Background and activities

About Anniken Karlsen

As researcher and educator Karlsen focuses on the development of smart, sustainable systems. She has a particular interest in best practice systems analysis and design techniques, digital transformation and project management. In the context of digital transformation, the interest area includes social robots, digital twins, AR/VR, AI and ML algorithms as powerful building blocks for innovative solutions and optimization of processes or systems in our digital age.  

Consistent with her competencies and research interests Karlsen is head of the research group for Sustainable Digital Transformation. She is also deputy head of the Sustainability Analytics research arena and associated NTNU researcher and core team member at The Centre for Green Shift in the Built Environment - Green2050. Additionally, she is member of the strategic research area group Digital Enterprise and member of the research area group Social Robots.

Karlsen has extensive teaching experience, and has taught 26 engineering courses. She supervises doctoral degree level courses within Scientific Writing and Critical Thinking and has experience as a pedagogical colleague supervisor. She gives guest lectures and speeches at the invitation of various actors.

As Ombudsperson for gender equality and diversity at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Karlsen works, among other things, to ensure that gender balance, gender equality and diversity are included as a natural part of the faculty's and departments' personnel follow-up and management.

Karlsen has previously served as both study programme coordinator, vice-dean, and head of department. She has contributed to the Excited Centre for Excellent IT Education and, among others, been a representative to the National Academic Council for ICT. She has been a long-time action researcher in the Eurostar project SmallBuild+ which resulted in a book about comprehensive business management, digitalisation and implementation of change.  As regards public office, she has among others served in the Aalesund City Council as a group leader and as a member of the city development committee. Karlsen has also been president of Aalesund Rotaryklubb and board member of Atlanterhavsparken.

Karlsen is Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) in Information Science from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bergen (UiB), Norway. She is a Master of Information Technology with a speciality in Health Informatics from The University of Aalborg (AAU), Denmark. Also, she is Siviløkonom from The Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) with one year full teacher training at NNH/UIB and Computer Engineer from Møre and Romsdal University College of Engineering (MRIH), Norway. Karlsen has additionally completed NTNUs Leadership Program for Department Heads and the NTNU UniPed programme.


  • Courses (selection): Scientific Theory,  Information Systems Development, Data Modeling and Databases, Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Economics.
  • Research projects (selection): Smart search and rescue, Demographic modeling in decision support systems, Perception-based methods for visual analysis of multidimensional data, Project evaluation and learning in large hospital projects, Success-factors for well-functioning interaction processes in the construction industry, Robotized production within the construction sector, Person-centered robotics care in nursing homes, Development and testing of a process surveilance and control system.
  • Host for PostDoc Fellows and supervisor for bachelor students, master students and PhD candidates.
  • Reviewer for a variety of national and international publishers (conferences, journals, books).
  • Committee/Chair work (selection): 
    • The International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications, SIMULTECH 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
    • NIKT (four co-located IT conferences) 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
    • The International Conference on Industrial Technology and Management, ICITM 2020, 2022
    • The International Conference on Modeling and Applied Simulation, MAS 2017
    • The International Conference on Circuits, System and Simulation, ICCSS 2017, 2022
    • WeLead 2016 /ICE
    • The European Conference on Modeling and Simulation, ECMS 2015, 2022

Please refer to the Current Research Information System in Norway, CRISTIN, ORCID or CV for further details. 

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Duc, Anh Nguyen; Eikebrokk, Tom Roar; Johannessen, Trond Vegard; Karlsen, Anniken Th; Kaasbøll, Jens Johan; Toussaint, Pieter Jelle. (2019) Vol. 27 No. 1 (2019): Proceedings from the annual NOKOBIT conference held in Narvik 26-27 November 2019. 2019.
  • Karlsen, Anniken Th. (2019) Inspirasjonsforedrag - Jenter og teknologi. Jenteprosjektet Ada - NTNU . NTNU; NMK - Møretanken. 2019-02-07 - 2019-02-07.
  • Karlsen, Anniken Th. (2019) Lederskap i fremtiden: Kontinuerlig endring - Digitale muliggjørende teknologier. Guest lecture at the Spilka/Vello Management Workshop . Spilka/Vello; Hjelset, Gamle Stokke-fabrikken. 2019-06-21 - 2019-06-21.
  • Karlsen, Anniken Th. (2019) Women in Digital. Inspirational lectures to new students at NTNU in Ålesund . NTNU in Ålesund; NTNU in Ålesund, Fyrtårnet. 2019-08-12 - 2019-08-12.
  • Karlsen, Anniken Th; Gjære Gundersen, Marie. (2019) Mangfold for innovasjon og bærekraft. Sunnmørsposten.







  • Karlsen, Anniken Th. (2013) Enterprise modeling: An exposé of frameworks, approaches and tools. Research seminar at the Mechatronics Lab . NTNU i Ålesund; Ålesund. 2013-01-11 - 2013-01-11.




  • Engelseth, Per; Karlsen, Anniken. (2010) The business relationship as the context for value creation - a single case study of enterprise modelling to support it-enabled process change. EIASM 4th workshop on market driven supply chains ; Brussel. 2010-03-24 - 2010-03-25.
  • Engelseth, Per; Karlsen, Anniken; Mork, Ola Jon. (2010) "Product Value" as Boundary Object in Maritime Supply (case study). Configuring Next Generation Supply Chains : Abstracts of papers presented at the 15th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2012) : July 4th-7th, 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Karlsen, Anniken. (2010) Systemutviklingsmetoder. DnD Ildsjelsamling . Styret for Dataforeningen Nordvestlandet; Ålesund. 2010-02-05 - 2010-02-05.


  • Alm, Kristian; Engelseth, Per; Karlsen, Anniken. (2009) Discourses of implementing information systems in corporate merger : a case study from the food exporting industry. System dynamics and innovation in Food networks 2009 : proceedings of the 3rd International European Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in food Nettworks, February 16-02, 2009, Innsbruck-Igls, Austria.


  • Engelseth, Per; Karlsen, Anniken. (2008) A Provisional Framework for Studying Information Connectivity in Food Networks. System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks : Proceedings of the 2nd International European Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks.
  • Karlsen, Anniken. (2008) A research model for enterprise modeling in ICT-enabled process change. 1st IFIP WG 8.1 Conference, PoEM (15:20008:Stockholm) : The practice of enterprise modeling.
  • Karlsen, Anniken; Engelseth, Per. (2008) Corporate Merger and Developing Information Connectivity in a Pelagic Fish Network - a case study. Presentation held at 8th International Conference on Management in AgriFood Chains and Networks ; Ede. 2008-05-28 - 2008-05-30.
  • Karlsen, Anniken; Engelseth, Per. (2008) Packages and information connectivity in supply networks. Nordic Logistics Conference (20 : 2008 : Helsinki, Finland) : Beyond business logistics.


  • Karlsen, Anniken Th. (2006) The financial market's basis for financial decision making. Some scientific-theoretical reflections about the industry as an investment object. VNN-assembly . VNN; Solstrand. 2006-02-09 - 2006-02-10.