News and events at NTNU AMOS in 2019


 

NTNU signs partnership agreement with REV Ocean

NTNU Rector Anne Borg and head of REV Ocean Nina have Jensen 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

NTNU signs partnership agreement with REV Ocean

NTNU Rector Anne Borg and head of REV Ocean Nina have Jensen 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

The strategy is to proactively use the 182-meter REV Ocean research vessel and the Ocean Data Platform (ODP) as a foundation for research and innovation and to extend the ship’s capabilities to land-based facilities. In addition, the vessel itself will be used in marine technology education and research for NTNU engineering students.  

“This partnership brings together some of our most innovative and exciting opportunities for ocean research and to achieving our primary goal of safeguarding ‘one healthy ocean’. Our research vessel, in combination with NTNU’s autonomous vehicle capabilities, and the ODP’s visualization creates a seamless and winning match,” said REV Ocean CEO, Nina Jensen.

NTNU contributes with knowledge and competence.

REV Ocean has advanced science laboratories, autonomous and remote-controlled underwater vehicles, unmanned boats, drones and sonar systems for ocean mapping and monitoring. NTNU students with expertise in marine robotics and cross disciplinary ocean research will be able to use REV Ocean to study, test equipment and create ocean solutions.

NTNU Rector Anne Borg states: “The collaboration with REV Ocean and Ocean Data Foundation is well aligned with NTNU´s vision providing knowledge for a better world. There is still a huge lack of understanding about the processes that are going on in the ocean and the coastal areas, including the arctic. We are in a hurry to understand, and the time to act is now. Our mission is to contribute to knowledge-based management and sustainability in the value creation from the oceans. We trust in knowledge and competence, and a corresponding holistic view when addressing global challenges related to the oceans such as climate, environment, lack of food, energy and minerals as well as logistics and transportation.”

Ocean Data Foundation to provide technical solutions

ODF provides a powerful and innovative technological platform that will seamlessly combine ocean data collected through a global network of partners, and make it readily available for the public, policymakers and businesses worldwide. The Ocean Data Platform (ODP) will provide simple access to information needed to make sustainable decisions about how we use our ocean. The goal is to improve availability, access and analysis of global ocean data, to foster solutions, and ultimately enable more successful conservation of ocean resources.

Efficient handling of ocean data is a key component for tackling the worlds ocean problems and spearheading solutions. The ODP will be the cornerstone for piloting methods for storage, analysis, and visualization of big ocean data for more efficient and impactful education, research and value creation to industry and society at large. The ODP will also implement a digital twin of the REV Ocean vessel for real time tracking of expeditions and research cruises.

Bjørn Tore Markussen, the CEO of the Ocean Data Foundation says: “The Ocean Data Platform signals a breakthrough in collecting and connecting ocean data for the public, industry, science, and governments. Currently, we see that the data produced about the ocean is often stored away in silos or is difficult to access for various reasons. We need to liberate this data and provide unique access to vast amounts of information, so we can much better preserve and develop the natural wealth of the oceans. A genuine unifying platform demands strong partnerships, we are very fortunate to pursue this endeavor together with NTNU, given their advanced expertise in marine robotics and cross disciplinary ocean research.”

This partnership was enthusiastically signed just ahead of the Our Ocean 2019 conference which focused on the importance of knowledge as the basis of actions and policies to ensure protection of the ocean, responsible management of marine resources and sustainable future economic growth.

About REV Ocean

REV Ocean is a not-for-profit company created with one overarching purpose and ambition: To make the ocean healthy again. Any profit generated from our projects will be reinvested into our work for a healthier ocean. This global initiative is established and funded by Norwegian business-man Kjell Inge Røkke. The REV Ocean vessel is the world’s largest and most advanced research vessel and has the capacity to carry up to appr. 60 scientists and 35 crew. Equipment onboard includes scientific trawls, sonar systems, laboratories, auditorium and classrooms, a moonpool, AUV, Triton 7500/3 submersible, and the Kystdesign Supporter 6000 ROV.

AMOS candidate receives outstanding oral presentation award

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

Richard Hann at the SEA icing conference

AMOS candidate receives outstanding oral presentation award

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

Richard Hann at the SEA icing conference

Hann gave two talks on his papers on "Experimental Investigations of an Icing Protection System for UAVs” and “UAV Icing: Ice Accretion Experiments and Validation".

Hann and his colleagues are doing research on icing on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and developing icing protection systems for it. You can read more about his research here.

