When he was 19, Heri Ramampiaro left Madagascar to study in Norway. He could only speak French and Madagascan, and was first told that he was not qualified to study in Norway. Sixteen years later, in 2007, the associate professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at NTNU has been named one of Norway’s 10 most successful immigrants.
This is an annual, national award, which focuses on positive role models and representatives from minorities who have made first-rate contributions to Norway’s workplaces and culture. Ramampiaro is an expert on the storage and search of biomedical information, and has developed a search engine called BioTracer.