Research topics and domains
We strive to help our industry to create systems that are there for a purpose, and that creates values for the company as well as for people, our society, and the environment. Our staff is internationally recognized and nationally merited. We received the Quality Higher Education Award in 2019 by the Norwegian Ministry of Education.
Drivers for our research
- Autonomous Systems
- Digital transformation
- Sustainable innovation
- Systems of Systems
Qualities we strive for
- Human suitability
- Urban/smart cities
- Health Care
Research Topics includes System Architecture & Design, Design Thinking & Human-Centered Design, Requirements management, Robust Engineering & Technical Safety, Lifecycle analysis, use of Big Data and Machine Learning, Knowledge Management & Lean Product Development, and System Integration.
Research projects (funded)
Project name: «H-SEIF 2 – Harvesting value from Big data and Digitalization through a Human Systems-Engineering Innovation Framework»
keyboard_backspace Website H-SEIF 2 project
Goal: Create a framework of tools and methods the companies can use to update their product development processes. The work is especially directed towards enabling the companies to take early decisions based on Big Data.
Support from NFR: 14 791 000 kr
Project Owner: Semcon
Contact USN: Professor Kristin Falk
Other academic partners:
Other partner companies:
Project name: DSYNE- Digital System Requirements for Natural Resources Engineering
It will promote research, education, and innovation activities needed to digitally transform how requirements are managed in large engineering projects. Partners: UiO, USN, companies, and universities in Norway, Brasil, and the USA. 2020-2023. USN responsibility to create a course model on digital requirements.
Project name: Use of Automation Processes for Detection of Emergent Behavior during Systems Integration Testing2
Industrial Ph.D. at Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace supported by RCN. 2021-2023
Project name: Vestsiden – Energy Management System
Kongsberg Kommune (2019-2020)
Project name: Subsea Architecture
Industrial PhD at TechnipFMC (2018-2021)
- Course in New Energy Systems
(2019-2020, TechnipFMC, Subsea Valley, Kongsberg Innovasjon, Kongsberg Group, Buskerud Fylkeskommune)
- Innovation with Empathy, Human Systems Engineering Innovation Framework (H-SEIF1)
How can we systematically include human aspects in the early design of complex systems to realise innovations?
H-SEIF 1 booklet H-SEIF 1 booklet at USN library
- (2017-2020, SEMCON, TechnipFMC, Kongsberg Innovation, Ulstein, USN, AHO, NTNU, Oslofjordfondet)
- Subsea Autonomy (2017, USN, NTNU, Markom 2020)
- Autonom trykkstyring - Robust håndtering av gassutbrytning ved uoppdaget brønnspark under boreoperasjoner (2017-2019, Kelda, Oslofjordfondet)
- KBD project (NFR)
- Framing the Systems Engineering Innovation Platform
(2016,USN, Semcon, Kongsberg Innovation, Oslofjordfondet)
Connecting academia and industry
Our Research Method is based on action research, specifically industry-as-laboratory. The reasons for using action research are the high level of practical relevance of the business, it can be used with qualitative data, and it helps to gain in-depth knowledge about the problem. The research is done in iterative cycles, where reflective practice plays a significant role.