Cross-Fertilization Laboratory

The massive proliferation of computers and abundance of digital data are driving a societal transformation at a global scale with wide consequences currently unforeseen. Society needs to respond with a collective engagement and comprehensive digitalization knowledge to maximize the benefits of and minimize the potential risks. One such risk is privacy violations, be it conscious or not.  Trust and dependability in a pervasive digital infrastructure will also make whole societies critically vulnerable, especially since cybersecurity threats are expected to rapidly increase. Discrimination and bias will also be entering algorithmic decisions and should challenge how we should trust algorithmic output from AI systems, and the research originating from this lab jointly investigates these perspectives:

How to architect digital eco-systems so that (1) human users can trust computer systems storing and computing on privacy-sensitive data, and vice versa, (2) that digital systems can trust human users.

Our Cross-Fertilization laboratory located downtown Tromsø spatially close to many of our user partners works on computer systems problems and casual legal aspects rooted in real application domains. We include scientific disciplines as disparate as computer science and engineering, applied mathematics and statistics, business, and law, and integrate academic fundamentals with industry engagement, real-world problems, and innovations. This cross-fertilization between academia, industry, public sector, and other user-partners are currently targeting fundamental technological and legal problems and unexplored possibilities found in the domain of sustainable fisheries.

Particularly, we are focussing on contributions for combating of fishery crimes, which is a regional, national, and global domain of high importance.