SAE International is a U.S.-based, globally active professional association and standards developing organization for engineering professionals in various industries. Principal emphasis is placed on transport industries such as automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicles. The SAE icing conference is the biggest international conference on the topic of icing on aircraft, engines, and structures. 

Richard Hann and award


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

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

The program is organised as an extra year between the 4th and 5th year of the master program for Marine Technology, and students both in their 3rd and 4th year can apply for admission.

— I am very pleased to be accepted. I wanted to know more about how it is to work as a scientist, and this is a great opportunity to do so. I considered applying for an integrated master and PhD, but by joining this program, I am able to experience the life of a researcher without having to make a full commitment, says Larsen.

Professor Martin Ludvigsen is the head of AUR-lab at NTNU and will be Larsen’s main supervisor and mentor; he is excited to have a new colleague. Ludvigsen explains that Larsen will work within a larger research group  and will be exposed to many different scientific fields.

– We do a lot of fieldwork at AUR-lab where everybody in the team participates, and this is a great way for Larsen to learn the methods behind the science, both how we conduct experiments and how to publish the results. He will also have a lot of autonomy and will be able to focus on his own field of study, says Ludvigsen.

Larsen will work on hyperspectral imaging in marine exploration and surveillance for his research project. A method that increases our opportunities for exploring the oceans. 

— With hyperspectral imaging, we can observe far more colours than the human eye is normally capable of seeing. It allows us to examine objects and phenomena that we otherwise would not be able to observe, says Larsen.

The applications for this technology are many, from biology to geology. Ludvigsen explains that there are several areas where there are opportunities to advance this method, among others archaeology, which is the area that Larsen will most likely focus on.

– When exploring manmade structures, shipwrecks and other archaeological sites under water, it can be difficult to know exactly what you are looking at. Is that square stone a manmade brick or just a normal stone? Is the small mound a sunken ship or just a natural occurrence? Hyperspectral imaging cameras can help us see the difference more easily, says Ludvigsen. 

Professor Eilif Pedersen at the Department of Marine Technology is head of the researcher’s program; he explains that the program is there to help recruit prospective PhD candidates.

– The program will give the participants a head start, and allows them to start on an already defined project. We are working with the Norwegian Research Council on this, and we hope that it will inspire more of our best students to choose a career as researchers; the program opens up some opportunities that they would not otherwise get, says Pedersen.

During their extra research year, the students will participate in PhD courses in autumn and start working on their research project proper in spring. 

– I am particularly looking forward to working with hardware, and in the field with other researchers, Larsen says.

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

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

“Ocean Space Field Laboratory Trondheimsfjorden – OceanLab”, has a budget of 187,4 million MNOK, and will help develop facilities for testing and developing Autonomous ships and underwater vehicles, further strengthening NTNU’s AUR-lab.

“Norwegian Infrastructure for drone-based research, mapping and monitoring in the coastal zone”, has a budget of 83 million NOK, and NTNU will use the project to develop an operational drone system infrastructure that will support NIVA (Norwegian Institute for Water Research) and NINA (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research).

The final amount of funding from the Research Council for the two project is yet to announced.

In total 1 billion NOK will be shared between sixteen different projects supported by the Research Council.

You can read more at the Research Council’s webpages (in Norwegian)

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.

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.

The program will be organized as an extra year between the 4th and 5th year of the master program for Marine Technology, and students in their 3rd and 4th year can apply for admission.

To read more about the program and how to apply, se the program’s webpage here.


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.   

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.   

This means that the project can now enter a new planning phase. If all goes as planned, construction work on the new centre can begin in 2022.

When completed, the Ocean Space Centre will be a modern and forward-looking centre for science, innovation, and education within the ocean space field.    

Development of the ocean industries within petroleum, maritime, and seafood is one of the most vital areas for restructuring the Norwegian job-market. This requires that we develop the knowledge and capacity necessary for realising these goals. The OECD have stated that ocean-based industries have the potential to surpass the growth of the global economy, concerning both economic growth and job-creation. By creating a world-leading centre of knowledge, Norway can keep its position as a technology based maritime nation, and lay the foundations for growth within the ocean industries. OECD (OECD’s Ocean Economy 2030 (2016)) predicts that new ocean-based industries will emerge in the coming years. These new industries will be fuelled by population growth, new technology, higher levels of prosperity, the need for new sources of energy, and as a response to climate change.

