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Steinar Kristoffersen
Position: Associate Professor
Department: Faculty of Logistics
Phone: +4771195816
eMail: Steinar.Kristoffersen@himolde.no
Office: A-146
Cristin ID23153

 About me


My background is basically in informatics, i.e., a computer science-based discipline, which is oriented towards application development, information architectures, usability and organizational change.

In termsof education, I have

o Informatics BSc (1990) and

o Systems development MSc (1993), from the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Oslo University

o Computer Science (1998) from Lancaster University, UK, at the Collaborative Software Engineering Group, SeCAMS (School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences)

Selected project experiences

Project manager for software/portal development www.findcontracts.no and www.findsuppliers.no (2012-)

Møreforsking Moldes project manager for R & D I the EFFEKT project, aiming to make engineer-to-order projects more efficient with industry partners Brunvoll Thrusters AS and Oshaug Metall AS Molde, together with Sintef and NTNU. (2013-)

Participating in the LIFT Supply chain development project with Axtech AS, Motus AS and Hycast AS, together with Sintef and NTNU (2014-).

Working with Marcel Mennink to make hunting a part of scalable adventure tourism (2014).

Information logistics (upstream re. to the ship yard) for Ulstein Verf (2011).

Globally distributed information logistics (downstream re. the designers) for Rolls Royce Maritime (2011).

KS1 (first stage quality assurance) of NAV’s IT modernization project, together with Metier AS, Oslo (2011)

Completion of documentation platforms for offshore-service and -seismic vessels, with Novomar AS (2010)

Part of the negotiation team for the merger between Novomar and Metizoft AS (2010-2011)

Designer and developer of an integration engine for Clinsoft AS (health informatics), pre-2007

Responsible for the due diligence process re. methods, documentation and QA of Mobile Media Company, pre-2004

Responsible for developing the handbook of software engineering for Mobile Media Company, pre-2007.

Architect, designer and programmer on two projects for Branova AS, creating solutions for the airline industry. The platform was Oracle Application Server and Java J2EE, pre-2007.

Project coordinator for Newmad’s contribution to the NORMANS project, which aimed to offer a modern, completely digitized set of equipment for the next generation Norwegian Defence, for Thales Communication Norway, and FFI (the Research Establishment of the Norwegian Defence), pre-2004.

Project coordinator for a product development effort for real-time sound streaming project on the Ericsson R380s for a Norwegian Customer (The Mobile Media Company)), pre-2002.

Project manager for large team (ca. 20) developing a mobile multimedia application and services on Ericsson’s “Communicator” platform (EPOC32 ER6u) for a Norwegian Customer (The Mobile Media Company)), pre 2002.

I am interested in programming and use it a lot still to some extent to test ideas, build formal specification and make prototypes and simulations. However, most of my research is now related to business development comprising innovative usage of IT, in logistics, management and outdoor activities. Business as well as pleasure, in other words, and why not. IT plays an important role in everything that we do. So does knowledge, science and innovation, but strangely enough mainly on the conceptual level, as "magical" indexes and in spite of being superficially treated in almost all of the public eye. This is now the focus of my research, i.e., how to bring substance to the surface with IT (S2SIT). So, I guess it is HCI (Human Computer Interaction). Some examples of projects that I shall pursue in this area are:

o Systematic and Rapid Response Management (S2RM)

o Documentation that makes an IT system maintainable through its entire life-cycle (D2IT)

o Ubiquitous Monitoring for Multisport and Ski Touring (U2MST)



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Recent publications



Kristoffersen, S. (2014). Production, takt and lead time variation : production planning and tardiness probabilities in small-lot production. Proceedings of The 2014 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems : CTS 2014 : May 19-23, 2014, IEEE Press: 236-243.

This paper describes the production planning and control processes of two companies, which interact closely in the maritime supply chain. Our claim is that current theoretical models of the near-static tardiness that may be observed are insufficient. We offer an alternative, probability-based approach. This approach and some associated concepts, such as dedicated manufacturing, the accordion effect, the fixed tardiness anomaly and unlucky units may be used by small-lot, high-competencies and value-adding, innovative manufacturers, to revise the manufacturing planning and control approaches.



Kristoffersen, S., et al. (2014). Logistikkoptimalisering i Biomar Norge AS, Møreforsking Molde AS.



Sriram, P., et al. (2014). Collaborative engineering : a framework for engineering-to-order companies


Production planning and control for engineer-­to-­order: a state-­of-­the-­art case study. Proceedings of The 2014 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems : CTS 2014 : May 19-23, 2014, IEEE Press: 252-258.

