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Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway visit Stanford University

May 13, 2013
Image credit: Linda Cicero

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and his wife, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, led a delegation of 63 leaders from business, education, IT security and green energy sectors to Stanford University as part of a larger tour of the country to strengthen US-Norwegian business collaboration


The day began with the royal couple and their accompanying official delegation that included Wegger Strømmen, Ambassador of Norway to the United States, meeting with President Hennessy.  They later joined the business delegation for a visit of the where Professor David Kelley provided an introduction on design thinking and Professor Tina Seelig presented  “A Crash Course on Creativity.”


The Crown Princess thanked Stanford University for hosting them and shared with the audience her thoughts on the’s multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving. She made special mentions of the Embrace baby warmer and the d.light solar powered light that have come out of the


“You tear down hurdles by combining methods from engineering and design with ideas from the arts, tools from the social sciences, and insights from the business world. By combining expertise from different fields, finds solutions to complex, real life challenges."

the Crown Princess of Norway and their official delegation proceeded to lunch at the Faculty Club with David Kelley and Tina Seelig and other faculty/staff from the, the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning, and faculty that have with ties to Norway.


Simultaneously, the business delegation broke up for their respective meetings. The Office of International Affairs collaborated with Innovation House, Norway’s Silicon Valley based entrepreneurship hub, to organize two sessions on campus on the topics of education technology and artificial intelligence.


The education technology group made its way to Arrillaga Alumni Center for a panel organized by Keith Devlin on Education in the Cloud – The Stanford Online Learning Initiative. The talk focused on MOOC’s and online learning, its history and where it’s going in the future.  Panelists included Daphne Koller, John Mitchell, Mitchell Stevens, Amy Collier, Scott Klemmer and Emily Schneider.


The artificial intelligence group headed to the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL) for a tour of the facilities led by PhD student Francois Conti. Oussama Khatib, Professor of Robotics, appeared via Skype for a brief meeting with the delegation and the tour concluded with the visitors experimenting with the robotics tools in the lab.