Simula has several institutional partnerships and major collaborations with partners in Norway and abroad.

By intentionally developing reliable, productive and mutually beneficial collaborations over long periods of time, Simula has established a number of strong partnerships that have grown into joint ventures in Norway and abroad.

Several of these partnerships have solidified into joint research centres, as well as a joint PhD-training program, and we continue to work closely with our other key partners and collaborators in conducting research and educating tomorrow's experts.

International PhD training program


SUURPh is a flagship research and PhD training program, brining together research teams from Simula, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the University of Oslo (UiO).

The program funds several adjunct researchers and cohorts of 8-10 PhD positions, whose projects are co-supervised by researchers in California at UCSD, and researchers in Oslo at Simula and UiO.

SUURPH also funds the annual Simula Summer School in Computational Physiology (SSCP), an intensive graduate course that is hosted by Simula and UCSD.

Joint research centres

SimulaMet = Simula + OsloMet

SimulaMet (Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering) is a research centre jointly owned by Simula and Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet). SimulaMet conducts research and educates Masters students and PhD candidates in digital engineering, and more specifically within the fields of networks and communications, machine learning, and IT management

Simula Metropolitan Centre for Digital Engineering AS

Director: Olav Lysne
Ownership: 51% SRL, 49% OsloMet

Simula UiB = Simula + UiB

Simula UiB is a research center jointly owned by Simula and the University of Bergen (UiB). Simula UiB conducts research and educates Masters students and PhD candidates in cybersecurity, and researchers employed at Simula UiB regularly teach courses at the Department of Informatics and supervise master students in secure and reliable communication. All master and PhD students at Simula UiB receive their degrees from the University of Bergen.

Simula UiB AS

Director of Simula UiB: Carlos Cid
Ownership: 51% SRL, 49% UiB

Simula@BI = Simula + BI

Simula@BI is a new collaboration between Simula and BI that focuses on applied and fundamental research in within statistics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, with focus on applications in the intersection between business and data science. Simula@BI educates Masters students, and is hosted by BI (Norwegian Business School).


Director: Vegard Høghaug Larsen
Located at BI

Other Key Partners

University of Oslo (UiO)

UiO is the partner with which Simula has the longest-standing relation. Simula’s researchers regularly teach at the Department of Informatics (IFI) and the Department of Biosciences (IBV) and deliver a number of full courses that give study credits at UiO. Several Simula employees have adjunct positions at UiO, and the majority of Simula’s PhD graduates have received their doctoral degree from UiO. Together with the UC San Diego, UiO and Simula also collaborate on the SUURPh program

University of California, San Diego

Simula collaborates with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) primarily through SUURPh, a joint PhD programme in the field of scientific computing. Together UCSD and Simula conduct an annual joint summer school in computational physiology.


The National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (Inria) is France’s leading research institute within computer science and applied mathematics. With a headcount of around 3500 researchers and engineers, Inria is a European research powerhouse with a strong track record of excellence in basic research and applied industrial research.

Inria and Simula have a long-standing collaboration with a wide scientific footprint. Currently, several departments at Simula are also connected with Inria through associated teams.  

Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Research Consortium (NORA)

Simula is one of the founding partners of NORA, which aims to strengthen Norwegian research, education and innovation within artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics, as well as other relevant research that supports the development of artificial intelligence applications.


In addition to the institutional partnerships listed above, Simula researchers collaborate with researchers from other Norwegian and international universities through research projects and the joint supervision of student.

The following is a sample list (not exhaustive):

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