This paper aims at conceptualizing and developing a framework for the management of engineering changes (ECs) which are usually modification in the forms, fits, materials, dimensions etc. of the products and constituent components in the engineer-to-order companies. Engineering changes induce a series of downstream changes due to the coupling between multiple departments and responsibilities. Previous investigation conducted by the authors and other researchers have shown that paper based and standalone computerized engineering change management (ECM) systems offer limited support to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, resolve, control, document, and learn from past engineering changes which significantly affect the teamwork and close communication. This paper proposes to establish an IT based collaborative decision support framework that supports ECM procedures and activities which is aimed at providing accurate and timely information sharing, simultaneous data access while assisting managers for analyzing and selecting the controls of engineering change orders. This paper consist of two main components, a description for engineering change management and further presents a IT based collaborative decision support framework for effective management of engineering changes in engineer-to-order companies.


Sriram, P. K., et al. (2013). A Collaborative Enterprise Framework to Support Engineering Changes in Manufacturing Planning and Control. 7th IFAC Conference on Manufacturing Modelling, Management, and Control, 2013, IFAC Papers Online. 7: 2081-2086.


The main challenges for the enterprises are complexity of the products and uncertainty of the processes. This challenge involves engineering change that frequently requires redesign or altering the products which may call for enterprise agility and flexibility. To meet such a requirement, enterprises require better tools for resilient manufacturing planning and control, and execution. Due to the limitations of the enterprise resource planning (ERP), there is a question how would the future enterprise systems will look like. To approach an answer to this question, this research paper provides an analysis of engineering changes, its characteristics, problems and their implications. Against the background, a conception of future collaborative enterprise model (CoPIDSS: Collaborative planning, information and decision support system) is proposed. In this paper, we discuss the importance of collaborative planning for enterprise resilient manufacturing planning and control. We have analysed user stories provided by industry as scenarios, to understand the collaborative processes in their workplaces and their needs for collaborative platform support. This paper aims to address the following research questions: How does engineering changes and error handling affect the degree of collaboration and decision making within and across enterprises and how CoPDISS helps to overcome this? Is the storage and management of knowledge the one of the key factor to engineering changes and error handling control in a collaboration and decision environment?



Kristoffersen, S., et al. (2013). Paperstack – a novel lean-interactive system for documentation sharing in maritime industries. Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, IEEE Computer Society: 546-552.


Rodzina, L. and S. Kristoffersen (2013). Context-Dependent Car Navigation as Kind of Human-Machine Collaborative Interaction. Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems. San Diego.



The-Hien, D.-H., et al. (2013). Paperstack – A Novel Lean-Interactive System for Documentation Sharing in Maritime Industries. The 2013 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems. San Diego.



Shrestha, M. and S. Kristoffersen (2012). Mobile IT Support for Multisport Competitions. Norsk informatikkonferanse NIK 2012; Universitetet i Nordland 19 – 21 november 2012, Akademika forlag: 189-200.


Kristoffersen, S. and S. Kristoffersen (2012). Knowledge-based in-action in globally distributed advanced engineering and construction

NextShip - lean shipbuilding : state of the art and potential to be "lean" in multifariously distributed maritime design, engineering and construction. 2012 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, CTS 2012, IEEE conference proceedings

Møreforsking Molde AS: 53-60.

This report surveys a selection of historical and domain specific articles and essays pertaining to lean shipbuilding and high value adding manufacturing in general. It purports to give an impression of the field’s state of art, with an empirical backdrop and some critical reflections, which may in the next instance serve as a vantage point for a topology of this class of management ideologies.




John Hutchinson, Jon Whittle, Mark Rouncefield, and Steinar Kristoffersen. Empirical assessment of MDE in industry. In Proceeding of the 33rd international conference on Software engineering(ICSE '11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 471-480. DOI=10.1145/1985793.1985858 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1985793.1985858


Kristoffersen, Steinar, Establishing Ubiquitous Services for Extreme Multisport Competitions, in The 2011 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems(CTS 2011), May 23-27, 2011



Steinar Kristoffersen and Ingunn Bratteberg. 2010. Design ideas for IT in public spaces. Personal Ubiquitous Comput. 14, 3 (April 2010), 271-286.

