News & Events 2022-2023

News & Events 2022-2023

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AMOS Celebration Program

We are approaching the end of the 10-year-period of the Centre of Excellence scheme. 30th June 2023 NTNU AMOS is closing. Tuesday 6th June we are going to celebrate NTNU AMOS in Trondheim with national and international guests.


In Nature: The Arctic after dark: A secret world of hidden life

“We often talk about this observational pyramid, from satellites to drones to surface vehicles to underwater vehicles to sea floor,” says Berge. “I think that’s the future, with a much stronger focus on autonomous platforms.”


Received the NOLCOS Best Student Paper Award

Erlend A. Basso and Henrik M. Schmidt-Didlaukies have received the Best Student Paper Award of the 12th IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems. Basso receiving the award in the picture above. 

This is how the scientists will map the foreshore

"Life on the foreshore, from 10 meters and to the shore, is not mapped yet," says Kasper Hancke, leader of the drone project Seabee.

We need a coastguard under water

The sabotage of Nord Streams gas pipes show that subsea infrastructure is vulnerable. Norway has almost 9000 kilometer of pipelines with gas, a lot of subsea structures, fiber cables and cables for electricity on the seabed. Is it possible to protect? 

AMOS Day – 9th November 2022

Picture of Radisson SAS Royal Blue Garden hotel

AMOS Day in November will be in the city of Trondheim. Have a look at the program here!

The first ever try of the observational pyramid was conducted in May

Kongsfjorden Svalbard: On the same place at the same time a small satellite - Hypso-1, a flying drone (UAV), an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) and subsea robots (AUV's) did data collection with a variety of sensors and cameras. 

Young Author Award to Markus H. Iversflaten

Markus H. Iversflaten, PhD at NTNU AMOS and Caros, received the IFAC CAMS 2022 Young Author Award.

Kate Crosman blog: Home of the Northernmost magic

My first expedition to Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, was about observing, absorbing, and participating in big data collection in action. The trip was months delayed due to the pandemic. And it was absolutely magic.

Key researcher in AMOS wins award

Geir Johnsen, Professor in marin biology, communication award picture

Geir Johnsen, Professor at the Department of Biology, wins the award Communicator of the year 2022 at the Faculty of Natural Sciences (NV) at NTNU.

NTNUs first research satellite on a mission in the Arctic

Illustration of HYPSO-1 orbiting the earth

The small satellite HYPSO-1, built by more than 80 students and researchers at NTNU AMOS, the Department of Engineering Cybernetics and the Department of Electronic Systems –  and other departments, has participated in several research missions already.

2022 AMOS Seminar

Skifer Hotel Oppdal. Photo: Sven-Erik KnoffAMOS Seminar 1-2 June 2022 at Skifer Hotel Oppdal.

Guest lecture by Professor Jing Sun

Professor Jing Sun, University of Michigan is visiting NTNU AMOS this spring. Jing is indeed a world leading professor. She will give three lectures in May and June. 

HYPSO-1 celebration

Celebration of HYPSO-1 upper left - Tor Arne Johansen, upper right Ingrid Schjølberg, down left Evelyn Honore-Livermore and down right: Simon.Celebration of HYPSO-1 and time to say some words: Professor Tor Arne Johansen (upper left), Dean Ingrid Schjølberg (upper right), PhD Evelyn Honore-Livermore (down left) and master student Simon (down right).

The last AMOS annual report is here

AMOS last annual report contains features and profiles of the professors Geir Johnsen, Marilena Greco and Kostas Alexis, and the PhD Evelyn Honoré-Livermore, postdoc Kate Crosman an researcher Glaucia Fragoso. 


AMOS collaboration in scientific report in Nature

The fish ability to accelerate and suddenly turn in fast manoeuvers, is the title of the scientific report featured in Nature from March 23 2022, with researchers from Sapienza University of Rome, Harbin Engineering University in China and NTNU AMOS.

SentiSystems AS elected as Newcomer of the year

«The future looks busy and bright,» Arne Kjørsvik, daily manager of SentiSystems said. SentiSystems is one of the eight spin off companies from NTNU AMOS. 

How tiny zooplankton can help us understand trust in Big Ocean Data

The zooplankton Calanus finmarchicus will be the starting point for Kate Crosman’s work to understand trust in Big Ocean Data. How? Read on.

The King and Queen of the Netherlands visited NTNU to see technology and ocean research

Four PhD-Candidates or researchers from NTNU AMOS presented technology and research developed at our Centre of Excellence. 

A $2 million prize for subterranean robots

CERBERUS dog robot

 Photo: Team CERBERUS

Team Cerberus has won a highly prestigious international competition with their subterranean robots, competing against top-ranked challengers. The group is headed by NTNU professor Kostas Alexis.

Historical launch of Norwegian small satellite

Photo: SpaceX

HYPSO-1, the first research satellite from the NTNU SmallSatLab launched Thursday 13.01.22, at 10:25 EST (16:25 Norwegian time) with a SpaceX Falcon 9 Transporter-3 from Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida, USA.

How tiny zooplankton can help us understand trust in Big Ocean Data

The zooplankton Calanus finmarchicus will be the starting point for Kate Crosman’s work to understand trust in Big Ocean Data. How? Read on.

Subsea snake robot becomes movie star

A subsea snake robot with connections to NTNU and AMOS is the hero in the Norwegian movie Nordsjøen from Fantefilm Fiksjon with premiere on Friday 29th October.

Students from NTNU won a drone duel

The first TAC Challenge event was arranged this summer. The student organisation Ascend from NTNU won the challenge. Next year the challenge will include international teams as well.

Program at AMOS Day 2021

Finally it is possible to meet again! 

AMOS Day at Scandic Nidelven! October 20 with dinner and a special screening.

Kristin Y. Pettersen wins prize for her research from NTNU

Professor Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen, at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics, wins NTNU employee prize for her groundbreaking research. She is one of seven key researchers in NTNU AMOS. Read more here.


High-profile EU support for NTNU

Professor Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen

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.

Handbook of Marine Craft Hydrodynamics and Motion Control

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.

NTNU AMOS annual report for 2020 is ready

cover ntnu amos annual report 2020

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


Using ships themselves to monitor and predict waves

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

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.


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


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

Autonomous urban mobility: Taking digital assurance to the next level


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.

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.

Professor Martin Ludvigsen receives prestigious award

staff photo Martin Ludvigsen

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.

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?


Photo: Merete Nyheim/NTNU

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. 

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

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

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

AMOS director in podcast

Technoport Podcast. Illustration.

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:

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

Subsea charging and docking plate. Illustration

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.

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 research 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 satellites will warn the aquaculture industry of dangerous algae bloom.

Outer space. Photo.

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

Underwater drone. Photo.
Photo: Pål Liljebäck

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.


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

Underwater illustration.

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.

NTNU AMOS annual report 2019 is ready

Cover NTNU Amos annual report 2019.The

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

Into the Dark

boat in the dark. photo.

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?

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.

Small, efficient and with zero emissions

A new spin off from the AMOS research community has just been lunched. The new company seeks to develop effective and climate neutral mini-ferries that can be a cheap and climate friendly alternative to bridges and traditional ferries in cities.

Illustration of a mini ferry on water
Illustration: STOPPEFFEKT AS

Prestigious prize to Professor Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen

Researchers have worked on the idea of snake robots for more than 30 years, but the greatest breakthrough so far was done by key scientist at NTNU AMOS Professor Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen and her colleagues. In recognition of this work, Pettersen has been awarded the Bode Lecture Prize.

Photo: Kai T. Dragland

AMOS Days 2019

AMOS days 2019 gathered 115 scientists and researchers to a conference where the latest development within the AMOS research projects were presented. Professor Asgeir Sørensen opened the day by welcoming new PhD candidates and researchers and comparing what we do at AMOS with Elite sports, saying that at AMOS “you will find the best of the best within our fields”.

Photo: Christoph Alexander Thieme

Arena status to the Autonomy Cluster in Trondheim

The Autonomy Cluster in Trondheim is one of Innovation Norway’s new cluster projects. NTNU Amos has been one of the key driving forces behind the cluster, and the Director of Amos, Professor Asgeir Sørensen, thinks the cluster could open a whole new chapter in ocean-based autonomy research.

From the Arena Cluster ceremony, Photo:FI


NTNU Rector, Anne Borg, and head of REV Ocean, Nina Jensen, have signed a partnership agreement to start a cooperation on marine robotics and use of the new REV Ocean research ship. This opens up great opportunities for NTNU in terms of access to a world-leading ocean exploration vessel, and will provide REV Ocean with access to world-leading research groups at NTNU.

REV Ocean signering

AMOS candidate receives outstanding oral presentation award

PhD candidate at AMOS, Richard Hann, has received an outstanding oral presentation award from the SAE for their International Icing conference 2019.

Richard Hann at the SEA icing conference

Guest lecture by Professor Dr. Wickert

Location: B337, 3rd floor, Elektro B at the Gløshaugen.

AMOS Days 2019

29 October 2019, Scandic Lerkendal Hotel, Trondheim.

The first candidate for the new Marin Technology researcher’s program is ready.

From 2019, the Department of Marine Technology at NTNU offers students that have a special interests for research a new program that prepares and kick-starts the participant for future PhD studies. 

First out is Martin Kvisvik Larsen, a fifth year master student who specializes in marine cybernetics.

Martin Ludvigsen, Martin Larsen, and Eilif Pedersen

Two AMOS related projects gets funding!

The Norwegian Research Council are investing in new research infrastructure projects all over Norway, and two AMOS related projects will now receive funding.  

Autonome droner og skip

The Ocean Space Centre gets government funding

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has confirmed that the Norwegian government has allocated 55 million NOK in the 2020 government budget to the Ocean Space Centre project.   

Primeminister and more. Photo.

Exploring the Hazards of Drone Icing

Icing of drones is a severe hazard that significantly limits the usage of autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles. Researchers from NTNU AMOS recently conducted experiments in an icing wind tunnel to learn more about icing in order to test an icing protection system.

AMOS director gets the Norwegian Research Council’s innovation prize

Professor Asgeir Sørensen has received the Norwegian Research Council’s innovation prize for 2019. The price is granted to a person or organization that through exceptional use of research result have laid the foundation for research based innovation.

Awardwinner Asgeir Sørensen. Photo.

New study program for potential PhD candidates

From 2019, the Department of Marine Technology at NTNU will offer its students a new researcher’s program that prepares the participant for PhD studies.

model boat and students testing it on water. Photo.

Snake Robots at The Big Challenge

Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen, professor at the Department of Technical Cybernetics and Key Researcher at NTNU AMOS, has given a lecture on snake robots, at the science festival "The Big Challenge".

Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen, professor

NTNU opens laboratory 365 meters below the surface

NTNU launches our deepest laboratory yet, almost 370 meters below the surface of the Trondheim fjord.

Men on a stage and a big screen. Photo.

AMOS spring seminar

Ground breaking autonomous systems technology, from space to the ocean floor, was the topic as NTNU AMOS’ spring seminar gathered the researchers at AMOS at Ørlandet Kysthotell this year.  

AMOS seminar 2019

21 - 22 May. 

Venue: Ørland kysthotell.



June 30 2024 - the Final AMOS seminar - Clarion Hotel Trondheim
March 28 2023   - Trondheim Tech Port Conference - themes: Bridging the gaps, Futuristic Oceans
May 13 2023 - Guest Lecture Professor Jing Sun, University of Michigan Integrated Power and Thermal Management: Estimation, Prediction, and Control
June 1-2 2023 AMOS Day at Skifer Hotel Oppdal
November 9 2023 AMOS Day at Radisson SAS Trondheim