2008 hosted more than 190 presentations and five tutorials, with participants from more than 30 countries attending. The keynote, Large-Scale Scientific Visualization, with Chris Johnson from Utah was open to all at NTNU and was be held in R1 from 08:30 - 09:15 at 14th of May. Presentations from the workshop sponsors was also be open to all.

13th of May started with the tutorials. The official workshop opened at 18:00 o´clock with a concert at the Nidaros Cathedral, followed by a reception hosted by Trondheim City at the Archbishop's Palace.

More information is available at the PARA 2008 website.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Jörg Cassens

05/05 - Disputation Jörg Cassens

5th of May Jörg Cassens completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the Doctor scientiarum degree. Professor Agnar Aamodt from the Knowledge-Based Systems group, supervised Jörg's doctoral work.

He defended his doctoral thesis:
Explanation Awareness and Ambient Intelligence as Social Technologies (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Virtual Nidaros

05/05 - Virtual Nidaros

Medieval Nidaros in Virtual Reality is the name of the interdiciplinary Eksperter i Team village lead by Assistant Professor Torbjørn Hallgren and co-leader Jo Skjermo. This virtual heritage project focuses on the tangible aspects of cultural heritage; how to use 3D modelling, graphics, and computer animation to visualise objects and sites with archaeological, aesthetic, or historical value.

The four groups in the village have been involved in the development of 3D models, sites, and landscapes in an effort to create virtual reality models of historical Trondheim, known as Nidaros in the middle ages.

The first project was about reconstruction of the landscape and topography at Nidarnes. Churches, buildings and other historical objects (confirmed by excavations or known from historical documents) have been placed on the reconstruced landscape (see illustration). Reins Kloster was the focus of the second project. The group had recreated the monastery in two 3D models showing different ways of building the tower; one a square tower and one with a unique octagonal tower. 

Nidaros was an important mint site throughout the middle ages. The third group focused on the mint workshop; modelling the building and making 3D animations of the site and the different workers.

The last project was about the Olav church. Where was the original Olav church built? Was it constructed in roman or gothic style? How was the ceiling of the church constructed? These and other questions were put forward by the group. Read more about the Olav church and the virtual heritage in Universitetsavisa (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Asbjørn Djupdal

25/04 - Disputation Asbjørn Djupdal

24th of April Asbjørn Djupdal completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. The PhD was completed at the Computer Architecture and Design group, with associate professor Pauline Haddow as supervisor.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Evolving Static Hardware Redunancy for Defect Tolerant FPGAs (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Computer Science and Informatics Boost the NTNU Application Numbers

22/04 - Computer Science and Informatics Boost the NTNU Application Numbers

The increase in application numbers to both Computer Science and Informatics helped boost the overall application numbers for NTNU above 10.000 for the first time.

The Computer Science programme has a 43 % increase in the application numbers, and Informatics is one of the most popular science programmes.

Related news articles:
NTNU sprenger 10 000-grensen (Adressa.no, in Norwegian)
NTNU øker igjen (Universitetsavisa.no, in Norwegian)
Flere vil studere teknologi på NTNU (digi.no, in Norwegian)
Over 10.000 vil til NTNU (DN.no, in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IDI Student Team in the Programming World Finals

21/04 - IDI Student Team in the Programming World Finals

The Java the ^ programming team consisting of students Rune Fevang, Magnus Kristiansen and Ruben Spaans placed 1st among student teams in the Nordic Collegiate Programming Contest 2007 (2nd overall), 2nd in the Northwestern European Programming Contest 2007 and reached a shared 47th place in the International Collegiate Programming Contest 2008 world finals.

They placed 1st among students (2nd overall) in IDI Open 2008, a programming contest arranged at NTNU. At the IDI Open award ceremony they received extra acclaim for their excellent achievement of reaching the world finals.

The team members feel that participating in the world finals was a great experience, and wish the team could compete again next year. Unfortunatly, two team members are already in their 5th study year and will no longer be eligible students next year.

Photos from IDI Open 2008 and the World Final.


By: Tor Gunnar Høst Houeland     Permalink: plink
Olstad Advices Strong Bonds with Academia

21/04 - Olstad Advices Strong Bonds with Academia

Bjørn Olstad, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in Fast, and Professor II at IDI, encourage Norwegian IT companies to cooperate with the universities. The technology companies need students with the ability to couple theory and practise, in order to spearhead development of technology and products demanded by the marked.

Read the full story at IDG.no (in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Yun Lin

04/04 - Disputation Yun Lin

3rd of April Yun Lin completed her trial lecture and thesis defence, and she will eventually be awarded the Doktor ingeniør degree. Yun Lin is the last of a long serie of doctoral students supervised by professor Arne Sølvberg from the Information Systems group.

She defended her doctoral thesis:
Semantic Annotation for Process Models: Facilitating Process Knowledge Mangement via Semantic Interoperability (pdf)

Persons in photo from left to right: Letizia Jaccheri, Antonio Olivé, Yun Lin, Arne Sølvberg, and Colette Rolland (one of the first woman professors in computer science)

Congratulation to Yun and to our Dean.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IDI Students in the <i>Battle of the Brains</i>

03/04 - IDI Students in the Battle of the Brains

The Java the ^ programming team, consisting of Magnus Kristiansen, Ruben Spaans, Rune Fevang, and Tor Gunnar Høst Houeland (as coach) , is travelling to Canada to compete in the 32nd ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) world final.

