#89#feelinghome #thankful

yesterday I visited Reidar and his wife at home. It is not strange that I feel me at home in Norway as I was welcomed in such a generous way by Reidar and other colleagues. Here at Reidar’s cabin in Summer 1989.
Yesterday there was also Reidar’s best friend professor Listhaug, who is also friend of mine, after all these years. I convinced him to walk home to Ila, I was talking all the time, he said little, most busy to follow my walking page. He said “Letizia – if you want to solve conflicts, the only way is not to create conflicts”.

personal answer – top-5 problems of university education

Students in TDT4140 – Software Engineering ask about  top-5 problems of university education from the viewpoint of professors or teachers

This is a very broad question that can take years to answer. I choose to focus on the specific problems I have encountered as a teacher in the period 1992 – 2013

  1.  difficult for me to develop written exams. expecially at NTNU that exams have to be developed in 3 different languages (none of them being my own).
  2. difficult for me to learn the context of what the students expect and know – I have never been teaching in the university where I have studied, it always seem to me that my colleagues who had been students in the same university know more than me.
  3. difficult for me (who always had a lot of duties in family life, research and more and more administration) to follow computer science trends in a way that the teaching content and method are up to date with respect to technology, industry, and society needs
  4. difficult to accept critiques in a  constructive way
  5. difficult to cooperate with other teachers and assistants, even if you are willing to cooperate, it can be difficult to cooperate when the tasks are so challenging

I think I have been a good teacher in Experts in Team courses that I gave for more than 10 years. I like to communicate in an interactive way and let the students speak and work rather than talking to them for hours.





@ntnu #IDI

We have experienced pupils from Culture school in Trondheim who have shown us art, music, and clown art. These are children who dream looking at the stars as each of us has done and does in our life.

I grew up in Pisa, few hundred meters from Pisa airport that was under construction in the years when I was a little child.  I still remembering looking up from that small street into the night sky and trying to see stars, airplanes, and the lights of the control towers and distinguish between stars, artificial lights, and my own dreams. Nobody has managed to answer how many millions of stars do exist and the question still fascinate scientists as well as philosophers, musicians and dreamers. I have been 33 years in computer science education, practice, and research, first as a student, PhD student, programmer, researcher, professor and department head. The question of how to become a star by making the world better due to excellence in computer science intrigues me and should challenge all the people in this room today and in the years to come.

Welcome to the first gathering at the new Department of Computer Science (Institutt for datateknologi og informatikk, IDI), NTNU. Staff from Kalvskinnet, Gjøvik and Gløshaugen, and close friends and partners have been invited to an evening filled with scientific contributions, art, music, and good food – balm for both body and mind, following the traditions of ITovation.

To build a new and even better team we need to gather and learn to know each other, and what we strive to achieve. The new national Center for Excellent Information Technology Education (excit-ed.com) and the new Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab constitutes new possibilities for all of us, and are core themes of the program.

We have personally invited the best possible stars that will inspire us toward international excellence in computer science education, research, and innovation. Tatiana Rizzante, Heidi Austlid, Bjørn Taale Sandberg, Barbara Ericson, and Mark Guzdial, were our first choices when we set up our initial program. And they all answered yes to my invitation to be keynote speakers at our event. We are all deeply thankful and proud for this.

Excellence is to dare to look at the stars to be inspired and enlighten. Nobody can be a star at the same time in education, research, innovation and leadership. Even if the university system is based on indicators, you should not compare yourself and compete with your near colleague. On the contrary, research and education are a team effort. We have been asking the question about why we merge. We merge because we want to make an even better contribution to the society we are an important part of.

E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle – And thence we came forth to see again the stars (Dante Alighieri 1300)  Again Welcome to the first gathering at the new Department of Computer Science and thanks for being here.

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Edvard Munch, Sternennacht / Starry Night, 1922-1924


@ntnu IDIovation 12 and 13 of January

IDI is the new Computer Science Department of NTNU with more than 2000 students and more than 200 employees. We celebrate with an IDIovation. Here IDIovation at a glance:

Where Scandic Nidelven Hotel Trondheim
When – start at 16:00 Thursday 12nd – finish at 13:00 Friday 13rd
Program here

Heidi Austlid IKT Norge

Who: 173  fantastic persons already registered. Our main stars: Bjørn Alterhaug, Tatiana Rizzante, Heidi Austlid, Barbara Ericson and Mark Guzdial, Bjørn Taale Sandberg

Chairs: Kristina Brend and John Krogstie



#books @LizStrout

My Name Is Lucy Barton: by Elizabeth Strout (Author). This a marvelous book which I just finished on the train from Værnes to Skansen crying like a child that even Norwegian looked at me with interest. It is unbelievable that somebody can write like this. It took 6 hours from Gjøvik (hotel) to Ila. Car+flight+train. It was ok trip, working and reading and talking with K.K. It has been a very fruitful and interesting business or may be I should call it university trip, but I should not have read most of last night even it was worth.


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