Autonomous Future

Autonomous Future


About the village 

The village is about the technology, the systems and how both the developers and the users can benefit from an autonomous future. This is a topic with a complex nature and invites to a broad range of perspectives. Sensors, computers and other technology need to work well together at the same time as the interaction between humans, business and society still are in focus. 

Examples of related questions would be how to include a driverless vehicle into areas of use, how to exploit AI and deep learning for the best of society, and how the users are affected by the technology. In addition, it is necessary to have an ongoing discussion about regulation, accountability, privacy and security. To get answers, there is a need to combine the skills and competences from all of you. In our village, you will take the role as one of different experts and work together in teams to work on a defined problem. 

Some of the driving forces for the development and use of autonomous technology are be utilisation of new technology, value increasing services and also political interests. Suitable solutions will need an interdisciplinary approach, and the project work would easily focus on topics that give the students relevant skills and knowledge in an emerging trend in the society. 

This village is hosted by Department of design. A design approach into autonomous transport will typically take a user position and emphasize user experiences concerning such perspectives. 



Autonomous Future

This village is based on the challenges and opportunities using the autonomous technologies. Autonomous systems contain machines that are solving a variety of tasks without human support. In today’s society huge amount of money is invested in this technology, pushing the limits of what can be achieved.  

The development and use of autonomous technology are to be found in many different sectors. In the transport sector this could include delivery robots and public transport. In the health sector the technology can help disabled people to get self-independent, i.e. through ambient assisted living. In computer systems, the technology is getting more and more advanced, and users are communicating with computers using intelligent assistants. Companies with access to big data are investing in deep learning.  

If those systems should work in a safe, user friendly and useful way, the services need to be developed in interdisciplinary teams focusing on both technology, human factors, ethics and society needs. 

By joining the village, you will participate in solving a case-based project in three phases: 
1) introduction to interdisciplinary teamwork and to current cases using autonomous technology
2) to choose and solve project problems in groups as experts in team 
3) to summarize projects and share the experiences with all village participants 


Relevant competence 

Depending on problem definition and research questions, the village theme requires knowledge from a large variety of disciplines – for instance; Interaction design, Sustainable manufacturing, Computer science, Information security, Artificial intelligence, Engineering, Logistics and Health care.  

Fakta om landsbyen

Fakta om landsbyen

Course code: IMT4000
Village: Autonomous Future
Type: Semester
Language: English
Village manager: Terje Stafseng
Contact information:
Semester: Spring 2021
Location: Gjøvik

Important information about EiT

Important information about EiT:

  • The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT)
  • EiTs teaching methods depend on the contribution and presence of every participant throughout the semester. For this reason, attendance is compulsory on every village day.
  • In contrast to many courses, the first few days are especially important in EiT. During this period, get to know each other and discuss what each individual can contribute. You will also draw up the compulsory cooperation agreement and start preparing a shared research question.
  • For additional information about Experts in Teamwork, see page for students