Last autumn 6700 programming teams competed in regional competions, and the top 100 teams made it to the world final in Banff, Alberta, Canada which will take place 6th - 9th of April.

The department and IKT satsningsområde at NTNU are proud to sponsor the travel to the world final. 

Persons in photo from left to right: Magnus Kristiansen, Ruben Spaans, Tor Gunnar Houeland (coach), and Rune Fevang.

News article related to the story:
NTNU-studenter til verdensfinalen (digi.no, in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Waclaw Kusnierczyk

31/03 - Disputation Waclaw Kusnierczyk

28th of March Waclaw Kusnierczyk completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the Doktor ingeniør degree. Waclaw's doctoral work was carried out at the Knowledge-Based Systems group, supervised by professor Agnar Aamodt.

He defended his doctoral thesis:
Augmenting Bioinformatics Research with Biomedical Ontologies (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Computer Games as a Research Field

28/03 - Computer Games as a Research Field

Learn more about computer games as a research field within computer science in the interview with associate professor Alf Inge Wang at NRK1 Schrödingers Katt.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Computer Science Students in Tokyo

25/03 - Computer Science Students in Tokyo

Tokyo - a city known for cutting edge technology - was this year's destination for the 3rd grade computer science students. The students visited firms like Google, Sun, Fast, and Opera, and also the University of Tokyo and the Norwegian Embassy.

Read the full story in Universitetsavisa (in Norwegian)

Photo: Daniel Rees


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
CEC 2009 to Trondheim

14/03 - CEC 2009 to Trondheim

IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation

The Department of Computer and Information Science at NTNU and The Department of Electronics at the University of York have won the bid for IEEE CEC 2009 to be arranged in Trondheim, Norway. The conference will take place at Nova Conference Center and Cinema from 18th - 21st of May 2009.

CEC 2009 aims is to be the largest technical event on computational intelligence in the world with the biggest impact in 2009. CEC 2009 will provide a stimulating forum for hundreds of scientists, engineers, educators and students from all over the world to disseminate their new research findings and exchange information on emerging areas of research in the fields.

Pauline Haddow is the Program Chair, Morten Hartmann and Christina Costa Santini are both Local Chairs, and Gunnar Tufte is the Poster Session Chair.

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Informatics, Finland, and Research

14/03 - Informatics, Finland, and Research

How do you measure the financial profit of research? What is the outcome of an evaluation? Professor Letizia Jaccheri has written a chronicle about her assignment to evaluate the Finnish research in the field of informatics.

Read the Letizia's chronicle in forskning.no (in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Within Top 50

13/03 - Within Top 50

For 2007, we were ranked at 32rd place among Norwegian institutions with respect to the volume of scientific production in relation to the number of professors. The total publication effort at the department corresponded to 2.4 Norwegian publication points per professor.

Associate professor Pauline Haddow (photo) and professor Guttorm Sindre were the researchers at the department with the highest number of publications registered for 2007.

Read the full story in Universitetsavisa (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Overloaded Publishing Infrastructure?

12/03 - Overloaded Publishing Infrastructure?

Authors of journal papers in Computer Science (CS) have experienced that it can take a year or more in queue to have an accepted and print-ready paper finally published. Professor Reidar Conradi says this is an unacceptable, almost unbelievable situation.

One of the main reasons is the increased volume of paper submissions. Most universities  nowadays are awarding internal research funds based on research production, i.e. published papers and especially in prestigeous journals like IEEE TSE and ACM TOSEM.

The research production is overloading the publication infrastructure. ACM TOSEM, for example, comes with four issues per year and with 3-4 papers (ca. 100 pages) per issue. In Febrary 2008 there were 24 print-ready papers in queue, meaning more than 1.5 year's delay for the last ones!  The publishing delay comes in addition to an often lenghty review and rewrite process. So research results in CS often become 3-5 years old before being published in a journal paper.

In contrast, Mathematics and Medicine both appear to have twice as many publication channels (mostly journals) per faculty member than CS.

Read the full story about Reidar Conradi and research publications Universitetsavisa (in Norwegian).

Photo: Arne Asphjell


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
WANTED - Girls with Computer Science Competence

28/02 - WANTED - Girls with Computer Science Competence

Participate in the Jenter & Data competition (in Norwegian). By answering nine questions you can win an iPod Nano 8Gb. The competition deadline is 15th of April, 2008.

The competition is for high school girls who follow or have completed the 2MX or 2MY course.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Data Through the Eons

27/02 - Data Through the Eons

While hieroglyphs have been translated, and information from the early Egyptian civilization is available, we risk losing digital information from recent years. Professor Mads Nygård and professor Kjetil Nørvåg aim to preserve the digital realm for the eons to come.

Read about the LongRec research project  and professor Mads Nygård and professor Kjetil Nørvåg in the new issue of Gemini (in Norwegian).

LongRec is a research project on persistent, reliable and trustworthy long-term archival of digital documents, with emphasis on availability and use of documents. The particular problems addressed by LongRec typically emerge when document lifetime exceeds 20 years, and LongRec imposes no upper limit on the lifetime.

Source and related news:
Data for evigheita (Gemini in Norwegian)
Skal sikre data for evig tid (digi.no in Norwegian)
Data for evigheita (Universitetsavisa in Norwegian)
Data for evigheita (forskning.no in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

26/02 - Ask a Student about our Study Programmes

chat service

Wondering if you have what it takes to study computer science, or informatics?

