Welcome to my website!

I am a Førsteamanuensis (Associate Professor) at the Department of Computer Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Gjøvik, Norway (see profile). My research interests revolve around the modelling, analysis and the reconstruction of emergence processes associated with institutions, captured in the theme of institutional modelling. This research area operates at the intersection of computer science and social sciences, addressing the question of how artificial entities – agents – can develop an understanding of their “normative reality” in order to model cooperation and conflict behaviour observed in real human societies. This further involves the challenge of encoding actual policies in a form that is consumable by agents. Beyond this, my research looks at how can we can use such mechanisms to inform policy, or even generate institutional structures that can be applied in the real world (e.g., by means of blockchain technology).

In addition to my research, I am teaching in the area of cloud computing and serious games and are the current coordinator for the Master in Applied Computer Science at NTNU. Prior to my current role, I had been lecturing at the Otago Polytechnic (New Zealand) in the area of systems development and operations (operating systems, system administration, virtualisation). I completed my PhD in the area of Agent-based Modelling, or more specifically, Agent-based Institutional Modelling at the University of Otago (New Zealand).

This site offers an overview of my research interests, developed concepts, and associated publications (see menu at the top of this page). Over time, I will put some more of my software projects online, some of which may be of use to computational social scientists, as well as earlier work in the area of agent-oriented software engineering.

If not working you can find me swimming, making music and – less frequently since moving to the Nordic climate – diving.