We are currently 18 researchers, some of whom also work as senior software engineers. For more than 20 years, we have been developing optimisation methods, software prototypes, libraries and components, and we have built a strong international level of competence and publication record in optimisation. Our software libraries contain a range of different solution methods (exact and approximate) that have been refined over many years. (We do work with the main commercial solvers as well.) In recent years, we have also developed our own discrete event simulator. We conduct basic and applied research on
- and timetabling problems.
Our main market areas are transportation: road, maritime, and aviation; healthcare; sports; building and infrastructure; and finance. We commercialise our results through spin-off companies and software vendors and sometimes sell directly to end users (industry and the public sector).
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Spider is a versatile and powerful software component for optimized transportation planning and vehicle routing. It offers a huge potential for savings in transportation through cutting edge optimization algorithms. Spider has been developed by SINTEF in close collaboration with industrial users over many years. It is integrated in the web solution of Distribution Innovation AS (DI) for planning of optimal routes in last-mile logistics, and also the DI solution Plan & Go for dynamic transportation planning.
Currently, maintenance planning in the railroad domain is predominantly performed manually and involves: Crew scheduling (assigning maintenance tasks to crews dependent on skill set) and job shop scheduling (assign time slots for vehicles to depot workstations). These activities should be synchronised and coordinated with vehicles revenue generating activity (where the vehicles are scheduled to transporting goods or passengers). Due to the substantial fixed costs involved, improved planning is expected to generate significant cost savings.
We are the research partner in Spacemaker's innovation project OptiSite. OptiSite will make Spacemaker a global leader in software tools for building design and site planning. In the project we improve and develop optimisation and AI technology to assist property development.
The CO2REOPT project aims at developing methods and tools for full external transport integration where suppliers, manufacturers and customers share a fully integrated and optimized intermodal supply chain.
The goal of the SmartPower project is to demonstrate the usefulness of modern optimisation methods for demand response applications in energy markets. To this end, we develop a prototype for optimised power matching/load balancing in large scale Smart Grids, a highly complex optimisation problem.
Next Generation Decision Support Tool
Enabling better collaboration between humans and decision support systems in time-critical complex domains
DynamITe competence project
New optimization models and solution algorithms are needed to develop systems and services for intermodal personal journey planning and vehicle routing that handle dynamics effectively and efficiently.
This is a large industrial project between Nobina AB in Sweden and SINTEF Optimisation. The project focuses on building a personnel scheduling engine - SkiftOpt - that matches bus drivers to shifts. The engine creates a work schedule for personnel by matching bus drivers to shifts for a given planning horizon while considering skills, competence, fairness, laws, regulations, as well as the bus drivers' preferences. The output is a schedule of the working hours for the drivers. In 2016, the new system with the SkiftOpt engine inside was rolled out in Sweden. In 2017, the plan is to roll out the engine in Denmark and Finland.
The BONVOYAGE project aims at designing, developing and testing a platform optimizing multimodal door-to-door transport of passengers and goods.
SPORTING aims to take sports scheduling from the current fragmented, unsatisfactory and obsolete state to a unified, efficient and user-centric future. It will make Profixio a global leader in the sports scheduling market thanks to an innovative sport scheduling software based on state-of-the-art mathematics optimization and a innovative graphical user interface.
Norwegian researchers make European air traffic more efficient
Many major European airports are unable to expand. This means that aircraft departures, arrivals and surface movements will have to be speeded up. A Norwegian system designed to make all airport movements more efficient is tested in Hamburg, and at Arlanda in Stockholm and Charles de Gaulle in Paris.
Optimal fixture scheduling
With help from SINTEF, the northern Norwegian company Profixio is aiming to become a world leader in fixture scheduling for handball, football and volleyball tournaments.
Preventing air accidents
A Norwegian, satellite-based system aims to ensure that helicopters and light aircraft are prevented from colliding with power lines and other obstacles.
Norwegian IT researchers are the best in the world
International IT researchers have limited contact with the industry, and tend to stay in their offices, working on concepts and studies. Norwegian researchers work closely with companies – and win awards
Mathematics as a means to stop snoring
A flag waving in the wind can illustrate what we call "air-solids interaction". When the wind hits the top of the flagpole the flag dances to the wind's rhythms, often in complex ways. And as we all know: it takes two to tango. The air-flow is also influenced by the flag's movements; the direction and speed of air-flow changes along the flag's surface. This constitutes what is known as a two-way fluid-structure interaction (FSI).