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Picture of the two scientific assistants from Germany, Stefan Leiprecht on the left, and Fabian Behrens on the right, photographed in Pilestredet 52 in Oslo.

Erasmus+ gave a lot extra

The two research assistants from Germany knew a lot about predicting electricity prices, which the Department of Computer Science benefits from.

Fabian Behrens and Stefan Leiprecht came to OsloMet from Kempten University of Applied Sciences, on an Erasmus plus exchange.

‘During the two weeks they were here, they held seminars for us, and we have worked specifically to apply their expertise in predicting electricity prices,’ says associate professor Andre Brodtkorb at the Department of Information Technology.

‘We are now planning a research publication that their visit has contributed to, and we will continue the collaboration with their university.’

Machine learning techniques can alert consumption

The two research assistants are Master of Science in game development, and are part of the project Deep-DHC in Germany.

In this project they have explored machine learning techniques that can provide better warning of expected consumption of district heating.

Saves environment and resources

‘Their process is significantly better than existing practices, prevents over- and under-production of heat, and thus saves both the environment and resources.’

These are state-of-the-art machine learning methods for very accurate forecasts for the need for district heating. And this is also relevant in Oslo and elsewhere in Norway.

Relevant to know game development

‘I think the background of Stefan and Fabian is perfect for this type of application. With education in game development, they have the background and skills, and with knowledge in computer science, they can apply the knowledge in different fields.’

Fabian Behrens and Stefan Leiprecht came as guest researchers funded by Erasmus+ (

At OsloMet, they have been associated with the research groups for mathematical modelling and applied artificial intelligence, and have collaborated with, among others, postdoctoral fellow Leonardo Rydin Gorjao, Professor Anis Yazidi and Professor Pedro Lind, in addition to Associate Professor André Brodtkorb.

Interesting and exciting on exchange

Fabian Behrens and Stefan Leiprecht think it has been very interesting to have exchange with other researchers.

The lunch group with PhD students has been a good meeting place, and a great way to connect with different people. Getting to know people and talking about what they work with.

The stay has also given them experiences of being in a city that is close to nature, and a city you can easily move around in just by walking, often with short distances.

A stay that included May 17 gave them a particularly nice experience.

The picture at the top of the article shows Stefan Leiprecht (left) and Fabian Behrens present at OsloMet. Photo: Olav-Johan Øye.

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