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 keynote.
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.
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 Dr.ing. (Ph.D) degrees in computer architecture and design from the
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Trondheim in 1991 and 1996,
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
10 tutorials and a number of invited talks have been given at international conferences and
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: