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How about going to China from Nora

#ipitchina @ntnu


“How about going to China?
Hi there! I am Nora, a master’s student in Computer Science (Datateknologi) at NTNU. Going abroad to study was a terrifying idea for me! I still get lost walking around Realfagsbygget after five years. Imagine how lost I would get walking around in foreign lands. Scary, scary! I figured if I ever was to go abroad I should at least go somewhere where they speak English so that I can ask for help when I get lost. Well, that is not exactly how things turned out. I am now in China without Google Maps!

The process of applying to Nanjing University was not difficult. I attended an IPIT meeting by chance where I was shown beautiful pictures of China. The night I got home, inspired by the meeting, I wrote my application. Shortly after applying, I was contacted by Letizia and asked to come along…

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25.3.1998 #Eirik #firstson #work #life the snow of March – red winter suit of size 60

When the snow in March develops its soft consistency, it  reminds me of the 24th of March. It was the first morning I was not working nor going to school since 1970. The day that should have been the first of 3 weeks preparation to the birth of my first son, I went to town and I bought clothes for my baby. I remember very clearly that I bought, among other things, a red winter suit of size 60. Norwegian people do not often comment how I look like but an old man, unknown one, but surely a doctor, told me in the street – where are you going in this weather? you will have your baby soon.
I did my shopping and went home. In the evening I told to Geir – now I have to go to IDI to collect a paper I have sent to the printer from here. Geir replied – are you sure?
I did not reply for a while but then I said – No we go to the hospital.
Eirik was born the day after, 25.3.1998. When I went to NTNU with him a couple of weeks later, the paper was still in the copy room.

I write about me as it would be embarassing for a 21 years old young bright man to see pictures of him as a baby, in his red winter suit of size 60 attached to his facebook profile. I write about me, in hope to be of help of other people. You could say that I have worked too much. I do not regret that I have worked many hours, many days, many years. The only things I regret in life is that I have been unkind to anyone and to me. If things go well or bad, it cannot be intepreted by how many hours, days, years the mother has worked.

PhD Computer Science #IDI #NTNU #idunproject #balanse #NFR #quiz

I am working toward the start of the NFR IDUN Project. We start from PhD students. Do you know which is the percentage of female PhD students at the whole NTNU IE faculty? And at the different departments? I know. Try to guess, or count. If any Computer Science department in the world has a higher percentage of female PhD students than IDI, I will send a present to the department head. On Monday evening I will tell some answers. Happy weekend!

@simum #girls #MIT @jenteprosjektet

One of my professors in Pisa used to say that, the best people, you have to send them away. Our Simone Mora is now at MIT. He just wrote to me to share information about this project they are working with at MIT. He also asks for more information about the IDUN project, recently funded by NFR. 

While we do not yet have a home page for IDUN, since it will start in August 2019, and since the project proposal is in Norwegian, I share the weLead home page; and other inclusion initiatives at NTNU including the ADA project.

#Tappetina #ClimateStrike @GunnarBovim what do we want to use our #research for?

I wrote the first version of Tappetina in 2009. Tappetina’s friend Sissi devotes her time to develop an anti garbage algorithm, and when she succeeds she makes the algorithm available for everybody.
It is good we strike on Friday. Let us ask our self how we want to use our research time. Is the amount of millions of our grants? The amount of papers and citations on our google scholar? Or is the goal of our research that matter? And should we use our intelligence, time, and heart to develop algorithms or whatever we develop to help the CEO’s of International companies to become even more reach and powerful? Should we help companies which do not care about the environment to prosper? Should we even help companies which produce weapons, again with our intelligence, time, and heart to produce better weapons?
As a former independent director of an International IT company I know very well how much a CEO earns. In principle, there is nothing unethical in what people earns, but if we researchers choose to strike, we should also question our research topic and method.
I ask questions as I do not know, not to judge. What do we want to use our valuable research possibilities for? NTNU, the biggest university of the world richest country has a possibility to make a difference, if we put our ego’s apart and we fight for something that is bigger than our scientific ego trip.

Inclusive Education #Award #European #Informatics educational initiatives that promote the inclusion and development of different student groups such as the elderly, immigrants or people with functional diversity.  

The Best Practices in Education Award recognizing educational initiatives across Europe that improve the quality of Informatics teaching and the attractiveness of the discipline. This award was initiated in 2011.

To promote teaching quality in Informatics, Informatics Europe every year presents the Best Practices in Education Award. The Award recognizes outstanding European educational initiatives that improve the quality of Informatics teaching and the attractiveness of the discipline, and that can be applied beyond their institutions of origin. The 2019 Award is devoted to outstanding European Informatics educational initiatives that promote the inclusion and development of different student groups such as the elderly, immigrants or people with functional diversity.  See more details on the 2019 Call for Submissions.