Get live answers from our chat service where computer science students answer questions regarding the computer science and informatics programmes of study.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Testing of Critical IT-systems

15/02 - Testing of Critical IT-systems

This autumn a new theory module covering testing of critical IT-systems will be available: TDT74 - Methods, Techniques and Tools for Testing of Critical IT-systems

The module can be part of the specialization courses TDT4525 Program and Information Systems or TDT4565 Safety and Security in IT Systems.

Professor Torbjørn Skramstad is the coordinator. Trude Rosendal (left in photo) and Gro Rognstad (right in photo) will be lecturing about test management and test atomisation.

The Norwegian marked is screaming for test professionals that do not yet exists. The module provides test theory with best practices from companies within consulting, public sector, telecom, banking and finance.

More information in the article: Testfag vekker internasjonal interesse (in Norwegian) at dataforeningen.no


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Winner of the Alumni Survey

12/02 - Winner of the Alumni Survey

We congratulate Svein Egil Nilsen as the winner of an iPod Touch in the alumni survey 2007. 202 alumni took the time to complete the survey.

IDI wants to thank all participants for the relevant feedback. The feedback from former students and what they feel is relevant for their careers will help the department to improve the programmes of study.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Gaming Technology in the Master Programmes

08/02 - Gaming Technology in the Master Programmes

At NTNU you can now apply for admission to Master of Science in Informatics, with gaming technology as the programme option. Information about application and admission procedures for Master of Science in Informatics (in Norwegian). Gaming technology is also one of the specialization areas in the Master of Science in Computer Science (in Norwegian) programme.

The gaming technology specialization focuses on topics relevant for both simulation and computer games. Graphics and virtualization, hardware and micro-processers, parallell programming, artificial intelligens, system engineering, software architechture, and mobile software development are all important areas of expertice in the gaming technology specialization.

Photo: Arne Asphjell, NTNU Info.

 

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
A Role Model for Foreigners in Norway

06/02 - A Role Model for Foreigners in Norway

Associate Professor Heri Ramampiaro at the department was chosen as a role model for foreigners in Norway in 2007. Heri hopes that his position as a role model will inspire others to work hard and choose an academic career.

Read the full story about Heri Ramampiaro in Universitersavisa.

Photo: Grethe Ramampiaro


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Former Students at the Center of a $153 Million Deal

01/02 - Former Students at the Center of a $153 Million Deal

Nokia to acquire Trolltech to  accelerate software strategy. Nokia offers NOK 16 in cash per Trolltech share. The Nokia offer therefore values Trolltech at about $153 million (NOK 844 million).

Trolltech was founded by Håvard Nord (CEO of Trolltech) and Eirik Chambe-Eng (Chief Troll). Both are former students from the department. The deal will earn Håvard Nord about NOK 116 millions, and Eirik Chambe-Eng about NOK 115 millions.

The complete stories:
Nokia to Acquire Trolltech to Accelerate Software Strategy - CNNMoney.com
Nokia to buy Trolltech - theInquirer
Nokia's Trolltech Grab Hurts Rivals - Businessweek.com
Nokia to buy software developer Trolltech for $153M- InfoWorld
230 millioner til Trolltech-gründerne - IDG.no (in Norwegian)
Elverumsing ble søkkrik på datasalg - Østlendlingen.no (in Norwegian)
Press Release - Nokia
Press Release - Trolltech
Hardware.no (in Norwegian)
IDG.no (in Norwegian)
Amobil.no (in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
The Wall

31/01 - The Wall

Not the Pink Floyd song, but an electronic wall consisting of 96 circuit boards. Each board has 25 leds. The wall has been buildt as part of the interdiciplinary project Eksperter i Team. Three different project groups have been involved in the development of the wall and  software. The wall is a creative tool for artists to be able to display different content. One goal of the project is to challenge the concept of openess, both open software and open artistic content.

Professor Maria Letizia Jaccheri is the Village leader of the Art and Software village, and the manager of the wall project. The project was initiated by architect Åsmund Gamlesæter in 2005 and an installation consisting of the same hardware components was constructed.

The wall produces different light patterns depending on the input from computer programs. One group has made a program which monitors the sounds and activity level in the meetingroom, and displayed a ECG hearth puls to reflect the rooms activity on the wall.

Another group has implemented a Flash program which animats a rabbit on the wall (video). The rabbit interacts with the sounds in the room; falling asleep when the room is silent, or jumping about when the room is  noisy. Whistling in the correct tone will produce a carrot for the rabbit.

The third group reflected about the wall and its open source and creative possibilities by using Steal This Book, written by Abbie Hoffman in 1970.

Video: Dag Svanæs


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Student Innovators

28/01 - Student Innovators

Two informatics students, Magnus Galåen and Runar Buvik, started the search company SearchDiamon in 2005. Recently SearchDiamon landed at deal worth 4.5 million NOK with ExactSeek.com, an american search website.

Read the full story about the deal in Universitetsavisa (in Norwegian)
Photo: Arne Asphjell/Universitetsavisa


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Master Mind: Rise to the Challange

25/01 - Master Mind: Rise to the Challange

Interested in computer science and technology? If you are a high school student you can test your abilites at www.mesterhjernen.no (in Norwegian) and win an iPod Touch.

The web page is part of an ongoing campain to get high school students interested in the computer science education at NTNU.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Yngve Dahl

14/01 - Disputation Yngve Dahl

10th of December Yngve Dahl completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Associate professor Øystein Nytrø from the Design and Use of Information Systems group, supervised Yngve's PhD.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Ubiquitous Computing at Point of Care in Hospitals: A User-Centered Approach (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Microsoft Announces Offer to Acquire FAST

09/01 - Microsoft Announces Offer to Acquire FAST

Yesterday, Microsoft announced an $1.2 billion offer to acquire FAST a leader in enterprise search. FAST grew out of activities in department professor Arne Halaas's research group and was founded 1997.

The full story:
Microsoft Press Release
«Klarte det ikke denne gang heller» (Adresseavisen, in Norwegian)
Microsoft kjøper Fast (NA24, in Norwegian)
Kjøper Fast for å ta Google (NA24, in Norwegian)
- En trist dag (Universitetsavisa, in Norwegian)


By: Roger Midtstraum     Permalink: plink
Heri Ramampiaro nominated Top10 international person

03/01 - Heri Ramampiaro nominated Top10 international person

We're very proud that Associate Professor Heri Ramampiaro has been selected as one of 10 most successful international persons in Norway in 2007.

Press release (in Norwegian). Top10 organisation.


By: Roger Midtstraum     Permalink: plink

Articles From 2007

Disputation Jon Arvid Børretzen

19/12 - Disputation Jon Arvid Børretzen

17th of December Jon Arvid Børretzen completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Jon Arvid carried out his PhD work at the Software Engineering group, under professor Reidar Conradi's supervision.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Software Fault Reporting Processes in Business-Critical Systems (pdf)


By: Roger Midtstraum     Permalink: plink
Disputation Jørgen Løland

04/12 - Disputation Jørgen Løland

4th of December Jørgen Løland completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Svein-Olaf Hvasshovd at the Database Systems group supervised Jørgen's PhD.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Materialized View Creation and Transformation of Schemas in Highly Available Database Systems (pdf)


By: Roger Midtstraum     Permalink: plink
Disputation Siv Hilde Houmb

30/11 - Disputation Siv Hilde Houmb

30th of November Siv Hilde Houmb completed her trial lecture and thesis defence, and she will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Siv Hilde completed her PhD under supervision from professor Tor Stålhane at the Software Engineering group.

She defended her PhD thesis:
Decision Support for Choice of Security Solution: The Aspect-Oriented Risk-Driven Development (AORDD) Framework (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Inger Dybdahl Sørby

23/11 - Disputation Inger Dybdahl Sørby

22nd of November Inger Dybdahl Sørby completed her trial lecture and thesis defence, and she will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Øystein Nytrøe from the Design and Use of Information Systems group has been the supervisor for Inger's PhD.

She defended her PhD thesis:
Observing and Analyzing Clinicians' Information and Communacation Behaviour: An Approach to Requirements Engineering for Mobile Health Information Systems (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Glenn Munkvold

23/11 - Disputation Glenn Munkvold

21st of November Glenn Munkvold completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the Doctor scientiarum degree. Professor Monica Divitini supervised Glenn's doctoral work at the Software Engineering group.

He defended his doctoral thesis:
Making IT Work in Practice: Integrating the ERP-based Nursing Record with Nursing Work (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
The Chief Internet Evangelist

22/11 - The Chief Internet Evangelist

The November 21, Vinton G. Cerf, vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, visited Trondheim and NTNU and held an inspiring lecture about the Internet's origin and future. The talk was part of the Google Speaker Series.

Vinton Cerf is widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet". Cerf was co-designer for the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his partner, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet.

Future Challanges

His inspiring talk addressed the current status of the Internet and some of the technology changes that drive its evolution. Among the issues addressed were; net neutrality and competition, IPv6 and how IPv4 will run out of address space in 2011, mobility and smart devices, bit rot and preservation, and security and authentication.

Cerf talked how broadcast technology can be used to send content to multiple recipents at the same time, instead of being used for point-to-point communication. Maybe will the internet access of tomorrow be symmetrical, so consumers can upload as fast as they download content.

In 2011 IPv4 will run out of addresses. Most new operating systems have implemented IPv6 support, but the ISPs (Internet Service Providers) does not support it yet. Cerf said consumers should demand IPv6 support from the ISPs so the transition to IPv6 does not become an act of emergency engineering.

InterPlanatary Network

InterPlaNetary Internet

Cerf reported on the status of the interplanetary extension of the Internet, the DeepSpace Network, now underway (RFC 4838 and RFC 5050). The delays and disruptive communication are the key challenges for the interplanetary communication protocols between spaceships, sattelites and the earth.

The authentication and security is build into the protocol, so no 15 year old kid can hack it and take control of a Mars orbiting sattlite. It is easier and safer to build authentication and security into the protocol, than solving the problems in upper layers.

Online

The Student Organisations Abakus and Online were responsible for the local arrangments, and keeping it all running smoothly.

Vinton Cerf's slides from the talk. (ppt)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
The Seeds of Rebellion

20/11 - The Seeds of Rebellion

There is a growing revolt among the scientific personell in the Tekna trade union.

Read the article in Aftenposten.no (in Norwegian) 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Pavel Petrovic

19/11 - Disputation Pavel Petrovic

16th of November Pavel Petrovic completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Keith Downing from the Self-Organizing Systems group, supervised Pavel's PhD work.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Incremental Evolutionary Methods for Automatic Programming of Robot Controllers (pdf)

Photo: Tore Bruland


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Finn Olav Bjørnson

15/11 - Disputation Finn Olav Bjørnson

14th of November Finn Olav Bjørnson completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Finn Olav's PhD was supervised by professor Reidar Conradi from the Software Engineering Group.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Knowledge Management in Software Process Improvement (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
JoinGame

24/10 - JoinGame

Associate Professor Alf Inge Wang has initiated JoinGame; a Norwegian resource network for computer game development.

