News and events at NTNU AMOS in 2015

PhD candidate contributes with new technology for ice protection on unmanned aerial vehicles in order to enable arctic operation

Illustrative photo

Photo (Kim L. Sørensen, AMOS/NTNU): Skywalker Technology X8 Flying Wing. (December 2015)

PhD candidate contributes with new technology for ice protection on unmanned aerial vehicles in order to enable arctic operation

Illustrative photo

Photo (Kim L. Sørensen, AMOS/NTNU): Skywalker Technology X8 Flying Wing. (December 2015)

AMOS/NTNU PhD candidate Kim L Sørensen contributes with new technology for ice protection on unmanned aerial vehicles in order to enable arctic operations.

Read the article on Insideunmannedsystems.com: "New Technologies Aid Arctic Operations" (December 2015)


AMOS teams up with international research institutions and universities in arctic research and education

Video of SAMS meeting in 2015

Video by SAMS, 3 December 2015

AMOS teams up with international research institutions and universities in arctic research and education

Video of SAMS meeting in 2015

Video by SAMS, 3 December 2015

AMOS teams up with SAMS (UK), UNIS (Norway), the University of Tromsø (Norway) and the University of Delaware (US) in arctic research and education.

See the video by SAMS from the meeting in June 2015


New research project at AMOS

From 2016 on, AMOS will host a new FRINATEK-project. The project covers 1 PhD candidate, 2 postdocs, new software and a textbook. Read more about it: " Fri prosjektstøtte: 253 millioner til...

New research project at AMOS

From 2016 on, AMOS will host a new FRINATEK-project.

The project covers 1 PhD candidate, 2 postdocs, new software and a textbook.

Read more about it: "Fri prosjektstøtte: 253 millioner til 35 prosjekter innenfor matematikk, naturvitenskap og teknologi" (3 December 2015)


AMOS professor and co-director Thor I. Fossen was elected IEEE fellow

IEEE fellowship is a rare distinction that just a few, selected persons receive, who have distinguished themselves extraordinally in their respective field.

AMOS professor and co-director Thor I. Fossen was elected IEEE fellow

IEEE fellowship is a rare distinction that just a few, selected persons receive, who have distinguished themselves extraordinally in their respective field.

AMOS professor and co-director Thor I. Fossen was elected fellow of the "The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers" (IEEE) in November 2015.

This is a great honour, and not many Norwegians have been awarded this title.

Read more in Universitetsavisa's article: IEEE gjør ære på kybernetiker (30 November 2015)

From the IEEE website:

"The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year does not exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting Institute membership."


AMOS Director comments on the current situation of the Norwegian oil and gas industry

First page

Picture: AMOS Director Prof. Asgeir J. Sørensen comments on the current situation of the Norwegian oil and gas industry in "Midt-Norsk Olje & Gass". (November 2015)

AMOS Director comments on the current situation of the Norwegian oil and gas industry

First page

Picture: AMOS Director Prof. Asgeir J. Sørensen comments on the current situation of the Norwegian oil and gas industry in "Midt-Norsk Olje & Gass". (November 2015)

AMOS Director Prof. Asgeir J. Sørensen comments on the current situation of the Norwegian oil and gas industry in the journal "Midt-Norsk Olje & Gass".

Read page 6 in "Midt-Norsk Olje & Gass", nr. 4/2015: "Vi er i en brytningstid" (November 2015)


JAMSTEC visit AMOS/NTNU and Marintek

JAMSTEC visit to NTNU and Marintek
Photo (Marintek): JAMSTEC visit AMOS/NTNU and Marintek. (25 November 2015)

JAMSTEC visit AMOS/NTNU and Marintek

JAMSTEC visit to NTNU and Marintek
Photo (Marintek): JAMSTEC visit AMOS/NTNU and Marintek. (25 November 2015)

The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) visited AMOS/NTNU and MARINTEK on 25th November 2015 to discuss the development of cooperation and further actions.

