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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research

Transnational Partnership for Excellent Research and Education in Disruptive Technologies for a Resilient Future

Alternative title: Transnasjonalt partnerskap for fremragende forskning og utdanning banebrytende teknologier for en tilpassa framtiden

Awarded: NOK 4.5 mill.

The project 'Transnational Partnership for Excellent Research and Education in Disruptive Technologies for a Resilient Future (DTRF)', aims through cooperation between Vestlandsforsking, Western Norway University of Applied Science (HVL) and seven world class university departments from the USA, India, China and Japan, to establish a long term partnership where excellent education is to be embedded in excellent research in disruptive technologies for critical infrastructure resilience. The project has the potential to be an extensive network that connects many researchers, faculties and students. The DTRF research and education network will be coordinated by Vestlandsforsking and will run for a term of three years. Master students with relevant backgrounds will be integrated into Vestlandsforsking's and the partners' ongoing research with academic publications as the final goal. A high quality of student and faculty mobility will be established. This will result in enhanced education and the development of expertise into Norwegian academia, e.g. DTRF curricula into the professional training of research education of tomorrow's data scientists, researchers and policymakers. It will also result in deeper research collaboration, which in turn will enrich the educational track of Norwegian Master students. The increased contact and mobility will also help the researchers' possibilities of getting collaborators and relevant hosts for their research stays in the USA, India, China and Japan. DTRF consortium will not only communicate within the DTRF related research community but also with other related businesses and public sector organisations with the impact to give the DTRF more visibility.

Urban infrastructure systems and their effective and reliable operation ensure delivery of energy, mobility, public security and information, on a daily basis and during unforeseeable situations. Yet with an ever-increasing frequency, industries and communities face emergencies. Hence there is a need to find a new way of thinking about how to plan, design, build and manage cities under more challenging conditions. The DTRF project addresses the need by building and strengthening research and education within disruptive technologies for critical infrastructure resilience. The DTRF research and education network will be coordinated by Vestlandsforsking and will run for a term of three years. The collaboration with university partners in Norway, USA, China, India and Japan, will build sustainable relationships by exploiting the experience, resources, research infrastructure, and complementary expertise of the partners. The DTRF project application is relevant to the thematic focus of the qualifying EU H2020 project- RESILOC. Students will develop a common understanding of knowledge gaps, research methods, technologies and analytics requirements in critical infrastructure resilience, and tie this work into pressing societal information needs. The DTRF will allow for efficient exchange of students, researchers and faculty members that will increase the international collaboration between the project partners. Innovative course curriculum, increased interaction and reciprocal mobility will contribute with a strong and robust international group that engages and encourages affiliated students to get involved in multidisciplinary research topics. A vivid research and learning environment enhances excellence in research and education, which benefits all project participants. DTRF consortium will not only communicate within the research community but also with other related businesses and public sector organisations with the impact to give the DTRF more visibility.

Funding scheme:

INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research