Simula Milestones

The highlights of Simula's history

2015

  • The Simula–UiO–UCSD Research and PhD (SUURPh) training collaboration in computational biomedicine is established, receiving support from the government for eight PhDs, equally split between Simula and UiO.
  • Simula and UiB join forces and create the limited company Simula@UiB to conduct research, education, and innovation of ICT cybersecurity, receiving core funding from the Ministry of Transport of Communications.
  • Professor Olav Lysne, Section Director of Communication Systems at Simula, is appointed to head another government commission on digital vulnerability.

2014

  • Simula gets a record turnout of EU projects within the Horizon2020 LEIT-ICT programme, with an unprecedented success rate of 40% as four of ten projects were granted. In comparison, the global success rate was 12.8%, and the turnout makes Simula the 6th largest recipient of funding in LEIT-ICT.
  • By successfully achieving five FRINATEK projects with the Norwegian Research Council in 2014, Simula has in fact since 2011 received a total of nine FRINATEK projects – on a par with the University of Bergen and surpassed only by the University of Oslo and NTNU.
  • Funding for the educational collaboration programme in computational biomedicine between Simula, UCSD and UiO (SUURPh) is granted by the Norwegian Government.
  • Professor Olav Lysne, Section Director of Communication Systems at Simula, is appointed to head a government commission on digital vulnerability.

2013

  • Gründergarasjen, Simula’s Innovation arena, opens its doors for IT-oriented entrepreneurs.
  • Simula celebrates the opening of the Centre for Resilient Networks and Applications. This centre is a permanent extension of the Resilient Networks project, funded by the Ministry of Transport and Communication.
  • Simula is awarded the Gender Equality Award for 2013 by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. The award is given to the institution with the foremost regimen for improving its gender balance.
  • Simula and the University of Bergen initiates a joint effort in forming a research group in cyber security and cryptology, with the ambition to establish a permanent presence of Simula in Bergen.

2012

  • In the national evaluation of research in ICT, Simula receives the top score “excellent” for two of the research areas and “very good” for the third. Nationally, only 5 of the 61 evaluated research groups scored “excellent”, and Simula ranks 1st in the country with respect to average scores.
  • Simula, together with six partners, is awarded a European FP7 project, RITE (Reducing Internet Latency). Simula is coordinating the project.

2011

  • Simula is awarded a Centre for Research-based Innovation by the Research Council of Norway: the Certus Centre, headed by Arnaud Gotlieb.
  • Oslo University Hospital is awarded a Centre for Research-based Innovation: the Centre for Cardiological Innovation, with Simula and GE VingMed Ultrasound as equal partners. Dr. Molly Maleckar is head of the Simula branch.
  • Simula, together with seven partners, is awarded a European FP7 project, OPENCOSS (Open Platform for Evolutionary Certification of Safety-critical Systems).
  • Simula and Statoil expand their collaboration and enter into a five-year agreement for the 5DPaleoEarth project.

2010

  • Simula proposes to establish an educational collaboration with the University of California, San Diego and the University of Oslo.
  • The Ministry of Transport and Communications funds the Resilient Networks project for another five years.
  • The Journal of Systems and Software ranks Simula as the world’s most productive institution in systems and software research. Professor Magne Jørgensen is again ranked as the worlds’ most productive researcher within the field.
  • The Ministry of Education and Research acquires 100% ownership of Simula.
  • The future location is settled and Simula enters into a new 10-year contract with IT Fornebu.

2009

  • Simula is evaluated with strong results: one department is rated “excellent in every aspect”, the second department is “excellent”, and the third department is ”very good with excellent elements”.
  • The book “Simula Research Laboratory – by thinking constantly about it” is published by Springer.
  • Simula enters into a long-term contract under Statoil’s Academia program, the only non-university institution in the program.

2008

  • Professor Magne Jørgensen is ranked number one in a worldwide assessment of the most productive systems and software engineering scholars published in the Journal of Systems and Software.
  • Simula is ranked third in the same assessment on the list of the world’s most productive research institutions within systems and software engineering.

2007

  • Simula School of Research and Innovation is established: Simula Research Laboratory (56%), Statoil (21%), The Municipality of Bærum (14%), Telenor (7%), Norwegian Computing Centre (1%), SINTEF (1%). 
  • Simula researcher Dr. Anders Logg is awarded the Outstanding Young Investigator Grant from the Research Council of Norway. 
  • Professor Lionel Briand is hired at Simula.

2006

  • All parties present in the Parliament officially support the 10-year extension of Simula’s contract. 
  • Simula is awarded a Centre of Excellence in Biomedical Computing from the Research Council of Norway, headed by Professor Hans Petter Langtangen. 
  • The Ministry of Transport and Communications allocates funding for the period 2006–2010 to the Resilient Networks project. 
  • Kalkulo is established (100% owned by Simula). Its main intention is to establish an organisational distinction between commercial contract research and basic research activities at Simula.

2005

  • In light of the evaluation of 2004, the Research Council of Norway decides to extend its contract with Simula until 2010. 
  • Simula and Hydro (now Statoil) begin a significant research collaboration that continues to expand up to the present day. 
  • The Annual General Meeting of Simula announces that the Ministry of Research and Education takes a positive view of Simula’s collaboration with Hydro and that it encourages Simula to seek similar agreements that will contribute to innovation in industry and society.

2004

  • Simula is evaluated: one department is rated “excellent”, the second department is well on its way to the same rating, and the third department is also most promising. 
  • The evaluation committee recommends that Simula be put on a 5+5 year contract. 
  • Simula researcher Dr. Joakim Sundnes is awarded the Outstanding Young Investigator Grant from the Research Council of Norway. 
  • Simula Innovation is established (100% owned by Simula) to promote the transition of Simula research into practise. 
  • The Norwegian government states that funding of Simula no longer requires a location at Fornebu.

2003

  • Simula’s strategy of directed basic research is formulated.

2002

  • Simula officially opened by Kristin Clemet, then Minister of Research and Education. 
  • Simula is established as a limited company owned by the government (80%), SINTEF (10%) and the Norwegian Computing Centre (10%). 
  • Professor Aslak Tveito is appointed leader of Simula.

2001

  • Simula officially opened by Kristin Clemet, then Minister of Research and Education. 
  • Simula is established as a limited company owned by the government (80%), SINTEF (10%) and the Norwegian Computing Centre (10%). 
  • The Research Council pledges funding for 10 years on the condition that a successful international evaluation is conducted within five years.