Visitors from JAMSTEC presented the organisation and the work they do at the Agency and at the Marine Technology and Engineering Center (MARITEC), as NTNU offered insight into the work of its departments and centres: the Department of Marine Technology, Department of Biology, AMOS and the Applied Underwater Robotics Laboratory (AUR-lab).

MARINTEK organized a tour of the laboratories at the Marine Technology Centre.

JAMSTEC was represented by:
  • Dr. Yoshio Isozaki, Director-General, Marine Technology and Engineering Center, MARITEC
  • Dr. Shoichiro Baba, Deputy Group Leader, Marine Technology Development Department, MARITEC
  • Dr. Yuta Yamamuro, Research Fleet Department, MARITEC
  • Dr. Takashi Echigo, Planning and Coordination Office, MARITEC

NTNU was represented by:

  • Professor Harald Ellingsen, Head of the Department of Marine Technology, NTNU
  • Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen, Director of AMOS
  • Professor Thor I. Fossen, AMOS
  • Professor Martin Ludvigsen, Department of Marine Technology, NTNU
  • Professor Geir Johnsen, Department of Biology, NTNU
  • Nina Sindre, Coordinator of International Affairs, Rector’s Office, NTNU

MARINTEK's representative was:

  • Jo Stein Moen, Vice President Communications, MARINTEK

The University of Delaware and NTNU/AMOS sign two agreements

signing the agreement

Photo (Julia Zhogina): NTNU and AMOS sign two agreements with the University of Delaware (UD) at the Transatlantic Science Week 4-6 November 2015 in Boston. From the left: Mark Moline, Kari Melby, Ingvald Strømmen, Asgeir J. Sørensen.

The University of Delaware and NTNU/AMOS sign two agreements

signing the agreement

Photo (Julia Zhogina): NTNU and AMOS sign two agreements with the University of Delaware (UD) at the Transatlantic Science Week 4-6 November 2015 in Boston. From the left: Mark Moline, Kari Melby, Ingvald Strømmen, Asgeir J. Sørensen.

Read the press release of the University of Delaware

Two agreements were signed:

General Agreement for Mutual Cooperation and Collaboration Between the University of Delaware (UD), and NTNU.

Supplemental agreement #1

To the general agreement between the School of Marine Science & Policy, University of Delaware, and the Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS), NTNU, regarding cooperation in the field of student exchanges, faculty/staff exchanges, and research collaboration.

The cooperation includes:

Exchange of students and researchers
Joint research
Joint publications
Joint research campaigns and experimental work
Guest lectures and seminars

For UD: Mark A. Moline, Professor & Director, School of Marine Science & Policy, University of Delaware

For NTNU:         

Kari Melby, Professor, Vice Rector, NTNU
Ingvald Strømmen, Professor, Dean Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, NTNU (Chairman of AMOS Board)
Asgeir J. Sørensen, Professor, Director Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS), Department of Marine Technology, NTNU


The ultimate survival challenge: KonTiki2 starts its journey

KonTiki2 photo

Photo (Higraff/KonTiki2): The KonTiki2 expedition crew at the beginning of their journey. (1 November 2015)

The ultimate survival challenge: KonTiki2 starts its journey

KonTiki2 photo

Photo (Higraff/KonTiki2): The KonTiki2 expedition crew at the beginning of their journey. (1 November 2015)

On November 1st, the expedition KonTiki2 started. The expedition is the first attempt in our time to show how ancient mariners sailed the Pacific both ways. 

Two teams built two rafts and began their voyage from South America to the Easter Island and back – more than 5000 nautical miles. The teams are led by expedition leader Torgeir Higraff and chief scientist Cecilie Mauritzen, who will perform several types of research. Opera Software posts the voyages online, and a film crew produce a TV documentary.

