Telemark Modeling and Control Center

The Telemark Modeling and Control Center research group (TMCC) is doing research on generic methods within sensor technology, industrial IT, model development with main emphasis on dynamic models, and model-based analysis and synthesis.


Analysis and synthesis include, e.g., computational tools and simulation, optimization, design of control systems, monitoring and fault detection. A core idea for TMCC is the idea of the transfer of methods and tools from one application area to another.

TMCC co-operates with other RnD groups at University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) wrt. applications; it is possible to be an active participant in TMCC, and simultaneously be active in other RnD groups at USN. TMCC will carry out separate application studies that do not have a natural place within other RnD groups at USN. TMCC will co-operate with external partners on applications.

Important activities for TMCC includes a TMCC forum, an annual TMCC workshop, increasing publication activities, and the establishment of RnD projects.

Research disciplines

Core disciplines for TMCC are within

  • Sensor technology and industrial IT
  • Development of (dynamic) models:
    • experiment design
    • empirical models/regression models/machine learning models
    • mechanistic models
    • model fitting, parameter estimation
    • Models will both be for off-line use (design) and for on-line use
  • Tools for simulation and analysis
  • Optimization methods
  • Design of control systems
  • Design of estimation and monitoring systems
  • Fault analysis

Research partners and network

Important partners/network include:

  • NTNU, Trondheim: control engineering
  • UiO, Oslo: machine learning/artificial intelligence
  • Imperial College London: petroleum technology
  • MIT: scientific machine learning tools
  • Linköping University: simulation tools
  • NTUU «KPI», Kiev: energy in buildings, smart grid
  • SINTEF Digital, SINTEF Industri: petroleum production simulation
  • Equinor Research Center, Porsgrunn: offshore applications of modeling and control
  • Kelda Drilling Controls AS, Porsgrunn: offshore applications of modeling for control
  • KDI, Porsgrunn: petroleum production simulation
  • Skagerak Kraft AS, Porsgrunn: applications of modeling, control, and optimization within hydro power production
  • Statkraft, Oslo: applications of modeling, control, and optimization within hydro power production
  • HydroCen FME, Trondheim: applications of modeling, control, and optimization within hydro power production
  • Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo: systems biology, PBPK

On-going research projects

Examples of on-going RnD projects:

  • Semi-kidd (2016-2020): oil/gas drilling models and sensors for kick/loss detection
  • DigiWell (2020-2024): oil/gas production modeling, control, and optimization
  • HEFTY (2017-2021): population balance models and control for fertilizer production
  • OpenHPL (2016-): A Modelica based simulation library for hydropower systems
  • Energy use in buildings (2013-)
  • Flood management (2013-)

Research group leader

Group members

PhD students