The Norwegian Research Center for AI Innovation, NorwAI, will be an internationally leading center for research-based innovation on data-driven artificial intelligence (AI). Its mission is to develop theories, methods and technologies for successful and responsible exploitation of data-driven artificial intelligence leading to industrial innovations. The center includes the strongest research communities in Norway on artificial intelligence and data science and some of the most ambitious industrial locomotives. In addition to advancing the state-of-the-art in AI research, the center will put special focus on trustworthiness and sustainability. This means that all technology development at the center will include results from multi-disciplinary research activities on societal impact and ethics, privacy and security, and technology transparency. To achieve this, NorwAI has an initial domain focus in the industry areas of extended Industry 4.0, Telecom, Finance and Media, all of which are chosen based on technology maturity, resources and ambitions, and societal impacts. The center enables innovation not only from improving existing operations or transforming individual businesses, but also from efficient transfer of knowledge and experiences between industries in AI innovation ecosystems. NorwAI is hosted by the Department of Computer Science (IDI) at NTNU. In addition to NTNU, the center consortium consists of the University of Oslo, the University of Stavanger, the research institutes Norsk Regnesentral and SINTEF, and 11 leading industry companies. NorwAI will have close collaboration with the industry-sponsored Norwegian Open AI Lab at IDI and the existing SFIs BigInsight and SIRIUS, and it is connected to some of the strongest AI research groups and networks at universities in Europe, US and China.
Project leader: Jon Atle Gulla
Institution: NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU