Gunnar Hartvigsen, PhD, has since 2000 been employed as an adjunct professor at the centre, and heads up of the research group for medical informatics and telemedicine (MI & T) at the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Technology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Hartvigsen was vice-dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Tromsø 2005-2009. Hartvigsen has extensive administrative experience from The University of Tromsø as leader of a number of councils and committees. Hartvigsen was head of centre/research at Tromsø Telemedicine Laboratory (TTL) from 2007 to 2014.
Hartvigsen has supervised more than 70 master students, 18 doctoral students and seven postdocs.
He has received numerous research grants from the Norwegian Research Council. His research interests include various aspects of telemedicine and medical informatics, particularly electronic health monitoring, self-help systems for people with chronic illnesses, medical sensor systems, human-computer interaction (""HCl"") for mobile systems, social media and social games for people with chronic illnesses, electronic patient records, telemedical systems for private homes, reduced cancellation of elective surgery through pre-operative patient communication, context-sensitive communications and electronic documents.
Hartvigsen spent several extended research periods at foreign universities. Hartvigsen has written three books and in excess of 350 scientific publications. In 2014 he was awarded The Brain Power Prize by the Norwegian Association of Researchers for his contribution to self-help systems for the treatment of people with diabetes.
He has been a member of Academia Borealis, Northern Norway Academy of Science, since the Academy was founded in 2001. In 2017, he was elected as a member of NTVA, Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences. Hartvigsen is presented in "Biographical Lexicon of Medical Informatics" (2015) and listed in "Who's Who in Ethics" (Global Ethics Observatory, unesco.org).
Hartvigsen boasts extensive scientific output. He has over 600 registered contributions in the publication database Cristin, and has published scientific papers with over 150 different researchers from several countries. Hartvigsen has cooperated extensively with several of the world's leading research environments within medical science, and this has resulted in joint publications with other researchers.