We are currently experiencing rapid technological developments that are increasing our knowledge of the Oceans. Foremost among them are developments connected to digitalisation and BigData. Nevertheless, advanced real-world laboratories will still be necessary. By combining these approaches to science, and focusing upon interaction between physical laboratories, simulations, and a continuous stream of data from ocean based operations and sensors, we gain a more complete picture than we otherwise would.

In the Ocean Space Centre, simulations will be combined with experiments using models, in order to prevent accidents and damage to the environment. Robotics and autonomous systems must be developed and tested in a controlled environment before they can be put to use.

Read more about the press conference here (in Norwegian)


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.

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.

This spring, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and UBIQ Aerospace have been visiting a special wind tunnel at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) that can simulate icing conditions. Their goal was to study ice accretion on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) under laboratory conditions and to further test and improve a UAV icing protection system called D•ICE. The tests proved the capability of the D•ICE technology, and the results will help the researchers to validate their numerical models. This will aid them in making their system smarter, more reliable, and more energy efficient.

During the tests, the researchers collected ice shapes at different meteorological icing conditions on a UAV wing section. This experimental data will be used to compare to numerical models that simulate ice accretion on airfoils. In addition, the D•ICE technology was tested to show that it can successfully prevent ice accumulation on the wing. The system mitigates harmful ice accretions by warming the surface with heating zones made of carbon fibers that are embedded in the wing structure.

Atmospheric icing is a well known phenomenon in the Nordic countries. Icing on power lines and structures is a great challenge that has been the focus of research for many years. In recent years, the topic of icing on wind turbines has become a threat to the advancement of renewable energies. In both these fields, VTT has been heavily involved with research and the development of new technologies and solutions.

Today, a new challenge with regards to icing is emerging: icing on UAVs. Drone technology is a fast-growing and emerging technology with a wide range of applications. For example, drones are used for delivering urgent medical supplies in Rwanda, to provide broadband access to remote areas, to perform search and rescue missions and to explore scientific research questions.

Icing can be a severe hazard for these applications. Research has shown that ice will accumulate on the body, wing, and propeller of drones in icing conditions. The ice is disturbing the aerodynamics which leads to a significant decrease in performance. There are many cases where icing conditions have led to drone crashes. This is why it is currently a best practice to not fly drones in bad weather conditions. However, for the success of many of the aforementioned applications, an all-weather capability is a key requirement.

Researchers at NTNU have been working on the UAV icing challenge for several years. Their goal is to understand the physics of how ice is accumulating on the drones and how the ice affects the aerodynamics. Furthermore, they have developed the D•ICE technology to detect and mitigate the hazards of icing. UBIQ Aerospace is a deep tech spin-off from NTNU with the goal of further developing D•ICE into an intelligent and effective icing protection system for UAVs.

 


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.

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.

Sørensen points to the whole of AMOS when asked about the prize.

– This is not just about me, but rather the center as a whole as well as the leadership at NTNU who have supported AMOS. I think that the research council wanted to show the great span that exists, the importance of good research, and that we are help provide an unique service that is needed for growth, says Sørensen to Universitetsavisa.    

You can read more about it at UA or listen to TU’s podcast with professor Sørensen (in Norwegian).

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

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.

NTNU opens laboratory 365 meters below the surface

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

The lab was officially opened today by rector at NTNU, Gunnar Bovim, and Executive Vice President, TPD, at Equinor, Anders Opedal.

The lab's purpose is to test new underwater drones, and it will allow NTNU, Equinor and other partners to develop new radical solutions and innovations for underwater operations.

Before the opening, Asgeir Sørensen, director of NTNU AMOS, and Kjetil Skaugset from Equinor told the audience how the collaboration between NTNU and Equinor is changing how drones are used, not just under water, but also on the surface, and in the air.

You can read more at Gemini.

Also on display were some of the many spin-offs from NTNU-AMOS. Eelume, Maritime Robotics, Blueye Robotics, Scout Drone Inspection, and the Small Satelite project from NTNU AMOS

 

 


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 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.  

Professors Tor Arne Johansen, Kristin Y. Pettersen and Jørgen Amdahl presented the results for the three main research areas at AMOS, and chaired sessions that took a closer look at the many exciting projects and results our researchers are working on.

Below is the program and topic for this year’s sessions. You can read more about the three projects in the 2018 annual report.