Read  the article about JoinGame in Dagens it (in Norwegian)

 

 


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Stoltenbergs favoritt på Technoport?

19/10 - Stoltenbergs favoritt på Technoport?

Fredrik Orderud har sammen med ultralydforskere ved institutt for sirkulasjon og bildediagnostikk presentert en nyutviklet sanntids-algoritme for automatisk segmentering og volummåling av venstre hjertekammer i 3d ultralyd på Technoport.

Demonstrasjon på stand, med hjertemålinger av frivillige forbipasserende ble fort en populær attraksjon. Statsminister Stoltenberg lot seg imponere over teknologien, noe han gav klart uttrykk for i intervjuet med TV-Adressa. Papirutgaven av Adressa har også en artikkel om hjerteundersøkelser fra Technoport.

TV-Adressa: Stoltenberg lot seg imponere (streaming video)

Adressa: Slik har hjertet ditt det i dag (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Spillteknologi på Technoport

18/10 - Spillteknologi på Technoport

Les hva Aftenposten.no skriver i artiklene:  Spiller på kinolerretet og "Dr. cand.spill" om førsteamanuensis Alf Inge Wang, spillteknologien fra NTNU presentert på Technoport.

Foto: Geir Otto Johansen


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Peter Boros

15/10 - Disputation Peter Boros

11th of October Peter Boros completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the Doktor ingeniør degree. Professor Richard Blake supervised Peter's doctoral work at the Knowledge-Based Systems group.

He defended his doctoral thesis:
Object Recognition: Modelling and the Interface to a control Strategy for Matching (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Nordic Collegiate Programming Contest 2007

06/10 - Nordic Collegiate Programming Contest 2007

The Nordic Collegiate Programming Contest 2007 was arranged on the 6th of October. Java the ^ from NTNU was the best student team and managed to solve all 9 problems, which isn't even intended to be doable in the 5 hour contest.

The non-student team Three-Headed Monkey from KTH was the only other team to solve 9 problems and became the best team in the open class division, having completed the problem set faster than Java the ^.

A total of 4 teams from NTNU are advancing to the regional Northwestern European Programming Contest in Utrecht in November. The national organizing committee sponsors the top two teams and the best young team, which were all from NTNU, and IDI sponsors the fourth best team.


By: Tor Gunnar Høst Houeland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Sigve Hovda

01/10 - Disputation Sigve Hovda

1st of October Sigve Hovda completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Bjørn Olstad supervised Sigve's PhD, which was carried out for the Algorithms, HPC, and Graphics group.

He defended his PhD thesis:
New Doppler-Based Imaging Methods in Echocardiography with Applications in Blood/Tissue Segmentation (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Ny studieveileder

01/10 - Ny studieveileder

Terje Rydland er ny studieveileder ved instituttet.

Torsdager fra 12:15 til 14:00 er satt opp som trefftid for studieveiledning.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Hands-On Programming of Cell BE Processor

05/09 - Hands-On Programming of Cell BE Processor

The Cell BE (Broadband Engine) processor, developed by Sony, Toshiba and IBM, is used in the PlayStation 3 game console, as well as in compute servers for the oil industry and other compute intensive applications. The nine processor cores may produce a substantial performance speedup compared to traditional processors, but mastery of its compute power requires heterogeneous parallell programming skills.

44 participants from the Nordic countries participated in Duc Vianney's two days programming course at NTNU. Duc Vianney is the education lead of the Cell Ecosystem and Solutions Enablement team at IBM. Currently he is on a Europe tour to educate programmers in the skills required to harness the power of the Cell processor. Warzawa and Belgium are next in line on his visit to Europe.

Professor Lasse Natvig was the NTNU coordinator for the event.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Best Paper Nomination

03/09 - Best Paper Nomination

The paper "SArt: Towards Innovation at the Intersection of Software Engineering and Art" by Anna Trifonova, Salah U. Ahmed, and Letizia Jaccheri was nominated as one of the five best papers (of 90 in total) at the International Conference on Information Systems Development.

The evaluation committee proclaimed that "the paper is not only very interesting (because of the innovative topic of art and software), but it also shows solid and serious research and is very well written".

Anna is from Bulgaria, Salah is from Bangladesh, and Letizia is from Italy. A great example of the department's multi cultural work force.

Download: SArt: Towards Innovation at the Intersection of Software Engineering and Art (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Computer Game Competition

24/08 - Computer Game Competition

For almost two weeks this year's new students have been working in groups, making computer games. The teaching assistants nominated ten of the games for a final demonstration, and a student vote. The demonstration of the games marked the end of the Teknostart and Realstart events for the new students.

Escape from Dragvoll won the student's vote. It was created by Stupid Cat Productions (Michael Marszalek, Nikhil Luthra, Geir I. Kihle Hanssen, Stian Paulsen, Cai Helltun, Jon Kjetil Øye, and Ole Mikkel Sjølie) which appear in the photo.

Game Over

To run the game: Install Scratch and download the file Escape from Dragvoll which you open from the Scratch application. 

Apple Theft Auto and Superhøna Turbo came in 2nd and 3rd place. The other nominated games were: Andy's Aquarium, Dance Trance 2008, Space, Tanks, Invation, Air Protector, and Super Zario Zos. Each member of the three best teams won NOK 500.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Simon Thoresen

21/08 - Disputation Simon Thoresen

20th of August Simon Thoresen completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Richard Blake from the Knowledge-Based Systems group, was Simon's supervisor for the PhD.

