Partners & People – Universitetet I Oslo


Universitetet I Oslo

Founded in 1811, it is Norway’s oldest and largest university, offering a world-class research and learning experience. There are eight faculties at the University, in addition to the Viking ships museum, the Historical museum, the Natural history museum and the Main library, with 3.6 million items. UiO is ranked among the 100 top universities in the world. The University of Oslo has several National Centers of Excellence (CoEs), and is an active player in European research activities, with more than 100 projects funded so far in EUs 7th Framework Programme. Three Nobel Prize winners indicate the quality of the research at the University.
The Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo is the largest and most comprehensive school of computer science in Norway. The research in CoSSMic is carried out within the realm of the research group in Network and Distributed Systems, whose goal is to investigate paradigms, architectures, and methods that facilitate creation of new networked applications. The research covers topics like distributed systems, middleware, self-adaptive software systems, ubiquitous and mobile systems, sensor networks, and video streaming.

Main tasks in the project

The University of Oslo will mainly be responsible for the distributed control and the collaborative “power game” using reinforcement learning agents. The main contributions will be in Task 4.3, Learning and Self-optimisation, and in Task 4.2, Multi-agent Framework. Researchers from the university will also support the work in the other tasks of Work Package 4, and help validating the business models with respect to the distributed economical game played by the involved actors.

People involved in the project

Dr. Geir Horn is Head of European ICT Research at the The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. He previously held positions as senior scientist and research director at SINTEF in Oslo, before spending 4 years in more basic research at the SIMULA Research Laboratory. He has been working with European research for 20 years and has managed several European collaborative projects. Geir has participated in multiple proposal evaluations for IST/ICT in FP5, FP6 and FP7 and is also on the review panel for several running ICT projects. His current research interests are on how to handle complexity and services choreography for large-scale distributed applications through adaptation, autonomic decisions, self-awareness, and emergence.

Prof. B. John Oommen is full professor with the honorary rank of Chancellor’s Professor, awarded for life, at the School of Computer Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His research interests include Automata Learning, Adaptive Data Structures, Statistical and Syntactic Pattern Recognition, Stochastic Algorithms and Partitioning Algorithms. He is the author of more than 310 refereed journal and conference publications, and is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the IAPR. John has been on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, and Pattern Recognition. John has collaborated with Geir over the last years resulting in some significant publications, and he will work part-time for the University of Oslo in CoSSMic and thus giving the project an international reach.