Bilde av Hartvigsen, Gunnar
Bilde av Hartvigsen, Gunnar
Department of Computer Science gunnar.hartvigsen@uit.no +4777644049 90657785 Tromsø REALF A 138

Gunnar Hartvigsen


Professor

Job description

Gunnar Hartvigsen, PhD, is professor at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT), Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computer Science, and Head of the Health Informatics and -Technology group (HIT) (former: Medical Infor­matics & Telemedicine group (MI&T)). From 2018, he has also been professor at Department of Health and Nursing Science, Faculty of Health- and Sport Science, University of Agder (UiA) (part time). Dr. Hartvigsen was in 2016–2017 professor at the Norwegian Centre for eHealth Research, University Hospital of North Norway (UNN) (part time). In 2000-2015 he was professor at the Nor­weg­ian Centre for Integrated Care and Tele­medi­cine (NST), University Hospital of North Norway (UNN) (part time). He holds an MSc and a PhD degree in Com­puter Science (Artificial Intelligence) from UiT. Prior to joining the Department of Computer Science at UiT, he was a research fellow at the Bodø Graduate School of Business, Nor­way (1987-89). From 1989, he has held different positions at UiT: assistant professor (1989-1991), associate professor (1991-1994) and professor (1994-). In 2021, Hartvigsen established the company Akademisk mentor AS where he is the general manager.

In 2005-2009 he was Vice Dean for research and education at the Faculty of Science, UiT. He has held several honorary posts at the Department of Computer Science, including Head of Department, Vice Head of Department, and Head of Education. He has been member of several boards and committees at the university, including deputy member of the board at UiT. In 2004–2006, he was chairman of the Norwegian Council for Computer Science. From 2010–2017, he was member of The National Committee for Research Ethics in Science and Technology (NENT). From 2005-2013, he served as board member of the Norwegian Society for Medical Informatics (FDH and later NorHIT). In 2007-2015, he was director and research manager of Tromsø Telemedicine Laboratory (TTL), one of Norway’s first centres for research-based innovation (SFI). 

He has supervised 88 master’s students (theses) and 16 PhD students. Dr. Hartvigsen is currently supervising/co-supervising 4 PhD students and 4 master’s students. Furthermore, he has supervised 7 postdocs (at UNN). Since 1992, he has been a member of more than 90 adjudication committees for faculty positions (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, and USA). He has acted as referee for several conferences, journals, and research councils.

Dr. Hartvigsen has been a member of several doctoral adjudication committees in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. He has participated in several international expert panels for evaluation of large applications with budgets of up to € 50 million in Sweden (VINNOVA) and Finland (Academy of Finland and TEKES). In 2020, Hartvigsen was a member of international evaluation panels for Horizon 2020-IMI2 (Innovative Medicines Initiative) and Health SC1-BHC-06-2020.

In recent years, Dr. Hartvigsen has been teaching courses on Telemedicine and eHealth Systems (MSc, PhD), Medical Informatics (MSc, PhD), Electronic Health Records (MSc), Software engineering (BSc), and How to do research / communicating research (PhD). In addition, he has been teaching/organising several special curriculum courses for PhD students. Hartvigsen has extensive experience from study administration from several universities, including planning and management of study programs and courses.

In 2021, Hartvigsen was awarded NOK 6.3 million from DIKU (the Directorate for Internationalization and Quality Development in Higher Education) to establish an experience-based master's in digital health services together with the health service in the Helgeland region.

Dr. Hartvigsen has received several grants from the Research Council of Norway (Tromsø Telemedicine Laboratory NOK 240 Mill. 2007-2014 (NOK 80 Mill. from RCN + NOK 160 Mill. from the partners); Context-sensitive systems for mobile communication in hospitals NOK 4,4 Mill. 2007-2010; DiPato - Distributed Electronic Patient Record NOK 1,5 Mill. 2000-2004; Global Distributed Diary NOK 3,3 Mill. 1996-2001), Helse Nord (Smartphones in Type-2 Diabetes Group Education Programs, NOK 2,8 mill. 2014-2017; Moving pre-surgical planning from the hospital to the patient at home through electronic collaboration (eTeam-Surgery) NOK 8,1 mill. 2013-2016; Impact of Experience Sharing on Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management, NOK 2,5 mill. 2011-2013; Self-help through a mobile ICT tool, NOK 2 mill. 2005-2008), Tromsø forskningsstiftelse (Mobile phone-based health information for people with diabetes, NOK 1,2 mill., 2011-2014), Regional Research Fund North-Norway (CADMOS – serious games for children with diabetes, NOK 3 mill, 2014-2016). Horizon 2020 (WARIFA 2021-2024, EURO 710.000). At UNN, Hartvigsen has contributed to several EU projects, including Renewing Health 2010–2013, FI-STAR 2013–2015 and HEIR 2020-2023. (1 € ≈ 10 NOK)

His research interests include various aspects of telemedicine and medical informatics, including electronic disease surveillance, self-help systems for people with chronic diseases, social media and mixed reality social computer games for people with chronic diseases, medical sensor systems, HCI for mobile systems, digital patient communication, context-sensitive communication, physical activity sensors, e-health applications for people with intellectual disability, telemedicine systems in private homes, and motivational mechanisms in e-health.

In 1994-95, he was on sabbatical leave at the University of Twente, Faculty of Computer Science, The Netherlands. In Fall 2006, he was on sabbatical leave at the Faculty of Medicine, Munich University of Technology and Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University. In 2011-2012 he was visiting professor at the University of California Davis (September-December 2011 & April-July 2012). In 2017-2018 he was visiting professor at the Technical University of Valencia (UPV), Spain.

Hartvigsen has an extensive scientific production. Dr. Hartvigsen has written three books (“The Researcher’s Handbook”, “Computer Ethics” and “Lessons learned from 25 years with telemedicine in Northern Norway” (English and Russian edition)) and more than 400 papers and reports on telemedicine, electronic disease surveillance, EHRs, self-help systems for people with chronic diseases, intelligent homes, dis­tributed applications, software agents, adaptive user interfaces, file systems, educa­tional software, knowledge-based systems and ethics. He has recorded more than 850 contributions in the Norwegian publication database Cristin.

Hartvigsen has established extensive cooperation with several outstanding international research groups in medical informatics. As a result, he has published scientific papers together with more than 150 researchers from several countries, including researchers at University of Washington, Seattle, USA; Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA; University of California, Davis, USA; University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, USA; Columbia University, New York, USA; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA; Technische Universität München, Germany; Technical University of Valencia, Spain; University of Geneva, Switzerland; Aalborg University, Denmark; and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.

Hartvigsen has been a member of Academia Borealis, Northern Norway Academy of Science since the Academy was founded in 2001. In 2016, he was elected as a member of NTVA, Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.

In 2014, he was awarded Forskerforbundet’s (Norwegian Association of Researchers) “hjernekraft pris” (Brainpower award) for his contribution within self-help systems for the treatment of people with diabetes.

Hartvigsen is presented in “Biographical Lexicon of Medical Informatics” (2015) and listed in “Who's Who in Ethics” (Global Ethics Observatory, unesco.org).

He has been invited as a speaker on telemedicine and eHealth in several countries, including Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Greenland, Germany, France, UK, Spain, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic, USA and Australia.

His h-index = 30 according to Google Scholar, i10-index = 65 and his publications have received over 4200 citations, of which more than 2500 since 2016.


  • Antonio Martinez-Millana, Gunnar Hartvigsen, Vicente Traver Salcedo :
    Methods for app development in p-health
    Academic Press 2022
  • André Henriksen, Erlend Johannessen, Gunnar Hartvigsen, Sameline Grimsgaard, Laila Arnesdatter Hopstock :
    Dataset of Consumer-Based Activity Trackers as a Tool for Physical Activity Monitoring in Epidemiological Studies During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Data in Brief 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Antonio Martinez-Millana, Henriette Michalsen, Valter Berg, Audny Gabriele Wagner Anke, Santiago Martinez, Miroslav Muzny et al.:
    Motivating Physical Activity for Individuals with Intellectual Disability through Indoor Bike Cycling and Exergaming
    International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • André Henriksen, Gerit Pfuhl, Ashenafi Zebene Woldaregay, David-Zacharie Issom, Eirik Årsand, Keiichi Sato et al.:
    Expectations of users and non-users of wearable sensors and mobile health applications
    2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Erlend Johannessen, André Henriksen, Gunnar Hartvigsen, Alexander Horsch, Eirik Årsand, Jonas Johansson :
    Ubiquitous digital health-related data: clarification of concepts
    2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Pietro Randine, Aakash Sharma, Gunnar Hartvigsen, Håvard D. Johansen, Eirik Årsand :
    Information and communication technology-based interventions for chronic diseases consultation: Scoping review
    International Journal of Medical Informatics 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • André Henriksen, Frode Svartdal, Sameline Grimsgaard, Gunnar Hartvigsen, Laila Arnesdatter Hopstock :
    Polar Vantage and Oura Physical Activity and Sleep Trackers: Validation and Comparison Study
    JMIR Formative Research 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Pietro Randine, John Graham Cooper, Gunnar Hartvigsen, Eirik Årsand :
    Towards a New Model for Chronic Disease Consultations
    2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Magnus Stellander, André Henriksen, Henriette Michalsen, Audny Gabriele Wagner Anke, Daniel Ursin, Santiago Martinez et al.:
    Sorterius - An augmented reality app for encouraging outdoor physical activity for people with intellectual disabilities
    2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Tina Rishaug, André Henriksen, Anne-Marie Aas, Gunnar Hartvigsen, Kåre Inge Birkeland, Eirik Årsand :
    Designing an e-Health Program for Lifestyle Changes in Diabetes Care A Qualitative Pre-Study in Norway
    2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • André Henriksen, Ashenafi Zebene Woldaregay, Miroslav Muzny, Gunnar Hartvigsen, Laila Arnesdatter Hopstock, Sameline Grimsgaard :
    Dataset of fitness trackers and smartwatches to measuring physical activity in research
    BMC Research Notes 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Henriette Michalsen, Silje C Wangberg, Gunnar Hartvigsen, André Henriksen, Gunn Pettersen, Maria Letizia Jaccheri et al.:
    mHealth Support to Stimulate Physical Activity in Individuals With Intellectual Disability: Protocol for a Mixed Methods Pilot Study
    JMIR Research Protocols 2022 DOI
  • Keiichi Sato, Fei Hu, Santosh Basapur, Raj C. Shah, Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Enhancing Human Perspectives in CPS Models: Application to Collaborative Problem-Solving in Translational Medicine
    IOS Press 2021 DOI
  • André Henriksen, Erlend Johannessen, Gunnar Hartvigsen, Sameline Grimsgaard, Laila Arnesdatter Hopstock :
    Consumer-Based Activity Trackers as a Tool for Physical Activity Monitoring in Epidemiological Studies During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Development and Usability Study
    JMIR Public Health and Surveillance 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Meghan Bradway, Ashenafi Zebene Woldaregay, David-Zacharie Issom, Gerit Pfuhl, Gunnar Hartvigsen, Eirik Årsand et al.:
    mHealth: Where Is the Potential for Aiding Informal Caregivers?
    Studies in Health Technology and Informatics 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • David-Zacharie Issom, Marie-Dominique Hardy-Dessources, Marc Romana, Gunnar Hartvigsen, Christian Lovis :
    Toward a Conversational Agent to Support the Self-Management of Adults and Young Adults With Sickle Cell Disease: Usability and Usefulness Study
    Frontiers in Digital Health 29. January 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Omer Pektas, M Koseoglu, Miroslav Muzny, Gunnar Hartvigsen, Eirik Årsand :
    Design of an Android Wear Smartwatch Application as a Wearable Interface to the Diabetes Diary Application
    Academic Platform Journal of Engineering and Science – APJES 2021 DOI
  • Hege Mari Johnsen, Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Styrk den digitale kompetansen!
    Dagens medisin 17. March 2022
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Teknologiske applikasjoner og systemer for personer med kroniske lidelser og andre helse-relaterte problemer
    2022
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Mobile applications for self-management and motivation of people with diabetes
    2022
  • Hege Mari Johnsen, Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Styrk helsepersonellets digitale kompetanse!
    17. March 2022 FULLTEKST
  • Hege Mari Johnsen, Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Kronikk i Dagens medisin (papir) - helsedebatten: Styrk den digitale kompetansen!