He defended his PhD thesis:
An effecient solution to inexact graph matching with application to computer vision (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Ny IT student i Trondheim

15/08 - Ny IT student i Trondheim

Eline Melkild er en av IDIs nye studenter og har reist fra Tromsø for å starte sine IT studier i Trondheim.

Hvorfor valgte du Trondheim som studieby og hvilket studie følger du?

- Jeg har hørt mye bra om Trondheim som studieby, så derfor valgte jeg Trondheim før jeg bestemte meg for studium. Jeg kan ikke så mye data enda, men jeg valgte å begynne på bachelor informatikk fordi jeg ønsker å lære, og det virker veldig interresant.

Hvilke forventninger har du til informatikkstudiet?

- Jeg skal bli god i data. Det høres veldig gøy ut!

Hvordan føler du deg mottatt ved NTNU?

- Føler meg veldig god mottatt. Fadderene er imøtekommende og vil ha med folk på det som skjer. Kjempebra ordning med aktiviteter og opplegget rundt studiestart.

Onlines fadderordning

Leder for fadderuka for informatikk, Mats Angermo Ringstad fra Online, forteller at fadderordningen er semesterets viktigste arrangement. Onlines fadderopplegg varer i to uker, og er Gløshaugens lengste. Helt siden nyttår har Online jobbet med å skaffe sponsorer og samarbeidspartnere. Ringstad forklarer at det investeres mye ressurser i fadderordningen, men det er verdt det når både faddere og nye studenter har det utrolig artig!

Online utdeler T-Shirts både til faddere og fadderbarn som viser tilhørighet til linjeforeningen og informatikkstudiet (se bildet). På bilde: Wenche Meland, Eline Melkild og Mats Angermo Ringstad.

Abakus' fadderordning

Leder i Arrkom, Ingrid Hjulstad, forteller at for Abakus er fadderopplegget veldig viktig, og det legges ned mye arbeid i planleggingen. Arrangementskomiteen har hovedansvaret og legger opp til at alle de nye studentene på Komtek og Datateknkikk skal få en morsom og sosial start på studiene.

Fadderopplegget startet på mandag, og varer i 2 uker, etterfulgt av opptak i linjeforeningen og immatrikuleringsball første helgen i september. Opplegget inneholder fester, pizzakvelder, sportslige arrangementer i dødensdal, grilling og mye mer. Fadderukene skal først og fremst være en morsom opplevelse for å gi de nye studentene et godt sosialt grunnlag før de tar fatt på skoleåret. Mange viktige vennskapsbånd blir knyttet gjennom fadderopplegget, forteller Ingrid.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Matriculation Ceremony

14/08 - Matriculation Ceremony

5500 new students attended the matriculation ceremony. In the plenum ceremony the Norwegian Minister of Education, Øystein Djupedal, and the NTNU Rector Torbjørn Digernes held speeches to encourage the new students to do their best.

Afterwards the students attended local cermonies where the matriculation certificates were awarded. In the photo Vice Dean Kristian Seip awards a certificate to one of our new IDI students.

Read the full story in Universitetsavisa (in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
CAiSE Round Up

20/06 - CAiSE Round Up

CAiSE 2007 took place at the Britannia hotel in Trondheim, Norway from 11th to 15th of June. Around 140 registered for the main conference, and 250 registered for the pre-conference events which took place from 11th to 12th of June. In total 310 participants from 29 countries visited the conference and the pre-conference events.

Arne Sølvberg was the honorable panellist in the panel session The Future of Information Systems Engineering - ISE research from 1977, in 2007, and how it will be in 2037.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

19/06 - Best Paper Awards in Visualisation to IDI-employees and Students

At the TPCG'07 conference held in Leeds last week, Odd Erik Gundersen and MSc student Lars Tangvald were awarded the Terry Hewitt Prize for Best Technical Research Student Paper for their contribution: "Level of Detail for Physically Based Fire". At the same conference, Jo Skjermo was awarded the Rob Fletcher Prize Best Student Application Paper for his contribution "GPU-based Wind Animation of Trees".


By: Bård Kjos     Permalink: plink
Conceptual Modelling in Information Systems Engineering

14/06 - Conceptual Modelling in Information Systems Engineering

The Dean of the IME Faculty, Arne Sølvberg, is one of the pioneers of information system modelling, and one of the co-founders of the international CAiSE conference. A book, Conceptual Modelling in Information Systems Engineering, has been written in his honour. It includes 20 contributions from renowned researchers, covering all aspects of conceptual modeling.

The book was until recently a secret, but on sunday 10th of June 2007 it was publicly announced by the editor John Krogstie. The announcement was made on the occasion of Arne Sølvberg’s 67th birthday, as the book was written in honour of his efforts in the research field.

The volume is published by Springer, and is now available.

Read the full story in Universitetsavisa (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Premier International Conference in Trondheim

07/06 - Premier International Conference in Trondheim

The 19th international Conferences on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE'07) takes place at the Britannia Hotel in Trondheim, from June 11-15, 2007. The premier conference is hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), with Professor John Krogstie as general chair.

The special theme of CAiSE'07 is Ubiquitous Information Systems Engineering, reflecting that modern information systems often span activities performed in several organisations and at different geographical locations. The conference aims to bring together practitioners and researchers in the field of information systems engineering, discussing the aspects related to information systems engineering in ubiquitous environments.

