Agenda - 2021

20th of October


Opening session 

The opening session will underline the importance of the AI technology and its impact on society.  
A special distinguished guest will greet the audience. 
The main key note of NorwAI Innovate will take the floor.  
Registration + Joint lunch for conference participants
Royal Garden
Main stage
Royal Garden
Ada X BRAIN "Jenter i AI" 
This event requires special registration through its organizers Ada and BRAIN.
"Jenter i AI” is a collaboration project between the voluntary student organization BRAIN NTNU, with the goal to encourage students to increase their knowledge about machine learning and artificial intelligence, and Ada, a minority project at NTNU that aims to promote the education of more female engineers and master’s graduates. This event is for all students interested in AI, and will be promoting inspiring female speakers in the different aspects of AI. This is the third time this event is hosted, and this year they will cooperate with NorwAI.
Conference Opening
Jon Atle Gulla (NTNU) / Sven Størmer Thaulow (Schibsted)
Official greeting NTNU&SINTEF
Anne Borg, Rector NTNU / Alexandra Bech Gjørv, Chief Executive SINTEF
Honorary guest keynote
Nikolai Astrup, Minister of Local Government and Modernisation

Main Session 2:
Industry excellence 

The session will highlight industry visions and excellent results. 
Keynotes will be presented by industry professionals breaking development frontiers 
Session Chair: Anne Marthine Rustad
Coffee Break
John Markus Lervik, CEO, Cognite
"Asset industry: To build an industrial iPhone moment"
Elizabeth Traiger, Senior Researcher, Technologies in Assurance, Group Research & Development DNV
"Risks, opportunities, ethics and AI impact"
Coffee Break

Main session 3:
RESEARCH excellence 

We will present research results from some of the strongest AI communities national and internationally. 
Session Chair: Kerstin Bach
Main stage
Royal Garden
Virginia Dignum, Professor of Responsible Artificial Intelligence, Umeå University
"Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence"
Maarten de RijkeProfessor of Artificial Intelligence and Information Retrieval, University of Amsterdam & Director of the National Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence in the Netherlands
"Unifying Online and Counterfactual Learning to Rank"
Main stage
Royal Garden
Main stage
Royal Garden
Conference Opening Keynote
Ieva Martinkenaite, VP Analytics and AI, Telenor

9:00 onwards

Hackathon @ NTNU Campus Gløshaugen

Hackathon @ NTNU Campus Gløshaugen

Student poster/demo pitches
Pål-Christian Njølstad, Director, Autodesk
"Designing better, more sustainable cities with AI"
Knut Magne Risvik, Partner architect AI Core, Microsoft, USA
"Next Gen AI"
Mingle area
Royal Garden
Posters exhibition and stands 
Poster exhibitions of pioneering student work in AI and company presentations stands in the mingle area to stimulate industry and student relations. 
Trym Holter, Director Norwegian Open AI Lab. NTNU
"Startups, and the role they play in the European AI landscape"
Poster session and apéritif
Presentations and demos of pioneering AI Student work and drink reception in a relaxed atmosphere before the banquet. 


Banquet in the hotel restaurant
Book a seat here
Royal Garden

21st of October


Hackathon finale



Teams present their results and answers questions from the jury
Visual Intelligence - Solving research challenges in deep learning to enable innovations



Refreshments and Coffee Break 0950-1015
New Language models 
Postdoctoral fellow Peng Liu, NTNU
Postdoctoral fellow Andrey Kutuzov, UiO
The University of Oslo and NorwAI are jointly developing revolutionary really big scale language models.
This is NorwAI's pioneer innovation project. 
How can industry make use of this basis for developing new innovations? 

Presentation by Norway's leading NLP scholars and industry professionals.  



Coffee Break 1047-1115
The use of use cases 
Innovation methods 
Cases, risks, success
One of Norways top international companies gives insights from their labs.



Special Tutorial Session
Towards AI-driven Organizations


Royal Garden 

Introducing latest lessons learned from NorwAI industrial partners on implementing AI technology.

The tutorial has limited access and independent registration, see REGISTRATION at NorwAI Innovate. 

Final joint session  1200-1300


NorwAI Hackathon Awards Best Poster Award
Space, time and memory in neural networks of the brain
  Exit lunch 1300, Dokkhuset