Partners & People – SINTEF


SINTEF is an independent research institute, and receives direct government support for only a very small proportion of its operating costs. Almost all of SINTEF’s income is from contract research with Norwegian and international industry, and from public funding authorities through competitive calls. Contract research carried out by SINTEF covers all scientific and technical areas, and ranges from basic research through applied research to commercialisation of results into new products and business ideas, for both the domestic and international markets. SINTEF is represented by SINTEF ICT, the unit specialising in information and communication technology, and SINTEF Energy Research (ER), the unit specialising in technologies related to the energy sector.

Relevant skills/experience/technologies: SINTEF ER is a center for international expertise in power production, transmission, distribution and the use of energy, including industrial processes and products. It has been involved in a wide range of research topics related to the deregulation of the power markets in Norway and the rest of the world. The market and operational challenges related to handling of shortage of energy, power and transmission capacity has been subject for research in several recent projects.
SINTEF ICT has strong expertise on dynamic service oriented context-aware and self-adaptive architectures and experience with applying it in several application areas, for example mobile and ubiquitous computing. Both units have extensive experience over many years of participation in EU R&D projects, in both technical and co- ordination roles, such as SUSPLAN FP7 ENERGY 2007.7.3.5 (2009-2011) (SINTEF ER: Coordinator), European Smart Meter Alliance (ESMA) EU-IEE 2007-2009. In the ICT sector we can mention IST projects MADAM, MUSIC, and UNIVERSAAL, all with SINTEF as coordinator, and ITEA project OSIRIS, which all included ICT challenges and solutions of the same nature as foreseen for CoSSMic.

SINTEF ICT’s group on Social Inclusion Technologies has extensive experience from user centric design of ambient technologies and applications in various domains. It is currently leading a number of user centric design activities in EU projects such as OPTET and FARSEEING. As part of our effort, an open framework for co-design of ICT technologies called Nidaros Framework has been developed by us and is used as a high level framework.

Main tasks in the project

SINTEF is responsible for project coordination and to facilitate effective technical management. Scientifically SINTEF will focus its contribution on elaboration of the overall concept and architecture and the involvement of end users throughout the development (WP2, WP3 and WP6 Furthermore SINTEF will participate in WP4 with a focus on suitable distributed p2p oriented optimisation algorithm).

People involved in the project

Svein Hallsteinsen (Project Coordinator) is a senior scientist at SINTEF ICT, and has extensive experience from R&D projects in the domain of software engineering. His research interests include software architecture, software product lines, self-adaptive software and mobile and ubiquitous computing. He has participated in several European projects both under the IST (REBOOT, MADAM, and MUSIC) and the ITEA (Café, Families, OSIRIS) umbrellas. Svein Hallsteinsen had the role as technical manager in MADAM and MUSIC. He has also served as reviewer in several commission-funded projects.

Dr. Shanshan Jiang (Technical Manager) is a research scientist in SINTEF ICT. She has participated in several EU and ITEA projects (MUSIC, SIMS, Aniketos, universAAL, OSIRIS) within software engineering, ubiquitous computing and autonomic computing. Her research topics include SOA, IoT, service deployment and evolution. She has a PhD on service engineering and management from NTNU (2008).

Dr. Babak Farshchian is a senior research scientist at SINTEF ICT, with more than 10 years of experience in research and project management in telecom and R&D. He was a senior corporate researcher and project manager at Telenor and has been involved in numerous EC-funded RTD projects in different roles since 1996. He is actively involved in research in the areas of pervasive computing and computer-supported cooperative work, holding a PhD. from NTNU in the area of CSCW, and an adjunct assoc. professorship in the same university.

Dr. Idar Petersen, Research Scientist and project manager at SINTEF Energy Research, has been working as SW Design Manager at emgs and CTO at Maritime Robotics before joining SINTEF in 2011. Research activities focus on transmission expansion planning for integration of renewables with focus on grid connection of renewable power.

Leendert Wienhofen, Research Scientist. After finishing his B.Eng in The Netherlands, Leendert Wienhofen started working for CognIT a.s in Oslo as a knowledge engineer in 2000. He has mostly been working on EU research projects with a focus on a combination of ontologies, semantic web related technology, mobile platforms and business processes. In 2006, he started working for SINTEF ICT, Scandinavia’s largest independent research institute and continued working on (EU) projects mostly related to mobile, context aware technology. In 2009 he started working on a PhD at NTNU with the main research focus on the quality of complex events in stemming from event processing technology applied in hospitals. Getting the right information to the right person at the right time has always been one of the main topics in his work.

Thomas Vilarinho is a research scientist at SINTEF ICT with wide experience in communication systems, software design and development. He has a long experience with internet of things from his previous jobs at Gemalto and Telenor, but also from his participation on the FP7 project SOCIETIES already with SINTEF. His experiences in EU projects also involves the participation in the Farseeing  project and the lead of the end-users applications workpackage of OPTET. Parallel to his research, Thomas does a lot of software development and has expertise ranging from languages such as Java, Javascript, C and PHP and frameworks such as OSGI, Android, Play and Spring.

Ms. Hanne Sæle, has MSc in Electrical Engineering and is presently a Research Scientist and project manager. She has experience from national and international (EU) projects regarding demand response issues, energy consumption, customer behaviour and power market design.