Background and activities

Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen (1969) is a Professor at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics. She has a PhD and an MSc in Engineering Cybernetics from NTNU.

She is also a Key Scientist at the Center of Excellence: Autonomous marine operations and systems (AMOS) and an Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI).

Research Interests

  • Nonlinear control theory
  • Motion control of mechanical systems, in particular ships, AUVs, robot manipulators, snake robots and satellites
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Robotics
  • Cooperative and coordinated control of mechanical systems
  • Underactuated and nonholonomic systems

Selected Research Projects

  • 2013-2022 Key scientist. Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS). Centre of excellence funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Project Manager for Project 4: “Autonomous underwater robotics for mapping, monitoring and intervention”. Coordinator for Area 3: Autonomous unmanned vehicles and operations (Projects 3, 4, 5). Project partners: NTNU, SINTEF, Statoil, DNV. Total budget; 600 MNOK
  • 2011-2014 Project Manager. Project title: Snake Locomotion in Challenging Environments (SLICE). FRITEK project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Project partners: NTNU and SINTEF. Budget; 13.9 MNOK
  • 2009-2014 Project Manager. Project title: Control, Information and Communication Systems for Environmental and Safety Critical Systems (CICS). SUP project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Budget; 15 MNOK
  • 2009-2014 Key Scientist. Project title: Next Generation Robotics for Norwegian Industry (NextGenRob). Project partners: SINTEF, NTNU, Statoil, Hydro, Tronrud Engineering, Glen Dimplex Nordic, SbSeating (HÅG) and RobotNorge. Budget; 36 MNOK

Recent work experience

  • 2015- CEO and co-founder, SwimM AS
  • 2014- Adjunct Professor, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
  • 2013-2022 Key Scientist, CoE for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS)
  • 2011-2013 Head of Department, Dept. Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU
  • 2009-2011 Vice-head of Department, Dept. Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU
  • 2010-2013 Director, NTNU Strategic area ICT Programme of Robotics
  • 2008 Guest Professor, Section for Automation and Control, Aalborg University
  • 2002- Professor, Department Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU
  • 2001-2013 Scientific Advisor, SINTEF ICT

Recent Board/Council work

  • 2012-2014 Board member, IEEE Control Systems Society – Board of Governors
  • 2011-2013 Vice-chairman, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
  • 2011-2013 Deputy board-member, Norwegian Smartgrid Centre
  • 2010-2013 Deputy council member, SINTEF
  • 2010- Board member, NTNU Applied Underwater Robotics Laboratory
  • 2007-2011 Board member, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
  • 2008- Council member, SINTEF Information and Communication Technology
  • 2007-2011 Board member, NTNU/SINTEF Gemini centre of Advanced Robotics

Editorial Work

  • 2015- Review Editor, Robotic Control Systems, Frontiers in Robotics and Al
  • 2012- Section Editor of “Control of Marine Vessels”, Encyclopedia of Systems and Control
  • 2012-2015 Associate Editor, IEEE Control Systems Magazine
  • 2010-2015 Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
  • 2008-2009 Member of the Editorial Board Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory
  • 2009-2011 Associate Editor, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation Shanghai, China 2011, Anchorage, Alaska 2010, and Kobe, Japan 2009

Awards/Appointments

  • 2013, Appointed member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences – NTVA
  • 2006, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award, for the paper: K.Y. Pettersen, F. Mazenc and H. Nijmeijer, “Global Uniform Asymptotic Stabilization of an Underactuated Surface Vessel: Experimental Results”, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Vol. 12, No.6, Nov. 2004
  • 2004, Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • 1993, Norwegian Research Council Personal Doctoral Research Fellowship

Membership in Academic and Professional Organizations and Committees

  • 2015- Member of IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronics
  • 2014- Member of European Research Council Consolidator Grants Evaluation Panel PE7, Systems and Communication Engineering
  • 2014 Member of the Evaluation Committee of the ARGOS challenge Total / Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
  • 2012- Member of the leader group of NTNU IME Lighthouse Project Robotics
  • 2011- Member IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee on Space Robotics
  • 2009-2013 Member of the leader group of NTNU Strategic Area ICT, TSO ICT

She has supervised 15 graduated doctoral candidates, and is currently supervising 10 PhD candidates.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


Postal address

Department of Engineering Cybernetics Norwegian University of Science and Technology 7491 Trondheim Norway