Dag Johansen, Professor


University of Tromsø – 
The Arctic University of Norway               e-mail: dag@cs.uit.no
Faculty of Sciences                           Phone : +47 77 64 40 47 (mob: +47 945 25062)
Department of Computer Science         Fax   : +47 77 64 45 80
Breivika                                     URL  : http://www.cs.uit.no/~dag/
N-9037 Tromsø

Dag Johansen is a professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Tromsø, Norway. Currently, he is on sabbatical leave at Cornell University (July 2014 – July 2015).

His research interest is distributed computer systems, currently focusing on building and experimenting with large-scale information access systems. In 1987, he co-founded the StormCast project, which constructed and deployed wide-area distributed sensor network systems in the Arctic for weather and pollution monitoring. StormCast was one of the pioneering distributed sensor networks, if not the first computer science one, with a version present on the Internet since February 1993.

Johansen was one of the chief architects on one of the first academic mobile agent system projects, the TACOMA (Tromsø And COrnell Moving Agents) project. He co-founded this project during his first sabbatical year at Cornell University in 1993-1994. He was also visiting professor at Cornell in 1998-1999 and 2009-2010.

Johansen was also one of the chief architects on the Norwegian-US (University of Tromsø, Cornell University, and UC San Diego) WAIF project from 2002-2007. This project investigated structuring techniques for future-generation extreme-scale distributed applications.

Johansen has been deeply involved in the iAD project, a Norwegian Research Council supported Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI, 2007 – 2014).  His group is in particular interested in next generation run-time systems for private cloud computing environments (multi-core operating systems, virtualization technologies, analytic run-times). For the moment, he is involved in establishing Corpore Sano, a research project at the intersection of medicine and big data technology.

Johansen is an external expert on two projects funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme. He is on the Advisory Board of Harness run out of Imperial College, UK, and he is on the External Expert Team Board of RETHINK.

In 1997, Johansen founded D.A.G. Labs with Norwegian students and colleagues from Cornell University. In April 2000, this company merged with Fast Search & Transfer, and Johansen was hired as part-time chief scientist, system architectures in the enterprise search company the next 10 years. When Microsoft bought FAST in 2008, Johansen continued in a similar advisory role for Microsoft (FAST). He is currently on the Technical Advisory Board (TAB) of Microsoft Development Center Norway (MDCN).

Johansen is a co-founder of Tellus Software in Stavanger, Norway. In 2014, he also co-founded ForzaSys in Oslo, Norway, where he currently serves on the TAB.

Johansen received his MSc (the actual thesis work was carried out at CWI, Amsterdam) and Doctor Sc degrees in Computer Science from the University of Tromsø.

Johansen is an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.

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