Lasse Berntzen

USN School of Business
Department of Business, History and Social Sciences
Campus Vestfold (C3-124)
Lasse Berntzen joined Vestfold University College, now the University of South-Eastern Norway, as an associate professor in 2002. He was appointed professor in Information Systems in January 2014. His research has focused on the digital society, e-government, e-participation, and "smart cities". His research examines how cities can make better decisions by using data, analytics, and visualization. He is currently doing research on how Intenet-of-Things and big data can be used in some of the subdomains of smart cities, such as "smart traffic", "smart public transportation", "smart parking", "environmental monitoring", "smart waste management", "smart energy" and, "crime prevention".
Since 2018 he has been conducting research on smart grid systems with focus on the role of aggregators and prosumers in the changing energy market. He has been a work package leader and Norwegian team leader for both Smart-MLA and PVADIP-C projects. A complete list of his publications can be found in CRISTIN, the official Norwegian research publication database (see link below).


Research on the digital society, e-government, e-participation, and "smart cities". Team leader for the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Smart-MLA project.

I am teaching three modules 2021/2022: Internet-of-Things (B.Sc.), Business Analytics (M.Sc.), Mining Social Data and the Internet of Things (M.Sc.). Previous modules taught include .NET programming, mobile applications, e-commerce, public sector innovation, open-source, e-government and e-democracy, mining social media, and information systems security.

International coordinator for the Department of Business, History, and Social Sciences.

The department has several partners. Here are some relevant links to ongoing mobility initiatives:
EEA-agreement with Crakow University of Economics, Poland



  • Smart grid technology
  • Blockchain technology and applications
  • Emerging business models
  • Business Analytics
  • Mining social media
  • Smart cities
  • Public sector innovation
  • Sensor-based applications
  • Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • e-government
  • e-democracy
  • The digital society
  • Mobile services and applications
  • Software development (.NET)
  • Computer communications
  • System development
  • Information systems security




Work History

2018- Professor, University of South-Eastern Norway

2016-2018 Professor, University College of Southeast Norway

2014-2016 Professor, Buskerud and Vestfold University College

2002-2014 Associate Professor, Vestfold University College

1998-2002 Associate Dean, The Polytechnical College (DPH)

Current R&D projects

  • Alignment of ICT Related Curricula with Labour Market Expectations (2022-2023)
  • Access for Success (EEA) 2021-2023
  • Modernizing agricultural practice using Internet of Things (EEA) 2021-2023
  • SEAS Preserving the Adriatic Sea Ecosystems by Active Participation of CitizenS (EEA) 2021-2023
  • TESS Techno-Economic-Societal Sustainable Development Training in Sri Lanka (Erasmus+) 2019-2023
  • Cloud-based analysis and diagnosis platform for photovoltaic (PV) prosumers 2021-2022 (Final report submitted)
  • Public Governance Models (Bilateral project Norway - Slovenia) (2021-2022)

Completed R&D projects

  • Smart MLA (Multi-Layer Aggregator) (Era-Net Smargrid+) 2018-2022
  • Post Local (local e-democracy) (Research Council of Norway) (2019-2022)
  • AutoSTRIP (autonomous transport and business models) (Research Council of Norway) 2018-2019
  • A Mobile Platform for Environmental Monitoring (EEA-grants) 2016-2017
  • Best Practices Exchanges for Internationalization of Higher Education (EEA-grants) 2016-2017
  • Understanding and Tackling the Migration Challenge: Mapping Options for a Resilient Approach (EEA-grants) 2016-2017
  • URUS - A Human-Centric Method for Urine Sampling from Drug Addicts [Project manager] 2015-2016
  • Public Sector Renewal through ICT (EEA-grants) 2014-2016
  • DIGIFACT - Digital Factory: Concepts, Implementations, Present and Future Challenges (EEA-grants) 2014-2015
  • NET-EUCEN - Citizen-Centric Services (2010-2013)
  • eGovMon - Assessing Public Sector Web Sites (2008-2012)
  • Evaluation: Collaboration on ICT in Sogn- and Fjordane County [Fylkesmannen i Sogn og Fjordane] 2011
  • Consultative - Technology Support for Consultations (EEA) 2008-2010
  • eGovMoNet (EU) 2008-2010
  • BIBIKT - VIOS-pre project [with VIB and other actors] (NFR) [Project manager] 2006-2008
  • Digital planning dialog [with 12K and other actors] (Høykom) 2007-2008
  • Mayor candidates on Internet [with 12K] (KRD)  [Project manager] 2007
  • Electronic Citizen Initiative [with NIBR] (KRD) 2005-2007
  • Webcasting local council meetings [with 12K]  [Project manager] 2005
  • Common information infrastructure for municipal web sites [with 12K] 2005-2006
  • SSR (Spesialsykehuset for Rehabilitering) Health Portal 2003-2005

Professional Memberships

Member of Association of Information Systems (AIS)

Member of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Appointed Fellow of the International Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA)

Conference committees and reviews

For the last ten years, Lasse Berntzen has been a member of program committees for 31 different series of international conferences: ACHI, CEDEM, CENTRIC, COLLA, CSC, ECDG, ECEG, ECSM, EGOV, EMCIS, ENERGY, EPART, IBIMA, ICDD, ICDS, ICEGOV, ICIMP, ICPES, ICR, ICTM, IWEMB, RTIS, SECITC, SMART, SMART ACCESSIBILITY, SCIC, SIGSAND/PLAIS, SMARTGREENS, SOTICS, SSCIC, WITDC. For seven of the conferences (ACHI, CENTRIC, COLLA, ICDS, SMART, SMART ACCESSIBILITY, SOTICS) he is/has been a member of the advisory/steering committee. He is also co-chair for the ”Big Data and Analytics & Machine Learning” track on EMCIS. In 2019 he was the local organizer for IWEMB 2019 hosted by USN. In 2021 he was a session organizer for "Modernizing Agricultural Practice Using IoT" as part of the IFIP International Internet of Things (IoT) Conference.

He has contributed with several keynote presentations and tutorials in international conferences.

He also does reviews for several journals: Administrative Sciences; Applied Sciences; Cities; Data; Electronic Commerce Research; Future Internet; Information; Information Systems Management; Information Technology & People; Information Technology for Development; International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems; International Journal of Electronic Governance; International Journal of Enterprise Systems Integration and Interoperability; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH);  International Journal of Information Technology and Management; International Journal of Services Technology and Management; ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information; Journal of Mobile Technologies, Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity; Journal of Plant and Animal Ecology, Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, Knowledge and Society; Media and Communication; Sensors; Social Sciences; Sustainability; Symmetry, Urban Planning; Urban Research and Practice; and World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development.

He was also a lecturer on a program on "High-Performance Government" arranged by Mile, a  Saudi-Arabian NGO.

Other Experiences

2009-2011 External expert for the European Commission (External reviewer for ECRN – European Civil Registry Network)

2008-2009 External expert for the Council of Europe – Ad hoc committee on e-Democracy.

2018-2021 External expert for the Romanian Government - "Establishing the framework for the development of e-government instruments (EGOV)” - SIPOCA 20 


Publications in Cristin