SMART research group

A screen measutring the energy and the temperature in a house. Photo.

The focus for the research group is SMART Houses, SMART Buildings and connections to SMART cities.

The main areas for the research group are developing models for:

  1. optimizing the energy usage.
  2. estimating the usage pattern.
  3. assisting people using the buildings.

The goal is that monitoring and control systems of buildings should adapt to the usage, the user should not adapt to some sort of fixed configuration of the buildings.

Smart house. Illustration.

The aim of the research group is to develop mathematical models for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technologies (SMART), to let models be able to learn from this self-monitoring and analysis part. These adaptive models will be a combination of both mechanistic models (“white” model) and empiric models (“black” model), either as “grey” models or for different usage in the calibration steps of the models. These models should adapt to the way the humans are living and using the building, giving that the learning period may take a long period or even change during the same period.

The research group manages topics like measurement systems, data handling, data analysis, machine learning, big data, system architectures, system designs, open standards and Internet of Things (IoT). Applications within the energy consumption area and welfare technology have the focus in the research group as these areas have several common research challenges in order to make a smart building smarter.


The main disciplines are Sensor technology, Industrial IT, System Design, Model development, and Machine learning.


SMART cooperates with other research groups at USN like “Telemark Modeling and Control Center (TMCC)”, “Kommunale helsetjenester til eldre” and “Vitensenteret Helse og teknologi”.

Some of the external partners are Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), UiT / The Arctic University of Norway (Campus Narvik), Tiny-Mesh, and Larvik, Bamble and Skien municipalities.


Some of the activities currently carried out by the SMART team are:

  • Research on mathematical models for buildings with focus on temperature control, energy usage, usage pattern and human activity recognitions (HAR),
  • Research on system design, communication protocols, and system architecture for SMART systems in buildings,
  • Research on connections between SMART buildings and SMART cities,
  • Research on systems for optimizing the energy use in buildings,
  • Research on automatic assistance systems for people who lives alone at home.