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I am a Deputy Director at the Alexandra Institute with responsibility for our activities in Eastern Denmark. I am furthermore Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, a leading university in artificial intelligence and machine learning.
I am the manager of our Data Science and Engineering Lab. We offer top-level expertises based on the latest technologies and methods to analyze and improve existing software systems and to develop new ones. We combine the fields machine learning, IoT and classical software engineering and have specialists in software architecture, cloud computing, data mining and machine learning as well as in mobile and web-based solutions.
I have always worked in the intersection between academic university research and applied research with industrial focus, most recently as senior researcher in Telenor ASA.
Previously, I have worked with many areas of IT research, primarily through my position as a senior research scientist at SINTEF ICT, which is Scandinavia's largest independent research organisation. I am fascinated by the combination of the classical scientific intelligence studies and the technical design of intelligent systems. At the same time, I am techno-positive. I am not worried that evil artificial intelligence will consume us as some of today's luddites have argued recently - including prominent businessmen and scientists such as the Tesla billionaire Elon Musk, who has started a fund to fight the "threat" from artificial intelligence, and the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking who has stated that the development of full artificial intelligence can be the end of humanity. I blog about this theme on my blog Den Levende Maskine (The Living Machine) at the Danish newspaper Ingeniøren.
I am project leader of the public-private partnership DABAI (Danish Center for Big Data Analytics Innovation) - with a total budget of DKK 117 million, of which 45 million has been funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark. DABAI is the largest collaboration so farbetween private companies and the public sector in order to create an overview of data and how to exploit their full potential.