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SIRIUS’ Research and Innovation

The research and innovation activities research in the SIRIUS centre are organised as research programs, detailed below. If you are interested in joining a SIRIUS research program for a master's thesis please see our list of master's topics or contact the research program leader.

Research Programs

Large-scale data access challenges need interdisciplinary solutions. SIRIUS brings together researchers from various disciplines to work together on SIRIUS projects. Research results will be made available through the SIRIUS Laboratory, a shared, open-source repository of software and data. Innovations will be fostered through innovation projects, where the knowledge in the Laboratory is combined with partners’ intellectual property to produce new products and services.


Analysis of Complex Systems

Complex systems occur everywhere in the oil and gas industry. Once such a system is implemented, it becomes very difficult to verify that it always performs exactly as it should and that it does so in an efficient manner. This research program employs lightweight simulation and formal methods in order to analyze the properties of such systems.

Contact: Silvia Lizeth Tapia Tarifa

Ontology Engineering

The digital transformation of the industry depends on rich information models that are intelligible to both computers and humans. Such a model should represent how domain experts view their domain in order to enable them to view and explore the data they require. Constructing, maintaining, and using such models is far from straightforward however. The aim of this research program is to provide tools and methods to domain experts, information modellers, and ontology experts to improve the efficiency and quality of ontology development, maintenance, and use.

Contact: Martin Georg Skjæveland

Semantic Integration

Data within the oil and gas domain typically resides in several different sources and can have vastly different forms and access methods. In order to ensure optimal decision making all of this data must be taken into account; an end-user needs to be able to view and understand all data.

Collaboration with the University of Oxford

Data Science

Industry-relevant data comes in many forms, from structured sources (e.g., databases) and unstructured sources (e.g., natural language documents intended to be read by humans). Having access to all this data is only as useful as the methods one has to evaluate and use this data to make decisions.

Contact: Basil Ell

Scalable Computing

In order to ensure that industry gains a long-term benefit from the tools and methods developed in SIRIUS one must ensure the scalability of these solutions. This research program focusses on research in high-performance computing coupled with scalable cloud computing to support scalable big-data application processing.

Contact: Geir Horn

Industrial Digital Transformation

When adopting new digital technologies, the central challenge industrial companies face is to identify and cultivate the organizational pre-conditions necessary for realizing the potential of these new technologies. Consequently, the realization of their potential falls significantly short of expectations.

Collaboration with NTNU.

Available Master's Theses


List of publications registered in Cristin (National Research Information System).

For an extended overview of publications and presentations, please check the Annual reports.