13th IEEE International Workshop on Factory Communication Systems
Communication in Automation
May 31 - June 2, 2017, Trondheim, Norway

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The city of Trondheim

Trondheim and the Mid-Norway region are steeped in both history and today’s world. Think of it as an ancient city with a modern soul. Trondheim was Norway’s first capital city, founded more than 1,000 years ago, in 997 - but now instead of Viking raiders and Hanseatic traders, you will find jazz musicians and an international student body savouring Trondheim city life. The city’s cafes spill out onto cobblestone streets lined with colourful wooden buildings, while the twin towers and copper-clad spire of Europe’s northernmost gothic cathedral frame the southern skyline.

Trondheim is the leader among Norwegian regions for technological R&D activity. This activity is strongly oriented toward high technology with the electronics manufacturers such as Microchip (former Atmel) and ARM, communication devices (Nordic Semiconductors) being world leaders, as well as software providers such as the major Web-search-tech companies and others complement the traditional Norwegian research strengths such as in Oil & Gas, marine technologies and fish and aquaculture technologies. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, has its main campus almost inside the city-centre, while SINTEF has labs and offices spread around various parts of the city.

Getting there

Trondheim is situated on the E6, with Oppdal to the south and Stjørdal to the north. Stjørdal is home to Trondheim Airport Værnes, which has direct flights to virtually every airport in Norway. The airport is constantly growing, with new direct flight connections with destinations in Europe being added each year. At the end of 2016, the airport had direct flights to and from London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Alicante, Krakow and Dubrovnik, among other destinations.

See the complete overview of direct flights from Europe to Trondheim Airport Værnes.

Trondheim Airport Værnes is relatively small, so it does not take long from when you land until you have collected your baggage and are ready for the final leg into the city. Two different companies offer direct bus services into Trondheim. Værnes-ekspressen is an express service with no stops until you reach downtown Trondheim. The Trondheim Airport Express Coach operates a more conventional route stopping at all relevant bus stops on the way into Trondheim and in the actual city centre.



SINTEF is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. We create value and innovation through knowledge generation and development of technological solutions that are brought into practical use.

SINTEF is a broadly based, multidisciplinary research institute with international top-level expertise in technology, medicine and the social sciences. We conduct contract R&D as partner for the private and public sectors, and we are among the four largest contract research institutions in Europe.

SINTEF's goal is to be a world-leading research institute. We create value and develop solutions to some of society's grand challenges by being at the forefront of our strategic focus areas:

  • Renewable energy, climate- and environmental technology
  • Oil and gas
  • Ocean space technology
  • Health and welfare
  • Enabling technologies

SINTEF is an independent, not-for-profit research institute. The profits of our contract research projects are invested in new research, scientific equipment and competence development. Since 2007, we have invested NOK 1 billion in laboratories and scientific equipment. Our vision is Technology for a better society.

SINTEF employs 2000 staff from 70 different countries. 55 per cent of our researchers have Phd-degrees. In 2015, we performed about 5400 research projects for some 3800 customers. Our turnover in 2015 was NOK 3,2 billion, more than 90 per cent of which was won in open competition. Basic grants from the Research Council make up around seven percent of our turnover.

Outside Norway we have offices in Brussels, Belgium; Puerto Varas, Chile and a laboratory in Hirtshals, Denmark. SINTEF's head office is in Trondheim.


The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norwegian: Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, abbreviated NTNU) is a public research university with campuses in the cities of Trondheim, Gjøvik and Ålesund in Norway. NTNU is the largest of the eight universities in Norway, and, as its name suggests, has the main national responsibility for higher education in engineering and technology. In addition to engineering and the natural and physical sciences, the university offers advanced degrees in other academic disciplines ranging from the social sciences, the arts, medicine and health sciences, teacher education, architecture and fine art. About 39 000 students are enrolled at NTNU, of which half study technology and the natural sciences. Of these, 6000 are participants in further education programmes.

NTNU awards about 6 500 bachelor's and master's degrees awarded each year. NTNU promotes international collaboration, and participate in dozens of international student exchange programmes and more than 300 cooperative or exchange agreements with 60 universities worldwide. As a result, NTNU has about 3 000 international students.