Technology for mapping and monitoring of the oceans I

Chair: Tor Arne Johansen

Petter Norgren, AUV navigation under the ice: From iceberg mapping to extended under ice missions

Håkon Helgesen, Tracking of Floating and Ground Objects using fixed-wing UAVs with Vision-based Sensors

Siri Mathisen, Autonomous Ballistic Airdrop of Objects from a Small Fixed-Wing UAV

Marine robotic platforms I

Chair: Kristin Y. Pettersen

Eivind Eigil Bøhn: Deep Reinforcement Learning Attitude Control of Fixed Wing UAVs

Ida-Louise Borlaug: Sliding mode control of an articulated intervention AUV: Experimental results

Øystein Helgesen: Sensor Combinations in Heterogeneous Multi-sensor Fusion for Maritime Target Tracking

Risk management and maximized operability of ship and ocean structures I

Chair: Jørgen Amdahl

Finn-Christian W. Hanssen: A novel numerical method for simulating non-linear waves and wave-body interaction

Stian Sørum: Effect of wave spreading on the fatigue damage of offshore wind turbines

Pål Takle Bore: Environmental description and rational analysis of exposed fish farms (Presented by J. Amdahl)

Marine robotic platforms II

Chair: Kristin Y. Pettersen

Krzysztof Cisek, Track-to-track data fusion for unmanned traffic management system

Marco Leonardi, Deep learning aided Underwater (monocular) Visual SLAM

Simen Haugo, Mapping the world in 4 Kilobyte

Technology for mapping and monitoring of the oceans II

Chair: Tor Arne Johansen

Trym Haavardsholm, Multimodal Multispectral Imaging System for Small UAVs

Elizabeth Prentice, Small Satellite with Hyper Spectral Imaging for Oceanografic Applications

Øyvind Ødegård, Mapping historical shipwrecks in Smeerenburgfjorden

Risk management and maximized operability of ship and ocean structures II

Chair: Jørgen Amdahl

Woongshik Nam: Analysis of the ductile tto brittle fracture transition of structures exposed to low temperatures (presented by J. Amdahl)

Zhaolong Yu: Analysis of strcutures subjected to abnormal wave slamming


Annual report ready

Annual report ready

The Amos Annual report for 2018 is ready. You can read the report here. 

Icing on Drones and Wind Turbines

Icing on Drones

Icing on Drones and Wind Turbines

Icing on Drones

A topic that has recently become a focus of research is icing on unmanned aerial vehicles, which in everyday language are known as drones. The wind power industry has a lot to gain from drone icing research. The physics of ice accretion on these is very similar, which means that tools validated for drone icing will also be applicable to wind turbine icing.

By Richard Hann, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Read more in windtech-international.com (no pay-wall).


Enhancing education and Science cooperation

NTNU AMOS enters into a collaboration agreement with Arctic Research Centre, Institute for Bioscience - Aarhus University.

Enhancing education and Science cooperation

NTNU AMOS enters into a collaboration agreement with Arctic Research Centre, Institute for Bioscience - Aarhus University.

One of the most significant global issues over the past 20 years has been the vast change in the Arctic region. The world has again turned its attention to the Arctic, this time mainly because of climate change and its expected global impacts, the economic potential of the region, and the geopolitical implications of changes. Political, economic and social developments are already underway, including the flourishing of advanced democratic societies.

Undoubtedly the future of the Arctic will be radically different from the reality we know today. To meet these challenges, there is an urgent need to prepare the Arctic societies through improved knowledge and education of future generations. This is best done through partnerships among institutions in the Arctic.

By this collaborative agreement the NTNU AMOS and the Arctic Research Centre, Institute for Bioscience - Aarhus University have decided to further strengthen collaboration on education and research.

The collaboration agreement aims to create the basis for highly integrated and coordinated research and education collaboration focused around marine and arctic science and technology, logistical cooperation and strong international coordination of policy and governance related needs.

 

Contact person

Professor Søren Rysgaard


NTNU researchers has found a solution to landing fixed-wing drones on ships

Stormy seas with ship

NTNU researchers has found a solution to landing fixed-wing drones on ships

Stormy seas with ship

There are several solutions for capturing fixed-wing drones from ships, but researchers at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU and AMOS believe their method is better. It consists of two autonomous multikoptere with a line between them taking off from the ship, and receives position and planned path to fixed wing drone. By stretching the rope between them on the same course as the drone, and a little lower, established a blocking line.

Read more in Gemini (in Norwegian)


NTNU researchers get the front cover of Science Robotics February issue!

Light autonomous underwater vehicle (LAUV). CREDIT: GUNHILD ELISABETH BERGET/NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

NTNU researchers get the front cover of Science Robotics February issue!