Anders Moen Hagalisletto, Steinar Kristoffersen, "Pervasive Integration by Autonomous Agents," Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, pp. 1-9, 2010



Kristoffersen, S. & Bratteberg, I. Design ideas for IT in public spaces, in Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (DOI 10.1007/s00779-009-0255-2), Springer Verlag: London. 1617-4909 (Print) 1617-4917 (Online)

Kristoffersen, S. Privacy Management in a Mobile Setting, in Procs. of Selftrust 2009, ISBN: 978-0-7695-3862-4 © 2009, IEEE, pp. 687-692

Kristoffersen, S. Using the Notion of Structural Congruence to Support Adaptive Integration, in Procs. of Computation World: Future Computing, Service Computation, Cognitive, Adaptive, Content, Patterns, 978-0-7695-3862-4 © 2009 IEEE, pp. 105-112

Kristoffersen, S. and Per August Krämer, STRAIGHT-FORWARD INTELLIGENCE: A STUDY OF WIDELY USED ADAPTIVE USER INTERFACES, in Procs. of IADIS International Conference on Applied Computing 2009, p. 83-88. ISBN: 978-972-8924-97-3 © 2009 IADIS.

Kristoffersen, S. 2009. A Preliminary Experiment of Checking Usability Principles with Formal Methods. In Proceedings of the 2009 Second international Conferences on Advances in Computer-Human interactions (February 01 - 07, 2009). ACHI. IEEE Computer Society, Washington, DC, pp. 261-270. ISBN:978-1-4244-3351-3

Kristoffersen, S. (2009). A Learning-by-Doing Approach to Medication Management for Adolescent Diabetics. International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM) 3(1), pp. 63-69, ISSN: 1865-7923

E. Grøtnes and S. Kristoffersen, "The development of mobile services : the impact of actor groups in the standardization process," Towards a Service Provision Society Papadopoulos, G.A., Wojtkowski, G., Wojtkowski, W., Wrycza, S. (Eds.), 2009, ISBN 978-0-387-84809-9, Hardcover, July 2009.


S. Kristoffersen and R. Winther, "Using A Smart Mobile Device To Learn To Live With Long-Term Disease Treatment," in Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on Mobile Learning: IADIS Press, 2008, pp. 169-173.

S. Kristoffersen, A. Synstad, and K. Sørli, "Users' perception of mobile payment," International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, vol. 2, pp. 74-95, 2008.

P. A. Krämer and S. Kristoffersen, "Mundane Intelligence in Interaction Design: A Study of Widely used Adaptive User Interfaces," in Proceedings of the Workshop on Social Interaction and Mundane Technologies: Social Interaction and Mundane Technologies, 2008, pp. 1-4.

S. Kristoffersen, "Learning for life: Implementing a medication management module to support learning among adolescent diabetics," in Proceedings of the mLearn2008 Conference: University of Wolverhampton. School of Computing and IT, 2008, pp. 176-183.

S. Kristoffersen, "LEARNABILITY AND ROBUSTNESS OF USER INTERFACES: Towards a Formal Analysis of Usability Design Principles," in Proceedings of the ICSOFT 2008: 3rd International Conference on Software and Data Technologies. vol. SE/GSDCA/MUSE: Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication, 2008, pp. 261-268.

I. Bratteberg and S. Kristoffersen, "Irreversibility and Forceback in Public Interfaces," in Proceedings of the NordiCHI 2008: ACM Press, 2008, pp. 63-72.

S. Kristoffersen, "FLEXIBILITY, COMPLETENESS AND SOUNDNESS OF USER INTERFACES: Towards a framework for logical examination of usability design principles," in Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems: Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication, 2008, pp. 346-351.

S. Kristoffersen, "Event-based integration using on-the-fly matching of terms," Paper written with A. Moen, Presented at DEBS'08, 2008.

H. Holone, G. Misund, H. L. Tolsby, and S. Kristoffersen, "Aspects of Personal Navigation with Collaborative User Feedback," in Proceedings of the NordiCHI 2008: ACM Press, 2008, pp. 182-191.

E. Grøtnes and S. Kristoffersen, "The development of mobile services : the impact of actor groups in the standardization process," in Proceedings of the 17th International conference on Information Systems development: Towards a service provision society: Springer Verlag, 2008. Pdf.

S. Kristoffersen and I. Bratteberg, "Designing sociable IT for public use," in ACM International Conference Proceeding Series; Proceedings of the 10th international conference on Ubiquitous computing: ACM Press, 2008, pp. 252-261.


 Publications from Cristin