Curriculum vitae of

Finn Aakre Haugen

MSc, PhD in engineering cybernetics (automatic control)


Contact information:

  • Address: University of South-Eastern Norway, Kjølnes ring 56, Porsgrunn, Norway.
  • E-mail address:
  • Skype account:
  • Mobile telephone: +47 97019215


  • Present position: Professor (Norwegian title: Docent) at Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences, University of South-Eastern Norway.
  • Consultant (part-time) in mathematical modeling and control at VEAS wastewater treatment plant, Slemmestad, Norway. 2015 - 2018.
  • Research assistant at Norwegian Institute of Technology (Norges tekniske høgskole - NTH), 1986 - 1991.


Main interests and skills:

  • Mathematical modeling
  • Simulator development
  • Automatic control
  • State estimation
  • Optimization
  • Signal processing
  • Biological processes, in particular anaerobic digestion for biogas production
  • Programming in LabVIEW, Matlab/Octave, Simulink, Python
  • Teaching
  • Textbook writing


·       Honorary member in NFEA (Norsk forening for elektro og automatisering – Norwegian association of electrotechnology and automation), 2020

Development projects:

  • Development of a set of buffer tank rigs for educational purposes at University of South-Eastern Norway. Article on The rigs are built by bachelor students Olav Vangen and Cecilie D. Gløsmyr. To be completed fall 2019.
  • Development of a matematical model and a simulator with a model-based predictive controller (MPC) and PI controller for the inflow system of the VEAS wasterwater treatment plant in Slemmestad, Norway. 2016-.
  • Development of a LabVIEW-based dynamic simulator and consultancy about control of a hydraulic servo mechanism, Westcon AS, Norway. 2016.
  • Development of a LabVIEW-based monitoring and control system for a biorefinery plant at Bygdø Kongsgård (King’s Farm), Oslo. 2016-.
  • Development of a simulator with alternative control systems for a heave-compensation system for a company in Norway. (Confidentiality applies.) 2016.
  • Development of an automatic test system. (LabVIEW.) Cody AS/ABB AS, Skien. 2008-2012.
  • Design and control of a test-rig for underwater lifting operations. Force Technology AS and MicoMarine AS. 2009.
  • Development of measurement and control systems for three biogas reactors. (LabVIEW.) Telemark University College. (Cooperation with Eivind Fjelddalen.) 2008.
  • Development of data acquisition and presentation system for powder pressure system. (LabVIEW.) Telemark University College. (Cooperation with Eivind Fjelddalen.) 2008.
  • Development of an air heater for educational purposes. Telemark University College. (Cooperation with Eivind Fjelddalen.) 2006.
  • Development of a measurement and control system for a multiphase experimental rig (water, oil, air). (LabVIEW.) Norsk Hydro and Telemark University College. 2006.
  • Development of a DC motor rig for educational purposes. TechTeach. 2005.
  • Development of a logging program for a process trainer. (LabVIEW.) Telemark University College. 2005.
  • Development of a logging program for an explosion rig. (LabVIEW.) Telemark University College. 2005.
  • Consultancy (modeling, simulation and control). Ignis Photonyx, Norway. 2005.
  • Modeling and simulation of a clutch servo system. Telemark University College and Kongsberg Automotive. (Matlab/Simulink, and LabVIEW). 2000.
  • Optimization of a temperature control system for a temperature calibrator. (Matlab/Simulink.) TEFT-project for Instrutek AS, Larvik, Norway. 1996-97.
  • Development of a supervision and control system for an experimental biological combustion rig. (LabVIEW.) Norwegian Agricultural University. 1999.
  • Development of a supervision and control system for an experimental rig for fish research. (LabVIEW). Norwegian Agricultural University. 1999.
  • Modeling and control of a wood chip tank. (Matlab/Simulink.) Norske Skog, Tofte, Norway. 1995.

Scientific articles:

Registrations in the Cristin database.


Magazine articles:


Presentations (selected):



Programming resources:

Miscellaneous duties:

International cooperations:

·       ECAM Brussels Engineering School, Belgium, 2018 -

·       China Agricultural University, China, 2015 -

·       University of Mons, Belgium, 2014 -

·       University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2010 -


National cooperations (Norway):

·       Universities (cooperation of various kinds: teaching; examination):

o   Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

o   Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

o   Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)

o   University of Stavanger (UiS)

o   University of Agder (UiA)

o   The Arctic University of Norway/University of Tromsø (UiT)

·       Norwegian high schools (videregående skoler) (information here is only in Norwegian):

o   Courses in programming in Python for high school teachers, with applications to mathematics and natural sciences (main teacher of the courses), 2019 -. Article in Varden newspaper Sept 2019.

o   Fagdag for IT-linja (vg1) på Skien vgs, arrangert ved USN, campus Porsgrunn 22.3 2019.

o   Introduksjon til faget Programmering og modellering (video), Porsgrunn vgs, 2017.

o   Fagdag i faget Programmering og modellering for elever ved Bamble vgs, Porsgrunn vgs og Skien vgs, arrangert ved HSN, campus Porsgrunn 15.12 2017.


Participant in research project funding applications:

·       SFI-WIN (Center of Research-based Innovation - Water Infrastructure), 2019: Suggested activities within model-based control on behalf of University of South-Eastern Norway (SFI-WIN concortium member). As of April 2019, the SFI-WIN proposal has been submitted to the Norwegian Reseearch Council (Norges forskningsråd).

·       EU Horizon 2020, Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy: Next generation of Smart WATER systems and services (SWATER), 2017: Representing University of South-Eastern Norway with proposed research activities in the application.

·       Strategic research project for research (strategisk høgskoleprosjekt - SHP), Telemark University College (Høgskolen i Telemark), 2014: Member of the academic staff writing the proposal.


Supervisor of PhD students:

·       Main supervisor:

o   Yongjie Wang (startup in September). PhD research project: Model-based control of urban drainage systems, 2019 -.

o   Shadi Attar. PhD research project: Model-based monitoring and control of biogas reactors in wastewater treatment plants, 2016 -.

·       Co-supervisor:

o   Ludmila Vesjolaja, USN. PhD research project: Dynamics and control of efficient fertilizer processes, 2019 -.

o   Abhilash Nair, NMBU. PhD research project: Enhancing resource recovery through better surveillance and process control, 2018 -.

o   Laura Marcano, OsloMet with USN as degree-providing institution. PhD research project: Process simulation and learning technologies, 2016 - 2019.

Courses for university students (most recent courses):


Courses for industrial and educational personnel:

·       A large number of courses (lasting typically 2 days) about industrial process control for engineers and practicioners. 1990 - . In 2020, I have started giving online courses using Teams.

Updated 4 July 2020 by Finn Aakre Haugen