Menu close

About the Industrial Research School in Complex Systems

Research on Complex Industrial Systems is an emerging field. Cross-industry- and academia collaboration is needed to further develop the Norwegian industry.


Industrial Research School in Complex Systems (INRESCOS) is funded by the Norwegian Research Council for four-year period starting in 2022 with possible another four year period after interim review. INRESCOS is coordinated by the Faculty of Technology, Natural Science and Maritime at USN. Professor Kristin Falk at Department of Science and Industrial Systems at USN is the scientific coordinator of the school.

The inspiration for the School is the award-winning Industry Master’s program at USN, collaboration structures with industrial PhDs at UiA, and the professionalized research methods practiced at NTNU.

Industry as laboratory is the foundation of the school

Main objectives

  • Develop Norway’s best practice for involving candidates with industry collaboration in a binding structure based on best practices.
  • Give the PhD candidates insight in their own competence and match this with the knowledge and skills that are required in the industry, through reflective workshops connecting the PhD candidates to industry practice.
  • Provide methodologies to be able to understand and communicate the complexity and interrelations related to sustainable innovations and their context.
  • Educate PhD candidates with cutting-edge knowledge and abilities to leverage this knowledge to innovate in complex industrial systems.
  • Operationalize, professionalize and continuously improve the Industry Research School through close collaboration between partners and PhD candidates.


INRESCOS is a collaboration between the University of Southeastern Norway (USN), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the University of Agder (UiA). The research school is hosted by the Faculty of Technology, Natural Science and Maritime at USN.

Academic resources

Academics from all three universities contribute to our programme:

University of South-Eastern Norway (USN)

  • Kristin Falk, Systems Engineering and Subsea Systems

  • Omid Razbani, Systems Engineering

  • Elisabet Syverud, Systems Engineering

  • Gerrit Muller, Systems Engineering

  • Satyanarayana Kokkula, Systems Engineering

  • Svein Thore Hagen, Electrical Power Engineering

  • Olaf Hallan Graven, Computer Science

  • Nils-Olav Skeie, Industrial Machine Learning

  • Knut Vågsæther, Process Technology

  • José Manuel Ferreira, Digital Electronics

  • Lars Erik Øi, Chemical Engineering

  • Jens Klaus-Joachim, Gas Technology/Processing

  • Mo Mansouri, Systems Engineering (Stevens Institute of Technology)

  • Geir Myrdahl Køien, Cybersecurity

  • Lars Hoff, Ultrasound physics and technology

  • Peter Ivar Wide, Autonomous maritime operations

  • Hyungju Kim, Risk Analysis

University of Agder (UiA)

  • Michael R. Hansen, Hydraulics

  • Christian Walter Omlin, Intelligent Systems

  • Mohan Lal Kolhe, Electrical Energy Engineering

  • Morten Goodwin, Artificial Intelligence

  • Mohammad Poursina, Mechatronics

  • Zhiyu Jiang, Civil Engineering

  • Nadia Saad Noori, ICT and Cyber Security

  • Geir Grasmo, Materials Science and Engineering, Engineering Sciences

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

  • Olav Egeland, Robotics and Automation

  • Torgeir Welo, Structural Engineering

  • Martin Steinert, Engineering Design and Innovation

  • Geir Ringen, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

  • Bjørg Margrethe Granly, Sustainable Systems Engineering


keyboard_backspace Contact us