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How to achieve excellence in a digital future? @AstridUndheim @martinkenaite_i @sintef @ntnu @telenor


See the program of the Opening of the Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab. I am proud to moderate this panel (it will be the best 8th March ever!). Ieva Martinkenaite (Telenor) had the idea to propose the panel.
Panel debate: How to achieve excellence in a digital future? Panelists:

Alexandra Bech Gjørv, Research Director, SINTEF
Mariam Kaynia, Associate Partner, McKinsey &  Company
Hege Skryseth, Executive Vice President, KONGSBERG
Astrid Undheim, Vice President Telenor  Research

Pictures Fotograf: Thor Nielsen.

@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 ( 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

#reply I Rizzante

Un giorno di luglio di pioggia Scandinava. Dentro il dipartimento siamo quattro gatti. Finalmente una giornata per studiare, le Communication of ACM sul tavolo, google e youtube aperti. Voglio imparare di piu’ su Reply mi son detta spesso durante queste vacanze estive per me gia’ terminate. Vorrei scrivere un blog post su Tatiana Rizzante, vera donna leader nel mondo dell’informatica globale. Ma i click mi portano al presidente Mario Rizzante. L’articolo e’ vecchio di sei anni. Adesso il gruppo Reply di diependenti ne ha piu’ di 6000. Intuivo che non era un ex studente del Politecnico il presidente, ho percepito da quei pochi incontri che ha un’aura speciale. Non avrei mai intuito che e’ un ex operaio FIAT. E ora mi interessa ancora di piu’.

July in rainy Scandinavian. Within the department few persons. Finally a day to study. Communication of the ACM on the table, google and youtube open. I want to learn more about Reply I often said to myself during these summer holidays. I thought I should write a blog post aboutTatiana Rizzante, true global ICT female leader. But clicks lead me to President Mario Rizzante . The article is six years old . Now the Reply group has more than 6000 employees. I sensed that the President was not a former student of Politecnico di Torino, I perceived from the few meetings that he has a special aura . I would never have guessed that he is a former FIAT worker who started to work 16 years old. And now I am even more interested.

To be continued.

Professor Kjell Bratbergsengen 70 years – Friday 26th of September from 12:00

Scandic Hotel Lerkendal


12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:00 Mini seminar

14:00 – 15:00 Coffee and cakes

Friday 26th of September IDI will celebrate Professor Kjell Bratbergsengen’s 70 years Birthday and Retirement. This will be an occasion to invite selected people from IT industry, to look at past success and – most important – to get suggestions and find inspiration for our future success.