Research area: Networked systems

The research area addresses the architecture and engineering of future networked systems as well as platforms for such systems. In particular, the research focuses on novel services, system solutions and development methods that have potential to deliver industrial and/or organization benefits in the medium to long term.

Research activites

The main research activities at the research area include:

  • Systems engineering (Bræk, Herrmann) [+]

    Systems engineering (Bræk, Herrmann) [–]

    The current research goal of systems engineering is to realize a new development paradigm where UML collaborations and activities are used to model collaborative behaviour on a high level of abstraction followed by automatic synthesis of distributed designs and generation of executable quality code. The work is rooted in industrial needs and carried out in cooperation with industry to ensure relevance and value. The SPACE method and ARCTIS tool, developed by the group, is now beginning to prove its capacity for substantial reuse (70%), short development times and high quality on industrial applications. Work on mechanisms to ensure security, dependability and safety is associated with this. The runtime platform now commercialized by TellU and Telenor Objects has emerged through earlier collaboration.
  • Services and service management (Aagesen, Bræk, Kristiansen, Thanh) [+]

    Services and service management (Aagesen, Bræk, Kristiansen, Thanh) [–]

    Focuses on new services, service architectures and service management emphasizing mobility and adaptability. The service management research addresses new issues in mobility management, capability and status management and configuration management including the autonomic and self-* properties. Service architecture research focuses on architectural support for services and service management. The TAPAS architecture and platform is a key result in this area. The group also addresses architectural support for mobility and service continuity across networks and service providers. Health care is an application domain for new services, being addressed in collaboration with the department of computer and information science and the faculty of medicine (health informatics) at NTNU. The focus is on pervasive technology in health care, which includes voice communication, alarms, sensors, medical information systems (EPR), nurse call systems etc. Citywide services for situated collaborative learning is another application domain (in collaboration with IDI and LIKT). The emerging Internet of Things and Smart Grid is being addressed as systems engineering applications using the ARCTIS tool.
  • Multimedia (Rønningen) [+]

    Multimedia (Rønningen) [–]

    Aims to realize an extremely challenging vision of nearly natural adaptive 3D scene & traffic control architectures in “Distributed Multimedia Plays” that is virtual collaborations in games, business, education, concerts, opera, theatre and future television. This work utilizes the 3D laboratory.


The research area is a part of the following projects:




Please contact the research area coordinator Professor Peter Herrmann.