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Nordic Center for Sustainable and Trustworthy AI Research

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a field in computer science that attempts to reproduce traits of human intelligence in machines. Nowadays it has a significant impact in almost all human activities. However, these achievements come with a price.

First, state-of-the-art algorithms in AI demand massive computing power and energy: to handle the ever-increasing Big Data repositories, AI systems must scale in proportion to all the available data. In other words, future AI must be sustainable.

Second, the long-term use of AI systems is also threatened by human factors, above all of them, lack of trust: even achieving super-human performance, AI models are often neglected by humans, due to their lack of transparency on how they generate their predictions. In other words, future AI must be trustworthy.

Nordic Centre for Sustainable and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence Research (NordSTAR) is a centre of research excellence that aims to establish a new paradigm in the research on sustainable and trustworthy artificial intelligence.

The centre is led by Pedro Lind and Anis Yazidi, and is part of the OsloMet AI Lab and Applied Artificial Intelligence

The main goal of NordSTAR is to develop AI tools, which embed all key aspects related with trustworthiness and sustainability. To do this the centre has established five research areas:

  • Security, safety and reliability

    This research area will address data security, humans physical safety, and reliability of the communication at the level of AI methods design.

    Ahmed Elmokashfi from SimulaMet ( leads the research area. Watch this video to learn more about security, safety and reliability:

  • Human factors in AI

    They will incorporate the fundamental legal and moral norms underlying social behavior and consider them in the design of Sustainable and Trustworthy AI tools. This research area was initiated by Marija Slavkovik from the University of Bergen (UiB). 

    Elena Parmiggiani from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) leads this research area. Watch this video to learn more about human factors in AI: 

  • Quantum AI

    The aim of this area is to bridge the gap between the growing number of theoretical suggestions on design and application of quantum AI and the present lack of quantitative practical results.

    Leader of the research area: 

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      Watch this video to learn more about quantum AI: 

    • Biologically-inspired computational systems

      They will incorporate fundamental aspects of natural intelligence in AI models, with the motivation of approaching the efficiency of biological neural systems.

      Leader of the research area:

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        Watch this video to learn more about biologically-inspired computational systems: 

      • Understandable and explainable models

        This research area is going to quantify the uncertainty in AI decisions and develop tools for better understanding of the different components of AI models and for explaining why specific AI decisions are obtained.

        Leader of the research area:

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            Ahmed Elmokashfi, SimulaMet. Leader of research area: Security, safety and reliability.  

            Elena Parmiggiani, NTNU. Leader of research area: Human factors in AI. 


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              Maria Normann, Communication Officer, SimulaMet

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                            • Cassandra Grundstrom (, Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, NTNU. Part of the human factors research area in NordSTAR. 
                            • Michael Riegler (, Chief Research Scientist from SimulaMet, part of the explainable models research area. 
                            • Ioannis Adamopoulos, masterstudent at Applied Computer and Information Technology (ACIT)
                            • Sebastian Testaniére Overskott, masterstudent at Applied Computer and Information Technology (ACIT)
                            • Shailendra Bhandari, masterstudent at Applied Computer and Information Technology (ACIT)
                            • Sushil Acharya is developing a tool to digitize 7000 ECGs stored in Ahus databases, for posterior analysis with AI tools.
                            • Ramesh Upreti closed a survey on security protocols for computer networks and will now extend it towards Trustworthy AI.

                          Satellite groups

                          • Akershus Clinical Research Center (ACR)

                            Contact person: Helge Røsjø (

                          • Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences at OsloMet

                            At the Department of journalism and media studies, Roy Krøvel coordinates a NordSTAR satellite. Relevant research at the department is connected to illicit financial flows, digital security, fake news, social media, and more.

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                            • Material Computing

                              Kristine Heiney coordinates a NordSTAR satellite with a focus on material and unconventional computing. Research in this satellite is focused on the fundamental properties of physical systems, including biological, bio-inspired, and quantum systems, that allow them to be exploited for computation.

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                              • Oslo University Hospital

                                Tor Paaske Utheim coordinates a NordSTAR satellite with the Department of opthalmology ( and the Department of medical biochemistry ( at Oslo University Hospital. 

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                                News from NordSTAR

                                The poster from the QuantERA Call 2021 Results. Source:
                                The newest NordSTAR project in Quantum Computing

                                The project DQUANT was recently awarded funding.

                                Professor Sergiy Denysov and Professor Pedro Lind unboxing the first Quantum Computer of Norway
                                Quantum Computing and AI: Why should we care?

