BPM Round Table Norway


The group has for a long time been focused on the application of modelling techniques (including process modeling), and has recently been extended by adding additional perspectives for understanding, developing and evolving information systems in practice. The group has extensive external funding. The projects are funded from the national research council, from European sources, in addition to receiving direct funding from industry. The group is characterised by a research focus on how technology may benefit users and their organisations by supporting relevant work tasks. This may be either by providing methods for developing and evolving useful technology or indirectly, by improving the understanding of how users and organisations may best make use of technology. Clearly, a focus on use and users of technology is in itself not unique. The unique profile of the IS group is tied to how this influences: our relationships with external partners (longitudinal and deep), our approach (pragmatic and interactive), choice of themes (relevance and significance) and research method (mixing qualitative and quantitative modes of inquiry as appropriate). A strong aspect of our group is the close collaboration with external partners such as technology vendors, consultants, user organisations (both private and public) and national agencies.


  • Business Process Modeling (Languages)
  • Model-Based Analysis (Verification, Simulation, etc.)
  • Quality of Models and Modeling languages
  • Process Modeling Guidelines
  • Process Mining
  • Health Informatics and eGovernment

Key persons

Prof. John Krogstie holds a PhD (1995) and a MSc (1991) in information systems from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where he is currently a full professor in information systems. He is also the Vice Dean of the faculty, responsible for the thematic area ICT at NTNU. He has earlier worked in Accenture (1991-200) and SINTEF (2000-2005) before joining NTNU. John Krogstie is the Norwegian representative for IFIP TC8 and chair of IFIP WG 8.1 on information system design and evaluations. His research interests are information systems modelling including business process modelling, quality of models and modelling languages, eGovernment and mobile information systems. He has published around 200 refereed papers in journals, books and archival proceedings since 1991.

Prof. Jon Atle Gulla is professor of Information Systems at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway since 2002. He is the head of the IDI-department and a co-leader of the Web Intelligence and Semantics lab. Gulla received his MSc in 1988 and his PhD in 1993, both at IDI, NTNU. Gulla also has a MSc in Linguistics from 1995 and a MSc of Management (Sloan fellow 2003) at London Business School with a thesis on strategic modelling and simulation of fast growing software companies. He has worked for Elexir Sprachtechnologie and Norsk Hydro in Brussels from 1997 to 2000, focusing on large-scale SAP projects. Gulla’s research focus is on semantic enterprise technologies and enterprise engineering. His research includes intelligent text mining and information retrieval, ontologies and enterprise models, enterprise architectures and systems. An important part of his research is the evaluation of ontologies and business processes supported by enterprise business applications. Gulla has co-founded companies developing computational linguistics software, text mining tools, and business process reengineering tools for ERP-supported businesses. He has cooperated with Norwegian and international companies in several projects He is regularly giving talks to the business community. He has more than 70 publications in international refereed journals and conferences.

Prof. Pieter Toussaint has a Msc in General Linguistics from 1990, and a Msc in Informatics from 1991, and a Ph.D. in Medical informatics, all from the University of Leiden, Thesis: Integration of Information Systems in Health Care (from 1998). He there looked at different ways for modelling work processes as a means of informing information systems design. This was extended after the PhD, when he got involved in a project called 'Models of Care' that was funded by the Dutch research council, in which they used a Language Action Perspective approach (DEMO). He has been employed at NTNU since 2007, since 2010 as full professor. Most of his research is related to the medical domain. His research interest is mostly covered by Computer-mediated communication and the overall themes of Collaboration and Coordination and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work. In 2003 he initiated a research programme focussed on Computer-mediated communication in health care. In 2005 he co-edited a special issue for the International Journal of Medical Informatics on communication in health care, together with prof. E. Coiera from UNSW in Sydney. The COSTT project, for which he is the project manager, focuses on supporting coordination of clinical work.

Dr. Sobah Abbas Petersen has a PhD from NTNU, Norway, in the areas of Enterprise Modelling and Distributed Artificial Intelligence and an MSc. She is a researcher at SINTEF and an Adjunct Associate Professor at NTNU. Her main research interests are in using technology to support distributed work and learning and her recent research has focused on supporting users and learners anytime and anywhere using mobile, ambient and blended technologies. She has worked on International research projects since 1994, including MNEMOS, IMS Globeman 21, ATHENA and ASTRA, where she has represented industry and academic partners. She currently participates in the EU LLP project SIMOLA, the Network of Interest on Serious Games GALA and she is the Operational Manager in the EU project TARGET.

Petersen has several years of experience from industry as an Enterprise Modelling Consultant and an Enterprise Architect. Prior to her position at NTNU, she worked as an Enterprise Modelling Consultant with the companies Metis AS, AT&T, NCR, Computas AS as well as her own company. She has worked with several international companies such as Boeing, Airbus, The Kongsberg Group in Norway and Toyo Engineering Corporation of Japan. She is the author of over 70 scientific publications.

Assoc . Prof. Øystein Nytrø MSc 1984 and PhD 1993 also at NTH (now NTNU). Nytrø is currently Associate professor, at IDI, NTNU. Member of NTNU board for ICT in public sector. Chairman of board of Vivit AS. Previously funding chair, Program for Healthcare Informatics. Researcher at Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, Kjeller. Research scientist at Norwegian Computing Centre. Funder and board member of the Informatics Group of the Norw. Soc. Of Chartered Engineers. Senior Research scientist, SINTEF ICT. Consultant for the Norwegian Research Council. His research interests roughly correspond to four research questions:

  1. Why does software engineering methodology fail to produce good health information systems, repeatedly?
  2. Can explicit semantics for work process representations, in particular clinical guidelines, be used as a basis for designing supportive clinical information systems?
  3. Can the descriptions of care and treatment, i.e. health record content, be harvested, analysed and represented in a way that will enable a better informed (evidence-based) design of both care practice, processes and accompanying information systems?
  4. Can empirically acquired, quantifiable and realistic models of information- and knowledge use and collaboration give rise to more usable and relevant requirements for designing information systems in complex, knowledge-intensive organisations like healthcare?

Local Network

St.Olavs hospital (and other Norwegian hospitals)
Directorate of health
Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi)


John Krogstie
Sem Sælandsvei 7-9
7491 Trondheim

Phone: +47 73593677
Fax: +47 73594466
E-mail: krogstie@idi.ntnu.no
WWW: http://www.idi.ntnu.no/~krogstie