Opening of Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab and its first Hackathon

The Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab was officially opened on 8 March 2017, when several prominent guests, including Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland, Norwegian Minister of Culture Linda Hofstad Helleland, SINTEF CEO Alexandra Bech Gjørv, and Telenor CEO Sigve Brekke, amongst others, joined NTNU rector Gunnar Bovim and head of the Department of Computer Science at NTNU, Letizia Jaccheri for celebration.

Celebrity guests meets Inge, one of the SoftICE Lab’s social robots.

About the AI-Lab

The Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab is a joint lab for research in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Big Data Analytics. The lab was established in 2016, and has been formally operative from January 1st, 2017. It is hosted by the Department of Computer Science. The lab will conduct fundamental ML research, including theory and method development, as well as application-oriented research at a high international level. Lab facilities will also be available for other research groups within the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE) doing ML research, for NTNU more generally, and for external cooperating partners.

Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab was established as part of Telenor’s vision to help Norway deal with the challenges of an increasing digitized society. The SoftICE Lab intends to be contribute to reaching this goal.


The AI-Lab will host its very first hackathon on the weekend 17-18 March both in Trondheim and at the SoftICE Lab on Campus Ålesund.

If you are a student or employee at NTNU i Ålesund, please contact SoftICE member Ibrahim A. Hameed on Facebook or by email more information.

The hackathon will take place both in Trondheim and on Campus Ålesund. There will be served pizza on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Photos from the opening of the AI-Lab