CEO, Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Research Consortium (NORA)
Klas Pettersen is CEO of NORA – Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Research Consortium, a collaboration between eight Norwegian universities, three university colleges and four research institutes within artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics. NORA’s mission is to strengthen Norwegian research, education and innovation within AI.
Klas received his Master of Science (siv. ing.) degree in Physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where he studied quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity. He then turned into neuroscience and received a PhD in computational neuroscience in 2007 from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).
From 2014 to 2019 Klas Pettersen worked as a research scientist at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo where he applied techniques from physics, mathematics, informatics and artificial intelligence to understand brain processes and brain disease. From 2008 to 2013 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher and a research scientist at NMBU, in the Group for Computational Biology and later also at the Center for Integrative Genetics.
Dr. Pettersen has also worked as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California San Diego (2015), and as a consultant for Accenture. From 2019 he is the CEO of NORA.