Saving lives with new and open technology

The student-led startup, Cozin, is all about saving lives. 3 billion people in the world are exposed to lethal gases from solid fuel. This is gases that might be hard to detect, but technology can help. Cozin is a new kind of sensor which can be installed in homes and can detect dangerous levels of carbon dioxide in the air. The sensors can be set up in networks and warn through wearables, toys or other ways.

In this episode we talk with Assistant Professor George Anthony Giannoumis and master student Musoro King Asa Tamugri about the Cozin project, how it all got started, how it is build on universal design principles, how it is being developed and the future of Cozin.

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Midterm election talks – what now?

We have invited Professor Erika Gubrium, President Curt Rice and guest researcher Howard Karger to talk about the US midterm elections.

The glass ceiling didn´t break in 2016, but this year we see more women voted into the House. How important is this?

And what about all the people who have been shamed? It takes time to mobilize people who have been shamed, Erika points out looking ahead to the 2020-election and how the Democrats can win.

Looking ahead our guests think Trump has a pretty good chance in 2020. What do you think?

How Bluetooth and Beacons Can Help You Find Your Way


We have some exciting guests from abroad joining us for this week’s podcast. Assistant Professor at OsloMet George Anthony Giannoumis, originally from the U.S., and Daria Krivonos, originally from Russia, are passionate about technology and usability. During our conversation, they tell us how we can harness the power of Bluetooth on our smartphones. They also enlighten us on how beacons can be used as a tool for indoor navigation to help people with visual impairments (and those of us with little or no sense of direction!) find their way around. Our guests go on to tell us how beacons can provide us with information about our surroundings – and even help students show up to class more prepared.

If you are interested in this topic you can catch up with Anthony and Daria at the Zero Project Conference and Mobile World Congress where they will be presenting their work on indoor navigation.


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Urban aging in Oslo

Since 2016, for the first time in human history, the world’s older persons population (65+) is larger then the childrens population (0-5). This important demographic trend is accompanied by another unprecedented fact: Since 2007 more people are living in cities then in rural areas. How does this affect us?

Gustavo Toshiaki Lopes Sugahara

Gustavo Toshiaki Lopes Sugahara

In this podcast episode, we have a talk with PhD Candidate Gustavo Sugahara about population aging and It’s implications to a city like Oslo. Gustavo´s main research interest is the relations between population aging and economics.

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Internet of things

Stefano Nichele

Stefano Nichele

You have probably heard about the term «Internet of things», or IoT. It is all about connecting devices, vehicles, buildings and other items to the internet. Some call it «the infrastructure of the information society».  Associate Professor in Computer Science, Stefano Nichele, is researching and teaching on this big topic. In this podcast episode he explains Internet of things, how it is used and how it can change our daily life. We also talk about the security issue when everything goes digital.

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Stefanos webpage –

To very relevant master degrees:

Here you can read about the bachelor course Stefano teaches.

Here is a film from a IoT Student conference at HiOA:

And a scientific paper on Internet of things:

Here are two short videos with our students:

The future of auto recognition

Auto recognition software is typically only used in medical settings like tests that can determine if you have a particular condition. But the future of auto recognition is much more diverse and very interesting. Pietro Murano and George Anthony Giannoumis from HiOA are looking into this technology and how it can be used in the future for people with cognitive disabilities. In this podcast episode they explain auto recognition, the future and how they work as researcher with this interesting topic.

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The American Dream

(English version below)

Tror amerikanere fortsatt på The American Dream? og hvordan opplever folk å ikke lykkes, ikke være en del av middelklassen? Har USA et velferdssystem som kan hjelpe de som ikke realiserte drømmen?

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