NORCE Norwegian Research Centre (Norway)

NORCE Norwegian Research Centre (Norway)

NORCE is one of Norway’s largest independent research institutes with 1000 employees,  1 500 projects an annual turnover of NOK 1 billion and 500 scientific publications per year. NORCE conducts research within the areas of health, environment, climate, energy, technology and social science. NORCE was established following the merge of the companies Agderforskning, Christian Michelsen Research, International Research Institute of Stavanger, NORUT Northern Research Institute, Teknova and Uni Research.


During the last 10 years NORCE has built up a substantial activity on the use of satellites, drones and ground IoT for sensing purposes. Current work includes signal processing and machine learning algorithms for the data processing, platforms for management of sensor data (CryoCore), tools for visualisation of geo-reference data (GeoViz, NLive), and cloud platforms for timely processing of data (CryoCloud).

Partners / Researchers

Lars K. Vognild

Senior research scientist at NORCE, with a Cand. Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Tromsø. His interest is in net-centric computing in general and has worked in areas such as distributed multimedia, peer-to-peer networks, and personal e-health and wellness technologies. He has had project managerial roles in many Norwegian and international research projects throughout his career. He was head of the ICT Research Department of NORUT from 2003 to 2019.

Njål Borch

Senior researcher scientist at NORCE, with a PhD in Informatics from the University of Tromsø. Works within a range of areas, spanning UAS (drones), emergency services, environmental sensors and data collection within aqua culture, satellite processing systems and multi-device online presentations of data, media, maps etc. Borch has participated in a number of EU research projects, including WP leadership (P2P-Next, Mediascape) as well as number of national and other international projects. Borch is also responsible for development of UAS and IoT sensor networks developed at Norut for a range of uses, combining sensor data with real time AI analysis to provide local assistance for decision making.

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Filippo M. Bianchi

A research scientist at NORCE in machine learning, specialised in deep learning and reservoir computing. He has a PhD in Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition from Sapienza University in Rome Italy in 2015, and a Postdoc fellowship at the University of Tromsø Norway since 2016. He has more than 40 international publications in his field and developed several methodologies and software tools for machine learning. He applied his work to problems of clustering and classification and tackled time series analysis and prediction with recurrent neural networks.