Light autonomous underwater vehicle (LAUV). CREDIT: GUNHILD ELISABETH BERGET/NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Modern robotic technology presents new ways to map the oceans and gather data in a far more efficient and cost-effective way, then previously possible.

The autonomous underwater vehicles are able to cover a larger area than ships and stationary sensors. They are also able to make their own decisions on where to move in order to get the best possible samples.

These new methods are important if we are to gain a better understanding of the complex ecosystems of the oceans. More knowledge will hopefully help us make the best decisions on how to maintain and preserve the health of the oceans and their vital ecosystems.  

The research team conducted their experiments in the coastal waters near Runde Island, Norway. This area is affected by strong winds, ocean currents, and freshwater runoff from land. Fossum et al. used a light autonomous underwater vehicle (LAUV) to survey the edges of predefined volumes, and the resulting data allowed the robot to identify interior areas with high concentrations of subsurface chlorophyll a for additional, detailed sampling.

LAUV results were confirmed with data from remote sensing and shipboard samples. The combination of real-time data analysis and accurate, adaptive robotic sampling will help improve our understanding of marine food webs and their dynamic, heterogeneous environments.

Read the article in Science Robotic


MarineUAS - an EU-funded doctoral program to strengthen research training on Autonomous UAS for Marine and Coastal Monitoring

MarineUAS

MarineUAS - an EU-funded doctoral program to strengthen research training on Autonomous UAS for Marine and Coastal Monitoring

MarineUAS

MarineUAS is an EU-funded doctoral program to strategically strengthen research training on Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems for Marine and Coastal Monitoring. It is a comprehensive researcher training program across a range of partners in several countries designed to have high impact on the training of individual researchers and their knowledge, skills and their future careers. MarineUAS has established a unique cooperative environment. It takes benefit of the partners' extensive and complementary knowledge, field operational experience, and experimental facilities.

Marine UAS will build a solid foundation for long-term European excellence and innovation in this field by sharing research infrastructures for field testing and disseminating the research and training outcomes and best practice of MarineUAS into the doctoral schools of the partners, as well as by fostering long-term partnerships and collaboration.

See video


This disc charges drones with induction under water

Charging station (Illustrasjon: Blue Logic)

This disc charges drones with induction under water

Charging station (Illustrasjon: Blue Logic)

Read more in tu.no (in Norwegian)


Snake robot ready for caretaker job in the depths

Eely 500 from Eelume. (Foto: Eelume)

Snake robot ready for caretaker job in the depths

Eely 500 from Eelume. (Foto: Eelume)

A snake robot will soon replace divers and small submarines in the North Sea. First, it will train and test in Trondheimsfjorden.

Read more in forskning.no (in Norwegian)

Read more in gemini.no (in Norwegian)

Read more in DN (in Norwegian)


Seminars at NTNU AMOS

Guest lecture by Professor Dr. Wickert

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

Guest lecture by Professor Dr. Wickert

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

Professor Dr. Wickert from the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ at Potsdam will give a guest lecture about "GNSS-Reflectometry at GFZ: Overview and recent results"

He is one of the GFZ directors with responsibility for the research topic “The Atmosphere in Global Change” and in addition deputy section head of “Space Geodetic Techniques” and head of GNSS remote sensing activities at GFZ. Prof. Wickert also holds a full Professorship for “GNSS Remote Sensing, Navigation and Positioning” at Technische Universität Berlin. He is responsible for numerous national and international research projects on GNSS Earth Observation and member of various scientific panels, mainly of IAG/GGOS, WMO, EU or ESA. His main research interests are ground and space based GNSS atmosphere/ionosphere sounding and GNSS reflectometry. 


AMOS Days 2019

29 October 2019, Scandic Lerkendal Hotel, Trondheim.

AMOS Days 2019

29 October 2019, Scandic Lerkendal Hotel, Trondheim.

Program:

08:30-09:00 Registration

09:00-09:30 Welcome By Director Asgeir J. Sørensen

Highlights and Plans for NTNU AMOS Projects 1-3  

By Project Managers Tor Arne Johansen, Kristin Y. Pettersen, Jørgen Amdahl

09:30-10:30 Session 1: In-depth presentation by NTNU AMOS PhD candidates and post-docs

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-13:00 Session 2: Overview presentations by NTNU AMOS PhD Candidates and post-docs

13:00-14:00      Lunch

14:00-15:00 Session 3: In-depth presentation by NTNU AMOS PhD candidates and post-docs

15:00-16:30 Poster session and coffee break

16:30-17: 50 Session 4: External partners

19:00    Dinner


AMOS seminar 2019

AMOS seminar 2019 21 - 22 May.  Venue: Ørland kysthotell.

AMOS seminar 2019

21 - 22 May. 

Venue: Ørland kysthotell.


International Workshop on Autonomous Systems Safety

Dates:  11. - 13. March 2019

Venue: Scandic Nidelven, Trondheim, Norway

See the website for program and topics.

International Workshop on Autonomous Systems Safety

Dates:  11. - 13. March 2019

Venue: Scandic Nidelven, Trondheim, Norway

See the website for program and topics.

The First International Workshop on Autonomous Systems Safety (IWASS) gathers key experts in autonomous systems safety from academia and industry. IWASS aims to identify common challenges related to safety, reliability, and security (SRS) of autonomous systems, covering autonomous maritime, marine, land vehicles, and aerospace systems, and to discuss and propose possible solutions for the identified challenges.

 

 
 

Guest lecture by Joao Sousa, 20 February, Mobile connectivity and mobile locality in networked vehicle systems: are we missing something?

20 February 2019 at 10:15-11:00
Room D251, Elektro-D

Guest lecture by Joao Sousa, 20 February, Mobile connectivity and mobile locality in networked vehicle systems: are we missing something?

20 February 2019 at 10:15-11:00
Room D251, Elektro-D

Professor João Tasso de Figueiredo Borges de Sousa, Porto University & NTNU

Recent and exciting developments in multi-vehicle systems for maritime operations are presented along with projections of future research challenges lying at the intersection of control and computation. First, a novel approach to find, track and sample dynamic features of the ocean with a multi-vehicle system is briefly described as background for assessing potential future ocean operations. Second, we show that this is a system in which physical and computational entities evolve, interact and communicate within an environment that can also be modified by the actions of those entities. Third, we revisit Y. C. Ho’s generalized control framework – in which there is more than one criterion and more than one intelligent controller, each of which having access to different information – to suggest that we may have been missing something in coordination and control since 1970. Fourth, we review the pioneering work on systems with evolving structure of the late Turing award-winner Robin Milner; the focus is on computational processes, reaction rules, and mobile connectivity and mobile locality, all intrinsic to networked multi-vehicle systems, but missing in most of the control literature. Finally, we discuss how the control and computation challenges arising in multi-vehicle systems can be addressed in the framework of coupled physical and computational dynamics and show how these challenges can be formulated as problems of optimization, invariance, and attainability in extended state-control spaces.

Biography

João Tasso de Figueiredo Borges de Sousa is with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from Porto University in Portugal. He holds a PhD and an MSc in Electrical Engineering, both awarded by Porto University. His research interests include autonomous underwater, surface and air vehicles, planning and execution control for networked vehicle systems, optimization and control, cyber-physical systems, and applications of networked vehicle systems to the ocean sciences, security and defense.

He is the head of the Laboratório de Sistemas e Tecnologias Subaquáticas – LSTS (Underwater Systems and Technologies Laboratory). The LSTS (https://www.lsts.pt/) has pioneered the design, construction and deployment of networked underwater, surface and air vehicles for applications in ocean sciences, security and defense. Major accomplishments include the design of the award-winning Light Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (LAUV), the LSTS open source software tool chain for networked vehicle systems (https://www.lsts.pt/toolchain), and the annual Rapid Environmental Picture Atlantic exercise, organized in cooperation with the Portuguese Navy since 2010, and with the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation since 2014. The LSTS received the Arca second Prize for the best technological realizations Respectful to Environment in 2003 and the national BES Innovation National Award for the design of the Light Autonomous Underwater Vehicle in 2006.

He was awarded the Luso-American Foundation Fellowship by the Portuguese Studies Program from the University of California at Berkeley in 2002. He received an outstanding teaching award from Porto University in 2008.

He has been involved in fostering and growing a world-wide research community in this field with yearly conferences and workshops in the areas of Hybrid Systems, Networked Vehicle Systems and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. He has been lecturing on networked vehicle systems in renowned universities in the United States of America and Europe. He is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Multi-robots Systems Technical Committee and of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Marine Systems Technical Committee. He was the chair of the 2013 edition of the IFAC Navigation, Guidance and Control Workshop and is the chair of the 2018 IEEE AUV Symposium. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Swedish Marine Robotics Center. He is in the editorial board of several scientific journals. He is a member of several NATO committees. He has authored over 300 publications, including 30 journal papers.