Simula Research Laboratory is something different; a special kind of enterprise. We are a not a university, and we are not a research institute doing contractual work for industry. Rather, we are a government-funded laboratory constructed in order to do the following:
- perform basic research in the field of ICT
- educate graduate students in this field, and
- create new businesses based on our competence.
My job is to make sure that all activities at Simula are directed towards these three issues. If you are interested in reading more about how we do things at Simula, please consult this document. More specifically, I see it as my job to:
- Formulate and implement a clear strategy for Simula Research Laboratory
- Emphasise strong research at an international level, enabling publication in high-quality journals
- Focus our research on carefully selected topics,
- Establish and implement a strategy for creating commercial results based on Simula's research
- Establish and implement a strategy for educating PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers at Simula
- Initiate and nurture collaboration between Simula and scientific and industrial partners
- Maintain and strengthen good relations between Simula's departments and researchers
- Establish good administative and computer operating routines, thus enabling researchers to focus as much as possible on scientific efforts
- Formulate and implement Simula's view on issues arising at Fornebu and ICT-related political issues in Norway
- Report on the general status of Simula Research Laboratory and initiate strategic initiatives for our Board of Directors
- Report on the status of Simula Research Laboratory to the Research Council of Norway and to the three governmental ministries that fund Simula
- Recruit leaders for administrative positions and leading scientists for Simula's departments
All of these assignments are carried out in close cooperation with employees at Simula, with the Board of Directors and with the Scientific Advisory Board.
In my first period as a researcher, I concentrated on nonlinear partial differential equations. More specifically, I tried to understand hyperbolic conservation laws. I also worked on solving linear systems of equations. Later, I became more and more interested in applications. For the last ten years I have tried to understand the Bidomain equations for modelling the electrical activity of the heart. There is a group at Simula working on numerical methods and software for these equations.