                                Pedro Lind and Sergiy Denysov recently visited the NORA webinar to talk about the ongoing activities within quantum computing in NordSTAR.

                                Photo from the launch of the Quantum Computer. The Quantum Computer is placed next to a screen showing the promovideo of the computer. The text on the screen says "When Norway Went Quantum"
                                First Norwegian Quantum Computer

                                The idea of buying the first Quantum Computer in Norway got planted during one of our NordSTAR meetings.

                                The diploma for the IEEE Brain Best Paper Award Runner Up
                                Runner-up IEEE Brain award for student paper

                                We are proud to announce that three of our master students have won the runner up award for IEEE Brain Best Paper.

                                A group photo of the people in NordSTAR involved in Quantum computing activities. Back row from left: Professor Pedro Lind, Professor Sergiy Denysov, Chief Research Scientist Ahmed Elmokashfi and Professor Stefano Nichele. Front row from left: Shailendra Bhandri, Sebastian Overskott, Heine Aabø, Kristian Wold and Parissa Amin.
                                Young researchers are joining quantum activities

                                NordSTAR has a series of research activities in the context of Quantum Computing and Artificial Intelligence.

                                studio podcast setup. Photographer: Will Francis. Source:
                                Podcast on entrepreneurship at OsloMet

                                In this podcast, we have invited two of OsloMets experts on innovation, Ranveig Strøm and George Anthony Giannoumis.

                                The three master students Jørgen Jensen Farner, Ruben Jahren, and Håkon Weydahl, Kristine Heiney in the front, then postdoc/Assoc. Prof. Ola Huse Ramstad, and Prof. Stefano Nichele.
                                NordSTAR paper in ICES

                                A student project from Evolutionary AI and Robotics is set to be presented and published as a conference paper

                                Andreas Huber, Barbora Hudcová, Heine Aabø, Ioannis Adamopoulos, Ramesh Upreti, Kristian Wold, Sebastian Testanière Overskott, Shailendra Bhandari and Sushil Acharya.
                                NordSTAR is growing

                                This semester NordSTAR has welcomed several new members.

                                Professor Laurence Habib talking with colleague
                                Professor Laurence Habib on the advisory board of NYILAI

                                NYILAI is a new AI Lab with the vision to become a leading provider of applied Artificial Intelligence and Computational Mathematics.

                                poster for the workshop on openness as a resource: accessing new quantum states  with dissipation
                                Advanced Study Group on Quantum Openness

                                The Advanced Study Group aim to make a breakthrough in understanding complex quantum systems that are interacting with the world outside.

                                Laurence Habib talking with colleague
                                NORA.startup webinar on sustainable AI

                                On May 21st Laurence Habib attended the NORA.startup webinar to discuss sustainable artificial intelligence, and what we can do to make AI more sustainable.

                                Picture of the OsloMet logo mounted on the edge of a glass roof on the facade of Pilestredet 35 in Oslo. Blue sky in the background to the left.
                                Information technology at the top of publishing

                                The Department of Computer Science had the highest publication number of computer science departments at Norwegian universities in 2020.

                                picture of Pedro Lind and Anis Yazidi, the scientific directors of NordSTAR.
                                NordSTAR at the NORA webinar

                                Pedro Lind and Anis Yazidi, the scientific directors of the Nordic Centre for Sustainable and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (NordSTAR), presented the centre at the NORA webinar in February 2021.

                                Rear view of two computer programmers, a young woman and a young man, discussing at office desk.
                                How to make AI we can trust

                                Artificial intelligence offers great promise, but suffers from a trust deficit. Researchers at OsloMet are seeking to make this technology more trustworthy and, ultimately, more sustainable.

                                Profile picture of Pedro Lancastre, smiling
                                First Ph.D. in intelligent health

                                Pedro Lancastre is the first Ph.D. in Intelligent Health at OsloMet, and he will be joining the NordSTAR team.

                                Stefano Nichele standing in front of the OsloMet campus
                                Towards a less artificial Artificial Intelligence

                                Stefano Nichele from OsloMet AI Lab and Nordic Centre for Sustainable and Trustworthy AI (NordSTAR) presented at the NORA webinar.

                                Picture of a wall at OsloMet with green climbing plants
                                OsloMet AI Lab granted status of Excellent Academic Environment with NordSTAR

                                Nordic Centre for Sustainable and Trustworthy AI research (NordSTAR) will be OsloMets high quality academic environment in modern Artificial Intelligence.