This interdisciplinary scientific expedition is a unique opportunity for full-scale oceanographic research. It brings together the research fields of marine technology, marine biology, oceanography, anthropology and experimental archaeology.

KonTiki2 map
Picture (Higraff/KonTiki2): The KonTiki2 expedition map. (1 November 2015)

The partners that are involved in the project are AMOS, NTNU's Department of Marine Technology, the Applied Underwater Robotics Laboratory (AUR-lab) and the Department of Biology.

One of the major goals is to quantify plastic content in the large ocean gyres.
The teams will also measure:

  1. Climate change and ocean acidification
  2. Marine litter: plastic and microplastic pollution
  3. El Nino and operational weather forecasting
  4. Marine life

KonTiki2 ship
Photo (Higraff/KonTiki2): On board of one of the KonTiki2 rafts. (1 November 2015)

Find out more about the project on the project's official webpage and Facebook.

Media coverage:


NTNU and Kongsberg establish the world's first professorship in Big Data Cybernetics

Together with Kongsberg, NTNU will establish the world's first professorship in Big Data Cybernetics that combines the fields of chemometrics and cybernetics.

NTNU and Kongsberg establish the world's first professorship in Big Data Cybernetics

Together with Kongsberg, NTNU will establish the world's first professorship in Big Data Cybernetics that combines the fields of chemometrics and cybernetics.

The world-leading chemometrician and the Head of the NTNU's Department of Engineering Cybernetics, Dr Morten Breivik, together with AMOS, will establish the professorship in Big Data Cybernetics. NTNU will open a new PhD position and the company Kongsberg will sponsor the five-year endowed professorship.

Read more in article on Kongsberg's page: World's first professorship in Big Data Cybernetics


AMOS scientists and students participate in Breaking the Surface (HR) training

BtS group photo

Photo (Matej Krpan): Breaking the Surface 2015 participants. (8 October 2015)

AMOS scientists and students participate in Breaking the Surface (HR) training

BtS group photo

Photo (Matej Krpan): Breaking the Surface 2015 participants. (8 October 2015)

AMOS scientists and students visited Breaking the Surface 2015 (BtS) held from 4th till 11th October in Biograd na Moru, Croatia. 

Breaking the Surface is a field training program that combines academic lectures in marine robotics and robotics application areas, hands-on working experience in the sea, and demonstrations of marine technologies (various equipment, projects and companies).

BtS is organized in four program tracks:

  • marine robotics (MAROB)
  • marine biology and marine nature protection (MARBIO)
  • maritime security, naval and cost guard operations (MARSEC)
  • maritime, nautical and ship archaeology (MARCH)
  • oceanology (OCEAN)

BtS 2015 - lectures 

Photo (Matej Krpan): lectures at BtS

 BtS - EU FP7 project CADDY demonstration 

Photo (Matej Krpan): EU FP7 project CADDY demonstration 

  

Photo (Matej Krpan): vehicles demonstration

AMOS scientists and their lectures at BtS:

  • Asgeir J. Sørensen and Martin Ludvigsen: Towards Integrated Autonomous Underwater Operations 
  • Thor I. Fossen: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Marine Operations
  • Kristin Y. Pettersen: Swimming manipulators – a bio-inspired solution for subsea inspection and intervention
  • Geir Johnsen (with Jørgen Berge, University of Tromsø): The use of Underwater Hyperspectral Imaging to identify, map and monitor marine life on the seafloor
  • Ingunn Nilssen: Integrated Environmental Mapping and Monitoring
  • Øyvind Ødegård: Towards Autonomy in Marine Archaeology 

BtS 2015: Meeting between AMOS and FER
Photo (Matej Krpan): Discussing future collaboration between AMOS/NTNU and FER/UNIZG - Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb. (8 October 2015)

Find out more about BtS: official BtS web page, BtS facebook, BtS programme


AMOS PhD candidates find northernmost ship wreck

the crew

Photo (Martin Ludvigsen, NTNU): the research crew. (September 2015)

AMOS PhD candidates find northernmost ship wreck

the crew

Photo (Martin Ludvigsen, NTNU): the research crew. (September 2015)

AMOS PhD candidates Øyvind Ødegård and Petter Norgren, together with other researchers and master students from NTNU and UNIS, have found the northernmost ship wreck.

