- Associate professor, Faculty of IT and Technology
- Programme manager for MACS and the Mobile Programming bachelor’s programme
- PhD in Computer Science from Brunel University
Who are you?
“My name is Tor-Morten Grønli, and I am an associate professor at Kristiania University College, Faculty of IT and Technology, where I am responsible for the Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) programme.
My background is a PhD in Computer Science fromBrunel University in London, in the UK. For my doctorate, I studied how to use situational data from a smartphone to create innovative mobile solutions.
Based on my work, several applications were made, which showed the interaction between user and smartphone, smartphone and cloud services, and user and cloud services. Through innovative application design and user testing, I was able to illustrate the dynamics between the three parties, and to further recommend which direction is best suited when developing such solutions.
Today, these solutions are public domain, and we currently know them as “Google Now”, “Wayfinding”, and digital assistants, such as Apple’s “Siri”.
I have worked in the Faculty of IT and Technology since 2004, and am currently responsible for coordinating the faculty’s technology bachelor’s programmes, as well as the Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) programme. Over several years, I have helped build a number of the faculty’s subjects and study programmes, and I am dedicated to actively promoting research-based education.
I am an active researcher, with three areas of expertise:
- Mobile solutions, with special focus on application development and innovative situation-based solutions (context-awareness)
- The Internet of things and how to exploit sensor data as sources of data enrichment in end user solutions
- Software engineering, which I look at from the perspectives of architecture and agile methods.
Examples of projects I am involved in, include pain visualisation on a mobile platform for wheelchair users, mobile payment solutions for illiterates in Ethiopia, lightweight[FJ1] architecture for the Internet of things, and the application of agile methods in Norwegian companies.
I am currently leading the research group that I established for applied computer science at the Faculty of IT and Technology. I also initiated the establishment of the Mobile Tech Lab (“Motel”) – a virtual lab, where researchers and master’s students who are passionate about mobile solutions and technology cooperate on research programmes.”
How is the Master of Applied Computer Science programme organised?
In this study programme, we work with technology. In our context, that means that in most of the eight modules that comprise the first year, students must solve hands-on technology assignments. At the same time, theory, academic literature, and practical skills are taught during lectures.
The students in this master’s programme will need to be able to produce actual artifacts, so that they can experience and evaluate what works, and how new solutions relate to established theory.
Campus life is filled with lectures, plenary discussions, group assignments, presentations, technical lab work, and workshops. The first year covers topics within architecture, data storage, and development/presentation of data on mobile and web-based platforms.
During the second year, you enter the role of consultant. You start the work on your master’s thesis with a practice period, during which you define the topic of the thesis in cooperation with a company. This is a unique opportunity to link research to business requirements. You learn methods, and finish with a master’s thesis.”
Who studies for a Master of Applied Computer Science?
“Individuals who are passionate about IT and technology, and who actively work to create innovative user experiences and solutions in a modern IT architecture. The students’ backgrounds are very diverse – some have just completed their bachelor’s degree, while others are consultants with several years of industry experience.
We have a good mix of Norwegian and international students; the approx. 50-50 split results in a dynamic, well-reflected, and multicultural environment. Students at Master of Applied Computer Science typically aim for positions as tech lead, architect, senior developer, technical project manager, etc.”
Why should I get a master’s degree in Applied Computer Science?
“You should study Applied Computer Science if you have a passion for technology, and you refuse to settle for already established solutions.
You actively seek to discover how technology can make the world a better place, and can help people and organisations do their work even better.
Also, you are not afraid to be “hands on” and show the way forward through the power of example.”