University of Agder

Organization and business

The University of Agder (UiA) is located in the southern region of Norway, in the coastal towns of Kristiansand and Grimstad.

UiA is the fourth largest university in Norway, with close to 10 000 students, and 1050 administration, faculty and service staff . The university was officially established in 2007, but has a history dating back to 1839, and was formerly known as Agder University College.

UiA is recognized for its modern teaching and research facilities, innovative use of technology and communication media, and close ties to regional businesses and the public sector.

UIA has a strong international connection. 200 international agreements secure an active academic exchange of students and staff with partner institutions worldwide.

Key skills, knowledge, and experience

The Institute of Information and Communication Technologies at the Faculty of Engineering and Science at UiA has deep knowledge in privacy and security handling for critical infrastructures.

We are amongst others leading WP2 of the FP7 project PRECYSE, which develops a security assessment methodology and tools for protecting critical infrastructures against cyberattacks. This includes competence on privacy-enhanced and anomaly-based intrusion detection systems, access control, anonymisation/pseudonymisation and encryption.

We have also experience on service-oriented architectures, semantic web and ontologies for energy management systems.

Furthermore, we have ongoing collaborations with the Institute of Engineering who have experience in design, control and regulation of renewable electrical energy systems, particularly within the fields of wind power, solar cell technology and hydrogen technology.

Role in the project

UIA will be the lead the on security and privacy enhancing technologies and perform the necessary privacy and security impact assessments.

We will furthermore contribute on the design and development of a semantic web based solutions including ontology for HEMS device management using a service-oriented architecture. This solution will be specifically used for the aggregation of data.

Moreover, UIA will contribute to the implementation a phasor network to improve the stability and resilience of the grid. Finally, UIA will also participate on business model development.