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Professor in Artificial Intelligence

The University of Agder and CAIR invite applications for a full-time permanent position as Professor at the Department of Information and Communication Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Science. The primary aim of this position is to strengthen the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR), hosted by the Department of ICT. The vision of CAIR is to provide an attractive environment for cutting-edge research on artificial intelligence (AI), focusing particularly on machine learning.

CAIR group

The CAIR group

The Department of ICT has several large and active research groups in Information and Communication Technology including 12 Professors, 15 Associate Professors, 10 Assistant professors and about 15 Research Fellows on the PhD programme in ICT. The department pursues a variety of research interests, focusing especially on Wireless Communications and Embedded Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Crisis Management, eLearning and eHealth. The department has successfully led a number of large research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway; the EU research programmes FP7 and H2020, as well as national and international industries.

Director and Professor Ole-Christoffer Granmo discussing Artificial Intellicen

Director and Professor Ole-Christoffer Granmo discussing Artificial Intelligence

Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR)

CAIR opened on March 2nd, 2017. At startup the centre hosts 13 researchers, whose most prominent research contributions can be found within: bandit algorithms, Bayesian learning, probabilistic reasoning, ant colony optimization, pattern recognition, learning automata, natural language processing, and stochastic optimization. We are entering an exciting phase of growth, and will expand our team of researchers. Within the first six months of operation we seek to hire a full professor and four PhDs and postdocs. By the end of 2017, the staff will have grown to 20.

The research centre  conducted fundamental machine learning research, including development of novel theory and methods. Our emphasis is on machines that explore, experiment and learn; deep information understanding and reasoning; as well as natural language communication. Within these strategic research areas, CAIR researchers head or contribute to a number of research projects, funded by the Research Council of Norway and EU research programmes. CAIR is further the host of the AI Circle – an innovation arena for co-creation with private and public sector.

CAIR is further central in fully operational master's and PhD programmes in Artificial Intelligence. 

About the position

The responsibilities of the open professor position include: a) research and PhD/master’s student supervision in the area of machine learning, and b) teaching on artificial intelligence (theory, algorithms and implementation) at the master’s and PhD level. Previous experience in teaching English-taught graduate master’s programmes in ICT will also be a plus for this position.

 Deputy Director Morten Goodwin presenting

Deputy Director and Associate Professor Morten Goodwin presenting CAIR research


The successful applicant will need to have:

  • A PhD in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering/Computer Science (or similar in the area of ICT). A PhD in Mathematics is also welcome as long as the area of research of the candidate intersects sufficiently with the relevant research areas for this position.

The successful candidate must at least have competence in three of the following areas of research:

  • Deep learning, including recurrent- and convolutional neural networks
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Bandit algorithms, including game theory and decentralized decision making
  • Bayesian learning and probabilistic reasoning
  • Stochastic optimization
  • Natural language processing

For more details, see the official web site