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SIRIUS is an international centre, with collaborations across Europe and the world. We are active in European Union projects and initiatives and pursue research collaborations with the best universities and corporate research units in Europe, Brazil and the United States. We also work closely with Norwegian clusters and research institutions.
SIRIUS offers opportunities for bachelor students, masters students, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers. We offer challenging and interesting master’s projects, practical student assistant positions and placements with leading companies.
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.
Each year, Knut Sebastian Tungland, the chairman of SIRIUS’ General Assembly, opens the General Assembly with an address, that is then expanded into the foreword to the SIRIUS Annual report.
Arild Waaler. the director of the centre, writes on the strategic direction of the centre and its research.
David Cameron, SIRIUS’ coordinator, writes on the innovation and industrial focus of the centre.
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 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.
SIRIUS draws together a consortium of leading industrial organisations across the oil & gas value chain, including operators (Equinor), service companies (Schlumberger, Aibel, Aker Solutions, TechnipFMC and DNV GL) and IT companies (Computas, Evry, Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, 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 centre is located on the 8th floor of the Informatics Building at the University of Oslo. This SIRIUS Space provides an environment where:
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