More information in the CAiSE'07 conference website.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Ensuring Digital Access and Preservation

06/06 - Ensuring Digital Access and Preservation

Professor Ingeborg Sølvberg and the working group she has directed, unanimously agree that a digital Institutional Repository will provide easier access to scientific work, as well as solving the preservation challenge.

It is important for NTNU to implement strategies which ensure easy access to scientific work, as well as preservation of knowledge for future generations. By using a digital Institutional Repository the scientific personnel will have one solution for both easy access to- and digital preservation of knowledge.

Currently scientific personnel often keep scientific work at personal web pages, which disappear when leaving the university. A digital Institutional Repository will ensure both availability and accessability of knowledge.

Read the full story in Universitetsavisa (in Norwegian).

Photo: Professor Ingeborg Sølvberg and Rector Torbjørn Digernes.
Photographer: Trond Åm.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Anders Kofod-Petersen

05/06 - Disputation Anders Kofod-Petersen

1st of June Anders Kofod-Petersen completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the Doctor scientiarum degree. The doctoral work was carried out at the Knowledge-Based Systems Group, under supervision by professor Agnar Aamodt.

He defended his doctoral thesis:
A Cased-Based Approach to Realising Ambient Intelligence among Agents (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IME Graduation Ceremony

04/06 - IME Graduation Ceremony

On friday 1st of June, the graduate students and staff members of the IME departments celebrated this years graduate students in the IME Graduation Ceremony.

The head of TietoEnator, Per Bakseter, held an encouraging speech for this years graduate students. Torbjørn Digernes, the Rector of NTNU, and Arne Sølvberg, the Dean of the IME faculty, also partook in the event.

Read more about the IME Graduation Ceremony in Universitetsavisa (in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Search Engine Technology in Gene Searching

25/05 - Search Engine Technology in Gene Searching

Heri Ramampiaro uses search engine tehcnology for gene searching in Biotracer. The Biotracer search engine is designed for biomedicinal (the theoretical research of medical correlation) search and retrieval.

By combining search engine technology and user feedback, Biotracer aims to provide search results both faster and more accurate to medical researchers and doctors, than any currently available solution.

Read the full article at forskning.no (in Norwegian)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Haakon Dybdahl

03/05 - Disputation Haakon Dybdahl

3rd of May Haakon Dybdahl completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Haakon completed his PhD for the Computer Architecture and Design group, supervised by professor Lasse Natvig.

Appearing from left to right on photo: Haakon Dybdahl, Gjessing, Gonzalez, and Pauline Haddow.

He defended his PhD thesis:
Architectural Techniques to Improve Cache Utilization (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
A New Computer Game Concept

18/04 - A New Computer Game Concept

The joint efforts of Alf Inge Wang and the Tellu cell phone company has created a new computer game concept; Multiplayer On One Screen (MOOS).

The technology enables multiple players to interact on the same cinema display through Bluetooth cell phone technology.

The full story is available at Dagbladet.no (in Norwegian).


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
IDI Open Programming Contest

16/04 - IDI Open Programming Contest

On saturday 14th of April, 49 teams of up to three programmers competed in the IDI Open programming contest. Each team managed to solve at least two of the nine problems presented in the contest.

Java the ^, a student team (Erik Axel Nielsen, Rune Fevang, and Ruben Spaans) from IDI, solved nine of nine problems and won the contest. Stuff thinkers won 2nd place and Nanashi won 3rd place.

Find more information on the highscore list and on the IDI Open 2007 web page. The event was sponsored by Fast.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Cyril Banino-Rokkones

29/03 - Disputation Cyril Banino-Rokkones

27th of March Cyril Banino-Rokkones completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the Doktor ingeniør degree. The doctoral work was carried out at the Computer Architecture and Design group, under supervision from professor Lasse Natvig.

He defended his doctoral thesis:
Algorithmic and Scheduling Techniques for Heterogeneous and Distributed Computing (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Jennifer Sampson

23/03 - Disputation Jennifer Sampson

21st of March Jennifer Sampson completed her trial lecture and thesis defence, and she will eventually be awarded the PhD degree. Professor Arne Sølvberg from the Information Systems group, supervised Jennifer's PhD.

She defended her PhD thesis:
A Comprehenshive Framework for Ontology Alignment Quality (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Norsk informatikkolympiade

20/03 - Norsk informatikkolympiade

Finalen for Norsk informatikkolympiade (NIO) 2007 ble arrangert på NTNU i helgen. Finalen ble avholdt lørdag 17. mars 2007, med elleve deltagere fra videregående skoler.

Vinneren ble Ivar Urdalen fra Notodden VGS. Eirik Ravnan (på bildet) fra Gjøvik VGS sikret andreplassen, mens Sivert Berg fra Olav Duun VGS kom på tredjeplassen.

Søndag ga Anne Elster deltagerene et foredrag om "Supercomputing og MPI", etterfulgt av omvisning på superdataanleggene til NTNU sammen med Bjørn Lindi, ITEA. Alle deltagerene ble invitert til å delta på IDI Open 2007.

Les mer på NIOs hjemmeside.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

09/03 - IDI Publication Rate Soars

The official report from DBH shows that IDI produced 111.8 "publication points" in 2006, which is up 30,6 percent from 2005. This is by far the largest increase at NTNU.

By: Bård Kjos     Permalink: plink
Secustream Technologies

20/02 - Secustream Technologies

Secustream Technologies is a young start up company that creates security solutions for the fast gowing IP-TV market. The enabling technology behind Secustream was developed by Gisle Grimen and Christian Mönch at IDI over the last three years.

