Elastic robots on the rise

Although today's robots are often stronger and faster than humans, they still lack human and animal flexibility. That is why researchers like AMOS key person Prof. Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen have been examining elastic robots and their application under water.

Elastic robots on the rise

Although today's robots are often stronger and faster than humans, they still lack human and animal flexibility. That is why researchers like AMOS key person Prof. Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen have been examining elastic robots and their application under water.

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Photo (Mathias Klingenberg): This is what one of NTNU's snake robots looks like. This model has got wheels over the whole body in order to freely rotate. (July 27, 2014)

At AMOS, key person Prof. Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen has investigated snake robots in collaboration with SINTEF ITK over several years. It is a central topic at AMOS, where an interdisciplinary team with researchers in cybernetics and hydrodynamics assess how the technology can be adapted for applications under water. Among others, Professors A.J. Sørensen, O.M. Faltinsen and Marilena Greco have joined the team.

Read the article (in Norwegian) on Norway's biggest industry website E24.


10 post-graduates from Iran had their Norwegian residence permits cancelled

AMOS adviser and Prof. Torgeir Moan shares his experience with the issue on BBC News. Furthermore, the Norwegian newspaper Adresseavisen interviewed the professor on the topic, as well as the environmentalist social network website Care2. (July 27-31, 2014)

10 post-graduates from Iran had their Norwegian residence permits cancelled

AMOS adviser and Prof. Torgeir Moan shares his experience with the issue on BBC News. Furthermore, the Norwegian newspaper Adresseavisen interviewed the professor on the topic, as well as the environmentalist social network website Care2. (July 27-31, 2014)

Torgeir Moan

Photo (Svein I. Meland, Adresseavisen): Prof. Torgeir Moan worries for the recruitment of international research talents if Norway implements a tighter visa policy than other countries. (July 28, 2014)


Germany's president Gauck and Norway's crown prince Haakon are visiting the Marine Technology Centre

Photo (MARINTEK): The German president Joachim Gauck and his partner are enjoying their visit at the ocean basin of the Marine Technology Centre, together with Norway's crown prince...

Germany's president Gauck and Norway's crown prince Haakon are visiting the Marine Technology Centre

Gauck and Haakon at the MTC

Photo (MARINTEK): The German president Joachim Gauck and his partner are enjoying their visit at the ocean basin of the Marine Technology Centre, together with Norway's crown prince Haakon, the CEO of SINTEF Unni Steinsmo, county mayor Tore O. Sandvik and rector of NTNU Gunnar Bovim. (June 13, 2014)

Germany's president Joachim Gauck, his partner Daniela Schadt and Norway's crown prince Haakon visited the Marine Technology Centre on Friday June 13, 2014.

They talked among others with Master students and employees of the Department of Marine Technology. See pictures of the visit.

Read more in NTNU's press release (in Norwegian) as well as on gemini.no (in Norwegian).

 

PERSISTS: A coordinated multi-vehicle control experiment for ocean observation

In May 2014, off the southern coast of Portugal, an international multi-vehicle control experiment involving aerial, surface and underwater vehicles was attempted. Read more at http://sunfish.lsts.pt/

PERSISTS: A coordinated multi-vehicle control experiment for ocean observation

In May 2014, off the southern coast of Portugal, an international multi-vehicle control experiment involving aerial, surface and underwater vehicles was attempted. Read more at http://sunfish.lsts.pt/

Javier Gilabert, UPCT, Spain
Tor Arne Johansen, NTNU, Norway
Kanna Rajan, FEUP, Portugal
Joao Sousa, FEUP, Portugal

PERSISTS' (Persistent Autonomous Aerial, Surface and Underwater Vehicles tracking Sun Fish) key objectives were threefold: to demonstrate the state of the art (and practice) in coordinated measurements using diverse assets looking at the same patch of the ocean at the same time. Two, to provide high resolution in-situ data for scientific observations to foster inter-disciplinary science and engineering. Three, to provide predictive (modeling) capability to understand the biological dynamics of Mola mola (bony Sunfish). And finally to generate interest in inter-disciplinary science in the next generation of researchers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).


Figure 1. An X8 fixed-wing UAV being launched from land to look down at floating tags in the coastal ocean.

The principal science objective was to work with biologists to tag and track Mola's and provide contextual environment data. While Mola's have been tracked by this science team over the last four years, obtaining high-resolution in-situ science data with the tags in use, has been challenging. A critical need was to understand why the Mola's follow a specific trajectory in the water-column (a ‘Mola corridor') and what kinds of environmental conditions the Mola are, in turn, tracking. Our engineering objectives dove-tailed with the need to demonstrate the capability to bring together diverse autonomous assets with advanced methods in Artificial Intelligence (AI) based deliberative control for such observations, using a suite of sophisticated ground-based command and control tools being used at FEUP/UPorto.


Figure 2. UPorto Xplorer AUV launched from the support vessel for tracking Mola mola.

The intent was to conduct a two week experiment off the coast of Olhao in the Algarve. This region was chosen because of the presence of a commercial Tuna pen, where the Mola's are often trapped providing biologists with the opportunity to tag and release these fish in open waters. New inexpensive tags, designed at FEUP, were built and derived from of two different technologies. Our experiment design called for a UAV to be launched from a research vessel, once an indication of a Mola on the surface was received. The UAV would be sent to the vicinity of the tag location, visual identification was to follow over an IP-video feed, leading to the deployment of an AUV with CTD sensors as well as the retargeting of a WaveGlider autonomous surface platform. Both the UAV and the AUV are controlled by the Teleo-Reactive EXecutive (T-REX) an AI-based controller onboard the AUV and on the ground for UAV control.


Figure 3. Biologists releasing a tagged Mola for tracking.

Weather conditions coupled with issues related to ship capabilities did not allow for launch and recovery operations as planned; however separate deployments of UAVs from shore and AUV and WaveGlider deployments from ship to survey the ‘Mola corridor' to make coordinated measurements between an AUV and the WaveGlider, detection of a thermal gradient in the water column near a shelf leading to frontal zone entrapping biota such as salp and the testing of the integrated tool chain distributed between onboard and off board robotic components in open waters were the key outcomes. Finally, the outreach effort with 8th graders in a school in the Porto region resulted in substantial interest in kids intrigued by the science and technology behind the experiment, which in turn lead to a Mola capture and dissection in class, a first for the school.


70 Years Anniversary Seminar and Celebration for Prof. Faltinsen and Moan- a success!

70 years anniversary banner

70 Years Anniversary Seminar and Celebration for Prof. Faltinsen and Moan- a success!

70 years anniversary banner

The 70 Years Anniversary Seminar and Celebration for Professors Faltinsen and Moan on May 19-20, 2014, in Trondheim has been finished successfully.

The Marine Technology Centre was packed with 300 national and international guests and prestigious speakers. Additionally, the seminar was video-streamed; there were 787 views in total.

Have a look at the programme, the presentations given at the conference as well as the pictures taken at the seminar and celebratory dinner.

Teknisk Ukeblad interviewed the two professors for the occasion (in Norwegian).


Sunfish tracking with AUV, ASV and UAV

During the month of May 2014 a team from the Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto will be leading an innovative and ambitious experiment that brings researchers from Portugal, AMOS/NTNU, MBARI and the Polytechnic University of Cartagena in a joint inter-disciplinary science and engineering effort, targeting marine science. The experiment will be conducted off a research vessel belonging to the Portuguese government off the coast of the Algarve near Olhão.

Sunfish tracking with AUV, ASV and UAV

During the month of May 2014 a team from the Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto will be leading an innovative and ambitious experiment that brings researchers from Portugal, AMOS/NTNU, MBARI and the Polytechnic University of Cartagena in a joint inter-disciplinary science and engineering effort, targeting marine science. The experiment will be conducted off a research vessel belonging to the Portuguese government off the coast of the Algarve near Olhão.

Autonomous aerial, surface and underwater vehicles will track tagged Ocean Sunfish the largest bony fish in our oceans, with the objective of obtaining data from the robots to provide new insights on the grazing habits of these fish. In doing so researchers hope to understand the environmental context in which the fish operate and gain a better insight about their behavior in space and time. Robots will provide coordinated measurements of the water mass around individually tagged fish and discretely track them as they move within the upper water column. This is the first use of these distinct forms of robotic vehicles and coordinated in such a manner anywhere in the world.

The participants from AMOS/NTNU are Artur Zolich and Frederik Leira. AMOS/NTNU are grateful for the support provided by the sponsors, in particular Marine Technologies LLC for providing excellent satellite communication and ONR (Office Naval Research) Global for funding. Further information can be found at http://sunfish.lsts.pt/en or tor.arne.johansen@itk.ntnu.no
 


AMOS adviser Prof. Torgeir Moan now honorary professor at Aalto University in Finland

On April 28, NTNU's research magazine Gemini reports (in Norwegian) that Prof. Torgeir Moan has been awarded honorary professorship at Aalto University in Finland.

AMOS adviser Prof. Torgeir Moan now honorary professor at Aalto University in Finland

On April 28, NTNU's research magazine Gemini reports (in Norwegian) that Prof. Torgeir Moan has been awarded honorary professorship at Aalto University in Finland.


Best paper awards at OMAE'13, Nantes, France

Two papers co-authored by Professor Claudio Lugni have been selected as best papers at the OMAE'13, which was arranged in Nantes in 2013.

Best paper awards at OMAE'13, Nantes, France

Two papers co-authored by Professor Claudio Lugni have been selected as best papers at the OMAE'13, which was arranged in Nantes in 2013.

Bouscasse B., Antuono M., Colagrossi A., Lugni C. A classification of shallow water resonant sloshing in a rectangular tank, 32nd Int. Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE'13), Nantes, 2013.

Marino E., Nguyen H., Lugni C., Manuel L., .Borri C. Irregular nonlinear wave simulation and associated loads on offshore wind turbines, , 32nd Int. Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE'13), Nantes, 2013.


Approval for RPAS operations

The civil aviation authorities of Norway has given the UAV-Lab team at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics approval for operating Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). (March 6, 2014)

Approval for RPAS operations

The civil aviation authorities of Norway has given the UAV-Lab team at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics approval for operating Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). (March 6, 2014)


Intelligent UAVs

Researchers at AMOS develop low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles for dangerous operations. In particular operations offshore with ships and helicopters are expensive and dangerous, and UAV systems can  reduce costs and save human lives. (November 8, 2013)

Intelligent UAVs

Researchers at AMOS develop low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles for dangerous operations. In particular operations offshore with ships and helicopters are expensive and dangerous, and UAV systems can  reduce costs and save human lives. (November 8, 2013)


AMOS researchers are developing unmanned aerial vehicle technology

NTNU are collaborating with Maritime Robotics on the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). (October 5, 2013)

AMOS researchers are developing unmanned aerial vehicle technology

NTNU are collaborating with Maritime Robotics on the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). (October 5, 2013)

Read more about this Teknisk Ukeblad, e24.no or Aftenposten.


Workshop on applications of autonomy in the marine industry

Friday 30th August 2013.
Preliminray program

Workshop on applications of autonomy in the marine industry

Friday 30th August 2013.
Preliminray program

Arranged in cooperation by the MUNIN project; www.unmanned-ship.org, the SEATONOMY project at SINTEF and AMOS.


University of Porto signs colloborator agreement with AMOS

We are very pleased to announce that the University of Porto  has agreed to collaborate with AMOS. Their Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory has been designing, building, and operating unmanned underwater, surface and air vehicles for networked operations.

University of Porto signs colloborator agreement with AMOS

We are very pleased to announce that the University of Porto  has agreed to collaborate with AMOS. Their Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory has been designing, building, and operating unmanned underwater, surface and air vehicles for networked operations.

The cooperation is strategically important for AMOS as our common research objectives are focused on the development of theory and tools for the coordination and control of autonomous networked vehicle systems, where vehicles and operators came and go in communications-challenged environments. Common Norwegian and Portuguese interests are vast and include oceanography, security, surveillance of oceans, and marine biology.
 
AMOS and Porto University started collaborating last year during the REP12 exercise, and continued through the REP13 exercise. Professors João Tasso Borges de Sousa, Fernando Pereira, and Pedro Aguiar are principal researchers involved at Porto University, and our cooperation include exchange of students, PhD fellows and researchers, joint research projects and campaigns, software and hardware co-developments, and joint utilization of each other's research infrastructure. The development of the new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) laboratory has already had strong benefits from the extensive experience of Porto University.

- August 22, 2013


UAV and AUV field experiments with University of Porto and MBARI

June 2013. PhD researcher Frederik Stendahl Leira at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics/AMOS, NTNU participated in the 2013 Rapid Environment Picture (REP) exercise in Portugal.

UAV and AUV field experiments with University of Porto and MBARI

June 2013. PhD researcher Frederik Stendahl Leira at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics/AMOS, NTNU participated in the 2013 Rapid Environment Picture (REP) exercise in Portugal.

The field experiments took place at the Portuguese coast and involved numerous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and surface vessels operating in a coordinated network. AMOS tested UAV-borne thermal imaging with onboard machine vision capabilities in collaboration with the University of Porto and Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBARI) in scenarios such as search-and-rescue and oceanographic missions.
 
More information about REP and the research results can be found here: http://rep13.lsts.pt/


Official opening of the NTNU centres of excellence

Monday 10 June at 10:00 -12:00  in Realfagsbygget, Auditorium R9

2013-05-28

Official opening of the NTNU centres of excellence

Monday 10 June at 10:00 -12:00  in Realfagsbygget, Auditorium R9

Welcome by Rector Torbjørn Digernes
Greetings from the Norwegian Research Council by Arvid Hallén
Presentation of the CoE plaques
Presentation of the the 4 Centres of Excellence

                  - CEMIR by Terje Espevik
                  - AMOS by Asgeir Sørensen
                  - CBS by Bernt-Erik Sæther
                  - CNC byMay-Britt Moser

 Artistic performance by Emilie Storaas and Vegard Lien Bjerka
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CeSOS workshop/AMOS kick-off session 27-29 May 2013

The Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures (CeSOS) celebrates 10 years of operations by arranging an international conference followed by a kick-off seminar for the new CoE  - AMOS.

2013-05-22

CeSOS workshop/AMOS kick-off session 27-29 May 2013

The Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures (CeSOS) celebrates 10 years of operations by arranging an international conference followed by a kick-off seminar for the new CoE  - AMOS.

The conference will be packed with many interesting scientific sessions within hydrodynamics, structural mechanics and automatic control. There are prestigious presenters both from CeSOS and from all over the world.

For the overall programme and to learn more about the sessions, see www.cesos.ntnu.no.


UAV-Lab receives NTNU funding

The UAV-Lab at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics has received a grant from the NTNU advanced scientific equipment (AVIT) program at NTNU.

2013-03-18

UAV-Lab receives NTNU funding

- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Laboratory

The UAV-Lab at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics has received a grant from the NTNU advanced scientific equipment (AVIT) program at NTNU.

Professor Tor Arne Johansen is the project leader. The grant will finance a fleet of fixed-wing UAVs, quadro-copters and sensor payload systems.  AMOS is an active partner and user of the UAV-Lab. AMOS reseacrh projects and researchers will use UAV-Lab. for:

  • UAV research on autonomy, intelligent control, instrumentation and sensor technology, real-time processing of measurements, sensor fusion, computer vision, communication technology, etc.

Typical applications are remote sensing, climate research, monitoring of ice in the Arctic, search and rescue operations, inspection and surveillance of resources and infrastructure, etc.

AMOS making the world smarter

Adresseavisen followed the CoE AMOS team at a cruise on the Trondheim fjord.

2013-02-26

AMOS making the world smarter

- Adresseavisen 2013-02-26

Adresseavisen followed the CoE AMOS team at a cruise on the Trondheim fjord.

MAROFF project awarded to AMOS

AMOS researchers at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics have been awarded a 6.4 MNOK MAROFF project by the Research Council of Norway.

2012-12-18

MAROFF project awarded to AMOS

- Fault-tolerant inertial sensor fusion for marine vessels

AMOS researchers at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics have been awarded a 6.4 MNOK MAROFF project by the Research Council of Norway.

The key scientists are Professor Thor I. Fossen (project manager) and professor Tor Arne Johansen. The research project is entitled:  "Fault-Tolerant Inertial Sensor Fusion for Marine Vessels" and two PhD candidates will be employed in the period 2013-2016. The collaborators are CoE AMOS and Rolls-Royce Marine.

FRIPRO project awarded to AMOS

AMOS researchers at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics have been awarded a 9 MNOK FRIPRO project by the Research Council of Norway.

2012-12-07

FRIPRO project awarded to AMOS

- MEMS-based inertial navigation

AMOS researchers at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics have been awarded a 9 MNOK FRIPRO project by the Research Council of Norway.

The key scientists are Professor Thor I. Fossen (project manager), professor Tor Arne Johansen and Adjunct Associate Professor Håvard Fjær Grip. The research project is entitled:   "Low-Cost Integrated Navigation Systems Using Nonlinear Observer Theory" and three PhD candidates will be employed in the period 2013-2016. The collaborators are CoE AMOS, UNIK, FFI and Maritime Robotics.