About us

What is SIRIUS?

SIRIUS is a Norwegian Centre for Research-driven Innovation that addresses the problems of scalable data access in the oil & gas industry. The centre combines public funding for basic research with funding from its industry partners into an 8 year programme for industrial innovation. The centre started 1st November 2015 and will, according to plan, finish 31st October 2023.

The SIRIUS researchers are experts in IT technologies, including high-performance and cloud computing, database technology, semantic technologies and natural language processing. The centre also includes researchers in the area of working practices involving novel technology.

The centre aims to provide the oil & gas business with better ways to access and use the massive amounts of data that are generated in projects and daily operation. Problems with data access are made more acute by the rise of big data, the internet of things and digitalisation of enterprises. SIRIUS approaches these problems using an interdisciplinary approach, as successful innovation depends on the combination of technologies.

The centre is designed to support technological innovation through a portfolio of projects defined by the centre ́s board. These projects develop basic technology in laboratory projects and then move the technology through prototypes to pilots in industrial applications. The centre ́s intellectual property model is designed to build a core of open knowledge on which commercial applications can be built.

SIRIUS aims to be an intellectual hub for applied industrial IT in South-Eastern Norway. It has dedicated premises in the Informatics Department at the University of Oslo and collaborates widely, both nationally and internationally. Many of the results generated by the centre will also be of relevance outside the oil and gas industry. The centre is therefore also active in communicating and applying its results to other areas such as Healthcare, Manufacturing and Public Administration.

What is scalable data access?

We are all familiar with the difficulties of finding a specific file on a computer. For large companies, this translates to millions of files spread out over thousands of computers. Accessing the desired information equates to finding the proverbial needle in a haystack, assuming you know the correct haystack in which to begin your search. The main bottleneck limiting the exploitation of this data is the difficulty of accessing exactly the required data.

Who finances SIRIUS?

The SIRIUS Centre is financed by the Research Council of Norway under project number 237889. All partners contribute to the core budget. The University of Oslo funds the infrastructure and services required to host the centre.

Management Team


Prof. Arild Waaler

University of Oslo


Knut Sebastian Tungland



Dr. David Cameron

University of Oslo

Deputy Director

Prof. Einar Broch Johnsen

University of Oslo

Mentoring and Education Coordinator

Assoc. Prof. Ingrid Chieh Yu

University of Oslo

Scientific Coordinator

Prof. Ian Horrocks

University of Oxford


SIRIUS draws together a consortium of leading industrial organisations across the oil & gas value chain, including operators (Statoil), service companies (Schlumberger and DNV-GL) and IT companies (Computas, Evry, fluid Operations AG, Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, fluid Operations AG, IBM, Kadme, Numascale, OSISoft and SAP).

In SIRIUS these companies work with researchers from the University of Oslo, NTNU, the University of Oxford and Simula Research Laboratories.

The SIRIUS Space

© Trond Isaksen/Statsbygg

The SIRIUS centre is located on the 8th floor of the Informatics Building at the University of Oslo. This SIRIUS Space provides an environment where:

  • All University of Oslo researchers associated with the centre are located together.
  • Space is available for visiting researchers from partners and collaborating institutions.
  • Facilities and décor will establish a centre identity and provide a pleasant and attractive environment for partners to hold meetings and work when in the Oslo area. Our aim is to make the SIRIUS Space an attractive forum for the Oil and Gas IT industry in South-East Norway.