The Departments of Marine Technology and Engineering Cybernetics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) together with leading international research partners and Norwegian companies were awarded a Centre of Excellence (CoE) by the Research Council of Norway in 2013. Department of Biology joined NTNU AMOS in 2017.

Researchers at NTNU AMOS will work between the department disciplines to create a world-leading center for autonomous marine operations and control systems. NTNU AMOS will contribute with fundamental and interdisciplinary knowledge in marine hydrodynamics, ocean constructions and control theory. The research results will be used to develop intelligent ships and ocean structures, autonomous unmanned vehicles (under water, on the surface and in air) and robots for high-precision and safety-critical operations in extreme environments. This is necessary in order to meet challenges related to environmental and climate, safe maritime transport, mapping and surveillance of large ocean and coastal regions, offshore renewable energy, fisheries and aquaculture as well as deep-sea and Arctic oil and gas exploration.

Our Vision

To establish a world-leading research centre for autonomous marine operations and systems: To nourish a lively scientific heart in which fundamental knowledge is created through multidisciplinary theoretical, numerical, and experimental research within the knowledge fields of hydrodynamics, structural mechanics, guidance, navigation, and control.

Cutting-edge inter-disciplinary research will provide the necessary bridge to realise high levels of autonomy for ships and ocean structures, unmanned vehicles, and marine operations and to address the challenges associated with greener and safer maritime transport, monitoring and surveillance of the coast and oceans, offshore renewable energy, and oil and gas exploration and production in deep waters and Arctic waters.

excellent · generous · courageous


Facts and figures

Staff in 2017:

7 key scientists (profs.)
15 adjunct/adjunct associate profs.
18 affiliated scientists
2 scientific advisers
5 postdocs/researchers
12 affiliated postdocs/researchers

89 PhD candidates
2 administrative staff
2 technical staff

PhD graduates:

17 PhD graduates in 2017 (13 of them financed by NTNU AMOS)
53 PhD graduates from 2013 to 2017 (15 of them financed by NTNU AMOS)

Target for 2012-2022:

100 PhD scholarships

Budget (10 years):

800+ MNOK


Annual report 2018

Frontpage AMOS AR 2018


Annual reports - other years:

 PDF-files [201320142015, 2016, 2017]


Publications and media coverage in 2017:

1 book
8 book chapters
100 refereed journal articles
100 refereed conference papers
7 international keynote lectures

Publications 2013-2017:

3 books
21 book chapters
370 refereed journal articles
546 refereed conference papers
44 international keynote lectures

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