B-spline master courses at the University of Oslo since 1976
In 1976 the first master level course on B-splines was lectured by Prof. Tom Lyche. This course was the starting point of the very close cooperation between the University of Oslo and SINTEF on spline technology. Among the five students following this first course was Tor Dokken, that after completing his master thesis in 1978 was employed at SI (merged with SINTEF I 1993) in CAD-group to work on challenges within the modelling and processing of sculptured surfaces with a focus on polynomial splines.
The project portfolio of SI included a number of large international research projects APS and GPM that combined challenges in industry with the freedom to try out new ideas within spline technology. Often these challenges identified the need for extensions of B-spline theory; such challenges were passed on to Prof. Lyche and his group. This sharing of ideas between the industrial research at SINTEF and the basic research at the University of Oslo has resulted in a numerous of research results with high industrial relevance.
Over the years numerous master and PhD students have included the spline course at the University of Oslo into their master curriculum, quite a few of these were employed at SINTEF, many later being employed by industry. Quite a few SINTEF employees needing splines for their research has followed these courses to extend their knowledge to the basics of splines.
For information on the current spline course lectured at the University of Oslo click here.
Cooperation on Approximate Algebraic Geometry
The introduction of Approximate Implicitization in the Doctor Philos. thesis of Tor Dokken in 1997 extended the cooperation the University of Oslo also include Prof. Ragni Piene at the University and her research within classical algebraic geometry. Very visible results of this cooperation are two multi-partner EU-sponsored projects, GAIA (2000-2005) and SAGA (2008-2012), addressing approximate algebraic geometry.
An European Network on Approximate Algebraic Geometry
The EU-sponsored projects GAIA (2000-2005) and SAGA (2008-2012) has established an Euroepan network that combines Computer Aided Geometric Design (CAGD) andreal algebraic geometry. Though this network we have close cooperation with a number of Europen universities and research institutes:
UNIVERSITY OF OSLO, Norway
JOHANNES KEPLER UNIVERSITAET LINZ, Austria
UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA, Spain
VILNIAUS UNIVERSITETAS, Lithuania
NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, Greece