Date and time: 22.10.2019 14:15-15:00

Speaker: Jim Tørresen, UiO

Title: Intelligent Robots and Systems in Real-World Environment

Place: C114

Slides can be found here (TBA)


Robots and embedded systems equipped with computational intelligence demonstrate to effectively contribute in an increasing number of different domains. At the University of Oslo, we work – supported by the Research Council of Norway – with foundational research on mechanical adaptive robots and more applied research on mobile robots looking after older people living at home. Further, we work on how smartphones and their sensors can help in mental health treatment. Introducing this ongoing work is the topic of this talk. This talk will introduce some examples from our work and how we address it both from a technical and human side. Possible ethical challenges of developing such technology would also be addressed.


Professor Jim Torresen, University of Oslo, Norway

Jim Torresen is a professor at the University of Oslo where he leads the Robotics and Intelligent Systems research group. He received his M.Sc. and (Ph.D) degrees in computer architecture and design from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Trondheim in 1991 and 1996, respectively. He has been employed as a senior hardware designer at NERA Telecommunications (1996-1998) and at Navia Aviation (1998-1999). Since 1999, he has been a professor at the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo (associate professor 1999-2005). Jim Torresen has been a visiting researcher at Kyoto University, Japan for one year (1993-1994), four months at Electrotechnical Laboratory, Tsukuba, Japan (1997 and 2000) and a visiting professor at Cornell University, USA for one year (2010-2011).


His research interests at the moment include artificial intelligence, ethical aspects of AI and robotics, machine learning, robotics, and applying this to complex real-world applications. Several novel methods have been proposed. He has published approximately 180 scientific papers in international journals, books and conference proceedings. 10 tutorials and a number of invited talks have been given at international conferences and research institutes. He is in the program committee of more than ten different international conferences, associate editor of three international scientific journals as well as a regular reviewer of a number of other international journals. He has also acted as an evaluator for proposals in EU FP7 and Horizon2020 and is currently project manager/principal investigator in five externally funded research projects/centres. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA) and the National Committee for Research Ethics in Science and Technology (NENT) where he is a member of a working group on research ethics for AI.

More information and a list of publications can be found here: