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High-profile EU support for NTNU

Two professors at NTNU have been awarded prestigious ERC Advanced Grants by the European Research Council.

Professor Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen at AMOS and Department of Engineering Cybernetics and Professor Henrik Koch at Department of Chemistry have each been awarded the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant by the European Research Council.

Each grant can provide up to NOK 25 million in support over five years.

Professor Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen

Handbook of Marine Craft Hydrodynamics and Motion Control

The second edition of a popular textbook Handbook of Marine Craft Hydrodynamics and Motion Control, authored by Professor Thor I Fossen, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is just released.

Handbook of Marine Craft Hydrodynamics and Motion Control

NTNU AMOS annual report for 2020 is ready

The NTNU AMOS annual report for 2020 is out. You can read it here.

Using ships themselves to monitor and predict waves

Waves present an enormous challenge for the world’s roughly 91,000 commercial vessels, but predicting sea conditions is challenging. A new approach uses the movements of ships themselves to create an online estimate of what kinds of waves ships can expect.

Big ships are designed to handle heavy seas, but it's important to be able to anticipate what will happen with waves. Photo: NTB Scanpix

Building trust in robots to measure, monitor, and regulate the ocean

A new partnership between the Centre for the 4th Industrial Revolution Ocean and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has been established to establish trust in ocean data collected from autonomous underwater vehicles.

Asgeir J. Sørensen, professor at NTNU and director of AMOS and Bjørn Tore Markussen, CEO C4IR Ocean


Autonomous urban mobility: Taking digital assurance to the next level

From a user perspective, the case for autonomous, zero-emission ferries is very appealing. Such vessels could solve both the transport and environmental needs of cities and local communities, while helping to decongest heavy traffic in urban centres.

The primary objective of TRUSST is to innovate an integrated assurance framework that takes as point of departure the insight that autonomous transport systems are formed by a complex and interdependent system of people, technology, organisations, regulators and the natural environment.

The TRUSST scope is marked with the dotted line. It includes the autonomous ferries, docking stations, remote-control centre, communication links and cloud-based digital twin of the entire system, as an integral part of a wider ecosystem of people, technology, organisations and nature.

Professor Martin Ludvigsen receives prestigious award

​​​​​​​​The IEEE OES Autonomous Maritime Systems Rising Star Award for 2020 has been awarded to Martin Ludvigsen at the Department of Marine Technology and NTNU AMOS.​​​​


New NTNU AMOS project on kelp production gets a 7.2 million NOK grant.

NTNU AMOS and Department of Biology postdoc Glaucia Moreira Fragoso has secured a grant of 7.2 million NOK from the Norwegian Research Council (NFR) through NFR’s “Researcher Project for Young Talents” initiative. The initiative’s purpose is to “give talented young researchers under the age of 40 in all disciplines and research areas the opportunity to pursue their own research ideas and lead a resear 

Kelp forest. Photo:Wikimedia: NOAA's National Ocean Service

NTNU signs cooperation agreement with the European Space Agency ESA

On Monday 7 December, Rector Anne Borg, NTNU, and the head of the European Space Agency ESA Johann-Dietrich Wörner signed an agreement on cooperation. The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering hosts the agreement.

Rector of NTNU in meeting with the head of the European Space Agency ESA Johann-Dietrich Wörner
Rector of NTNU in meeting with the head of the European Space Agency ESA Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Could NTNU AMOS help discover viking ships at the bottom of Mjøsa?

We know that many ships, trucks, and even ammunition have been dumped or sunk in Norway’s largest lake. This year saw the start of a large research project to discover what is hidden in the deep.

Photo: Merete Nyheim/NTNU

Small brain reads 8000 messages per second

Autonomous vehicles are in the wind like never before. At NTNU, researchers have developed a circuit board that can be adapted to different drones with simple steps. Airbus has tested the system on a prototype for lunar landing.

Kretskortet SentiBoard. Foto: Wenche Kulmo
The SentiBoard circuit board has already been used in about ten doctoral degrees and more than 20 publications. It has been tried on boats, on drones with both fixed wing and propeller. Photo: Wenche Kulmo

AMOS technology and personnel help searching for lost shipwrecks

In 1693, near Smeerenburg at the northwestern tip of Spitsbergen, more than 17 Dutch whaling ships were sunk by a French fleet following direct orders from King Louis XIV.

Now an interdisciplinary research team from NTNU and UIT, using AMOS technology, have gone looking for the lost fleet. What they found was surprising and worrying.

Dutch whaling. Bonaventura Peeters. Source: Wikimedia


Research cruising in the Barents Sea: When Murphy Wins

What happens when everything that can go wrong, goes wrong? That is the topic for Tore Mo-Bjørklund's recent blog post.

Upside-down mooring, with a cod, silently mocking the scientists. (Photo: Tore Mo-Bjørkelund)

AMOS director in podcast

AMOS Director, Professor Asgeir Sørensen, has participated in the first Technoport Podcast. Listen to what he had to say about Norway's maritime potential, cybernetics, Greta Thunberg and how to start real change and progress here.

Technoport Podcast. Illustration.

New Vista center grant to NTNU’s autonomous underwater robotics research

The Norwegian Science Academy (DNVA) and Equinor are providing 25 million NOK to a new research center at NTNU. The center will increase our knowledge of the ocean by developing new underwater-robotics technology.

Subsea charging and docking plate. Illustration

The Ocean Space Project gets 40 million NOK in the 2021 Norwegian national budget

The new promise of funding from the Norwegian government ensures that the project will not suffer any delays in the coming year.

People in the waterbasin. Photo.
Head of department Professor Sverre Steen with research director at SINTEF Dariusz Eirik Fathi, senior resarch scientist at SINTEF Thomas Michel Sauder, deputy CEO at SINTEF Digital Merete Øverli Moldestad, and Minister of Regional Development and Digitalisation, Linda Hofstad Helleland. Photo: Sigmund G. Bolme

NTNU now owns one of the world’s most advanced underwater drones

NTNU have bought a six-meter-long snake-drone. The drone is made by Eelume and will be tested and operated in the Trondheim fjord.

Underwater drone. Photo.
Photo: Pål Liljebäck

New Norwegian alternative to GPS-navigation

PhD candidate at NTNU AMOS and the Department om Technical Cybernetics, Kristoffer Gryte, has been working on alternative GPS solutions for his doctorate. His results could change the way we operate commercial drones.

Two men and a drone. Photo.
NTNU drone pilot Pål Kvaløy with Kristoffer Gryte. Photo: Kai T. Dragland

The Arctic Sea - the new sea

In recent articles at Aftenposten and Fiskeri and Havbruk, Director of NTNU AMOS and professor at the Department of Marine Technology, Asgeir Sørensen, writes about how changing climate presents considerable challenges for arctic areas.

Båt arktis. Photo: Asgeir Sørensen
Photo: Asgeir Sørensen

NTNU marine technology helps map the biology of the Arctic

NTNU ocean survey technology, operated by professor Martin Ludvigsen's AUR-team, has helped researchers at UiT Norges arktiske universitet survey hydrocarbon seeps in the Arctic Oceans.

Underwater illustration.

NTNU AMOS annual report 2019 is ready

The NTNU AMOS annual report for 2019 is out. You can read it here.

Cover NTNU Amos annual report 2019.

Into the Dark

The research conducted at NTNU AMOS is opening new ways of understanding the world, but knowledge is only useful if people are aware of it, and when you want to reach a larger audience, what better way than to make a movie?

boat in the dark. photo.

Turtle robots are less stressful for farmed salmon

turtle robot. photo.

Researchers at NTNU AMOS, in collaboration with researchers at the Talinn University of Technology and the Estonian University of Life Science, have shown how "turtle robots" are less intrusive to the salmon in Norwegian fish farms. 

NFEA award for best master's thesis 2019

Erlend Andreas Basso at NTNU in Trondheim (Cybernetics and Robotics) won the NFEA's award for best master's thesis 2019, with the thesis: «Dynamic Task Priority Control of Articulated Intervention AUVs Using Control Lyapunov and Control Barrier Function based Quadratic Programs »

Erlend Andreas Basso (left) at NTNU won the award for this year's best master's thesis. Photo: NFEA
Erlend Andreas Basso (left) at NTNU won the award for this year's best master's thesis. Photo: NFEA

UBIQ Aerospace Brings the First Drone De-Icing System to Market

The startup’s autonomous system senses and melts frozen buildup

In 2013 Ph.D. candidate Kim L. Sorensen and his advisor, IEEE Senior Member Tor Arne Johansen, talked with U.S. Coast Guard representatives about a relatively new challenge for the military: the buildup of ice on drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles. UAVs weren’t outfitted with protection to eliminate ice buildup.

Photo: Richard Hann/UBIQ. This is what the leading edge of a UAV wing looks like without the use of the D•ICE system.
This is what the leading edge of a UAV wing looks like without the use of the D•ICE system. Photo: Richard Hann/UBIQ.