Background and activities

Bjarne Foss is Pro-Rector for Research at NTNU from 1 August 2017.

The Vice President Research at NTNU has a specific responsibility for monitoring research and strategy at the university. This includes research training. He also coordinates NTNU's international contacts.

Bjarne Foss has been a professor at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics since 1989. He has a PhD in Engineering Cybernetics from NTNU. 

Current positions

  • 2017 –   Vice President Research, NTNU
  • 1989 –   Professor, Department of Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU

Executive board positions

  • 2000 – 2015  Board member of Cybernetica AS (spin-off company within process control)
  • 2000 - 2002  Board member of First Scandinavia (foundation for youth interest in STEM)
  • 2002 – 2005 Board member of NTNU
  • 2009 – 2017 Board member of NTNU
  • 2013 –          Board member of Solution Seeker AS (spin-off company within AI)
  • 2017 -           Board member of Universities Norway (Universitets og høgskolerådet)
  • 2018 -           Chair of Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at NTNU

Research interests

  • Modeling, control and optimization for industrial applications
    - Production optimization
    - Data analytics
    - Model predictive control
  • Model based control and optimization

Research projects

  • Main supervisor for 31 completed PhD degrees
  • Project leader for several national industry development projects
  • Project leader in several international development projects (for ESA and EU)


  • 300 refereed journal papers, conference publications and book-chapters
  • H-factor 39, ~7000 citations (Google Scholar)
  • 2 patents
  • Co-author of one book.
  • Guest editor in scientific journals
  • A substantial number of restricted technical reports and international keynotes and invited lectures

Professional activities

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



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


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