Secustream Technologies was founded in October 2006 by Gisle and Christian together with TTO/NTNU and Telenor.

More detailed story in Norwegian: NTNU-teknologi til Hollywood.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

16/02 - Disputation Frode Sørmo

9th of February Frode Sørmo completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the Doctor scientiarum degree. Frode completed his doctoral work at the Knowledge-Based Systems group, with professor Agnar Aamodt as supervisor.

He defended his doctoral thesis:
Case-Based Tutoring with Concept Maps (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

06/02 - Bør satsa stort på dataspel

En nettverksgruppe arbeider for å oppretta eit nasjonalt kompetansesenter for spelforskning i Trondheim. Førsteamanuensis Alf Inge Wang deltar i gruppen og har kartlagt spillrelaterte aktiviteter ved NTNU. Les hele saken i Universitetsavisa.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

Articles From 2006

13/12 - CAiSE'07 in Trondheim: record #submissions

CAiSE'07, to be held in Trondheim 11-15 June, received 301 submissions. This is a record number for the CAiSE conference series, and generally very high for a single track event. IDI persons have key roles in the conference organization, cf CAiSE'07 Web Site.

By: Guttorm Sindre     Permalink: plink
Insatiable Needs for Computational Power

01/12 - Insatiable Needs for Computational Power

Read what Universitetsavisa says about the new Njord super computer.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

30/11 - Falanx Microsystems won "Reodorprisen"

Falanx Microsystems has been awarded Reodorprisen for it?s 3D chip for mobile devices. The award was presented by Innovasjon Norge at a seremony in Oslo 29th of November.

Falanx Microsystems is a Trondheim based company, which was acquired by ARM in June 2006. The company was founded in 2001 by three students from our department and one student from Department of Electronics and Telecommunications. The company has it?s roots in projects done during their last year at the University, supervised by Professor Lasse Natvig, Professor Letizia Jaccheri and Professor Einar Aas (Department of Electronics and Telecommunications).


By: Roger Midtstraum     Permalink: plink
New National Supercomputer: Njord

30/11 - New National Supercomputer: Njord

Today, the new national supercomputing facility Njord was officially opened by NTNU's Rector Torbjørn Digernes. Njord, an IBM p575+ computer which delivers a peak performance of 7,5 TeraFLOPS, will be a central resource for computational intensive research at NTNU.

In the photo, we see Rector Digernes, Associate Professor Anne Elster and CEO IBM Norway Morten Torkildsen just after Njord was opened.

Anne Elster is Director of Infrastructure, Program for Computational Science and Visulisation at NTNU.

TV Adressa (streaming video)


By: Roger Midtstraum     Permalink: plink
The Capital of Search

30/11 - The Capital of Search

Schrödingers katt, a science television show by NRK (Norway's public broadcaster), recently made a special feature on Trondheim as the World Capital of Search, in which professor Arne Halaas appeared.

Full interview (streaming video)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disseminator of the Year at IME

28/11 - Disseminator of the Year at IME

IDI's professor Letizia Jaccheri was awarded "Disseminator of the Year" at the faculty's traditional Christmas Buffet on November 27.

It was pointed out by the dean of the faculty, professor Arne Sølvberg, that Jaccheri not only has written the book "Cuore e Computer" ("Heart and Computer"); she has also been heavily engaged in cooperation with the Trondheim art scene and NTNU's Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, active in the Open Source Software (OSS) community as well as being a highly visible role model for female computer scientists and engineers.

Congratulations!

More information about Letizia in the media.


By: Bård Kjos     Permalink: plink
Disputation Hao Ding

23/11 - Disputation Hao Ding

23rd of September Hao Ding completed his trial lecture and thesis defence, and he will eventually be awarded the Doktor ingeniør degree. Professor Ingeborg Sølvberg from the Information Management group, supervised Hao Ding's doctoral work.

He defended his doctoral thesis:
A Semantic Search Framework in Peer-to-Peer Based Digital Libraries (pdf)


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink
Disputation Hien Nam Le

10/11 - Disputation Hien Nam Le

10th of November, Hien Nam Le completed his trial lecture and thesis defence. 14th of November, he was awarded the PhD degree by the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. Professor Mads Nygård supervised Hien's PhD at the Database Systems group.

Hien defended his PhD thesis:
A Transaction Processing System for Supporting Mobile Collaborative Works (pdf)

Photos from the dissertation.


By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

09/11 - Artificial Intelligence Aiding the Oil Industry

IDI's professor Agnar Aamodt and adjunct associate professor Ketil Bø (Trollhetta) have succeeded in developing software which has the potential to prevent halts due to drill strings getting stuck in the well during drilling operations.

During the next two years a system to prevent stuck pipe and other unwanted events during drilling will be developed.

Aamodt and Bø has, together with associate professor Pål Skalle of the Department of Petroleum Technology, succeeded in having Statoil, ProVenture Seed, and NFR invest a total of 20MNOK in the establishing of the new company Volve AS and funding of its first R&D project.

The technology is based on results from many years of research at NTNU on case-based and model-based reasoning targeted at the oil and gas domain, as well as advanced use of pattern recognition methods, and the company expects to hire several new employees, primarly software developers or programmers, in near future.


By: Bård Kjos     Permalink: plink
New Professor

19/10 - New Professor

We congratulate our new professor, Kjetil Nørvåg. On Tuesday he was awarded the professor title.

By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Permalink: plink

TopTop

NTNU logo