Read the article and see a video of the ship wreck on NRK.no: Forskarane har aldri funne skipsvrak så langt nord før no: – Dette er berre starten (19 September 2015)


New research project on floating closed fish cages

AMOS adviser and professor Odd M. Faltinsen is involved.

New research project on floating closed fish cages

AMOS adviser and professor Odd M. Faltinsen is involved.
Find more information on iLaks: Nytt forskningsprosjekt på flytende lukkede oppdrettsanlegg i sjø (4 September 2015)

AMOS PhD candidates and Professors win Best Paper awards at IFAC MCMC 2015

AMOS PhD candidate  Torleiv H. Bryne and AMOS key persons Professors  Thor I. Fossen and Tor Arne Johansen won the Best Regular Paper Award at IFAC MCMC 2015  in Copenhagen...

AMOS PhD candidates and Professors win Best Paper awards at IFAC MCMC 2015

AMOS PhD candidate Torleiv H. Bryne and AMOS key persons Professors Thor I. Fossen and Tor Arne Johansen won the Best Regular Paper Award at IFAC MCMC 2015 in Copenhagen for their article "A Virtual Vertical Reference Concept for GNSS/INS Applications at the Sea Surface".

At the same conference, Øyvind Auestad received the Best Student Paper Award for his article "Boarding Control System - for Improved Accessibility to Offshore Wind Turbines" which is co-authored by Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen.


New AMOS spin-off company founded

New AMOS spin-off company founded The recently founded AMOS spin-off company Blueye Robotics will develop an underwater drone that will be so affordable and easy to use...

New AMOS spin-off company founded

The recently founded AMOS spin-off company Blueye Robotics will develop an underwater drone that will be so affordable and easy to use that everyone will be able to explore the sea ground with them.

Read about it in Adresseavisen: Tar Trondheim ut av oljealderen (26 August 2015)

Adresseavisen also crowns the company as one of 12 new companies to watch out for: 12 nye selskaper du må se opp for (8 September 2015)

Read a commentary by its director on the future of the blue economy: Maritim næring – Kanskje Norges mest fornybare ressurs! (30 January 2015)


AMOS/NTNU participates in the Rapid Environment Picture (REP) exercise in Portugal

AMOS/NTNU is participating in the Rapid Environment Picture (REP) exercise in Portugal during July 2015. The primary organizers are the University of Porto (LSTS) and the Marinha Portuguesa. 

AMOS/NTNU participates in the Rapid Environment Picture (REP) exercise in Portugal

AMOS/NTNU is participating in the Rapid Environment Picture (REP) exercise in Portugal during July 2015. The primary organizers are the University of Porto (LSTS) and the Marinha Portuguesa. 

This yearly exercise aligns the interest of the different partners together with the opportunity to put autonomous and unmanned vehicles to the test in open water environments in Portugal. AMOS/NTNU is contributing together with NORUT Tromsø with the technology and operation of several Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) equipped with thermal/infrared and hyperspectral sensors.

The primary goal of this edition of REP is to demonstrate coordinated strategies for aerial and underwater robotic vehicles, in the context of specific pure scientific objectives. These vary from habitat mapping of the southern coast of Pico Island in the Azores, to observing and tracking cetaceans in open waters south of Pico near the São Mataeus bank and to map and characterize the upper water column near shallow hydro-thermal vents near Ponta de Espalamaca just north of Horta on Faial Island.

At REP-2015 we expect to have a mix of students, faculty and researchers from several universities and organizations. Find further information

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), University of Tromsø and AMOS will research the polar night together

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), University of Tromsø and AMOS will research the polar night together Read more on BBC.com: New Arctic research projects...

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), University of Tromsø and AMOS will research the polar night together


Wireless underwater drone can send live-video at 100 m distance

Wireless underwater drone can send live-video at 100 m distance AMOS is co-developing the positioning technology. Read the article in Teknisk Ukeblad (28 June 2015) ...

Wireless underwater drone can send live-video at 100 m distance

AMOS is co-developing the positioning technology.
Read the article in Teknisk Ukeblad (28 June 2015)

New associated research project at AMOS investigates sensor fusion and collision avoidance for advanced ships

New associated research project at AMOS investigates sensor fusion and collision avoidance for advanced ships Professors from AMOS and the Department of Engineering...

New associated research project at AMOS investigates sensor fusion and collision avoidance for advanced ships

Professors from AMOS and the Department of Engineering Cybernetics are leading a new Knowledge-Building Project for Industry that will study collision avoidance for advanced ships.

The AUTOSEA project is sponsored by the Research Council of Norway with DNV GL, Kongsberg Maritime and Maritime Robotics as industry partners.

Find more information in Kongsberg Maritime's press release from 2 June 2015

Check out the project's webpage


AMOS spin-off company Norwegian Subsea AS prospers

AMOS spin-off company Norwegian Subsea AS prospers AMOS’ spin-off company Norwegian Subsea AS with AMOS graduate Dr Fredrik Dukan as the CEO is stimulating progress. ...

AMOS spin-off company Norwegian Subsea AS prospers

AMOS’ spin-off company Norwegian Subsea AS with AMOS graduate Dr Fredrik Dukan as the CEO is stimulating progress.

Maritim Elektronikk reports: Avanserte algoritmer løser navigeringsproblem (May 2015)


Prof. Oleksandr Tymokha elected Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Prof. Oleksandr Tymokha elected Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Prof. Oleksandr Tymokha  was elected Corresponding Member of the ...

Prof. Oleksandr Tymokha elected Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Prof. Oleksandr Tymokha was elected Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. This very prestigious position is hotly contested in the Eastern world, Russia and China. (6 March 2015)


AMOS researchers and collaborators find surprises under the sea

bilde fra nrk.no

Photo (Geir Johnsen): The researchers found species they didn't know existed in the sea around the arctic Norwegian island Svalbard. (5 February 2015)

AMOS researchers and collaborators find surprises under the sea

bilde fra nrk.no

Photo (Geir Johnsen): The researchers found species they didn't know existed in the sea around the arctic Norwegian island Svalbard. (5 February 2015)

Read the article on NRK.no and find incredible underwater pictures from the trip: "Dette trodde forskerne aldri de skulle finne"


AMOS participates in idea seminar of the Norwegian parliament

The seminar was  led by member of parliament Eirik Sivertsen and dealt with drones in the Northern region. High North News reports: Høytflyvende droner, jordnære planer (23 January 2015)...

AMOS participates in idea seminar of the Norwegian parliament

The seminar was led by member of parliament Eirik Sivertsen and dealt with drones in the Northern region. High North News reports: Høytflyvende droner, jordnære planer (23 January 2015)

The seminar was a follow-up on the Norwegian Board of Technology's report "Droner i Arktis" that AMOS keyperson Prof. Tor Arne Johansen took part in.


AMOS researchers find Norway's deepest coral reef in the Trondheim fjord

korallrevPhoto (NRK): AMOS researchers find corals in 600m depth on bombers from WW II in the Trondheim fjord. (2 January 2015)

AMOS researchers find Norway's deepest coral reef in the Trondheim fjord

korallrevPhoto (NRK): AMOS researchers find corals in 600m depth on bombers from WW II in the Trondheim fjord. (2 January 2015)

So far, this is the deepest recorded coral reef in Norway.

Read the article and see the video on NRK.no (in Norwegian).


Research blogs by AMOS PhD candidates