    Dagens medisin 2022
  • Hege Mari Johnsen, Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Dagens medisin (online/facebook): Styrk helsepersonellets digitale kompetanse!
    Dagens medisin 2022 FULLTEKST
  • Audny Gabriele Wagner Anke, Gunnar Hartvigsen, André Henriksen, Henriette Michalsen :
    Bidrar til økt fysisk aktivitet
    25. February 2022 FULLTEKST
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    UiT til Helgeland med erfaringsbasert master i digitale helsetjenester
    11. February 2022 FULLTEKST
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    How to become a professor before you turn 40?
    2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Lessons learned from being a mentor for female associate professors
    2021
  • Henriette Michalsen, Silje C Wangberg, Gunnar Hartvigsen, Maria Letizia Jaccheri, André Henriksen, Monica Isabel Benedikte Olsen et al.:
    E-health, Physical Activity and Intellectual Disability – Protocol for a Pilot Study
    2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Unik satsing på Helgeland for å styrke kompetansen i digitale helsetjenester
    20. August 2021
  • Keiichi Sato, Fei Hu, Santosh Basapur, Raj C. Shah, Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Enhancing Human Perspectives in CPS Models: Application to Collaborative Problem-Solving in Translational Medicine
    2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Telemedicine in Northern Norway
    2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Lessons Learned from 30 years of Telemedicine in Northern Norway
    2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Meet Gunnar Hartvigsen
    01. December 2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Mobile applications for self-help and motivation of people with diabetes
    2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Innovasjon i e-helse: En digitale helse (r)evolusjon
    2021
  • Henriette Michalsen, Audny Anke, Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Appen er utviklet i Tromsø og gir Maja bedre form: – Handler om å ha det gøy
    24. June 2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Hvordan bli professor eller dosent? Gode råd på veien mot professoratet eller dosenturet
    2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Strategisk CV-bygging mot opprykk
    2021
  • Henriette Michalsen, Audny Anke, Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Hjelper Maja i form
    24. June 2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    What are the scientific requirements to become a professor?
    2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Hva kjennetegner et (lokalt forankret) internasjonalt forskningsprosjekt, samarbeidspartnere og organisering?
    2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen, Ashenafi Zebene Woldaregay, Eirik Årsand :
    AI applied in diabetes research and care: glucose control
    2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Kunstig intelligens: – Rivende utvikling, men ikke for diabetes
    30. September 2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    UiT etablerer unik masterutdanning på Helgeland
    19. August 2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Styrker helsevesenet med nytt mastertilbud lagt til Campus Helgeland: Dette skal være et «hands on» studietilbud forankret i regionens behov
    19. August 2021
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Fortellingen om en digital helserevolusjon og nord-norsk e-helseforskning
    2021
  • André Henriksen, Ashenafi Zebene Woldaregay, David-Zacharie Issom, Keiichi Sato, Eirik Årsand, Meghan Bradway et al.:
    What motivates patients with NCDs to follow up their treatment?
    2021 ARKIV
  • Henriette Michalsen, Silje C. Wangberg, Gunnar Hartvigsen, Maria Letizia Jaccheri, André Henriksen, Monica Isabel Benedikte Olsen et al.:
    E-health, physical activity and intellectual disability – protocol for a pilot study
    Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 2021 DOI
  • Pietro Randine, Eirik Årsand, Ashenafi Zebene Woldaregay, Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    IFIs stipendiater og forskere produserer aktiv på helsefronten
    01. July 2020
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen :
    Sivilingeniørstudium i helseteknologi ved UiT Norges arktiske universitet -et intervju med professor Gunnar Hartvigsen
    07. April 2020 FULLTEKST

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    Research interests

    My research interests include various aspects of telemedicine and medical informatics, including electronic disease surveillance, self-help systems for people with chronic diseases, social media and mixed reality social computer games for people with chronic diseases, medical sensor systems, HCI for mobile systems, digital patient communication, context-sensitive communication, physical activity sensors, e-health applications for people with intellectual disability, telemedicine systems in private homes, and motivational mechanisms in e-health.

    Teaching

    In recent years, I have been teaching courses on Telemedicine and eHealth Systems (MSc, PhD), Medical Informatics (MSc, PhD), Electronic Health Records (MSc), Software engineering (BSc), and How to do research / communicating research (PhD). In addition, I have been teaching/organising several special curriculum courses for PhD students. 




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