Background and activities

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

The Pro-Rector for research at NTNU has a specific responsibility for monitoring research and strategy at the university. This includes research training. Pro-Rector for Research 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–  , Pro-Rector for Research, NTNU
  • 1989–  , Professor, NTNU (on leave)

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 37, 5800 citations (Google Scholar)
  • 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

  • 2008–, Member of the The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (founded 1760)
  • 2007–, Member of SPE
  • 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: 2011 IBM Open Collaborative Faculty Award
  • 2010: 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