Stiftelsen Sintef


SINTEF is an independent research foundation with 2150 employees. Contract research carried out by SINTEF covers all scientific and technical areas, and ranges from basic research through applied research to commercialisation of results into new products and business ideas, for both the domestic and international markets. SINTEF’s annual turnover is approx. NOK 2 billion. Contracts for industry and the public sector generate more than 90% of our income, while only 7% comes in the form of basic grants from the Research Council of Norway.

SINTEF is represented in this consortium by the Department of Applied Mathematics, being part of the SINTEF Institute of Information and Communications Technology. The department has long traditions within simulation, geometry and computer graphics, and is a driving force in Europe within the emerging field of Isogeometric Analysis., Technology developed is integrated in modular and easy-to-use program libraries that are available both under Open Source and commercial licenses.

SINTEF ICT is currently coordinating 16 projects financed under FP6 and FP7, among them the IP IQmulus (ICT-8-4.4 - Intelligent Information Management) and the Factory-of-the-Future STREP TERRIFIC on enhancing the interoperability of computational tools for the design, analysis and optimization of functional products. Overall SINTEF’s institutional experience with EU-financed projects goes back several decades.

The SINTEF team also provided the coordination of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network SAGA (Shapes, Geometry, Algebra, 2008-2012) and Technical Manager of the FP6 Network of Excellence AIM@SHAPE on 3D shape modelling, where it was also responsible for the training WP. In data fusion, SINTEF is currently the leader of the subproject on 3D Modelling for Virtual Tower Operations, focussed on the use of highquality 3D airport models for virtual towers, created from heterogeneous data sources, as part of the SESAR (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research) Joint Undertaking. SINTEF currently has two strategic projects on visualization: INSTANT, targeting interactive visualization of scientific data using cloud technology; and INSPIRE, targeting 3D stereographic visualization and interaction. SINTEF also has several ongoing visualization projects in collaboration with industrial partners (Sim Surgery, Statoil,and Ceetron), and the Norwegian Research Council.

In VELaSSCo SINTEF activity will be dominated by work in WP3 and address the representation of analysis results and extends to 3-variate fields the compact LR B-spline formats currently under development for 2-variate fields. Further WINTEF will address the interrogation of fields for the extraction and representation of, e.g., iso-surfaces in the compact LR B-splines formats (WP2) for fast transfer and efficient visualization (WP4).

People involved: 

Dr. Tor Dokken is Chief Scientist and the Research Manager of the Geometry Group in the Department of Applied Mathematics, and the coordinator of IQmulus. He is also Principal Investigator at the Norwegian centre for excellent research “Centre of Mathematics for Applications” at the University of Oslo. He was the coordinator of the Initial Training Network SAGA (Shapes, Geometry, Algebra) in the FP7 People programme and is the coordinator of the Factory-of-the-Future STREP TERRIFIC (2011-2014) on enhancing interoperability. His current scientific interests concern the use of the newly-developed concept of LR Bsplines in various practical applications, among compact representation of large data-sets.

Senior Scientist Vibeke Skytt is an expert in NURBS and spline algorithms for CAD and isogeometric analysis, CAD-model quality challenges and the mathematical technology of advanced CAD-systems. She is also a central architect in the numerous SINTEF software toolkits, as well as the manager of the Isogeometric Toolkit in the TERRIFIC Project, which the VELaSSCo project will build on and extend.

Heidi E. I. Dahl did her undergraduate studies at Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France, followed by a Master degree (2006) in Mathematics at the University of Oslo. She started in SINTEF in 2006. From 2009 to 2012 she was an Early Stage Researcher employed at Vilnius University, Lithuania in the Marie-Curie Initial Training Network SAGA. In the autumn of 2012 she returned to SINTEF's and the geometry group in the Applied Mathematics department, working as part of the coordination teams for FP7 STEPSs and IPs Terrific, IQmulus, and CloudFlow and in parallel wrapping up her PhD thesis.