Bjarne Foss

Prorector / Vice President Research Pro-Rector Research
+47 92422004
O. S. Bragstads plass 2, Elektro D * 129

Background and activities

Bjarne Foss (born 1957) has been a professor at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics since 1989. He has a PhD in Engineering Cybernetics and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from NTNU. He belongs to the research group Process Control Systems.

Bjarne Foss startet as Prorector / Vice President Research on Aug. 1, 2017.

Current positions

  • 1989–  Full professor at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU
  • 2007–  Area manager at the IO center at NTNU

Other current duties

Research interests

  • Modeling, control and optimization in the upstream petroleum industries
    - Production optimization
    - Well monitoring
    - Model predictive control
  • Model based control and optimization

Research projects

Main supervisor for 29 completed PhD degrees. Project leader for several national industry development projects. Project leader in three international development projects (for ESA and EU).


More than 250 refereed journal papers, conference publications and book-chapters.
H-factor 35, 4500 citations (
2 patents
Co-author of one book. Guest editor Journal of Process Control, Int.J.Control and MIC.
A substantial number of restricted technical reports and international keynotes and invited lectures.

Professional activities

  • 1993- Member The Norwegian Academy of Technical Sciences (NTVA)
  • 1994- Chair, co-chair and member of several IPCs (International Program Comittees)
  • 1996- Member IFAC Technical Committee on Chemical Process Control
  • 1996-2010 Associate editor - Journal of Process Control
  • 1996-2004 Member editorial board - Mathematical Modelling
  • 1997- Senior Member IEEE
  • 2007- Member SPE
  • 2008- Member of the The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (founded 1760)



  • 1980: “Innstilling” awarded for the (MSc) degree–communicated to the Norwegian King.
  • 1995: The Karl Diesel Best Paper Award from the Society of Design & Process Science, Austin, Texas.
  • 2007: Award for pedagogical innovation “Pedagogisk nybrottsarbeid” by Tekna -The Norwegian Society of Chartered Technical and Scientific Professionals
  • 2010: 2010 IBM Open Collaborative Faculty Award
  • 2011: 2011 IBM Open Collaborative Faculty Award

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications